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Spring Soccer Registration is Open

Registration for Spring Recreational Soccer is open!

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Alameda Soccer Club (ASC) has decided to invest in our youngest members and provide them with the best possible soccer experience. As such, ASC has enhanced the Recreational Soccer program for 2015 Spring U6, U7 and U8 age groups. This enhancement will provide a stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable practice experience and environment. The program will allow players and coaches to be exposed to age appropriate skills and small-sided games. This investment will give the players game skills in a fun, high-interest, fast-paced manner. The coaches will also gain insight and advice as to how to teach and encourage young, developing players. The overriding desire is for the players, as well as the coaches, to have fun playing soccer while building and developing skill sets. This type of exposure and environment will make playing the Beautiful Game even more enjoyable!

Match days will remain the same! The changes will be emphasized at the weekly practices through the routine presence of professional soccer trainers, coaching the players and coaches. Why? The best soccer clubs in the world find it is very important to make sure kids start with sound instruction at the youngest levels. In addition, we want to provide our coaches a chance to work side by side with professional trainers to give our coaches the opportunity to gain experience and valuable knowledge as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the ASC Recreational Coordinator or the Coaching Coordinator. We are extremely excited to be able to offer our club members the chance to work with the professional trainers and further enhance player and coaching skills for the betterment of the recreational soccer community.

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USSF Referee Course

A USSF Referee Grade 8 course will be hosted by Alameda Soccer Club at Wood Middle School on Friday, March 13th (6-10pm – classroom) and Saturday, March 14th (9am-1pm – classroom, 1-5pm field session).

Pizza, soda and water will be provided for Friday evening and sandwiches will be provided for Saturday lunch between the classroom and field sessions.

There is 2½ hour video pre-course work (multiple videos) that must be completed and a test passed to be able to attend the course on March 13th (6-10pm) and Saturday, March 14th (9am-5pm).

Please complete the form and submit it to me via the following link to be added to the list of candidates for this course on the ASC website Referee page:

http://alamedasoccer.org/referees/how-to-become-a-referee/

The number of students we can accommodate in this class is limited so please submit the form no later than this coming Friday, February 27th.

Further instructions regarding the pre-course video will be sent out to each person for this course by no later than Friday, March 6th.

The time commitment for the Grade 8 Course has been reduced down to 12 hours that includes 8 hours classroom and 4 hours field instruction. The time commitment for Grade 8 is much less than in the past.

We are putting a Referee Development Program in place for Alameda SC. The foundation of a Referee Development program is that the entry point is to successfully complete the Grade 8 Course.

Further details for the Referee Development Program will be provide at a later date.

Regards,

John Richer
Alameda SC Referee Coordinator

Spring Recreational Soccer Registration now open

Alameda Soccer Club is pleased to announce the opening of Spring 2015 registration for players U10-U19! Please use the Age Chart to see which age group in which to register your son or daughter. Registration for Recreational players U6-U8 will be following shortly.

The Recreational soccer season (Jack London Youth Soccer League) will begin on Saturday March 28, with 9 scheduled matches. No matches will be played on Easter Day or Memorial Day Weekend. Practices are typically held 1-2 times a week for 90 minutes each time. Once teams are formed, coaches will provide families with further information.

Any child 5 years and older can register to play on a Recreational team. The focus is on having fun, learning and playing with friends & schoolmates. Recreational players can ask to play with their friends, or for a coach. The cost to register is $50 for the Spring season.

Register today on Sportability.

For questions related to the Recreational Soccer program contact our Recreational Team coordinator. For registration questions or to request financial assistance contact our Registrar.

Hornet Field closed for maintenance

Please note that Hornet field will is closed for the next 6-8 weeks while we get rid of some broad leaf weeds that are killing the grass.

It’s important to keep off the fields to allow for proper maintenance for the upcoming season so if you see any unauthorized groups using Hornet field, please email the ASC Field Coordinator so he can contact Alameda Police.

Thanks for your help and helping keep down the thousands of dollars of costs to maintain Hornet field.

Competitive Soccer Tryout Times

Competitive Soccer tryouts for the 2015 season will be held at Rittler Park on January 24th and 25th. Times are by age group and are on both Saturday and Sunday. Please check the age chart to see which age group your child falls into.

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

Please remember, 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.

Time Age Group
8 – 9:30 U10 Boys, U12 Boys
9:30 – 11 U11 Boys
11-12:30 U14 Boys, U11 Girls
12:30 – 2 U9 Boys, U9 Girls, U10 Girls
2 – 3:30 U14 Girls, U12 Girls
3:30 – 5 U13 Boys, U13 Girls

For boys and girls U15-U19 tryouts. Time, date, and location TBA. We are looking at late February.

For more details about tryouts and the January 10th and 11th pre-tryout training, see our previous post.

Alameda Futsal Registration

The Alameda Futsal League winter season registration is open between now and January 10th. Visit alamedafutsalclub.org for details.

Alameda Futsal League

From their email announcement:

Futsal + Soccer = Development

What makes futsal so good for development? The game is played in a well-defined space, with boundaries instead of walls – this makes futsal similar to outdoor soccer. The speed of the game also challenges the players to think and act quickly. The game also rewards keeping possession and playing in control. In these ways, playing futsal complements and accelerates soccer skills. Still, futsal goes further because all the players are constantly engaged and actively playing – there’s no walking about waiting for action.

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 Competitive 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.