OFF THE PITCH: Sponsorships – Follow the Money to Find the Money

What are the six steps to identifying sponsors for your organization? This week’s goalWA.net “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson outlines the steps to identifying prospective sponsors from the founders of X! PROMOS, the marketing and sponsorship experts from GO!. Ruth is an internationally-certified facilitator and the founder of GO!, the go-to expert resource... Continue Reading →

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OFF THE PITCH: Coaching Expectations & Evaluations

How does your club provide feedback and performance evaluation to its coaches? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson interviews Bobby Howe, former Director of Coaching for US Soccer, regarding the major components of a performance evaluation for a coach. Ruth is an internationally-certified facilitator and the founder of GO!, the... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: The Committee Conundrum

Much of our work is done in groups and committees, but few of us enjoy slogging through meetings. How do you know which committees you really need? How can you set them up for success? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson outlines the four reasons for convening a committee and... Continue Reading →

GO! Announces free online webinars in August

Ruth Nicholson, author of the column "Off the Pitch" which appears on goalWA.net, has sent us a schedule of free webinars happening in the month of August. They would be an excellent opportunity to learn about each topic but also to experience what "GO!" can offer your organization. Read the press release posted after the... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Secrets of Successful Clubs

You have worked hard to build your club – but what are the three simple secrets to making it even better? This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson reveals the three critical elements that make or break an organization’s success on and off the field. Ruth is the founder of GO!,... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Pitch Perfect Parents

This time of year, we begin the annual ritual of forming and reforming expectations for parents as our youth teams form in the spring and prepare for summer tournaments. This week’s goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson is the condensation of a piece on parent expectations written by Bobby Howe some years... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Team Meeting Magic

May is tryout and team formation month across Washington state, so this month’s two installments in the goalWA.net bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson focus on team meetings and parent expectations. Ruth is the founder of GO!, the go-to expert resource for youth sports governance and operations. A well-designed meeting at the beginning... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Team Management—Divide to Conquer

goalWA.net is pleased to offer another installment of its bi-weekly “Off the Pitch” column by Ruth Nicholson. Ruth is the founder of GO!, a go-to expert resource for youth sports governance and operations. April is National Volunteer Month, so this month’s articles will focus on tips for working with the many volunteers who support our teams... Continue Reading →

OFF THE PITCH: Questions you should ask the coach

goalWA.net is pleased to continue with a new columnist to our website. She is Ruth Nicholson, founder of GO!, a go-to expert resource for youth sports governance and operations. Ruth addresses soccer topics in her special series “Off The Pitch.” Questions you should ask the coach By Ruth Nicholson When my sons were playing soccer, I hated... Continue Reading →

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