By Brent Ridenour, President, Ohio Extreme SC, June 13, 2018
“Kids America? Where is that?” I asked. Bryce Parkhill, Director of Soccer at Kids America had contacted me and asked if I would come meet with him to discuss soccer in Coshocton, Ohio, specifically at Kids America. That was August of 2017. Almost a year later, we have had several indoor soccer tournaments and now we have helped start Ohio Extreme SC in Coshocton.
A big thank you to Bryce for inviting me, and also to Brian Dunlap, our new Director, for seeing the vision and trusting in our system and our process.
It’s exactly how we started in Lima. A team here or there. Multiple age groups on one team. Playing in leagues and tournaments for the first time with no clue how we were going to do. Asking parents to believe in what we were doing and most importantly, why we were doing it. Asking players to try new things and watching them struggle some days and thrive on others.
One thing I have not seen in Coshocton are the doubters. Lima was full of doubters. Every person I have met in Coshocton has been nothing but positive and thankful for this opportunity for their soccer players. That is so fun to be around.
Thank you to everyone for opening your arms to Ohio Extreme Soccer Club and for believing and trusting in us. It is not going to happen over night. It’s going to take many years to reach the levels that we have in Lima, but with a positive group of parents, players, and coaches, we can definitely get there sooner than what we did in Lima.
By Brent Ridenour, President, Ohio Extreme SC, May 31, 2018
It’s hard to believe that we are going to be completing Year #9 as a soccer club. It’s hard to believe that we are heading into our 10 year anniversary. But it’s also a great time to reflect and a great time to look forward.
While reflecting, I think about all of the parents, the coaches, the directors, and everyone who played a part in helping us get to this level. I also think of the players that have come to training with an open mind and listened to their coaches.
I wish I had saved the text messages ….the emails….and the voice mails…….you know…the ones that said “you’re never going to make it” …..”Lima can’t sustain a soccer club”……”Everyone plays 3 sports here” ……”It will never work”……”You’ll never be able to compete with the big city clubs”.
10 years ago, the biggest youth soccer accomplishment in the greater Lima area was winning the local recreational soccer league and going on to play in the “state recreational soccer tournament.” (which really isn’t a state wide tournament as it only includes the West Central and Southeastern part of Ohio). Teams/parents/coaches would walk around and brag about “Playing for the State Championship.” 10 years later….no one talks about that anymore and we now have teams that are ACTUALLY playing for the State Championship.
Looking forward, I see a lot more that we can do. We are just now having teams compete on a state level (against clubs with twice as many players and with player fees far exceeding ours). We are now starting to get 2 teams at many of our youngest age groups which will be great as those teams moving into 11v11. We are continuing to form partnerships with other great youth soccer organizations across Ohio which will help us spread the word about who we are and what we do. It’s going to be an exciting future for our youngest players and I can not wait to see them improve every year.
Thank you to everyone who helped us get here…..and to all of you who are going to help us get to an even higher level. Go Extreme!
By: Brent Ridenour, President of Ohio Extreme Soccer Club, May 7, 2018
I saw a quote the other day that I wanted to discuss:
“Our obsession with playing time robs our kids the ability to see the bigger picture. Game day is a small portion of a huge life-long team impact. You won’t always be the superstar in life, but there is always something to be gained when you are a part of something bigger than you.”
As a club President for almost 10 years, I have only heard of one or two parents question training sessions and what a player is getting out of training, but we hear from 5-10 parents a year about playing time in games.
At Ohio Extreme we do have “playing time” policies based on the age group of the team, but at the end of the day, our directors and coaches are all aiming at the same thing…and that’s player development. There is “some” development that occurs during games, but not as much as occurs in training and during Footskills Night.
In my opinion, as a parent, I would be MUCH more concerned over how many times my child is touching the ball at training and at foot skills. Those touches are way more important than minutes played in games. In fact, I would argue that 100 minutes of “game time” equals about 10 minutes of foot skills.
In school, do parents question how many “tests” a child has? Or what is being taught during the lessons? The lessons are much more important.
Games are for the parents and training is for our coaches and players. We need to all try and help change that mindset.