The Goalkeeper’s Job

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Contrary to what you may have heard, the goalkeeper’s primary job is NOT to always keep the ball out of the net. There are times when that is simply impossible. If you are in goal and Ronaldo steps up to the mark to take a PK, make no mistake about it, the ball is going in the net. As a coach, I will not assign you a job that is impossible for you to complete. However, the goalkeeper’s primary job is to save everything that is savable. The way you do that, in its simplest form, is to complete these 3 tasks:

  1. Make the correct DECISION
  2. Correctly execute the TECHNIQUE
  3. Give maximum EFFORT

If you do those 3 tasks to the best of your ability, then you, your teammates, your coaches, your parents, the fans, and everyone else will know if the shot was savable. Because if you do those 3 things and you make the save, then the shot was savable. But if you do all 3 of those things and the ball still goes in, then you have proven to the world that the shot was impossible for you to save. Because there is absolutely nothing more that you could have done to prevent it. Don’t focus on the result, but instead focus on the things that you can control and do them to the best of your ability.

We are playing games tonight (10/5) but be prepared!!!

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Do you ever wish you were a meteorologist? I sure do. After looking at the forecast, the rain appears to be holding off until at least 8 tonight, so why not try, right? It’s only a little water…. (Famous last words of Eddy Bolton, ha!!) Come prepared tonight with a coat or umbrella just in case the rain hits early. If something changes, we will let you know through remind, or Facebook, or the Teamsnap app if possible.

It’s also Quesadilla night!! Quesadillas are prepared and packaged by one of our sponsors, Limon’s Mexican Restaurant in Henagar. I can tell you from personal experience, they are outstanding, and as the nights cool off, they will really hit the spot. Make sure to get one early, because they go fast!!!

How do I join the Remind group? Just click here and follow the directions. We copy most major announcements, weather or otherwise) to this Remind channel. (As it fills, we move you to additional groups, there are space limits)

How do I get on Teamsnap? If you have not received an email invitation, talk to your child’s coach and see if they can check the email address we used to add you to the system. If they cannot change it, talk to someone at the front gate and we will try to get you taken care of and added. All team communication is handled through the app, as well as game and practice schedules, so it is important that you are on the app as soon as possible.

See you all at the fields, let’s go have some fun tonight!!

DC Inferno Soccer Staff

CFC will be at the field on Thursday night!!

In our journey to provide the best soccer experience possible for the kids of DeKalb county, we have met Kris Ray, who’s role with Chattanooga Football Club includes heading up their community development program. We have watched CFC as the have developed over the last few years and they are a club with a support foundation to be envied.

Kris will be at the fields Thursday, and there will potentially be some of their professional players to interact with our recreational program players and coaches. Come out and join us, and let your players meet and experience some players that are at a “slightly higher level”. You can also ask questions and find out a little more about our neighbor to the north.

Week 1 Games – What you need to know!!

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Rec soccer games begin tonight at the Fort Payne Sports Complex. There are limited games played on Mondays, with most of the games being played on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and admission to the games is $1.00 per person. Admission is available at the Gault Avenue side and the railroad track side of the complex.

A few items to note:

  1. Uniforms won’t be in until the end of the 2nd week due to a combination of the coaching shortage, sponsor shortage, and Covid supply and manufacturing issues. This year was seemingly a perfect storm, but with a little patience and understanding, we will get through it and play some soccer. Games will feature one team in pinnie vests and one team in regular T-shirts until uniforms arrive.
  2. If you have any trouble locating your game, please don’t hesitate to ask at the entrances. There are maps there to assist you in finding your field. You can also access the field map HERE.
  3. The concession stand will be open, with a similar menu to last year, candy, and bottled drinks. We will not have fountain drinks this year.
  4. Coaches will pick up game roster cards at the main concession ticket booth as they enter.
  5. We see issues shown on the news daily of people acting out in public. This is not the venue for that. Remember that this is a game and we do this for the kids. Keep your comments positive for the kids, especially for the younger ones, they look to you to see if they did good or bad. Don’t steal their happiness over your own pride.
  6. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for referee abuse. The world around us is losing referees at a staggering pace in all sports, and our choice is to be the exception and not the rule. Most of our referees are students and trainees, and negative comments take their focus from the game and from the players (remember, we are here for the kids, make it positive). It takes years of experience to become a good referee, and if we discourage them, we won’t have any good referees left in a few years.
  7. 24 hour rule: A good rule of thumb, whether frustrated at a coach, referee, another parent or any situation that happens at the field is to wait 24 hours and then get in touch with the parties involved. (Many times after this cool-down period, you find that there is no need to pursue the meeting after all.) At the very least, you can have a conversation without all the emotions of the night before.

Covid notes:

  1. Masks are not required, so please try to social distance as much as possible.
  2. Please use sanitizer and wash your hands regularly.
  3. If you have symptoms, feel bad, or have been around a family member who shows symptoms or feels bad, please don’t come to the complex. Go home, get better, and we will be glad to have you back.