Annual General Meeting on January 12th

The Alameda Soccer Club Annual General Meeting will be on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The location of the meeting will be at the Alameda High School College Counseling Center – enter the parking lot off Walnut St, room entrance is at end of building on right side. Here is a map.

The 2015 Board will be elected at this meeting so this is your chance to have a say in who is on the 2015 Board AHS College Counseling Center and to learn more about the Club. All Club members are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, have a happy and safe holiday season!

Volunteers recognized at for 2014 contributions

The following volunteers were recognized at our 2014 Volunteer Party for their special contributions to the Club. Please join us in congratulating and thanking them!

  • Recreational Coach of the Year – Jeff Anderer, U14B “Jedi Knights”
  • Competitive Coach of the Year – Eugene Demmler, U13B Alameda Islanders
  • Volunteer of the Year – Tom Allen, for dedicated volunteer service to the Club in many capacities including Registrar, Treasurer, and Age Group Coordinator.
  • President’s Award – Frank Fasano, for many years of coaching, coach education, and development of competitive program

Jack London Coaches Tournament

The JLYSSL Coaches Tournament will be this Saturday 12/13/15 at College of Alameda (all weather) field. Below is the schedule. If you would like to play please send an email to Mark Haskett.

Include your name, preferred position, and whether you would like to play on the comp team or pick-up team.

Time Home Team Away Team
8:00 – 9:00 Oakland Piedmont
9:00 – 10:00 EBU Montclair
10:00 – 11:00 Alameda Oakland
11:00 – Noon Piedmont EBU
Noon – 1:00 Montclair Alameda
1:00 – 2:00 #1 Points #4 Points
2:00 – 3:00 #2 Points #3 Points
3:30 – 4:30 Final  Championship

2015 Competitive Tryouts Pre-Training for Goalies

In addition to the Select pre-tryout training announced yesterday for January 10th & 11th Brian Catalano will be available at Rittler Park for goalie training for any boys or girls that are interested in trying out for the position. He will be available from 12:30-2:30 on Saturday (for boys) and Sunday (for girls).

The tentative schedule will be:

  • 0-20min – Warm Up games (fun/explosive/high intensity movements) interspersed with a little bit of dynamic stretching
  • 20-40min – Footwork and basic handling (think cone/flag/ladder work, with pre-determined footwork to prep the nervous system for agility later)
  • 40-70min – Collapse Dives and Power Dives (outside of the goal to begin, progressing to the goal if numbers permit)
  • 70-95 min – Handling Crosses and hand distribution (here agility will be huge, so we’ll review footwork in a pre-determined setting for a few minutes, then progress to simply serving balls)
  • 95-115 min – breakaway technique + striker/keeper game to goal
  • 115-120 min – Q&A from players/parents/coaches; if there are more questions, I will obviously be happy to stay a bit longer

In his words,

there is so much into the game of goalkeeping, and thus I won’t be able to cover everything in a 2 hour session (distribution, pass backs, organization/communication, through balls, balls played over the top, cutback/3-goal situations, positioning, etc). I am not going to get too in-depth in this session either, BUT I will give each child an introduction to the position, some basic activities, simple coaching cues. Each exercise will be simple enough that it will be repeatable for any coach in attendance, and if any coaches are there they are more than welcome to take notes, listen for simple cues, etc.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the position to test themselves and learn what’s involved.

2015 Competitive Tryouts & Training

Tryouts for the 2015 Alameda Islander soccer season will be in January. Mark your calendar for the following dates and refer to the following Age Chart to determine which age group your son or daughter will be in for the Spring season.

Pre-tryout training will be on January 10th & 11th and tryouts will be on January 24th & 25th. Both will be held at at Rittler Park in Alameda.

Register on Sportability and bring signed medical release forms with you.

Times for pre-tryout training are below. Details about tryouts will be posted later. Please refer to the Alameda Soccer calendar for details.

Pre-Tryout Training

Boys pre-tryout training is on Saturday (1/10) at the following times:

  • 9-10:30 – u9 & u10
  • 11-12:30 – u 11 & u12
  • 1-2:30 – u13+

Girls pre-tryout training is on Sunday (1/11) at the following times:

  • 9-10:30 – u9 & u10
  • 11-12:30 – u 11 & u12
  • 1-2:30 – u13+

Training sessions will be run by Challenger Sports Professional training staff, and Lee Dunne, Director of Coaching.

Goalie Training

Goalie training will be available from 12:30-2:30 on Saturday (for boys) and Sunday (for girls). See this post for details.

Tryouts

Tryouts are on January 24th and 25th also at Rittler Park. Tryouts will be run by Lee Dunne, the Challenger Sport professional training staff, and ASC coaches.

Reminder

For both tryouts and training sessions kids should not wear their team uniforms, or any t-shirt that relates to a specific group, organization, or local team.  Kids should wear a plain t-shirt and dress appropriate for the weather.  If a player wears a team jersey or t-shirt they will be asked to change.  This is so our tryouts are a fair opportunity for all kids trying out.

U13 Boys Red Islanders NorCal champions

The U13 Boys Red Islanders are assured sole possession of 1st place and are NorCal Region 3/4 Silver 2 Division champions! Just a little extra icing on the cake to finish our league season with clean sheet win vs. East Bay United. Although this was the team’s first year in Silver, the U13 Boys Red Islanders finished 7-0-1 with a goal differential of 32-4.

Club’s End of Season Party

We will be having our Club’s end of season party at Speisekammer Restaurant (2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda) on Monday November 17th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Appetizers and drinks from 6-7 pm. Dinner will be served from 7-9 pm. This is our opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers who share their time and resources throughout the year so the kids can play soccer. We have had a great year due to the time our volunteers have invested and we want to thank each of you for your contributions.

All volunteers including coaches, assistant coaches, referees, team managers, board members and spouses are invited.

Hope to see you all there!

Make-Up Day Announcement from Shooting Stars

Make-up Day is scheduled for Sunday, November 2nd at Godfrey Park.

If you missed Photo Day and have not yet signed up for Make-up Day, click here to do so.

Shooting Stars will contact all players and teams that sign-up for Make-up Day and details. Teams will be assigned a photo time, just like Photo Day, and individual players will be given a timeframe which they may attend as “walk-ups”. Target release date of Make-up Day schedule is 1-2 weeks beforehand – thanks in advance for your patience!