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Nov. 9, 2017
1) WE NEED LIGHT!
The time change has driven us off our darkened Field 6 At Big Sun. Our final T/TH 6:00-7:30 practices are switching locations to Jervey Gantt, in the grassy area adjacent to the brightly lit basketball courts.
2) PIZZA PARTY
My friend Steve, owner and chef at La Famiglia Pizzeria, has agreed to supply three extra large New York Style pizza pies and drinks for our players between 2:30 and 4:30 for our team party after final matches on November 18th. La Famiglia Pizzeria is located just up Maricamp from the Big Sun fields. Let's pack the place with our families and be sure to thank Steve and his long time crew, for supporting our team. He already is displaying our champion Hurricanes on his wall of fame as you walk into his pizzeria. Remember to visit him again as we remember our kids' amazing season! I recommend the supreme pizza and the garlic knots. He always prepares New York Style pies, and makes great subs and pasta, too. His website with full menu is linked to his logo in the margins of our site. My opinion: this is the best pizza in North Central Florida! Our kids are the best and deserve the best. Let's bring our families together for the best pizza, team awards, and one more great time!
3) RAISING OUR FLAG
I'm presenting the idea with us, for challenging the rest of the league with a "Champions versus All-stars" match as a final match on the 18th or 19th. What do you think? I can't see the idea of an all-stars match being accepted as an extra week going into the holidays. However, it might work as an add-on match after the late match on the 18th, at 1:00., or alternatively at 2:00 after church the next day.
I would hope to coach against two of the other coaches, since I have Chris as an assistant coach. I also don't want this to become a coaching duel between two personalities, in order to keep the focus more on the kids. I realize that the all-stars should be offered by each team's coaches. I'm fine with the all-stars having three selections from each of the other five squads, which gives them three more subs than we would have, but also some wiggle room for a few no-shows.
If the other coaches can organize this, their organizational job would be harder than ours. I know our team has the enthusiasm and ability to hold our own with signature style and flair, but could we also schedule an early afternoon rally for such a challenge match before Saturday's team party? Or after Sunday services? We are talking about a whole Saturday or a Sunday afternoon. The sooner we announce our challenge, the better. The other squads can always accept or decline our challenge. We may be able to get one or two of our league coaches to referee in case we can't get the short notice officiating coverage. Everyone has been itching to topple us, and we could stand there and let the whole league take one more stacked up try at us, but I really don't think the results would be any different. I know we all believe in our team, so this is only about scheduling.
Of course, we need to know we can field a team before we announce the challenge. I have presented this as only an idea with league administrator Bobby Herndon. We would need at least nine players for the usual 9v9 match. I would take any nine out of our dozen, with no subs if necessary. And then we would wait for a reply to our challenge.
Parents, I realize the short notice may not allow us to schedule two matches on the following weekend. So, let's put the word out among ourselves. If we can get at least nine commitments and put the challenge out, let's do it loud and clear with one last wave of our flag. I want our kids to know they can challenge the whole league and confidently wait for a reply. Regarding our final weekend of the 18th/19th, please reply on our text thread: "Saturday (1:00) and/or Sunday (2:00)" or "Not available for all-star challenge". It's our challenge, so we can announce the time and place. Just like the Old West. I will announce to the other coaches our challenge, with league permission, as soon as we have enough parents for our team's voice on this. So let's be swift and sure. Our flag is a black square on a deep orange backdrop. We want their golden stars. Thank you!
⚽️ Coach Miley
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