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August Camps and Fall Classes

AUGUST CAMP

Our summer at Brentwood Magnet may be over but that doesn’t mean we’re closing down the fun.

Starting Monday, August 10 and running through Friday, August 21, we’ll be relocating camp just up the road at the Barrington Recreation Center…  Sports, games, contests, arts ‘n crafts, water play and more…

Dates:  Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 21

Location:  Barrington Recreation Center, 333. S. Barrington, west side of the street (tennis court side)

Hours:  9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:  $55/day

Lunch:  Available, $9/day

While school’s still out, we’re still in.  All in.  Come wind down the summer with us…

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PRE-SEASON TUNE-UP/PIGSKIN PREVIEW

Our 15th session of soccer, flag football, baseball, arts ‘n crafts, scooter races, and more…will be held Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3…  Shake off the rust for the fall season, or just come learn from and hang with the coolest coaches in town…

Dates:  Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3

Location:  Barrington Park (behind the Post Office)

Hours:  9:30 – 12 Noon

Cost:  $50 day

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FALL CLASSES

What we do the other ten months of the year we’ll start doing again right after Labor Day.  Future All-Stars, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football and Atoms.  The best classes to get your kid’s athletic engine humming.  At Barrington Park and the Palisades Recreation Center.  Check our schedule and sign up for the Early Bird Discount….

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SUMMER IS HERE!

Starting Wednesday, June 10, the greatest camp on earth will begin our 15th magical year.  With the most celebrated coaches, a singularly unique program and a spirit that has campers coming back year after year, this will be a summer not to miss…

Class of 2015

Hearty congratulations to the Summer of Fun campers and coaches who comprise the high school graduating Class of 2015! They made an impact during their time at camp and we fully expect big things from them as they take this next step in life’s great adventure.  Well done, everybody…

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SOF Alumni – High School Class of 2015
Aaron Stockel University of Chicago
Aidan Fite Ithaca College
Alec Singer University of Michigan
Andrew Gardiner Wesleyan
Austin Bleibtrau Yale
Blake Brandon Stanford
Brandon Fox NYU
Cameron Sheldon University of Wisconsin, Madison
Charlie Hall Northwestern
Charlie Lyttle NYU
Charlie Smokler San Diego State
Daniel Levy Santa Clara University
Dashiell Dennerline University of Colorado Boulder
David Deutschman University of Michigan
Erin Mizraki Barnard College
Ethan Erickson UCLA
Ethan Tadmor Santa Monica College
Evan Clark University of Colorado Boulder
Griffin Koffman Boston University
Hannah Klubeck Kenyon College
Haskell Flender Harvard
Henry Fillo USC
Jack Dixon Holy Cross
Jack Price Northwestern
Jake Feffer San Francisco State
Jono Klein Dartmouth
Julia Kohl University of Miami
Kavi Kashani OC Blues FC
Maddie Rosenthal USC
Marshall Hanig Wesleyan
Matthew Beyer Brown
Matthew Greenebaum University of Colorado Boulder
Matty Glick Hamilton
Michael Genender Stanford
Michael Strelko SMC
Mikey Krepack Syracuse
Molly Mettler UC Davis
Naomi Markman NYU
Nick Penske Cornell University
Nicky Meyerson Bates College
Noah Berks Oregon State University
Reilly Butler Miami University
Sam Gaynor Syracuse
Scotty Belinsky Emory
Sofie Fier UC Berkeley
Solomon Fagenson USC
Spencer Levine Chapman
Teke Dado Stanford
Tiana Marsh Bard
Troy Dixon Lafayette
Vaughn Berglund Gap

Announcing Coast Sports – Prime Time Soccer Camp

Coast Sports – Prime Time Soccer Camp (in association with FC Los Angeles)

July 6 – July 10, 2015

July 20 – July 24, 2015

Webster Middle School, 9:00 am – 3:30

Ages 6 – 14

$295/wk or $65/day

Combining Coast Sports’ singular system of skills-laced fun and games with
Prime Time Sports’ reputation for quality programming, soccer camp will be a
blast.  Christian, Beto, Ricky and other coaches from top soccer club FC Los
Angeles will be running the show.  For the dedicated enthusiast and the
recreational soccer player alike.

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Spring Update

SPRING INTO SUMMER WITH COAST SPORTS!!!!

Coast Sports SUMMER 2015 IS HERE…ALMOST…

Registration for YEAR 15 of SUMMER OF FUN and ROOKIE CAMP is up and running…

9 incredible, fun-filled weeks of the best camps west of the east!

June 10 – August 7

Brentwood Magnet School

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SPRING BREAK CAMP 2015 – MARCH 23 – APRIL 10

3 whirlwind weeks to keep your kids happy and active during the extended holiday…

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Barrington Recreation Center, 333 S. Barrington Ave (west side/gymnasium side of the street)

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SPRING CLASSES

Beginning Monday, March 23, a 10-week session of your favorite classes commences…

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Winter Update

photo 4It’s winter in LA where temperatures drop into the 60s. Brrrrrrrrrrr.
Perfect weather for running, jumping, kicking and laughing. Check out our
Winter Classes. Register Now!

Holiday Update

Winter Camp

Holiday Jamboree-Winter Camp will take place over three weeks in December and January.  Experience some of our summer wackiness this winter.  Sports, games, arts & crafts, contests…and more… Dec 15-19, Dec 29-Jan 2, Jan 5-9.  9:00-Noon.  Barrington Park.  Register Now!

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Holiday Classes

Holiday classes are in session. Register Now!

Advanced Soccer

Introducing Elite Soccer Fitness, Coast Sports’ new soccer program for the older player. Focusing on the key aspects of developing All-Star, Club, high school and college players, our very own Coach Christian will prepare your player for the season ahead. Click here for more details.

Countdown to Camp: 198 Days to Go

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We have a YouTuber!

Summer of Fun ’14 camper, 11 year old budding filmmaker Allen Schultz, made this video to commemorate Wednesday’s Medieval Times’ theme.  Watch out Spielberg, step back Scorcese, Allen’s coming through…

SPRING CLASSES START THIS WEEK

Spring is officially here! At least on our coast. 😉

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That means our spring classes start this week. You’ll find the schedule of classes on our calendar – including our new Soccer X class for those who’ve already played AYSO and are looking for some more skills and scrimmages.

 

 

Spring Break Camp

We will also be offering Spring Break camp for an entire month! March 24 – April 17, Monday-Thursday, 9:30 – Noon at Barrington Park. $45/day or $150/4 day week. 3.5-8 year olds. Our regular class schedule will continue unchanged. Registration for spring break camp is  ready!

 

 

 

A Month of Spring Break…can Summer Camp be far behind?   

Summer Camp will be here before you know it: June 11 – August 7.  Year 14 of Summer of Fun and Rookie Camp.  Still at Brentwood Magnet School.  Still the most creative, most flexible, most fun program in town.  Registration up shortly…

10 Terms to Leave Off the Soccer Field

Along with strong individual skills, and a vibrant team concept, good communication is one of the hallmarks of a good soccer team.  Teams that talk – “man on,” “turn,” “down the line” – keep everyone aware of opportunities and peril.  The best coaches do their talking in training and at halftime, but in much of youth soccer, there is an incessant din emanating from the sideline.  Coaches and parents shout conflicting commands, confusing the players and robbing them of their autonomy and creativity.  Eliminating this chatter is a worthy, if difficult, goal.  Deleting the list of terms and exhortations below from the vocabulary of coaches, parents and all soccer devotees would be a heckuva start.

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1. Shoot.  Most often bleated by coaches and spectators when a player is within striking distance of the opponent’s goal.  Designed to hasten the decision-making process, the player hearing this often freezes or uncorks a hastily prepared and poorly struck ball right to the goalkeeper.  In a recent game, one parent shouted “Shoot” to his U10 daughter every time she touched the ball – and she was playing defense fifty yards from the goal.  When the urge to shout “Shoot” strikes, stifle it.

2. C’mon, Ref!  (Or any variation…  Probably the phrase uttered most frequently in a match, always pegged to a perceived slight or grievance.  That the protest will compel the recipient to amend or reverse his call is a vain hope that dishonors the game and demeans the yeller.  Good calls and bad calls, like good and bad coaching (and good and bad playing), are an integral part of the game.  Leave the ref alone.

3. Hand ball!  An involuntary, heaven-rattling exclamation erupts from an entire sideline the instant a ball touches, or appears to touch, a player’s hand or arm.  Meant to alert the referee, who is usually only inches from the alleged transgression, and coerce him to assess a foul on the other team.  The charge elicits the equally-aggrieved “no way!” from the opposite sideline. Usually the call is of little consequence, but when flagged in the penalty area, the fate of mankind can hang in the balance.  Best advice?  Breathe.  The sun will come out tomorrow.  This is California.

4. Big Kick.  An alarm raised when the ball is rolling or bouncing towards a defender under pressure, the term encourages a desperate and uncontrolled response.  In soccer we don’t “kick” the ball.  We strike it, pass it, cross it, drive it and shoot it.  We chip it, volley it, curl it and, even occasionally, toe poke it.  All of these terms denote a specific – and directed – response.  Soccer strives for elegance, poise and clarity of action and communication. Keeping one’s head and intelligently playing the ball out of danger, by looking for a smart outlet, is to be preferred over blindly whacking the crap out of it, which by the way, in youth soccer often results in a big whiff.

Yes, there are penalty kicks, corner kicks, direct and indirect kicks but these are nouns, not verbs; they refer to precise, unambiguous actions, not the act of hitting the ball.

5. Send it!  A smarter-sounding cousin of Big Kick, this one also fails the specificity test.  The screamer is demanding that the ball be “sent” upfield, but to where?  Towards the touch line?  Towards the open midfielder on the left?  Towards the forward smothered by two defenders?  Apparently anywhere out of immediate danger is good enough. But for the care and feeding of budding soccer players, it shouldn’t be.

And then there’s the frantic Away!, the soccer version of the Harry Potter disappearing charm, “Expelliarmus.” Panicked keepers and coaches will command their defenders to make the ball disappear.  Banish it to Azkaban or anywhere else away from the goal.

6. Goalie’s out…  He’s scrambled to the edge of the box to make an acrobatic save and is out of position when the ball lands at your player’s feet.  Everyone wants to let this potential hero know he’s got a wide open, if 30 yard, opportunity.  Problem is it takes great self-possession to strike or chip (not kick) a ball over distance or the flailing-to-get-back keeper’s head.  When prompted by a crazed sideline, the task becomes even more difficult. See SHOOT above.  And watch the ball sail over the crossbar.

7. It’s 0-0.  No, it’s not.  One team has just scored.  And they’re leading by one, two or three goals.  As the players trot back to midfield for the kick-off, the coach shouts out, “all right, gang, it’s 0-0!” Designed to prevent a let-down (teams often do get scored upon right after they’ve netted a goal) and urge the troops to focus and recommit, this silly phrase rallies no one but the mathematically challenged.

8. Take a lap.  And with that the coach sends his team or a player on an unsupervised, unfocused trip around the training ground.  Out of touch and usually out of hailing distance, the “lap” gives the players license to goof around, cut corners or even walk.  Less odious when ordered for a warm-up than as a punishment, a lap has little relevance to the game of soccer.  How much long distance jogging does a player do in a game?  Exactly.  Still committed to laps?  Try sticking a ball at your players’ feet.  At least let them get some touches on the tour.

9. Are you kidding me?  What are you thinking?  Or… How did you miss that?  All of these expressions weep with frustration and disbelief.  Yet none of them (or any variants, expletives added or deleted) serves any positive purpose.  A player knows when he’s screwed up.  Putting an exclamation point on it only delays his ability to shake it off and redeem himself.  Substitute the neutral “Unlucky!” and witness the player’s miraculous rebound.

10. Anything uttered by a parent or spectator that is more instructive or critical than “Nice play,” “Great effort,” or “Way to go.”  The game many of them are watching has only one kid in it:  theirs.  Even the most visually expansive, when sending up a cry or a protest, are denigrating the dignity of the game.  Parents don’t coach.  And they don’t criticize.  They cheer.  Try it.  Your kids will thank you.

11. Trash talking.  Mostly a player phenomenon, this can rear its ugly head at any age.  From the U6 high five line, with one team smacking hands, saying, “bad game,” to the older hormone-riddled gangsters of U13 and up. It’s a regular and disturbing part of the game.  My 15 year old, however, learned a valuable lesson this past weekend. Returning to his position he passed the other team’s defender and started to dish out a helping of abuse.  The defender held up his hand.  “I don’t trash talk,” he said.  “I don’t have anything against you or your team.  I just want to play good hard soccer.”  My kid stopped, thought for a moment, then fist-bumped the kid.  “Respect,” he said.

Respect is what it’s all about.  Respecting the players, the officials, and the game itself.  Lose a little of this lingo and you’ll see how much better life on the sidelines can be.