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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.

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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.

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.

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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

12 02, 2016

ECNL Stats

The class of 2016 is comprised of Amazing Young Women who will be playing at multiple collegiate soccer levels:

  • ECNL Class of 2016: 1,310
  • College Bound ECNL: 1,217 (93%)
  • Total Players Playing Collegiate Soccer: 1,209 (92%)
  • Division I: 955
  • Division II, III, NAIA: 264
  • Undecided: 91
28 01, 2016

U12 Orange – Wounded Warrior Project

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Our military men and women have served and sacrificed so much to give everyone the freedom we have today.   My name is Jasmine Cochiaosue.   I am a member of the U12 RAGE Orange Team.   I want to thank my coach, Nina Cefalo, the RAGE organization, Erika Carlson, and all those involved in the Leadership Academy.   I have been given a great opportunity to show appreciation to our military heroes, past and present.

It is obvious that many people care, but they just don’t know how to show their support.   I want to share my experience and show all that even a small effort goes a long ways to recognizing and honoring our United States Armed Forces.

I decided to do a pledge run to raise money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.   The Wounded Warrior Project helps bring awareness, but most of all provides programs and services to our injured military heroes.   My family and friends donated over three hundred dollars as I ran the Bah Humbug 5K Run in San Ramon.   All of the pledges were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  woundedwarrior2

December 12th was known as Wreaths across America Day.   I joined thousands of volunteers to lay wreaths, giving tribute and sending the message of how important it is to remember our fallen heroes.   I am grateful for the event as I was able to honor my grandfather by personally placing a wreath on his tombstone at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

Our military heroes have done so much for our country and we can never truly thank them enough.   I have started a campaign to have letters sent to our troops overseas.   With the assistance of the USO, I hope to give a little show of appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

I want to thank my family and friends who continue to encourage me as I continue my journey to express my gratitude and support to our military heroes.

25 01, 2016

Rage Leadership U-11 Grey & U-11 Orange

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Our names are Emma Harbourne, Chloe Yeagly, Ella Patterson and Katie Guerra.  For our service project we collected canned food items and toiletries for those in need.  We chose the victims of the Valley Fire for the canned food donations.  We were so sad for them because they lost everything. The toiletries were donated to the Tri-Valley Haven in Livermore, which is a community resource for adults and children who are homeless or in need.

We started this project by handing out flyers attached to paper bags explaining what we were doing.  We dropped these off to friends, family and neighbors and were amazed at how many toiletries and canned food items we received.  We got together and sorted, counted and organized all of our donations.  We received 430 canned food items (396 pounds!!!) and 680 toiletry items!!!  Most of the toiletry items were soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste and lotion.

Our team is so excited to be a part of this incredible experience and give these items to those who really need it by Christmas.  We had so much fun with this project and realized that if everyone gives a little bit we can make all make a big differenu11grey2ce.

24 01, 2016

U11 Orange & White – Valley Humane Society

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We are members of the U11 Pleasanton Rage Orange and White teams. Our names are Ava Hofstede, Elizabeth Fineberg, Elizabeth Williams, Jordyn Scanlon, Lily Keegan, Kianna Tahmessebi, Paige Morgan and Sophia Marxoux. For our Leadership Service Project we chose the Valley Humane Society because we all LOVE animals!  As a group we decided it was important to do a project that helped out in our hometown of Pleasanton.

Leadership requires both a voice and good actions. Pets don’t have a voice to ask for help so we used ours to help them. We also used our actions to make their life and our community better. Together we made over 40 fleece blankets to help the cats and kittens stay warm and feel welcome at the shelter. The blankets we made by hand.  We also made over 100 cat-nip toys to provide some exercise and fun in ‘Kitty City.’  There is also a wish list at Valley Humane Society for much needed shelter items.  We each donated additional supplies to help the cats and dogs feel more comfortable and less stressed.

As the saying goes, ‘Many hands make light work.’  In our Leadership class we learned how important it is to work together and to listen to each other’s ideas.  We also learned that leaders have a tough and valuable job, which can sometimes be hard to balance. They have to be fair, work hard and be a role model for the team.  We enjoyed this project because it showed us how much we can accomplish as a group.  Making the blankets and toys felt good because we knew wu11orange2e were doing something important for our community.

 

23 01, 2016

U13 Premier/EGSL – Open Heart Kitchen

openheart1 openheart2Hi, our names Ella Melvin, Alli Jones, and Emily Gossett and we our on the U13 Premier/EGSL team.  For the RAGE leadership community service project we decided to collect cans for the Open Heart Kitchen. We started thinking of this idea during the holiday season. We chose to do this project because not everybody is as fortunate to receive the meals that we receive daily.

We decided to collect cans from our soccer team, family, friends, and neighbors. We started out asking our team to bring cans to practice to help us in achieving our goal of 100 cans.  After asking for cans from them we went around the neighborhood and asked for cans and told them about our cause for the Open Heart Kitchen.  On our journey around the neighborhood we came across a worker at the Open Heart Kitchen she said that she was very thankful for our work and that people will be very thankful for food we have brought in. We ended up collecting more cans than our goal of one hundred.

We learned a lot from this experience. To add, we also had a great time gathering and planning this idea to help others in need. We were very glad we chose to do this because it made us happy to give to others. In the future we hope that you consider this idea as well.

22 01, 2016

U12 Premiere Hayden Jolley, Natalie O’Sullivan, Sophia Minnite & Leah Allari

NICU Books

nicu nicu2Hi! My name is Sophia Minnite and my whole group plays on U12 premier. My group decided to give books to the families that have babies in the NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit) during the holidays. The NICU is a quiet, caring and loving environment for preemie babies, but having a baby in the NICU can be stressful, boring, and emotional. Most of the day, family members watch and pray for their babies and reading to your baby in the NICU can help with development, hearing your voice, and taking up time. So we provided books for the families to get them through the holidays, hoping they will be home with their babies as soon as possible.

My group and I wrapped and wrote quick notes inside of children picture books. Then, after a soccer game, we all drove out to Kaiser in Walnut Creek and delivered the wrapped books. The NICU nurses were so thoughtful and excited when we arrived and handed them the books. They said they would pass them out throughout the whole year and holiday season. This was a wonderful and very self-satisfying experience for everybody.