December 2019 Newsletter Overview
Letter to the Elite Family
Go Toward the Roar
Indoor Soccer/Futsal 2nd session (Jan - Feb)
Spring program registration continues
07 boys in Boise
Lone Peak Speed, Agility, and Quickness training
GO TOWARD THE ROAR
I want to share a story that coach Hunter likes to tell, and hopefully he won’t be mad about me stealing his thunder, and additionally hopefully I can do it justice (disclaimer: if you want it told better it might be good to ask him to tell it to you). I have of course previously heard him tell this story, but I was recently reminded of it when I was away at a coaching course and a different coach started to tell the same story. It’s a fairly well-known fable so some of you may have heard it before, but I wanted to share it here because I like the message and think that is analogous to who we are, what we tell the players, and what we as a club believe in.
This story takes place on a great savannah of Africa, where there is a lot of tall grass on numerous plains and wildlife is abundant. The wildlife inevitably mixes with each other as animals often do, especially when there are those that make a habit of hunting others for food. On this savannah there are groups of lions, called prides, that together hunt in packs some of the animal herds of zebra and wildebeests. As the lions in the pride get older, however, they lose much of their strength to hunt and in addition they lose a lot of their teeth, but one thing that continues to get stronger and fiercer as they age is their roar.
Instead of being chased away or cast aside by the younger and more able hunting lions and lionesses, the pride utilizes the older members in a very interesting way. As the pride tracks different herds that eat their way across the grass plains, the pride splits up before attacking. The few remaining older members will head toward one side of the plain and herd, and the younger group will move around to the other side of the plain on the opposite side of the herd from the older lions. When both groups are in place and they are ready, the older lions let out their mighty roar, and the herd of animals being hunted, somewhat expectedly, panics and runs away from the roar, away from the older lions, and right into the group of younger lions who then make quick work of the herd and are able to successfully capture the pride’s next meal.
The story illustrates that there will be a lot of times in life when we will come up on something that scares us, something that is very tempting to run away from, but often it pays off to face that fear. If the herd in the story would have gone toward the roar, that’s where they would have been more likely to find their way through. In life it can pay off to do something that may be scary at first, because that is when we grow, and that is where we will find our own way through and possibly our best path forward.
I started this club just under two years ago now but before starting, I admit that it was daunting and scary and as a result I hesitated. There were so many questions and things that I didn’t know how they would turn out, but like many other times earlier in my life I went toward the roar. Looking back on my life, every time I have done this it has always challenged me and made me grow more than I ever expect. It should not go unsaid as well that I also feel unbelievably fortunate in this instance to have the help of so many amazing people that believe in what we are doing and have joined along the way, and looking back on the past two years, I am very happy that I and the club live by the concept that fear and uncomfortable times are often the best opportunities for growth, and that it pays to not take the seemingly easier and obvious way out.
So as 2019 winds down, a huge thank you to everyone as I could not and cannot do this without you. And to all of the Elite family: join me and together let’s continue into the next decade going toward the roar.
Hello Elite Family!
Thank you to everyone for being a part of our Elite family, and for your continued support and belief of Gallatin Elite Soccer Club and what we are all about.
It is hard to believe, but we are coming up on our 2 year anniversary as a club this coming February. It is only with your support that we have seen such incredible growth since we began, and I truly could not have foreseen back when we started how far we would get in such a short amount of time.
As you prioritize your year-end giving, we hope you will consider a gift to GESC in order to help us continue to grow! As most of you know, we are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and with your help we can continue to provide the highest-quality soccer and development opportunities for the youth of Gallatin Valley and its surrounding areas.
or you can alternately send a check made out to Gallatin Elite Soccer Club to:
Gallatin Elite Soccer Club attn: donations
2951 Autumn Grove
Bozeman, MT 59718
We look forward to continuing our quest for a thriving soccer program run by soccer players for soccer players, because we at GESC are all living and breathing examples of the positive benefits that soccer brings.
Thank you to everyone for your support and Happy holidays!
GESC Club Founder and Director
Indoor Soccer/futsal (for 2006 to 2012 birth year players)
Our second winter session (Jan. to mid-February) of indoor soccer/futsal is now open for registration and the calendar has been posted.
To register, go here.
Our indoor soccer and futsal program is purposely mellow with lots of play. The smaller spaces, smaller numbers, and faster surfaces means lots of touches, lots of decisions in tight spaces, and lots of fun and play.
Calling any interested 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 birth year boys and/or girls that want more from their soccer experience (note: 2012 players will be considered by directors and coaches to determine fit)!
Does your player love soccer? Are they interested in joining the fastest growing soccer program with the highest level of coaching, most modern teaching methods, and the best prices for travel soccer in the valley? Then look no further! We are experienced at helping your player continue and grow their enjoyment of soccer and at getting them to another level by developing them as both players and people.
Training starts immediately following spring break and runs for most groups until mid-June.
Coached by some of the top coaches in the region. US Soccer A and B licensed coaches. All teams follow the GESC style of play and training methodology.
Training for these age groups will start back up in mid-February. Be sure to register now to keep posted! We are looking for a couple more 2006 and 2007 boys to help fill out our teams at these ages.
If you are interested in trying out either register or let us know!
2007 Boys in Boise with MT MDP
A group of our 2007 boys were selected to travel to Boise with MT MDP and came away with 3 wins while there against the ID 07 boys state team, WY 07 boys team, and the ID 06 boys team.
Well done boys! Way to represent Elite well! Good luck to those traveling to Phoenix in January!
RECREATIONAL / DEVELOPMENTAL SOCCER
Pre-K (born in 2015) through 5th grade recreational / developmental soccer players:
Interested in professional coaching, games on Fridays, and a $65 early bird pricing if you register now until Feb. 1st?
Season starts early April. For schedule, dates, and more info check out the program page by clicking "Learn More" below.
Introduction to soccer through 4 fun clinics for Pre-K (those born in 2016-2015) kids that want a mellow introduction to soccer.
Clinics held on Fridays during the spring. $45, includes a Mini Dribblers shirt.
For schedule, dates, and more info check out the program page by clicking "Learn More" below.