END OF SEASON PARTY
Our End of Season party and celebration was a huge success. Scheduled on the Friday where Monday through Thursday poured down rain, we finally got lucky. Even though it was chilly and windy, hundreds of families showed up for drinks, tacos and music and the kids enjoyed scrimmage games against the coaches.
This day epitomized the kind of club Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat has become. The home town based, family club for the children and families of our city.
This was a day to recognize our players and the families that drive them (no pun intended). It was a time to see the people and staff behind the scenes who keep our club moving forward. And it was a time to recognize the high achievers in all categories. Without all of the above, we would just be a run-of-the-mill style soccer club – This was a day where we were able to celebrate our success together and join in the fun and camaraderie, and absorb the smiles and laughter of our children.
The Awards List…
FC Heat Manager of the Year was Kristin Fox and Volunteer of the Year was Tracy Wright. Jessica Escobedo was Board Member of the Year and Coach Bryan Wilkes was Coach of the Year with Roger Rolim de Moura as Runner-Up.
A special Cornerstone Award was presented to Coach Jose Valle for his dedication and service to the youth of our club. A card that accompanied his trophy said this;
“The corner stone of any building is by far the strongest point. A building is built from the ground up with deep and strong foundations to uphold the test of time.The Cornerstone Award uses this as a mission statement in the lives of our children.
The award is given to an outstanding member of FC Heat Elite & Escondido Soccer Club who demonstrates by example these fundamental meanings and beliefs. The recipient of the Cornerstone Trophy is an exceptional humble, human being who demonstrates and teaches by example life’s lessons, setting high standards, strong ethics, great values and solid beliefs in doing the right thing in life. All of our children, young or old, benefit from the lessons taught by the recipient of this award.”
Congratulations to you all – and to every player in the Heat Competitive Program, you are all winners!
COMPETITIVE TRYOUTS FOR YOUNGERS
Due to the age matrix changes this year we faced many challenges with our younger tryouts. But we were not alone as every other club in the US faced the same scenario.
Quite a few emotions came into play as many existing teams were literally split in half, one half moving older and the other half staying the same. In some instances, where some players were playing up two years, it actually split the team into three. This in itself scattered already experienced players to different teams, where it then became tough to name an A and a B team. In some cases we had many players of one birth year and in others we had very few. Some players were equipped to play up one year, but very rarely two years. A player playing up two years had to have exceptional skills and be physically able.
We were well prepared however, with coaches in place for as many teams as we projected, and our goal was to find a team for as many players as we possibly could. This was a lot of work.
The attendance for tryouts was excellent as word is obviously spreading about the kind of experience that players are enjoying at FC Heat, and that plus the exorbitant costs at the bigger clubs are sending many more new players to home based clubs like ours.
New coaches were allocated teams and experienced coaches were moved around in order to strengthen certain areas. This was mainly a result of coaches’ evaluations, which you the parents were part of. This is part of fine tuning an already successful coaching model. 32 teams were built or are being built in the younger age groups, which does not include our older teams.
Many questions were asked by parents who did not quite understand the reasons for the new age matrix (this is why we wrote a previous newsletter on this subject). Some thought that teams had to be totally age pure with no players playing up, while others wondered why their children could not play with their friends as they have done so over the past few years, irrespective of their ages. Many parents would only have their child play for a certain coach and not another, which again spread the talent among different teams. You can only imagine the challenges we faced by trying to please the majority.
In any case, FC Heat is in good shape and ahead of the game this early in the year. 32 teams were built or are being built in the younger age groups. Our teams were strong last year, but I think they will be even stronger this year. As mentioned, this does not include our older teams, as those tryouts will be in March when our high schools have finished their seasons. Please stay tuned to our Website for the dates of the older tryouts, which will be posted soon.
With tryouts being so early this year, it is possible that your child may have missed them. If this is the case then below is a list of our younger teams that are still looking for players. Just e-mail the coach and have your child join their practice as a tryout. We have plenty of time before our season starts.
Girls 2008 – James Griffen
Girls 2005 – Hector Hernandez
Boys 2008 – Sebastian Oros
Boys 2003 – Bryan Wilkes
Boys 2002 – Alvaro Melgoza
One of our own needs your help…
Jacob George played recreational soccer this last season for Coach Mark Memmelaar’s Empire team. He played for the BU12 bracket even though he is only 10-years-old.
Mark said this about Jacob, “He played goalie and forward. He didn’t love playing goalie, but he was good at it and always willing to do so if asked. And that was a big part of this team’s success last season. Jacob still managed to score 2 goals in his times as a forward. He is quiet but fearless and deceptively strong. A really friendly kid and always happy.”
Thank goodness Jacob is fearless and strong, because on January 20, 2016 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Obviously he and his family were taken by surprise, but while all are still in shock, they continue to fight this enemy head on.
Well Jacob, we have your back!
To follow Jacob’s fight and to help, please click on this link:
This is an update that keeps family and friends aligned with his daily progress.
Spring League Update…
As most of you already know, our first weekend of Spring Soccer was abandoned due to rain. The weather this week should be favorable, so keep your fingers crossed.
Spring League registration is still open. All divisions open, except for 2008-2009 boys. Online registration link:
The first trophies of the season…
Our spring schedule is up!
Check it out here!
Registration closes 1/23/16 – don’t miss it!
Follow the link below to register:
2015 SPRING RECREATION SEASON REGISTRATION
ANOTHER FANTASTIC SEASON FOR FC HEAT TEAMS
In the last few years we have shown excellent improvement in our competitive division, with our teams roaring from mid to lower place finishes in all competitions, to much higher levels of achievement in the past 2 years.
Many ask how FC Heat was able to achieve this level in such a short period of time. And to answer that question, I put it down to three components; individual player development, creating a happy, playing environment for our players and superior coaching. Once we achieve that then everything else seems to fall into place. Good coaches can develop all of their players while teaching teamwork and tactics at the same time. Many of our coaches have spent hundreds of hours on the practice field with teams created from tryouts in previous years. Some have even hit the high point with first and second year teams.A great measure to the success of our methodology is for us to gauge how many of our older players are getting selected for our local high school teams. Having heard the stories from our coaches, who follow their players through high school tryouts, this alone has been quite an achievement.Many of our coaches have assistant coaches within our competitive program who usually had gotten their start from our recreational division. We are proud to say that assistant coaches such as; Sebastian Oros, Don Meyers, Scott Schooling, James Griffen, Robert Jeffers, Dan Blake, Kathy Pharies, Arturo Valle, Frankie Cira and Arturo Duarte have had a tremendous impact this year, helping many of their teams achieve great status.At FC Heat Elite, we have a program where our outstanding recreational coaches are invited to assist one of our Heat coaches for a season or so, much like an apprenticeship. We usually find that once partnered, both the head coach and the assistant coach are a hit with our players and their families. We will continue to do this moving forward. Sebastian Oros and Don Meyers, both recreational coaches have been excellent in this respect.If you are interested in moving through from recreational to competitive, contact our Director of Coaching Steve Yorke.
Julio Alfaro’s BU9 team capture their ChampionshipWe thought that the 2014/2015 Competitive Soccer Season was good with 40 Championships and another 27 Runners-Up positions, but we even surpassed that this season. To date (and our year is not yet complete) our FC Heat Elite Teams have captured a remarkable tally:52 – Tournament Championships36 – Tournament Runners-up1 – State Cup Semi-Finalist1 – National Cup Semi-Finalist6 – Presidio/SDDA Championships4 – Presidio/SDDA Runners-up6 – Presidio/SDDA 3rd PlaceOf all the 33 teams in our competitive division, 22 have finished in the top 5. We also had a great record for discipline in the league, with 11 of our teams not receiving any yellow or red cards for the whole season.Of 367 games played by FC Heat Elite teams, 234 were either wins or ties.This in itself is a fantastic achievement!CHAMPIONSBU9 – Julio AlfaroBU10 – Julio AlfaroBU15 – Denis SweeneyGU12 – Rick Moore & Don MeyersGU16 – Rob Parker & Kathy PhariesGU19 – Hector HernandezRUNNERS-UPBU11 – Jorge Valazquez & Martin LopezBU14 – Brian BlakeGU9 – Brian Blake & Don MeyersGU14 – Rob Parker3rd PLACEBU11 – Denis Sweeney & Sebastian OrosBU12 – James Griffin & Martin LopezBU14 – Steve Yorke & Arturo DuarteBU15 – Roger Rolim de Moura & Robert JeffersBU17 – Carlos HernandezGU14 – Carlos Hernandez
Congratulations to all our players, our teams, our coaches and our managers and parents for making this season a great one!
RECREATIONAL NEWS & RESULTS
Congratulations to Sebastian Oros who was voted 2015/2016 Recreational Coach of the Year by his peers, his players and their families. Congratulations also to Garrett Vesco as Runner-Up and Leo Escobedo in Third Place.It has been truly amazing what all of our recreational coaches have achieved this year. Not only do we have more qualified players wanting to move through to our competitive program, but we have so many happy kids playing the game at this level. Out of over 250 evaluation reports for all of our recreational coaches, 246 were immensely positive. Great job Rec Coaches and thank you for volunteering. We could not reach these levels without you!RECREATIONAL PLAY-OFF RESULTSHere are the results of our Recreational Play-Off series, which was a huge success at Ryan Park. Many players representing these teams were selected to join our All-Star Program, to represent our club in at least 3 recreational tournaments in the next few weeks.Finalists: BU8 – SD DynamoChampions: BU8 – RocketsFinalists: BU10 – EmpireChampions: BU10 – GriffenFinalists: BU12 – Escondido PremiereChampions: BU12 – The EmpireFinalists: BU14 – FC SilverChampions: BU14 – Barcelona FCFinalists: GU8 – FireballsChampions: GU8 – GriffenFinalists: GU10 – HuntersChampions: GU10 – FC SparkleFinalists: GU12/14 – TsunamiChampions: GU12/14 – StrykersDon’t Forget Spring Ball…
** COMMISSIONERS CUP TOY DRIVE **
One of our competitive coaches, Martin Lopez, came to me this year with an idea for a tournament to benefit an orphanage in San Diego. We thought we could have an entrance fee of one toy per player on each team, for whichever team competes. It turned out that it was too difficult to get field space, and the organization needed to put this together in time before Christmas.However, our Presidio Soccer League friends have decided to adopt this idea for their Commissioners Cup, hosted by us at Ryan Park on Saturday andSunday, December 5th and 6th, 2015.It is not a requirement to donate one toy per child competing of course, but we sure do appreciate any donations you are willing to give to this special San Diego orphanage. The surprising thing is that The San Diego Center for Children really needs some of the simpler things in life for our orphans. Things like new clothing, household goods, hygiene products, school supplies as well as toys, music, board games, art supplies, gift cards and books, and any sports equipment that is new or gently used. If you have a bike we will take that with great pleasure!There will be collection containers scattered around the fields at Ryan Park this weekend to hold your kind donations. Thank you to all in advance.To learn more about The San Diego Center for Children please visit their Website at www.centerforchildren.org
COMPETITIVE AGE PURE PRACTICES
The age pure practices that we organized this month for all players interested in playing competitive soccer in 2016 were a huge success.It was nice to see a no pressure practice for our players, especially with a different coach running the practice that the players were probably not familiar with. These practices were not meant to be tryouts, or practices to establish teams for the coming year. What we tried to achieve was a comfortable, happy playing environment for players of the same birth year. This enabled us to see the skill level and the physical size of players in certain birth years, and gave much comfort to families who had questions about this new age matrix going forward.As you can see from the chart below, quite a few changes are planned in the coming years which really make for an exciting experience for developing young soccer players. These changes will be gradual and will start as listed in the 2016/2017 season. This is the same for every club in the USA.We will still have our regular tryouts at the start of 2016, which will be held in player’s birth year ages. FC Heat Elite has some wonderful new programs planned for our 2016/2017 season. All of this information will be available on our Website prior to the start of the new year.All of our coaches are currently being evaluated for their work in 2015, but once this is completed, we will be able to allocate coaches to those teams for next year. If you have not done so already, you can evaluate your coach’s performance in 2015, by completing this form either in English or Spanish.You can also go to our Website at www.fcheat.org and vote for your favorite person in all of these competitive categories:Competitive Coach of the YearTeam Manager of the YearVolunteer of the YearBoard Member of the YearPresentations will be handed out at our end of season partyMark it on your calendar today!OUR AGM BOARD MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2015 AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ON WOODWARD IN ESCONDIDO
DEALING WITH INJURIES – REHAB UNITED
Just before the Thanksgiving break at our Age Pure Practices, I joined in with a team of 2000 Boys playing a team of 2001 Boys, and needless to say the end result was a badly sprained ankle.Two overly enthusiastic boys thought they would teach the coach a lesson,
and they did, as you can see by my left ankle. The following day I called Arturo Valle at Rehab United and he had me limp in for a treatment. I was hesitant at first, thinking that an injury like this is going to take time to heal, and that I had no other alternative but to hobble and struggle for at least six to eight weeks.Arturo, tested my walking, looked at the alignment of both of my feet, massaged most of the swelling out and gave me some exercises to do for at least a couple of weeks. He completed the treatment with a good 20 minute ice bucket plunge and hold. He explained to me that is was most important to quickly retrain those muscles in my ankle so it would not roll on me on my return to the game (if there ever is a return!). He then sent me on my way. I could have jogged out of his facility, it felt that much better after this initial treatment.Three days later there was a remarkable improvement, as you can see from this photograph. Most of the swelling had gone down and the bruising was coming to the surface. I could actually walk normally,
but it was still sore.Times have changed for injury prevention, healing and rehabilitation. A good example is Lionel Messi who came back from knee ligament damage to a full recovery in 6 weeks, to play against Real Madrid a few weeks ago.Years ago he would have been out for months.The lesson I learned from this, I pass on to you and your young players. If your child gets injured, don’t be stubborn, go and see a professional like Arturo Valle and Bryan Hill at Rehab United, who use the latest technologies and methods to put you on the right track to a fast and safe recovery. I also learned that the faster you get to them, the better it is for this fast, safe recovery process to take place. Thank you Rehab!By the way, Rehab United always offers free injury screening for Heat players.To learn more about Rehab, visit their Website or call them at their offices
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