A New Year, and a Continued Commitment to Learning

Today is the start of the New Year, and for what we hope will be a huge improvement on 2020.

There are going to be good intentions of new years resolutions, but the best way to achieve those improvements we are dedicated to making, is by being part of the process, taking accountability for actions, and being an active participant in the process of planning, action, and reflection.

Complete your Player Development Profile for the next quarter, and see how much you can improve by being the leader of your individual pathway.

Happy Holidays, A Year in Review

2020 has been a crazy year, and ironically it could be viewed as the year of hindsight and reflection. As we come to the end and look back on this years challenges, so much good has also come from this. We’ve learned to adapt and create in ways we didn’t think were possible, we’ve looked out for each other more than before, and we’ve built stronger relationships with friends and family while we support others to get through challenging times.

It’ also important that at this time we think of those who have been affected by Covid, those who have lost loved ones, are struggling with their own health, and the financial struggles they find themselves in, and our wishes are with them to recover and get through this.

While we have had our own challenges to face, it has been incredibly humbling to be part of a group, a membership, a family of people, who have pulled together and supported each other throughout, and here are just a few highlights from 2020.

Without players, parents, and the coaches, this would not be possible, we thank you so much for all you give to youth soccer.

Have a Wonderful Holidays, and a Very Happy New Year.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone at Fremont YSC, and throughout the greater soccer community, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We at Fremont YSC are thankful for having you as part of the club, and look forward to many more holidays with you.

TCV Food Drive, Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone who donated towards the Tri City Volunteer Food Bank Drive.

This was an incredibly important event, teaching the young players the importance of helping and supporting those who are less fortunate, about being active in the community, and most importantly being able to provide the food so badly needed by many.

Covid-19 has really highlighted the many problems we face each day, and the struggle for people to be able to access food is one that we must continue to do what we can to support.

Not only are we incredibly grateful for the donations, but also extremely proud of the Fremont YSC membership coming together.

Veteran’s Day

Please take the time and remember the importance of Veterans Day, for those who lost their lives in war to allow us to live in peace, and to focus on working together to allow the peaceful time to continue in to the future.

Food Drive – TCV Food Bank

Who We Serve 
TCV Food Bank provides emergency grocery assistance to almost 6,000 families in Alameda County every month. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, our numbers have exponentially increased.

Mission
To eliminate hunger and promote financial self-sufficiency in Alameda County, by distributing food and providing volunteer opportunities in order to improve the quality of life for all in our community.

Vision
To be California’s leading client-direct food bank by providing the highest possible quality food and services that address the social causes of hunger.

Who We Are
TCV Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food assistance and low cost clothing and household items to the residents of Alameda County. We are the largest client-direct food bank in the area. We serve up to 16,000 individuals EVERY MONTH through our marketplace and bag lunch programs. With a staff of 6, a volunteer force of almost 1,900, and a budget that barely breaks $600,000, we are extremely efficient in distributing over 6 million pounds of food annually. We serve all low-income residents of Alameda County. Many of our clients come from migrant families, are under-employed, or are facing unemployment due to disability, a lack of relevant work skills, or other barriers.

Drop Off

We will have the office open on the following days for drop off of food items as listed below –

  • Monday, November 16th – 11am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, November 17th – 11am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, November 18th – 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday, November 19th – 11am to 3pm

Please help and support our food drive, and help those families who are in need of food.

We feel this is an important cause for our soccer club to support, where not only are we wanting to make a positive impact in the local community, but to also educate the youth players on the importance of helping those less fortunate and who are in need, and supporting your local community.

We will be starting to collect food donations the first week of November, with dates, time, and location to be confirmed shortly.

Please see the following flyer with the food items that we are requesting for donation.

Covid-19: Effects on Youth Participation, Research and Reports

As we continue further into a time where Covid-19 continues to have a great affect on us and the opportunities for youth players to participate in sports, we are now seeing more reports and research come out. Please see below a report from SportsPath, researched and written by Robin Russell (UEFA Football Development Consultant), and contributed to by Fremont YSC.

Grassroots – Post Covid

Additionally, 10 key points to what we have learned about youth sports during the pandemic from Positive Coaching Alliance –

  1. The pandemic has exacerbated some of the most pernicious trends in kids’ sports, especially related to access and inequality.
  2. Many kids have lost interest in sports altogether, and getting them back will take work.
  3. Among kids who do participate in athletics, they’re competing and practicing a lot less.
  4. It’s not clear if sports are a vector for spreading the virus.
  5. The variation in states’ response to the pandemic has generated turmoil and exposed the absence of governance in youth sports.
  6. Though no state or national body is tracking this data, anecdotal information suggests that many older coaches are retiring from the job rather than taking a chance on their health during a pandemic.
  7. A complete picture of how the pandemic affects kids’ mental health is lacking, as the research so far is mixed.
  8. Disruptions at colleges and universities could trickle down to youth sports.
  9. Some pandemic-induced changes are likely here to stay.
  10. The pandemic has exposed the need for reform in the youth sports ecosystem.

For the full article please see the following link – https://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/10-things-weve-learned-about-youth-and-high-school-sports-during-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR05tzAwaX4UkbXmyW8qdP0eSqVAX6xcSmpJjgLNcs5YlCCgwX37wXneG_Y

Week 12 Review

The weeks sessions can be affected by the number of players attending sessions due to the playing group conditions due to Covid, however the majority of teams were able to complete a full weeks cycle of sessions. In the event of the original session plan not being completed, the coaches use the same practice sheet to make sure the appropriate concepts and elements are being addressed .

The following contains information about the weeks practice. This will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


Every session is structured to facilitate all four pillars of the players development, and to include challenges, targets, and competition to get players to push themselves further. We are a program that heavily focuses on the players individual development, and not to get caught up in the race for trophies and excessive travel to unnecessary tournaments. If you ever have any questions about the Fremont YSC philosophy, and the proactive curriculum, we are always available to answer.

Fremont YSC Playing Identity – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/playing-identity-of-the-club/


Returned and Active in Play, September 2020

Fremont YSC is back on the fields! We have thoroughly thought out and have planned for a safe and controlled environment. We are now on Week 10 of our 44 Weeks of play. It marks 10 successful weeks of following protocols and guidelines to assure player safety while out on the field. Having players involved in “on field” training sessions, benefits the player’s physical and mental health, as players need an outlet and form of release during the week. Many players are behind a computer screen for hours each day and have zero physical activity during this time.

Protocols we are following each day at training

  • Health Check: Before each session, all players must complete a Health Check questionnaire on the Team Snap App.
  • Reduced Numbers: No more than 10 players are allowed on the field for their team. teams that have more than 10 players registered for on field training, are split into two groups of 10 players and have different start/end times.
  • Social Distancing: Upon arrival to the fields, players are spaced out 6 ft apart from each other, as they wait for their session to start.
  • Temperature Checks and Sanitized Equipment: Once their session starts, players are socially distanced with their coach. The coach then goes by each player to check their temperature, spray down their soccer ball with sanitizing spray and gives a squirt of hand sanitizer if they do not have any of their own.
  • Masks: All players must wear a mask upon entering and exiting the field. Players have the choice to wear their mask during the session, it s not required during, as some players have a harder time breathing with it on while doing physical activity. All coaches must wear their mask for the entire training session.

Curriculum

  • Reduced length of Training Sessions: Each training session right now is 40 minutes long. That is plenty of time for a training session as we have eliminated the small sided games (4v4-7v7) portion that usually takes up 30-40 minutes towards the end of training.
  • Socially Distanced Training Sessions: During the session, players are socially distanced and cannot “defend” each other in a close proximity. If we are doing a session with defenders, the defenders must cut off the passing lane in order to steal the ball. Players must maintain social distancing at all times while in their activity

Practice Cancelled 10/08 – Air Quality Alert

Tonight’s practice has been cancelled, the current AQI reading has lead us to cancel due to the unhealthy air which has detrimental affects on youth players health.

For more information about the Air Quality, player welfare policy, please see the following link – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/air-quality/

We wish all the people fighting the fires all the best for their safety, and the health of everyone affected.