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When we use motivational language...

By Marissa Pena, President, 03/25/18, 4:15PM PDT


When we use motivational language, we are generally referring to language that speaks of hopes, dreams, and affirmations, example "You are the best!"

Dear Strikers FC-South Coast Family and Friends,

When we use motivational language, we are generally referring to language that speaks of hopes, dreams, and affirmations, example “You are the best!” This kind of language – let´s call it motivational, has its role. But the message from Sports psychologists and the
Hotbeds of champions is clear: High motivation is not the language that ignites people.

What works is precisely the opposite:  Not reaching up but reaching down, speaking to the ground-level effort, affirming the struggle.

The Truth is that building skills and circuits of skills are not easy to build, deep practice requires serious effort and passionate work. -- -The Talent Code

Our Efforts, struggles and plans, which start with our developmental ages and intensify with our International Participants are the highlight of all of our players that wish to take their skills and mental game to a new level.  To a World Level.

For this reason, we continue to reach down, deep, to struggle and to humbly accept, knowing the challenges that we will face, the unique invitations that have come to be part of our soccer program.

I am proud to say that once again, we have accepted the following FIFA invitation only Tournaments:

  • Cordial Cup Girls 2003
  • Cordial Cup Boys 2005
  • N. Ireland Super Cup Boys 2003
  • N. Ireland Super Cup Boys 2001

And our most recent and hard fought Invitation, being once again the first and only American Team to be invited; Pioneers in this quest for Growth and Greatness:

The Alsace Cup in France Girls 2002.  A Cup that is for the best and most competitive Teams from only 16 different clubs from France, Europe and Scandinavia.  This Tournament is a prize for the best and the mightiest of teams in their country and their clubs.

We are grateful for the opportunity and we are going to have to dig deep to challenge everything we know about soccer until now. Good Luck to our brave girls attending and good luck to all of our teams traveling to compete amongst the best and the strongest.

We will be better for it. God Bless Us!

Marissa Peña