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Mother Nature Ruins HYSA's Opening Day

 Old Man Winter and Mother Nature teamed up to thwart opening day of the spring recreational soccer season at Nashville FC Youth/HYSA.  

With Board members, staff, coaches and parent volunteers having helped spruce up the complex the weekend before under clear, blue skies, everyone was looking forward to kicking off the season under similar conditions.  However, all was not lost.  Many of the club’s players took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the snow with teammates.  

While children were out enjoying the wintry weather, some of our coaches were finishing up their online training through Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).   Last fall, the club announced that it was mandating that all of its recreational coaches complete PCA’s “Double Goal Coach” training.  

A Double Goal Coach is a term that PCA uses to describe a coach that strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.  PCA’s training uses the latest evidence-based research, along with videos from top coaches and professional athletes, to explore why and how to pursue both winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. 

Training has been centered around coaches in particular, knowing the vital part they play in and the impact they can have on athletes’ lives.  The club has nearly reached its goal of 100% completion by its coaches.  The fact that the club has been able to achieve this is a testament to the dedication and commitment of its parent coaches to positively impact the kids they coach.  This spring, the club will continue to educate its coaches and parents on the importance of creating a “development culture,” one in which participants can grow and flourish as athletes and as people.  

There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to this season. Fingers are crossed for the spring weather to return in time for this Saturday’s games so we can get started!