Who we are
Founded in 2013, Baltimore Celtic SC brings together elite players with top-tier coaches to improve each player’s technical abilities while also developing his or her character on and off the field. The boys’ side fields teams from U8 through U18 while the girls’ side has an expanding roster of girls’ teams. Boasting a coaching staff of Division I college coaches and former professional players, we enjoyed unprecedented early success with multiple state and regional titles and a national championship.
Playing soccer is our passion. We love the game; thrive on competition; and dare to be extraordinary each and every day of our lives. This Club allows us the opportunity to pursue these goals, while becoming part of something much greater than ourselves. We understand and respect those who came before us--who created the legacy that defines our program. We embrace the challenge of becoming a contributing member of this CLUB and accept the challenge of making the future better for those who follow behind us.
Standards for the program
Passion, Energy, Execution, Personal Accountability
Everything we do starts with a passion for the game and a yearning to compete. We start every session with a positive attitude; accept that our attitude is a decision; and make no excuses for negativity. We also understand that proper preparation leads to execution. We train as we play and play as we train. We expect to out-work every opponent in every game; play intelligently; and execute efficiently.
In order to achieve success, on and off the field, we must care more about TEAM than about self. The attitudes and choices made by any individual member reflect on his or her teammates, coaches, and the Celtic organization as a whole.
The Club is expected to:
- · Develop an atmosphere of dominance
- · Demand excellence
- · Set the bar high and establish clear goals
- · Communicate effectively
- · Respect and care for players and staff
- · Promote consistency in players and staff
- · Produce elite players
- · Develop young men and women of exceptional character
Leadership – “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do.” – Leroy Eims
“I strongly believe that the team reflects the personality of their coach. My philosophy revolves around the core belief that players will play HARD for people they genuinely care about and people who have taken the time to cultivate REAL relationships with them. This includes cultivating authentic relationships between teammates, club mates, coaches, and administrators. I think personal relationships are critical in the motivation of young people, and motivation is paramount to success. If these relationships do not exist, a true team will never result.” – Brandon Quaranta, Director of Coaching, Baltimore Celtic SC
Each Coach is expected to:
- · Act as a model for the program
- · Select a staff that reflects the Core Values of the Club
- · Set clear standards and expectations and communicate them effectively
- · Receive input from the team and adapt specific goals for each season
- · Be available to players
- · Demand respect of self, team, and the Celtic organization
- · Demand the same dedication, loyalty, selflessness from themselves that they ask of their players
- · Accept personal responsibility for the individual and collective development of the players
- · Be an excellent evaluator of players
- · Game plan effectively and adjust accordingly
- · Care deeply for the players as young men and women
- · Trust instincts
- · NEVER miss an opportunity to teach
Each player is expected to:
- · Put in the work
- · Arrive on time for meetings, practices, and games
- · Complete the required off-field assignments
- · Set individual goals and put in individual work on the player’s own time to achieve those goals
- · Communicate effectively with coaches
- · Communicate effectively with teammates
- · Ask for guidance when necessary
- · Be an active member of the Club and their team
- · Be a leader.
Criteria for Selection of Team Members:
“I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.” – Charles Swindoll
Primary considerations: Motivation; Selflessness; Competitiveness; Humility; Respect; Commitment; and Discipline.
Secondary considerations: Athleticism; Quickness; Intelligence; Awareness; Technical Ability; and Coachability.
Each player selected will be the building block of a TEAM. The young person, who chooses the Baltimore Celtic, will already possess the desire to be an elite player with some level of self-motivation and self-discipline. It is the responsibility of the Baltimore Celtic coaching staff to bring the best out of these players; to develop their technical skills and their character; and to create an environment in which these players grow as individuals, as teammates, and as human beings.