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Training update

We are very excited to be back on the field.  We hope your children are enjoying being back on the field with their coaches and fellow Islanders.

As of now, NorCal has tentatively scheduled games to start in 2020. However, we don’t know at this point if or when games will actually be allowed by the State and County. For now, we are going forward with planning for socially distanced team training sessions for the fall.  As conditions evolve, we will continue to re-evaluate and keep you up to date if it looks like we will be able to participate in league/games. 

Team practices will be 2 days a week in the afternoon/evening with our professional trainers or team coach. We will be adapting our current format to allow a coaches pod and then split teams into their own pod/s (11v11 teams will be split into two pods). We will remain socially distanced, NOT allowing contact. We will be progressing through our return-to-play phases as State & County guidance allows.  

Spring Update – COVID-19

Alameda Islander Families,

We want to keep everyone updated on how the club is dealing with the COVID-19 health pandemic. To do this we will send out an update every Monday with any new information. We will also send out updates if anything significant arises during the week.

As of now we are waiting for further guidance from our soccer governing organizations on how to proceed with the spring season. Currently, all in person activities have been cancelled untill April 12th in compliance with US Club Soccer and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives to help protect public health and safety. The ASC board and other groups have been holding regular online meetings to formulate a plan for moving forward.

Players can continue their individual training. The following resources are available:

  • The Norcal Premier HW App – TopYa!
  • Alameda SC daily challenge on Alameda Soccer Club Instagram. Players can post videos of themselves completing it along with challenges for others to complete. Please tag the videos with #ASCchallenge.
  • Our Director of Coaching, Adam Butler, also sent out a workout for players to complete this week which can be found in a previous post.
  • Players can also try the BeastMode app, My Soccer Training.

Best Regards,
Alameda Soccer Club

TopYa! Registration Directions –https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EDlpUDwAmd3VG_wqqWMYn6R_AhAnPITOLgd8mFkzSe0/edit?usp=sharing

My Soccer Training Registration
https://app.mysoccertraining.com/pre-registration

Workout from home

First and most importantly, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Please find this weeks at home soccer workout. This includes a ball mastery video and a home conditioning workout video. Please send videos of You or your athlete doing these exercises to be featured on our social media pages to coachadambutler@hotmail.com.

Technical Work

Ball Mastery Video 

Ball mastery

  • Toe Taps – 30 Seconds
  • Pendulums – 30 Seconds
  • Bow Ties – 30 Seconds
  • Rollovers – 30 Seconds
  • 1 minute rest

Repeat 3x 

Ball and Wall

  • One Touch Alternate Foot – 2 minutes
  • 30 Second Rest 
  • Two Touch Alternate Foot – 2 minutes
  • 30 Second Rest 
  • Two Touch Same Foot Touch & Pass – 2 minutes
  • 30 Second Rest 
  • Receive & Turn Alternate Side – 2 minutes
  • 30 Second Rest 

Figure of 8 – If no cones, use any two objects

  • Right Foot Only – 1 Minute
  • 1 minute Rest   
  • Left Foot Only – 1 Minute
  • 1 Minute Rest 
  • Insides Only – 1 Minute
  • 1 Minute Rest 
  • Outside Only – 1 Minute
  • 1 Minute Rest
  • Rollover Through Middle – 1 Minute
  • 1 Minute Rest  

Conditioning Work

Conditioning Workout Video  

  • 10 Minute Run – As fast as possible 
  • 30 Seconds Squat
  • 30 Seconds Rest 
  • 30 Seconds Push Up
  • 30 Seconds Rest 
  • 30 Seconds Alternate Lunges
  • 30 Seconds Rest 
  • 30 Seconds Sit Up
  • 30 Seconds Rest 
  • 30 Seconds Burpee
  • 30 Seconds Rest 

Repeat 4x 

We will also be adding videos to our youtube channel so please subscribe to see all new content! – ASC Islander Training

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with an exercise! 

Adam Butler Director of Coaching Alameda Soccer Club

U16 Boys Win san ramon soccer fall shootout

The Alameda Soccer Club Falcons U-16 Boys took 1st place in the San Ramon Fall Shootout this weekend. Despite facing talented competition early on, the Falcons finished first place in their group and qualified for the semi-finals. After winning the semi-final by a score of 2-1 they advanced to the championship to face an impressive Ballistic United team. After 60 mins of play, 2 overtime periods and several close chances the score remained tied at 0-0. The Falcons scored 4 of their penalties to win the championship by a final score of 4-2.

Registration open for Rec Soccer 2018 Fall!

No tryouts needed, everyone is welcome of every experience and skill level. Simply register, request to play with friends, and have a blast. Registration closes on August 5th.

The fall soccer season (Jack London Youth Soccer League) is expected to begin in September and continue for 8-10 weekends with practices starting in late August. For more information see: https://alamedasoccer.org/registration/fall-registration/

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a Rec Team Coach, check out our Coaches section for more information.

For questions related to the ASC’s Recreational Soccer program contact our Recreational Coordinators at recteamscoordinator@alamedasoccer.org. For registration questions or to request financial assistance contact our Registrar at registrar@alamedasoccer.org.

Stephanie Rodriguez & James Murray
ASC Recreational Coordinators

Parent Survey Results – We Are Listening

[Text of an email sent out to all ASC family members earlier today]

Alameda Soccer Families,

Thank you very much for the families that took the time to complete the Annual Parent Survey. Feedback of this nature is crucial in Club development and is looked at closely to identify areas for improvement. The following have been identified through this and previous years surveys as areas within the Club families feel we have room for improvement. Initiatives outlining what the Club is doing to address these areas are included.

Coaches Training – As a volunteer based organization we rely heavily on the support of our dedicated community volunteers. The majority of our coaches are volunteers. In an effort to provide training and mentorship to these volunteers we teamed with Challenger Sports 3 years ago to not only provide our players access to professional training, but to expose our coaches to it as well. This year we have taken the additional step of hiring Lee Dunne as our Director of Coaching. Lee, along with the support of our Board of Directors, will focus on the development of age-specific coaching curricula and the fostering of a Club philosophy with respect to coaching and player development. This year coaches will be provided mandatory National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) age-specific training which will consist of classroom and field training. The NSCAA course highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games. Coaches will receive an age-appropriate license following the completion of this course. Please help us welcome Lee to the ASC Family; his experience and qualifications will be a valuable asset to the Club.

Referees – The Board has identified the need to bolster not only the number of referees affiliated with our Club, but to increase their training and mentorship opportunities. Highly trained and motivated referees results in the increased safety of our players and a higher quality of play on the pitch. Scheduling of referees is managed through Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League (JLYSSL). Teams within ASC our required to fulfill a predetermined number of credits through referee affiliation. At the completion of a season JLYSSL administers a fine per each credit not fulfilled. These fines can be thousands of dollars. In an effort to eliminate these fines, bolster numbers of referees affiliated with our Club, provide quality training and mentorship to our referee pool, and to eliminate the burden of our volunteer coaches having to find referees for their games, ASC has hired John Richer to take the lead as Referee Coordinator and Development. Please help us welcome John to the ASC Family; his experience and qualifications will be a valuable asset to the Club.

Communication – Effective and timely communication of Club business and the ability for the Board to respond to inquires and requests of parents and players is something we are working to improve.

  • ASC has partnered with Team Snap on the Competitive side of our Club. Through Team Snap we are able to manage various registrations at a lower cost to the Club. The Team Snap registration platform is an integrated data base which provides Club wide administrative access as well as individual Team pages for our competitive teams so coaches are able to communicate and schedule effectively with their players families. The cost of individual Team Snap pages will now be paid for by the Club rather than by the team. We look to expand the use of Team Snap on the Rec side of the Club in the near future.
  • A new and improved website will launch in the near future. ASC, again has partnered with Team Snap to develop and maintain what we are confident will be a highly effective tool to provide Club information.
  • A newly elected and rapidly growing Board of directors is eager to help improve Club communication and efficiencies.

Board of Directors – The Alameda Soccer Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization. An elected Board of Directors runs ASC. Each director is a volunteer, participating in the management of the club and its programs. This past year the Board actively solicited additional support to help support Club goals and objectives. Our Club has shown tremendous growth over the years and we’re extremely thankful for the dedication and commitment of all our Board members; past present and future. On January 9, 2017 the 2017 Board (effective January 23, 2017) was elected. The turnout and support we have with this newly elected Board is unprecedented and gives me a great deal of excitement for what’s to come. The ASC Board of Directors names and contact details are posted on this site. For their roles, responsibilities, and open positions click here.

Field Improvements – With the exception of Hornet Field, ASC has little control over the maintenance and development of our soccer fields within Alameda. However, we do work closely with ARPD to ensure our teams have adequate field space and the fields are maintained to provide a safe and enjoyable playing experience for our children.

Outdoor Futsal Court

  • Some may have noticed that directly adjacent to Hornet field there are unused and now dilapidated tennis and basketball courts (formerly part of the Alameda Naval Weapons Station recreational center).
  • Alameda Soccer Club, with the backing of the City of Alameda Parks and Recreation Department, lobbied for and gained City Council approval to amend our current Hornet field lease to include these tennis and basketball courts. In 2016, the
  • ASC Board approved initial funding and in 2017 renovation and re-purposing into 3 full-sized Futsal courts will begin.
  • How will we use this space? ASC plans to fully utilize these valuable ‘all-weather’ courts in several ways. First and foremost, the courts will provide ASC-controlled practice and weekend scrimmage space, for ASC teams, in-season. Likewise, it will allow us to have practice and scrimmage space when all grass fields are closed for rain in-season and for maintenance in the off-season. Additionally, it will offer easier access (than our current grass fields) to our Champions League players with physical challenges/disabilities.
  • In addition, many are already aware of our long standing and successful partnership with Alameda Futsal Club (AFC). AFC’s ‘Friday Night Futsal’ and Winter Futsal League have been a mainstay for many of our players for years. Upon completion of our Futsal courts, ASC and AFC will continue to work together to expand their Futsal programming to include skill clinics and tournaments.
  • As the sport of soccer has gained popularity and our membership has grown, access to grass fields has not. Renovation of this space provides additional access and expands our ability to deliver more soccer opportunities to our players!

Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex
Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex Renovation Project is scheduled for competition in the Fall of 2017. ASC will receive access to this facility at a discounted rate which should provide an exceptional playing environment for our children. For more information please click here.

Sponsorship & Fundraising – Due to a lack of volunteers in 2016 our Sponsorship Program was not as profitable as in years past. Sponsors are a key source of Club revenue and are crucial in keeping registration fees down as well as funding Club initiatives and improvement projects. In addition to filling the Sponsorship Director Board positon we will be working with new Board members on creating additional community-based fundraising opportunities to help further grow and support the Club. If you would like to sponsor a team or know of someone who would please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator at sponsor@alamedasoccer.org

ASC has shown a tremendous amount of growth over the past few years. We look forward to continuing to improve the Club to provide a high quality, unique, and positive community-based playing experience for our players and their families. If you would like to help support our Club in any way please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Mike Barnes
Alameda Soccer Club
President
president@alamedasoccer.org

Introducing The Champions Soccer League

A New Program for Children with Special Needs

The Alameda Soccer Club is pleased to announce a new and exciting opportunity for children with special needs to enjoy the game of soccer in a true game setting. The Champions League provides the opportunity to play soccer for those children who have not been able to play under the typical league circumstances. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for children with physical and mental disabilities to experience the fun of playing soccer and the joy of being part of a team.

The Champions League is an all-volunteer, inclusive soccer program where children ages 7-16 years old with special needs can participate in a fun, supportive environment, coached by experienced soccer coaches. We provide the opportunity for the children to learn and play in a safe and fun environment.

Games will be played weekly in Alameda on Sunday afternoons from September 11 to November 6 during the typical fall soccer season. By participating in the Champions League our hope is that all players will develop social skills, better motor coordination, improved communication skills and get exercise while having a fun time.

To register, please click on this link and register through Sportability. For questions or further information please email Conor Neal at championsleague@alamedasoccer.org or call (510) 517-0508.

The registration fee is $60 for this inaugural season.