About the Team:
Fun: An Essential Ingredient
It is also a myth that fun has to be sacrificed for a player to succeed at sports. Studies have consistently found that the only way an athlete will continue to play sports - regardless of level of ability - is if he or she is having fun.
Athletes have to practice hard to reach an elite level. If it is all work and no play, they simply won't keep playing. Success is determined by the player's own desire to succeed, which comes from a love of the sport.
So it should come as no surprise that, according to a Harris Interactive poll of eight- to eighteen-year-olds, the number one reason kids quit sports, cited by four in ten, was they were no longer having fun. The survey found that the decision to quit had less to do with that boy's or girl's own skills - or lack of skills - than with pressure from adults acting as if each game was the seventh game of the World Series.
Parents who are reluctant to let their athletically gifted children quit sports because it isn't fun anymore, a lot of parents have a difficult time with the concept.
About the Coaching:
Ed Leigh coach of the FC Bucks Vipers, led the U-18 Girls to the US Youth National Championship in 2009, the first national title for a girls team from the state of Pennsylvania. Previously, he led teams to the Eastern PA State Championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. In May 2011, his U12 FC Bucks Wildcats girls team won the Eastern PA State NCS Cup and the opportunity to advance to the Region 1 Championship Tournament. This title was Coach Leigh's 21'st state cup title as a head coach.
Outside of club coaching, he was the Head Coach of Archbishop Ryan High School from 1996-02, leading them to four Catholic League titles during his tenure and was named PA Girls Coach of the Year in 1999.
Played for Temple University Owls, then went on to play for the United German Hungarian Club from 1974-78 and the Ukrainian Nationals in1978-81.
Type of Players:
Ability to learn and improve – It is an important part of a coach's job to track players' progress throughout the course of a tryout to determine whether you improve substantially. This may be your first chance at playing with and among such a high level of competition; and we want to see how you react. Part of this comes from how open you are to change (the ability to step outside of your "comfort zone"). The more confident and aggressive you are, the more you will find yourself adapting to the demands of higher levels of play. This definitely is something that athletes can work on whenever they are playing.
Local Colleges: LaSalle, St. Joseph's, Temple, Drexel, Villanova, Princeton, Penn