Pennsylvania Soccer – An American Excessive Faculty Custom That includes the Ridley Raiders

Initially, my hat goes off to every coach, mentor, administrator and stakeholder that has contributed to the coed athlete up to now in addition to those that proceed to partake within the lives of pupil athletes and communities in America. The effort and time that’s put into teaching is large when it comes to X’s and O’s, and most significantly, the coed athlete’s private life, involving folks, locations, and conditions. Coaches are actually position fashions and have an effect on the lives of the gamers. LONG LIVE THE COACH!

Pennsylvania soccer is called one in all America’s best traditions. Such gamers as Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Joe Montana and dozens of different famend gamers have established themselves, the state, and others because the “cradle” and spine of American highschool soccer. As well as, Pennsylvania Coaches like Curry (Berwick), Bernat (Owen J. Roberts), Waller (Ridley), Pettine (CBWest) and many others… represented what management of pupil athletes needs to be on in addition to off of the sector. I’ve personally encountered Coach Hank Bernat, extra methods than one, and imagine me he’s a COACH! These motivational, inspiring, devoted, and robust wielded mentors sought to be sure that the coed athlete endured efficiently in training and in the neighborhood. The coaches of Penn’s Woods (Pennsylvania) ensured that every participant understood the realities of life and that it was crucial to turn out to be a productive citizen in America. The best all spherical coach from Pennsylvania that folks have informed me about and I’ve witnessed when it comes to management, and emphasizing the attempt to care mentality was the one and solely Jerry Sandusky. Want I say extra?

In lots of unsuccessful in addition to achieved soccer packages in 21st century highschool communities, educators and coaches are pressured to make optimistic outcomes of profitable whether or not by the use of undermining or buying the true help, preparation and training inside the education realm. The query stays, what’s the intent of the coach? Is he utilizing the coed athlete as a pawn for his future success, or does he care in regards to the pupil first? This has a profound affect on the integrity of his or her mission and most significantly the coed athlete! This setting can create an unsound tradition in addition to a manufacturing of poor values internally inside a education society and is infiltrated into the neighborhood and American society. This damaging domino impact is the tip results of not simply shedding within the recreation of life, however instills a stale ambiance inside the education establishment when it comes to sport and different social facets.


A reminder, not an introduction, the Ridley Raiders proceed to be Pennsylvania’s crew and one in all America’s conventional soccer groups. Established in 1934, the Ridley soccer program reached the 500 win mark “30” years sooner than some other program within the state! Moreover, as a testomony to their custom and success, the Ridley Raiders have the most effective profitable proportion in Pennsylvania in addition to establishing the best profitable proportion within the nation at 25 p.c! A education society of custom backed and supported by all stakeholders together with the scholars, educators, directors, and an impressive “blue collar” neighborhood. The followers consisting of conventional household and others who’re new to the neighborhood, purchase into the “blue collar ” work ethic and the city and are devoted to the scholars, neighborhood, coaches and the crew. This motion is considerably not heard of in lots of education societies in varied academic highschool realms. That is what makes the Ridley congregation a winner inside a geographical space (Philadelphia) that’s not only a custom for soccer, however is the inspiration of America’s historical past and beginning place (Declaration of Independence).

Stakeholders throughout American excessive faculties and submit secondary training ought to emphasize the successes of the coed athlete first and the cash, fame, in addition to aspirations to achieve success could fall in line if it was meant to be! Handle the coed athlete! Simply ask such greater academic coaches and motivators as Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, Jackie Sherrill, Steve Spurrier, Bobby Bowden, R.C. Slocum, Don Nehlen, Bo Schinbeckler, Tom Osborne, Paul Bryant and plenty of others who proceed or have motivated and taught the coed athlete to be robust productive residents on and off of the sector. HAIL TO THE RIDLEY RAIDERS!

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