It’s so good to be back.
This week was the first week of the 2017/18 season, and we have lots going on this season.
We got straight back in to the thick of it, with our soccer specific pre-season fitness.
All age groups follow a season plan with periodization determining pre, during, and post season practice. Our
younger age groups participate in small sided games. The short breaks between soccer actions result in greater recovery time being developed, and the high repetition of action develops the quality of the action when under physical stress.
The same principle applies to the older age groups, but with specific ‘soccer with the ball’ sessions. The first session for all older groups playing 11v11 (U13 and up), was a juggling session with group challenges. A low impact, and moderate intensity session to get players slowly and safely back to game speed over a number of weeks.
New Director of Coaching, U7 to U12
During the summer Gavin Carvalho was promoted to the position of Director of Coaching for the younger age groups U7 to U12. Gavin has been with the Club for 6 years and has great experience with both boys and girls. Gavin has worked extensively with our 01 and 02 age groups, developing individual players through excellent technical coaching, and more recently taking on the 07 age group from their Training Pool graduation.
The move sees acting Executive Director, Dai Redwood, move from being the younger DOC in to the U13 and up DOC role.
Travis Cabral is now also the official DOC for the U4 to U6 Play Program.
This Fall sees the first in 2 new Annual events.
Our San Jose Earthquakes night is for the younger age groups to experience a live soccer match, while representing the club at the event, and creating a bond with other players throughout the program.
Fantasy Soccer is our all inclusive, soccer specific fundraiser, designed to include all players, parents, neighbors, and work colleagues. A fun event over 10 months, sure to get everyone involved in to the competitive mood and following the great game throughout the EPL season.
State Cup and Tournaments
U15 and above will be taking part in State Cup for the 2017/18 season. We are very committed to the well being of our players, and the format of State Cup in the older age groups allows for great rest periods between games, ensuring a reduction in the likeliness of overuse and fatigue injuries.
This concern is also with our participation in tournaments, but we also understand it is historical and cultural to participate in these events. We will be hosting 3 tournaments throughout the Fall for our Fremont teams to take part in, but will be very vigilant for any signs of player injury. Each tournament will cater towards different levels of play, from Gold to Rec level teams.
The 2017/18 season is gearing up to be a great year. What is always incredible is to see the smile as kids play the game, and try and perform new skills know their coaching will not judge them of berate them for mistakes, but encourage them to try again. Youth sports its where kids should feel free to play, express themselves, and develop important life skills while being creative problem solvers.
Let the kids play.