To provide a community focused, family friendly soccer program that delivers technical, tactical and positional awareness for recreational players and competitive players.
To create an environment where mistakes are viewed as a learning opportunity for everyone by using guided discovery educational techniques. We see the game of soccer as a fun, problem solving game which challenges participants mental, physical, psycho social, cognitive ability, technical skill and tactical awareness. Mastery of all is our goal. Participants are defined as players, officials, coaches and spectators / parents.
Recreational Mission Statement
To provide a unique customer service to our community members that achieves the highest level of youth soccer training and game day experience that we can offer at the most cost effective price. By carefully recruiting and then educating the right volunteer trainer resources and place them at the right age group where they can develop players as educators, while instilling the core values of leadership, teamwork, responsibility and accountability into our players in an environment where mistakes help us learn. Players and coaches having fun participating and spectators having fun watching.
Competitive Mission Statement
Martin United will use on line learning experiences in addition to traditional coaching educators to deliver the club’s philosophy of creating developmentally appropriate training so players learn to develop while making the learning experience challenging and fun. Our prepared coaches will use guided discovery educational techniques to instill a team culture that achieves a “mastery” for respect, discipline, teamwork, dedication and commitment.
Have fun; be prepared; win your 1 v 1; if you lose possession try to win it back; learn from mistakes; problem solve; speed of play; strength from team; simple decision making; positive attitude
Richard Creber, Club President
“Ideally, I’d like families that buy in to our club philosophy and agree to uphold it. I’d rather be a smaller club with like minded families to develop our youth athletes in a positive way, rather than being focused on the number of participants and wins like other clubs in the area.”
Please see an exert from the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, dated March 1st 2011 that inspired much of Richard’s philosophy.
“An effort-oriented philosophy of winning is one of the core principles underlying the creation of a mastery motivational climate—a learning environment that emphasizes skill development, personal and team success, maximum effort, and fun17-19. A large body of research indicates that in sports, as in other achievement settings, mastery achievement goals and a mastery motivational climate are associated with salutary effects on athletes. Compared with ego-oriented athletes, those high in mastery orientation report higher feelings of competence, greater enjoyment of the activity, and higher intrinsic motivation and effort. A mastery orientation (particularly in combination with a low ego orientation) is also related to lower levels of cognitive trait anxiety and pre-event state anxiety. Finally, a mastery goal orientation is related to a variety of adaptive achievement behaviors, such as exerting consistent effort, persistence in the face of setbacks, and sustained and improved performance. Although an ego orientation has at times been linked to high levels of achievement, it also has a number of less desirable correlates, such as inconsistent effort, higher levels of performance anxiety, reduced persistence or withdrawal in the face of failure, decreased intrinsic motivation for sport involvement, and a willingness to use deception and illegal methods in order to win”
Smoll, F.L., Cumming, S.P., Smith, R.E. (2011). Enhancing coach-parent relationships in youth sports: increasing harmony and minimizing hassle. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 6, pp. 13 – 26. doi:10.1260/1747-9522.214.171.124 https://doi.org/10.1260/1747-95126.96.36.199