Pre-Planning O It has ALWAYS been my approach to plan for the current year at the conclusion of the previous year – while everyone and everything is fresh in my mind. wait and see what shows up!! O However, 2012 was going to be different due to the players choice of playing High School or Academy (club) soccer. So, NO pre-planning – ……….. wait and see what shows up!! ……….
2012 Start-up Points O Leave the egos behind O Realize that everyone of us can get better O Work hard to make this the best team that it can be O Take pride in representing the rich tradition of CBC Soccer O Let the end of the year tell the story of the year
First Day Disaster O Roll call first day of tryouts --- O 10 NO SHOWS --- 8 Academy, 1 concussion, 1 early retirement O The absolute WORST first day in my 42 years at CBC Soccer ….. and I told the boys that …. In no uncertain terms O Day 2 was better – it had to be !
The Plan - Goals O Every team, with the exception of Chaminade, lost players to the Academy. No one lost as many as we did (8) - (we got 1 back) O So we decided our goal for the year would be: …………. Be the best of the rest ………… O and if, we got a shot at Chaminade down the road, to beat them.
Along The Way, O In looking at our schedule, we had 24-26 games in a 38 day period – very demanding. O We decided to rotate players for week-day games and play the best team on the weekend games. O This allowed everyone to play, contribute and build our depth. O We also decided that playing Futsal would speed our player development
Road Bumps O It was the 4 th and 5 th games of the year when we lost 2 key players – senior captains Xhovani and Joe through injury. O We still had a grind ahead of us – we needed everyone to step up and contribute O We finished 2 nd in the CYC Tournament O We played in the Gateway Classic against good teams from Colorado, New York and Las Vegas and we won our bracket, without X and Joe !!
Teambuilding O During that time we went 10 – 2, and won 1 Championship and finished 2 nd in another. O Different players made big differences at different times. O The TEAM concept was growing stronger !!
Mind Games O Visualization: and then you replay that over and over O You must see yourself doing well, being successful, and then you replay that over and over. Build confidence, eliminate doubt O Throughout the year, we continued to reinforce this idea over and over through emails and daily meetings
Mind Games (2) O If you think youre beaten, you are O If you think that you dare not, you dont O If youd like to win, but think you cant O Its almost certain you wont O If you think youll lose, youve lost O For out in the world youll find O Success begins with a fellows will O Its all in the state of mind
Mind Games (3) O Lifes battles dont always go O To the stronger or faster man O But sooner or later the man who wins O Is the man who thinks he can O Like our beliefs and attitudes, our thinking can be a powerful ally. How we think affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we perform
Mindset O Throughout the year, we built 3 important concepts into our approach: O ….. Belief ….. Character ….. Team ….. O We believed in each other and that somehow we would come through.. O The character kept us fighting until the last minutes (Vianney, Marquette).. O And the team concept was that anyone could make a difference
Mindset (2) O Belief - the foundation of confidence and the ability to unlock that which holds you back – taking on tough tasks O Character: the never-say-die attitude -- the ability to see challenges as opportunity to achieve and reach deep within yourself O Team: Together Everyone Achieves More The glue that brings it all together
Defining Moment O vs DeSmet at DeSmet (Oct. 9) O Just lost back-to-back games …….. vs St. Dominic and Jeff City … (0-1, 0-2) …. (14 – 4 – 1) record up to that point O 11 – 1 – 0 (record after that game: 25-5-1))
Championships O We played for 6 championships this year: O We finished 2 nd in the MCC Conference O 2 nd in the CYC Tournament O 1 st in the CBC Tournament O 1 st in the Gateway Classic O 1 st in District Tournament (toughest District!) O 1 st in State Tournament
Crunch Time O Seeded 2 nd in District behind Marquette meant that we would play an always tough DeSmet team in the first round – DeSmet always builds for the post-season O The winner to get Marquette – a very dangerous team with a prolific scorer.
Bounce O Marquette was a test of character - we were up 2-0 at half and 4 min into the 2 nd half they scored … and scored again 10 min later – game tied and momentum to them. We came back with 2 late goals to win! O Vianney was also a test of character. Game tied 1–1 at half – Vianney scores late on a deflection with 7 min to play to take the lead and end our season… BUT, WE ANSWER BACK WITH 2 GOALS TO WIN THE GAME IN THE LAST MINUTES.
The Mental Edge O By winning our District, we then played a difficult Lafayette team, who played with nothing to lose – the pressure was on us to win!! O Then Vianney – for the 4 th time this year – they had not beaten us all year and now we had to win 1 more to advance – O It became a battle of belief vs hope ---- belief won out!!
The Thrilling Conclusion O We managed to stay ranked #2 all year …. Be the best of the rest O And, in the final game, we got to play Chaminade for the State Championship…. and we won !! O We became the team nobody wanted to play, because we seemed to have 9 lives
How Did It Happen? O Good leadership within the team O Good organizational plan O Everyone bought into the plan and contributed O We, the boys and coaches, built a team O We managed to work through different and difficult periods of the season with belief O We won games in many different ways
The Road to Paradise O DeSmet ….. #5 … Defending State Champs O Marquette.. #3 … most dangerous forward O Lafayette …. NR.. Upset-minded, well-coached O Vianney ……. #6 … for the 4 th time this year O Rockhurst … #2 in KC.. The best of the West O Chaminade.. #1 … top team all year - #6 USA
Take-Away O There are never any guarantees in sports O No game is won until the final moment is over prepare to win O You can lose any game that you do not properly prepare to win O Winning is a result of good practice and confidence
Take-Away (2) O With patience, togetherness, a belief system and good leadership, it is possible to achieve at a level higher than anticipated. O Talent Is Never Enough!! O Talent PLUS ….. Belief ………. Preparation Character ….. Practice Team ……….. Perseverance O Talent Plus allows you to OVERPERFORM
Take-Away (3) O The fact that this team continued to improve and grow throughout the season O Being at our best when it mattered the most O Winning as a TEAM with Belief and Character O This was a season of destiny
O This season was very special for many reasons: O Overcoming the various obstacles : O Losing players to the Academy O Losing key players for long periods of time O Tough, demanding schedule with game after game against quality opponents its how you deal with what happens Its not what happens to you that counts, its how you deal with what happens thats what counts!! Final Thoughts
Final Thoughts (2 Final Thoughts (2 ) O The unbelievable difficult post-season path O 5 of the 6 teams we played in the post- season were potential State Champions O To be the best ….. youve got to beat the rest
Final Thoughts (3) character O Every game was a test of and a testament to your character O Everyone contributed something ……… 21 different starting lineups this year O BeliefCharacterTeamChemistry O Belief … Character … Team … Chemistry
CBC SOCCER 2012 STATE CHAMPIONS 25 -5 -1 Whoda thunk it Dont stop believing