October 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Reminder - Training Tonight and Tomorrow Night

Families of the Jr. Academy, 

Just a Reminder that U6s and U7-U8s will train tonight and tomorrow at our normal times at the HRSC. After Friday, our U6s will have got all of their 10 training sessions in which means next Wednesdays training will only be for U7-U8s. We will start at 5:30 that day to try and get the most daylight. Sorry for the confusion!

With the weather getting colder, please be sure to have our players dress warm! For Game Day, try and have their jersey on the outside of long sleeve shirts or jackets, but if its to tight don't sweat it at all. I just want to ensure all our players are warm. Once they start moving, you'll be amazed how quick they want to shed their layers.

Futsal registration is filling up fast! Training starts indoors in two weeks to be sure to sign up soon if you're interested. https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/gnslite/camp/000411/Welcome.html

 I look forward to seeing everyone for three straight days of soccer fun! Let me know if you have any questions.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Subj:  Fields Closed Tonight and Make Up Schedule

Families of the Jr. Academy,

HRSC has closed the fields so training tonight has been cancelled. However, the following make up dates have been arranged:

We will have training tomorrow night (field conditions permitting), Thursday Oct. 23rd, at our normal time at HRSC. U6s 5:00 and U7-U8s 5:45. We will also train Friday, Oct. 24th, at our normal time. U6s 5:00 U7-U8s 5:45.

This Saturday Oct. 25th is our last Game Day. Everyone should be in their Black Jerseys and parents come ready to play the last half of the last game!

Next Wednesday Oct. 29th will be our last practice of the season. U6s will start at 5:00 and U7-U8s will start at 5:45.

I appreciate everyone working with us as we do everything we can to make up our cancelled sessions. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,

Gregg Mottinger


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Subj: Jr. Academy U6-U8 Training Cancelled Tonight

Dear Families of the Jr. Academy,

We have decided to cancel training for this evening.  Sorry for getting this out late, but we have been evaluating fields while also looking at future rain potential tonight.  

We will be working on a make-up schedule and will send out the information in the near future.

Thank you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Fall Futsal

Families of the Jr. Academy,

This Fall & Winter we will be offering indoor futsal training for our Jr. Academy players. This program will be a great way for our players to increase their comfort level with the ball through technical ball work. Futsal quickly develop skills like balance, motor ability, agility and co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness. Children learn through repetition and practice in small areas this occurs naturally. Here is a, link to the US Futsal Federation website with some great information about Futsal:  http://www.usyouthfutsal.com/AbouttheGame/whyfutsal/

We will start off by offering Jr. Academy Fall Futsal sessions four Mondays in November. November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th all at Baylake Pines at 4444 Shore Drive, VB 23455. The sessions will be an hour long and cost $50 for the four sessions. Sessions will be from 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30. Space will be limited to 20 players per session so please reserve your spot ASAP. Jr. Academy U6-U8 fall futsal is session selection 'B.' Registration is open and the link is:

 https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/gnslite/camp/000411/Welcome.html

Futsal training will continue in December-February with additional dates and times TBD. This is all in an effort to keep our players sharp over the winter and really focus on their individual player development before starting back outside in the spring. 

Please se keep an eye on the weather and check your email for updates before tonight's training. If you don't hear from me, we are on. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!


Friday, October 10, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Game Day Information

Families of the JRA,

This Saturday everyone should be in their Black jerseys for our game day. Lets continue to remain positive on the sidelines tomorrow and allow the players to solve the soccer problems. There may be a little bit of rain so please plan accordingly.

Also I wanted to let everyone know tonight at 7:00 is Landon Donavan's last game with US Men's National Team. The men will be playing against Equador tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. If you get the chance please take some time to watch the match and enjoy the celebration of one of America's most influential soccer stars.

I'll see all the U7-U8s tonight at 5:45 and everyone tomorrow for our games. 

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Time Change & Important Information

Families of the JRA,

Just a reminder that our U7-U8 training will start at 5:45 tomorrow. This should give us some extra daylight for training. Please help spread the word throughout the Academy to make sure everyone knows. U6s will still start at their normal time of 5:00.

Also, this Saturday is our picture day for anyone interested in individual professional pictures. I will have prepaid envelopes to hand out tomorrow night.

Lastly, we are changing fields for training to field 4A, 4B, and Field 5. These are the fields directly to the left of the office as you walk into the complex. U7s will be on field 4A and 4B and U8s will be on field 5. Parents please be sure to stay around the pavilion during training. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you all tomorrow!


Friday, September 26, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Field Update and game information

Families of the Jr. Academy,

We will have U7-U8 training tonight from 6:00-7:15 at the HRSC on field 7 & 9. These fields are located on the left hand side of the complex as you are walking in the main entrance. They are on the opposite side of the complex from where we have been training. With all the rain we got, we are very fortunate to be allowed to train!

Games are at the normally scheduled times this weekend and all players should wear their Black jerseys.

Look forward to seeing the U7-U8s tonight and everyone in the morning. Let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Subj:  Jr. Academy Pictures & Training Time Update

Families of the Jr. Academy,

We had a ton of competitive and exciting games going on this past weekend. Kudos go out to all the players as they really put an emphasis on connecting passes. Don't forget to remind your son or daughter to practice the juggle your age challenge and the skill moves at home.

October 4th is our picture day with Focused on Sports. They will be out on the fields to take individual shots of all our players who are interested in pictures. They are tentatively set to come out an hour before the games kick off. So U6s please be at the field between 9:00-9:30 if you want pictures taken, and U7-U8s around 10:30 of you want pictures taken. I will pass prepaid envelopes out next week.

As we start to run out of light at night, Our U7-U8 training will move up its start time to 5:45 on Wednesdays and Fridays. We will still start at the normal 6:00 time this week, and I will let you know when we will move the start time up to ensure we get the whole session in.

As always let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all this week!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Subj:  Game Day Recap & Updates

Families of the JRA,

We had another fantastic weekend of games and I applaud all our players for the tremendous work ethic that was on display. I see our players trying to solve soccer problems on their own and making good decisions with the ball. Players are looking to find open space with or without the ball and the level of play is already much better then the first week. Lets keep the momentum going!

We are going to start our juggle your age challenge this week. Basically, we want all our players to be able to juggle a soccer ball as many times as they are years old. So if they are 6, try and juggle the ball with your feet or thighs 6 times. This will give the players something to do at home and continue to get them touches on the ball outside of training.

Also, whenever possible, try and watch some soccer at home. The English Premier League season has kicked off and there are tons of games being televised on NBC Sports on the weekends. Also, the MLS season is getting into playoff time and NBC Sports and Comcast sports show many games throughout the week as well. Sept. 19th and 20th this week they will be showing MLS games live.

Lets continue to grow a passion for the game of soccer! I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday and let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, September 08, 2014 12:41 PM
Subj:  Game Day Recap & Parking Information

Families of the JRA,
 
The staff and I were thoroughly impressed with the effort shown by all our players this past weekend. Its great to see players trying to make the right decisions with he ball and looking to find open space. The skill moves are becoming more proficient and its exciting to see our players get more and more comfortable with the ball at their feet.
 
We are going to push our U7-U8s Game Day start time on Saturdays back from 11:00 to 11:15. This should alleviate some of the parking issues. Also, Virginia Wesleyan Security said that if parents park on the grass they will start ticketing. If you can't find parking in the lot behind the fields, they ask us to park next to the soccer stadium. After going through the security check point, take a left, then take your first left just past the soccer stadium. There is plenty of parking there.
 
I'll be in touch Wednesday if the complex is closed because of all the rain. Don't forget, you can call their hotline before coming to training as well. 757-518-5176.
 
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.


Friday, September 05, 2014 9:03 AM
Subj:  Jr. Academy Info

Families of the Jr. Academy,

This weekend all our players should wear their yellow jerseys. I am waiting to hear back from the HRSC and Virginia Wesleyan to confirm their fields are playable tonight and tomorrow. If you don't hear back from me then assume we are still on for training tonight!

Also, U7-U8 parents please remind your son or daughter what MLS training group they are on. If you are late to training, have the players hop right in with their training group. They should know some of the players on their teams now and will be able to locate them. Just ask any of the staff coaches around. The U7s are on the fields closest to the turf and the U8s are closest to the trees. If they cannot find them come find me and we will get them with their group. This will go along way in getting players with their proper training group quickly so they can start training.
 
I hope to see everyone this weekend! Let me know if you have any questions.

August 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:06 AM
Subj:  Game Day & Gear Pick Up

Families of the Jr. Academy,

Just a reminder games are back to their normal start times this weekend. 10:00 for U6s and 11:00 for U7U8s. Everyone should be in their black jerseys for the game tomorrow.

Also, if you ordered any Beach FC gear please pick it up from Premier Soccer this week. They also have training shirts for those who have not received theirs yet and have additional ones for purchase.
 
See you all this weekend!


Thursday, August 21, 2014
Subj:  Great First Night!

Families of the JRA,

Thanks for making out first training night a tremendous success! The energy and excitement form all our players was contagious and it created a fantastic coaching environment. The staff was very impressed with the ability levels of all our players. All our players worked very hard and I am excited to be a part of their development over the next ten weeks!

U7-U8s will train this Friday from 6-7:15 at HRSC. Our first Game Day is this Saturday. U6s 10:30-11:15 and U7-U8s from 11:30-12:30. All games will be at Virginia Wesleyan. Everyone should be in their Yellow jerseys for our first game.

Please be sure to sit on the outside of the game fields on Saturday and not on the sidelines. There is plenty of room to watch the games behind the goals, but please avoid sitting on the sidelines. Remember to cheer and be positive and refrain from coaching from the sidelines. Lets allow our players to solve the soccer problems!

Look forward to seeing you all this weekend.


Monday, August 18, 2014 11:05 AM
Subj:  Jr. Academy Starts This Week

Families of the Jr. Academy,

I hope this email finds you well and everyone is excited for our first training session this Wednesday! Just a reminder the U6s train from 5:005:45 and the U7U8s train from 6:007:15 at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex. We will be using field 13 which is at the front right of the complex as you are looking at the offices/snack bar. Please park anywhere in the lots but do not park or drop off in the circle lot. Everyone should be in black or white shorts and socks and their Jr. Academy Training Tshirt. Proper soccer cleats and socks pulled over the shin guards. Everyone needs a soccer ball as well.

If you have not picked up your uniform from Premier Soccer in Landstown Commons please do so before Wednesday if possible.
Our games this Saturday have been pushed back a little from our normal start time. Games will still be held at Virginia Wesleyan University. The Virginia Wesleyan Men's and Women's teams will be training on the fields before our games to get ready for their upcoming season. Our U6s game will start at 10:30am and our U7U8s will start at 11:30am. Pull into the school and tell the security guard you are here for Beach FC Soccer. Take a right at the stop sign and circle around to the parking lot on your left.

The Virginia Wesleyan Men’s team plays this Saturday after our games at 7:00pm and admission is free! Come out and support the Marlins and watch some high level soccer.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday.
 


Monday, August 11, 2014 9:18 AM
Subj:  Elite Beach FC Jr. Academy Coaching Staff 2014-2015

Parents,
 
Just wanted to give you some background information on your elite Jr Academy staff! Working with the players this year are some of the most talented and experienced coaches in Hampton Roads. I am excited to have them on board with me and the players will truly benefit from each of the coaches individuality and experience.
 
Gregg Mottinger

  • North Texas State Team & Region 3 pool player
  • Elite Soccer Program participant in 2002
  • 4 year starter at Old Dominion University 2003-2007
  • Captain for the 2006 Campaign
  • Member of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances
  • District & State ODP coach
  • USSF National 'A' License
  • USSF National Youth License

Florence Omagbemi Onuja

  • Women's World Cup Player
  •  Four FIFA Women's World Cups (Nigeria)
  • Team Captain for Nigeria, Represented her country in 2000 Olympic Games in Australia
  • WUSA Professional player (Boston Breakers & San Diego Spirit)
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Player
  • NSCAA Advance National License
  • Nigerian U20 women
  • National team assistant 2010

Mercy Akide

  • Three FIFA Women's World Cups (Nigeria)
  • First African Women's Footballer of the year (2002)
  • 1999 and 2004 FIFA World AllStar
  • Represented her country in two Olympic Games - Australia 2000 and Greece 2004
  • Named by FIFA as one of its 15 Ambassadors for Women Football
  • Professional Player WUSA (San Diego Spirit)
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague player

Ruth Keegan

  • Former Head Womens Soccer Coach at CNU
  • Old Dominion Assistant Coach 1996/2006
  • USSF B License
  • Earned multiple 'CAPS' for the Republic of Ireland women's team 1987/1992.
  • Coach of the year USA South Conference 2008 2010 2011
  • 1995 All American
  • 1995 Conference player of the year.

Tyler McFarland

  • USSF D license
  • 13 years coaching (rec & travel)
  • 20 years playing experience
  • Beach FC Staff coach

Jen Henley

  • Beach FC Coach U13 girls 2003-2004
  • CB West High School  (Pennsylvania) Assistant Coach 2006 State Champs
  • Old Dominion University alltime points leader
  • CAA Player of the Year 2001 @ ODU
  • Played for Grindavik in the Icelandic Women's Pro League

Ken Fabian

  • USSF B License
  • Advanced National License thru the NSCAA
  • Former ODP Director of Coaching for the Southeast Region
  • Former ODP State Coach for the Girls
  • Former ODP District Coach for Boys and Girls
  • Named Beach District Boys Soccer Coach of the Year  in 1993 and 1995
  • Former Director of Coaching for Atlantic Soccer Club
  • Coached 2 former National Players from Virginia Beach One winning the gold medal
  • Played 4 years College Soccer at SUNY Cortland
  • Have over 25 years of Coaching experience
  • Former Referee through USSF

 
Amanda Beaty

  • Played at Virginia Wesleyan College '96'98
  • 2nd Team AllConference
  • Honorable Mention AllConference
  • Assistant Coach Kellam High School '97, '98
  • Head Coach Lake Taylor High School '99
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas '97
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Brain Porter

  • USSF C
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • ODP Experience
  • Former HS Varsity Coach
  • 10+ Years travel Experience
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Kay Kozlowski

  • Former College Player
  • NAIA All American Scholar Athlete
  • USSF National D License
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Ryan Serrette

  • Played High school soccer for Trinity College in Trinidad and Tobago (1997-1999)
  • Played soccer for Semiprofessional team West Indies United (2001-2002)
  • Volunteer at YMCA Hilltop for youth summer soccer camp (2003-2004)
  • Coached High school and Middle soccer for Virginia Beach Friends School (2005-Present)
  • Coached U12U14 Travel team for Virginia Rush (2006-2009)
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy Coach for 5 years

Rick Studley

  • 4 year starter Virginia Wesleyan College Nationally Ranked
  • NSCAA National License
  • Previous Beach FC Head Coach for 6 years
  • Previous Kempsville HS Girls Asst Coach for 3 years

Colby Owen

  • ODU Women’s Soccer Team Alumnus (20052008) Goalkeeper
  • Goalkeeper for the Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Soccer Team (2006 & 2007)
  • Christopher Newport University Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer (Fall 2009)
  • Frank W. Cox High School Varsity Girls Soccer Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer/Assistant Coach (Spring 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Old Dominion Soccer Club Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer for travel club – (spring and fall 2007 & 2008)
  • Beach FC Travel Soccer Club Alumnus
  • USSF National D License

Kelvin Sealy

  • Beach FC Player for 7 years
  • 4 year starter at Cox High School
  • 4 year starter at Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Coached and Assisted 3 NYSL youth teams
  • Started the youth soccer program at the Virginia Beach Boys and Girls Club
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Robyn O'Brien

  • Coached 2 seasons at Christ the King Catholic school
  • Girls asst coach at PA high school 1 year
  • 3 seasons NYSL coach
  • 2 season u9 girls advanced
  • USSF Coaching license E
  • 28 years playing experience

Thomas Talbert

  • Played Travel/ODP in South Carolina
  • Played For All Marine Corps Team
  • Coached U14 Boys in Hawaiian Classic League
  • Assistant Coach for U9/U10 Beach FC Jr Academy
  • Coach for Beach FC Jr Academy U6/U7/U8

Michael McDermott

  • Played club soccer at Beach FC
  • Played for Kempsville HS Varsity Soccer
  • Named Beach District Rookie of the Year a Sophomore
  • Named 1st team AllDistrict Senior Year
  • Captain Junior Year
  • Played 4 years College soccer at AldersonBroaddus University
  • Named 2nd team AllConference as a Freshman
  • Won the WVIAC tournament as a Sophomore
  • Named 1st team All-Conference Senior Year
  • Been coaching JR Academy going on 3 seasons
  • Was in charge of running summer soccer camps for the company 3D Sports based out of Newport News in 2009 and 2010

Eric Blackmore

  • Played all youth soccer with Beach FC
  • Auburn University Club team player, 1993-1997
  • Auburn University Club Team Head Coach, 1996-97
  • Beach FC Staff Coach, 1998-present
    • Coaching all age groups on boys side, Red and Black teams
    • Beach FC U18 Red Girls coach, 2012-2013
  • Landstown HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2001-2005
  • Hickory HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2005-2012
  • Frank W. Cox HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2012-present

Stephanie Miller

  • Assistant coach at University of Delaware 2006
  • 6 years assistant womens soccer coach at ODU 2005, 2007-2011
  •   Old Dominion University womens soccer goalkeeper from 2001-2004 posted an .822 save percentage and a 1.18 goals against average in senior season for the Monarchs.
  • USSF 'D' license
  • Played club soccer for FC Bucks, formerly Council Rock FC Blast from EPYSA. 7 time EPYSA state champ and regional qualifier.

Kevin Allen

  • Head Coach Tallwood JV Soccer Current
  • Asst. Coach Tallwood Varsity soccer Current
  • Beach FC u9 u14 coach
  • NSCAA Golakeeper License
  • USSF 'D' License

Blair Ferguson

  • USSF B
  • NSCAA Advanced National
  • Former college player at Virginia Wesleyan
  • Former college asst. coach
  • Current Beach FC Travel Coach

Denny Arinello

  • Played for Beach FC
  • VA State ODP Player
  • 4 year player at CNU
  • Virginia Legacy East End Youth Development with U5U6
  • Former assistant varsity coach at Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia (2013 and 2014 seasons)

Jamie Clarke

  • University of North Carolina @ Pembroke (20032008)
    • Freshman of the Year, Peach Belt Conference
    • NCAA Division II AllRegion, AllConference, AllTournament
  • UNCP Offensive POY
    • Peach Belt Conference StudentAthlete of the Year 2004
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas, SemiProfessional
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 (team captain), 2011, 2012
  • University of North Carolina @ Pembroke (20032008)
    • Freshman of the Year, Peach Belt Conference
    • NCAA Division II AllRegion, AllConference, AllTournament
    • UNCP Offensive POY
    • Peach Belt Conference StudentAthlete of the Year 2004
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas, SemiProfessional
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 (team captain), 2011, 2012
  • VB City FC, SemiProfessional

Bridgette Porter

  • Former beach fc player
  • Former college player( Radford and Virginia Wesleyan)
  • Former Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Player
  • 12 years as a High School Coach JV and varsity at Green Run High School
  • Former Middle School coach at Larkspur and Brandon Middle School
  • Beach FC Academy coach

Kevin McMenamin

  • Played youth soccer for the Boston Eagles
  • ODP Regional team 1998
  • Played at Old Dominion University
  • USL Division 2 Western Mass Pioneers
  • Coached at Daniel Webster College

Friday, August 8, 2014 1:52 PM
Subj:  Fall 2014 Jr. Academy

Families of Jr. Academy,

I hope everyone is doing well and you are getting excited for our fall season! Our Elite 2014-2015 staff is in place and they are very excited to start training our players. We are geared up to improve development through building proper technique, fundamentals, and maximizing touches on the ball.
During the first couple weeks, players will learn new skills that they can take home with them to continue and improve their comfort level on the ball. I strongly encourage all our players to set aside some time everyday to touch the ball. I know time is limited and managing already busy schedules doesn't leave to much free time to work on dribbling and passing. With our three sessions a week players will see drastic technical improvements. But if our players can build on their skills outside of training and train on their own, they will expedite their technical competency.

Any players who have ordered new uniform components can go to Premier Soccer in Landstown Commons VB to pick up their uniforms starting Monday. A reminder all players need to be in black or white shorts, black or white socks, and their Jr. Academy training shirt for every session (Jerseys and old training shirts work as well). Bring a properly inflated ball to every session with plenty of water.

Our first training session is Wednesday Aug. 20th and out first game is Saturday Aug. 23rd. We will train for 10 straight weeks including Labor Day weekend through October 25th.

As always, please email me if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

July 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:50 PM
Subj:  Beach FC Jr. Academy Fall 2014

Parents & Players of the Beach FC Jr. Academy,

For those of you I have not met, my name is Gregg Mottinger and I am the Jr. Academy Director with Beach FC. I hope this email finds you well and you are excited about our fall season!  We are set to start in just over three weeks on August 20th. Our experienced and professional staff is excited to get back on the field and I look forward to coaching everyone this fall!

Some of the values of the Academy include creating an environment that is fun and instills a love of the game (intrinsic motivation). Making sure the environment that encourages risk-taking and creativity both in practice and in games and that places individual players, not teams, central to all decision-making regarding training and competition. Also, create an environment where young players are exposed to a game that emphasizes skill development over team development. Coaching through age appropriate demonstrations and activities versus drills to train technique as well as decision-making. Sessions will be focusing on teaching correct technique – dribbling, ball control, passing, shooting, juggling, etc. Last, utilizing guided discovery teaching methods versus the command style, giving the game back to the kids and enhancing their problem solving ability.

Training dates will be Wednesday and Friday nights at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex. Training will run from August 20th-October 29th. We will be training 10 straight weeks including Labor Day Weekend.  The U6 age group will train from 5:00 until 5:45 on Wednesdays and the U7-U8s will train from 6:00-7:15 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturdays will be our game days at Virginia Wesleyan University. The U6s will have their games from 10:00-10:45am and the U7-U8s will have games from 11:00-12:00am.

If we miss a training date or game it will be rescheduled. We pride ourselves in getting all 30 training days and games in.

Each training session will vary, but will be highly competitive and have the kids playing against the other players in the academy maximizing touches on the ball and primarily focusing on the technical side of the game. Players will train in training groups for organizational purposes and will be separated into training groups the first night. Each U7-U8 player will be on a MLS team for training! U6s will be split up randomly before each session. Training sessions will be different every week, and will run in stations some weeks or have one coach with one group for the entire session. All the stations will have a specific theme the coach is focusing on. One session may include a technical dribbling station, technical passing station, 1v1s or 2v2s, moves and turns, and then a game station.
 
Every Wednesday, I will bring all the U7-U8 parents together to discuss the focal points of the sessions that week and answer any questions the parents may have. This is a great tool to educate our parents on what is being taught in the Academy so you can reinforce learning by asking questions with your son or daughter about the specific activities after the session is over.

Games on Saturdays will mix U8 & U7 players sometimes, others will mix in the girls and boys, others will be with their own age group. The ultimate goal of the games is low numbers on each field, lots of touches on the ball, and strictly developmental based without an emphasis on a result. No subs and every player with play for the entire hour. Each field will have a coach that may pause throughout the game to make a couple quick points and help to keep the game flowing. Our games will have 8-10 min. halves. Quick break then play again for a second half. One team will then rotate to play another team for two halves while one team will stay on the field and wait for another team to rotate to them. Each team will play at least three games every Saturday. Players will play with and against different players every week to vary the level of competition.

At each session it is imperative that each player have soccer cleats, shin guards, socks over the shin guards, a soccer ball (pumped up), and plenty of water. No energy drinks or soda. I will give the players plenty of water breaks to keep them hydrated throughout the session. Proper training attire for each session is imperative. All players need to have black or white socks and black or white shorts for every session. Jr. Academy T-shirts or jerseys need to be worn at all sessions. Old jerseys and shirts from previous season are great too!

Communication will be key for success this Fall. If you can't make a session please let me or one of the coaches know. We expect all players to be at all sessions but we understand conflicts do arise.

Parent & Player expectations are on the Beach FC website and I strongly encourage you take a look at them. Go to www.beachfc.com, click on Jr. Academy at the top, then on Philosophy on the left hand side. It is imperative that we have no parent coaching going on at any of the sessions. Lets allow the kids to play is a stress free environment where the kids can grow and develop while learning the game from our professional highly qualified staff. This allows the players to solve the soccer problems on their own. During all training sessions, parents must stay in the pavilion off to the side of the field. During the games, I urge you to cheer and encourage all the players on the field and feel free to bring your vuzuzelas! But refrain from coaching and giving tactical instructions because the players get confused very easily when they are being told two different things from the coaches and parents.

Last, on training days if weather is a factor, I will send out an e-mail by 3 o'clock with cancellations. You man also call the HRSC Hotline: (757) 518-5176 which will be updated. On Saturdays I will send out an e-mail by 9am.

Our first training date is Wednesday Aug. 20th.

As always, shoot me an email if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you all soon!
 
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October 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Reminder - Training Tonight and Tomorrow Night

Families of the Jr. Academy, 

Just a Reminder that U6s and U7-U8s will train tonight and tomorrow at our normal times at the HRSC. After Friday, our U6s will have got all of their 10 training sessions in which means next Wednesdays training will only be for U7-U8s. We will start at 5:30 that day to try and get the most daylight. Sorry for the confusion!

With the weather getting colder, please be sure to have our players dress warm! For Game Day, try and have their jersey on the outside of long sleeve shirts or jackets, but if its to tight don't sweat it at all. I just want to ensure all our players are warm. Once they start moving, you'll be amazed how quick they want to shed their layers.

Futsal registration is filling up fast! Training starts indoors in two weeks to be sure to sign up soon if you're interested. https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/gnslite/camp/000411/Welcome.html

 I look forward to seeing everyone for three straight days of soccer fun! Let me know if you have any questions.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Subj:  Fields Closed Tonight and Make Up Schedule

Families of the Jr. Academy,

HRSC has closed the fields so training tonight has been cancelled. However, the following make up dates have been arranged:

We will have training tomorrow night (field conditions permitting), Thursday Oct. 23rd, at our normal time at HRSC. U6s 5:00 and U7-U8s 5:45. We will also train Friday, Oct. 24th, at our normal time. U6s 5:00 U7-U8s 5:45.

This Saturday Oct. 25th is our last Game Day. Everyone should be in their Black Jerseys and parents come ready to play the last half of the last game!

Next Wednesday Oct. 29th will be our last practice of the season. U6s will start at 5:00 and U7-U8s will start at 5:45.

I appreciate everyone working with us as we do everything we can to make up our cancelled sessions. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,

Gregg Mottinger


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Subj: Jr. Academy U6-U8 Training Cancelled Tonight

Dear Families of the Jr. Academy,

We have decided to cancel training for this evening.  Sorry for getting this out late, but we have been evaluating fields while also looking at future rain potential tonight.  

We will be working on a make-up schedule and will send out the information in the near future.

Thank you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Fall Futsal

Families of the Jr. Academy,

This Fall & Winter we will be offering indoor futsal training for our Jr. Academy players. This program will be a great way for our players to increase their comfort level with the ball through technical ball work. Futsal quickly develop skills like balance, motor ability, agility and co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness. Children learn through repetition and practice in small areas this occurs naturally. Here is a, link to the US Futsal Federation website with some great information about Futsal:  http://www.usyouthfutsal.com/AbouttheGame/whyfutsal/index_E.html

We will start off by offering Jr. Academy Fall Futsal sessions four Mondays in November. November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th all at Baylake Pines at 4444 Shore Drive, VB 23455. The sessions will be an hour long and cost $50 for the four sessions. Sessions will be from 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30. Space will be limited to 20 players per session so please reserve your spot ASAP. Jr. Academy U6-U8 fall futsal is session selection 'B.' Registration is open and the link is:

 https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/gnslite/camp/000411/Welcome.html

Futsal training will continue in December-February with additional dates and times TBD. This is all in an effort to keep our players sharp over the winter and really focus on their individual player development before starting back outside in the spring. 

Please se keep an eye on the weather and check your email for updates before tonight's training. If you don't hear from me, we are on. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!


Friday, October 10, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Game Day Information

Families of the JRA,

This Saturday everyone should be in their Black jerseys for our game day. Lets continue to remain positive on the sidelines tomorrow and allow the players to solve the soccer problems. There may be a little bit of rain so please plan accordingly.

Also I wanted to let everyone know tonight at 7:00 is Landon Donavan's last game with US Men's National Team. The men will be playing against Equador tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. If you get the chance please take some time to watch the match and enjoy the celebration of one of America's most influential soccer stars.

I'll see all the U7-U8s tonight at 5:45 and everyone tomorrow for our games. 

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Time Change & Important Information

Families of the JRA,

Just a reminder that our U7-U8 training will start at 5:45 tomorrow. This should give us some extra daylight for training. Please help spread the word throughout the Academy to make sure everyone knows. U6s will still start at their normal time of 5:00.

Also, this Saturday is our picture day for anyone interested in individual professional pictures. I will have prepaid envelopes to hand out tomorrow night.

Lastly, we are changing fields for training to field 4A, 4B, and Field 5. These are the fields directly to the left of the office as you walk into the complex. U7s will be on field 4A and 4B and U8s will be on field 5. Parents please be sure to stay around the pavilion during training. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you all tomorrow!


Friday, September 26, 2014
Subj:  Jr. Academy Field Update and game information

Families of the Jr. Academy,

We will have U7-U8 training tonight from 6:00-7:15 at the HRSC on field 7 & 9. These fields are located on the left hand side of the complex as you are walking in the main entrance. They are on the opposite side of the complex from where we have been training. With all the rain we got, we are very fortunate to be allowed to train!

Games are at the normally scheduled times this weekend and all players should wear their Black jerseys.

Look forward to seeing the U7-U8s tonight and everyone in the morning. Let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Subj:  Jr. Academy Pictures & Training Time Update

Families of the Jr. Academy,

We had a ton of competitive and exciting games going on this past weekend. Kudos go out to all the players as they really put an emphasis on connecting passes. Don't forget to remind your son or daughter to practice the juggle your age challenge and the skill moves at home.

October 4th is our picture day with Focused on Sports. They will be out on the fields to take individual shots of all our players who are interested in pictures. They are tentatively set to come out an hour before the games kick off. So U6s please be at the field between 9:00-9:30 if you want pictures taken, and U7-U8s around 10:30 of you want pictures taken. I will pass prepaid envelopes out next week.

As we start to run out of light at night, Our U7-U8 training will move up its start time to 5:45 on Wednesdays and Fridays. We will still start at the normal 6:00 time this week, and I will let you know when we will move the start time up to ensure we get the whole session in.

As always let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all this week!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Subj:  Game Day Recap & Updates

Families of the JRA,

We had another fantastic weekend of games and I applaud all our players for the tremendous work ethic that was on display. I see our players trying to solve soccer problems on their own and making good decisions with the ball. Players are looking to find open space with or without the ball and the level of play is already much better then the first week. Lets keep the momentum going!

We are going to start our juggle your age challenge this week. Basically, we want all our players to be able to juggle a soccer ball as many times as they are years old. So if they are 6, try and juggle the ball with your feet or thighs 6 times. This will give the players something to do at home and continue to get them touches on the ball outside of training.

Also, whenever possible, try and watch some soccer at home. The English Premier League season has kicked off and there are tons of games being televised on NBC Sports on the weekends. Also, the MLS season is getting into playoff time and NBC Sports and Comcast sports show many games throughout the week as well. Sept. 19th and 20th this week they will be showing MLS games live.

Lets continue to grow a passion for the game of soccer! I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday and let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, September 08, 2014 12:41 PM
Subj:  Game Day Recap & Parking Information

Families of the JRA,
 
The staff and I were thoroughly impressed with the effort shown by all our players this past weekend. Its great to see players trying to make the right decisions with he ball and looking to find open space. The skill moves are becoming more proficient and its exciting to see our players get more and more comfortable with the ball at their feet.
 
We are going to push our U7-U8s Game Day start time on Saturdays back from 11:00 to 11:15. This should alleviate some of the parking issues. Also, Virginia Wesleyan Security said that if parents park on the grass they will start ticketing. If you can't find parking in the lot behind the fields, they ask us to park next to the soccer stadium. After going through the security check point, take a left, then take your first left just past the soccer stadium. There is plenty of parking there.
 
I'll be in touch Wednesday if the complex is closed because of all the rain. Don't forget, you can call their hotline before coming to training as well. 757-518-5176.
 
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.


Friday, September 05, 2014 9:03 AM
Subj:  Jr. Academy Info

Families of the Jr. Academy,

This weekend all our players should wear their yellow jerseys. I am waiting to hear back from the HRSC and Virginia Wesleyan to confirm their fields are playable tonight and tomorrow. If you don't hear back from me then assume we are still on for training tonight!

Also, U7-U8 parents please remind your son or daughter what MLS training group they are on. If you are late to training, have the players hop right in with their training group. They should know some of the players on their teams now and will be able to locate them. Just ask any of the staff coaches around. The U7s are on the fields closest to the turf and the U8s are closest to the trees. If they cannot find them come find me and we will get them with their group. This will go along way in getting players with their proper training group quickly so they can start training.
 
I hope to see everyone this weekend! Let me know if you have any questions.

August 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:06 AM
Subj:  Game Day & Gear Pick Up

Families of the Jr. Academy,

Just a reminder games are back to their normal start times this weekend. 10:00 for U6s and 11:00 for U7U8s. Everyone should be in their black jerseys for the game tomorrow.

Also, if you ordered any Beach FC gear please pick it up from Premier Soccer this week. They also have training shirts for those who have not received theirs yet and have additional ones for purchase.
 
See you all this weekend!


Thursday, August 21, 2014
Subj:  Great First Night!

Families of the JRA,

Thanks for making out first training night a tremendous success! The energy and excitement form all our players was contagious and it created a fantastic coaching environment. The staff was very impressed with the ability levels of all our players. All our players worked very hard and I am excited to be a part of their development over the next ten weeks!

U7-U8s will train this Friday from 6-7:15 at HRSC. Our first Game Day is this Saturday. U6s 10:30-11:15 and U7-U8s from 11:30-12:30. All games will be at Virginia Wesleyan. Everyone should be in their Yellow jerseys for our first game.

Please be sure to sit on the outside of the game fields on Saturday and not on the sidelines. There is plenty of room to watch the games behind the goals, but please avoid sitting on the sidelines. Remember to cheer and be positive and refrain from coaching from the sidelines. Lets allow our players to solve the soccer problems!

Look forward to seeing you all this weekend.


Monday, August 18, 2014 11:05 AM
Subj:  Jr. Academy Starts This Week

Families of the Jr. Academy,

I hope this email finds you well and everyone is excited for our first training session this Wednesday! Just a reminder the U6s train from 5:005:45 and the U7U8s train from 6:007:15 at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex. We will be using field 13 which is at the front right of the complex as you are looking at the offices/snack bar. Please park anywhere in the lots but do not park or drop off in the circle lot. Everyone should be in black or white shorts and socks and their Jr. Academy Training Tshirt. Proper soccer cleats and socks pulled over the shin guards. Everyone needs a soccer ball as well.

If you have not picked up your uniform from Premier Soccer in Landstown Commons please do so before Wednesday if possible.
Our games this Saturday have been pushed back a little from our normal start time. Games will still be held at Virginia Wesleyan University. The Virginia Wesleyan Men's and Women's teams will be training on the fields before our games to get ready for their upcoming season. Our U6s game will start at 10:30am and our U7U8s will start at 11:30am. Pull into the school and tell the security guard you are here for Beach FC Soccer. Take a right at the stop sign and circle around to the parking lot on your left.

The Virginia Wesleyan Men’s team plays this Saturday after our games at 7:00pm and admission is free! Come out and support the Marlins and watch some high level soccer.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday.
 


Monday, August 11, 2014 9:18 AM
Subj:  Elite Beach FC Jr. Academy Coaching Staff 2014-2015

Parents,
 
Just wanted to give you some background information on your elite Jr Academy staff! Working with the players this year are some of the most talented and experienced coaches in Hampton Roads. I am excited to have them on board with me and the players will truly benefit from each of the coaches individuality and experience.
 
Gregg Mottinger

  • North Texas State Team & Region 3 pool player
  • Elite Soccer Program participant in 2002
  • 4 year starter at Old Dominion University 2003-2007
  • Captain for the 2006 Campaign
  • Member of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances
  • District & State ODP coach
  • USSF National 'A' License
  • USSF National Youth License

Florence Omagbemi Onuja

  • Women's World Cup Player
  •  Four FIFA Women's World Cups (Nigeria)
  • Team Captain for Nigeria, Represented her country in 2000 Olympic Games in Australia
  • WUSA Professional player (Boston Breakers & San Diego Spirit)
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Player
  • NSCAA Advance National License
  • Nigerian U20 women
  • National team assistant 2010

Mercy Akide

  • Three FIFA Women's World Cups (Nigeria)
  • First African Women's Footballer of the year (2002)
  • 1999 and 2004 FIFA World AllStar
  • Represented her country in two Olympic Games - Australia 2000 and Greece 2004
  • Named by FIFA as one of its 15 Ambassadors for Women Football
  • Professional Player WUSA (San Diego Spirit)
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague player

Ruth Keegan

  • Former Head Womens Soccer Coach at CNU
  • Old Dominion Assistant Coach 1996/2006
  • USSF B License
  • Earned multiple 'CAPS' for the Republic of Ireland women's team 1987/1992.
  • Coach of the year USA South Conference 2008 2010 2011
  • 1995 All American
  • 1995 Conference player of the year.

Tyler McFarland

  • USSF D license
  • 13 years coaching (rec & travel)
  • 20 years playing experience
  • Beach FC Staff coach

Jen Henley

  • Beach FC Coach U13 girls 2003-2004
  • CB West High School  (Pennsylvania) Assistant Coach 2006 State Champs
  • Old Dominion University alltime points leader
  • CAA Player of the Year 2001 @ ODU
  • Played for Grindavik in the Icelandic Women's Pro League

Ken Fabian

  • USSF B License
  • Advanced National License thru the NSCAA
  • Former ODP Director of Coaching for the Southeast Region
  • Former ODP State Coach for the Girls
  • Former ODP District Coach for Boys and Girls
  • Named Beach District Boys Soccer Coach of the Year  in 1993 and 1995
  • Former Director of Coaching for Atlantic Soccer Club
  • Coached 2 former National Players from Virginia Beach One winning the gold medal
  • Played 4 years College Soccer at SUNY Cortland
  • Have over 25 years of Coaching experience
  • Former Referee through USSF

 
Amanda Beaty

  • Played at Virginia Wesleyan College '96'98
  • 2nd Team AllConference
  • Honorable Mention AllConference
  • Assistant Coach Kellam High School '97, '98
  • Head Coach Lake Taylor High School '99
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas '97
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Brain Porter

  • USSF C
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • ODP Experience
  • Former HS Varsity Coach
  • 10+ Years travel Experience
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Kay Kozlowski

  • Former College Player
  • NAIA All American Scholar Athlete
  • USSF National D License
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Ryan Serrette

  • Played High school soccer for Trinity College in Trinidad and Tobago (1997-1999)
  • Played soccer for Semiprofessional team West Indies United (2001-2002)
  • Volunteer at YMCA Hilltop for youth summer soccer camp (2003-2004)
  • Coached High school and Middle soccer for Virginia Beach Friends School (2005-Present)
  • Coached U12U14 Travel team for Virginia Rush (2006-2009)
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy Coach for 5 years

Rick Studley

  • 4 year starter Virginia Wesleyan College Nationally Ranked
  • NSCAA National License
  • Previous Beach FC Head Coach for 6 years
  • Previous Kempsville HS Girls Asst Coach for 3 years

Colby Owen

  • ODU Women’s Soccer Team Alumnus (20052008) Goalkeeper
  • Goalkeeper for the Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Soccer Team (2006 & 2007)
  • Christopher Newport University Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer (Fall 2009)
  • Frank W. Cox High School Varsity Girls Soccer Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer/Assistant Coach (Spring 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Old Dominion Soccer Club Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer for travel club – (spring and fall 2007 & 2008)
  • Beach FC Travel Soccer Club Alumnus
  • USSF National D License

Kelvin Sealy

  • Beach FC Player for 7 years
  • 4 year starter at Cox High School
  • 4 year starter at Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Coached and Assisted 3 NYSL youth teams
  • Started the youth soccer program at the Virginia Beach Boys and Girls Club
  • Beach FC Jr. Academy coach for 5 years

Robyn O'Brien

  • Coached 2 seasons at Christ the King Catholic school
  • Girls asst coach at PA high school 1 year
  • 3 seasons NYSL coach
  • 2 season u9 girls advanced
  • USSF Coaching license E
  • 28 years playing experience

Thomas Talbert

  • Played Travel/ODP in South Carolina
  • Played For All Marine Corps Team
  • Coached U14 Boys in Hawaiian Classic League
  • Assistant Coach for U9/U10 Beach FC Jr Academy
  • Coach for Beach FC Jr Academy U6/U7/U8

Michael McDermott

  • Played club soccer at Beach FC
  • Played for Kempsville HS Varsity Soccer
  • Named Beach District Rookie of the Year a Sophomore
  • Named 1st team AllDistrict Senior Year
  • Captain Junior Year
  • Played 4 years College soccer at AldersonBroaddus University
  • Named 2nd team AllConference as a Freshman
  • Won the WVIAC tournament as a Sophomore
  • Named 1st team All-Conference Senior Year
  • Been coaching JR Academy going on 3 seasons
  • Was in charge of running summer soccer camps for the company 3D Sports based out of Newport News in 2009 and 2010

Eric Blackmore

  • Played all youth soccer with Beach FC
  • Auburn University Club team player, 1993-1997
  • Auburn University Club Team Head Coach, 1996-97
  • Beach FC Staff Coach, 1998-present
    • Coaching all age groups on boys side, Red and Black teams
    • Beach FC U18 Red Girls coach, 2012-2013
  • Landstown HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2001-2005
  • Hickory HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2005-2012
  • Frank W. Cox HS Boys Varsity Head Coach, 2012-present

Stephanie Miller

  • Assistant coach at University of Delaware 2006
  • 6 years assistant womens soccer coach at ODU 2005, 2007-2011
  •   Old Dominion University womens soccer goalkeeper from 2001-2004 posted an .822 save percentage and a 1.18 goals against average in senior season for the Monarchs.
  • USSF 'D' license
  • Played club soccer for FC Bucks, formerly Council Rock FC Blast from EPYSA. 7 time EPYSA state champ and regional qualifier.

Kevin Allen

  • Head Coach Tallwood JV Soccer Current
  • Asst. Coach Tallwood Varsity soccer Current
  • Beach FC u9 u14 coach
  • NSCAA Golakeeper License
  • USSF 'D' License

Blair Ferguson

  • USSF B
  • NSCAA Advanced National
  • Former college player at Virginia Wesleyan
  • Former college asst. coach
  • Current Beach FC Travel Coach

Denny Arinello

  • Played for Beach FC
  • VA State ODP Player
  • 4 year player at CNU
  • Virginia Legacy East End Youth Development with U5U6
  • Former assistant varsity coach at Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia (2013 and 2014 seasons)

Jamie Clarke

  • University of North Carolina @ Pembroke (20032008)
    • Freshman of the Year, Peach Belt Conference
    • NCAA Division II AllRegion, AllConference, AllTournament
  • UNCP Offensive POY
    • Peach Belt Conference StudentAthlete of the Year 2004
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas, SemiProfessional
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 (team captain), 2011, 2012
  • University of North Carolina @ Pembroke (20032008)
    • Freshman of the Year, Peach Belt Conference
    • NCAA Division II AllRegion, AllConference, AllTournament
    • UNCP Offensive POY
    • Peach Belt Conference StudentAthlete of the Year 2004
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas, SemiProfessional
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 (team captain), 2011, 2012
  • VB City FC, SemiProfessional

Bridgette Porter

  • Former beach fc player
  • Former college player( Radford and Virginia Wesleyan)
  • Former Hampton Roads Piranhas WLeague Player
  • 12 years as a High School Coach JV and varsity at Green Run High School
  • Former Middle School coach at Larkspur and Brandon Middle School
  • Beach FC Academy coach

Kevin McMenamin

  • Played youth soccer for the Boston Eagles
  • ODP Regional team 1998
  • Played at Old Dominion University
  • USL Division 2 Western Mass Pioneers
  • Coached at Daniel Webster College

Friday, August 8, 2014 1:52 PM
Subj:  Fall 2014 Jr. Academy

Families of Jr. Academy,

I hope everyone is doing well and you are getting excited for our fall season! Our Elite 2014-2015 staff is in place and they are very excited to start training our players. We are geared up to improve development through building proper technique, fundamentals, and maximizing touches on the ball.
During the first couple weeks, players will learn new skills that they can take home with them to continue and improve their comfort level on the ball. I strongly encourage all our players to set aside some time everyday to touch the ball. I know time is limited and managing already busy schedules doesn't leave to much free time to work on dribbling and passing. With our three sessions a week players will see drastic technical improvements. But if our players can build on their skills outside of training and train on their own, they will expedite their technical competency.

Any players who have ordered new uniform components can go to Premier Soccer in Landstown Commons VB to pick up their uniforms starting Monday. A reminder all players need to be in black or white shorts, black or white socks, and their Jr. Academy training shirt for every session (Jerseys and old training shirts work as well). Bring a properly inflated ball to every session with plenty of water.

Our first training session is Wednesday Aug. 20th and out first game is Saturday Aug. 23rd. We will train for 10 straight weeks including Labor Day weekend through October 25th.

As always, please email me if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

July 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:50 PM
Subj:  Beach FC Jr. Academy Fall 2014

Parents & Players of the Beach FC Jr. Academy,

For those of you I have not met, my name is Gregg Mottinger and I am the Jr. Academy Director with Beach FC. I hope this email finds you well and you are excited about our fall season!  We are set to start in just over three weeks on August 20th. Our experienced and professional staff is excited to get back on the field and I look forward to coaching everyone this fall!

Some of the values of the Academy include creating an environment that is fun and instills a love of the game (intrinsic motivation). Making sure the environment that encourages risk-taking and creativity both in practice and in games and that places individual players, not teams, central to all decision-making regarding training and competition. Also, create an environment where young players are exposed to a game that emphasizes skill development over team development. Coaching through age appropriate demonstrations and activities versus drills to train technique as well as decision-making. Sessions will be focusing on teaching correct technique – dribbling, ball control, passing, shooting, juggling, etc. Last, utilizing guided discovery teaching methods versus the command style, giving the game back to the kids and enhancing their problem solving ability.

Training dates will be Wednesday and Friday nights at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex. Training will run from August 20th-October 29th. We will be training 10 straight weeks including Labor Day Weekend.  The U6 age group will train from 5:00 until 5:45 on Wednesdays and the U7-U8s will train from 6:00-7:15 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturdays will be our game days at Virginia Wesleyan University. The U6s will have their games from 10:00-10:45am and the U7-U8s will have games from 11:00-12:00am.

If we miss a training date or game it will be rescheduled. We pride ourselves in getting all 30 training days and games in.

Each training session will vary, but will be highly competitive and have the kids playing against the other players in the academy maximizing touches on the ball and primarily focusing on the technical side of the game. Players will train in training groups for organizational purposes and will be separated into training groups the first night. Each U7-U8 player will be on a MLS team for training! U6s will be split up randomly before each session. Training sessions will be different every week, and will run in stations some weeks or have one coach with one group for the entire session. All the stations will have a specific theme the coach is focusing on. One session may include a technical dribbling station, technical passing station, 1v1s or 2v2s, moves and turns, and then a game station.
 
Every Wednesday, I will bring all the U7-U8 parents together to discuss the focal points of the sessions that week and answer any questions the parents may have. This is a great tool to educate our parents on what is being taught in the Academy so you can reinforce learning by asking questions with your son or daughter about the specific activities after the session is over.

Games on Saturdays will mix U8 & U7 players sometimes, others will mix in the girls and boys, others will be with their own age group. The ultimate goal of the games is low numbers on each field, lots of touches on the ball, and strictly developmental based without an emphasis on a result. No subs and every player with play for the entire hour. Each field will have a coach that may pause throughout the game to make a couple quick points and help to keep the game flowing. Our games will have 8-10 min. halves. Quick break then play again for a second half. One team will then rotate to play another team for two halves while one team will stay on the field and wait for another team to rotate to them. Each team will play at least three games every Saturday. Players will play with and against different players every week to vary the level of competition.

At each session it is imperative that each player have soccer cleats, shin guards, socks over the shin guards, a soccer ball (pumped up), and plenty of water. No energy drinks or soda. I will give the players plenty of water breaks to keep them hydrated throughout the session. Proper training attire for each session is imperative. All players need to have black or white socks and black or white shorts for every session. Jr. Academy T-shirts or jerseys need to be worn at all sessions. Old jerseys and shirts from previous season are great too!

Communication will be key for success this Fall. If you can't make a session please let me or one of the coaches know. We expect all players to be at all sessions but we understand conflicts do arise.

Parent & Player expectations are on the Beach FC website and I strongly encourage you take a look at them. Go to www.beachfc.com, click on Jr. Academy at the top, then on Philosophy on the left hand side. It is imperative that we have no parent coaching going on at any of the sessions. Lets allow the kids to play is a stress free environment where the kids can grow and develop while learning the game from our professional highly qualified staff. This allows the players to solve the soccer problems on their own. During all training sessions, parents must stay in the pavilion off to the side of the field. During the games, I urge you to cheer and encourage all the players on the field and feel free to bring your vuzuzelas! But refrain from coaching and giving tactical instructions because the players get confused very easily when they are being told two different things from the coaches and parents.

Last, on training days if weather is a factor, I will send out an e-mail by 3 o'clock with cancellations. You man also call the HRSC Hotline: (757) 518-5176 which will be updated. On Saturdays I will send out an e-mail by 9am.

Our first training date is Wednesday Aug. 20th.

As always, shoot me an email if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you all soon!
 
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