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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.

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.

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

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.

Registration is not necessary for the training.

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.

If possible, they should also bring a soccer ball to training and tryouts.

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!

Columbus Day Soccer Camp with Challenger Sports

British_Soccer_Camps_2011One day camp at Harrington Park on Monday October 13th with the professional British Soccer coaches that are working with ASC Islanders this fall!

All campers be taught the fundamental soccer skills players need to master ball control and be successful in 1v1 situations. The camp will provide an opportunity for your child to play in challenging situations, learn from experienced staff and build their love of the game. All campers will begin at 9am, with an experience of the Challenger 1,000 touches and progress through the day to scrimmages and game situations, ending camp at 1.30pm.

Please provide a lunch for your Soccer player – they will be supervised by the Challenger staff through lunch time.

SIMPLY CLICK HERE to sign up for the camp (Early drop off begins at 8.30am)

Questions, please contact: Lee Dunne, Alameda Director of Coaching, at 916-596-1664.

Change To Mid-Season Coaching Clinic

PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE TO THE TIME/PLACE OF MID-SEASON COACHING CLINIC

In order to better accommodate coaches who are coaching on Saturday, we have rescheduled the Mid-Season Coaching Clinic to Sunday September 21, 2014 at Lincoln Park, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The times/details are as set out below.

Thanks you for your understanding as we try to make it possible for more coaches to take advantage of this opportunity. Please spread the word regarding this change to coaches you know.

Please do not block houses or driveways when parking – please be considerate of those in the neighborhood!

Mid-Season Coaching Clinic – Sunday September 21, 2014 at Lincoln Park, Alameda

3:30 pm at Lincoln Park for U7-U8 coaches

5 pm at Lincoln Park for U10-U12 coaches (U14+ also welcome – practices can be developed for you to take to your teams)

Topics covered:
Reflection of experience so far – tips and tricks that have worked for you, challenging players individually, tactics and game management, 2v1’s, 3v2’s and beyond.

Materials received:
Additional practice plans for developing players

Please confirm your attendance for these classes by emailing: Lee Dunne, ldunne@challengersports.com

Fall Registration is Closed, Fall Season Started!

The Jack London season will start 9/6 and continue for 10 weeks. U10 and older rec games will be scheduled and posted at the mysoccerleague.com website

U6/U7/U8 games are scheduled in-house and you will get the schedule from your age group coordinator.

Competitive Norcal games will be scheduled and posted through the Norcal process and published on the Norcal website.