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2 05, 2016

U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team Experience – Olivia Sekany

_Olivia-Sekany1Last month I had the incredible experience of training with the U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. I had been scouted by the National Team coaches at the ECNL event in San Diego, and received an invitation to attend the training camp two days after we returned from this event. I was extremely excited to receive this opportunity–wearing the U.S. soccer crest and representing our country is a privilege that very few players receive, and I am honored to be one of them.

We arrived in Carson on Saturday, April 16th, and the rigors of camp began almost immediately. We had a training session that evening to get our legs moving after a long day of travel. It was amazing to be playing with 25 of the best players in the nation, and to see their abilities as well as their dedication to the game in action. That night, we were given instructions regarding various forms of health and wellness monitoring that we would need to perform. Every morning we were required to fill out a survey regarding our level of soreness and fatigue, level of stress, our moods, and any injuries we may have had. Additionally, we were required to monitor our resting heart rates, as well as take part in daily weigh-ins and hydration tests. With the high volume and intensity of our training sessions, we had to ensure that we were properly caring for and preparing our bodies.

_Olivia-Sekany2Sunday morning we had fitness testing. We participated in four different fitness tests: a 20-yard sprint test, the arrowhead agility test, a vertical jump test, and the “Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test,” also known as the beep test. I did particularly well on the vertical jump test, with the third highest score on the team.

We had two training sessions a day–one in the morning and one in the evening. The other three goalkeepers and I began every session working with the goalkeeper coach until we were needed for drills with the rest of the team. The speed of play was very fast, and the sessions were extremely physical and competitive, which was a lot of fun for me. We also had team meetings every night to watch film, listen to scouting reports on our opponents, or talk about our plans for training the next day. The other goalkeepers and I would stay with the goalkeeper coach after the team meetings to watch film from our training sessions and analyze our technique. Some days, we also had extra training sessions while the field players rested.

_Olivia-Sekany3Over the course of the week, we played 2 games. On Tuesday we played Long Beach State University and tied them 2-2. On Friday, we played the U-17 Women’s National Team, who were also in camp that week in Carson. The U-17 WNT is preparing for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan this Fall and have been in camp together and playing games fairly regularly, so it was a great opportunity for us to play a very skilled, well organized team. We ended up losing the game 2-1, but it was still a great experience.

I learned a lot when I was at camp, about the game and myself as a player. I am looking forward to hopefully being back in training camp with the National Team this summer. My goal is to travel with the team to Ireland in October to play in some international friendlies and earn my first cap!

2 05, 2016

RAGE Academic Scholarships Available

Academics have always been the foremost concern of your club. Our daughters are students first and then soccer players. Every year we recognize those who have compiled often amazing academic records. We will award at least one college scholarship of $1500 to the player who has been with RAGE for at least two seasons and has the highest GPA in her combined junior and senior years.
Up to a dozen current players (sophomores, juniors and seniors) will receive a $250 scholarship if they received a 4.0 GPA in their school year. If there are more than a dozen, we will randomly select twelve recipients.
Final transcripts or report card copies must be sent by July 15th to
PGSA
PO Box 885
Pleasanton, CA 94566

27 04, 2016

Philippines Women’s National Team ID Camp Experience from Isabella Adamos

Isabella Adamos1 The invitation to attend the Philippines Women’s National Team ID camp was exciting and an honor.  When I found out that the scouting coach came to watch me at one of my games at ECNL Arizona last November, I was very excited for the chance to show my skills and knowledge of the game.  The possibility of playing soccer for my native country would be an honor and unforgettable experience.

The first ID camp was in late November and I had no idea how to prepare for it. I asked my coach advice and he gave me simple tasks. He told me to make small personal goals for myself at the camp. For example, try to focus on the basics and simply perfect them. He also said to be myself on the field, to show who I am and how I play. Finally, he advised that I embrace the opportunity and really learn from it. This was the chance of a lifetime and I should try not to stress out or be nervous.

Isabella Adamos2When the first day of the ID camp came, I was pumped and very eager to play. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the other girls who would also be participating. I was a bit intimidated by them at first, but once we started to warm up, I learned that all of them were super friendly and nice. The coaches also had very friendly attitudes and were welcoming to everyone. They immediately began to treat everyone like family and cracked a few jokes here and there. The camp felt a lot like a college ID camp. We were split into three age groups; U14, U16 and U19.  I was in the U16 group.  We went over technical drills that included dribbling and passing, then we moved on to small 1v1 or 3v3 games. I learned that their style of play was very aggressive and technical. We ended the training sessions with a scrimmage amongst the age groups.

During my three days at the November camp, in addition to field sessions, we also attended classroom sessions where we watched videos of the Senior team in past events.  When I was invited to attend the 2nd ID camp in March, I felt so happy and proud to be invited back.  The March camp was similar to the November one except that we mostly scrimmaged the two days that I attended.  I was placed in the U16 group again but this time, I had the opportunity to scrimmage with the U19 group against the U18 ECNL Strikers FC team.  I was so excited because I scored a goal against this team and our group won the scrimmage 5-1.  At the end of the camp, I was told that I had made the U16 pool of players!

 

The most memorable part of my experience at the PWNT camps was listening to the Senior girls’ experiences. Their descriptions of their journey on the national team were very inspiring. They made me believe that I had the ability to make the team, and that I could be great, like they are. They also emphasized the sisterhood that grew within the team. They called each other “sistersfor life.”  They were family and they would always be there for each other, on and off the field. I was able to relate to how they felt since my Rage U15 ECNL team is my second family and I wouldn’t be where I am today with soccer without them. My teammates always push me to work harder and support me through everything that happens. The bond between us makes us so much stronger as a team, and it shows on the field.

Isabella Adamos3

My journey with the Philippines Women’s National Team is just beginning.  I’m hoping to be called up to play in the 2016 AFC U16 Women’s Championships Qualifiers this August/September.  It would be a dream come true and an once in a lifetime experience.

12 04, 2016

2016 Summer Keeper Challenge

8 04, 2016

2016 Elite Summer GK Camp

Summer Elite GK Camp: will be open to all Elite goalkeepers  birth years 04-98 who are looking to take their game to the next level.

Over the course of 5 days, goalkeepers will learn, implement, and master all intermediate and advanced goalkeeper techniques, be pushed physically and mentally to endure the demands of the position, and challenged to reach his or her potential.

  • Day 1: Handling Techniques
  • Day 2: Reaction and 1v1’s
  • Day 3: Crosses and Distribution
  • Day 4: Positioning, Chips and Shot stopping
  • Day 5: Game situations/ keeper wars

DATES: June 20-24
TIME: TBD (9am – 12pm)
LOCATION: TBD
PRICE: $300*

WHO: Open to Elite goalkeepers in the east bay birth years 04-98

STAFF: Derrek Lesley, Kevin Hanan, Emmanuel Jimenez, Humberto Melendez

* Cost of registration includes 15 hours of professional instruction, a pair of Keepaere KeeperOut Academy goalkeeper gloves and a KeeperOut Academy training jersey a $90 value!

HOW TO REGISTER

Fill out registration form (below). Print a copy of  your email confirmation and send in with a check to:

Pleasanton RAGE Elite Summer GK Camp
173 Spring St, Suite100
Pleasanton, Ca 94566

Deadline to Register – June 3 , 2016

ELITE Summer GK Camp

  • PLAYER INFORMATION
  • PARENT INFORMATION
  • Best Contact Number
  • Fill this out ONLY if parent address is different than child address above
  • EMERGENCY INFORMATION
  • Friend or relative not living at same location
  • Video/Photograh/Audo Waiver

  • I hereby grant permission to the rights of my image, likeness and sound of my voice as recorded on audio or video tape without payment or any other consideration. I understand that my image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of my image or recording. I also understand that this material may be used in diverse educational settings within an unrestricted geographic area. By signing this release I understand this permission signifies that photographic or video recordings of me may be electronically displayed via the Internet or in the public educational setting. This release applies to photographic, audio or video recordings collected as part of the sessions listed on this document only. By signing this form I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the above release and agree to be bound thereby. I hereby release any and all claims against any person or organization utilizing this material.
  • PARENT/GUARDIAN WAIVER
  • DISCLAIMER, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND WAIVER: I, the undersigned parent or legal guardian of the above player, a minor, acknowledge that participation in soccer involves risk of severe, permanent physical injury, and death. For myself, and on behalf of the above player, we willingly and voluntarily accept and assume all such risk. In consideration of permitting the voluntary participation of the above-named participant in this tryout program, for myself and on behalf of the above player, I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless Pleasanton RAGE, its employees, volunteers, officials, sponsors, and other representatives from any and all claims, demands, costs, expenses, and compensation arising out of or in any way related to any injury or other damage that may result to said participant while participating in any Pleasanton RAGE sponsored event, including any physical or other injury caused by the negligence of any such person while performing his/her duties at any time. I HAVE READ THE DISCLAIMER, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AND WAIVER AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE TERMS OF EACH. I UNDERSTAND THAT I AND THE ABOVE PLAYER HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY MY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS, AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT INDUCEMENT FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF THE ABOVE
  • You must agree to the above terms to register.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
4 04, 2016

Fall 2016 Registration is Now Open!

Rec, Flight and Comp registration is now open. Register Today and Save!

25 03, 2016

ECNL AND ELITE COMPETITVE PLACEMENT – Birth Years 1998/99-2002

Competitive Placements – Birth Years 1998/99-2002
Dates: May 2, 3, 4 & 5

See placement page: http://pleasantonrage.org/competitive/2016-placements/

25 03, 2016

Eric Larson Celebration of Life

Gathering/Celebration will be held May 14, 2016
Location: Pleasanton at Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street
Time: 2:00 PM till 5:30 PM.

22 03, 2016

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2 03, 2016

2016 RAGE Spring Academy 2010/2009/2008/2007/2006 Birth Years

RAGE Spring Academy provides a unique learning environment for the recreational player to develop fundamental soccer skills. The goal of Spring Soccer is to foster a passion for soccer and a greater understanding of the game while building a solid foundation of basic skills and technique. It was developed for those young players who are willing and ready to be challenged to take their game to the next level.

Download Registration Form

RAGE Spring Academy is open to recreational players within the 2010,2009,2008,2007 and 2006 birth years. This is a great way for players to receive professional training throughout the spring season.

*Your daughter should enroll in the year in which she was born.

 Curriculum:  Ball Control/Creativity, 1v1/2v2 Ability, Passing & Striking, Small Sided games

Academy Trainers:  RAGE Recreational Director Megan Walinski and staff

When/Where: April 11th – May 17th, 2016   6-Week Season 1-hour, once-a-week training session (total of 6 sessions)

2016 Rec Spring Soccer Dates

 

Play Dates:   2 playdates – date are TBD (usually on Saturday mornings)

Field Locations:   Donlon – Fields located behind school at 4451 Payne Road

 Player must bring cleats, shin-guards, soccer ball, and water to all practices

 Cost:   Rec Spring Academy is $100

Contact: Megan Walinski, megan@pleasantonrage.org

Register:   Mail check and Registration Form to:

PGSA Rec Spring Academy
173 Spring St, Suite100
Pleasanton, Ca 94566

Deadline to Register – April 1st , 2016