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PRACTICE TONIGHT IS CANCELLED (4/26/22)
by posted 04/26/2022

Team Gators,

Given the forecast for heavy rain during this evening's practice and mindful of the clear skies forecast for Thursday, practice tonight (Tuesday, 4/26) is cancelled.

Enjoy the extra time with your families and we'll see everyone on Thursday.

Coach Jesse
jessedkellner@gmail.com
c. 410.693.8500


 
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Updated weekend game schedule!
by posted 03/24/2022


3/26 & 3/27

Good afternoon, team. Forgive my brevity (on the run!) and any potential errant messages that you may have received prior to this. As attached, the schedule for this weekend has changed!

We now have two mini-games on Saturday (3/26), Davidsonville Park (D2) at 3:00 and 4:30pm and two games on Sunday (3/27), 4:30 and 5:30pm at Broadneck Park (C2).

Please let me know how/if this may impact your families availability and we'll see you all on the pitch on Saturday!

Coach Jesse

jessedkellner@gmail.com

c. 410.693.8500


 
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This weekend's games!
by posted 03/22/2022


3/26 & 3/27 Game Schedule

Team Gators,

 

Good evening. Forgive the late email, but I wanted to get your families the attached weekend schedule as soon as it hit my inbox. We have two mini-games on Saturday (3/26), Davidsonville Park at 3:30 and 4:30pm and two games on Sunday (3/27), 4:30 and 5:30pm at Broadneck Park.

 

A few notes:

  1. The weather for practice on Thursday is iffy and I have a must attend evening event for work. In the event that the weather cooperates and Thursday’s practice is held, Pat and Ron have graciously offered to cover on my behalf (thanks again, lads!).
  2. This weekend's mini-games are intended to place teams within a multi-division structure this spring. A competitive showing is a must. While I concede that we've had little time to prepare (presumably so have the other teams), we intend to our best product on the field and see how things shake out.
  3. Please have your sons dressed and ready to roll/on the field no later than 15 minutes before game time. We may make this 20 or 30 minutes before gametime at some point in the near future. Bottom line: we're not in Kansas anymore. As the boys get older and we advance into more competitive leagues, I need a little focused time with the squad before games to get them loose and in the right headspace. The pulling up at the scheduled kickoff time with cleats in hand era has come and gone. Thank you parents (sincerely) for your help to flip this switch. I know we all want to field a fun and competitive product. This habit will go a long way in helping us do so. (Additionally, and as previously communicated, I expect every player at every game/practice, on time, unless you've alerted me of a pending late arrival or absence in advance. As I'm sure you appreciate, team sports aren't just teaching our sons sports - they're teaching them life skills. No cutting corners.)
  4. The club has provided a jersey top and matching jersey shorts. Black socks are much preferred (!) and readily available anywhere sports equipment is sold.
  5. You should have received your son's uniform from Samantha Archibong who's graciously volunteered to help me manage the various and essential non-coaching duties (thanks again, Sam!). If you haven't received your son's uniform, please be certain to bring an $80 check to exchange for it today. No check, no uniform - club rule!
  6. I know many of you have also expressed a willingness to help so, if I may be so bold, please coordinate with Sam directly to help share the load for gameday snacks, paperwork collection, and other team-related tasks.
  7. Please be certain that you bring a signed copy of the "Youth Player Contract" if you haven't given one to Sam already. This document is absolutely essential for league compliance and Sam and I will have to deliver a .pdf bundle of these forms imminently to our club commissioner.
  8. Lastly, and while I assure you there won't be a parent or player on the field more interested in competing well than I, I'm committed to leading a class operation on both the field and the sidelines. While I've gotten to know many of you well over recent years and deeply value these friendships, please know that I won't be shy to protect our team or players, opposing players/parents, referees, or otherwise from poor sportsmanship or bad behavior. I invite each of you to come alongside me for this cause. Let's hold one another mutually accountable to model the type of behavior, speech, and attitudes that we want our children to adopt. Some good (and bad!) examples of such can be found here - https://www.soccerparenting.com/are-our-children-performing-or-learning/?fbclid=IwAR3VbIFsd5tBmOMPLl8K5wymeVBVVIR9Iaph1iHSgOJcJRQUQFYhStamQnw

 

As always, I'm readily accessible via email, text, or a quick call. Find my contact info once again below.

 

Have I missed anything?

 

See you all on the pitch on Saturday!

 

Coach Jesse

c. 410.693.8500


 
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DAA - Kicking Off DAA's Spring '22 Boys U09 Season!
by posted 03/13/2022


Davidsonville Gators

Good evening, Team! For those that I have yet to meet, my name is Coach Jesse and it's my privilege to welcome you to Davidsonville Athletic Association's Spring '22 Boys County U09 program. I'm thrilled that your son (and family!) have joined us on the squad.

First, some congratulations are in order! The evaluations over the past week (in combination with your son's past performance) have led to a roster of what two outside coaches determined are our club's most competitive boys in this age group. While DAA is going to field one other 2013 boys teams with plenty of talent and potential, your son should feel very proud of his accomplishment. And I, for one, am excited to see how this team's shared aptitude will propel each player to new heights.

In case it's not already on your radar, we have our first practice this Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30pm at Davidsonville Park - Field D2 (3042 Patuxent River Rd. Davidsonville, MD 21035). Practice each Tuesday and Thursday will start promptly at 5:30pm and end at 6:50pm sharp. I know 5:30pm is awful close to the end of the work day so thanks for your committed efforts to have your son on the field and ready to go at 5:30pm. Also, please be certain that your sons arrive with the appropriate equipment (cleats, shinguards, water, etc.).

To set a clear expectation for the season and to assure our boys the very best team sports experience in these formative years, let's agree together that each player will participate in every practice/game unless you’ve alerted me otherwise in advance. Especially with a short bench (we have only 10 players on the roster and 7 are required on the field!?!), we need each player and family to prioritize participation in all team activities. This will allow me to plan and execute the best possible practices for the team and assure we are prepared on gameday. I'm sure you can imagine how different a practice/game would be with seven participants instead of ten.

Lastly, administration isn't exactly my wheelhouse. This timely email will be the most "together" I'll be all year. For this reason, it's my privilege to announce that Samantha Archibong will once again be holding it all down as our Team Manager. She'll be graciously administrating forms (please complete, sign, and return your son's Youth Player Contract on Tuesday - reattached here for your convenience), snacks, and more during our season. As I'll be faithfully repeating all year, thank. You. SAM!

In the event that you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to reach me here, via email at jessedkellner@gmail.com, or via phone/text at 410.693.8500. I'm committed to providing a fun, team-building, competitive, and instructional environment for our boys and welcome any input along the way.

Looking forward to a great season together and meeting (or reconnecting with!) your son/family on Tuesday. Until then...

Coach Jesse Kellner
c. 410.693.8500
jessedkellner@gmail.com


 
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