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Hello Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat families,

 

In this edition of the newsletter you will find quite a lot of information that you may need to review more closely. All of this is available on our Websites: FCHeat.org and EscondidoSoccerClub.com.

 

A COMMENTARY ON SIDELINE BEHAVIOR

 

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CROWD MARKERS

 

In the many professional games that you watch on TV, close-caption television cameras are continuously scanning the crowd for trouble, trying to identify troublemakers or ringleaders. As soon as they are found and observed provoking trouble or promoting prejudice, they are quickly and quietly removed from the ground by the authorities and not welcomed back.

 

Oh, if life was that simple!

 

I was watching a high school game last week, standing in the parking lot high above the field and looking down on the game. I could clearly see the entire field and both sidelines where parents were also watching the game. It was a good game, physical, lots of skill and decent coaching from both teams. The score was close and ended with a win by one goal.

 

As I observed the game, I also studied the sideline behavior of spectators. Some were obviously next of kin to the player, most of the rest were either other family members, friends and/or peers both female and male.

 

It’s amazing studying crowds and sideline behavior, because one can clearly see the different types of personalities from their actions, body language and comments. To simplify, I decided to place them into three different categories called crowd markers:

 

ROAD-RAGE FAN: – This is the guy or gal who compares soccer to American football with an added touch of cage fighting. He is constantly on edge, walking the sideline while shouting instructions to his players and insults to the opposition regardless of what his team’s coach is saying. He is quick to criticize and reprimand the referee and has aggressive body language. He is not shy to voice his opinion, throw things on the ground and kick things close to him. These fans have big egos and do not like to lose. They consistently pump their fists in the air when things go their way.

 

BANDWAGON FAN: – These are the spectators who know a little bit about the game, can sometimes be opinionated but usually stay in the background. They tend to have their own idea about soccer rules or what they think are rules, and are swayed by and towards the A personality or the Alpha Dog in the crowd. They tend to jump on and off the bandwagon regularly, based on what they see as best for their particular player. They like to be right and do not like to admit when they could be wrong. They look a little stressed, but hide it well with an occasional smile. These are possible Intellifans in training.

 

INTELLIFAN: – These are usually the majority in a soccer crowd. Of good intelligence with high common sense levels. They check their egos at the gate and leave them there while they watch the game. They are aware of the people around them and they generally listen twice as much as they speak. They think before making decisions or remarks and are mindful of other people’s feelings. They actually watch the action and find enjoyment in every game whether it be a win, tie or loss, and they are the first to stand and applaud the opposition respectfully at the end of the game. Many Intellifans are smart enough to video crowd trouble on their phones when and if it occurs.

 

Back to my game…

 

On one sideline watching the blue team, there were 3 Road-Rage Fans who had banded together, supported by a handful of Bandwagon Fans with 2 or 3 Intellifans keeping their distance. On the red team’s sideline there were approximately 6 or 7 Intellifans, a couple of Bandwagon Fans and 1 Red Road-Rager.

 

It seemed that during the game the Blue Road-Ragers were concentrating their interest on the loan Red Road-Rager on the opposite side and were getting louder and louder and more obnoxious, especially when their team was winning, pumping fists high and laughingly shouting abuse. However, when the tide turned and the red team took the lead, one of the Blue Road-Ragers lost it and was ejected by the referee. He grudgingly made his way to the parking lot while still shouting abuse. He then appeared about 20 feet away from me. He was livid and pointing angrily at the referee and the opponent’s sideline. I just shook my head and smiled to myself.

 

To cut a long story short, the blue team lost and trouble broke out with all fans in the parking lot. The Blue Road-Ragers had grouped together with a few Blue Bandwagon Fans and headed directly towards the one Red Road-Rager, who had a meager following of Red Bandwagon Fans in his shadow. Luckily, both red and blue teams’ Intellifans grouped together and stepped in, using common sense and tact to prevent any physical violence.

 

End of story.

 

This could have easily gotten out of hand if it was not for both Intelli-Coaches and their Intellifans who supported them and were able to gain control through common sense and diplomacy. When both of these coaches spoke, their players listened and in turn everyone gradually followed suit, as did all the parents regardless of their crowd markers. Of course the Road-Ragers had long faces and were muttering obscenities to themselves while walking away.

 

Which type fan are you?

And which type of fan does your child, player and coach want you to be?

 

We all have different personalities and we all want the best for our kids. As adults we are always regarded to be the teacher by our children, so we should be mindful of what we are teaching. Understandably, I don’t know anyone who likes to lose at anything on a regular basis, but it is important to show our kids how we deal with every given situation, especially a loss.

 

Think of these things when you go and watch your child play soccer this season:

  • Go and enjoy the game and let the coach be heard not you – whether they are right or wrong in your opinion, you agreed at some point that he or she coach your child. So, let them do their job!
  • All comments to all players, home or opposition, should always be of a positive nature for the good of the child and for the free spirit of the game.
  • Look around at the people surrounding you and make sure you don’t spoil their experience.
  • Support everyone involved in the game because it is just that, a game!
  • Your child will quickly forget whether or not they won this game or that game in years to come, but they will never forget the lessons we as parents, adults and coaches taught them, whether those lessons were good or bad.
  • Let us all please become INTELLIFANS this season.

Can you imagine the shift in power when one encounters a ROAD-RAGE COACH? Because there are many of them out there surrounded by Road-Rage Fans. So we have to be on our toes this season in order for every player to have a good time. Don’t get involved, except to diffuse troublesome situations.

 

You will never find Road-Rage Coaches with FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club and we are constantly working on the Road-Rage Fans that show up once in a while!

 

Support your child and their team in the best way possible – become an Intellifan!

 

By DOC Steve Yorke… (Just one man’s opinion).

 

 

LATEST NEWS

 

OUR NEW BOARD

 

As you know we had our AGM last month and our new board was voted it. We are pleased to announce that our new President is Jessica Escobedo who has worked hard in just about every position from team manager to Director of Recreation before taking the helm.

 

Robert Parker stepped down as Interim President after taking over from Dr. Peter Minkoff earlier this year. Dr. Minkoff will remain as Director of Competitive and will work alongside our DOC Steve Yorke.

 

We are very pleased that many people came forward and were nominated for positions on the board before the board was selected. Our club wishes to thank all of those involved.

 

Ideally, moving forward we are going to see some gradual shifting of responsibilities by the forming of numerous committees to oversee jobs that were previously carried out by one individual. In our Presidents words, “It takes a village!” With every committee member working together and committees themselves intermingling, we should see some massive improvements for the people we all serve.

 

Officers

Jessica Escobedo

President

E: escjessicaescobedo@gmail.com

Eric Mullins

Vice President

E: erictmullins@gmail.com

Peter Minkoff  

Director of Competitive

E: peter.minkoff@gmail.com

Frankie Cira

Director of Recreation

E: escjessicaescobedo@gmail.com

Debi Lappe

Secretary

E: debilappe@cox.net

Seadra Kellerman

Treasurer

E: fcheat@outlook.com

Directors

Peter Minkoff  

Director of Competitive

E: peter.minkoff@gmail.com

Frankie Cira

Director of Recreation

E: escjessicaescobedo@gmail.com

Angela Meyers

Director of All-Stars

E: meyersgirl02@gmail.com

Carlos Hernandez

Director of Operations

E: pccfutbol@yahoo.com

Kristin Fox

Director of Scheduling

E: foxkristinp@gmail.com

David Luevanos

Director At Large

E: dluevanos@sdyouth.org

James Griffen

Director At Large

E: jamesgriffen@cox.net

Maria Rosales

Director of Spring League

E: Mariamrosales2011@gmail.com

Tracy Wright

Director of Merchandise

E: Wrightte@saic.com

Steve Yorke

Director of Communication

E: SteveFCHeat@gmail.com

Michaela Krams

Director of Marketing

E: mkrams2011@gmail.com

 Staff

Jessica Escobedo

League Registrar, Tournament Director

E: escjessicaescobedo@gmail.com

Tracy Wright

Concessions Manager

E: Wrightte@saic.com

Steve Yorke

Director of Coaching

E: SteveFCHeat@gmail.com

Romulo Mendivil

Webmaster

E: rmendivil@hydrusnetworks.com

John Napier

Competitive Administrator

E: jnapsoccer@roadrunner.com

Denise Taylor

Accountant

E: denise@booksincheck.com

Carlos Hernandez

Director of Operations

E: pccfutbol@yahoo.com

Christina Escobedo

Club Administrator

E: escondidosoccerclub@gmail.com

 

 

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END OF SEASON PARTY

 

Our End of Season Party was a success but we had hoped for a bigger attendance. Unfortunately many of our teams were playing in tournaments and this was the only weekend we could have held the party because tryouts for the younger teams were fast approaching.

 

Congratulations to all those players who were recognized for their hard work by their peers and by their coach – please see the list below.

 

TEAM PLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
B2010 Blue JACK MORIN DUKE CARDOZA
B2009 Blue BRANDON WILLIAMS LIAM RICCIARDI
(A)B2008 Blue LUIS GARCIA OSCAR SANCHEZ
(B)B2008 Black JEREMIAH BURT XAVIER FLORES
(C)B2008 White LORENZO FLORES ALAN MENDOZA
(A)B2007 CADEN RAYFIELD CAMDEN LUECHT
(B)B2007 White ABEL LOPEZ EVAN HALL
(C)B2007 Blue JASON JUAREZ URIEL SALDIVAR
(A)B2006 Blue ADAN AROS ALAN MENDIOLA
(B)B2006 White JESSE GUERRERO IRONING MARTINIEZ
(C)B2006 Black IAN EXINE RANDY ROSALES
(A)B2005 Black ANGEL VENEGAS BRAYDEN BROWN
(B)B2005 Blue JONATHAN COLIN SAM KOPELMAN
B2005 White AXEL MORALES IZACC RIOS
(A)B2004 Blue SAMUEL MENDOZA BOLANOS JORDON DWYER
(B)B2004 White MAX SOTO VICTOR VALLE
(C)B2004 Black OSVALDO OLMEDA OSCAR HERRERA
(D)B2004 Green ANTHONY CRUZ ELIJA QUINONES
(A)B2003 Blue ALBERTO AROS CRISTOPHER AGUILA
(B)B2003 Black HECTOR ALVARADO EDWIN ARENAS
G2009 Blue ARIANNA LA VINE MOLLY GRIFFEN
(A)G2008 LYNSEY PHILLIPS NATALIE LEWIS
(B)G2008 White RUBY CORTEZ FRANCHESCA BANUELOS
(A)G2007 Blue EMERY COPELAND ADDISON PALADINO
(B) G2007 Black MIA MAGANA JANA HANSEN
(A)G2006 Blue HEIDI VANDER MEULEN SOFIA CAPPELLETTI
(B)G2006 Black SOFIA BURT CAMRYN DOUGHERTY
(A)G2005 DULCE FLORES ASHLEE SWEET
(A)G2004 Blue MONICA HERNANDEZ JORDYN REWA
(A)G2003 Black SABRINA COOK GALILEA RUBI VALDEZ
(B)G2003 Blue BRIANNA JAIMES EDITH GONZALEZ
(C)G2003 White SOPHIA GONZALEZ VALERIE FLORES
(A)B2002 Blue LUIS MEDA LIONEL PEREDA
(B)B2002 NATHAN KELLS KEVIN JURADO
(C)B2002 White GABRIEL LOPEZ BRAEDY ZINNIKER
(A)B2001 Blue CHRISTIAN CHAMU DIEGO SANCHEZ
(B)B2001 Black FRANKIE VARELA ALEJANDRO SILVA
(C)B2001 White THOMAS NEITZEL OMAR VARGAS
(A)B2000 Blue JORGE VALAZQUEZ RYAN WRIGHT
(B)B1999 Black EDGAR MORALES MARK VARGAS
(A)G2002 Blue ANDREA ELIZARRARAS CARLENNE GUMABON
(A)G2001 Blue SIDNEY DIN SAMANTHA CAMPBELL
(A)G2000 DOMINIQUE DRIGGS NAVI VERGARA
(A)G1999 Blue RACHEL UTTER EMILEE KETRING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goalkeepers of the Year 

 

Younger Boys – NOE VASQUEZ

Older Boys – JUAN RIOS

Younger Girls – HAILEY SPIESS

Older Girls – JENNIFER SANCHEZ

 

Congratulations to our Recreational Coach of the Year, Leo Escobedo who is moving back into our competitive level coaching where he had previously served. And congratulations also to our Competitive Coach of the Year, Jimmy Fernandez who was Runner-Up last year. Rob Parker was Runner-Up this year. Well done you guys!

 

Congratulations to our Manager of the Year, Lisa Anderson who worked very hard, taking control of Brian Blake’s girls 2003 Black team.

 

Congratulations is also in order for Tracy Wright and Kristin Fox who were tied as Volunteers of the Year for the entire club – well done ladies!

 

 

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YOUNGER TRYOUTS

 

Our Younger Tryouts were a success this year with more attendees. We decided this year that we would carry bigger rosters to allow for injuries and other unforeseen circumstances. It seems that we will carry approximately 33 younger teams in 2018, with 22 of those being boy’s teams. Our teams start in the 2010 birth year as US Soccer and CalSouth do not allow competitive soccer for children any younger.

 

Teams and coaches will soon be posted on our Website where you will able to read about our coaches and follow the teams’ achievements.

 

 

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COLLEGE CORNER

 

In next month’s newsletter we will be surveying the results of our College Financial workshops we did last year with Sylvia Caruthers and her company SOCAL College Planning. We as a family had signed up to use Sylvia’s services after her workshops and we are eager to share our results with you.

 

Meanwhile we would like to share some words of wisdom for those families now preparing to steer their teenagers towards further education and college.

Alan Katzman, founder and CEO of Social Assurity, recently shared information with GuidedPath counselors about how students can create a winning social media presence. We’re giving you his top four reasons why you should be aware of how social media can impact your college planning.

 

Reason #1: Admission Officers Are Looking at Your Social Media

Thanks to Kaplan Test Prep and its annual survey of college admissions officers, we know that at least 35% of admission officers in the United States looked at applicants social media during the 2016 admissions process. We also know that admissions officers are more likely to look when considering scholarships and when invited to do so by applicants.

 

Reason #2: Since They’re Looking, Why Not Give Them Something to See?

College admissions officers have neither the time nor the interest to search social media simply to find reasons to reject qualified applicants. If and when colleges look, logic dictates they are looking to learn more about the applicant, opening the door of opportunity for the prepared applicant to make a strong impression and set themselves apart from other qualified applicants.

 

Reason #3: The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Almost all colleges now have a prominent social media presence and encourage applicants to interact with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. By optimizing social media to showcase their activities, interests, accomplishments, and service, applicants can freely and safely interact with colleges and may very well impress the right people as a result.

 

Reason #4: Managing Social Media is an Essential Life Skill

Social media is here to stay and will continue to influence character and credibility assessments made by colleges, scholarship committees, and employers. Today, a thoughtful, transparent, and reflective digital presence across social media networks can help students achieve their academic and professional goals and aspirations.

 

Take action

Review your social media accounts. What would you like colleges or others to see about you? Want to do more?

 

Social Assurity offers online classes to get your social media presence right.

 

Alan Katzman is the founder and CEO of Social Assurity. Alan is a pioneer in developing and advancing techniques to teach students how to use social media to build a compelling and reflective digital presence as a game-changing tool for creating academic and career success at all educational levels. Alan is a sought-after speaker for high school and college students, parents, and educational professionals while frequently participating in education-related events nationwide. Alan and his work have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, Business Insider, and Social Media Today.

 

 

 

 

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

 

COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

 

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B2004 Blue – Jimmy Fernandez – Las Vegas Cup Finalists, gold division

 

 

 

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G2007 – Brian Blake – Carlsbad Premier Cup Finalists

 

 

 

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G2007 Daniel Barbosa – Girls move on to the next round of State Cup

 

 

 

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G2005 – Hector Hernandez – Vista Storm Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

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B2007 – Bryan Wilkes – Vista Storm Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

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G2007 – Brian Blake – Surf Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

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B2004 Blue – Jimmy Fernandez – Albion Showcase Finalists