Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Respect!
Here at Missoula Strikers we are focused on establishing a competitive culture throughout the club. However, we want to build an environment where success is not measured by winning teams but by player development and growth in the game. Of course we want all of our teams to win games but our emphasis is on playing the right way and not a win-at-all-costs mentality. Winning is an important factor in player development, it raises confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief but as a club we also understand that there are more important aspects to consider. Not only do our coaches strive to enhance a player’s ability on the field but also nurture their character off it. Our coaches realize that they can become an integral part of a young person’s life, it is important to the club’s philosophy that our players, coaches and parents showcase good sportsmanship and respect at all times. Our primary focus is to develop decent human-beings, soccer is simply our mode of transportation. -Executive Director, Ross McMonies
Parents can help with this by not asking about the score, instead ask “How did you play?”. We want to ensure that winning is a by-product of the game and not the focus.
Parents can also help us by supporting the players from the sideline and refraining from poor displays of sportsmanship towards the referee or opponents. Simply praise players for the good things they do during the game and let the coaches coach.