Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What You Need to Know Before Pre-Season?

Lady Generals Soccer Community,

I couldn't be more excited to kick-off another season of learning and competition with the Lady Generals Soccer Program. Our goal is to continue learning and growing together as we work towards building a world-class program.

Our coaching staff recently met with players who are interested in participating in our program for the upcoming season. If you were unable to attend that meeting, then you can find all of the information discussed in the link below. Items discussed at this meeting included important summer dates, rituals and traditions, how to stay in the communication loop, a prescribed fitness program, physicals, and next steps. Please review this document in its entirety if you were unable to attend.

Additionally, all of the important links on the right side of our blog have been updated and are accurate. Keep in mind that many of these items are subject to change. Therefore, I do NOT recommend that you print these; instead, you should continue to visit our blog and use the provided links to ensure you aware of our most recent updates. You'll also notice the dates for many of the rituals and traditions we want to implement in 2017 have already posted on the calendar. Please scroll through the calendar to view important dates for the future as well.



Also, I'm very pleased to announce the hiring of new assistant coach, Ms. Maggie Whitfield! Coach Whitfield will bring a ton of passion, energy, and positive personal experiences from the game to our program. See Coach Whitfield's purple cow tidbits below.


Alex Martin

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Calling Lady Generals Soccer Pictures

We need your help! Our Lady Generals Soccer Program needs you to share any player or team photo taken from this season with our Legacy Core LEADERs. Through this photo collection process, we will create a picture slideshow to present at our end-season-celebration. Suggested pictures include on- and off-the-field photos of players and/or community supporters. You can add your photos by uploading them from your computer into the folder link below or you can simply text these images to either Cameron Boone, Joanna Whitis, or Claire Hicks (see numbers below) and they will ensure to add them to our collection. Thanks!

Cameron Boone - 502.827.2781
Joanna Whitis - 502.827.4394
Claire Hicks - 502.349.5343

Friday, November 4, 2016

End of the Celebration and Logistics

As another season has drawn to a close, there are a variety of end of the season items that need to be addressed.

First, we will host an end of the season celebration to commemorate our season and our Lady Generals Soccer community. This celebration will occur on Sunday, November 13th from 3:00-4:30PM at TNHS Cafeteria. The event will center around connecting with one another, celebrating the achievements of our players, and reflecting upon our season. To ensure its success, I will need the following support from our community:

  1. Legacy Core members, we will meet after school Wednesday, November 9 from 3:15-4:00 to help plan and organize our end of season celebration. Please reference this document to begin brainstorming and to view areas where you can support.
  2. The banquet will be a potluck meal. The meat will be purchased and bought by the booster club, and then all players will be responsible for bringing at least one side dish to support the meal. We will be having fried chicken and will plan on eating at 3:00PM (my apologies for the odd time, the boys soccer team is hosting their banquet from 5:30-7:00 on Sunday as well). Please click on this document to view the item that we have requested you to bring. If you have a specialty dish that you would like to bring, please feel free to make adjustments to the sheet.
  3. Communicating your attendance - all players or community supporters, please communicate your banquet attendance through this Google Form
  4. Uniform Collection - all player uniforms should be properly washed, bagged with its player name on it, and returned to Coach Martin by Sunday, November 13th (banquet date). When uniforms were distributed at the beginning of the season it was documented what pieces of the TNHS uniform was given to you to use; all parts of your uniform should be returned to Coach Martin. Players who fail to return their uniform or parts of their uniform by Sunday, November 13th will have a charge placed on their student account until it is returned or purchased. We will offer a uniform purchase deal for any senior player who wishes to keep parts of their uniform for personal memorabilia. Obviously, any part of the uniform which is kept by a senior player will need to be replaced before the following season and therefore the purchase price of your uniform will be equal to the purchase price of a replacement jersey. According to BSN Sports, the prices to replace pieces of our uniforms are listed below (click on this link - topsshorts - if you wish to view a purchase receipt from additional uniforms that we ordered three years ago). Seniors that wish to purchase part of their uniform should return all pieces you do not wish to keep in a individual bag with your name on to Coach Martin before the banquet. For the pieces you wish to keep, total your purchase and make a check out to TNHS - Girls Soccer and bring this to the banquet.
    • Short-sleeve tops = $60.00 per top
    • Long-sleeve tops = $67.50 per top
    • Shorts = $32.75 per short
  5. Character Awards - We will honor certain individuals for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the course of the season. All players will have an opportunity to vote for student-athletes who best exemplified the traits described for each award. We will have one representative from both the JV and Varsity teams be recognized for each award. Before you vote, please read the descriptions for each award below so you know what we're looking for. Varsity team members will vote for the varsity awards, while JV team members will vote for the JV awards. If you were a dual player, then you will vote for both. 
    • Higher Purpose Award - A player who exemplifies these characteristics played for a higher purpose. They did not use the game to just compete and win, but they used the game to help prepare them for life. They sought excellence in all areas - in the classroom, outside of school in their community, as a person, and as a player.
    • Community Award - A player who exemplifies these characteristics has invested a lot of energy into building the community within our program. They reached out to develop relationships with ALL of our teammates. They reached out to help support others on and off of the field. They were a consistent positive life force - someone others wanted to be around.
    • Team over Individual Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics ALWAYS placed the needs of the team above their own needs. They would sacrifice their own self-interest for the greater good of the team. They played for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back of the jersey.
    • Pursuit of Excellence Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics consistently looked to themselves for ways to improve. They consistently worked to get better by focusing on the small things. They never settled for "that was good enough". They pushed the tempo in practice and they constantly pushed themselves and the team to improve.
    • LEADER Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics was a true LEADER on our team and to our program. Others looked up to this person and they were a player who you would follow. They represented and lived our LEADER values on a consistent basis.
    • JV PLAYER AWARDS - Vote Here      VARSITY PLAYER Awards - Vote Here
Stay tuned for additional posts if necessary. Please reach out to me or a Legacy Core member if you need assistance completing the tasks outlined above.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

VOTE for End of Season Banquet Date

As our season has drawn to a close, we will be hosting an end of the season celebration to commemorate our season and our Lady Generals Soccer community. After some consideration and consultation, it makes sense to push our banquet back a week to give our community members enough time to make accommodations. So, the celebration will be held on either Friday, November 11th or Sunday, November 13th. Please click on the link below to vote for the date of your preference. All players need to converse with their parents about these options AND then vote for the date of their choice. The voting window will close Sunday, October 30th at midnight, and our banquet date will be announced Monday morning. Your options are listed below:

Potential Banquet Dates:
Friday, November 11 from 6:00-7:30 at TNHS
Sunday, November 13 from 3:00-4:30 at TNHS (Boys Soccer has Cafe reserved from 5:30-7:00 for their end of season celebration)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Upcoming Events - Including Senior Night Preparations

During our last regular season home game, our TNHS Athletics Department and our girls soccer program will create a time and space to honor our senior girls for the gifts and commitments that they have contributed to our program. There are a number of items that are occurring behind the scene to make it a memorable night. However, we are requesting our soccer community's support with a few items.

First, we are requesting the presence of all underclassmen players (middle school, freshman, sophomore, and junior players) to join in on creating "run-throughs" for senior night. The run-throughs were a huge hit last year as they help build enthusiasm for the game and they're a joy to watch the girls run through them. The girls will work together to decorate these poster run-throughs on Friday, September 30 from 3:30-5:30PM at TNHS in Mr. Hoyes Art Room. (Note: there will NOT be practice held during this time).

Next, the TNHS Lady Generals Soccer Team will host a senior night meal for our senior girls and coaches. We are requesting underclassmen parents to bring ANY of the items listed on the document below. The meal is set to begin at 4:30, and therefore any food items would need to be dropped off at 4:00. We would also like for 2-3 parents to assist in the setup and cleanup of this event. Please sign-up on THIS DOCUMENT or contact one of the group LEADERs if you can bring an item or if you would like to assist. Parent LEADERs in charge of this event include Carole Bryan (502)827-4604, Tiffany Wimsett (502)827-4674, and Sherry Thompson Meador (502)827-1149.

Finally, on a different note, tonight's boys-girls doubleheader match is also Future Generals Night! Young athletes who participate in youth soccer within our area will be highlighted and celebrated between tonight's games. Youth soccer players who wear their youth uniform to the game tonight will get free admission (parents must pay admission) and they will be celebrated between our matches. Please help spread the word and let's work together to build enthusiasm for the sport. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Taylor Martin Memorial Game

Nearly one year ago, our community lost a dear friend, teammate, and Original General as Taylor Martin was taken from us on September 10th, 2015. Taylor embodied the notion of LEADERship through peacemaking, CARE, and friendship. Through collaboration with our Legacy Core team and our TNHS LEADERship team, we have identified our home match vs. Nelson County on September 12, 2016 as the "Taylor Martin Memorial Game" to honor and celebrate her life.

We intend to make September 12th a day of remembrance and celebration as we have a variety of unique activities planned for that afternoon. First, we intend to make this a community celebration and we want to invite all members of our community to this event. Our school community will be hosting House Tailgate to create a space for students and community members to gather and connect before the game. The House Tailgate is planned to take place next to the tennis courts and is set to begin at 5:00PM. TNHS plans to provide and grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the tailgate, however, a few other items have been requested to ensure its success. If you would like to bring something (soft drinks, water, cups, chips, pop-up tent, etc) to the House Tailgate, please add your item or suggestion to this document.

Finally, we have established a scholarship foundation to honor Taylor's life. The Taylor Martin Memorial Scholarship Foundation seeks to raise $10,000 contributing to an annual $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior over the next 10 years. This scholarship will be awarded to a senior female that represents peacemaking, CARE, and LEADERship. ALL proceeds from the September 12th game and its aligned events will go directly to the scholarship foundation.

Next Steps for our Lady Generals Community
  1. Please help spread the word about the Taylor Martin Memorial Game. All proceeds from the game and its events will go directly to the scholarship foundation. Game times for the September 12th game are JV - 6:00PM, Varsity - 7:30PM.
  2. Review the House Community Tailgate list and contribute items as you see fit.
  3. We also need two additional community partners to work concessions during the varsity game and two ball boys/girls to support during the JV game. Please add your name to this document if you wish to support.
  4. Please reach to Coach Martin if you additional comments or questions.
  5. Special thanks to Senior and Legacy Core Member Claire Hicks for helping organize this special event!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Home Game Work Schedule

We have 5 home games remaining on our schedule and we want to ensure our community members and guests enjoy their experience at Thomas Nelson. In order for our home games to run efficiently and effectively we need your support! With all the moving parts in place, it takes a village to build a successful program. So, we request that at least one parent representative work AT LEAST one work shift per child on the team.

You will find there are still several openings in our schedule and thus plenty of opportunity to provide your support. I request each parent to complete these steps:
  1. Review our current work schedule (CLICK HERE).
  2. Sign up for a position and time slot if you have not already done so. Simply click in the box you wish to sign up for and type your name and the name of your child in the box (example: Jeannie Watkins - Amelia). If you are not a fan of Google Docs then simply text Coach Martin and I'll update the document with your request. 
  3. Print your work schedule. Remember your date and provide your service for the duration of the time slot.
Again, thank you for your support!