Hard Work Pays Off!

Congratulations to PFC U15 Copa boys!  FYSA Presidents Cup Champions
U15 Boys will be going to Alabama June 12-15 to represent Florida and Plantation FC in the Region 3 Presidents Cup.
Thank you U15 team players and parents and the best of luck in June

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Coach Fabian is back at Plantation FC!

For more information on Coach Fabian click the link: http://www.plantationeagles.com/holidaysoccercamp/index_E.html

Plantation FC Tryouts for 2014-2015 Season

Futsal free play!
Futsal free play!  
 
Mondays - 530-730pm, u9-u12 boys. 
730-930pm, u13-u15 boys
 
Wednesdays - 530-730pm, u9-u12 girls 
730-9pm, u13-u15 girls. 
 
No fees, no registration.  Just come out and play! 
 
Central Park roller hockey rinks. 
Bring soccer flats or sneakers. No cleats! 
The 4th Path: Reinventing US Youth Soccer Player Development

When it comes to the development of young soccer players in the United States, many parents and coaches come to that proverbial fork in the road, and are unsure what path to take. Most parents want their child to try many sports, yet are faced with the harsh reality of high participation costs, nearly year-round commitments required to have a place on the team, and the fear that if they do not have their child specialize, he or she will get left behind. Internationally, there are three traditional paths to becoming an elite soccer player. Each path has positives and negatives, and exists as a reflection of the soccer culture in each country. For the good of the game in the United States, though,we need to have a serious discussion about blazing a new path which will help us not only produce the most elite players, but the next generation of coaches, referees and lifelong soccer fans. Watch to video below to see me discuss the three traditional paths to player development, and how a new American path will not only help us develop a larger pool of talented players, but a new generation of coaches, referees and fans of the beautiful game. 

Click link to watch video: http://changingthegameproject.com/the-4th-path-reinventing-us-youth-soccer-player-development/

Miguel Perez currently in Costa Rica with the 97 US Region III Team, Team Captain.


Miguel Perez currently in Costa Rica with the 97 US Region III Team, Team Captain.

GotSoccer Insanity: Ranking 9-year olds! Really?

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

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GotSoccer Insanity: Ranking 9-year-olds! Really?



 

By John O’Sullivan

America is obsessed with rankings. From NCAA football and basketball to top high school recruits across the sporting spectrum, the American sports fan has no shortage of statistics and ratings in every professional and college sport. Unfortunately, team rankings have leached into youth sports as well, where any benefit they bring is far outweighed by the negative consequences of rating young athletes and teams during their developmental years.

Unfortunately these rankings have now taken over the youth soccer world. On Oct. 14, the web site GotSoccer.com, the most well-known youth soccer ranking site, decided to expand its ratings and begin ranking 9- and 10-year-old soccer teams in both small-sided and full-sided game categories. In the words of CEO Gavin Owen-Thomas, "We’ve always received a tremendous number of requests to rank the younger ages and I believe the time is now right.”

Really? Right for what? Right for who? It’s certainly not right for the kids who are actually playing!

Any coach who has taken a USSF E License knows that the 9- to 12-year-old age group is known as the “Golden Age of Skill Development.” According to USSF best practices in Long Term Athletic Development, the years prior to the growth spurt for both male and female players are the time when their bodies are most sensitive to developing sport specific skill. It is a time when technical training is crucial, and games should be used as a training tool and a way to measure development.

This age is a time when players need ample game minutes to hone their new skills at a variety of positions. Players need to be encouraged to take risks. Defenders and goalkeepers should not be afraid of playing out of the back. Attacking players need to develop the confidence to beat opponents on the dribble, and possess the ball instead of launch it up the field. Any coach will tell you that these things usually go out the window if your sole focus is to win your games. Unfortunately, that is what the new GotSoccer rankings will do; hinder what little emphasis there already is on development and put all the onus on winning games.

In GotSoccer, you don’t get ranking points for style, or possession, or close games. You don’t get points for letting all your athletes have playing time, or putting your fast goalscorer in the back or midfield to develop his all around ability. You get points for beating teams, and for winning games and tournaments. You earn points and the higher rankings that go with them for focusing on winning at the exact ages when that should be the least of your worries as a coach and as a parent. It is a terrible message being sent by an influential voice.

I am not naive enough to think that this does not happen already. We all know that youth soccer has stopped focusing on children competing against other children. We all know it’s often focused on adults competing against other adults through their children. A hyper-competitive, win-at-all costs mentality has already taken over youth soccer down to the U9 age group in many places. It is causing many talented, developmentally focused coaches to quit rather than make sure their U10 team wins all its games.

It is causing many parents to have their 7-year-old specialize in only soccer so they can make the travel team at 9 and be a star, only to burn out by age 13. This environment is driving far too many kids to quit the most beautiful game in the world. It is causing them to hate soccer!

We all should know better!

Gavin Owen-Thomas states on his bio that he has a USSF and a UEFA A License. He states that they have had many requests for 9- and 10-year-old rankings. From whom? The USSF, U.S. Youth Soccer, or perhaps the NSCAA? Of course not. The requests come from mis-guided parents who are living out their unfulfilled athletic dreams through their children. The rankings serve these parents; they do not serve the best interests of the children!

I do not know Mr. Owen-Thomas, but hopefully this message will reach him. Sir, please reconsider your decision to start ranking 3rd and 4th grade soccer teams. If you are really a person who is concerned with the future and growth of the game in the United States, please do right by the kids, and stop this nonsense.

You have a choice. Your legacy can be one of a good soccer man who made a mistake and fixed it, or you can be the guy who enabled little Johnny’s dad to proudly proclaim “My son plays on the No. 1 ranked 3rd grade soccer team in the whole USA.”

Choose wisely Mr. Owen-Thomas, for our kids’ sake.


(John O’Sullivan is the author of “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids,”  is available on Kindle and in paperback. O’Sullivan’s blogs atchangingthegameproject.com/)

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The Incredibly Massive Importance of Play

The Incredibly Massive Importance of Play

Let me be blunt and scream this from the rooftop: the best athletes PLAY sports. They don’t work them, they play them. When sport becomes more work than play, athletes struggle, they grind, and if they cannot get back to playing instead of working, they eventually drop out. From youth to pros, when the fun goes, soon to follow is performance.

But what about developing future athletes? What is the role of play in the training and advancement of aspiring young players to the next level? Should they be practicing or playing sports? If they do both, is one more important than the other?

For kids under 12, I believe wholeheartedly the answer is yes. And that answer is PLAY!

Maggies Soccer TeamThe role of deliberate practice in skill acquisition is a hot topic. Without rehashing everything I have written on the subject in the past, simply defined deliberate practice is the focused improvement through repetitive activity, continual feedback and correction, and the delay of immediate gratification in pursuit of long term goals. There is no question that expert performers accumulate many hours of deliberate practice, and there is a strong correlation between hours of deliberate practice and performance level in elite performers.

What gets lost in the focus on practice is the massive importance of deliberate play. Researcher Jean Cote defines deliberate play as “activities such as backyard soccer or street basketball that are regulated by age-adapted rules and are set up and monitored by the children or adults engaged in the activity. These activities are intrinsically motivating, provide immediate gratification and are specifically designed to maximize enjoyment.”

In our increasingly structured world of youth sports, coupled with the decline of recess and playground pick up games, deliberate practice is increasingly emphasized, and play is deemphasized. Yet is this helping us develop better athletes? I say no.

Why?

First, at the very core of great athletes is a burning passion and love of the game. That love and enjoyment provides them with the intrinsic motivation to pursue sport excellence. While coaching can foster this love, and provide an athlete with the feedback needed to develop skill, the flame must be fed primarily by the athlete and not the coach. Kids play sports because they are fun. Sports must belong to them.  Play instills this type of love and makes it fun, while practice often does not. Instilling love of the game early on sets up a player mentally to engage in deliberate practice later on.

Second, an early focus on deliberate practice and pursuit of long term success, instead of playing for the love of the game, can cause motivation to become extrinsic, rather than intrinsic. Athletes motivated extrinsically by championships, fame and social identity tied to athletic success have been shown to burnout at a much higher rate than athletes who participate for enjoyment. They are also more likely to protect that identity through cheating and other maladaptive behaviors designed to continue successful outcomes.

Third, free play and multi-sport play promotes the development of better all around athleticism. As children play less and practice more (often in a single sport) using sport specific muscles and movements, experts in many sports have noticed a decline in the agility, balance and coordination skills of young athletes as compared to decades ago.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, play stimulates brain development. It hastens the growth of the brain centers that regulate emotion and control both attention and behavior. Play inspires thinking and adaptation, promoting creative problem solving and conflict resolution. It allows children to build their own games, define their own rules, and develop the cognitive skills that are needed not only for athletics, but in every aspect of life.

One of the greatest differences between adults and children is that adults are goal oriented, and children are focused on immediate pleasure. Adults see everything as leading toward something in the future – the big picture if you will – and thus tend to look at everything we do not simply for “how does this serve me now” but “how will this serve me in the future.” As a result, we tend to look at play, with its focus on immediate gratification instead of long term goals, as a waste of time, and an obstacle to long term growth. It might be getting in the way of things we want for our children in the future, so we tolerate it only to a point.

As a result, we look down upon coaches who roll a ball out and say “go play.” We get angry when our soccer coach sits quietly on the bench, letting the kids work through their own problems, all bunched up in a giant blob, making mistakes without fear of repercussions and public correction, and playing a game that looks nothing like the adult version we see on TV.

We get upset that our coach does not teach kids positions, when in reality they do not possess the ability to understand a position until they understand positioning (do I need to provide, depth, width, close support, etc.). In other words, we have a long term goal in mind, and we want to get our kids to that goal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Clearly by sitting there and not fixing the problem, our coach is delaying their development, right?

Wrong. The coach is doing it right. He is fostering development by helping them learn, and guiding their discovery of the answers rather than providing the answers. He gives them ideas in practice, but then lets them develop skill, creativity and critical thinking during the game. Everything that intuitively feels like inhibiting development is actually promoting it.

Yet many parents and coaches do not realize this.

As a result, we want them to practice, and not play.

We feel compelled to tell them where to be and what to do, instead of guide them to find the answers on their own.

We believe that if we help them acquire enough skill first, then they will fall in love with the game and be intrinsically motivated to pursue it to a higher level.

We measure development through the outcome of games, because outcomes are how we measure success in the adult world.

In the end, we take away play, and substitute work, believing that is the path to performance.

We are wrong!

Show me a list of the best players in any team sport where creativity is valued, such as soccer, hockey or basketball, and the vast majority of them, if not all of them, will have a background filled with a lot more play than practice prior to the age of 12. For some it is play in one sport, and others it is multi-sport participation. The common denominator is an early focus on enjoyment and fearless competition, rather than results and advancement. Top athletes played sports, and have a higher level of intrinsic motivation and autonomy than their fellow competitors who go down the early practice route.

Hopefully, we all want our athletes to develop the ownership, motivation and enjoyment to pursue a sport long term, not only as an participant, but as a fan, a coach, and a lifelong passionate supporter of the game.  It is very hard to put aside our adult values, to ignore the great futures we see for our athletes and/or our kids, and instead allow them to focus on the present. It is difficult to put aside the perspective we have gained over the years, which tells us that the only things we regret are the things we did not do, that talent we did not develop, the sport we chose not to pursue.

We do not want our kids to make the same mistakes. That is a great thing.

An even better thing you can do is to realize that the way to help them avoid those mistakes is not to force them onto the path that in hindsight we wish we had taken, but to give them the tools to find that path themselves.

And the best way to do that is to let them PLAY!

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America’s Next Top Messi

 

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3 Plantation FC players at U.S. Youth Soccer ODP National Championships

3 Plantation FC players at U.S. Youth Soccer ODP National Championships   


Johnathan Lewis - Forward / PFC u16 Copa
Miguel Perez - Midfield / PFC u15 Copa
Danny Gagliardi - Goalkeeper / PFC u16 Copa
2013-2014 Team Rosters
Player Registration Procedures

PLAYER REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

The list of selected players for the 2013-14 Season have been posted on our website Plantationeagles.com.  

After tryouts, players who have been selected to a team will receive a telephone call from the coach confirming their place on a Plantation team. If they accept, they must log in the Online Registration link using their GotSoccer account to complete their registration and choose one of the payment options; either payment in full or installment payments. If a credit card is used, there is no need to attend a registration time. However, if you have not been fitted for your uniforms, then you must attend the registration evening, where you will be fitted for your uniform. Also, if payment will be made by check, then you must attend the registration with a completed payment agreement form.  

NOTE: Do not create duplicate or new accounts if you already have one in GotSoccer. If you played travel soccer in Florida last season, you already have an account.

 

 

STEPS TO TAKE AFTER BEING SELECTED:

 

 

 

STEP ONE:

 

Everyone must register online for the upcoming season, regardless of whether you registered for tryouts or not. Once you have accepted an offer to join a team, then you must register online now. Make sure to upload a recent color passport size picture of the face only.  The purpose of online registration is to complete the required paperwork electronically and to provide the Club with your current information. Additionally, this will insure that you are included in all future email and/or text blast.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:  http://PLANTATIONEAGLES.COM/2007playerreg/index_E.html

 

 

STEP TWO: 

 

Coaches or team managers may schedule team meetings to meet with the players/parents.

 

 

Thank you and welcome to Plantation FC

 

Atlantic Rehabilitation Center

We are pleased to announce that Atlantic Rehabilitation Center has teamed with the Plantation Eagles for the coming season. We are excited to have this excellent team of specialists working with our club this year. Please visit their website for valuable information on fitness, strenth, and conditioning.  

Fitness, Strength & Conditioning

Focused Progams for the Needs of Every Athlete

Our experienced strength and conditioning staff have designed programs for athletes from youth to the professional level. We will develop a program by targeting the client’s needs based on their current age, gender, weight, strength training goal, existing health condition, and evaluation findings. Training programs range from building muscle strength, muscle size, muscle endurance, power training, speed training, agility training, sports specific programs, and training programs for general well being. 

Visit www.atlanticrehabcenter.com

About Plantation Eagles Football Club
The Plantation Eagles Football Club is one of the oldest and largest clubs of its type in South Florida. It is a premier soccer club featuring competitive teams for boys and girls playing in various leagues in the state under the auspices of the Florida Youth Soccer Association and run through the cooperation and sponsorship of the Plantation Athletic League.

All of the coaches are USSF licensed. Many have played professionally or on national teams and are supervised by the board of directors for the club. Specialty trainers for goal keepers, fitness, and conditioning are provided to our teams. Our fields and facilities are considered to be among the best in the country.
 
Since 1987 we have hosted the Thanksgiving Holiday Classic tournament which draws over 200 teams from the South to our community for a fun but rigorous test of soccer skills. In addition, our teams are encouraged to participate in other local and state-wide tournaments to further improve their performance. All of our players are exposed to collegiate interests and urged to participate in the Olympic Development Program.
 
Eagles program wins praise from NSU professor

Find out what a Nova Southeastern University professor said to Plantation Eagles director of coaching John Ramos  (the letter is reprinted in its entirety):

For Kids Only ...
from Youth Soccer Insider

By Mike Woitalla

Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America, 

The fall season is underway and I’m hoping you’re having a great time. I’m hoping that you’re playing soccer more than you have to stand in line and do drills. 

I hope you’re falling in love with the soccer ball and keep it with you as much as you can. Juggling it. Kicking it against a wall. Dribbling it around in your backyard. 

And I especially hope that your parents aren’t screaming at you during your soccer games.   Full Story

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