CALIFORNIA - NORTH
OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
U-14 GIRLS STATE TEAM - 2000
Joyce Pineda, Jpinedasys@aol.com
U14 Girls State Team Administrator
ODP Hotline: 916-486-4610 x3114



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Final Words from the Coach


Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the past ODP season and what lies ahead. First I want to congratulate again those girls who were selected into the ('86) pool of players representing Region IV -- Bunny Dickson, Whitney Goodell, Chioma Igwe, Dana Johnson, Andrea Lee, Stephanie Lopez, Amanda Sanchez, Kira Sarkisian and Rose Zapata.

Seven of the above girls upon completing the 2nd week at camp (it would have been eight had Andrea not been injured) are among the 18 to 20 asked to attend National Camp in Alabama in August. There they will have an opportunity to test their abilities against their counterparts from all over this large country. I am so pleased to see so many of our girls representing Cal-N, I trust they will represent us well.

I also want to congratulate and praise those players who gave so much at camp and came so close to making the pool, and there were lots. We had a total of 24 players between our two teams asked to participate at one time or another in pool training/games, these players had all done something in our games to spark interest from the Regional Staff. To make the final Regional pool, it came down to how well they played in the pool games with and against the best players from the other state teams. All, I felt, showed well. I was disappointed a few more of our players were not selected, but it is difficult when the Regional staff only have a small window in which to see these players, and for the players there is little margin for error.

As usual, things at camp (or getting to camp) were not always easy going. We had our share of difficulties and trying moments but everyone -- players, administrators Joyce and Rosemarie, and coaching staff Mike, Tony & Felicia -- all did a great job pulling us through. Thank you all for the effort you put in. For myself, this was my sixteenth year in the program and I am ready to take some time off from ODP, perhaps only a year. I hope to continue to follow the progress of this years players as I have the past years as they grow and continue to develop as players and individuals.

I also want to give a special thanks to Dan Goodell who provided and kept up the great web-site for all the ODP information, that was tremendous. And thanks to all the other parents who at one time or another helped out in some capacity.

I will say to those girls who made the Regional team this year, "keep training on the edge", it is sometimes harder to make the Regional team a 2nd year. For those girls who just missed, your time will come if you are willing to keep at it and keep striving to improve, I know some of you can and will. For all the players who enjoyed the experience on the State team this year and will want to do it again next year, don't assume that you will be selected automatically again next year just because you were on the State team this year. You will have to "earn" that spot again at State tryouts like you did this past year.

Girls, continue to work hard to improve your ball skills, be students of the game, stay at a high level of fitness. Most important, "play on a team and against competition that will challenge you". Without that challenge there is no improvement. Enjoy the game for what it is, a game!

Good luck and take care,

Bob Rudiger

P.S.

Please do keep me posted, drop me a line now and then let me know how you are doing, club, ODP, etc...

07/28/00



Players Selected to Regional Pool


Nine Cal-North players were selected to the 42-player Regional Pool and held over for another week at Regional Camp.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAL-NORTH'S REGIONAL POOL PLAYERS:
Bunny Dickson, Foster City
Whitney Goodell
, Concord
Chioma Igwe
, Belmont
Dana Johnson
, San Jose
Andrea Lee
, Scotts Valley
Stephanie Lopez
, Elk Grove
Amanda Sanchez
, Sacramento
Kira Sarkisian
, Saratoga
Rose Zapata
, Livermore
(Click here for a complete list of the pool)
Our regional pool players are returning on Thursday, July 20. The original flight (United Airlines 1211) has been cancelled. The girls have been rebooked on a DEN-LAX-SFO flight. They will be arriving in San Francisco at 10:48pm aboard United Airlines flight #2076. Check here for flight status.

Game Results from Laramie, WY


The team (except holdovers) returns to San Francisco on Friday, July 14. Holdovers return Thursday, July 20. Check here for flight status.

Congratulations to all the girls - they're all winners! They are a great group of girls and I've loved working with every one of them. Congratulations to all of them on a successful week!

Joyce
Laramie, WY, 07/14/00

Monday, 7/10: Cal-North Blue defeats Hawaii, 3-0
Hawaii played tough defense in the first half and the score was 0-0 at the half. We wore down their defense in the 2nd half and dominated the rest of the game, scoring all three goals in the 2nd half. Bunny scored the first goal unassisted when she put the GK under pressure, stole the ball and scored. Bunny scored the second goal on a distribution from our GK Andrea. Stephanie finished the scoring with a goal assisted by Caroline.

Tuesday is a big day. We play Cal-South. Cal-South has only one dominant team at Regionals and it will be a tough match.

Coach Bob

Monday, 7/10: Cal-North White defeats Arizona, 2-0
Cal-North White played Arizona in the first match of Regional Camp. We played on the premier field of the complex. Girls were anxious about meeting their competition. Warmup was intense, but lacking something -- 2 players, Najwa and Whitney. Both showed up in time to play. The game was played at a fast pace for the first few mins. AZ made several advances, but all were countered. Our defensive line (Kelly, Jessica G., Sara, Sally and Nicole) moved the ball quickly out of trouble and switched the point of attack. By doing so, our outside midfielders (Dani, Meghann, Kayelyn and Brittany) were able to mount an attack that proved to be effective against AZ.

AZ came at us right up the middle of the field. Central midfielders (Maggie, Jamie and Jessie) thwarted most attempts, though AZ was able to penetrate once in awhile. In one of these 1-on-1 battles goalkeeper Erin made a courageous sliding tackle at the feet of an oncoming AZ striker.

Our attack found success in the first two minutes of the second half. Sally intercepted a pass at midfield and with a solo run took a shot from 30 yds that found the back of the net, 1-0. We did not score again until the 69th minute despite many opportunities by Najwa, Jamie and Jessica G. In one of Whitney's 1-on-1 runs she slotted a ball from the left side past the GK for a goal on the far post, 2-0. The buildup came from a pass from Nicole in our defensive line.

At the end of 70 minutes of regulation play AZ remained scoreless against Cal-North's two goals. The tone has been set, we look forward to tomorrow's game against New Mexico.

Coach Michael

Tuesday, 7/11: Cal-South defeats Cal-North Blue, 0-1
It was a 1-0 game, Cal-South won. They scored in the 34th minute of the second half. In the first half Cal-South pressured well, but our defense played exceptionally well. In the second half, Cal-North dominated! Cal-South started to tire out and we had a few opportunities to score, but just could not capitalize. It was a great match overall!

Coach Felicia

Tuesday, 7/11: Cal-North White defeats New Mexico, 2-1
For Cal-North's White team it was a successful day at Regional Camp. We played New Mexico, who beat Oregon 7-2 (a team Cal-North had tied in Portland). In the first half Meghann Sadler slide tackled a New Mexico defender in the box and suffered a mild concussion. She played through it until 10 minutes into the second half. Our first goal was scored when Nicole Irwin won the ball on defense and hit a long driven ball over the defense allowing Najwa Sabrie to run onto it and finish with a chipped ball over the keeper and in the net. After beating several defenders, Brittany Roemer passed a nice ball to Maggie Robertson at the top of the box. Maggie drove a perfect shot and hit the post, deflecting out of bounds. When the second half rolled around Cal-North managed to score again when Dani Potts beat a defender and drove a perfect long ball into space which allowed Whitney Goodell to break away from her defender and score a goal. New Mexico managed to score, but Cal-North held them off for a 2-1 win!

Jamie Benzinger, Midfielder

Wednesday, 7/12: Cal-North Blue ties Colorado, 0-0
Wednesday, 7/12: Cal-North White defeats Cal-South, 2-1                       party time!
Thursday, 7/13: Cal-North Blue defeats New Mexico, 9-0
Thursday, 7/13: Cal-North White defeats Idaho, 2-0
White team completes the week on top - the only team undefeated and untied!


We're having a great time! If anyone needs to reach me (for example, to help per my last e-mail to everyone), I can be reached at camp this week by telephone. I will be in and out all day, but please feel free to call anytime -- I'm available to talk to any parents, no matter how early or late.

Joyce and Rosemarie
Laramie WY, 07/10/00

Regional Camp Information


Please review the list of items you need to pack for the trip to the Regional camp. If you do not have the checklist, it is reprinted here. Remember: some of you may be staying two weeks, so plan accordingly.

Rosemarie and I have put together some information that may not be covered in your handbooks. Here we go:

  1. TRAVELING ATTIRE: Once again we are asking everyone to fly looking like a team! So we would like you gals to be in white polos with khaki slacks or khaki shorts, comfortable shoes (lots of walking) and your team jackets.

  2. CARRY ON: In your sports bag, bring your DEFLATED soccer ball, water jug, cleats, shinguards, gear etc.... Also, other than what is served on the plane, we will not be eating until dinner at camp, so you may want to bring some snacks. Even a small lunch would be okay.

  3. CAMP HANDBOOK: Everyone should have the camp handbook - if you did not get a copy, it is now too late to mail one to you. However, the "What to bring checklist..." is reprinted here.

  4. CAMERAS: Bring a camera! This is a great opportunity for lifetime memories!!!!

  5. SHIRTS: I have your training shirts and Team ODP shirt, and will give them to you at the airport (remember to mail the $20.00 to the P.O. Box for your training shirts).

  6. HOTLINE UPDATES: We will be leaving "MESSAGES FROM CAMP" on the Hotline every night, so give us a call : )


Remember, be at the airport by 9:45 am.....See ya.

07/07/00

Regional Camp Air Travel


The girls will be departing from and returning to the San Francisco Airport. All flights will be on United Airlines. Be at the airport no later than 9:45 am. Check-in with the team administrator at the United Airlines Counter at the airport.
Sunday, July 9: depart SFO at 11:20 am, flight #354, arrive Denver at 2:49 pm.
Friday, July 14: depart Denver at 6:05 pm, flight #547, arrive SFO at 7:34 pm.
Holdovers will arrive home the following week. All holdover players will advise their parents of their arrival time once the tickets have been changed.

Check here for additional flight and weather information.

06/22/00

Quotes From National Team Players


"Competition helps develop a strong sense of self."
- Joy Fawcett


"New faces keep things interesting and competitive! When someone joins the team, I gain one more sister!"
- Tisha Venturini, on new players on the Womens National Team


"Success happens to those who love what they do."
- Julie Foudy


"He [my track coach] said I ran like a soccer player. That's when it hit me hard - I was a soccer player. I quit track right then."
- Shannon MacMillan


"You can do anything you want to do. It just takes a lot of hard work and determination!"
- Joy Fawcett


"I'm glad we're finally making more, but making money is not why we play. If that was our goal, none of us would be here. Money has nothing to do with the passion you need to play this game."
- Carla Overbeck


Bob Rudiger, 07/06/00

Training Update for July 1-2


I wanted to update everyone on our plans this weekend, our last training together before Regional camp. We will start Saturday at 10am with training, break for an extended lunch and meet for a game with the U15 Girl's State team at 3pm. On Sunday we will play our final tune-up game against the U15's at around 11am. Afterwards we could get together for some sort of team picnic (Joyce is organizing) and wrap-up before Regional camp next week.

All this will take place at Creekside park in Cupertino, this has been the best training facility offered us this year. I apologize to those family's who have had to travel great distances to get to these training sessions. I hope you feel they were worthwhile. I know as a coach I have seen many of the girls take that step up and perform at the next level, it has been real exciting to see the improvement in their games.

Bob Rudiger, 06/30/00

ODP Training - July 1-2


Training will take place once again, in Cupertino at the same site. Everyone needs to be there by 10:00 am. At this time the schedule is still up in the air for the afternoon and on Sunday. Bob is working hard to find the girls some teams to play and catching up with the coaches is often difficult.

Please check the website and the hotline up to the very last minute for changes. We will be training on Sunday, however, the details are not available yet.

Map to Creekside Park

06/29/00

Training Shirts for Camp


Due to unspecified problems, CYSA is going to refund the $30.00 training shirt fee to all players. At Regional camp the girls need to have training shirts with player numbers, so Bob has asked me to get shirts through a distributor I dealt with for Far West Regionals. I have ordered each player a blue shirt and white shirt with their numbers. The cost will be $20.00 per player going to Regional camp. Each parent needs to send a check to me ASAP:
Amount: $20.00
Payable To: Impact Promotions
Mail To: P.O. Box 70398
Stockton, CA 95267
I will be collecting all the checks at the above address, but please include the player's name on your check so it is clear who you are paying for. Since the checks are to be made out to the vendor, I must have all checks before I can pick up the order. In order to pick up the shirts in time to take to Regional camp, I need to have all checks by Friday, July 7th, so please take care of this ASAP.

06/29/00

ODP Training - June 24-25


Training will be at Creekside Park in Cupertino. Times will be 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:00. Times may be subject to change if we arrange a scrimmage game.

Map to Creekside Park

06/22/00

ODP Training - June 17-18


Training on Saturday with Jan will be at Bernal Upper Field off Bernal Ave, just east of Sunol Blvd/First Street.

Players need to be at the field by 9:00am. The sessions with Jan will be at 9:30-11:00 and 1:30-3:00. We will need to be there 1/2 hour early for each.

Training on Sunday will be 9AM-12 at Pleasanton Middle School which is right down the street from Bernal Upper Field.

Map to Bernal Field and Pleasanton Middle School

06/17/00

ODP Training - June 17 with Jan Smisek


We have just three more weekends to train before Regional Camp, we still have lots to do. For Saturday, June 17, I volunteered our girls to work with quest coach Jan Smisek, who is coming in to do a coaches clinic before Far West Regionals begin. She will work with each team, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Jan Smisek is one of the pioneers of the women's game in the United States. She started the women's soccer program at UC Santa Barbara in the late 1970s and went on to become the first woman to earn a USSF "A" License, that coming in 1982. She has been full-time with U.S. Soccer since 1996 serving as the Under-14 National Coaching Coordinator. She has served as head coach for Region IV ODP girls and amateur women as well as an Olympic Development coach for the state of Washington from 1982-96. She served as the head women's coach at Evergreen State College from 1992-96 and also coached Forest Ridge High School from 1985-92, winning a state title in her final season. She also participated as a player in the early years of the women's national team program.

Recently U.S. women's national team head coach April Heinrichs appointed Jan Smisek to the women's national coaching staff representing Region IV. She will be part of Project Gold, a 10-year plan designed to keep the U.S. women on top of the world. One of the key components of Project Gold is three-fold: 1) to help develop players, 2) to work with the Olympic Development Programs across the country to identify players and 3) assist in coaching education.

Bob Rudiger, 06/12/00

Volunteer Help Needed


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS...

CYSA-North is hosting the Far West Regional Tournament this year. Any parents that can volunteer some time to help with the Far West Regionals in Pleasanton and Dublin on June 18 (Opening Ceremonies) through June 26 would be greatly appreciated. A thank you goes out to those of you who have already responded.

Please contact me if you are available, we have many open shifts.

06/05/00

ODP Training - May 13-14


The training site for the weekend of May 13-14 is WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL in Woodland, California. Woodland is 10 miles north of Davis and about 20 miles west of Sacramento. Times are as usual: 9:30-11:30, Lunch, then 1:30-3:30 (Both Days).

Please remember to check the website or hotline for possible changes due to weather problems. The hotline and website will reflect this info.

Map to Woodland High School

05/10/00

Checking E-mail Addresses


If you've been getting my email correspondence, then I have your correct address. If you have not been getting email from me, it is because I have an incorrect address for you. Please email me at Jpinedasys@aol.com and I can save your address correctly.

05/09/00

ODP Training - May 7


We will be training in Concord on Sunday, May 7, at Tosco Field #2.
Training times are 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:30pm.

Map to Tosco Fields

05/05/00

Player Registration Packets Due


By now everyone should have received their player packets with all the necessary forms and paperwork. Note the paperwork and fees must be returned by May 1, 2000 to the State Office. Some forms must be notarized, so make sure you give yourself enough time. If you are missing any forms, copies of all paperwork are available for download from the CYSA website at www.cysanorth.org. Just follow the link to "Olympic Development Program".

04/17/00

ODP Training - April 29-30


We will be training in Cupertino at Creekside Park on: The girls need to bring their soccer ball and plenty of water. Please note the start times are not the same for both days.

For parents staying the night, there are several hotels available in the area. The Marriott Courtyard and The Hilton Gardens are both on Wolf Rd. within a mile of the park. There is the Cupertino Inn on De Anza Blvd and Howard Johnsons and The Windham Inn on Stevens Creek.

Map to Creekside Park

04/20/00

ODP Training - April 2


ODP training on Sunday, April 2 will be held at Pleasanton Sports Park.
Morning session 9:30-11:30am, afternoon session 1:00-3:00pm.
Bring your soccer ball and water bottle.

Don't forget: time change on saturday night... set your clock up, so we see you at 9:30, NOT 10:30...

Map to Pleasanton Sports Park

03/31/00

Fields Needed


We are looking for training fields, which seem to be difficult to find due to Baseball season. If you have availability to a space big enough for close to 2 fields we would appreciate the help. This would also provide a training session in "your neighborhood!" Please email me or give a call 209-957-2129, I don't mind making the arrangements if you can give me contact names and numbers.

03/28/00

U-14 GIRLS STATE TEAM CALENDAR - 2000


*** Schedule subject to change if necessary ***

Date Event Place

April 2
ODP Training
Pleasanton Sports Complex

April 8-9
(State Cup 2nd round)



April 15-16
(State Cup qtr's/semi's)



April 22-23
Easter weekend holiday



April 29-30
ODP Training
Creekside Park, Cupertino

May 6
(State Cup finals)



May 7
ODP Training
Tosco Field, Concord

May 13-14
ODP Training
Woodland High, Woodland

May 19-21
Adidas Cup
Morgan Hill

May 26-29
Nike Friendship Cup
Portland, OR

June 3-4
(Off weekend)



June 10-11
(Off weekend)



June 17-18
ODP Training
Pleasanton

June 24-25
ODP Training
Creekside Park, Cupertino

July 1-2
ODP Training
Creekside Park, Cupertino

July 9-14
Regional Camp
Laramie, WY


Always check the Hotline for information!
ODP HOTLINE NUMBER: 916-486-4610 (3114 for U14 Girls)

For all non-soccer related questions please call:
Joyce Pineda, 209-957-2129, email: jpinedasys@aol.com


For coaching related questions call:
Bob Rudiger, 408-453-5772, email: bob_rudiger@hp.com