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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.

 

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER 2018

 

  

SEPTEMBER NEWS & EVENTS…

 

September is a very important month for us especially in our Competitive Department. It is the month when we start all of our competitive games in their respective divisions. We play from now until around December time, when we then prepare for State and National Cup. Our Recreational teams also start their league this month.

 

We are also launching our College Workshops this month, starting on Thursday, September 6th at 6.30 pm at the Boys & Girls Club on Woodward Avenue in Escondido. This seminar will be open to all teams both competitive and recreational, their players and families in the 2003 birth year age group and older only. The workshop will be given by Sylvia Caruthers who has worked closely with our Director of College and Career Readiness, Denis Sweeney.

 

With Denis’ help Escondido Soccer Club, unlike any other soccer club, is taking a slightly different approach to college preparation, by concentrating more on the academic approach rather than the athletic approach. Let’s face it, if your child is not academically prepared first and foremost then they would not be playing soccer anyway. This is our first workshop with concentration on the financial aspect of the college applications and process, and will touch on all aspects of college application awareness.

 

sylviaSylvia began her career in education in 1996 at a local school district. She has worked closely with students and administrators throughout her career and understands the importance of working in conjunction with school counselors, and she has seen firsthand the limitations that they face. She can pick up where they legally cannot, due to liability issues, contract or district policy.

 

She had melded her background in education with SoCal College Planning and has successfully helped families save money while going to their dream school. Her personal goals are to provide guidance to families of all incomes and backgrounds. Her PTA and high school sports workshops have helped her meet this goal and are one of the many ways she gives back to the community.
Sylvia studied Italian and Social Studies in Rome at Scuola Leonardo de Vinci (the school made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book; Eat, Pray, Love) and continues to practice Italian on her chickens and rescue Pomeranian.

 

Although Sylvia makes her living from her profession, none of her products and services will be talked about during the workshop. This seminar is solely for informational purposes only for Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat.

 

If indeed you do need more information about her services you can go to her Website at SOCAL COLLEGE PLANNING.

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If you wish to help any of our Directors and their respective committess please see contacts below.

 

Join our Educational CommitteeContact Director of College and Career Readiness

 

Any Sponsorship and Donations – 

Contact Director of Marketing

 

Join our End of Season Party Committee

Contact DOC

 

Do you have any suggestionsContact DOC

 

 

 

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OPENING DAY CELEBRATIONS…

 

Our Opening Night Celebrations was a massive success with close to a thousand people attending. This was open to our Recreational and our Competitive personnel and teams and families and friends.

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A lot of money was made for our teams through food and ware stalls manned by players and families. All money collected will benefit those teams.

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This was the first year we had live entertainment with DJ CRIZ and an adults only beer and wine area. Our volunteers also provided baby-sitting and manned our jumpees and fun areas. Thank you to all those who volunteered and made this event a true success!

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CHECK OUT OUR NEW DOCUMENTARY…

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR LATEST DOCUMENTARY 

 

 

 

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PLAYERS & COACHES NEEDED

 

We are in need of a Boys  U10 assistant coach in the Recreational Division.

Contact Franki Cira.

 

If you know of any players of any age equipped to play competitive soccer please contact Steve Yorke.

 

 

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Ryan Park is now OPEN – Field number 1 will be rested on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this month

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COMPETITIVE TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

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B2006 Black – Coach Fernandez – SoCal FInalists

 

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G2010 – Coach Jeffers – Attack Summer Classic Finalists

 

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G2009 – Coach Griffen – Pegasus Labor Day Finalists

 

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G2008 – Coach Griffen – Carlsbad Classic Finalists

 

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G2006 Black – Coach Meyers – SoCal Cup Champions

 

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G2005 – Coach H. Hernandez – Notts Forest Champions

 

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G2003 – Coach Meyers – Attack Summer Classic Finalists

 

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B2007 – Coach Cira – SoCal Champions

 

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B2010 Blue – Coach Espinoza – SoCal Finalists

 

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B2000/01 Black – Coach Sweeney – Real Madrid Finalists

 

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B2010 – Coach Espinoza – San Diego Premier Champions

 

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B2008 White – Coach Melgoza – Scripps Challenge Champions

 

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B2005 White – C. Hernandez – Carlsbad Classic Champions

 

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B2005 – Coach Gonzalez – Riptide Champions

 

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B2005 – Coach Gonzalez – Barcelona Cup Finalists

 

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B2004 – Coach Griffen – Pegasus Labor Day Finalists

 

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B2000/01 Blue – Coastal Classic Champions

 

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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.

From the Editor…
  
Here we go…Here we go…Here we go!
In the time I have worked for Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat Elite, I have rubbed shoulders with many people from all walks of life. One of the most frequently asked questions is…
What are your goals for the future of this club?
 
We are a non-profit organization that is run mostly by volunteers. We appoint a board of directors who then become the voice for all of our members. We have short term goals and we have long term goals, which are established through ideas and innovation and acted upon collectively by our members, volunteers and paid staff.
Our mission statement dates back many years and specifically talks about soccer and a player’s development within the game. A portion reads so:
“Our coaches will teach good sportsmanship, team work, player education, development and a passion for the game. We believe through coaching and competition, most players will reach their full potential.
Soccer is the ultimate team sport, each player has a role to play, we need to be able to teach that role through the tactical side of the game, and also to help them learn the technical skills to allow them to progress to a higher level.
Our league is fully committed to help develop each player, as an individual and team player and we will strive to make that happen.”
 
In over forty years of teaching young players this wonderful game, times have changed. And so have we.
Last week I had the good fortune to interview our Escondido City Mayor, Mr. Sam Abed and I was honored and proud to listen to what our club means to him, our city and its population in general. We have made and continue to make a difference, keeping children off of the street and away from trouble while also teaching them some of the most important fundamental lessons in life.
Moving forward as a club, we are getting stronger. On the soccer side, we are playing in higher divisions, winning and appearing in more competitions and turning out good quality players. But that’s just where we start. Soccer to us is just a conduit, a common interest shared by our players, their families and our coaches and managers. Our ultimate goal is to mold each and every one of our players into a terrific human being. We are just using this wonderful game as a means to get to where we want to go.
We are approximately 60% Hispanic as is the City of Escondido. Many of our player’s families have never seen one of their offspring attend college or move onto a higher level of education. We believe that further education is imperative to improve one’s quality of life. We also believe that openly accepting and sharing cultural diversity is the first step in the foundation of our platform.
In a nutshell here are some of the goals we have and how we are advancing as we move forward in time:
  • We are building a new Website that will feature a one-stop-shop to everything we offer as a club. From recreational to competitive to tournaments and education and beyond. This is now in the preliminary stage and will take around 7 months to complete. Our newsletter and news blasts will be more professional and refined with more sharper images and lead-ins to stories and articles without overfilling your mail box.
  • Our coaches and coaching staff will improve in the next few years with better guidance, evaluations, licensing and observance. As we have grown in quality, we need to maintain and indeed improve in this area.
  • Our fields have considerably improved over the last several months and we have gained permission to expand in this area. Our goals are to light more fields, improve the surface and expand the top fields.
  • Equipment is being upgraded such as goals, a first aid golf cart, maintenance equipment and our facilities, such as the snack bar will also see improvements.
  • Sponsorship, grants and other monetary support has greatly improved. We are currently working with a number of organizations who have expressed interest in working closely with us. The Asian American Affairs Association and our Chinese friends are enthusiastic about re-energizing our cultural exchange program, whereby teams will visit us and we will visit them. An international tournament is planned for early next year at Ryan Park, backed by their generous support. We have been issued at least one grant for improvements with hopefully more to follow.
  • Personnel changes and the appointment of certain committees are making our jobs a little easier. In the words of our President, Jessica Escobedo, “It takes a village!” And it certainly does, as now more and more volunteers are actively getting involved. Indeed our Opening Day was planned and conceived by a committee of moms who shared ideas to give everyone a memorable and happy time.
  • Our approach to the success of our players is going to improve. We are not just concerned about their development as soccer players, we are more concerned about their development as decent human beings in the holistic sense. We plan to consider our players academic level and their personal goals as well as family goals for their future. Peter Minkhoff our Director of Competitive stated this clearly at one of our recent coaches meetings when he said, “We should not be asking our players ‘Are you going to college?’ We should be asking them, ‘What college are you going to?'”
As you all know, everything is a challenge and anything in life worth having is worth working for. We are always working hard behind the scenes in order to improve the life and the future for your children and to allow them to compete and take part in our programs at a reasonable cost. If we are improving and adding new programs while breaking even, then we are on the right track.
If you feel that you are equipped to help in any way possible with any of our committees or if you have any suggestions, please contact one of our directors below.
Thank you so much!
Steve Yorke – Director of Coaching
 
Join our Educational Committee – Contact Director of College and Career Readiness
 
Any Sponsorship and Donations –  

 
Join our End of Season Party Committee –  

Do you have any suggestions – Contact DOC
 
 
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CHECK OUT OUR NEW DOCUMENTARY…
 
 
 
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IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

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PLAYERS & COACHES NEEDED
We are in need of a Boys U6 and Boys U12 coach and a Girls U10 coach in the Recreational Division.
Please note that practices start after August 6th and first preseason games August 18th. Recreational traveling teams do not have preseason games.
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Ryan Park is now OPEN!

COACH O STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP
A few years ago I was introduced to Zhang Ouying. She is a highly regarded coach coach for SDSC and has been coaching in the US for many years. Prior to our China trip she called me and offered advice. We struck up a great friendship and she offered to put on clinics for our girls program in the not too distant future.
In case you didn’t know Coach O lives locally and played both in the World Cup final and in the Olympics. She is a highly accredited coach who has helped many players achieve their dreams.
Unfortunately Coach O recently had some bad news and she now needs our help.
Here is her story…

COMPETITIVE TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
Coach Wilkes – B2007 – Dave Shelton FInalists
Coach Melgoza – B2008 White – Encinitas Cup Finalists
Coach Melgoza – B2008 White – Dave Shelton Cup Finalists
Coach Espinoza – B2010 – Chula Vista Invitational Cup Champions
Coach Gonzalez – B2005 – Dave Shelton Memorial Cup Champions
Coach Jeffers – B2005 Black – Dave Shelton Memorial Cup Finalists
Coach Wilkes – B2004 – Murrieta Surf Cup Finalists
Coach Fernandez – B2004 Blue – Albion Cup Champions
Coach Yorke – B2000/2001 Blue – Murrieta Surf Champions
Coach Cira – B2008 Blue – Murrieta Surf Cup Finalists
Coach Cira – B2008 Blue – Rebels Cup Champions

Coach Oros – B2008 Black – Murrieta Surf Cup Champions
Coach Oros – B2008 Black – Dave Shelton Champions

Coach Rosales – B2006 – Dave Shelton FInalists
Coach Rosales – B2006 – Sporting Champions

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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.

 

From the Editor…

 

  

Life’s a Beach…Or just a lesson in coaching

 

My wife and I drove over to Delmar Beach on Camp Pendleton and sat outside Ramone’s Mexican Cantina on the beach. We sipped our drinks and ate nachos on a beautiful Sunday, late afternoon, in anticipation of a memorable sunset. Ramone’s is frequented by young marines and their families all throughout the day as the food is excellent.

A young mother, mid-twenties, and her marine husband, same age, sat down with a baby and their four-year-old son. They were waiting for their number to be called so they could collect their food order. In the meantime, as you can imagine, their four-year-old was wired and running all over the courtyard, zooming in and out of tables, running up the bandstand stage, out into the sand and back again. The parents kept a sharp eye on him, but said and did nothing until he came back to their table.

“Listen Isaac,” the mom said, “Give me five for coming back to the table and being such a good boy.” He did so and he also high-fived his dad, and off he went again. Every time he returned, which he did more frequently now, he expected another high-five, which he got, along with the wink of an eye from his dad and a pat on the butt from his mom. Isaac was on a mission; he knew exactly what was expected of him, he wanted to do it, he felt good about pleasing his parents and he was learning something.

“Mom, dad, did you see, I came back faster this time?” Isaac asked. (He was improving).

“We did son, well done!” They answered, “Why don’t you sit down now ready for your dinner?”

 

And he did and I smiled.

 

This is coaching at its finest. Positive reinforcement while teaching a simple lesson, rewarded by praise which immediately builds excellent self-esteem. The child was eager to explore and perform and wanted to do it over and over again. The more he ran away, the faster he returned until he had absorbed the lesson in its entirety and filed his freshly learned skill ready for the next game.

 

Out on the sand I watched another family heading back towards the parking lot. The mom was laden with bags and towels while dad dragged a cooler, an umbrella and the arm of his six-year-old son who was attached to the other end. He was being dragged backwards along the sand, crying while his absent minded father screamed at him.

“How many times do I have to tell you not to run away from us? You can get yourself killed in those waves out there. Are you totally stupid? You are not playing video games tonight. THAT’S IT – GOT IT?”

 

You see the difference? The subject of the lesson is the same, but the teacher and the method are different. First of all there is limited freedom and no example of what to do and how to do it correctly. It also lacks a clear and concise explanation. Both children are loved just the same and the parents have the same concerns for their safety, but we can assume that the latter child was not being observed closely enough. Also, berating a child or a player causes resentment and frustration in the player, even the embarrassment of being dragged across the sand in front of other children has to also be endured. This child is not talked to in a calm and controlled voice and manner, but rather he is screamed at. And to top this off, it is followed by a punishment. Family or coach number one delivered the message with little or no stress. Family or father number two, seemed very agitated with poor body language and a forceful demeanor.

 

It is just the same lesson taught in two different ways. Think about it!

 

What kind of coach are you? And what kind of parent are you on the sideline?

 

Food for thought, and if you really like great Mexican food visit a Ramone’s location near you – entertainment is free!

 

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Steve Yorke – Director of Coaching

 

 

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RECREATIONAL SOCCER & OTHER COMPETITIVE NOTICES

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Fall Registration is now open and we are actively seeking volunteer coaches. Please contact Franki Cira our Director of Competitive if you are interested.

 

Now that Spring Season is done we look back at any needed improvements we can make. Your suggestions are accepted and considered. Maria Rosales and the entire organization at Escondido Soccer Club would like to thank all of the volunteers who unselfishly gave their time to make this season a success for our children. Thank you all, well done!

 

Still looking for more volunteers for our upcoming committees for Opening Day and out End of Season Party.  Please contact Jessica Escobedo if you’re interested.

 

We have a Boys 2005 team looking for a few good competitive players, if you are interested or know someone who is please contact Jorge Gonzalez at 760-443-7029 or email him by clicking here.

 

If you missed our Younger Team Tryouts in February, we still need a few players in certain age groups.

 

Girls 2010 – Contact Robbie Jeffers

Girls 2009 – Contact Juan Ochoa

Boys 2008 – Contact Franki Cira

Boys 2010 – Contact Jose Luis Gonzalez

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State and National Cup are still under way for our older competitive teams.

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION GAME

 

On April 4th our Select 2002/2003 team played Salford Boys of Manchester, England in a friendly exhibition international game. The game itself was a huge success and we competed very well taking the lead 1-0 in the first half with a goal by Robert Workman. This was marred by a serious first-half injury to the Salford number 3 who broke his ankle in two places. While the young man was taken to the hospital the game continued with good physical action and fast breakaways. Salford deservedly scored the equalizer in the final minute of the game.

 

Final score FC Heat Select 1 Salford Boys 1

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The girls in the snack bar were working overtime as the crowd was heavy. There must have been close to 1000 people around the field and watching from the hillside at the road. This was a huge success for the club and all of the money made went to the club scholarship fund. Thank you to Carlos Hernandez who got the field in great shape for the game and to Tracy Wright and Kristin Fox for manning the snack bar along with their assistants. Thank you to Lennon Yorke who assisted in getting the injured young man to the hospital unscathed.

 

This game in itself was an experiment. One that bought together players from different Heat teams as one in a very short period of time. We also bought together coaches from these age groups to work together as a team in order to achieve their goal – to compete well. This was a total success and for that I would like to thank the following coaches: Martin Lopez, Leo Escobedo, Alvaro Melgoza, Albert Navarrete, Denis Sweeney, Bryan Wilkes and Franki Cira.

 

Well done men and boys of the team, you did a great job!

 

 

 

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RYAN PARK IS NOW CLOSED FOR IMPROVEMENTS

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Carlos Hernandez and the City of Escondido and staff will be working on the fields during this time of the year while they are closed. When we return the fields should be in pristine condition.

 

For all those coaches and teams who are practicing at different school venues, please be considerate of these facilities and leave them in better shape than when you found them. If you need copies of insurance paperwork please email Christine Escobedo for assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 2
B2004 Blue – Jimmy Fernandez – Las Vegas Cup Finalists, gold division

 

 

 

 3
G2007 – Brian Blake – Carlsbad Premier Cup Finalists

 

 

 

 4
G2007 Daniel Barbosa – Girls move on to the next round of State Cup

 

 

 

 5
G2005 – Hector Hernandez – Vista Storm Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

 6
B2007 – Bryan Wilkes – Vista Storm Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

 7
G2007 – Brian Blake – Surf Winter Cup Champions

 

 

 

 8
B2004 Blue – Jimmy Fernandez – Albion Showcase Finalists

 

 

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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.

 

 

LATEST CLUB NEWS

 

We trust that you all had a wonderful holiday and a delightful New Years celebration and you stayed clear of the flu epidemic. Happy New Year to all of our members, parents, players, volunteers and sponsors – thank you for all you have done for us in 2017.

 

OUR AGM DATE AND TIME

 

Our Annual General Meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8 PM at the Boys & Girls Club on Woodward Avenue in Escondido. This will follow our regular Board Meeting which starts at 7 PM. Our AGM is where we prepare the club for the coming year and vote in our volunteers to help lead us going forward., etc.

 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. You too could become part of our board!

 

 

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COMPETITIVE COACHING EVALUATIONS

 

This year we have a brand new way for players and parents to evaluate their coaches and to see how you feel about their performance this year. All players should receive a written Player Evaluation from your coach and each coach receives a written Coaches Evaluation from the Director of Coaching. Part of this evaluation are your comments, whether good, bad or indifferent. A = Excellent through E = Poor. Each coach will read your comments exactly how you wrote them but not including your name or contact information or the name of your child (player) – this gets erased before we attach them to the coaches report.

 

It is important for us moving forward that we get the complete picture of the coaches overall performance from behavior to promptness and from communication skills to organization. By doing this we are able to keep our top coaches in line for teams of their choice and bring in new coaches for the remaining teams. Each qualified coach can have a maximum of 2 teams, if allocated, and the same for each manager. We have found that more than 2 teams is not manageable at the standard we like to operate at.

 

Please evaluate your coach in English here

 

Please evaluate your coach in Spanish here

 

 

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YOUNGER TRYOUTS FOR 2018 COMPETITIVE TEAMS

Tryout flyer english and spanish YOUNGER 2018

 

 

Soon we will be accepting early registration sign-ups for our 2018 Younger Competitive Tryouts. Other clubs tend to have their tryouts earlier than us, but we know that State Cup and National Cup still have to be played around this time. See the flyer above and the age groups involved. Older tryouts will be a little later as high school soccer season will still be running.

 

 

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END OF SEASON PARTY AND CELEBRATION

 

On  January 13, 2018 we will be celebrating our teams’ contributions for the 2017 season and recognize the individual accomplishments of certain players. All players of each team will vote for who they think should be the Player’s Player of the Year and the coach will vote for who they think is the Footballer of the Year, or the player who has made the most impact in their eyes. Goalkeepers who have let in less goals in a regular season will also be recognized both younger and older, girls and boys.

 

The party will be a fundraising event to help raise funds for each individual competitive team selling goods and wares. Coaches of the Year both Recreational and Competitive will be recognized as will the Manager of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year.

 

Please vote for your COMPETITIVE MANAGER OF THE YEAR and your VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, by following these links. Thank you.

 

Everyone is welcome to the party!

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SPRING LEAGUE FUN SOCCER

 

This brings us right into 2018 and planning for Spring League fun – see flyer below…

spring_league_flyer

 

Register online here: 

 cysa-esc.sportsaffinity.com

 

Walk up registration dates:  

Where: Ryan Park

When:

December 2 and 3, 2017

January 6 and 7, 2018

1 am – 2pm

Questions? Interested in coaching?

 

Contact Maria Rosales at   mariamrosales2011@gmail.com

 

 

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Congratulations to Coach Greg Boskin and Dan Smuts and their BU10 Champions

 

If any coaches and managers have photos of their Champion and/or Runner-Up teams please email them to me for newsletter publication.

 

SteveFCHeat@gmail.com

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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.

 

 

LATEST CLUB NEWS

 

As I write this edition of the newsletter our All-Star teams are busy playing in the Commissioners Cup at Ryan Park. These teams have been practicing religiously under the lights weekdays at Ryan Park and from what I have seen from Saturday’s games, we should do extremely well. It is so refreshing to see volunteer parent coaches advance to the level of select All-Star coaches and giving their all for these players. The players themselves are thoroughly excited and proud – you can see it on their faces – to be representing Escondido Soccer Club in these winter tournaments.

 

As I have said before, to be selected for All-Stars really proves that these players are the ‘cream of the crop’ so to speak. The next step on their journey to mastering the basics of this sport is competitive tryouts. This is how great players are found and noticed, and this is where they step up onto the next rung of the educational level in soccer. We welcome one and all to our competitive tryouts in January (see flyer below).

 

Our competitive teams are wrapping up their seasons with the final Showcase events including the Presidio Cup this weekend in San Diego. Again I am excited to find that many of our teams are doing extremely well in this competition. Next on the competitive agenda is State and National Cups in January. Yes, our competitive season is a long one and runs from tryouts current year to tryouts the following year!

 

Congratulations to our competitive teams who won (6) or came second (5) in their respective divisions this year. In 2017 we had 44 teams and 60% of those teams finished in the top 5 of their respective divisions, which I might add, were top end divisions (Gold & Silver) as compared to last year. Here are our Champions and Runners-Up…

 

CHAMPIONS

 

B2007 White – Coach Julio Alfaro

B2006 Black – Coach Jimmy Fernandez

B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes

B2004 Blue – Coach Jimmy Fernandez

B2001 Black – Coach Denis Sweeney

G2005 – Coach Hector Hernandez

 

RUNNERS-UP

 

B2010 Blue – Coach Paulo Espinoza

B2003 Blue – Coach Martin Lopez

B2006 White – Coach Julio Alfaro

B2002 – Coach Martin Lopez

G1999 Blue – Coach Robert Parker

 

 

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COMPETITIVE COACHING EVALUATIONS

 

This year we have a brand new way for players and parents to evaluate their coaches and to see how you feel about their performance this year. All players should receive a written Player Evaluation from your coach and each coach receives a written Coaches Evaluation from the Director of Coaching. Part of this evaluation are your comments, whether good, bad or indifferent. A = Excellent through E = Poor. Each coach will read your comments exactly how you wrote them but not including your name or contact information or the name of your child (player) – this gets erased before we attach them to the coaches report.

 

It is important for us moving forward that we get the complete picture of the coaches overall performance from behavior to promptness and from communication skills to organization. By doing this we are able to keep our top coaches in line for teams of their choice and bring in new coaches for the remaining teams. Each qualified coach can have a maximum of 2 teams, if allocated, and the same for each manager. We have found that more than 2 teams is not manageable at the standard we like to operate at.

 

Please evaluate your coach in English here

 

Please evaluate your coach in Spanish here

 

 

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YOUNGER TRYOUTS FOR 2018 COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

Tryout flyer english and spanish YOUNGER 2018

 

Soon we will be accepting early registration sign-ups for our 2018 Younger Competitive Tryouts. Other clubs tend to have their tryouts earlier than us, but we know that State Cup and National Cup still have to be played around this time. See the flyer above and the age groups involved. Older tryouts will be a little later as high school soccer season will still be running.

 

 

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END OF SEASON PARTY AND CELEBRATION

 

On  January 13, 2018 we will be celebrating our teams’ contributions for the 2017 season and recognize the individual accomplishments of certain players. All players of each team will vote for who they think should be the Player’s Player of the Year and the coach will vote for who they think is the Footballer of the Year, or the player who has made the most impact in their eyes. Goalkeepers who have let in less goals in a regular season will also be recognized both younger and older, girls and boys.

 

The party will be a fundraising event to help raise funds for each individual competitive team selling goods and wares. Coaches of the Year both Recreational and Competitive will be recognized as will the Manager of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year.

 

Everyone is welcome!

 

trophy_welcome

 

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SPRING LEAGUE FUN SOCCER

 

This brings us right into 2018 and planning for Spring League fun – see flyer below…

spring_league_flyer

 

Register online here: 

 cysa-esc.sportsaffinity.com

 

Walk up registration dates:  

Where: Ryan Park

When:

December 2 and 3, 2017

January 6 and 7, 2018

1am – 2pm

Questions? Interested in coaching?

 

Contact Maria Rosales at  mariamrosales2011@gmail.com

 

 

 

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OUR AGM IN 2017

 

Our Annual General Meeting has been changed and is now scheduled for January 3, 2018. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc. Venue and time TBD.

 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date. You too could become part of our board!

 

 

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WEEKEND LATEST RESULTS…THIS JUST IN CONGRATULATIONS & JUBILATION!

 

These results just in from the competitions at the weekend…

 

COMMISSIONER’S CUP ALL STAR RECREATIONAL TEAMS

 

CHAMPIONS

 

BU8 Blue All-Stars

GU12 (Mad Pandas)

GU14

 

RUNNER’S UP

 

BU12 Blue All-Stars

 

 

PRESIDIO CUP COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

CHAMPIONS

 

BU10 Blue

G2008

G2007 Blue

G2006 Blue

 

RUNNER’S UP

 

G2003 Blue

B2005 White

B2008 Black

 

 g2003
G2003 Blue – Presidio Runners-Up

 

 

 b2010
B2010 Blue – Presidio Champions

 

 

 g2006
G2006 Blue – Presidio Champions

 

 

 g2007
G2007 Blue – Presidio Champions

 

 

 g2008
G2008 – Presidio Champions

 

 

 

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OUR MEDAL COUNT TO DATE FOR 2017

 

59 CHAMPIONSHIPS

56 RUNNERS-UP

 

115 TOTAL FINALS

 

 

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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.

 

 

LATEST NEWS

 

It seems that the year is flying by as the competitive teams are nearing the end of their regular seasons. SDDA of course has it’s showcase events and Presidio has approximately 3 games left before they start planning the Presidio Cup. Many of our competitive teams are sitting high in the league although they are playing at the top levels.

 

State and National Cup are next on the agenda for both groups, but there will be a small break for the high school soccer season to kick in. Remember, if you have players playing high school, then you cannot have them playing club, that’s just the way it works. High school has always been priority.

 

 

soc_1The week before last we hosted our All-Star Tryouts at Ryan Park and had a large number of Recreational players nominated for this. Teams have now been selected and practices will be starting mid-November. These teams will be representing Escondido Soccer Club in at least three local tournaments within San Diego County and we look forward to watching them play.

 

To be selected to tryout for All-Stars is an honor in itself, as coaches watch these players all season and nominate the better players in the Rec divisions. All-Stars is the next step up on the ladder so to speak, and a place where these players really excel. Many competitive coaches and scouts watch these tournaments looking to recruit players for next season. At Escondido Soccer Club we are proud to say that many of our highly competitive stars once played for All-Stars. These same players are now getting scouted by academies and colleges, which proves the system is working. Good luck to all you All-Star players!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us right into 2018 and planning for Spring League fun – see flyer below…

soc_spring

 

 

Register online here: 

 cysa-esc.sportsaffinity.com

 

Walk up registration dates:  

Where: Ryan Park

When: November 4 and 11, 2017

December 2 and 3, 2017

January 6 and 7, 20181

am – 2pm

Questions? Interested in coaching?

 

Contact Maria Rosales at  mariamrosales2011@gmail.com

 

 

IN GENERAL

 

 

OUR 2017 RECREATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR!

 

Our Recreational Coach of the Year will be voted on starting today November 1st through November 14th, 2017.

 

If you were impressed with your child’s Rec coach this season then vote for them, give them a chance to become Coach of the Year. Many of our Recreational Coaches of the Year eventually move through to Competitive coaching by improving their licensing and working alongside one of our more seasoned coaches.

 

To vote for your choice of Recreational Coach of the Year, you can either go to our Escondido Soccer Club Website or Click Here to vote

 

One vote per e-mail address and coaches cannot vote for themselves. It is also always great to see other coaches voting on their peers.

 

Votes will be tallied and the trophy will be given to your coach of choice at our End of Season Party at the end of the year.

 

 

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SOME GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS

 

 

The truth about sports drinks!  READ MORE

 

The necessity to avoid fast foods!READ MORE

 

 

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OUR AGM IN 2017

 

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2017. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc.

 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date. You too could become part of our board!

 

 

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PARKING AT RYAN PARK

 

During one of our competitive games a few weeks ago, one of our young players broke her arm and the ambulance and fire department came to attend to her injuries. She is now doing fine. However, the fire department could not maneuver their truck around our parking lot because of cars parked out of the parking spaces on the curb line. This is a fire lane and a no parking zone.  When it affects the health and safety of our children we should abide by the rules. Please refrain from parking in those areas. Thank you.

 

 

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DO YOU KNOW ANYONE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OUR CLUB?

 

As you all know, Escondido Soccer Club including FC Heat Elite is a non-profit organization. We are always looking to raise money for new programs for our players and their families. Sponsorship, especially corporate sponsorship is always needed. The amount of money we as a club spend in just keeping the wheels turning sometimes boggles the mind. Our goal is always to break even, but in today’s economy this sometimes becomes difficult to achieve.

 

If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring our club, please talk to  Michaela Krams our Director of Marketing.

 

 

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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS AT RYAN PARK

 

Surf Classic is Thanksgiving weekend Nov 24th and 25th and 26th.

Commissioner’ Cup is December 2nd and 3rd at Ryan Park

 

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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.

 

 

POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE

 

Early in 2017, I received a bulk email from a company called PCA or Positive Coaching Alliance. I quickly read through it and put it to one side until I had more time to pursue it. About a week later I clicked on the email and watched a movie about coaching young players from Phil Jackson, the great basketball coach, and I was immediately sold. Even though at that time I thought it was going to be an expensive package for our club for training, I still sent out links to a couple of their videos to our coaching staff. There was a great cross-section of famous coaches from different sports donating their time to help this organization.

 

Later that week I got talking to Paulo Espinoza, who is one of our newer competitive coaches. Paulo was hired because of his quiet demeanor and his positive approach to coaching younger players. I had watched him on numerous occasions while he was taking his National D License and was impressed at the way his players were enjoying their game. Parents especially liked the way their children were coached and treated by Paulo.

 

I found out that  Paulo was a staunch believer and subscriber to the Positive Coaching Alliance and had taken all of their on-line courses. It made sense, and Paulo was living proof of how a different approach to what we are used experiencing can change the attitude of so many.

 

Without getting into too much detail, here is what a positive coaching environment looks like…

 

  • PCA teaches that children should look forward to their practice sessions and games – it should be a safe and happy environment for all players.
  • Every athlete that shows an interest in a particular sport should have the option to play regardless of their ability. Recreation is the starter area and Competitive is for the more skilled.
  • Players love to impress their parents and family members who should also take an active part in their experience. This builds confidence and pride in the player.
  • Coaches understand that they are teaching ‘Life Lessons’ and they agree to respect the game, the officials, the players and the fans. Of course coaches want to win as does everyone, but this is not their main purpose. They should always build the player up, improving self-esteem and teaching good moral standards.
  • Parents and fans should uphold the same approach and sense of responsibility as the coaches.
  • Players have a voice too! It is up to the coaches and parents to listen to them and learn as we all do from each other. This builds motivated leaders for their future.
  • We should never force players to play only one sport so early on in their lives.

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Paulo has agreed, in the not too distant future, to introduce the PCA way of coaching to our Recreational coaches. We can then monitor the results at the very grass roots level of our club soccer. This will be a massive step in the right direction and will hopefully create this happy, enjoyable environment for all of our players.

 

Competitive coaches too will be seeing some distinct changes in the future, and in 2018 we will be implementing many of these. This will not take away or disrupt our professional coaches individual approach, it is just a common sense addition to their methods.

 

There are 6 courses currently available at PCA, which cost $30 each. For more information, click on POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE

 

IN GENERAL

 

PLAYERS AND CONCUSSION

 

During the first few weeks of our Recreational and Competitive seasons, we have been experiencing many injuries, most of them minor, but a few were quite serious. Concussion has become one of our main concerns this season, as it should be. As you know, if you are a parent of a competitive player or a coach, you have taken the on-line concussion course and passed the required test, which demonstrates that you understand the details.

 

We are all still learning about the damage a concussion can do to a young player in any sport, and so we all must be conscious of what needs to happen in the event of a potentially concussed player.

 

Referees in particular are extra vigilant this year and will list any head injuries on their game reports. If that player is listed as having a potential concussion, then it is up to the parent to make sure that they see a physician as soon as possible. FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club will not allow that player to practice or play until a medical clearance has been received from their physician.

 

Coaches are aware that they too will not be able to have that player on the field without the required medical clearance. It is always a good practice for the coach or manager to approach the referee after the game to see if he or she logged any injuries on the game report.

 

 

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PLAYERS STILL NEEDED ON COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

Currently we are fielding 44 Competitive teams for the 2017/2018 season in various age groups both boys and girls. We have suffered many injuries this year and some teams still need a few experienced players, so if you know of anyone who loves the sport and has the skill to play competitive soccer, please contact the coaches below:

 

Boys born in 2008 and 2002, please contact Alvaro Melgoza

Boys born in 2001, please contact Albert Naverrete

Boys born in 2005, please contact Sebastian Oros

 

 

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OUR AGM IN 2017

 

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2017. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc.

 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date.

 

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DO YOU KNOW ANYONE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OUR CLUB?

 

As you all know, Escondido Soccer Club including FC Heat Elite is a non-profit organization. We are always looking to raise money for new programs for our players and their families. Sponsorship, especially corporate sponsorship is always needed. The amount of money we as a club spend in just keeping the wheels turning sometimes boggles the mind. Our goal is always to break even, but in today’s economy this sometimes becomes difficult to achieve.

 

If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring our club, please talk to  Michaela Krams our Director of Marketing.

 

 

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Many of you commented on the ‘Juicing’ segment’ on last month’s newsletter asking me for the source. The article was taken from a blog by Reagan Yorke, which you can access by clicking here: ReaganXO.com.

 

 

OUR COLLEGE UPDATE

 

cgraduateAs you know, I promised to keep you all updated on my family’s efforts to get both of our teenagers into the college of their choice, without breaking the bank.

 

We are still working with Ducerus and my kids have monthly appointments with Sylvia our consultant/counselor. In between these visits, they are consistently working on the Ducerus software program, which helps them to improve their SAT and ACT scores. This is definitely working as both of their scores are improving and are now within the parameters for the colleges that they are actively looking at. They are consistently writing essays for applications and having these read and edited by someone other than myself. In my opinion these are improving immensely. Their school grades are getting better as they are conscious of what needs to be done for their own futures.

 

Lennon my son was initially looking at California schools, but now is being swayed towards a private university in Boston. The costs are astronomical at Boston University, but when Sylvia explained what we could potentially qualify for there was a significant difference, and also taking into consideration the potential less time spent there gaining his degree made Boston University a strong contender.

 

Reagan wants to be centered in LA, so she is looking at the US and UC schools in that area. She has a 17 – 34% chance of being accepted in her first choices, so she is trying to set herself apart from other applicants by working on extra-curricular projects.

 

If they both get accepted into the colleges of their choice they will most probably be taking out loans, as well as looking for jobs in the area in which they will reside. This unfortunately is reality.

 

It is also becoming more apparent to me that many of our lower, working class families still have a great chance (with so many wonderful incentives available) to get their children into college. You would be very surprised at what funds are available to families with lower income, However, this income has to be proved in order to gain any financial aid, so your tax returns would need to be seen.

 

A good time to start preparing for college is when your child is at least a Junior in high school. To be honest, we left it a little late. Concentrating on academics is still the key and sport is secondary.

 

I will say this though; your child’s senior year in high school is highly stressful for them, so it is up to us to be very supportive.

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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 FROM THE EDITOR…

 

‘Academy,’ ‘Development,’ and other buzz words in soccer

 

Today there are so many different soccer leagues in which our teams can play, but years ago the only truly competitive one in our area was the Presidio Soccer League. As clubs were growing and the smaller clubs were getting eaten up by the much bigger clubs, other leagues and divisions were formed, like the Coastal Soccer League, the Southern California Developmental Soccer League and the San Diego Developmental Academy and so on and so forth.

 

The operative word behind many of those leagues and divisions was and still is ‘Development’ or ‘Developmental’. This became the dominant buzz word of the time a couple of years ago, and as soon as parents and players saw a team or league that contained that word in the title, they were naturally drawn to it. Let’s face it, every parent wishes for their child to develop within the game of soccer. Indeed many clubs like ours truly make player development the main goal behind what we do and what we stand for.

 

Governing bodies and leading organizations were quick to notice this phenomenon and therefore catered to the greater interests. Before long, many clubs and organizations used this operative buzz word in their clubs and teams advertising in order to draw in more clients. Obviously like any business, more clients = more money.

 

The latest buzz word or the favorite flavor of the year so to speak is the word ‘Academy’ (and God forbid if ever those two words were to be put together because it would cause a stampede to get through the gates). Well it has happened, and many clubs and organizations are utilizing ‘Developmental devacadAcademy’ in nearly everything they advertise, and of course, as predicted, the customers are incoming and running.

 

Like anything though, there are true statements and false statements. You only have to look at the buzz words for ‘College Recruitment’ to understand that. I can’t wait for the ‘College Recruitment Developmental Academy’ to be announced. Wow, now there’s a good idea!

 

All kidding aside, many parents when searching for a higher level soccer team or club tend to be drawn like a magnet to these operative buzz words, and they think that when their children are nearing the college entry age, then these are the teams to play for. For $3,500 a year, the brochure says, my son or daughter will be paraded in front of all these eager college coaches on a regular basis, almost guaranteeing a full-ride scholarship regardless of their academic abilities. Much of this propaganda fools parents into thinking that a future of playing soccer is already and waiting for their child, if only they can be chosen on this latest Academy team or teams.

 

Nothing is further from the truth.

 

Not long ago, our main governing body US Soccer, put together the US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY. These are true Academy Teams run by a full staff and two A – licensed coaches who work with the players on very structured practice sessions at least four times per week, ten months a year. These lesson plans have to be logged and get reviewed, along with the running of the academy by US Soccer twice annually. For players who are chosen, there are certain set rules that they must adhere to, such as not playing any other sports, not playing soccer for school teams and/or for any other clubs or teams etc.

 

These Academy teams play each other in showcase type events and tournaments across the country. The purpose behind this Academy League is so that the better players from different areas will develop faster by playing at a higher level. This is a proven fact. Better coaching and better competition = improved development of the player. This gives US Soccer a stage in which to look at the cream of the crop, so that we as a nation can develop teams and players much quicker. It all makes sense.

 

For more information on True Academies you can go to US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY or click here

You can also read what is expected of the player when signing for an Academy Team by clicking here

 

There are very few clubs qualified to carry these US Soccer Academy Teams. Again they are continually audited by US Soccer to make sure they are living up to the set standards and playing by the rules. There are many clubs, such as ours, who do not have US Soccer Academy Teams, so why would we try to use these words in order to falsely advertise and to convince parents to come to us? We don’t and we would not, but many clubs do and this is where it gets a little frustrating.

 

This is where parents have to do their own research and due diligence, because there are no rules regarding any club advertising the fact that they have ‘Developmental Academy Teams,’ but they may not be the real thing (sponsored by US Soccer). Also, there are some clubs who do indeed carry US Soccer sponsored Academy Teams, that then build other teams under that title. This is allowed by US Soccer so that these teams can carry what is termed as ‘Bubble-Players’ or ‘Fringe-Players’.

 

A bubble-player or fringe-player is a player who is not on the true academy team or roster, but is very close. Sometimes some of these players get promoted to the A – Academy team. But many times they just remain with the B or C – Academy team without ever getting near to the A team.

 

What saddens me most, is the fact that many clubs are using this structure to entice all age groups to their club in order to fill all of their other teams’ rosters. Parents should be aware of this. Some coaches even use their players, who are already committed to the academy program in one capacity or another, to pull in their friends from school and/or from previous clubs in order to fill their team’s roster numbers. The money that these players bring into the academy club help finance the higher level teams and their coaches and directors. This is one of the main areas where we at FC Heat lose many of our players to these academy clubs. Players who have played most of their lives with FC Heat are being enticed away because they have developed well under our program, and have gotten noticed. If they do make it of course, the new academy club will take credit for that. If they don’t make it, they just become another valuable, financially able ‘bubble or fringe player.’

 

Please understand I always tell my players that if their child is chosen by some higher level team or true entity to further their development in the game, I would drive them there myself. If they are indeed chosen, I then feel that we have done our job by getting our players to that higher standard.

 

A couple of years ago when SDSC had acquired the rights to run a US Soccer Academy team in the U12 age group, I got a call from Brian Quinn, their DOC asking if we had any players that would make this grade and if so, would like to try out? He knew that I knew that we would lose those players if selected, but he also knew that we would definitely send them if they were qualified. It is our duty as coaches and directors to send those players to better opportunities should they arise. Brian Quinn was up front with us and totally ethical with his actions – this is how it was designed to work and supposed to be carried out.

 

On the other hand, I just do not like losing players to the unscrupulous and unethical actions of coaches and clubs who use the word academy for their own financial gain, and to pull in peripheral, so-called bubble or fringe players that those coaches know will never make that A – grade. Every year the A – Academy Team have more high-level applicants which tends to push many of the bubble players further down the list.

 

One of my coaches who was at a tournament last weekend, and who has a daughter who plays for his team (she is an excellent player), got approached by the coach of the opposing team after the game. He gave my coach a business card and asked if he would bring his daughter to play for him.

 

“Why?” My coach asked.

“Well our club has better opportunities and more academy teams,” he said, “besides this is how we recruit better players and have better teams.”

 

These actions and the sheer arrogance and audacity of this coach, who was representing his club and organization, shock and sadden me, because this is not how youth soccer in this country was designed to work.

 

You as a parent should be aware of the unscrupulous and unethical ways in which some clubs, coaches and representatives try to recruit your child. You have to ask pertinent questions, do your research and make sure that you understand what it is you are getting involved in before you commit. Find out your costs and obligations before signing any contracts for any academy club. Don’t get sweet-talked and think you have made the A – team roster when you are going to be a ‘long term outside bubble-player’ during your most important years before college. If your questions are answered truthfully and you have made the A – Team, then I totally understand and support your decision – that is a different story. But, as a parent, the main question to ask yourself or your child is this:

Would my son or daughter be better off and happier playing in the strong team they are currently in, while still getting exposed in showcase events and tournaments, or is it best that they play in a B or C team elsewhere for a much higher cost?

 

Fueled by hope, many times parents make the incorrect decision to go. Generally these disappointed players and their parents usually come back to the Home Town Club where, just like the Mom and Pop restaurant at the end of the street, quality is much better than quantity, pricing is fair, and service is delivered rather than promised.

 

 

NEWS & INFORMATION

 

 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR FALL REC IS STILL OPEN

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To register on-line please click here – please note that a $10 late fee will apply

 

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PLAYERS NEEDED IN COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

Currently we are fielding 44 Competitive teams for the 2017/2018 season in various age groups both boys and girls. Some teams still need a few experienced players, so if you know of anyone who loves the sport and has the skill to play competitive soccer, please contact the coaches below:

 

Girls born in 2008, please contact Daniel Barbosa

Boys born in 2008 and 2002, please contact Alvaro Melgoza

Boys born in 2001, please contact Albert Naverrete

Central Defender born in 2000, please contact  

Roger Rolim de Moura

 

 

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COLLEGE COURSE INFORMATION UPDATE…

 

For those of you who attended the College Financial Aid Workshop eight weeks ago, I promised you that I would keep you updated on our progress as a family as we move forward with our college planning for both of my 16 year-old’s.

 

Well since that night we have been working closely with Sylvia at Ducerus, and have changed a few things in our lives to accommodate the necessary steps  to put us in a good position for our application process for college next year.

 

My son is working on a regular basis as an intern at Palomar Hospital. He has signed up for an online math calculus class, which he started this last week.

My daughter is attending many functions in LA to do with her selected profession. She has been referred by Sylvia to two professionals in the same industry in order to gain more information and insight.

She has volunteered her time as a mentor, one day a week, to give back to the same film school that gave her the opportunity during the summer of last year.

They are both practicing writing college entry essays, which are then edited by one of Sylvia’s qualified assistants.

Both are taking part in daily online classes to improve their SAT and ACT scores. They are taking the examinations any time they become available, and both of their scores have increased.

Both are working diligently in looking at colleges in their intended subjects and majors and are being assisted by Sylvia regarding the pros and cons and costs associated with these.

As a father, I have now employed both of my children to help me part-time in my contracting business, and for this they will get paid.

 

This is a very in-depth program that we as a family have to take part in. Summer is not summer any more for these kids, especially as they edge closer to college. We know approximately what college will cost us at this point, and we are formulating a plan in which we all can contribute to that cost.

 

As things progress I will keep you informed.

 

Ducerus has kindly contributed $500 to one of our teams for the 2017 season – for this we are truly grateful.

 

 

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DANNY SMUTS JR. UPDATE…

 

Almost 2 years ago while playing in a game during the Dave Shelton Memorial Cup tournament, young Danny Smuts suffered a spinal stroke paralyzing him from the waste down. Since that time, as we all knew he would, he has carved out a life befitting of his efforts. Danny now is spending much of his time public speaking, playing wheelchair basketball and making a name for himself on wheelchair track. In fact there is a great possibility that Danny will get a full-ride scholarship to college due to his skill and tenacity on the basketball court.

 

The movie ‘Life Rolls On,’ about Danny and his recovery is still making its rounds on the movie circuit and just last week got featured in its seventeenth film festival. The movie is travelling the world and helping people from all walks of life.

 

Reagan Yorke, the movie maker, is now mentoring at Reel Voices, the film studio who gave her her start. She is currently working with a high school girl who lost her mother and sister in an automobile accident a short time back, and wants to tell the story in a movie.

 

You can see ‘Life Rolls On’ by clicking here.

 

 

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NEW RULES INTRODUCED FOR YOUNGER TEAMS IN 2017

 

The ‘break-out line’ is a line now used in between the half-way line and the goal line on both ends of the field. This will be used for off-sides instead of the half-way line and for other uses to enable players to have more touches on the ball. For an in depth explanation of the break-out line you can watch a short 4 minute video here.

 

 

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FC HEAT COMPETITIVE TEAMS

 

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FC HEAT ELITE 2017 

 

24 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 19 FINALISTS – 43 FINALS TO DATE

 

G2009 – Coach James Griffen – Liverpool Cup Finalists

 

 

G2007 Blue – Coach Brian Blake – Real Madrid Finalists

 

 

G2003 Black – Coach Brian Blake – Southwestern Cup Finalists

 

 

B2010 – Coach Paulo Espinoza – Kickn’it Champions

 

 

B2007 White – Coach Julio Alfaro – Charity Cup Champions

 

 

B2007 Blue – Coach Franki Cira – Pegasus Cup Finalists

 

B2006 Black – Coach Jimmy Fernandez – Pegasus Cup Champions

 

 

B2005 White – Coach Carlos Hernandez – Pegasus Cup Champions

 

 

B2010 – Coach Paulo Espinoza – Premier Soccer Finalists

 

 

B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes – Kickn’it Finalists

 

 

B2004 White – Coach James Griffen – Real Madrid Champions

 

 

B2004 Green – Coach Martin Lopez – Pegasus Cup Finalists

 

 

B2003 Black – Coach Leo Escobedo – Kickn’it Champs

 

 

B2001 Black – Coach Denis Sweeney – Pegasus Cup Champions

 

 

B2002 – Coach Martin Lopez – Copa Del Rey Champions

 

 

B2002 Blue – Coaches Steve Yorke/Arturo Duarte – Rebels Cup Champions

 

 

B2000 Blue – Coach Roger Rolim de Moura – Real Madrid Finalists

 

 

B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes – The Power of Pink Award, Kickn’it Tournament

 

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY 

EVERYONE 

FROM ESCONDIDO SOCCER CLUB AND FC HEAT ELITE!