May 2011

State, President & Association Cups

Winter and spring mean Cup season is upon us for all of our competitive teams. Nearly all of our competitive teams have completed their Cup play, but a few have advanced or are playing rescheduled games due to the wet weather. This season has seen some strong performances by our Club. A hearty congratulations to all those of who competed. Here is a summary of our club performance over the Cup season thus far.


The NorCal State Cup season runs alongside the league season and culminates with a knockout round in December- February depending upon the age group.   Here is a quick run-down of performance by age group in those competitions.

  • U9   -- Orange & White both quarterfinals, Grey bracket Champions
  • U10 -- Orange semifinals, White quarterfinals, Grey semifinals, Black quarterfinals
  • U11 -- Orange semifinals, White bracket finalists, Grey bracket finalists, Black semifinals
  • U12 – Orange 9th in State, White bracket Champions, Grey quarterfinals
  • U13 – Orange 6th in State, White bracket finalists, Grey bracket finalists


The CYSA  Association Cup is for Division 3 teams in Northern California. U15 teams compete in the U16 bracket. U14s competed in January with U15-U19 competed in March. Here is a summary of those teams.

U14 D3 Orange, U15 Orange, U15 White, U16 White, U19 Orange, U19 White all competed in the first round of tournament
U16 Orange advanced to the Quarterfinal round

presidents cup

New this year, the President's Cup is designed for 'silver' level teams in the U14-U16 and has its own national championship where state champions compete.

U14 – AC team – Finalists
U15 – AC team – Quarter Finalists
U16 – AC team -- Finalists


Our premier teams are competing in the state cup, which has had its own weather challenges.
U14 P, U16 P, U17 P, U17 AC – competed in the first round.
U15 P competed in first round but missed advancing due to tie breaker.
U18 AC -- Quarterfinalists.
U18 P -- Semifinalists.


The U15-U17 premier teams competed in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend of March 5-6th, and had one the best weekends as a club with 6 wins and 3 losses. Gabriella Stange was named to the San Antonio All-Event Team. We also competed in regional ECNL play against our conference.

John Grozier
Competitive VP

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2010 Treasurer's Report

It is a pleasure to report to you that your club brought soccer to about 1850 girls last year. Economically it was a very challenging time for many of our members and our fee increase perhaps was timed poorly, but the enhancement of services we are bringing necessitated the cost increase. Money is far from the whole story at your club. Volunteerism is a critical component of success, so we increased the "thank you for volunteering to $50 for about four hours of service and many of you were kind enough to step forward at the pasta Dinner, Parade, Picture Day, through field clean-up and very importantly as coaches of our daughters. We thank you for your help! Last year we made the pledge that we would hold the fee steady this coming year, in spite of our adding new features to the recreational program: drop-in goal keeper training and training by our paid staff at younger ages. Please keep in mind that many on our board and even on our staff have daughters who play for RAGE and we all pay the same fees that are levied on our membership.

Our recreational program generated a $6600 surplus last year, following a $26,000 loss in 2009. We expect our competitive program to essentially breakeven in its June 30, 2011 fiscal year. The biggest cost to our recreational program is in personnel: supervisory, office assistance, coaching/training, totaling 50% of fees. Uniforms are the second greatest expense (17%), followed by referees (9%). Field set-up, equipment purchase, field painting, maintenance of Donlon School (estimated at $10,000 this year) now consume about 10% of registration fees. You may see more monthly detail on our web site under the "RAGE Financials" tab at: http://pleasantonrage.org/pages/about-us.php.

The competitive program (U9 through U18) and its approximate 530 players is not subsidized by the recreational program. Comp players pay a training fee based on compensation and overhead considerations of the individual teams. Elsewhere in this Newsletter we discuss an effort to partner with Valley Christian Center to bring lights to their all-weather field. The cost of those lights will be recovered from competitive team dues over time, but the recreational program will have access to the field for some fall league games and other programs like winter and spring soccer.

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After School Soccer Clinics

BUSC and RAGE have after school soccer clinics in May!
PURPOSE: To promote recreational soccer to Pleasanton youth and to advocate the importance of exercise and recreational activity.
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00
WHERE: Various Pleasanton schools

  • freeMay 3: Hearst
  • May 5: Valley View
  • May 10: Mohr
  • May 12: Vintaage Hills
  • May 17: Lydiksen
  • May 19: Walnut Grove
  • May 24: Donlon
  • May 26: Fairlands
  • May 31: Alisal

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RAGE Summer Soccer

Content Image InlineRecreational Summer Soccer is open to all RECREATIONAL children entering into the Fall 2011 U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, and U12 age groups.

The program is a 4-day program that will enable your daughter to develop her skills through various soccer-related activities and small-sided games. This is a great way for players to continue improving throughout the summer season before Fall Soccer kicks off.

When:  (see below)
U7 & U8: Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 10:30 am July 11, 12, 13, 14
U9 & U10: Monday - Thursday 9:00 – 10:30 am July 18, 19, 20, 21
U11 & U12: Monday - Thursday 9:00 – 10:30 am July 25, 26, 27, 28

Where: Val Vista Park – Field #4

Cost: $100

Contact: Director of Recreation – Gabby Olivares
gabby@pleasantonrage.org - 925.251.9116 x1007

Registration Form can be found on the Pleasanton RAGE Website.

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RAGE Welcomes New Coaches

Danielle Sweeney
Danielle Sweeney

The RAGE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of three coaches for the coming season. Many of you will know of, and even know personally, Danielle Sweeney, who will join our coaching group. Danielle played many years for our club, followed by four successful years at the University of Oregon. She is joining coaches Amanda Luxford and Jennifer Mello, also long time RAGE players of distinction, along with Brittany Boehm who played club soccer up the road. The insights of women's soccer and mentoring by these young ladies will be valuable to our younger players.

Danielle Sweeney
Patrick Baker


RAGE is very fortunate to have added Patrick Baker to our roster of new coaches. Patrick is the new Associate Coach at UC Berkeley, having moved from the Southeast where he was most recently the head coach at Rollins College. Patrick also has coached at Florida State University and North Carolina Wesleyan College. In addition, he has been very active for years as a regional and national ODP coach. His full biography can be found on the Berkeley web site,

Nate Failing will become our key keeper coach next season, training U11 and older teams. Nate has been a keeper coach for many years in the Tri-Valley area and has a reputation for having developed many excellent youth keepers. Paul Sapsford will assume the responsibility of

Danielle Sweeney
Nate Failing

keeper education at U9 and U10. At these ages, many girls fear the responsibility of being a keeper, but Paul will instill greater confidence in more girls as we will ask all players to attend a few sessions during the season to learn the basics. We want to create an environment and a sense of confidence for most, if not all, players on a team toward assuming the role of keeper at these young ages.

Through the competitive survey results, you reaffirmed to us that coaching continues to be the membership's highest priority.  


 These additions to our quality staff of Gordon Lang, Walter Pratte, Darin Preszler, Paul Sapsford, Gabby Olivares, Tamie Shadle, and Roy Miller gives us the strongest coaching bench of any Club in Northern Califronia.  For those of you with high school aged players,  your Board feels that the new coaches and the shifting of some responsibilities will provide momentum in the process of more RAGE alumnae to play in college soccer. Patrick will bring a familiarity with many Eastern colleges. Danielle can offer personal knowledge of the challenges and excitement of playing at a high level of college soccer. Paul will assume the role as liaison and councilor for ALL U15 and older players, not simply those in our Premier program. We feel that our young women have developed skills that will match well with the broad spectrum of college programs, from the top ranks of NCAA D1 through the many D3 colleges and even to the college club level which thrives in many parts of the United states including California. 

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