December 2018 Newsletter
WINTER BREAK SOCCER CAMP
Our third annual Winter Finishing and Keeper School focuses on awareness to create (attackers) and prevent (goalkeepers) goal-scoring opportunities.  This is achieved through repetitions of game-like situations in the attacking third of the field. The program is open to all select and premier level players age 9-14*.

LOOKING FOR MORE WINTER BREAK TOUCHES?
Greater Seattle Surf players of all ages are invited to come out and join our coaching staff for a morning of street soccer & outdoor futsal drop-in sessions:

Saturday, December 29, 9:30-11am @Lynnwood High School Field #1
Sunday, December 30, 9:30-11am @North Creek Field #1

2019 KICKOFF EVENT
Tune in to our Facebook page on January 7, 2019 at 1pm for a very special live-streamed event presenting club-level changes for the new year PLUS a very special announcement from our brand new club ambassador, Deandre Yedlin!
NEW YEAR. NEW HEALTHY HABITS!
Do kids need sports drinks? Is there such a thing as a healthy drive-thru pre-game snack? Can players skip breakfast before an early match? 

GSS SAQ & Nutrition Specialist Heather Alschuler regularly shares tips and tricks tailor-made for young athletes on our Sports Nutrition page here.

REFEREE CLINICS
Washington State Referee Committee is actively recruiting adults, college, and high school ages to join the referee community. This is a great part-time job for students and a great source of supplemental income for adults as well. Pay ranges from $35- $75/match. 
To find new training clinics in our region, click hereFor more information on our local referee development program, contact Larry Metz , our local Referee Administrator/Instructor.

"the more mindful player will get more out of practice and will perform better in games"

GSS Sport Psychology Advisor Dr. Kevin Alschuler explains what it means to be "in the moment" and shares some simple tips for how to train at home over the winter break.  Check out his blog post, here.

PERKS FROM OUR SPONSOR
We are excited to announce that Edmonds Orthopedic Center (EOC) is renewing its sponsorship of Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club. 
Dr. Wren McCallister says "We are impressed with the new leadership's vision and values along with their commitment to developing players as both athletes and individuals.

With a solid plan for growth and development, Greater Seattle Surf is putting in place the pieces necessary to build an outstanding organization using the sport of soccer to develop individuals. Greater Seattle Surf will be an asset to our community for years to come."

Executive Director Joe Hampson says, "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Edmonds Orthopedic Center and look forward to furthering the relationship to develop opportunities for our athletes to have direct access to physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and case managers.  Strong partnerships such as these align with our club values, building community and developing important resources our families can benefit from on a daily basis.  A special thanks to Wren McCallister for believing in the direction of the club and investing in our athletes."
 
We welcome a new partner to the club beginning in 2019, Concept Therapy in Edmonds.  In partnership with EOC, Concept Therapy will provide our players direct access to injury assessment, referrals and resources for injury prevention. Further benefits of these partners will be shared with our families in the new year.

COLLEGE PREP CONSULTATIONS
In addition to monthly programming kicking off this month for players born 2000-2005, College Services Coordinator Val Seid also offers 1:1 consultations to help players and parents understand the intimidating world of college applications.  

Whether your player hopes to play soccer or not, Val can help narrow the search for the right campus,  understand the applications process, navigate scholarship/financial aid options and more. 

Contact Val Seid  to schedule your consultation today!

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Our new monthly recognition program celebrates the players who  best exemplify the three pillars of #WeAreSurf by being enthusiastic, intentional, & together. 

November Goalkeeper of the Month - Girls 
Alexa Turner (G06A) shows up to every training ready to go with the right mindset. Her attitude and work ethic are always consistent. She is very coachable and is always trying to get better. 

Coach Mel Craig says " Alexa has grown in leaps and bounds since tryouts. Consistent keeper training has had a big impact. She is hungry to learn and during training she goes for absolutely everything. She has a great work ethic and fantastic attitude."

November Goalkeeper of the Month - Boys  
This fall, Benji Jurado (B08C) noticeably  stepped up his game, keeping his team competitive in every match. His work ethic is always good at trainings and he is always trying to get better. 

Coach Gary McIntosh says "Benji has not only done great job for us in goal but he is a leader for us on the field at games and training. He is a hard worker and always has a great attitude. Benji is always encouraging his teammates and pushing them to be more focused."

November Player of the Month - Girls 
Emily Schwartz (G00A) was recently honored as one of Seattle Times top 10 Girls' soccer players in WA. She lead her high school team to a 3rd place finish in league and district play and helped them secure a spot in the state tournament. 

Coach Val Seid says, "Emily's attitude towards the game and her teammates is outstanding. She always works beyond what we expect a player to do. She is the consummate teammate, one that everyone wants to be with and is very encouraging to everyone. When needed, she steps up into any role without question and will just go out and play."

November Player of the Month - Boys 
Tanner Summers (B06A) recently stepped up into the role of keeper while his team's designated keeper was out sick. 

Coach An says, "Tanner put his teammates first with this decision and has done well for us. His voice/instruction in the back has improved organization, intent and togetherness within the backline. Players play with more confidence from the enthusiastic language communicated throughout the game."

UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 2018
  • December 24-January 2, 2019- SURF OFFICE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK
  • December 26-28-  Winter Finishing & Keeper School @Woodinville Sports Fields
  • December 29- FREE Open Training 9:30-11am @Lynnwood High School Field #1 (Surf members only)
  • December 30- FREE Open Training 9:30-11am @North Creek Field #1 (Surf members only)
     
JANUARY 2019
  • January 7- 2019 Kickoff Event livestream, 1pm on our Facebook page
  • January 16- Class of 2019 group photo, 4pm @Surf Office
  • January 21- U13-U19 Athlete Leader Workshop, 6-7pm, Surf Office
  • January 22- U15-U19 College Info Night Coaches Panel, 6:30-8:30 @Brightwater Educational Center
  • January 23- U9-U12 Athlete Leader Workshop, 6-7pm, Surf Office
  • January 24- Team Rep Meeting, 6-7pm, Surf Office
  • January 30- Team Manager appreciation, details TBD
FEBRUARY 2019
  • February 1- Winter Youth Soccer begins, Friday nights 2/1- 3/29
  • February 2-3- Boys 04-00 State Cup Quarterfinals
  • February 8-9- Boys 04-00 State Cup Semifinals
  • February 10- Boys 04-00 State Cup Final
  • February 10- B05-B01 Pre-Tryout Parent Info night, times and locations TBD
  • February 11- B05-B01 Pre-Tryout Open Training, Times and locations TBD
  • February 12-13- B05-B01 TRYOUTS, Times and locations TBD