ABOUT US

 

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      From Grantswood to Comer School to Crestwood Park to JPK Fields (Irondale off I20) then back to Grantswood, it's really hard to believe that Bullets Soccer is entering it's 29th year, 25 in Irondale! From BSSC (B'ham Southeastern Soccer Club) Bullets to BSC (B'ham Soccer Club) Bullets to BSC (Bullets Soccer Club) to Bullets Soccer Club of Irondale, we've grown from a single U12 Premier soccer team into a program of players ages 4 to 40+, U6s thru Adults. Bullets players now coach their kids as Bullets players. For 28 years we've served the kids, the parents, and the community in and around Irondale. All volunteer, all the time, motivated by a desire to make a difference in the lives of the players we come to know and love. We're paid by the joy of their experience, the growth of their skill, and the success of their lives.  Don't tell us it can't be done, we've been doin' it for decades! 

 

     What started as an independant soccer team in the Fall of 1989 was adopted in Spring of 1991 by the Jubilee Board of Directors, giving birth to Jubilee Athletic Association.Through the years the ministry contributed leadership, energy, and finances as the club grew and moved. The club, youth and adult, plays in the Central Alabama Independent Soccer League (CAISL). BSC89.jpg
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Club Philosophy

It may seem a bit odd to post a "mission statement" when the subject is sports, especially youth sports. But since we live in a day where the view of competition and sport varies greatly from place to place, we felt it necessary to spell it out so that you can know exactly where we stand.

 

Why do we do what we do?

1) We like it.

2) We believe team sports is a great tool to build character - to teach things like honor, integrity, respect, hard work, team 
    work, and discipline, all the while having fun and getting great exercise.

3) It's an opportunity to build relationships that can well last a lifetime.


What do we do?

1) We are serious about teaching the sport of soccer even though we realize that most children will not play  
    college, amateur adult, or professional soccer. 

2) To play soccer, you must be in shape, which requires lots of running. You must have good mental discipline, which
    means you have to push yourself and learn when to be serious. 

Are we "competitive" or "recreational"?

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1) If you keep score, time, and rules, it is competition. If you
    want recreation ride a bike, take a hike, or go on a picnic.
    You paid us money to teach your kid how to play the
    game, that is our goal.

2) Competition is good, not evil. Yes, someone wins and
    someone loses. We prefer to win. Winning doesn't make
    you "a winner" and losing doesn't make you "a loser".  
    You must learn to do both graciously, with genuine
    appreciation for your opponent's effort, no matter what
    the outcome.

3) Winning is better than losing, so put forth the best
    effort to win. Although sometimes you can learn more
    from losing, success in an endeavor is a far better
    outcome than failure.
     (A tie is also a failure, you didn't win.)

4) Never quit pushing to get better, whether you win or lose.
    The most important person for you to compete with is
     yourself. Never give up, not during practice, not during a
    game, not during the season. Good things come to the
    people who are patient and persistent.

 

 


What about playing time?

1) Everyone should have some. The amount you get is largely up to you. If you want it, earn it.

2) You earn playing time through attending practices, working hard with a good attitude, and playing ability.

3) All children are not created equal, nor do they mature and develop at the same rate. The better players should play more,
    this is only right. Since it is a team sport, it should be continually emphasized that everyone wins or everyone losses.
    We're all in it together regardless of who played the most or who scored the goals.

4) Yes, coaches have favorites, it's inevitable. Usually there's a good reason. Sometimes it's just the relationship or bond
    that develops between a kid and a coach. This is a good thing.

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What about awards?

 1) Awards (trophies, medals, etc.) are for the teams who win by competing
     according to the rules. Their effort should be recognized, applauded, and
     respected.

2) Don't give awards to the ones who didn't earn it, it stunts their growth.
    Don't cheapen the recognition of the ones who earned it by being fair to
    everyone. It's not!

3) Don't be to quick to award. Instant gratification leaves nothing to work
    toward.

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