“Most striking of the characteristics that mark a successful youth organization is the nature of its expectations for youth. They hold high expectations for young people's behavior...The organizations also hold high expectations for their youth member's abilities, giving them demanding tasks to perform. They give their young members real responsibility without doubting that they can shoulder them.” William Damon- Greater Expectations
NorthStar was created to give an opportunity to those players who live, eat and breath the game to play at the highest level possible. We promote, mentor and nurture excellence in every area of player's lives.
The player's respect and care for parents, siblings,
teammates and coaches is a cornerstone of the NorthStar philosophy. We help players understand that
if she treats her parents poorly, for example, she not
only hurts her own ability to succeed she hurts her
team. NorthStar players learn that
balance and harmony are essential for success on the
field as well as in life.
Essential to the NorthStar program
is the concept of competition. We teach girls that it
is not only OK to compete but essential for success.
The competition we require is clearly defined: When
we are between the white lines, everything, EVERYTHING
is a competition; game, scrimmage, practice. That is
why we keep score and care who wins and losses even
When we step outside the white lines competition is over and we are one, even with our former opponents.
NorthStar represents the "community
of the sport", there is no west, central, cadillac, suttons bay, elk rapids,
petoskey, harbor springs, manistee, charlevoix, gaylord or roscommon
in NorthStar, there is only the team.
As coaches, we understand that the "fabric of the team"
must be woven, it doesn't just appear. Therefore, we
conduct non-soccer events and regular non-soccer team
building activities. We help players learn that it is
not a contradiction to want to beat your teammate mercilessly
in 1v1 (because you know that's going to make her a
better player and your team more successful) and the
next moment to be laughing with and then hugging that
NorthStar is a merit system. "Coolness" gets players nowhere, achievement is the key to success. Everything players want is earned through hard work and going beyond the norm: playing time, status, attention. The only thing that is unconditional in NorthStar is love.
All of this is about NorthStar helping
parents grow successful, effective, caring, well-organized
adults who know what it takes to succeed and are not
afraid to compete to achieve. Ultimately, love is the
core of NorthStar, and we always have
the highest expectations of those we love.