Best girls youth soccer coach in Nor cal

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  1. psyclone

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    If you want to know how good an 8v8 team will be when it goes 11v11, check out the club's B-team. The 8v8 team's top three subs will be the new teams starters, and the B-team will fill in the rest.
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    True but many teams add from the outside. Certainly easier when you have 2 competive teams at 9v9
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    Becoming the best skilled soccer player she can become is my daughter's top priority. But, playing youth soccer also offers important opportunities for personal growth. Beyond skill development, she needs a generally constructive relationship with her coach. We need to recognize the difference between unreasonable expectations and personal challenges that may make my daughter unhappy at the moment but are valuable for her personal growth. Coach Deza meets these requirements for us.

    The difference between what Deza expects his players to do with the ball and the more common approach is pretty stark. I saw the U13 Force team play SoCal Blues in Phoenix a few weeks ago. The Blues took the ball at the start of the game and with the first touch drilled the ball to the right offensive corner of the field. It wasn’t a pass to the wing. They dumped the ball deep and pressured. I immediately thought about what they did in training that made them feel that giving up the ball was the best option for them. I wondered what basketball would look like if after winning the opening tap, a team chucked the ball to the offensive corner and ran after it. It really hit home what an uphill battle it is to insist on playing possession soccer in America. One of the top clubs in America who regularly supplies girls to the USWNT plays the odds - as most teams do - and doesn’t bother with all that messy possession passing where one slightly misplaced ball in the middle or one bad touch in the back will have the other team coming downhill at your goalie in a hurry. This is not to say that SoCal Blues are not skilled. Quite the contrary. But, the commitment to playing with skill only goes as far as the favorable odds go.

    Deza doesn’t play the odds. He expects the girls to play the game as if they have the skill to manage any situation with the ball without panicking and giving up possession. He trains relentlessly for these skills as they are not easily mastered. He expects these skills to be applied in the game. He’s an exception (there are certainly others) in a sea of coaches that play the odds. His teams, especially at the younger ages, will not perform as well on the scoreboard as they could if he played the odds. But the girls will have many more opportunities under game pressure to develop their skill with the ball. The trade off is winning less often or with greater difficulty for more skill development. I’ll take that every time.
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    I feel Ron Shackleford of San Juan 06 girls ECNL must be included in this conversation.
    All parents and girls want to stay with him for every reason listed above.
    Three strait State Cup Championships. Won every league they have entered, most playing a year up.
    Many girls in the PDP program, also a year up.
    Have LOTS of fun!
    Treats everyone with respect. A class guy.
    You can check out his full bio at the San Juan club web site.
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    Ah yes, Grampa, your love of SJ '06 never waivers, no matter how far fetched.

    Great coach? To be sure. But what kind of coach threatens to move his entire team to a different club, and gets a State Cup Championship coach fired, if his DD doesn't get more playing time and a spot on the PDP program? Ask the 05 parents how they feel about him and the club politics.

    "A class guy?" Nah... not so much. I'm not sure all the facts are listed on his full bio on the San Juan club website.
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    Sounds like the coach at IR 07 Purple. Wins everything and develops classy players.
    His team just went to their 3 straight state cup final yesterday and won again.
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    I saw them on the podium. Congratulations to the team!
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    Far fetched? Can you give a clue what is not fact?
    The 05 state cup championship coach got himself fired. No help needed.
    His daughter is one of the many girls on the 05 team that are on the PDP team. They all want more playing time.
    He coached that 05 team two years ago and what I hear is the girls and parents all wanted him back. He just didn't have enough time.
    Have a nice day.

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