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Ten Things Parents of Athletes Should Know

1. Itís not about you, it's about them. Do not live your own sports dreams through your kids. Itís their turn now. Let them make their own choices, both good and bad.

2. Never talk to a coach about your childís play time after a game. Actually you never should. You should have your kid do that. That said, if you just canít help yourself, send an email the next day and ask for some phone time.

3. NEVER yell at referees. They are trying!  How would you like it if someone came to your job and screamed at you? Not. So. Much. If you have a real issue then file a grievance the next day.

4. Do NOT coach your kid from the sideline. Your job is to be a cheerleader, not a coach. If you wanted to coach, you should have volunteered.

5. It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY you are raising a professional athlete. I promise you. Relax, let them have a good time and learn the lessons they are supposed to be learning in sports.

6. Maybe kids should consider playing  the sport that is in season until they are in middle school. Then they can decide which one or two sports they want to play and become more focused. Cross training this way prevents injuries and burnout.

7. If you have nothing nice to say, sit down and be quiet. Donít be ďthatĒ parent.

8. If you are losing your mind on the sideline of game, itís time to look in the mirror and figure out why. Itís not normal to care that much about sports. Put that energy into something more productive.

9. Let them fail. Forgotten equipment, not working out, not practicing at home? Let them suffer the consequences of that. It will make them better.

10. Your kids are watching you. Make them proud of, not embarrassed by, their parents.

 

 

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HISTORY
 
The Garden City Centennial Soccer Club was founded in 1969, the 100th anniversary of The Village of Garden City. The Club was organized to provide the youth of the community with a positive experience through playing the sport.

The Club's registration has grown each year to the point that we are now the largest independent youth recreational activity organization in the history of Garden City.

Registration in our youth programs in greater that 2,100.   
Our youth programs are open to residents of Garden City as well as any student attending a private school or school located in the village. They are designed to give everyone the ability to play and choose their level of involvement.

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Former Centennial Emily Menges
Selected No. 25 Overall by
Portland FC in NWSL Draft
 

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Emily Menges was selected in the third round of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) by the Portland Thorns FC Friday afternoon.
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Emily Menges was selected in the third round of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) by the Portland Thorns FC Friday afternoon.
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Jan. 17, 2014

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior women's soccer players Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was selected in the third round of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) by the Portland Thorns FC Friday afternoon.

Menges, who trained with the United States U-23 National Team last month, was the 25th overall selection and the seventh pick of the third round by the Thorns, who went 11-6-5 last season.

"We are very proud of Emily," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "She will be an absolute steal for Portland. Her decision to graduate in May and stay in school this spring prevented her from being drafted much higher. However, playing for Portland and working under Paul Riley meant Portland was always the place she wanted to go. In my opinion, Emily was one of the top two or three defenders in the draft and (Paul) Riley is counting his blessings that she was still available when she was. Everyone at Georgetown is very happy for her."

Menges, a defender, was selected as a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was one of 15 Division I players selected as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, recognizing the top player in the country. In addition, she was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

A captain, she concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, earning All-BIG EAST honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. She was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection and started all 21 games on the back line, helping the team post 10 shutouts.

A semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2012, she was also a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the team set a school record with 13 shutouts. As a freshman in 2011, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She was an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection that season. In her four-year career, Menges started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted 40 shutouts.

 

 

 

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Georgetown closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single season record for wins in a season, set last year when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The Hoyas were selected to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and reached the second round. The team set a school record with 58 goals scored and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.

The NWSL is an eight-team Division-I women's professional league featuring players from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football.  

 




Congratulations to our fall Sportsmanship winners,  the Warriors, Raiders, Hurricanes, Devils, Tsunami, Rebels, Greyhounds, Fire, Flash, Stikers, Stingers, and Jaquars.