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The Rec League Conundrum

Soccer Saturday was really something this week. As a Dad, I am infinitely proud of both Rory and Rowan. They are powerhouses on the pitch and their consistency and level of play astounds me. But today, I’m writing as a coach.

Soccer Saturday was really something this week. As a Dad, I am infinitely proud of both Rory and Rowan. They are powerhouses on the pitch and their consistency and level of play astounds me. But today, I’m writing as a coach.

We are in a Rec League. Sportsmanship, teamwork & education are valued more than “the Win”. I don’t adhere to the “there are no winners or losers” mentality,” however I do believe that wining is secondary to character. My personal rule is that the importance of the match stats are passes, duels won, keeper saves, assists and then goals. Team-play first. That said, every player & parent is fully aware of the score and no one likes to see their kid lose. It’s a balancing act to keep to the values while maximizing your teams potential.

Both Tracy and I have been asked to coach in a “Competitive” league on several occasions, and although I am competitive by nature, I prefer the Rec environment because it allows me to stretch as a coach…and a parent. When it’s all about winning, the choices are easier. But when the life lesson is more important, I have to take risks…and sometimes they really pan out.

We played a team that we had beaten earlier this season. I had coached many of the boys on that team and loved working with all of them. Many of them are extremely talented players. Additionally, their coach is a dad to one of their players…and I had coached his son in the past. They are good people, real soccer players and I enjoy our friendship. Due to weather related cancellations, they had the misfortune of playing back-to-back matches on the hottest day of the season. Ours was the second match. A tough draw for them as my current squad, The Smashers, is as strong as I have ever coached. Our last match ended in a 13-1 blowout in spite of everything I tried to avoid it.

We got off to a quick start with 4 goals coming in the first few minutes of the first half. The way my boys were controlling the space, crossing the ball, and shooting, there was no doubt that we were on our way to a soul crushing victory. It really is awesome to watch a team that has gelled playing with that kind of skill, passion and enthusiasm. As a father I was elated to see my son playing so well. As a coach, I had other considerations to tend to…

After the fourth goal I pulled the starting front back to defense and moved my defenders forward. We held them. I mixed players and positions. We held them. At the half I put Rory in as Keeper and fielded all the newest players at one time. This was going to be a true test because they wouldn’t have the more skilled players to rely on (except for Rory in the box).

They played their hearts out. They had less experience than the other team and we’ve only had the bare minimum of practice together, but they played. There were a few breakdowns in lane accountability and communication that allowed the other team within striking distance. Rory had stopped everything that had come his way, but I had subbed him out at this point to get another player equal field time. It was 4-4.

I had planned on putting in the starting lineup with five minutes left in the game, but I never needed to. With seven minutes left “it” clicked. Our Left Back sent a beautiful ball forward to the Left Wing who lobbed it to the Center…the smallest boy on our team. That boy drove straight down the heart of the pitch and no one could stop him. He then proceeded to use the exact move we had practiced the day before to shake the last defender and bury the ball into the left corner of the net. 5-4.

Our opponent wasn’t done yet. Two possessions later they drove superbly down the field and launched a great effort, but our Goalie stopped it and threw it back into play. The ball was kicked out of bounds and I raised my hand to call “SUB” but as I did, the Ref ended the game (a little early according to my watch).

My boys were ecstatic but held the celebration until after we shook hands. I couldn’t have been prouder of the squad. Everyone had played far beyond their limits, including the starters. My assistant coach records our stats and in spite of me meddling with the lineup, we ended with 44 passes, 12+ Duels won, 6 Saves, 3 Assists & 5 Goals. The Smashers held. The boys celebrated together as equals, all of them were heroes of this game…and I was lucky enough that my gamble had paid off.

What I didn’t know was that the other team thought they had tied us 4-4. Those boys had toughed out a second match and never quit. They were proud of themselves and smiled as they left the field. And because we are a Rec League, there was no scoreboard to take that away from them…and they wouldn’t hear any different from me.

Operation KillJoy

In November we hosted a paintball zombie shoot. Thanks to good friends we had camo clothing for all participants, 35 paintball guns and 4,000 rounds worth of…

In November we hosted a paintball zombie shoot. Thanks to good friends we had camo clothing for all participants, 35 paintball guns and 4,000 rounds worth of zombie painting ammo. It took 3 Jeeps with trailers 45 minutes to get around the course we had set up. Judging from the smiles on the kid’s faces, it went spectacularly well. Above is photo I shot to use for the invites we printed up. And yes, each kid got a dog tag.

Apple Reminders to Email Service Script

This is a follow-up to my post about using Apple Reminders for tasking. As happy as I am about Reminders and it’s ability to sync with my myriad of iOS devices, there was a vital component missing from the workflow…the ability to easily add and email to Reminders and reference it later. My solution came in the form of a Contextual Menu (right-click) Service. I can now view and email in Apple Mail, right-click in the email body and add it to Reminders. The best part is that this script automagically adds the email subject as the Reminder title, the email body as the Reminder note and provides a link at the end of the note back to the email in Apple Mail should I need to reference attachments.

Here’s how to get your email into Reminders

1. Open Automator (if you don’t know where to find it, try searching with Spotlight)

2. Select “Service”
Email-to-Reminders-select-Service

 

3. At the top of the right pane, be sure that the drop-downs read “text” and “any application” and that the “Output replaces selected text” is unchecked.
Email-to-Reminders-Service-Blank

 

4. Search for “Run AppleScript” in the Actions Library
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5. Drag “Run AppleScript” into the gray pane to the right
Email-to-Reminders-Drag-Applescript

 

6. Replace all contents of the “Run AppleScript” window with the following:


on run {input, parameters}
  tell application "Calendar" to activate
  tell application "Calendar"
    set miniaturized of window 1 to true
    tell application "Mail"
      set theSelection to selection
      set theMessage to item 1 of theSelection
      set theurl to "message://%3c" &amp; theMessage's message id &amp; "%3e"
      set thedes to theMessage's content &amp; "Show in Mail " &amp; "message://%3c" &amp; theMessage's message id &amp; "%3e"
      set input to theMessage's subject
    end tell
  end tell
  tell application "Calendar"
    tell calendar "Reminders"
      make new todo at end with properties {url:theurl, summary:input, description:thedes}
      tell application "Reminders" to activate
    end tell
  end tell
  return input
end run

The script opens and minimizes the Calendar (there is an association between Reminders and the Calendars that must be made), Opens Reminders and uses the email Subject and Body for the Reminder title and note, and then adds a link back the original email at the end of the note (the link only works on a desktop or laptop). 

 

7. The end result will look like this
Email-to-Reminders-with-Applescript

 

8. Save the Service as “Add to Reminders” (be sure to save it to your USERNAME > Library > Service folder). And thats it! Now when you receive an action item through email, simply right-click in the message body and “Add to Reminders.”

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I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me 🙂

*Note, I am not the original author of the pieces of this AppleScript. I assembled it after exhaustive Googling.

Use Apple Reminders for Project Management & Tasking

Virtually every request, project or task I receive stems from an email. And being an Apple Mail user affords me the opportunity to take advantage of Spotlight to find virtually anything easily. Long past are my days of separating email into subfolders to keep track of them, so it makes sense that I have a solution that integrates this.

I have used numerous project management systems throughout the years. All of them had strengths and weaknesses, and most of them suffered from software bloat. Too often the management becomes the project. The process gets cumbersome and requires as many hours as the tasks themselves. That is not efficient or economically feasable for a small business. I like things simple, accessible and streamlined…and approach project management the same way.

“The one thing that I consider to be the creme-dela-creme is the email integration.”

Apple Reminders now has listsApple is the unchallenged final authority of user interface and end user experience, but for some reason they either largely ignored their constituent’s needs or offered half-hearted attempts to assuage them (Remember when Tasks were introduced?). But that’s no longer the case, they have offered Reminders.

Reminders

At first glance, Reminders is too simple of a task manager for a creative professional to utilize effectively. However, it offers a few benefits that makes it a viable contender for my workflow. Reminder “Lists” have been written about and are a great start to organizing projects, but the one thing that I consider to be the creme-dela-creme is the email integration.

Reminders can add a direct link to email

Email, email, email…

Virtually every request, project or task I receive stems from an email. And being an Apple Mail user affords me the opportunity to take advantage of Spotlight to find virtually anything easily. Long past are my days of separating email into subfolders to keep track of them, so it makes sense that I have a solution that integrates this. Reminders does not currently allow an email to be “dragged-n-dropped” to create a new reminder (Apple, we ALL would love to have this become a reality). But once a reminder is created, a URL can be added to it. The URL could be a website, and email or a file path (drag-n-drop does work for files and emails). This allows me to be able to recall the email info or file anytime I access the reminder from my MacBook Pro. I can also add notes that can be synced via iCloud on all my Apple devices (MBP, iPad & iPhone).

The introduction of Reminders (and iCloud) has allowed me to discontinue several 3rd party services that I used daily.