The Alameda Futsal League winter season registration is open between now and January 10th. Visit alamedafutsalclub.org for details.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 will be available from 12:30-2:30 on Saturday (for boys) and Sunday (for girls). See this post for details.
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.
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.
Our Fall 2014 season is underway and will be ending shortly.
Our spring 2015 Season begins in March 2015, and registration for kids 5 years and up will be open by mid-February 2015. Please check back then for more information and registration links! Enjoy the rest of the season!
Julie Conner U8G – Recreational Coach of the Year 2014
Mike Barnes U9G – Competitive Coach of the Year 2014
Jen Burns, Board Secretary – Volunteer of the Year 2014
Sami Adranly, Webmaster – President’s Award 2014
And special recognition to:
Thu-Huong Nguyen, Registrar – Lifetime Volunteer Award, for her many years of dedicated service to the Club and families of Alameda