August 2017 Newsletter
This month, I have to start by talking about something other than soccer which is pretty rare! It has been an amazing few weeks for me personally as I became a father for the first time at the end of July! Amalia Marie Nowland arrived on July 31st weighing in at a considerable 9lbs 1oz. Thankfully, my wife, Annie, and Amalia are both doing well and we are excited for what the future holds for our family. We appreciate all the support we have received from our NPSA Family and Amalia is proud to be a Titan!
In related news, I’d like to congratulate Coach Javi and his partner, Belen, on the arrival of their first child also. Naomi Briseis Mendoza Cruz was born on July 15 and weighed in at a healthy 7lbs. We can’t wait to see Naomi supporting her daddy and his teams from the sidelines this Fall Season!
On the field, our Titan teams have continued to progress and perform at various tournaments across the State. We have also had many of our players & coaches representing the PSPL Surf Academy all over the West Coast in top level tournaments. You will hear more about their achievements later in this Newsletter.
Amalia Marie Nowland
Another big step for our program as a whole is our B04 & B03 Navy teams participation in the NW Champions League competition this month! This is the first time that Titan teams have been invited to play in this highly respected tournament and we look forward to seeing how our teams match up against the top teams in the RCL and other States. The games will take place the weekend of August 18-20 at 60 Acres in Redmond. We will keep you all informed on our teams progress over the course of the weekend via Facebook and Instagram.
The summer season is certainly a hectic period but it is the most interesting part of the soccer year for me because it is the time when you start to see our players and teams come together. The work that is put in over the summer pays real dividends when the Fall League Season kicks-off which is just around the corner now!
This Fall Season we have 35 teams competing in the PSPL from 2009 all the way through to 2001. It is truly remarkable how far we have come as a club in less than 4 years and we are still just scratching the surface!
Naomi Briseis Mendoza Cruz
It is crucial that we continue to evolve as an organization hence the addition of several new programs and partnerships that you will learn about later in this Newsletter. Our goal is to provide the best and most well-rounded youth soccer development program in the State and partnerships with SKLZ, Adidas, NSCAA, and now, MVP Sports Performance, ensure that we continue to be the most forward thinking club in the State.
We have multiple new and returning additional training programs kicking-off this Fall so make sure you read on to get all the information about these great opportunities for your players.
I hope you all enjoy this edition of our Newsletter and I look forward to seeing our teams compete in the final few tournaments of the summer and then the Fall League Season!
Together Each Achieves More
NPSA SKLZ Challenge RECAP
The 2017 NPSA SKLZ Challenge was a great experience for both our Development and younger Premier teams. Our staff had a great time putting on this event, and could not have done it without the help of the volunteers, referees, parents, and players that participated.
During this event, we were able to raise money for the NPSA Foundation, gain some valuable experience on the field, and spend time with our amazing community. Words cannot express how proud we are to have such an amazing soccer community surround our club. It is a pleasure working with parents and players who are just as passionate and energized as our staff.
We are very excited to make this event bigger and better next year and to do that we would love to hear about your experience. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback on this event.
We want to give a big shoutout to Matt Pohle for coming out and filming the event as well. The shots he took of the event were absolutely breathtaking. If you want to see some of the footage from the jamboree and get some more information, please CLICK HERE!
B03 & B04 Navy Bellevue Teams Compete in NWCL
We are fortunate to have two of our NPSA teams representing our club at the Northwest Champions League competition this weekend. This is a great opportunity for our players to play against peak competition and it is something that both teams have earned.
Coach Adam and Coach Keenan have been working very hard to get the boys ready for their matchups this weekend. If you want to get more information about the teams and their schedule for the weekend, please CLICK HERE to get all the details.
G01 Navy Bellevue Add Another Trophy To The Cabinet
After their impressive showing at the NW Regionals back in June, our G01 Navy Bellevue team continued to blaze a trail for all our other Titan XX teams to follow with victory in the Gold Division of the Sounders Cup in July.
Coach Adam and the girls didn’t have it all their own way though. They made a slow start to the group stages and lost their opening game against a good IEYSA Breakers team but got back on track in game #2 with a 3-1 win over Federal Way FC. For their final group game, the girls needed a win to progress and it is in these high pressure situations that our G01 Titans step up and this occasion was no exception. They came out of blocks quickly against Spokane Foxes and established a 3-0 lead early in the first half. The girls managed to see the game out to secure their place in the final against FC Portland.
The final was a tight game with a single goal coming in the opening 5 minutes of the first half from Caven Baumeister securing victory for the Titans! This was a nice way to end the summer tournament season for our G01’s as their League Season kicks-off on Aug 12th with their debut in the WNPL Division.
Well done to the team and Coach Adam on a successful summer and good luck in Fall Season!
B01 Bellevue Make Rush Cup Final
It has been an eventful summer for our B01 age group with multiple tournaments bringing some success but also some humbling defeats. This is all part of the development process and I am sure the players have benefitted as a result of the challenges they have faced against high level opposition.
After a difficult time at the Rainier Challenge at the end of June, our ’01 boys got back to business at the Rush Cup with some dominating performances and quality soccer that was pleasing on the eye. The boys, under the guidance of Coaches Adam and Javi, stormed through the group stages with 6-1 and 4-1 victories in the first two games and then a 1-1 tie in the third to top the group and progress to the final.
In the final, the opposition was a fellow PSPL team in Eclipse and it was a highly competitive game from start to finish. Unlike the previous 3 games of the tournament, our boys started slow and gave up 2 goals early to give themselves a mountain to climb. And also unlike the previous games, the ball just wouldn’t go in no matter how hard our boys tried. The end result was a 2-0 defeat but the overall performance level of the team bodes well for their upcoming Fall League Season kick-off.
Here at NPSA, we value performance and development over winning so the boys can be proud of their displays in the Rush Cup and know that good things will come if they continue to apply themselves and maintain the high standards of soccer they set in this tournament.
NPSA Shows Well Again For The PSPL Surf Academy
In the month of July, the PSPL Surf Academy teams attended multiple tournaments across the US and had some great success against some of the best teams in the nation. Our NPSA players and coaches participated in these competitions and represented our program with distinction.
At the Nike Cup in Lake Oswego, our very own Coach Keenan led the G02 team to victory with the help of NPSA player, Caven Baumeister. At the same time over in San Diego, Kat Wolfe from our G02 Navy Bellevue team played her part in the other G02 Academy team winning the Surf Cup which is viewed by many as the ‘Best of the Best’ tournament in the United States.
Coach Adam’s B02 Academy team secured the Nike Cup title with 5 wins out of 5 which included a 1-0 win in the final against the Spokane Sounders. NPSA players, Nick Commons, Kai Sharp and Slone Sasouvanh, all played their part in the team’s success in Oregon.
Coach Jack works alongside Coach Adam on the B03 Academy team and, in Coach Adam’s absence, led the B03’s to some impressive results at Surf Cup. The team recorded victories over LA Galaxy and San Diego Surf but narrowly missed out on making the finals unfortunately. Still, a very good showing by Coach Jack and the boys. NPSA players, Ibrahim Burka and Dexter Shack, made significant contributions to the team’s success.
Also at Surf Cup, our NPSA G04 stand-out, Valentina Larrondo, played her part for the Academy G04 team as they went 2-1-1 to miss out on progression to the finals.
The PSPL Surf Academy is a program that NPSA supports as it gives our players access to higher level tournaments across the nation as well as exposure to College coaches. The tryouts for next year are coming up in December and are open to players U12 and above. If you are interested in this opportunity for your player and want to learn more, please reach out to our Programs Director, Keenan Butler, at email@example.com
NPSA Partners With MVP To Provide Strength & Conditioning Program
In our continued quest to offer our players the very best development program in the State, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with MVP Sports Performance. MVP have created a Strength & Conditioning program that is specific for soccer athletes looking to train effectively, and enhance performance. Over time the training program will support players looking to increase strength, resiliency, manage weight, and build his or her confidence. It will establish our status as one of the premier training programs in the State, and looks to educate and empower anyone willing to take on the challenge.
Dan Hicker is currently the Sports Performance Director for MVP and serves as a Physiologist for the U.S. Women's Soccer Youth National Teams. Dan has served as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Santa Clara University Women's Soccer and most recently the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. His passion is to train anyone like a top athlete with proper instruction and education.
Dan will now provide our NPSA players with the training modules and education to excel in the areas they desire. To maximize training effect, programming is tailored to team, positional and individual needs to minimize injury risk and increase performance qualities.
This program is going to be open to specific teams and age groups within our club initially. The schedule and registration details for the Fall Session will be communicated to these groups shortly.
The NPSA Swag Store is Finally Here!
We are so proud of our soccer community whenever they sport our NPSA Badge on the pitch. But now, you can represent our club wherever you go! The NPSA Swag Store has a wide selection of gear to choose from and we would love to see our community embrace our vision "Soccer For All" and represent and share our club to those around you.
We have a number of selections to pick from and as the year goes on, our selections will grow as well. If you want to learn more information about the NPSA Swag Store, please CLICK HERE!
We would also love to hear from you! If you have any feedback about our NPSA Gear, please contact one of our store managers Keegan Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any inquiries or want to get involved with our Swag store, please contact Keenan Butler at email@example.com.
SKLZ Academy - Technical Training Program for Serious Players
As a direct result of our ground-breaking partnership with SKLZ, we are excited to announce the launch of the SKLZ Academy that is coming this September.
This program will provide serious players with the additional technical training that they require to take their game to the next level. Using the SKLZ equipment, the sessions will offer specific SAQ (speed & agility) training, Ball Mastery education, position-specific scenarios and a variety of shooting drills that will challenge the players and help them develop all aspects of their game.
To ensure maximum development, players will be separated into groups based of their current stage of development. The groups will be Beginner, Intermediary, Advanced and Elite.
The SKLZ Academy is open to players born in 2007 through to 2001 and will be held on Sunday evenings at Robinswood Park, Bellevue. There are limited spots available.
For more information about the SKLZ Academy or to register your player, CLICK HERE.
COE – Development Academy (2010, 2009, 2008)
The Center of Excellence is re-launching this Fall with the focus on the development age groups (players born in 2010, 2009 & 2008). The training and curriculum for the younger players needs to be different in terms of content and intensity so the COE curriculum, designed by Erik Oman, is tailored specifically for these ages.
Erik Oman is the Director of the COE and brings a wealth of experience and a long list of credentials that cannot be matched in this area and beyond. His background in Child Development and knowledge of Coaching Education makes him the perfect leader for our Center of Excellence and we are very lucky to have Coach Erik in our program!
The Fall Session of the COE Dev Academy kicks-off this September 10th and will be held at Robinswood Park, Bellevue. There are limited spots available.
For more information or to register your player, CLICK HERE.
Tiny Titans – Fall Session
Our Tiny Titans program is open to boys and girls with a 2011, 2012, 2013 birth year. They will be learning and enjoying themselves 2 times per week. The program will run from September 4th to October 29th and will be coached by the NPSA professional staff. The program will follow our age appropriate NPSA curriculum and will educate the players in a fun and safe environment.
The Tiny Titans program is all about an introduction to the game and having fun playing with your friends! For more information or to register your player, CLICK HERE.
Junior Titans – Fall Session
Our Junior Titans Fall Session is open to 2010 & 2009 boys and girls. The program will involve two days per week; one for practice and one for match days on the weekend. The program will run for 8 weeks and be coached by the NPSA professional staff. They will follow our age appropriate NPSA curriculum and educate the players in a fun and safe environment. Our match day format will be 4 v 4 which is in keeping with the recommendation of the US Soccer Federation.
The Junior Titans program is all about learning the game and having fun playing with your friends. For more information or to register your player, CLICK HERE.
College Pathway Nights Reminder
Playing college soccer. Perhaps it is the highlight of most players' careers. However, the college recruiting process can be daunting. With three NCAA divisions, an NAIA division, and a Junior College Division understanding the rules and requirements takes a lot of research or, a professional that can help you. Luckily, at NPSA, you have the help you need built into your club. Someone who can help you navigate the recruiting process and guide you in your decision making.
College recruiting boils down to one thing, hard work. Unless you find a way to market yourself the opportunities available to you will be limited. Our College Prep Program will help you in marketing yourself but will also help you to present yourself in the best possible light. You can be the best player out there but if you don't have things organized or you don't know what coaches are looking for beyond the soccer field, it will be incredibly hard to realize your goals
Our NPSA summer 2017 sessions have now been scheduled! On Mon Aug 14 or Tues Aug 15, you will have access to both Lee Hitchen and Erik Oman each with a combined college coaching experience of over 30 years.
Do not miss this opportunity to learn all the things you need know about the College Recruitment process and give yourself the best chance to be successful. For more information or to register for the upcoming events, CLICK HERE.
NPSA GK Day!!!
On August 25th, our Director of Goalkeeping, Keegan Rogers, will be hosting the very first NPSA GK Day at International School! This event is specifically tailored to anyone who is currently playing goalkeeper or who has expressed interest in playing goalkeeper!
The NPSA Goalkeeper Union was created to help support our goalkeepers at the club and it is continually growing and helping our players develop. The beauty of the Goalkeeper Union is that it is open to anyone and everyone!
If your player has ANY interest in playing goalkeeper, you will not want to miss this opportunity! To find out more information, please CLICK HERE!
Our NPSA Fall Training Program is also available for registration! If you want to sign up for the Fall sessions, please CLICK HERE!
NPSA Call to Action - Uniform, Cleat & Backpack Drive!!!
The NPSA Foundation has been serving families throughout the Greater Seattle area for over 3 years, providing free soccer training and league opportunities to children from under served and at-risk communities. The vast majority of our families come from limited means, making purchasing new cleats, athletic wear and equipment impossible.
This is where you can help!
Please consider donating any of the following to support our NPSA Vista Soccer Club players:
All donated items will be given to our NPSA Foundation families and other organizations that we support in Africa. Please bring any of the above items to your team practices August 8th- August 15th. Donations may also be dropped off at the NPSA office between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. All donations are tax deductible, a receipt can be provided for your records.
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