With all youth sports there are usually many clubs or that offer various programs for athletes. Typically the promise of “elite” level teams or an “elite” program is given. Sometimes those promises are accurate and a team or multiple teams can consider their performance elite. Other times it is just a selling tactic for you to play for that club.
The focus of elite should be geared towards the type of practices and skills they are receiving from the coaches. You can have great players and great athletes that have good results. That doesn’t mean they are receiving top level coaching to push them further in their development. Our focus with our coaching staff is to be detail oriented on skills, movements, expectations, and keep our practices efficient and structured.
Our job as coaches is to provide a positive but demanding learning environment where players are competing in practices each day. Our coaches work to break down skills for athletes so they know why they are performing a certain movement or they know why we are running a specific defense. Not to just do it because it works.
We are not here to make promises in terms or tournament outcomes, playing time, or by position, but we will promise that we will make great growth as a team and with individual skill development. The majority of our club coaches have experience in education as well as all having experience playing the game. Former players do not always make the best coaches, but it does help when the coaches have played the position or sport because they can accurately set expectations and relate on how to perform skills.
Our focus at WAVE is to train our athletes to their best ability, teach them how to play to win regardless of the level, and grow our teams understanding of the game. We will always work to compete and focus on the details so our outcomes are wins.