FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!!
Exciting News for Strike & the Gulf Coast Rangers!

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Daphne Strike Soccer Club is proud to announce a new partnership with the Gulf Coast Rangers

FC coming this Fall.  Strike was founded on the principles of developing young players in the sport of soccer by giving them the tools and opportunities necessary to grow their skills in a comfortable setting.  This new partnership will allow our older age groups the opportunity to play alongside similar skilled players so that they can feel confident from the start, but be challenged throughout the season to improve and progress to the next level.

 

What happens to Strike?  Absolutely nothing (well almost).  The major change with this partnership is that Strike will no longer offer team placements for age groups of U13-

U19.  These players will now apply and tryout at Gulf Coast Rangers FC.  The Strike Academy and organization will remain in place offering high level coaching and guidance under Coach G for U12’s and below in addition to managing the developmental league which is the foundation the club was built on.

 

Strike is very excited about this partnership and we are confident it will be a success for the

Daphne soccer community and players.

 

For additional information regarding Gulf Coast Rangers FC please see their press release here…

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Daphne Strike Soccer Club and Mobile Bay FC are proud to announce the formation of the 

 

Gulf Coast Rangers FC 

 

With its inaugural season set for Fall 2015, this new soccer club will combine the talents of each partnering club for the older age groups of U13 to U19 boys and girls. 

 

It is well known that the amount of players in the immediate vicinity are being stretched across three to four competing clubs, primarily in these age groups that roster 11+ players. This greatly lowers the ability to develop players equally across a team as we are continuing to combine kids that are at varying levels in their soccer career. 

 

The purpose of creating this club is to eliminate this issue by pooling our resources together and developing a common goal; to establish a playing environment that allows players of similar soccer abilities the opportunity to develop at a proper pace through professional coaching and leadership.

 

 

And if this wasn’t enough excitement, we are thrilled to announce that the Gulf Coast Rangers has formed a direct partnership with the Rangers North American Academy. The Rangers FC are the most successful team in Scottish football history having won 54 league championships, 33 Scottish Cups and 27 Scottish League Cups and have developed one of the top youth Academy in the world. Some American players that have played for Rangers FC include Maurice Edu, Demarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Claudio Reyna. 

 

The partnership between GCR and Rangers FC will see Rangers Academy coaching staff running Elite Player ID camps during the year and working with GCR players and coaches, with the top players having the possibility of being invited to the Rangers National Camp hosted at Rangers FC's Murray Park in Glasgow, Scotland. In fact, a Rangers ID camp is being organized to be held locally this coming summer with camp dates to be released soon. This partnership will allow our coaching staff direct access to some of the top youth coaching curriculums around. 

 

This development has been a long time coming and we are excited for the opportunities this will provide our young players. Please see the attached club fact sheet for additional information and be on the lookout for more announcements. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Gordon Smart 

Gulf Coast Rangers FC 

 

 

 

FACT SHEET 

 

Intro: 

The Gulf Coast Rangers FC (GCR) is a newly developed organization incorporated by two neighboring soccer clubs, Mobile Bay FC and Daphne Strike SC. Although GCR will operate independently from the partnering academies, we will share and promote common club philosophies and practices. Enrollment in GCR will be open to everyone in the Gulf Coast area and our goal is to find placement for every soccer player, regardless of their skill level. 

 

Club Vision: 

GCR strives to be a leader in promoting long term quality player development and club practices by using established and world renowned coaching curriculums and leadership. 

 

Club Mission: 

To provide our community a safe and healthy soccer environment for our players to learn and develop skills for reaching their full potential as players and young adults. Through the joint efforts of supportive families and licensed professional coaches we hope to instill core values and learn life lessons during the players’ time with our club. 

 

Director of Coaching 

GCR is very fortunate to announce that the club will have CO-DOC’s, Gerardo Flores from Daphne Strike and Nick Cooper from Mobile Bay FC. The combined background, knowledge, education, experience, lead-ership and energy of these two are undoubtedly a recipe for success. Each will have specific roles and re-sponsibilities, but acting together to make this a successful venture. 

 

Management: 

GCR will be managed by a board of directors that has been selected by each establishing club. The partner-ing clubs will maintain their identity as an academy for age groups U12 and down, but as a condition of the partnership will not offer teams for U13 and above. 

The inaugural board members are: 

Gordon Smart – President 

Jeff Gale – Secretary 

Jose Mergulhao – Vice President 

Trey Smith – Treasurer 

 

Competition: 

Based on enrollment, GCR will seek to establish state league teams (RPL, DI, DII) and DIII tournament teams based on available age group and skill levels. 

 

Tryouts

Tryouts will be held at Trione Sport complex from June 1-3 with a makeup date on June 4th. 

 

Training: 

Training will be split between Fairhope and Daphne soccer complexes. Exact location will be determined after team formation has completed. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!!

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Daphne Strike Soccer Club is proud to announce a new partnership with the Gulf Coast Rangers

FC coming this Fall.  Strike was founded on the principles of developing young players in the sport of soccer by giving them the tools and opportunities necessary to grow their skills in a comfortable setting.  This new partnership will allow our older age groups the opportunity to play alongside similar skilled players so that they can feel confident from the start, but be challenged throughout the season to improve and progress to the next level.

 

What happens to Strike?  Absolutely nothing (well almost).  The major change with this partnership is that Strike will no longer offer team placements for age groups of U13-

U19.  These players will now apply and tryout at Gulf Coast Rangers FC.  The Strike Academy and organization will remain in place offering high level coaching and guidance under Coach G for U12’s and below in addition to managing the developmental league which is the foundation the club was built on.

 

Strike is very excited about this partnership and we are confident it will be a success for the

Daphne soccer community and players.

 

For additional information regarding Gulf Coast Rangers FC please see their press release here…

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Daphne Strike Soccer Club and Mobile Bay FC are proud to announce the formation of the 

 

Gulf Coast Rangers FC 

 

With its inaugural season set for Fall 2015, this new soccer club will combine the talents of each partnering club for the older age groups of U13 to U19 boys and girls. 

 

It is well known that the amount of players in the immediate vicinity are being stretched across three to four competing clubs, primarily in these age groups that roster 11+ players. This greatly lowers the ability to develop players equally across a team as we are continuing to combine kids that are at varying levels in their soccer career. 

 

The purpose of creating this club is to eliminate this issue by pooling our resources together and developing a common goal; to establish a playing environment that allows players of similar soccer abilities the opportunity to develop at a proper pace through professional coaching and leadership.

 

 

And if this wasn’t enough excitement, we are thrilled to announce that the Gulf Coast Rangers has formed a direct partnership with the Rangers North American Academy. The Rangers FC are the most successful team in Scottish football history having won 54 league championships, 33 Scottish Cups and 27 Scottish League Cups and have developed one of the top youth Academy in the world. Some American players that have played for Rangers FC include Maurice Edu, Demarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Claudio Reyna. 

 

The partnership between GCR and Rangers FC will see Rangers Academy coaching staff running Elite Player ID camps during the year and working with GCR players and coaches, with the top players having the possibility of being invited to the Rangers National Camp hosted at Rangers FC's Murray Park in Glasgow, Scotland. In fact, a Rangers ID camp is being organized to be held locally this coming summer with camp dates to be released soon. This partnership will allow our coaching staff direct access to some of the top youth coaching curriculums around. 

 

This development has been a long time coming and we are excited for the opportunities this will provide our young players. Please see the attached club fact sheet for additional information and be on the lookout for more announcements. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Gordon Smart 

Gulf Coast Rangers FC 

 

 

 

FACT SHEET 

 

Intro: 

The Gulf Coast Rangers FC (GCR) is a newly developed organization incorporated by two neighboring soccer clubs, Mobile Bay FC and Daphne Strike SC. Although GCR will operate independently from the partnering academies, we will share and promote common club philosophies and practices. Enrollment in GCR will be open to everyone in the Gulf Coast area and our goal is to find placement for every soccer player, regardless of their skill level. 

 

Club Vision: 

GCR strives to be a leader in promoting long term quality player development and club practices by using established and world renowned coaching curriculums and leadership. 

 

Club Mission: 

To provide our community a safe and healthy soccer environment for our players to learn and develop skills for reaching their full potential as players and young adults. Through the joint efforts of supportive families and licensed professional coaches we hope to instill core values and learn life lessons during the players’ time with our club. 

 

Director of Coaching 

GCR is very fortunate to announce that the club will have CO-DOC’s, Gerardo Flores from Daphne Strike and Nick Cooper from Mobile Bay FC. The combined background, knowledge, education, experience, lead-ership and energy of these two are undoubtedly a recipe for success. Each will have specific roles and re-sponsibilities, but acting together to make this a successful venture. 

 

Management: 

GCR will be managed by a board of directors that has been selected by each establishing club. The partner-ing clubs will maintain their identity as an academy for age groups U12 and down, but as a condition of the partnership will not offer teams for U13 and above. 

The inaugural board members are: 

Gordon Smart – President 

Jeff Gale – Secretary 

Jose Mergulhao – Vice President 

Trey Smith – Treasurer 

 

Competition: 

Based on enrollment, GCR will seek to establish state league teams (RPL, DI, DII) and DIII tournament teams based on available age group and skill levels. 

 

Tryouts

Tryouts will be held at Trione Sport complex from June 1-3 with a makeup date on June 4th. 

 

Training: 

Training will be split between Fairhope and Daphne soccer complexes. Exact location will be determined after team formation has completed. 

Check it out! G visits the Rangers FC!

 

 

 

From Gerardo Flores:

I recently had the privilege of visiting Murray Park, the famous training ground of Rangers FC.  The facility is gated but once through you are greeted by acres of pristine natural grass fields along with an artificial turf field. The main building contains a five star restaurant, weight and calisthenic rooms, a laundry room, classrooms and youth academy office space along with a large indoor playing facility. Both the senior and junior teams train at Murray Park. I was looked after by Greg Statt, who is the overseas development officer at Rangers, and a Youth Academy Head Coach. During my visit I was able to meet both coaches and players, enjoy lunch in the club house, tour the facility and watch training sessions from ages U14, U17, U20 and the 1st team.  

Reflection and admiration for the Rangers coaching staff filled my mind on the drive back to Edinburgh that afternoon. All I could think about was the professionalism from each team and staff member and could we, possibly, replicate that kind of player confidence and ability in our little club in South Alabama. I understand we can’t transfer everything they do at the Rangers Academy to the USA. They live in a very different world than we do, but these trips help us see what we CAN transfer and take what we can use and apply it to our clubs. When we travel and study other soccer cultures we do the players and members of our own clubs a significant service and having a vision and plan for the future and for player, team, coach and club development is where it all starts. Thanks to the staff and players of Glasgow Rangers Football Club for a truly unforgettable visit.

 

G

 

 

 

Coming Soon! Daphne Strike 2015 Summer Camps

It's getting close close to that time of year again! 

Stay tuned for more information concerning Strike's 2015 Summer Camps.

Online Registration will open May 16th, 2015

Strike Summer Camp I: $85 (walk up registration $95) June 15 - 18th 9am-12pm
Strike Summer Camp II: $85 (walk up registration $95) July 13th - 16th 9am-12pm
Finishing, QSA, GK Camp: $60 (walk up registration $70) July 13th - 15th 6pm-8pm

 

World Cup Wednesday's/ Street Soccer

 

World Cup Wednesday/Street Soccer

 

World Cup Wednesday/Street Soccer every Wednesday Night from 5:30 - 7:00pm.  This is an optional training session (free of charge) for all U9-U14 Strike players.  It is a great way to work in an extra night of training!!

 

 

 

March, 16 2015

 

Why Young Athletes Excel with Backyard Play

By Patrick Cohn  

 

Gary Simmons, author of “Gymbag Wisdom,” and a sports performance specialist who concentrates on teens, has some interesting anecdotes to share about the athletes he works with in high school.  The top players he deals with are not the ones who play on traveling teams. They’re not necessarily the ones who spend all their time playing on more than one formal team year-round, he says. No, the top players, he says, are the ones who, in addition to playing on organized teams, often play in the park, the backyard or the local gym with their friends and neighbors–without parents or coaches instructing them. And just what is it about playing with friends in informal settings that allows kids to excel? Kids who’ve spent a lot of time playing with friends are generally quicker on their feet and more coordinated, he says. What they also have—and this is key—higher levels of “exuberance,” says Simmons. As a result, they learn skills more quickly.

The teen athletes he sees who’ve experienced a lot of structured sports and traveling teams are often burnt out, he says. They’re less exuberant and don’t push themselves as hard. “You can be a 12-year-old state champion tennis player and give 70% in practice,” he says. “The kids who are behind you skill wise–but are moving faster and trying harder–are more likely to excel at their skill.” These kids who move faster and work harder–those who’ve had experience being competitive without the expectations of adults placed on them–often do well in competition when they’re placed in more structured settings.

In short, fun, unstructured play with friends can boost a young athletes’ mental game and performance. It’s not always easy, in our world of structured activities, to find a place where kids can play around together…. One option, Simmons says, is to structure some unstructured play. That means parents might gather up the kids in their neighborhood and organize a weekly game of ball. But once the game is organized, the parents should step back and let the kids play. Here at Kids’ Sports Psychology, we think parents and kids need to strike a delicate balance between structured play and unstructured play. Kids need some instruction to master skills, but they also need the enthusiasm, freedom, and passion required to be great players. With enthusiasm and passion, which often are based on the fun of unstructured play, kids are more likely to play freely and creatively and take more risks. That means they’ll keep growing, learning and excelling. Kids who are burnt out or who lack enthusiasm for what they’re doing often just go through the motions. They’re less likely to excel. Want to learn more about how you can improve your sports parenting skills and boost your kids’ enjoyment and success in sports? Check out Kids’ Sports Psychology.   

 

Sincerely, Lisa Cohn and Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. 

 

 

 

March 9th, 2015

 

Reviving the pickup game

By Sam Snow

Whether you call it street soccer, a sandlot game, a kick-about or a pickup game -- this is the way that millions upon millions over many decades have learned to play soccer. 

 

While the pickup game has not disappeared in the USA, it is not used in soccer as it could be. There are millions of kids playing soccer in our country, so why do we not see pickup games at every turn? 

 

There can be many reasons why so few pickup games happen in youth soccer. They include a sedentary lifestyle, the vacant lot doesn't exist any longer, even the design of neighborhoods nowadays means there is little or no yard on which to play, parents are reluctant to let their kids play away from home without adult supervision, soccer facilities are closed except for scheduled events, or the kids simply don't know how to organize a game.

There can be more reasons and some of the ones I've noted are beyond the direct control of most soccer coaches. But the one that is the most disturbing to me is that kids don't know how to organize their own games. How has it come to pass that kids can't throw down something to mark goals, pick teams and play? 

 

Well part of the answer is that we coaches have taken the game away from the youngsters. We over-coach and we over-organize. Coaches, parents and administrators need to take a step back and give the game back to the players. 

 

In the 1970s and the 1980s, coaches had to be a focal point of most soccer experiences since so many of the kids were just then being introduced to the game. Unlike today, there were very few televised soccer matches, and in many communities none at all. 

 

Professional and college team were not nearly as prevalent as today, so a chance for a kid to go watch adults play the game was few and far between. 

 

Even to watch a World Cup match you had to go to a theater for closed-circuit TV to see a game. Consequently the coach had to demonstrate all of the ball skills, show players how to position themselves on the field and teach the rules. 

 

While that's still true to an extent today, the models of how to play the game for a child to see are many. The coach no longer needs to be at the center of a novice's soccer experience. Now keep in mind that coaches are not alone in the need to give the game back to the players. 

 

Our organization has been a double-edged sword for American soccer. The ability to organize has created teams, clubs and leagues. It has created from nothing soccer complexes that dot the land and in some cases are of quite high quality. 

 

The organization has provided for coaching and referee education that is very good. The game has grown tremendously over the last 35 years on the backs of volunteers for the most part. 

 

But the organization has a down side too. We adults meddle too much in the kids' soccer world. We plan everything! From uniforms for U6 players to select teams at U10, the adults are too involved. The kids don't know how to organize a pickup game because we have never let them. 

 

OK, so good organization is an American trait. But what might be driving the compulsion to infiltrate adult organization into child's play? 

 

As a sports nation we suffer from the "too much too soon" syndrome. Many adults involved in youth soccer want so badly to achieve success (superficially measured by the won/loss record and number of trophies collected) that they are bound to treat children as miniature adults. Unfortunately it is the adults who lack the patience to let the game grow within the child at its own pace. 

 

In the National Youth License coaching course of the National Coaching Schools the idea of street soccer is presented. This is a way for the club to begin to give the game back to its rightful owners, the players. 

 

The club provides the fields and supervision for safety (but no coaching) to let the kids show up and play pick up games. Granted it's not as spontaneous as a neighborhood game, but it does provide a chance to play without referees, without coaches and without spectators. 

 

This means the kids are free to learn how to organize themselves, solve disputes, become leaders, rule their own game, experiment with new skills, make new friends and play without the burden of results. 

 

If the club wants to provide an even better fun-filled learning environment, then put out different types of balls to use in some of the games, encourage the kids to set up fields of different sizes, allow mixed age groups to play together and even co-ed games. 

 

The kids have a lot they can learn from each other. After all, players learning from players has produced Michele Akers, Pele, Johan Cruyff and many other world-class players. That same unencumbered environment has produced the multitudes who support the game. 

 

When we adults give the game back to the players, in some small measure we are most likely to keep more players in the game for all of their lives and then the odds improve for the USA to produce its share of world class players. 

 

Youth soccer now lives in the culture it created over the last 30 years. Will we evolve? 

 

(Sam Snow is US Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching Education.)

 

Field Layout for Recreational/Developmental Spring 2015

 

Please see the Field Layout below for Recreational & Developmental for Spring 2015

 

 

 

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