Huge thanks to Dennise Reyes for capturing the following pictures to complement those from Tim.
1. Remarkable Gameday Environment
The high energy, positive and extremely family friendly environment created at our fields on gamedays is simply unrivaled in the North Austin area. It was hard to tell if the parents or players were smiling more on Saturday since everyone was having such a great time. It's always so much fun to take in games at Katherine Fleischer and we are grateful for the MUD's continued support. Even if you just live nearby, you should join us this weekend!
2. Volunteer Coaches Building Future Leaders
Our selfless volunteer coaches may have enjoyed themselves more than the players and parents, and who can blame them with such a great group of children. Whether it was some of our newer volunteers like Coach Ame and Coach Daniel or the legacy veterans like Coach Jared and Coach Carlos, we are very thankful for everything these parents do to support our children.
3. Early Starts Paying Off
Arguably the best part of youth sports is watching a child's confidence grow exponentially from season to season. Nowhere is this more apparently than with the WBSA kids that got a relatively early start and have quickly blossomed into some of the toughest little players on their respective teams. It's hard to believe how rapidly players like Paola, Amelia, and Ezra have become so highly engaged and so enthusiastic about the sport.
4. Retention and Advanced Sessions Also Paying Off
The quality of soccer being played in our club is at a record level thanks to remarkable retention rates and a lot of hard work from all our players. Teams such as the Roadrunners, Flamingos, Monsters, Hurricanes, Wild Ones, and Sharks (just to name a few) have become staples. Core groups of players are returning from season to season and continue growing as both individuals and as a team. Likewise, players such as Annika, Teya and Mia found the game "moving much slower" when they got reintegrated into their true age groups after challenging themselves against older competition, training alongside our Academy players this offseason.
5. Loving the Game
This was the first ever soccer game for a large portion of our U4-U6 players, and many more all across the club. All our new players seemed to get acclimated rapidly thanks to our strong network of families. Creating a friendly environment alongside friends and classmates helps our kids derive maximum (immediate) enjoyment from the sport. Most of our new players were naturals and they knew exactly how to celebrate their teammates success...check out that priceless fist pump from one of our youngest players in the club!
Our New Complex!