Monday, February 04, 2008
My work requires a good bit of travel throughout the USA. My family and friends comment that itâ€™s a great way to see the country. Well it has been a chance to see airports, hotels and the soccer fields that now dot the countryside. I do occasionally get to sightsee a little and there is so much our country has to offer.
I must say though that what the travel affords me is the opportunity to meet the wonderful people involved in the beautiful game. Keep in mind that those people are not just the ones on those soccer fields I mentioned.
Often they are fellow travelers, airline crew, hotel and restaurant workers or even the taxi driver. Iâ€™ve gotten into conversations with flight attendants who are volunteer coaches or administrators or the parents of players in US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) or TOPSoccer. Iâ€™m impressed by how many Americans now have some connection to soccer. So hereâ€™s my final thought of this little meandering of mine.
Those of us who represent the game as professional coaches, administrators or referees must carry ourselves well. If you are being paid any amount of money to referee, coach or administer soccer then you are a professional in our sport. Those of us in that boat must be cognizant that we are always being judged when in public. We represent American youth soccer and our appearance, demeanor, words and actions reflects upon the sport and all of us in that boat with you. Let us then strive to set and met high standards for ourselves.