Well, parents, welcome to the Fall 2010 version of Houston Express 01B Chelsea. I’m looking forward to having a great season in the fall, but wanted to use these summer months to start getting to know each other and discuss some possible summer activities.
First, however, I should tell you about the website. I created this version of the site at the beginning of the year to be my primary means of communicating to you, the parents. Most information you get from me will be via the website, with emails sent out only for time-sensitive issues. As such, it is necessary that you subscribe to the website to receive the updates. There are two ways to do this: RSS is the best way, as you will receive updates shortly after they are created. If you prefer, however, you can receive updates in a daily digest sent via email. This is the easiest way, as all you have to do is enter your email address, but it does mean that you only get updates once per day (usually sometime between 9 and 10pm), and if I post an article later than 10pm (which I often do), you won’t be notified about it until the next evening. So I do recommend that if it is at all possible you subscribe via RSS. If you are unfamiliar with RSS, but you frequently visit blogs or news sites almost every site has RSS features and you will be able to subscribe to those sites, as well. For information about how to use this website and how to subscribe, I suggest you visit this series of posts; the posts are listed in reverse order so be sure to start at the beginning. For more general information about how to use RSS, email me at jason[dot]wintz[at]gmail[dot]com (replacing the written-symbol names in brackets with the appropriate symbols).
I want to take the opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I am a soccer nut. I love the game, and my goal is to pass that love on to our kids. I hope to do that through teaching them some of the smaller, subtler details of the game; posting videos of great goals, especially ones in MLS or scored by Americans playing overseas; and getting our kids generally connected to the larger soccer world around us. You can see all this if you take the time to browse through the site and look at the various types of posts I’ve created. You may feel a bit overwhelmed by some of the things I propose, (summer camps, tournaments, going to professional games) but keep in mind that most of this is voluntary. As I’ve said, I most want to teach the game, with the idea that our boys will grow to love the game (more than they already do). While I hope to achieve victory in games, that is not my first priority. Accordingly, although it is not required in club soccer, it is my goal that everyone play a roughly equal amount of time, and everyone play in multiple positions (if they so desire).
Now I’d like to learn a little bit about you guys, or more specifically, your sons. I hope everyone will take a moment to post a comment below that lets me learn a little bit about your young player (even if you think I already know). Let me know his previous soccer experience (club or rec, how many years, where), what positions he’s been playing, what positions he hasn’t been playing but would like to. You can also add their favorite teams/players if you like. If your son has played Express Soccer (club, not West U Rec) in the past, let me know his jersey number so we can try to have the new uniform keep that number (that way we have spares!).
Finally, I would like to have a team meeting where we get a chance to meet each other, discuss some other volunteer issues, fill out some paperwork, discuss money issues, etc. Hopefully we can do this at a time when your players are available so I can meet them and begin putting names to faces.