Tuesday, December 9, 2008

take a look and a click

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Poem ...Thank You TRoops

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Constru ction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq< /SPAN>

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Is your Family Safe?

Prevention is the Key to Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

DO have your fuel-burning appliances -- including oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves -- inspected by a trained professional at the beginning of every heating season. Make certain that the flues and chimneys are connected, in good condition, and not blocked.

DO choose appliances that vent their fumes to the outside whenever possible, have them properly installed, and maintain them according to manufacturers’ instructions.

DO read and follow all of the instructions that accompany any fuel-burning device. If you cannot avoid using an unvented gas or kerosene space heater, carefully follow the cautions that come with the device. Use the proper fuel and keep doors to the rest of the house open. Crack a window to ensure enough air for ventilation and proper fuel-burning.

DO call the Consumer Product Safety Commission ( 1-800-638-2772 ) at www.cpsc.gov for more information on how to reduce your risks from CO and other combustion gases and particles.

DON’T idle the car in a garage -- even if the garage door to the outside is open. Fumes can build up very quickly in the garage and living area of your home.

DON’T use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

DON’T ever use a charcoal grill indoors -- even in a fireplace.

DON'T sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater.

DON’T use any gasoline-powered engines (mowers, weed trimmers, snow blowers, chain saws, small engines or generators) in enclosed spaces.

DON’T ignore symptoms, particularly if more than one person is feeling them. You could lose consciousness and die if you do nothing.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Letter From MAyor Of Citrus Heights 11/20/08

It is so nice to contact a Mayor and in a blink of an eye there is a Letter in my mailbox for our soccer team. Thank you Mayor Miller!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sacramento and Company

I would like to take the time to say THANK YOU to Lilly Cortez the producer of the show Sacramento and Co for taking the time and making the effort to mention the boys on the show, it will be short and sweet and on Friday 11/21/08.

Please set your Dvr's or video recorder's , the show can not send out copies of the segment.

Please make sure to watch the show and send them an email thanking them for mentioning you all.

We all need to be thankful for the things that people do for us and to know t hat there are some people who do care about others and want to spread the good news about what our youth do.

Thank you once again MS.Cortez

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Never saw so much RED TAPE

I have just heard back from SAFEWAY yes at this time of night, it is 949PM here.

They apparently have to have this and that to do anything... WOW I never knew there was so much RED TAPE in the Grocer Business. Hmmm I wonder if the GOVt maybe need ot take tips from Safeway on how to use RED TAPE.

It really surpises me once again how a local business wants the community to shop in there stores however cannot see it to Support the local community.

This is something we all need to CELEBRATE and there should be no RED TAPE involved in it. This is a group of young men who came together and worked as a team to make History for their school and community.

We all should be showing them how proud we are of them.

Some of the LOcal Businesses that have declined

I have contacted several retailers and restaurants to see if they would like to donate a meal or a drink or something to our boys for making history for the school and the community which we live in.

Well so far here is a list of places right here in Citrus Heights, ca in our local community that has declined to give or donate anything to our soccer team, it is a shame for these businesses to operate in our local community however they expect us to support them and buy their product's, however they cannot give back to our future and the up and coming neighbors of this community?

Denny's on greenback and sunrise right behind fireside, well the GM said that the FRANCHISE owner does not like to give to the community....hmmm well then we should not eat at his restaurant......if your in our community then it is a give and take and we have patronage your place over the last 17 years... Please think twice before eating at this Denny's ...........remember a community supports each other...

Jamba Juice in Birdcage next to Verizon also declined to my request. stating that they have already donated all they will.
I do not think 28 drinks will really break them, do you?

What I do not understand is that it gives them word of mouth business.
It is a tax write off for each business to donate.


I will not eat at Denny's on Greenback or Jamba Juice in Birdcage.

I do not think I asked for alot from any one business, knowing the business world and all of the write offs for doing things like this it is just really sad that they want us to be their customers however they can't give back to a team that lives and breathes in their community.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunrise United vs West Sacramento U19

We had a very good game and I think the goalies on both teams were good.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Video of game

Thank you! McDonald's

I sent out emails to several local restaurants in our area and McDonald's on San Juan and Madison Ave were the first to respond and WE THANK THEM!

Congrats to the SAN JUAN BOY's SOCCER TEAM for making HISTORY by making it into the Championship Game on 11/15/08
You all DID AWESOME!!!

Congrats SJHS for making History

Well the Spartans did it! They have made history!

Please come and watch our Championship game at NOON on 11/15/08 at folsom High School!

Also Congrats to the players below!
Also congratulations to the following students for being selected to the GEL all league teams:

In Boys Soccer:

Justin Reyes San Juan - League Most Valuable Player

Brian Cain San Juan - First team

Javier Velazquez San Juan - First team

Gerardo Amezquita San Juan - First team

Valentin Topalu San Juan - honorable mention

Logan Day San Juan - honorable mention

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Congrats! SJHS going to championship GAME

Well let's see if we can make history 3 years in a row, this will be great for all of the boys who will be graduating this year from the school.

Please come out and SUPPORt the TEAM on 11/15/08 at FOLSOM HS.

Congratulations to the boys soccer team for defeating #1 seeded LeGrand High School by a score of 2 to 1, to advance to the section semi-finals. Playing stellar defense for the Spartans was all-league goalie Gerardo Amezquita. Leading the way for the team by scoring goals were Justin Reyes and Antonio Alberto.

If they win they will play Saturday at noon at Folsom High School. Come on out and support your Spartans in their quest to win a first ever boys section soccer championship!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

we are in the TOP 100 Schools for SOCIALVIBE

Your school is in the Top 100 of SocialVibe’s High Schoolers Gone Good contest. You only have ONE MONTH left until the contest ends on November 15. At this point, it is anyone’s game. It’s up to you to give YOUR school a push and get all your classmates to sign up for SocialVibe.

It's simple, easy and free. Here’s how it works.

1. Get other students at your school to go to SocialVibe.com and Sign Up.
2. Add your High School to their networks.
3. Choose a Sponsor to benefit the Cause of your choice, and add your badge to your social networks.

Don’t forget – we are also awarding prizes to the Top 10 High Schools, as well as 5 other participating High Schools (which will be chosen at random).

Need ideas on spreading the word? Here are a few:

1. Print out flyers and pass them out on campus.
2. Talk to your teachers, staff and administrators.
3. Bring information to club meetings at your school.
4. Set up a booth and pass out information.
5. Post bulletins on MySpace using the Invite A Friend link on your Dashboard.

We will be awarding 150 points to any member who sends in pictures and/or video of you and your friends promoting SocialVibe to highschool@socialvibe.com. You never know, it just may wind up on our blog, The Vibe!

May the best school win!

The SocialVibe Team

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

When a Ref needs to be removed from a game

I am on both sides here, it is hard for me to say that a Ref is wrong, however when disrespect comes into play, I must speak up.

When it comes in to the point it is interfering with the flow of the game and also teaching the children playing the game that even though they follow the rules it really does not matter since this man in this Ref shirt says i was wrong or that my coach is wrong.

That is not correct or even in the training for the ref's at all.

We are going to refer to the game played at SJHS on 10/06/08, the ref made a call that was not a legal call and the coach asked him what did he call and when he said what he called the coach said that is not a foul that is legal and then left it alone, at that time the REF yells who are you? and the coach replied back I am an asst Coach and the Ref yells back YEAH RIGHT and so the other coach say to the ref that is not the way you talk to a coach and you do not have to be disrespectful and then the REF stops the game comes over and acts like a total A&& he moved the coaches down the field and when he was told he was being disrespectful he said he can do what he wants he runs this game...

When a Ref thinks like this it is time to move him off from being the center ref, if he came in with a problem with the team or any of the coaches he either needs to call the ref scheduler or leave his problems at the gate.

District 6 needs to make sure they are sending Ref's out that can call a fair game. and that is all that matters is that the game is called fairly.

Most of the Ref's are Wonderful and really good with the boys and the coaches, however we do have the select few that try to ruin the game for everyone.

If I can report the games and the plays fairly and take pictures of all teams, then i am sure the Ref's can also do the same thing after all they are PAID to be here, I am Not PAID in anyway for my TIME I DEVOTE to the soccer teams.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

what a goal................

Friday, September 26, 2008

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

PK sweet

the first PK

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

what a game on 09/17/08

sweet PK KICK

this was one of the PK's that this game had today and the team won 3-1


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Help san jaun high school win 10,000

With school back in full swing again and those first week jitters out of the way, it’s time to take a look at SocialVibe’s newest contest: High Schoolers Gone Good!

Here’s the deal - the High School that recruits the most new members to SocialVibe by November 15th will receive the biggest prize SocialVibe has ever awarded: a check for $10,000 for your school, to be delivered in person by SocialVibe President Joe Marchese.
To be eligible, all students need to do is sign up at SocialVibe.com and add their High School to their profile. Keep an eye on SocialVibe.com/HighSchool to track your school’s progress and ranking on our Official Scoreboard - is your school already listed? Is your rival school listed?? You better get started!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

nsjhs Soccer Schedule.. Subject to Change

San Juan Soccer Boys

Date Opponent Game Time Location
Fri, Sep 5, 08 Away vs Sac Waldorf 4:00 Sac Waldorf
Tue, Sep 9, 08 Home vs Rosemont 4:00 San Juan
Thu, Sep 11, 08 Away vs Victory Christian 4:00 Victory Christian Bus 2:40

Mon, Sep 15, 08 Away vs Mesa Verde 4:00 Mesa Verde High School Mesa Verde
Wed, Sep 17, 08 Home vs Capital Christian 4:00 San Juan
Fri, Sep 19, 08 Away vs Casa Roble 5:30 Casa Roble High School Casa Roble
Mon, Sep 22, 08 Away vs Highlands 4:00 Highlands Bus 3:00

Wed, Sep 24, 08 Away vs Encina 4:00 Encina Preparatory High School Encina Bus 2:45

Mon, Sep 29, 08 Home vs Marysville 4:00 San Juan
Wed, Oct 1, 08 Home vs Forest Lake Christian (JV only) 4:00 San Juan
Mon, Oct 6, 08 Home vs Golden Sierra 4:00 San Juan
Wed, Oct 8, 08 Away vs Lindhurst 4:00 Lindhurst Bus 2:15

Mon, Oct 13, 08 Away vs Capital Christian 6:30 Capital Christian Bus 4:00

Wed, Oct 15, 08 Home vs Highlands 3:30 San Juan
Mon, Oct 20, 08 Home vs Encina 3:30 San Juan
Wed, Oct 22, 08 Away vs Marysville 3:00 Marysville Bus 1:15

Mon, Oct 27, 08 Away vs Forest Lake Christian (JV only) 3:30 Forest Lake Christian (JV only) Bus 2:00

Wed, Oct 29, 08 Away vs Golden Sierra 3:00 Golden Sierra Bus 1:15

Mon, Nov 3, 08 Home vs Lindhurst 3:00 San Juan
Tue, Nov 11, 08 Away vs D-VI Playoffs TBD Home Sites
Thu, Nov 13, 08 Away vs D-VI Playoffs TBD Home Sites
Sat, Nov 15, 08 Away vs D-VI Championship TBD Folsom HS

Friday, August 22, 2008

Calling on all San Juan High School MOMS

Plese come and join Cafemoms and then join the san juan high school group!

if we win the challenge of having 20 moms in our group by the deadline then we get 100.00 donated to our school!

How do we get $100 for our kids' school?

CafeMom School Groups with 20 or more participating moms by 9/30/08 will get $100 for supplies, activities or whatever your group decides the kids need most.

To become part of a school group, a mom:

Has to have a CafeMom account with a valid email address, and
Joins the CafeMom school group that her kid(s) attend using that valid CafeMom account
To be considered a "participating" mom, a mom has to do one of the following by 9/30/08:

Add a new post to the school group
Reply to an existing post on the school group
Invite another mom to join the school group using the CafeMom invite tool

Which groups are eligible to get the $100?

The $100 promotion is open to all CafeMom School Groups, which include all K-12 schools in the U.S.:

Each school is eligible for one $100 offer.
Moms who join a school group but do not have kids at the school are not counted towards the 20 participating moms. A mom is allowed to join multiple school groups if she has kids in multiple schools
Homeschooling groups are not eligible, nor are any groups created for Pre-K/Nursery schools, or colleges.
Only school groups set up by CafeMom are eligible to get the $100. If you can't find the group for your kid's school, please contact us.

CafeMom reserves the right to confirm eligibility. We want to foster a positive, practical and helpful place for moms to connect and discuss school issues and concerns. Only school groups that fully abide by the CafeMom Community Guidelines and Rules of Conduct will be rewarded with the $100.

Does our group have to let CafeMom know when we reach 20 participating moms?

Nope. We will check automatically for you and we'll notify your group that you've qualified.

When does our group find out if we qualify for the $100?

We will notify all qualifying groups by adding a post to each qualifying group by 10/31/08.

When and how does our group receive the $100?

We'll send the $100 check to the group owner by 11/30/08. The group owner will be responsible for spending the money according to the wishes of the group. We will include more details in our post to the group when your group qualifies.

Who decides how to spend the $100?

The whole group should be involved in the decision-making process. We recommend having a discussion about it through a group post or group poll. The group owner will be responsible for spending the $100 according to the group's wishes.

There are lots of possibilities for spending the $100 for your kids' school, but here are a few suggestions:

Books for the library
Computer lab supplies
Playground balls and equipment
Fieldtrip or pizza party
Pens, notebooks, and other supplies
Whatever the kids need most!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunrise United Takes 1st Place inYuba City

Well I can say great job to all of the teams that played in this tournament this past weekend.
However, Congratulations to all of the boys on Sunrise United for taking 1st place in the U-19 Division, it was not an easy victory, the last two teams were there to win and they were also very aggressive to the point that it should not have been allowed, however soon the Center Ref got control of the game back once again.

I am so proud of ALL of the BOYS that came to play as a team and not be a one man team, Sunrise United Came together as a whole team and we are all very proud of them.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ref Uniforms

Do I have to throw out all of my referee jerseys and buy new ones?

No. The previous jersey design is perfectly acceptable. You should not feel obligated to discard these still-approved referee jerseys in order to purchase the new design. Purchases of the new uniform may be made when you need a new jersey or you want to add an additional color. This is also true for the socks.

What if I show up to a game and I have a referee jersey that is the previous design and the referee, or referees, I am working with has a referee jersey that is the new design?

You may all work the game in the jerseys you have. It is acceptable if one or two referees have the previous design and the others have the new design. It is more important that they be the same color. A referee assessor may not deduct points for a crew that has mismatched uniform designs, provided that the uniforms feature approved designs and are the same color.

Will there come a time when the new jersey design will be the only design that will be recognized by U.S. Soccer?

There is no date set, and no plans to set a date, by which the old jerseys will be “phased out.” To be clear, both the old and new designs comply with the “Standards of Dress and Appearance” listed in the referee administrative handbook – the only differences are aesthetic. For the old jerseys to be phased out, it would require a change to these Standards, and U.S. Soccer would not make such a change without providing a fair amount of lead time to the entire referee community. It should be noted, however, that OSI has ceased manufacturing the previous design.

Will the new design be the only design accepted at USYS or USASA regional and national competitions?

No. Again, the parameters for referee uniforms are set by U.S. Soccer and approved by its Board. Both the old and new design meet the standards set by U.S. Soccer, and its organizational members have a responsibility

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Indoor Soccer always fun to watch

Well, I went to my first Indoor soccer game for the season and after my injury on 07/12/08, my sons 17th birthday and as always it was enjoyable to watch the teams play. I just wish it was a bit more comfortable for me to sit now and watch a game, my back injury has really changed my lifestyle.

I have posted most of the pics on my flickr account.

However here are a few.

The Indoor game was played at MEtro on Folsom Bld in Rancho Cordova, CA

Sunday, July 6, 2008

What is holding you back?

Here is some food for thought..........

Do you expect for something to go wrong in your life?
Do you expect to not be able to pay your bills?
Do you think your not good enough for this or that?

Now here is the food for thought::::

Why have low expectations?
Start everyday with positive thoughts.............
Do not Expect bad things to happen, cause they then will

It is ok to be disappointed in life and to have your feelings hurt

However if we do not EXPECT GOOD THINGS for ourselves how do you think good things will come our way?

Stop saying it will never happen..
stop saying I am never gonna get my bills paid off

HAVE FAITH..............in GOD............Have FAITH.in YOURSELF

You are the only one that SHAPES your future and if you want it to be negative then that is what it will be.

STOP RUining things for yourself...



Say it everyday and every night until it runs through your mind without hestitation..

This goes for all walks of life.........

Friday, June 20, 2008

National Collegiate Scouting

Students and Parents if you think you have waht it takes to go all of the way... Plese go and visit this site and complete the forms

Welcome to NCSA: Your #1 Resource for the Collegiate Recruiting Process
The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) matches college coaches with qualified student-athletes.

Watch the videos, read the profiles, gain a deeper understanding of how the recruiting process works and see first hand how NCSA is Redefining Collegiate Recruiting.

Goal Setting: A crucial skill in a keeper’s development

Goal Setting: A crucial skill in a keeper’s development.

There is a point in each keeper’s development that they realize that being a keeper isn’t just fun and games. They realize there performance and development directly impact the team and in many cases the win or loss column. I think I realized this around 14 years old, which was my freshman year of high school. Like the majority of keepers I didn’t have a goalkeeper coach or a head coach that new much about my specialized position. I realized that in order for me to increase my technique and game awareness I needed to start developing my own training regiment to the best of my abilities. Without knowing the psychology of it all I started developing practice goals for the day and short term goals to attain before my next match. I shared these with my back up and the JV keepers.

Learning to set goals will give a keeper the ability to develop a clear course of action on where they want to go (performance level) and how to get there. The first stage of this is to set “Performance” based goals rather than “Outcome” goals. Outcome goals are not entirely under our control. An example of this could be number of saves. Performance goals are something keepers can control. Such as “ I am going to attack floated crosses played in the air above my head at my highest point”. There is nothing wrong with a keeper stating a goal such as “ I want to make All Conference or All State”. Ambition is great. More importantly is the “how” will that goal be attained.

Make the performance goals realistic; goals that challenge you but are attainable. If a goal is too easy there will be nothing learned or gained by the exercise. An unrealistic goal may also be a detriment since the satisfaction of an accomplishment may never be felt or measured. Set goals in measurable and behavioral terms. “This training session I want to ……” or “This game I will organize and communicate effectively with my central defenders.”

Detail the performance based goals in short and long terms. Short term range goals provide the opportunity to see immediate improvement. Short term goals help to motivate and are steps toward your longer range goal. Longer range goals could be season goals our yearly goals. An example of a Long term yearly goal could be “ Before I return to camp next year I would like to become better at timing and patience when coming out on breakaways”

It is important to write your goals down on a paper. Seeing them in writing helps keep a clear focus. In my mind, it also makes them real if they are on paper. Weightlifters keep a journal that documents their daily workouts to track their progress. Keepers can modify this technique and write down each practice goal as it progresses or builds to a short term goal for a specified date. This allows them to track their progress, reflect on where they started, how far they have come, and also helps detail training exercises that worked well to achieve the desired result. This technique helps make their commitment to achieving the goal stronger and also creates a sense of accomplishment at competition. Once these goals have been identified it is not only important to document them but to also identify target dates. “By When”. Again be challenging but reasonable when selecting a date. Don’t expect to be proficient with breakaways within a week.

Goals should be set for practice and for competition. Practice goals as mentioned are often critical to achieving game goals. The daily practice goals should be positive statements. “Today I am going help improve my catching and absorbing of harder shots at the body to limit my number of rebounds”

The next step in goal setting is to identify a keeper’s support and feedback network. Keepers are under constant scrutiny from fans, teammates, coaches, and the opposition. Keepers should identify a support network that can help achieve their goals. Identify who amongst the network can provide constructive feedback. Obtaining feedback from others helps keepers attain a sense of accomplishment and helps keep the focus clear. Often we are our own worst critics, which is why keepers rely on others also for positive feedback. In the right mindset and at the right time self-assessment is vital to a keeper’s individual development. It too can keep the mind focused and driven.

The time for self-assessment is after practice and especially after games. Teammates feed off of a keeper's emotion as do the other team. Other than excitement a keeper should not show much emotion. If a soft goal is conceded it must be filed away in a keeper’s head for after the game. The best way to deal with the situation and the resulting emotions is to correct the mistake in their head quickly, file it away, and then begin focusing their energy on the next play. That goal is gone. To help prevent another mistake it is important to stay in the present. No need to think about the past goal or anticipate the future. After the game the keeper can sit with their support network, coaches, and reflect on the mistakes to identify development opportunities and goals before the next game.

Example Of Goal Setting

Long Term Goal: Dominate the box on crosses

By October 15th

Short Range Goal: “ I am going to attack floated crosses played in the air above my head at my highest point”

By: September 30th.

Day 1, Sept 23rd: Work on driving the appropriate knee up and landing on two feet. Attack the ball above my head at my highest point. Hand Services from shorter distance

Day 2, Sept 24th: Continue with using the appropriate knee and attacking the ball at my highest point. Introduce pressure and harder services.

This will build by day until the Sept 30th. Long term and short term goals should stay constant within a date range but the daily goals should be written down and crossed off when completed or accomplished.

Each time a keeper steps on the pitch it is a learning experience whether it be a practice or game. Goal Setting will help prepare a keeper for match play and guide their technical as tactical development. Each keeper learns and progresses differently. The introduction of goal setting techniques will help young keepers focus their energy on one technical element rather than trying to be Tim Howard after one session. The result will be a sense of accomplishment and noticeable growth. At times we are our own worst critics. As coaches, we are also responsible for providing positive feedback and managing expectations.

Each summer I make this a lecture topic for advanced keepers at Star Goalkeeper Academy. Dan Gaspar, the founder of Star Goalkeeper Academy, details many of these points in his instructional manual “The Ball Stops Here”

www.keeperstop.com is a website dedicated to goalkeepers by keepers that know the products and training needed to be game ready.

By: Christian Benjamin, www.keeperstop.com Owner, Central Connecticut State University Assistant Coach, CT Olympic Development Staff

Communicating With The Defense On Corners and Crosses

Communicating With The Defense On Corners and Crosses

Crosses and corner kicks are considered "high concentration" situations for a keeper and his/her defense. Obviously, the keeper must focus on the ball as the service is taken so that he/she can properly judge the flight of the ball to handle the situation.

What should a keeper do to help keep his/her defense organized and concentrating during these situations?

Preventing the cross by the defender ("No Service!"). ORGANIZE YOUR DEFENSE THROUGH COMMUNICATION!!!

Your defense should be man - marking when their opponent is within the 18 yard box; and following is the correct position for the defender:

defenders should be goal-side of their mark.
defenders should be ball-side of their mark
defenders should touch their mark
When a crossing or corner kick situation occurs, the keeper should steal a quick look at his/her defense to observe any dangerous situations that may occur in marking. Then, as the keeper turns his/her focus to the ball, communication should begin loud and clear instructing the defense to stay goal-side, ball-side and touch your mark UNTIL the ball is either in the keeper’s hands or the ball is out of harms way. Too many times a defender will lose his/her mark after the ball has been touched by a player in the box but it has not been cleared out of danger.
Always keep reminding your defense to stay goal-side, ball-side and touch their mark and the possibility of needless goals may diminish.

Thanks, Paul

Paul Blodgett Goalkeeper Training School, (NJ, Flemington) www.njgoalkeeperschool.com The PBGKTS goes well beyond training and drills, instead providing a full spectrum approach focused soley upon the goalkeeper position. Paul Blodgett Goalkeeper Training School offers camp and small group training environments, game analysis, as well as online resources. Contact Paul Blodgett at pblodgett@earthlink.net

By: Paul Blodgett, Founder of Paul Blodgett Goalkeeper Training School, (NJ, Flemington), Rutgers University Assistant Coach, and NJ ODP

California Cup At Cherry Island Soccer Complex

Well it was good to see Soccer Mentioned on the local news(news10) however it makes me wonder if the anchors children were not playing in the tourney would it have been mentioned?

I am happy it was, our children deserve to be mentioned ,.they Play soccer and it is HOT on the fields.

7 states and Australia teams are here this weekend and next weekend..

Parking is 5.00 per day to enter the complex. you will love the Complex.

The Ref's are AWESOME and FAIR, please remember what you see on the side lines is not what they see being in the center and in the middle of the play, be respectful and please NO FOUL LANGUAGE. Not everyone is going to agree with the calls of the play and you do not have to, however you have to remember your not the player on the field and your actions do affect their playing time and the way they play.

Bystanders and Parent's We love seeing you here to cheer the teams on! But we need you to understand it is the teams game and that means let them play. Don't yell at the players(even if it is your child) unless you are yelling positive things to them, remember it is their game once again let them play it with good sportsmanship.

The way we act and react off the field is brought on to the field through our children and if you show frustration and anger towards your child on that field, they will in return take it out on the other team and possibly hurt one seriously, we do not need that,

already today on field 7 we have a team with a player with a broken leg...

Let's all ENJOY the weekend and enjoy the GAME!

Hope to see you all out there!

Friday, June 13, 2008

travelling for soccer?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Do you like MAssages?

Friday, June 6, 2008

Great Articles from Christian Benjamin

The Myth of Advanced Goalkeeper Training

Through the years I have been constantly asked by parents, players, etc. that they are searching for “advanced goalkeeper training.” Their previous training has taught them the basics and now they are ready for something else. They have learned how to catch the ball, move their feet, dive, deal with crosses, etc. Now their question is what is the next progression of my training?? The truly unfortunate thing, advanced training does not exist! There is no such thing as “advanced goalkeeper training” where you will progress to these big, grand training exercises that are extremely complex in nature. In fact, the higher level that you play at, the training gets even more simplified.

Goalkeeping is a very simple position. To be successful at this position though you need to be very technically sound. Meaning, you are comfortable with your body and you have the ability to move and catch balls cleanly…all the time! All it takes is ONE mistake, and we lose in our position. Field players do not have this pressure on them at all, if they make a mistake, they just lose possession. Big deal! This is not a punishment as they still have the opportunity to win the ball back before conceding a goal. But, when the goalkeeper makes a mistake, it almost always leads to a certain goal.

So, what does this mean? Goalkeepers, whether you are a U12 player or the full professional, you will always train the same sort of things. The difference? The professional will deal with more pace on the ball, will be forced to be quicker, stronger, etc. in their movements. This is what “advanced training” is all about. But, the core training exercises will not change and that is where people get confused or led in the wrong direction. You will not reach a point where all of a sudden you say, WOW, these exercises are so complex, look at how advanced this training session is today. If you are proficient and clean with your training, to make it more “advanced” all you need to do is increase the speed/pace of the incoming service or shot, force yourself to get set quicker, etc. But the exercises do not need to change…just the elements within the exercise like service, angles, etc.

As a former professional goalkeeper I can honestly say that goalkeeper training is extremely boring! Why? It is boring because of the nature of our training being SO repetitious. We see repetition after repetition in training. But we need to have this boredom from repetitions because of the things I mentioned above about making mistakes. All it takes is one mistake and we lose. So our training must work on our technique on a daily basis to limit these mistakes and stay sharp and confident. Training will revolve around repetition after repetition of simple things. It is about conditioning our body and our muscle memory so we do things efficiently and clean…thus no mistakes and less goals conceded. But like anything in life, the more you do things over and over, the more it becomes boring. I always ask the question though, how boring is it on a Saturday when you just kept a clean sheet against the top team in the league? Now that repetition after repetition in training all week long does not seem so bad because you were sharp and confident going into the match.

A few years ago at one of our residential goalkeeper schools we had a great dose of reality to a lot of our players. We are constantly discussing muscle memory in our sessions and the purpose behind all of our very simple exercises. Our motto is “Train Like a Professional” and we emphasize that professionals train the exact sessions and exercises that we are doing on a daily basis. Most new players to our sessions think we are crazy and that the pros train much more difficult exercises, it is not just move your feet and catch over and over again…Well, as luck would have it that week, the Chicago Fire were training on the same fields we were holding our sessions. After our session we allowed our goalkeepers to sit and watch the Fire goalkeepers train for about forty-five minutes. About 10 minutes into the training session our staff began noticing all of our players whispering to each other and pointing at the Fire goalkeepers. We called them all in to ask them what was going on…They quickly said, they are doing “exactly” the same exercises that we just did this morning. All the exercises consisted of were moving your feet and catch…quickly move to get your feet set and deal with a simple shot. It was at that moment they all truly saw for the first time that what we were saying was correct. The pros do train the simple things!

The position of a goalkeeper is not a rocket science! You will get out what you put into it and if you are consistently working to fine tune your technique so when you react you are reacting perfectly, you are on the right path to be a big-time goalkeeper!

ONE on ONE Soccer Goalkeeper School (National) - www.ONEonONEsoccer.com, National Director - Todd Hoffard The Goalkeeper School is by far the most technical environment you can find in the nation. We are the only staff that is made up entirely by Division I college coaches, regional/national team coaches and or professional goalkeepers. Also, we monitor our goalkeepers for the entire year to follow their development.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

take the Pledge

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Friday, April 4, 2008

Soccer Tryouts this weekend

Fair Oaks Selct teams are holding soccer tryouts again this weekend please check their website for further details!

Hope to see you all THERE!!!!!

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anyone from anywhere can join


Monday, February 25, 2008

Time For Practice

Ok it is time to get toned and fit for the season!

San Juan High School will start its training for Soccer on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-5 PM until the end of APRIL 2008

Please come prepared to play and train..


Sunday, February 3, 2008

A moment of Peace at 5PM

Tuesday Feb 5th 2008 at 5PM we will be gathering at the accident site to say goodbye to ZACHARY SHANE CURTICE.

Everyone is invited to come and share this moment with everyone that knew him and loved him for who he was.

Flowers and Candles will be put at the corner.

Madison Ave across from Ethan Allen Store(across the street)

Please pass this on to everyone that you think KNew ZAC.

Once again TUESDAY Feb 5th 2008 at 5PM

Friday, February 1, 2008

Letter From Hillary Rodham Clinton Came Today!


This letter is very nice and I hope the boys enjoy it when it gets to school, each one once again will get a copy for their memories

Thursday, January 31, 2008

T2000 works try it

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Realize what family and friends really are...

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saying goodbye to a friend

On 01/25/08 we lost a young man and a great friend to many.. Zachary Shane Curtice(24) was killed on Madison Ave around 11:15 AM.
Alot of us saw Zac around 10:30 AM and we were laughing and joking around, how sad and eye opening it is on how a few mins or seconds can change a life forever.
I have made a Tshirt in memory of Zac and it is now up for sale and all proceeds will be going to the Curtice Family.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

UpdatesII.... Clinton

I also refaxed Senator Clinton to see if she is sending a letter to the boys.. We will wait and see also on this one...



I forgot about emailing and faxing Senator Obama to send the boys a letter also, still no response so I faxed him today... WE will see if the boys get a letter.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunrise Select Soccer tryouts

Select Soccer Tryout Schedule

2008 Season

For All U-10 And Older Players, Boys & Girls
All Tryouts Will Be Held At Tempo Park
(Tempo Park Is Located At 13125 Fair Oaks Blvd., North Of Greenback Lane)

Saturday, March 29
GIRLS 9:00am to 12:00NOON
BOYS 12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Sunday, March 30
GIRLS 9:00am to 12:00NOON
BOYS 12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Saturday, April 12
Girls 9:00am to 12:00NOON
BOYS 12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Sunday, April 13
GIRLS 9:00am to 12:00NOON
BOYS 12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Rain Dates: Sat. April 19
9:00am to 12:00NOON
12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Rain Dates: Sun. April 20
9:00am to 12:00NOON
12:00NOON to 3:00pm

Players Must Attend At Least Two Tryouts

Please Arrive On Time And Equipped To Play Soccer, Including A Regulation Soccer Ball

Proper Equipment Includes: Protective Gear (Shin Guards, Goalie Gloves),

Cleats, and PLENTY of Water.

For More Information Contact The Sunrise Soccer Club Select Coordinator:

Lou Ellis



Fair Oaks Soccer Select Tryouts

Ok boys and girls it is getting to be that time of season again...


MArch 2008 looks like the dates for Select tryouts

March 29th-30th
April 5th-6th

Boys 8AM- 1030AM
Girls 2PM-430PM

rainy dates will be TBD

check the website out for further details.

Friday, January 18, 2008

when do you go to a MOVIE?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

From The White House

Well it took some time however here it is straight from the WHite House

Congrats! once again

Saturday, January 5, 2008

El Dorado Winter Classic Soccer Tournament

El Dorado Winter Classic Soccer Tournament . . .

El Dorado United is pleased to host the first annual El Dorado Winter Classic. These tournaments are designed for a stress free weekend of soccer, to be a great warm-up for State Cup. Tournament website

Four Different Tournaments:

U11-13 Boys Only Jan 5-6, 2008
U11-13 Girls Only Jan 12-13, 2008
U14 Girls Only February 9-10, 2008
U16 Girls Only February 23-24,2008

***PLease Contact the Club to make sure the games are still being played******

Cherry Island Tourney Cancelled

The tourney that was scheduled for this weekend at the Soccer complex at Cherry ISalnd has been cancelled due to weather.

The storm that has hit Sacramento and the surrounding areas has left about 164,000 people without power.

a few more storms will be arriving tonight.

if you do not have to go out onto the roads please stay home and stay safe

Thursday, January 3, 2008