Discussion in 'SoCalScene' started by SimpleSoccer, Oct 31, 2017.
https://www.westcoastfc.org/about-wcfc/coaching/gus-castaneda (is my guess)
In any sport only .001 percent 'make it' to the highest level. But that doesn't mean everyone should quit. Play until someone tells you that you are no longer good enough.
Every sport has a path. It is similar in baseball, basketball, hockey etc. Its travel ball. You play HS (but its because of travel) then if you are great you get drafted. If you are a step below you get to college. There are thousands of colleges that have baseball programs. It just matters where you fit in. So that is the path. No kid even knows what any of it means. The parents figure it out and get the kid on the right path. None of those guys are there just because they just showed up. They all have parents that helped them. I know for a fact. Soccer is the same. You have to have youth teams and many of them to create a pool of future players. There has to be competition. Every year the heard gets thinned out and the cream keeps rising. It the players that are talented and dedicated survive the next cut.
you don't know what you don't know. Is it just a natural instinct to wake up and know how to get wherever you are going? Id be very interested in finding a top level player that just knew. More than likely they got help.
strength and honor....that was Maximus
Blues next to merge somewhere?
I wouldn't be surprised to see this trigger other mergers in OC. I don't know how they would work it out on the boys side, but a merger of Pats and Strikers would seem to make sense on the girls side. Strikers are strong in ECNL but currently thin in the younger ages. Pats are struggling in girls DA and could benefit from a larger talent pool/budget. Together I think they might make a good dual DA/ECNL club. That might leave DPL in a lurch but I doubt that's the Pats' primary concern right now.
Those kids can do the same with rec soccer and high school soccer. But hey, lets line the pockets of the big clubs.
So true, but oh so expensive! $$$$$$$$$$$$
Rec lasts around 3 months. HS has a limited number of spaces. So we just write off all the other kids?
You can play indoor and futsal all year round. It's not really the same, but it keeps the skills up.
Agreed. But my major point is more kids playing "club" soccer isn't a bad thing.
From my experience, the limitation in Southern California is field space.
I doubt a Striker/Pats merger would ever be a reality. DE would never relinquish or share control of the Strikers with the Pats. Too much bad blood between the two clubs.
I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when this deal was made. What was the sales pitch from either end? What was the real rea$on?
I'd also love to understand the "real" strategy from Surf. "Expand our brand and provide great soccer opportunities" is what we hear. But what do the top 2 or 3 people over there really think/want?
No, don't write them off. Take the money you would have spent on club and use it for private training, (skill development, agility and running training) and take them to some professional games, let them watch soccer on TV. You can do a lot with $1,800. plus! Keep playing rec particularly at the younger ages, futsal or indoor soccer, then move into club and high school soccer and if they develop, into ECNL or DA. They will still compete, still make friendships and they can still develop a love of soccer. Maybe clubs should look at a graduated pay/fee schedule. U8, U9, U10 - $500, U11, U12, U13 $1,000, U14, and older $1800.
Chops tell me what isn't expensive. Those top players have to play against other top players. The only place to get that here is through club. Steel sharpens steel.
its a motto for very many unions. mine included and no we aren't facist.
Most steel is sharpened with stone, but I get your point.
If you don't know who he is you don't belong coaching there.
Some clubs already have the fee structured on the age and level of play.