Building a National Team
In March, a message was posted on the Afghanistan Women’s National Team Facebook Page, inviting all young women with Afghanistan roots who were interested in trying out for the national team to:
The players needed to pay their own way to attend these events in order to be evaluated by the coaching staff, Kelly Lindsey and Haley Carter, to be chosen for the National Team Pool.
We did an extensive search, and evaluated all the players focused on 3 key variables:
We believe that in building a championship team, you must start with champion people. People who pursue their personal best, overcome obstacles, never quit, and carry themselves professionally on and off the field.
Many of these young women have never been on a national team before, thus understanding the process to developing a successful program, versus just a few good players is very important to us as a staff. Anyone can find talented players, our journey to success on the field starts with success off the field. We want champion people eager to work hard behind the scenes to develop their skills, confidence, and character in order to allow their talents to shine on the field.
Building a national team is a challenge, and it all starts before you ever don that national team jersey. In order to officially seal their spot on the pool roster, the girls had to complete a number of tasks behind the scenes including fitness testing on their own. Managed by John, Joelle, and Hub our team is learning daily how to hold themselves accountable when no one else is watching!
After successful completion of fitness testing by all players, we feel we have found a group of dedicated young women, eager to elevate their games through this honor to wear their nation’s badge and pursue their dreams together.
We are happy to announce our first pool for the 2016 season, and are excited about building the future of the program for these women and future generations.
The pool currently consists of the following players: