Please explain what lesson or error you fixed. Maybe others can learn from your experience.
Perhaps the greatest and most beneficial change we made was determining that we would allocate more time and attention to recruiting the nicest, kindest, most caring and ethical coaching staff imaginable. That's isn't to say that we ever had bad coaches, however, the coaching staff we have today is of exceptional character. They are simply some of the most wonderful people one would ever wish to meet! We believe our coaches to be he most child centered, purist, committed and hardest working in KC.
Secondarily we have spent more time and attention on making sure that our coaches are totally familiar with the unique methods we use to make players confident risk takers and ultimately very talented leaders.
Thirdly we moved practice locations twice. First from I345 & Holmes to Kenneth, then from Kenneth to the JCC. We now have the most convenient central location for all areas of Johnson County with good bathrooms and local amenities for parents. It is only 20 minutes from Hwy 50 & I435 in Lee’s Summit.
We added a full-time club director (Kyle Hogge). Kyle has a 23 year background with the club. Kyle's job is to make sure that the kids and parents are receiving everything they expected when they joined the club (and more).
Just over one year ago, at great expense, we added our indoor training center at I35 & 87th St in Lenexa. It has some very unique developmental advantages including a practice field designed to optimize deceptive dribbling and shooting skills plus a “Wall Ball” court designed to train tremendous first time finishing ability. The facility is designed to develop the "Money Skills”. The ability to hold the ball until the right moment and hit the target whether a teammate or back of the net. It also has a team meeting room. We are in the process of expanding to double the practice field availability for the Winter 2010 season.
We also changed our focus from creating the great soccer player to combining that process with training players to be creative & brave leaders for life. As a consequence Legends players are now much more likely to develop leadership skills for life.
We have introduced a wonderful training concept called "The Power Hour". This is a fake and move training session to the pulsating beat of motivational music such as Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust".
We now produce weekly "Ignition" emails that motivate our players with a combination of motivational writing, pro highlight clips, clips of Legends players, Legends club news, articles of interest etc.
Our indoor facility has WiFi for the parents and a library of books on soccer and interesting developmental topics.
Our coaches are guaranteed new teams when theirs age out of the club because of new feeders systems.
These new feeder systems include:
1. The HappyFeet pre-school organization (1500 pre-schoolers and growing).
2. The new relationship with the Raytown Soccer Club.
3. Feeder programs with Jo Co P & R, Olathe P & R, Bonner Springs P & R. BVRC, JCC
What these programs give us is a multitude of incoming plaers allowing us to make each team under our umbrella more homogenous. This guarantees every player a more optimal developmental environment and makes coaching more effective. It also means we can look after our coaches when they need a new team.
We changed our philosophy to include all children who want to maximize their potential regardless of genetic imprint. Consequently we now offer the best quality of coaching to everyone who wants it.
We have a proven teaching philosophy guaranteed to maximize soccer ability and creative leadership character for life. Over the past three years we have backed this up with my book, "Training Soccer Legends", and two DVD's:
1) Legendary 1 v 1 Moves
2) Training Legendary 1 v 1 Moves.
Flexible practice options. All academy practices are open to team players who have conflicts.
The most user friendly and informative KC club web site.
Constant full-time coaching support from Directors - Andy Barney, Kevin Wardlaw, Scott Vermillion, Andrew Clifton & Kyle Hogge
This list is of the top of my head. I'm sure I'm missing one or two extra changes we have made.