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Pre-Tryout Training Wrap-Up.

I would like to thank all the families that brought their kids out to attend our Pre-Tryout training. It was great to see all the kids out, and have the event so well attended. To re-cap, the kids were shown the drills and procedures we will use during our Competitive Tryouts on Jan 24/25

Over the weekend we got to meet about 300 Alameda soccer players, and about 48 athletes interested in playing goalie.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the ASC Tryouts! Please remember Alameda Little League moved their tryouts back one week so now both soccer and baseball are on the same weekend. We made sure times allowed for both tryouts, but remember parking around Ritler will be busy.

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.

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.