Whew the summer of 2015 has come and gone quite rapidly. We experienced severe flooding in May and now triple digit temps. in August.
Aside from the extreme weather it has been an enjoyable and unforgettable season that I will never forget. Aside from my work as a security expert, coaching consultant, operations officer & online businessman, I was asked at the beginning of the Summer to Coach a youth Soccer team for 9 year old boys.
My friend Dan Myers is the best Soccer Skills coach in this region and he had his hands full with a full team already plus many more kids that wanted to play Soccer for the Summer.
After joining the ECL Arrows we began a focused intro. and immersion into the world of 3 vs. 3 Soccer. There are several differences from the traditional game which all contribute to more touches on the ball along with a mixed offensive to defensive playing style that youngsters seem to pick up on quickly.
The boys played a total of 5 Tournaments in various cities across the state from Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Mustang, and Ardmore. Each tournament they played a minimum of 4 games.
Adapting my Life/Business Coaching skills to the sport of Soccer and young boys was a fun and rewarding experience. I would say that I do not have it mastered yet but it sure has been fun spending the summer developing young minds and bodies into healthy / critical thinking young people.
The 3 vs. 3 Soccer Season ended yesterday (8 August 2015) on a high note which is a fitting end to a successful season. The boys won every game they played, a total of 4. They swept their age group and came out as Champions.
The icing on the cake is an invite to compete in the “Elite” division of the World 3 vs. 3 Soccer Championships at ESPN / Disney in January 2016!
Below is a photo of the ECL Arrows, the team consisted of Boomer, Collin, Dane, Landon, and Markus (my Son).
I honestly find it hard to categorize all of the satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy this experience has brought me. Being able to Coach my own boy without him hating me for it is something I will continue to strive for and never forget.
This teams parental support is phenomenal, all the parents are dedicated, supportive, and just all around super good folks – I am in their debt for placing their trust in me to Coach and develop their boys.
A hearty “Thank You” goes out to Coach Dan, all the Parents, my boys the ECL Arrows, and all of our fans in Southwestern Oklahoma…
Mark Edward Brown
P.S. – I have been asked to stay with the team and Coach them in the fall season of traditional Soccer where we will be practicing and playing at the Lawton Soccer Club… I’m stoked