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24 08, 2016

RAGE U10 Elite

Pleasanton Rage U10 Elite took the gold division championship at the Soccer By The Bay tournament in Burlingame last weekend.  Led by head coach Jarreth Chan, Rage Elite found the net early and often on their way to a 4-0 weekend and dominating goal differential of 30-6.  The offense was paced by Abby Mai, Rafa Sapiz, Abigail Lopez, Reese Bayne, Aleka Mandava, and Alden Hofstede.  Meanwhile, the defense held staunch.  Eliana Hockaday, Kayla Villarde, Kayla Rodriguez, Keira Barker and Maylen Montoya limited the opposition’s opportunities over the course of the four games.  Chan’s team is gathering momentum for their Fall League, Tournament and State Cup run.  Great work girls and good luck this season.

16 08, 2016

Opening Day & Opening Day Parade – September 10


The 45th Annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 in downtown Pleasanton!

Teams will be staged by Age Group and Club from St. Mary’s St and Main St. and along Peters Ave at 7:00AM. The parade starts at 7:30AM sharp and proceeds down Main St., turns onto W. Angela St., and then proceeds back up Peters Ave to the staging area. (see map below)

Step-off Time: 7:30 AM
Arrival Time: Please be lined up and ready to go by 7:15 AM, recommend arriving by 7 AM on the street

16 08, 2016

Referee Certification Training!

2016 Referee Certification Training

2016 – Grade 9 Training:

Intended specifically for the U9 and U10 Recreational division. Each team is required to provide two Grade 9 (or higher) Certified Referees for all in-house games.
Session #4 – September 2016
Classroom Training 1/2: Wed, Sept 7, 5:30pm-10pm – BUSC Offices
Classroom/Field Training 2/2: Thurs, Sept 8, 5:30pm-10pm – BUSC Offices and Aquatic Park, Black Ave.
Note: Grade 9 classes are available only to 18 or over

2016 – Grade 8 Training:

Get paid to referee soccer games in our area!
Please contact PSRA to express desire to obtain a Grade 8 certification.


Register Today!
16 08, 2016

RAGE PCA Meetings

TUE Aug 23 < or > TUE Aug 30

At least one parent per player is required to attend. If you are a parent coach you only need to attend the coaches session


Aug 23 & 30
Parent session 7:00-8:00 pm
Coaches session 8:00-9:00 pm 

WHERE: Hart Middle School Multipurpose Room
4433 Willow Rd, Pleasanton
Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of the 2016 Rage sponsored PCA meetings. PCA plays a key role in defining and reinforcing the positive culture for parents and coaches in our club. Attendance is required for Rec and Flight coaches and strongly encouraged for parents.


Tom Heimsoth – conducting workshops on Augsut 23rd


(925) 323-3873

Tom comes qualified to present having been a college basketball player and coach at Santa Clara University, a youth sports coach in basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer, a referee in high school basketball, and probably most importantly, a parent.  Tom also is self-employed as a consultant and trainer in the “people skills” areas of management and leadership, sales and sales management, customer service, team building and communication skills.


Joe Thomas – Augsut 30th Parent workshop


(925) 395-8364

Joseph L. Thomas – also known as “JT The Mentor Coach” is the President and CEO of Coaching Legacy (www.coachinglegacy.com). He is a parent, renowned speaker, educator, author and minister who has dedicated his life to serving our nation’s youth.   Thomas is the Founder of “JT The Mentor Coach” National Youth Viral Video Competitor Mentor Academy.  He is a National Trainer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The author of “Developing Character Leaders Through Sports” and The Parents’ Playbook for Raising Character Leaders.” He is an accredited instructor for the Triple P Positive Parenting Program. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sacramento State where he played his college basketball.  He is the former Northern California Lead Trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance.  Thomas served 4 years as an Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a former high school 3 sport student-athlete and All City First Team baseball player.  Thomas has 15 years of coaching experience, including coaching his son.  He has facilitated over 900 workshops in 23 U.S states.

15 08, 2016

Rec GoalKeeper Training

2016 Recreational Goalkeeper Training

Recreational Goalkeeper training will be begin on August 19th at Upper Bernal (4645 Bernal Ave).  Please send up to 2 players from your team each week.  They can be the same players or different each week.  Please contact Derrek Lesley with any questions, derreklesley@pleasantonrage.org.
Fridays U10 – U12 – 4:00 – 5:00pm
Fridays U14 – U19 – 5:00 – 6:00pm
Training will take place on the following Fridays…
8/19, 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
15 08, 2016

No Camps Right Now – Please check back

12 08, 2016

2016 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp Experience

Below is my write-up for the ECNL id2 National Camp on hosted on July 7-10, 2016


This was my first trip flying solo and being alone at a camp/try-out that took place in Portland OR. I was met by a NIKE representative holding an iPad with my name on. It was so cool to see her holding my name! From the airport we headed to the university of Portland where I got my bag for the weekend and campus badge. Once everyone arrived, we were escorted to where our training gear was located and there it was a sign with the words “2016 ECNL id2 NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP” (my jaw dropped seeing all the gear). I saw my locker and there was my name and assigned number was with my new boots and training gear.

Later in the afternoon we were taken to the NIKE World Headquarters were we were given a presentation about each of the NIKE boots given to each of the girls. The presentation was given by a NIKE “EKIN” named Jason. A NIKE “EKIN” is a NIKE marketer who delivers the NIKE message using innovation and grassroots development. He covered the technology that goes into each boot. Some are built for speed, ball control and comfort. I was so impressed by the presentation, It was really cool. I liked NIKE boots prior to the presentation, now I love them.

In the evening we had an hour training session. It consisted of 5v2 keep away, 3v4 dribble across the line and a mini game of 5v5 going to goals with bumpers. I was nerves at first but as the exercises went on I began to feel more comfortable as I focused on the players and my surroundings and constantly being vocal on the field. When I was a bumper, I was directing girls to either have the shot or play it wide or they have me here as an option. These girls are intense, they have great vision which is key and high work ethic. 

DAY 2 

In the morning we received additional training gear which was a sand color top with white shorts and white socks. Our training was a bigger keep away with 7 attackers and 3 defending. Then we played a game where you had to advance the ball and stay in your channel. When you advance the ball you can add another player to overload your team w. extra players. Lastly we went into a small sided game against the 2001 id2 team. After the morning training session, we received another set of training gear to use for the afternoon matches. We wore a grey top and green socks and bottom.

I attended a NIKE focus group where we got the opportunity to review several new training shoes. The NIKE staff wanted to know what we liked about them and what we didn’t like. They also explained how to properly choose training shoes. Lastly they had us rate a bunch of shoes by indicating which ones I would buy and which ones I would not. It was a cool experience to give input on the shoes that were really cool.

In the second training session for the day I started as the #10. I did really well being the outlet and the distributer. I took the corners for the team and got us a PK by heading the ball down and it hit the defender in the arm in the box. During this training session I saw several college coaches watching the games but I only recognized Louisiana State and Santa Clara.


Day 3 was a training and recovery session. In the training session we worked on a passing exercise where the “outside” back plays the attacking mid and the mid plays it back the back. The back plays the ball to the forward to the attacking mid which then would play a thru ball to either forward or attacking back. 

Next we applied the same exercise to a mini half field version and then an 11 v 11. I had a few shots on goal and on one, the goalie had a nice save (I thought it was going in). After the training we had a recovery session. We went into the lounge and rolled out our sore muscles.


Later that evening we attended the Portland thorns vs Seattle reign match. Walking into the stadium and heading to our seats you would see a bunch of people starring at us. Who wouldn’t? A bunch of girls all wearing matching outfits. The game was okay. We left a little after Portland scored. Portland was playing very direct while Seattle had more of a buildup and patience with the ball. It sucked that the national players weren’t there. It would have been a totally different game. 


The last day was the best day. I say this because we got a uniform with our assigned number on it and all teams had a different color. I wore blue white blue. We took a bus to the Nike world headquarters and man was I nervous. The greatest athletes in the world (sponsored by NIKE) have walked through those exact doors and now I can say, “I did too”. We pulled up to the tiger woods center and when you walked through the doors, turn the corner and right there in front you see two beautiful soccer fields: Ronaldo 1 and 2. 

The whole day was spent at the NIKE world headquarters. We played one full match that day. I received the ball but I received the ball on my left w. 3 defenders in front of me. I knew I couldn’t get a clean shot so I played a great ball through splitting two defenders and bam we scored a goal. The coaches knew I cover ground so they had me cover the left back, holding mid and the direct passing lane to the left forward. I had two nice slide tackle. I almost scored too, but of course with my luck, the ball hits the side posts. My team dominated the match, we won 4-2 with one of the goals being assisted by me.

I thank the Rage staff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. This was a great experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to play against and amongst some of the most Amazing Young Women in the US. That was the cherry on top.

Vanessa Mejia

Rage 2000 ECNL Team

4 08, 2016

RAGE Board of Directors Annual Elections for 2016

A Nominating Committee has been formed and is actively looking for candidates for the RAGE Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of the Executive Committee and other elected Directors. The slate of candidates will be presented at the September 7, 2016 Board meeting. Nominations from the floor may be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October. The candidates for the Board of Directors’ positions will be voted upon by the membership following the AGM.  Those elected will take office on January 1, 2017 and will serve for a term of two (2) years. For a description of specific Board of Directors positions, please refer to the “Constitution” and “Bylaws” within the “Club Information” link. If you, or someone you know, is interested, please email rage-parliamentarian@pleasantonrage.org . 


The following is a link to an information packet, which includes the Board of Directors Application for Candidacy:

Director’s Packet
3 08, 2016

Orange & Gold Fall Fundraiser


Join us for our 2nd Annual Social!

We have a special evening of festivities planned, including cocktails, appetizers, raffles, dancing and connecting with friends and family. Proceeds raised will help support field development & maintenance, equipment maintenance, scholarship needs and program development.

 What a great way to spend a fun evening so invite your family and friends to this special, not to be missed, event!
Saturday, OCTOBER 8, 2016 
6:00PM – 10:00PM
1 08, 2016

Rec Drop In Session U7, U8, U9 & U10 Players

Rage will be holding four recreational drop in sessions for all U7, U8, U9 and U10 players in August and September. The sessions will be run by our current U9 Competitive Trainer and U18 Competitive Coach Dave Shaw. You do not need to register or sign-up, just show up at Aquatic Park with shin guards, cleats, a ball, and water. You are welcome to come to all four sessions or just one or two, it’s up to you! You can come with your team or on your own, all players are welcome. This is a great way for players to get some extra training from Rage Professional Staff.   Sessions will be at Aquatic Park (4455 Black Ave.).



Friday August 19th 4:30-5:30 U7/U8, 5:30-6:30 U9/U10

Friday August 26th 4:30-5:30 U7/U8, 5:30-6:30 U9/U10

Friday Sept 9th 4:30-5:30 U7/U8, 5:30-6:30 U9/U10

Friday Sept16th 4:30-5:30 U7/U8, 5:30-6:30 U9/U10

We are looking forward to seeing you out on the soccer field!