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YOUNGER TRYOUTS THIS WEEK!
Our younger tryouts had to be rescheduled from last week until this coming week due to rain.
Although Ryan Park drains off water real well, it has really suffered this winter with the rain causing flooding on most of the fields. We were supposed to host State Cup this coming weekend, but it was canceled for this very reason. Hopefully, with no more rain in the forecast for the coming week or so, we should be okay for tryouts.
All players 2003 and younger have to attend tryouts in order to be considered for selection on one of our teams for 2017. With the great success FC Heat Elite has achieved last season, we expect there to be a lot of players trying out in these younger age groups. And in addition, we certainly welcome all of our Recreational and All-Stars players to attend these tryouts.
This is the tentative list of coaches and teams for younger tryouts, which lists the teams in order of hierarchy (in brackets, A, B etc.) – teams and coaches can change depending on the amount of players showing up at tryouts.
Coaches of the A team will have 48 hours with the list of players in order to select their team, then the list of players will get passed on to the next team in order (B). Coaches will only have priority selection only if their current players attend tryouts, if their players do not attend, then the next team will have priority selection.
As always, players and parents will have the first right of refusal, to play or not to play for that particular team, but a place cannot be guaranteed on another team should they choose not to accept that initial place offering.
Based on the numbers at tryouts we can and will add coaches and teams where needed, but only if the higher numbers call for this to happen.
To read our Competitive Brochure in English – click here
To read our Competitive Brochure in Spanish – click here
The snack bar will be open during tryouts this year, so come and get your hot chocolate and coffee to help you stay warm while the little ones run around.
We will be having a Registration Night & Uniform Fitting on the following dates, location still to be decided and announced:
2/13/17 – B/G 2009-2007
2/14/17 – B/G 2006-2005
2/15/17 – B/G 2004-2003
2/16/17 – Make-ups for all younger divisions
See new flyer below with new tryout dates…
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Spring Soccer League will start on February 12, 2017.
Online registration is still open, click below:
For you volunteer coaches who would like to join in, we are in need of:
1 GU12 Coach
1 BU8 Coach
1 GU8 Coach
Contact Maria Rosales if interested.
The 2017 tournament season seems to have started early this year and one of our girls teams are the very first to open their account with a Championship. Congratulations to Juan Ochoa and his G2004 Blue team who became The Carlsbad Premier Cup Champions – Well done coach and ladies!
RYAN PARK NEWS
Ryan Park will only be open for Tryouts next week, but will be closed until further notice following those tryouts – please keep informed by going to our Website www.fcheat.org for the latest news.
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Nutrition News will appear again in the March edition of our newsletter.
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June proved to be a very busy month for soccer both with Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat. Midway through the month we had our Recreational sign-ups, tryouts, and camps, hosted by FC Heat coaches. Currently we have close to 600 players signed up for our Fall Rec Season, which will mean exciting soccer for all involved. It was great for us to see so many talented players trying out this year, all the way from the very young ones to the teenagers. This year we are hoping to introduce a junior team of goalkeeping coaches to teach our recreational goalkeepers when we return to Ryan Park
June was also a very good month for our FC Heat Competitive Teams who secured more tournament wins and finals, bringing our grand total to 23 Championships and 20 Runners-up – please see photographs below. This is a true testament to the strength of our teams and coaches who have been working together since tryouts in February. All of this hard work pays off. Here is the current list of our 41 teams with their respective coaches and managers.
Looking for a goalkeeper for one of our B2001 team…
For finding One goalkeeper for FC Heat BU16 Black (2001) to play this coming season.
A reward of $100.00 is offered for finding a goalkeeper not currently in the soccer club. The player will take part in Presidio AAA level competitive games.
The Coach will consider any boys from 2002 and 2001 for a tryout.
The reward will be paid in the form of a voucher credit towards your existing team fees once a player has signed the registration forms.
For further information or if you have any questions please contact:
The Dave Shelton Memorial Cup will take place at Ryan Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It should be very exciting with many of the brackets filled to capacity. Parents will be able to see many of our FC Heat teams competing, some against each other, but remember, everything always remains friendly.
Dave Shelton Memorial Cup July 15, 16, and 17, 2016.
A team party is a great way to build camaraderie while enjoying social time with players and families and it is a great way to announce things like fundraisers, tournaments etc. etc. A great place to have a team party is at Lawrence Welk Golf/Soccer course where players, coaches and families can take part in a great new sport. Pizza is available on site and the golf pro Brian Perkins will be glad to set you up. He can be reached at 760-749-3000 for more information. Believe me I have tried this, it is a great entertaining 4 or more hours at a great price.
It looks like we will be returning to Ryan Park on Monday, August 8, 2016. The first week back will be our Competitive Heat Camps where all players will participate and get to meet the coaches of 2016. Details will be on our next newsletter. Also upon returning to Ryan Park, all competitive teams will be taking part in our fitness and nutrition programs with Rehab United, again, details of this will be in next month’s newsletter.
Here are our successful Heat teams for June, which has set a new record for tournament wins and finalists during one month. Not featured but recognized is Rob Parker’s G1999 Blue team who were finalists in the Golden State Tournament in early July – it was too dark to obtain photos by the time the tournament was complete
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Parents can go here to advertise their trade and in turn secure a job in exchange for payment towards fees.
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FC HEAT GU14 STATE CUP FINALISTS!
What a fantastic performance by the GU14 FC Heat team, coached by Rob Parker and Cathy Exeter in the Governer’s Division State Cup for Olders. The girls were really challenged in the earlier rounds of this tournament with tight games, last minute goals and penalty shoot-outs, but they finally prevailed and made the final out at Norco.
Matched against a very good Delmar Sharks team, the girls knew they had another tough battle on their hands. Right from the start the team were handed some challenges as Assistant Coach Cathy was not allowed to be with the girls on the sideline because of a strict coaching card rule. And, going 0-2 down in the first-half gave the girls a huge mountain to climb. They also lost Regina Marino in the first half due to a head clash, but thankfully she would later return to the game in the second half. The girls fought and fought and almost succeeded when Mia Mendoza scored a late goal. Three or four more crosses were sent into the goal area by Fatima Valle, but the girls just could not capitalize.
When the final whistle blew the Sharks ran to each other in victory, while our girls joined hands and graciously took a bow to the large crowd on the far-side touchline. Together in victory and together in defeat, but always together, these girls are a truly great example of the levels we are attaining with our club. They have now set the standard for us all to live up to; what a wonderful achievement for the girls of FC Heat. Well done ya’ll and remember, you didn’t lose the game, you just ran out of time!
At FC Heat we have been working very hard, especially to strengthen the girls division and what a magnificent way to start. With coaches like Rob Parker and Cathy Exeter, 2016 is looking rosy for our girls.
OUR OLDER TRYOUTS WERE A GREAT SUCCESS…
We completed our older tryouts last month with many players showing up to join our already successful older Heat teams. It was great to see some older faces returning and to see some of the players from the larger clubs in San Diego checking us out.
We were able to form around 10 to 12 teams with many being very strong. Instead of forming one team in an age group, this year we have been able to form multiple teams in many age groups. Our older girls teams could use a little help with strong players, but all in all our older tryouts were very successful.
Competitive players are still needed on the following younger and older teams. If you know of someone who has the ability to play good, quality soccer in these age groups, please click on the corresponding coaches name and send them an e-mail with this information.
Girls 2008 – James Griffen
Girls 2004 – Jamie Hernandez
Girls 2005 – Hector Hernandez
Girls 2000 – Carlos Hernandez
Girls 2001 – Carlos Hernandez
Girls 1999 – Hector Hernadez
Boys 2008 – Sebastian Oros
Boys 2003 – Bryan Wilkes
Boys 2002 – Alvaro Melgoza
Boys 2000 – Gastone Del Medico
Boys 2001 – Gastone Del Medico
THE PERSON BEHIND THE PLAYER
A few years ago, before I became Director of Coaching, I was watching one of our All-Star teams play in an Oceanside tournament. It was a fascinating game which our boys won, thereby winning the tournament.
A stand-out in that game was a young winger by the name of Justus Whitaker. He was a go-get-it type player with tremendous speed and a great attitude. In the games that I watched he scored two great breakaway goals. Needless to say, a year or so later I picked him on my FC Heat Boys U14 team. Not only did he excel within that very talented team, but he quickly became a leader and a captain who the other players naturally looked up to. In the team huddles Justus would speak his mind and take a coaches type approach to most situations, leaving other players and myself open mouthed. But we all believed in him and in what he was saying. I think this is one of the reasons that this team has been very successful.
The Danny Smuts Memorial Final was the brainchild of Justus Whitaker. He came to me with the idea after young Danny originally got injured. Having learned more about Justus and his background, I have been thoroughly impressed with not only his approach to the game, but his approach to life in general.
Justus’ first love is gymnastics, where he excels and is known nationally. In his last meet in San Francisco, he achieved a fantastic 4th all round. He is a quite the remarkable athlete. To see the video click here
When I called asking his parents for more information on his extra-curricular activities, they said he was away for the weekend helping with the many challenged athletes, known as Special Olympians.
Justus is still in middle school and carries a 3.8 GPA. He participates in flag football, volleyball, track and of course soccer, of which he is also a licensed referee.
These are the kind of great human beings that are part of the make up of FC Heat as we collectively share the same values and beliefs in life. Justus’ sister Taylor also plays for FC Heat.
We are proud of Justus and the many other players like him who decide give back.
JOHN NAPIER SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS
Everybody and his dog knows John Napier and what he has achieved for youth soccer in California. Indeed, in 2015 he was inducted into the Cal South Hall of Fame. We are lucky to have John working with us here at FC Heat, in fact he has been with us since the very early days.
I got my start in the early 80’s with John and his soccer camps, and we have even played on the same team for a period of time. My children attended John’s camps from day one and in fact now my son is one of his helping hands.
Many great players have come through the Napier Soccer Camps over the years and even many more great people. Just check out the photos below; that is Ryan Guy on the left, ex-pro and current player/coach of NC Battalion professional soccer team, and of course the Yorke twins on the right. Those were the days!
Come join the fun at John Napier Soccer Camps!
We’re planning on FC Heat being the featured club for NC Battalion’s home match on May 14th. It should be a great event as it is also Firefighter Appreciation Night. We need players that would be interested in walking both teams out on the field and being ball boys/girls for the game. We’re looking for 12 boys and 12 girls preferably ages 10 & under. It will be a lot fun and action packed.
All FC Heat players in their uniform/warm ups that attend the match will be free of charge. Parents will pay full price, but 50% of game day ticket proceeds from FC Heat families will be returned to the club. The more families that come out, the more our Club will benefit! Please e-mail Jessica Escobedo here with interested players names.
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FC Heat and Escondido city officials are in talks with representatives from China in order to invite some Chinese teams to participate in our very own Dave Shelton tournament in July. If this happens it will be a great experience for everyone. Of all the teams I saw in China, the younger players, both girls and boys, had such fantastic ball mastery it had to be seen to believed. Also the coaching was pretty fantastic. The amount of money that the Chinese government spends on youth soccer is incredible, especially after their most recent success in the last Women’s World Cup. We will keep our fingers crossed as this will add a new international twist to our home tournament.
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Please be advised that Ryan Park is now closed until August for maintenance and rest. This is always a difficult time of year, especially for the Heat teams who continue to practice. Be careful where you practice taking into consideration other people’s sports and space. This time of the year is a real eye opener on how other clubs have to work with limited fields and space. We will be thankful when we return to Ryan Park especially since it will be in pristine condition.
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Many people ask us what we do with uniforms which we have left over that we can no longer use, and my answer is always that we put them to good use. At FC Heat we try not to waste anything. We recycle soccer shoes primarily to our players and we recycle uniforms to foreign countries. Last year we sent batches of old uniforms to both Africa and Mexico.
Fall Soccer Preparation…
Online registration is now open. The next walk up registration will be at the Escondido Street Faire on May 15th 2016 from 9 am until 4 p m.
We are looking for coaches for the Fall Season!
Please contact Jessica Escobedo for more details on both above.
Please use these links below…
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We appreciate your support.
|Hello Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat families,
|EXCITING CHANGES COMING TO
ESCONDIDO SOCCER CLUB & FC HEAT
|Starting in January 2016
Many players, parents and coaches are eager to understand more about the upcoming changes to youth soccer in 2016, and what that means for players of FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club and all other soccer clubs in the US.
Hopefully this Q & A section will help alleviate any concerns that you may have regarding these issues.
What changes can we expect for 2016?
In 2016 our age matrix is changing to keep us equal and in line with the rest of the international soccer world. The USA has been out of step for a long time. Starting in January 2016, all players age brackets will now run from January 1st to December 31st of their birth year. For example; if you were born in the year 2000, you will be 16 years-old in 2016 and therefore you will play U16 in 2016. It will no longer be called U16, but will be called Boys or Girls 2000. Same goes for every other age group and gender.
What other changes can we expect and why?
As mentioned, so far the only concrete changes for 2016 is for the age matrix. Still being discussed is the number of players on the field. It may happen in the Presidio and/or SDDA league in 2016 that fewer players will play on the field in our younger teams. This is to allow for more touches on the ball for individual players, so that they develop as a player much more efficiently and faster. In 2017-2018 there will be quite a few changes in the number of players playing, field size, goal size, roster size and some other rules. Again this is for player development, so that the US can keep up with European and South American youth development. Really this is all about the kids and improving overall soccer development in the US, and so will be extremely beneficial to all kids learning the game.
How does FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club expect to deal with these changes?
Like every club in the US, FC Heat will follow the rules, we have to. Fortunately there are some gray areas that allow for clubs such as ours to make those changes gradually. The main thing that we are concerned with now is the new age matrix for 2016. Parents will now be encouraged to play their children in the correct age bracket. At this time, many teams have players playing up an age, and on some teams this can be as much as 50%. Players can still play up, but at the discretion of the coach working with the Director of Coaching, who will take into consideration the players’ skill, ability, physical size and emotional and social development.. Realistically only very few players will be qualified to play up in 2016. This is the same for every club, not just FC Heat. Recreational Teams and especially Spring Teams are advised to be totally age pure as we move forward.
What advantages do we have by moving to this new age matrix?
Again this is not a choice we have, we and every club are going to move to the new age matrix in 2016. The advantages in most cases is that your players will get an extra year playing soccer. For example; most of the players on my BU14 team will play again in 2016 at the old BU14 level. Some however, have to move up an age as they will be too old. If I keep the same team as I now have, I have to play them up to the BU15 level, which means many of my players will be playing players physically bigger, stronger and older. This limits our competitiveness and can endanger my smaller built players.
Other clubs will move quickly to an age pure team simply because they will expect younger teams from other clubs to play up, and will therefore win more games and championships, making that particular club look better and more attractive. The sensible decision is to take the step to age pure now, and do as other clubs are doing in order to keep the playing level fair, even and competitive.
Other advantages players have by playing in their own age pure team are:
· Players can become more of a leader on the field whereas if they played up they could be less significant
· Players would gain more confidence in their own age group and possibly could be noticed by select teams such as SDDA or ODP
What changes does FC Heat have to make in order for this change to take effect?
This change could possibly mean one more team in each age group, which would mean employing additional qualified, professional coaches. FC Heat is dedicated to coaching improvement. If you look at our teams performances overall in 2015, we have by far surpassed our championship win rate from last year with 54 championships, and the majority of our teams are sitting in the top 5 of their respective divisions towards the end of the season. Having said that, we listen to you, our players and parents, for feedback on your current coach’s performance. Our Director of Coaching pays special attention to every coach’s evaluation report sent in, good, bad or indifferent, and remember this information is always confidential with no names being shared with other staff or the coach. The coach will of course read the comments from the reviews, but names will remain anonymous.
To rate your competitive coach please complete the evaluation here:
How is FC Heat going to make these changes?
Again, these changes will be gradual but you will start to see a difference especially at tryouts. Coaches and parents will be expected to encourage their players to play in their own age bracket. Current coaches will carefully scrutinize their teams, while working with coaches in the surrounding age groups to make painless suggestions for each of their players.
We also plan on putting together some Age Pure Practices for both boys and girls run by volunteer competitive coaches after our regular season has concluded. This will give the players and parents a chance to sample the slight differences, and to see and feel the potential new teams. Please consult our Website and our Newsletter for the dates and times of these practices. These will be posted on conclusion of our regular competitive season.
I have heard of other clubs doing this in order to sign up players early, prior to tryouts. Is that true?
Yes it is and this is being addressed by our governing bodies.
Some of the bigger clubs out there are taking what I believe is an unethical advantage of the situation. For example; you attend one of their practices and in certain situations, like what you see and then you are expected to sign up in advance for next year. Most of the time some of the things you don’t know are; who your coach is going to be? What the total cost involved is? And which players from this practice group are going to be on your team?
Our practices are just for our players to sample age pure practices with a different coach who has volunteered to do this. Our main goal and aim is to make this transition as painless as possible for families.
I have had the same coach for many years. Who is going to be coaching my team now?
Once coaches are evaluated they will be placed with teams ahead of tryouts. It is likely that you may have the same coach, but then again you may not. Sometimes change is good and many times a brand new perspective adds to a more exciting season of development. But rest assured it will be a professionally qualified coach in charge of your team.
We understand also that many players like to play on the same team as their friends. In most cases this will continue, but in a few instances, teams will be expected to split in order to compete. It is very much like starting a new school year in a class with different students, by the second or third class or practice session you become great friends with your teammates.
Why can’t we just stay the same and leave it alone and just play every team up?
If we ignore these changes in 2016 and keep teams the way they are structured today, by 2017/2018 the proposed other changes would be virtually impossible to make. Players and parents would be very unhappy at the end of 2016, because their team could possibly be sitting at the bottom of the league with no wins, having just experienced a frustrating time for the players. To ignore these changes would be like navigating through thick fog.
What about keeping the team together and just dropping a level?
Well if you win your league or finish near the top this year you will not be allowed to drop a level. Presidio and the SDDA make these decisions to keep a good competitive level for all teams. If you are on the bottom of the league and are forced to drop a level, you still don’t know who you may face next year. Most divisions in 2016 will have a sense of the unknown in them, which could very well be exciting for all teams.
With the age changes, what is the possibility of there NOT being a team for my son and daughter?
Extremely remote! At FC Heat we have always adopted the policy of “No child left behind.” If your son and/or daughter are qualified to play competitive soccer, in 2016 we should have more teams available than in the past.
Could that mean a team is just being put together with my son being there in order to make up the numbers, and in so doing would be then offered very little playing time?
Absolutely not! Our teams are constructed from tryouts and all players are chosen for their skills, hard-work and application to the sport. Before a team is finalized all coaches realize that the players that they pick are the players that they will play. We never place a player on a team just to make up numbers. And our win/loss record in all competitions speaks for itself.
What about age matrix in tournaments?
The State and National Cup which takes place in 2016 is based on the 2015 teams and will therefore have this year’s age matrix. All tournaments after August 1st in 2016 will use the new age matrix going forward. This year’s player cards can still be used up until August 1st2016.
We hope that this answers most of your questions. Realistically these changes are for the better and for the benefit of player development. Every year at FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club we do our utmost to bring improvement to every team and player. If you have any other questions please e-mail our Director of Coaching, Steve Yorke at SteveFCHeat@gmail.com.
|RECREATIONAL AND ALL-STAR NEWS|
Our Recreational teams are in the midst of their play-off season, where all of the games are very exciting. Teams and coaches are having fun while trying their best to win their respective championships.
This year we have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of talent in our Recreational League. Having just completed our All-Star Tryouts, it was amazing to see not only the amount of talent involved, but also the number of players trying out. In the BU8 group alone there were 54 potential All-Stars and in the BU12 group there were nearly 40. This shows a great interest to represent our club and to take their soccer education one step further.
What parents and coaches should understand is that Recreational Soccer is the first rung on the ladder to player development. If you are excited at the games now, imagine how you will feel when your player is an Escondido All-Star, playing against other clubs in surrounding cities. Then take it one step further to trying out for FC Heat, the competitive arm of our club, where this excitement lasts for the entire year. Many parents are in shock at the speed in which a player can develop in this friendly, healthy environment.
At FC Heat we work very closely with the Recreational division, both looking for exciting new talent in the player department and also the coaching department. All of those coaches who volunteer their time to help your players are watched closely by our Director of Coaching. And, as we move forward, some are invited to participate in our Competitive Program. In fact this is where our Director of Coaching started many years ago.
Currently we have 4 coaches who have made or are making the move to Competitive. Many are very surprised at the amount of knowledge needed and the differences as compared from recreational soccer to competitive soccer. Congratulations to James Griffin (2014 Recreational Coach of the Year), Don Myers, Sebastian Oros and Scott Schooling who are currently doing a tremendous job in our Competitive Division.
In this program, we take prospective recreational/all-star coaches and partner them with one of our existing Heat coaches for a season or so. We require that these coaches improve their licensing and stay educated while taking part in this transition.
If any coaches are interested in making the move to competitive soccer, contact our Director of Coaching Steve Yoke at Stevefcheat@gmail.com
Right around the corner is our Spring Season Sign-Ups…
Spring season sign-ups on 11-7 & 11-14 from 11-2 at Ryan Park. $70 per player & all registered players will receive a Escondido Soccer Club bumper sticker. Season starts 1/31/15.
On another note…
One of our Recreational/All Star coaches Ryan Detwiler is running a fundraiser for his daughters GU11 competitive team, coached by Juan Ochoa.
This will help fund a possible out of state tournament.
Ryan has designed a real good looking Heat shirt that you can wear for any occasion.
To order please click the link here: http://goo.gl/forms/qxlZ7fX8n1
|NEW COLLEGE RESOURCE|
|If you have not yet visited our Education/College Page on our Website, – www.fcheat.org/education-school-college/, please do so as this contains many resources for your future. We are constantly on the look-out for great resources that can help our high-school and college age players, and we intend to introduce them to you via this newsletter.
TopDrawerSoccer.com is the go to resource for everything in the world of youth club, high school and college soccer. All FC Heat players are eligible to log on and create a free TDS Profile, which they can use as a soccer “resume”. In addition to the profiles, TDS has excellent content and tools to expand your knowledge and understanding of the youth and college soccer landscapes.
Looking for opportunities to positively influence the game,TopDrawerSoccer.com was created with the mission to provide authoritative, responsible coverage of college and high school aged soccer; promoting the game and the players who play it.
Since 2003, the pre-professional soccer system has undergone a renaissance. New leagues, new rules, and reform efforts have been implemented, and to accompany the positive growth in the system,TopDrawerSoccer.com has become more than just a website, it’s now a destination. The home of the pre-professional game.
TopDrawerSoccer.com is now the official provider of college and club scores for over 100,000 players and 5,000 teams, ranks over 3,000 players, hosts nationwide TDS Unsigned Showcases, and produces the yearly College Soccer Recruiting Guide.
Congratulations to Julio Alfaro and his BU10 team who captured the Presidio League Title for AA-C North
FC HEAT 2015 TROPHY COUNT TO DATE:
CHAMPIONSHIPS – 53
RUNNERS-UP – 36
Logan Lipton may not have played for FC Heat but he graced our fields on many occasions.
Logan died after a car accident in Oceanside last month.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his teammates and coaches of Oceanside Soccer Club.