The Importance of Perserverance

Here at  Washington Youth Soccer, we work every day to create the most qualified coaches in the nation. In 2011, we certified 1,000 plus coaches through our Coaching Education program.

In Coaching Education there are various levels of licensing that coaches can achieve. Beginning with an E Certificate, coaches can proceed up the Coaching Education Pyramid through the National A License. Coaching Education courses provide a crucial foundation of knowledge to ensure that youth players across the nation have qualified coaches and the pursuit of a higher coaching license (C-A) demands long hours of classroom lectures and field sessions, mental focus and preparation, and additionally physical commitment.

Over the past 18 months, Washington has hosted 3 National C Licenses courses, a notable task for a state organization. Given our involvement in the Coaching Education program, US Soccer approached our state to host a National C License Re-Test Course.

This weekend, 25 coaches will take part in US Soccer’s National C License Re-test being held at Starfire Sports Complex.  This course is designed for coaches who were deemed “Not Ready” in their initial C license course to have a second try at achieving their National C License.  A National C license course is not easy by any means. In total, the course is 68 hours, extending over 8 long days packed with intense sessions.  The course is not only mentally tiring, but additionally physically grueling. Course candidates participate in every session playing – nearly 4 hours of soccer daily.

Since their initial C license course, these coaches participating in the RE-test this weekend have been hard at work spending hours training on the field, as well as in the classroom.

These coaches possess an invaluable quality that we can all take a lesson from; PERSERVERANCE. Told “No” once, the coaches set their sights on what they wanted to achieve and committed. This takes a great deal of courage.
Napoleon Hill is one of my favorite authors and sources of inspiration. His below quote is quite applicable to this situation.

“Without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.” -Napoleon Hill

I honor these coaches for their hard work and dedication to the pursuit of their goals.  Best of luck to all coaches Re-testing for their National C License this weekend!
We want to hear from you! Do you have a soccer experience where you used perseverance to get you through a trying situation? If so, tell me about it!

Until next time, Keep the Ball Moving Forward!
Gary White

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