May 2021 Newsletter

The New Look Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat

Like many organizations who have survived this challenging COVID period, Escondido Soccer Club has taken advantage of this opportunity to rebuild from the ground up and re-emerge as a much stronger and viable club.

Looking back over this period and comparing us to other clubs, we are the only one who has remained consistent by following safety protocols, while at the same time having a refund policy in force. We have always placed the safety of our members and the financial concerns of our families as high priority, regardless of what the outcome would be for our organization. So yes, last year and this year have been and will continue to be financially challenging for our club. Nevertheless, we have now provided much stronger competitive playing leagues, spring competitive soccer and family friendly financial plans.

Always our goal is to financially break-even and if there is ever any money left over, it goes back into the system to help our players. It is even more important now that we keep our soccer fee payment plans on schedule as we pay our operating bills up front prior to us collecting these fees.

Starting with our Recreational Program, which includes our Spring Program we have put directors in place who have coached in these programs in the past. It became very obvious very quickly to us by the large number of players signing up for spring soccer, that our children have been missing the exercise, camaraderie and fun that soccer has to offer.

            We are in the midst of organizing a Junior Academy Program for boys and girls born in 2015, 2014 and 2013 where we look carefully at our youngest players and see where we can best place them and help them with their future development.

            Recreation in general will have a brand new look as newly appointed Director James Griffen puts together a curriculum to help develop our recreational players by age and skill levels.

            Further work is being done for our older competitive and recreational players as they near the end of high school, and are thinking about college with emphasis on academics – there will be more announcements on this as we move forward with our plans.

            Of course, our players are already experiencing the much improved Competitive Program with strong competition and standards with less traveling. Our Fall League will be similar to the Spring League, but with much better organization with standings, promotion and relegation.

We are continually updating our website and our policies as we put many of our new programs in place.

If you think your child has the ability to play at the Competitive level visit our website or click here to see if there are any openings in any of our competitive teams.

Introducing James Griffen – Newly appointed Director of Recreation

We are extremely excited to introduce our NEW Director of Recreation – James Griffen! James is leaving his role as our Director at Large and venturing out to the Recreational program. He has some exciting new ideas and we cannot wait to see what he brings to the table. If you see him out on the field, please say hello and congratulate him! Enjoy the Q & A below with our new Director.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: 

My name is James Griffen, I have lived in San Diego since graduating from SDSU in 1994 and lived in Escondido since 2002. I have four kids and am a Landscape Contractor that loves coaching soccer for FC Heat. When not coaching I’m looking for a new trail to hike, finding a beach to relax on, or playing cards with my kids.

How long have you been involved (in any capacity) with Escondido Soccer Club?

I have been with Escondido Soccer Club since 2010 when I coached the Wolverines for my oldest son Jackson.

What made you decide to serve as Director of Recreation? Do you have a vision for the Rec program? 

Good question. Well I was appointed so it was more like being drafted. In all honesty I have been part of the club for many years and am hoping I can be as positive for the Recreation Program. There is a vision for where I think the Recreation program can go in the future but it’s still taking shape.  With all the changes in San Diego youth soccer especially with the SOCAL league, I’m taking some time to listen, watch, and learn.  More to come in board meetings and newsletters.

Do you have kids within our soccer program? 

All 4 of my kids play competitively for FC Heat. 

Do you play any sports?

I’ll play almost any sport and love competing. Soccer, basketball, baseball, Jenga.  Set it up and let’s go. 

Do you have any hidden talents?

I don’t think cooking breakfast or juggling, even if its chainsaws qualifies. No capes or mild manner alter egos here. 

What was the first team you were a part of? 

The Wolverines mentioned above in 2010.

What is a good way to give back to the community? 

Just being involved with something, heck anything that interests and inspires you to be better will make your community better. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

LOL. A garbage man. They had these little go cart trucks they drove in my neighborhood which at 4 years-old looked awesome.

Tell us 2 truths and 1 lie. We will guess which is which.   

Coaching soccer is fun.

I should have an RV at Ryan Park.

Sprinkles on any dessert is great.

From the President of Escondido Soccer Club – Jessica Escobedo

As we reflected on last year with the many changes in our world, community, schools and even within Escondido Soccer Club, our Board of Directors (BOD) felt it was important to gather, rejuvenate and re-calibrate. We all met at my house for a casual retreat on April 18th which involved agreeing on a social contract, team building exercises and more.  We all worked on our own professional development and in turn revised our Mission & Vision Statements.

This also involved some tree climbing (luckily no one was hurt). That’s James Griffen playing Tarzan in the photograph.

What is a mission/vision statement? A mission statement is a brief description of an entity’s fundamental purpose. It answers the question, “Why does our non-profit exist?” The mission statement articulates the company’s purpose both for those in the organization and for the public to understand.

Did you know that Escondido Soccer Club is a NON-PROFIT organization? A non-profit organization is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit.

In the 2021-22 season we are looking forward to a breakthrough year for Escondido Soccer Club & FC Heat.

We have a new Director of Recreation (James Griffen), a new Director of Competitive (Sebastian Oros) and we are looking for a few more volunteers to join our team. Together, we can make a difference!

If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team, please email our Vice President, Jose Valle jvalle@escondidosoccerclub.org





Our Mission Statement:

Escondido Soccer Club serves our diverse community by developing our players through professional coaching and competition while emphasizing integrity and mutual respect for all. We strive to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment at all times.  

Our Vision Statement:

Our long term goal is to develop well-rounded individual soccer players who are self-confident and value the importance of teamwork, strong moral character and a positive mental attitude. We strive to provide a foundation of strong soccer skills, empowering our players to compete at their highest level.

Calendar Fund-Raiser

The Escondido Soccer Club’s Annual Calendar Raffle Fundraiser is back!  Each calendar raffle ticket will be sold for $25 and includes 92 chances to win. Over $7,500 in prize money, ranging from $25 – $1000 per prize, will be awarded during the months of October, November and December.  

This year all players will be asked to sell 10 raffle tickets. Each raffle ticket sells for $25, players will receive $10 from each ticket sold.  After expenses, the remaining profit will go towards the Club’s scholarship fund.

Raffle Calendars will be distributed to all teams at the end of May. All sold raffle tickets will need to be turned in by September 1st. The raffle drawing will be held at Ryan Park on September 11, 2021.  Winners do not need to be present to win, daily winners will receive their winnings via mail, and all winners will be posted on the Escondido Soccer Club website.