Pretty scary how fast the summer can fly by! The fall season is already underway for our Rec teams and most of our travel teams have been in pre-season tournaments before the start of their season after Labor Day. I’ve missed writing, but certainly haven’t been sitting idly by in Margaritaville. Besides opening a new business here in town (that finally is close to being ‘ready’ – took much longer than I expected), I’m president of our local league again and am coaching a number of Rec teams in addition to my 96 Girls travel team, the Lunachicks.

I’m hoping to get back in the swing of writing – certainly have a ton of stuff to write about. But it may be a while before I’m posting multiple times a week.

In addition to coaching the 96 girls, who moved to 11v11 this season, I’m coaching my youngest son’s U5 team (aptly named the Lil’ Sheetz. What? It’s their sponsor! :) ) I’m also coaching two U12 Rec teams, which is fun. I really enjoy coaching 8v8. Big enough to give players some concept of tactics and field positioning, yet small enough to keep most players very active. Needless to say, my weeks are very busy (but it’s great exercise!)

I also got my National Youth License this summer after getting my National ‘D’ License last summer. The NYL course was fantastic – kind of like four mini ‘D’ courses packed into one course, one for each youth age level (U6, U8, U10, U12). Each day dealt with a different age and there was a lot more taught about WHY certain ages should be coached a certain way. Highly recommend it for any experienced coach who still coaches small sided teams. Our league tries to send one coach a year to this.

I hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend! What are you all up to this season? New teams? New clubs? New Rules?