July 2018 Newsletter
SURF SUMMER CAMPS
This summer, we are excited to offer both an Advanced Skills Camp AND Finishing School open to players age 8-14 from any soccer club. 

There is still room in our second week of camp,  July 23-27 at Ballinger Playfields.  REGISTER TODAY

COACHING vs TEACHING
Last month, our coaching development program continued with a workshop lead by Technical Advisor, Darren Sawatzky

Darren's experience with the French Formation License teaches us that focusing on the whole athlete, and the environment in which they develop, naturally leads to championships as a byproduct, whereas focusing on results leads to lower satisfaction and higher player burn-out.

This is why June's coaching workshop focused on our club's coaching methodology of teaching vs coaching. Our coaching methodology includes  providing an environment that promotes guided self-discovery for players, which is proven  to lead to more creativity, freedom, & lifelong  enjoyment of the game. We look forward to sharing more of the coaching education curriculum with you as it continues to be implemented.

REGIONALS RECAP
Surf represented 3 of the 21 teams from Washington Youth Soccer at Far West Regionals in Honolulu, Hawaii last month. Our G04A and G03A both made it all the way to semifinals. 

Our G00A was one of only two teams from the state to make it to a final match. When regular time ended in a 1-1 tie, they endured 2 rounds of scorching 15 minute OT with only 11 players left, only to fall during the penalty kickoff.

This was the last year of regional leagues, as US Youth Soccer transitions to a conference structure

Bravo to all Surf teams on the official end of the 2017/2018 season!
YOU SHOP. EVERYONE SCORES!
As a non-profit, our club participates in the Amazon Smile program. If you designate us as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate a portion of the profits from your online purchases in support of our players and coaches.

Visit smile.amazon.com today to select Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club as your charitable organization.
SUMMER TOURNAMENT UPDATES
B08B- Semifinalists, Clash at the Border
G08A- Champs, RVS Classic
B06A- 3rd place, Missoula Intermountain Cup
B06B- Finalists, Snohomish Invitational
G05A- Finalists, Baker Blast
G02B- 3rd place, Seattle Cup
G02A- Champions, WPFC Rainier Challenge

Best wishes to all of our teams taking advantage of the summer tournament opportunities to try new things and focus on goal-setting for the upcoming season.

USED KIT DRIVE
Spring cleaning? Growth spurt? 

Let us take those old kits off of your hands and share with other Surf families. Donations accepted at Surf office during business hours- weekdays 9am-5pm
SURF SEVENS
Greater Seattle Surf is proud to offer its first annual Sevens Tournament for 7v7 match play. This event provides play for boys and girls in birth years 2009 (U10) and 2010 (U9). Max roster 12 players. Registration is $200 per team. 

Team Registration online HERE

Email David.Hartshorn@gssurfsc.org for more info.
SURF GOALKEEPING ACADEMY
Under the guidance of Director Val Seid, we are excited to announce our new goalkeeping academy program for all current Surf goalkeepers and any players interested in giving it a try, including 3 new coaches dedicated just to working with our goalkeepers. 

To learn more about the new staff and curriculum, visit our GK HQ online here.
PLAYER AND TEAM OF THE MONTH
Our new monthly recognition program celebrates the teams and individuals who  best exemplify the three pillars of #WeAreSurf- enthusiastic, intentional, & together. 

To nominate a team or player, email your recommendation by the 1 st  of each month. Our Surf Leadership Program members will vote on one team, one boy player, and one girl player at their next workshop. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
JULY
July 10- Team Treasurer Training, 5:30-6:30pm @Surf Office
 
July 23-27-  SURF SUMMER CAMP @ Ballinger Playfields


July 24- Athlete Leader Workshop for birth years 00-06, 5:30-7pm @Surf Office
 
July 25- Athlete Leader Workshop for birth years 07-10, 5:30-7pm @Surf Office

July 26- Team Representatives Meeting, 5:45-6:45pm @The Hangar, Kenmore

July 26- August 7-  Surf Cup

AUGUST
August 11-12- SURF SEVENS TOURNAMENT

August , 19, & 25- NYSA Officials Training for ages 13+,  Free for adults. Visit NYSA website for details

August 14- Team Manager Training Night/ Prep for RCL Season, 6-7pm @Surf Office

August 28- Athlete Leader Workshop for birth years 00-06, 5:30-7pm @Surf Office
 
August 29- Athlete Leader Workshop for birth years 07-10, 5:30-7pm @Surf Office