Players & Parents:
I hope you're all doing well with school, club soccer, spring sports, etc. I just wanted to touch base with a few housekeeping items.
First, please make sure your info is current and accurate on TeamSnap, including emails, phone numbers, etc. We're beginning to send out information about upcoming events and don't want you to miss them.
Next, the coaching staff met about a week ago and we are All In for the upcoming season! In fact, we're All In + ???. Our core UAGS philosophy will remain, but will be enhanced for this season. We’ll need it, too, since we're reigning District Champs and won’t be sneaking up on anyone in 2021!
Information on our 2021 identity and much, much more will be conveyed at our in-person, all-players-and-parents meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria and will last about an hour. We will email an agenda the weekend prior.
As for the UAGS Summer Schedule, we will be loading all the summer training dates into TeamSnap tonight. Game schedules for the fall will be posted to the website very soon. Please share them with family and friends, since we're not anticipating Covid-related restrictions to limit access to our games in 2021!
See you at the Spring Meeting May 18. Go Bears!
Players & Parents:
I hope you all had a safe and fun Spring Break and were able to enjoy some time with family and friends!
We have officially added our registered 8th grade players and parents to our communications, including the TeamSnap app. TeamSnap is the primary means the coaches use to communicate with players and parents. Some things happen on the fly during the season, so please make sure you and at least one parent have notifications turned on. You may also be receiving emails from time to time from Board President Carrie Reinke.
For the most part, all players and families get the communications at the same time. It’s part of our All In model where UAGS is one program rather than three teams. We will have the ability to streamline communications to specific teams once we have them set (for training changes, bus schedules, etc.), but most communications are program-wide.
As a reminder, the TeamSnap app is NOT an issues forum and is NOT to be used for individual communication with a coach about a player, etc. It's a platform for information and positive group communication only. We had zero issues on the platform when we debuted it last year. I'd like to keep another "clean sheet" this season.
A couple of quick notes regarding scheduling:
Rising sophomores through seniors who still need to have your one-on-one preseason player interviews with Coach Chad and me, we are sending out a new Sign Up Genius. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, Mondays are now out. So if you had your meeting scheduled for tomorrow night or next week, you’ll need to pick a new date and time.
8th graders, we will let you know when to start attending things. Only returning players need to focus on the schedule at this time (lifting, etc.). You should plan to attend the all-players-and-parents meeting in May, but official team training for you won’t begin before June 1.
That’s all for now. Have a great fourth quarter.
Good news. We've been cleared to start lifting next week at the high school. Thanks to Coach Chad, who worked with Coach Spickler to make it possible, UAGS has time slots on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 PM going forward. Lifting sessions will go for 45 minutes to an hour. This is optional training, but training that we feel is important to your development. If you have an academic event, spring sport, or club soccer, that should come first. If not, lifting should be a priority for your development. See you there!
Players & Families:
Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Hope you are all staying safe and warm. A couple of items:
We received some exciting news this past Friday from the OHSAA with regard to the 10-Day Coaching Limitation Rule between June 1 and July 31. The big news is that the OHSAA has once again removed the rule for 2021. That means we can start training in June and, just like last summer, we will be taking full advantage of that opportunity.
The coaching staff is meeting soon to put together a schedule that we will deliver as soon as possible. All the UAHS teams are processing this information and Fall head coaches are planning to meet on the subject soon. Obviously there will be a few logistical dynamics that need to be solved before we can set an expected schedule.
What does this mean for your summer plans? First, WE WILL be working around soccer clubs' end-of-season schedules as well as any other spring sports that you might be involved in. Second, WE DO want you to have a summer vacation! We just have two asks: 1) Please let us know ahead of time when you'll be out of town or unavailable. "Ahead of time" means at least one week in advance. 2) Please plan to wrap up your summer vacations by July 20.
July 20 was going to be the start date for our 10-day team camp. Knowing that we have the full summer again to train, we likely won’t go 10 straight days at the end of July. But by July 20, it's time to be “All In” for UAGS both mentally and physically.
If anyone knows that they may already have a conflict for any events around July 20 or later, just email me the specifics and I’ll be in touch to discuss those with you.
The Zoom player calls with the rising Seniors are going great. Chad and I are excited to hear from the kids, and it appears from discussing next-year goals on these calls that an underlying theme is forming -- Raising The Bar! That includes what the kids want to do both on the field and off. That's awesome to hear. We will be opening the player meetings to the rising Juniors and Sophomores very soon, so watch your in-boxes.
For your Super Sunday I’ll leave you with this reminder: There is no shortcut to success. There is no secret. Hard Work, Desire, Love, Commitment, Attitude, Effort, Passion, Kindness, and Humility are some of the key ingredients that need to be “baked into your cake” if you want to achieve success. Don’t forget that. Write it down in your planner. Live it.
Players, I hope all of you are embracing the start of the new year, semester, and any activity you're participating in at this time, with the goal of doing it to the best of your abilities. That mentality is central to our culture and will allow us to start consistently filling up the UAGS trophy case! Talk to you soon.
Players & Families:
The staff and I are excited to get started and build on last year’s successes.
The first order of business for our returning players is to decide if you'll be coming back for another season. Hopefully so! Next, we'll start individual player meetings for the rising Seniors, then the Juniors, and finally the Sophomores. Look for a Sign Up Genius for those shortly.
Meeting times and days will be Mondays and Thursdays beginning February 1 and will be conducted virtually. The last day for meetings will be February 25. Times will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with slots at 6:00, 6:20 and 6:40 each night. Each video conference should take 15-20 minutes. We'll set March and April dates if needed, but we need to wait for a few scheduling items to sort themselves out before we do.
Players, be prepared to discuss how school's going, what you're doing for the spring, goals you may have on or off the field, and anything else that's on your mind. These are no-pressure meetings and they should be a little easier this year since we know everyone now! They will allow us to check in and see how everyone is planning to prepare for our 2021 season! Hopefully ready to go All IN again! Thanks, and see you soon.