"God wants doers. Not sitters and waiters." -- Jeff Lovelace, circa 1999-2000.
* Jeff was a friend of many of the WSA '80 Boys. He left this reminder at his memorial service after passing on from a bout with brain cancer, from a life abundantly lived, at the age of 20.
UPDATE MARCH 25, 2020: Play is still SUSPENDED UNTIL April 12th. No further extension or removal of restrictions has been applied as of today. Read WSA Soccer COVID 19 Statement.
ATTENTION MEMBERS - UPDATE 3/21/2020: If you've visited this page before we have revised the page to make it easier to navigate for you. The Virtual Training Center (VT) located on the menu bar to the right, will contain ALL ELEMENTS OF THE TRAINING PROTOCOL: Age Division Periodization ("plan", schedule, timeline), Video Library, Team Building, Parent Education, Player Feedback Tools, Game Analysis, Core Value Lessons, VIrtual College Recruiting Seminar, Etc....
UPDATE 3/17/2020 - WSA MEMBERS:
You have recevied an email detailing the club's plans, proposed timelines, expectations, and service objectives. If you have not recevied that email please click here. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and most importantly compliance during this unique time in world history. We will continue to progress and evolve our plans, keeping you updated, with the first objective of global safety. The next objective will be in serving our kids and families in our ongoing mission to overcome deterrents to the game, to purpose good teaching, to serve others, to challenge the status quo, and to become transformative.
Roger Bush, West Side Alliance SC, Executive Director
STEP 1: IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND
STEP 2: LET'S REINVENT OURSELVES AND CONTINUE OUR DRIVE TOWARDS HONORING OUR GIFT OF TIME, TALENT, and AVAILABLE RESOURCE. WITH BREATH IN THE LUNGS LET'S EXECUTE CHANGE.
We believe this is not time to be still, to become complacent, or fall backwards. The best case against ailment is a strong attitude - find a positive perspective. The best presentation against agents of disease, is physical strength - take action to train. The best response to uncertainty and doubt is faith - Let's pray for health, speedy recovery for those inflicted, and wise leadership by those guiding. And in the meantime, let's not sit. Plans are being put in place by your amazing coaching staff for remote training, which will be both INDIVIDUALIZED as required by present circumstance, and TEAM-ORIENTED, as allowed by present resources of 21st Century Technology. You were made for this. Lead your team!
THE SIDE PLAYER'S CORE VALUE VIDEO
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STEP 3: TRAINING WILL COMMENCE VIA VIDEO MESSAGING AND COACH INSTRUCTIONS. SEE YOUR TIMELINE ON THE SIDE MENU BAR FOR YOUR AGE GROUP AND VIEW THE VIRTUAL TRAINING CENTER.
Online video tutorials with demonstrations, will be used, for age specific training. We will also host some virtual skills challenges, various contests, some requiring video feedback as proof. Don't have an IPhone or way to film. That's OK we'll allow witnesses to vouch (but you'll be asked to prove it upon return to the training ground, so be ready!).
STEP 4: FEEDBACK & EVALUATIONS. THE PROCESS INVOLVES LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER.
You will be asked as players and parents to offer feedback to your coach. This will help your coach construct a better version of herself/himself in the process of learning. All feedback is useful. The BEST FEEDBACK is meant to build, not critique. Offer your feedback wisely with construction in mind. Coaches will also use this time to perform early season player evaluations and feedback reports. These will be delivered electroncically on a timeline generated by the club (see proposed timeline for your age division on the side menu of this page).
STEP 5: TEAMWORK AND TEAM BUILDING. WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO KEEP A "SOCIAL DISTANCE" BUT WE KNOW WE'VE BEEN SOCIALIZING DISTANTLY FOR 20 YEARS. Get ready for some team building and team interaction led by your coaching staffs via social media, IPhones, and group messaging. You may learn more than you ever knew possible about these people you love (and quite possibly you'll learn more than you wished 😜.
STEP 6: GAME DAY! LET'S PLAY SOME FOOTY. WE KNOW THE FIELDS ARE CLOSED AND YOU CAN'T GATHER MORE THAN ENOUGH TO HAVE A TEAM OR OPPONENT. But we believe we should still use the weekends on game analysis, game video review. Be ready to possibly review your games, professional or college game footage, or maybe a clubmate's. Lessons of game analysis will be provided along with the video review. This is for players, but parents you can join in too. Education is awesome 😁! Let's grow in ways we likely couldn't find the time for when we were driving from practice to practice and work to practice, or might have been too busy moving from a HS training, to a club training, to another game, back to training, etc....