RAGE SHOWCASE

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  1. ECNL

    ECNL Well-Known Member

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    RAGE is set to show off their 3 football field sized soccer fields (Patelco) at the Rage Showcase. I have heard they are talking about having some evening games which would really be nice in the summer. Latest game could be at 830pm!!!! I suspect coaches want to see the teams at Patelco. Great venue to watch a game especially in the stadium.

    The tournament now can offer 6 excellent surfaces to play on (Val Vista and Patelco). 9 fields at sports park and the 2 at Aquatic Park can host the overflow.

    I always thought Davis had the best surfaces by after looking at their dried up bumpy grass at the last showcase I would say RAGE has an edge now.
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  2. eco

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    We play in Davis for West Regionals this weekend then Rage Showcase in July. I'll cast my vote then.

    Initial nod goes to Davis for all the fields at the same location and real grass.
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    Are all of the field grass at Rage? Are they the new fields on the south end of Pleasanton?
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    Yes I prefer real grass also but the fields looked overused and dried out like the new fields at Oceanside in So Cal.

    The new turf fields are at Bernal and Valley near the Fairgrounds. The field is down the street from a new shopping plaza anchored by Safeway! The sports park is a 8 minute drive from the turf fields. Rage will also use the 3 grass fields at Val Vista.
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    I agree, my daughter has played on way to many dried out bumpy dirt/grass fields. Totally changes the game. It'll be a shame if Davis turns to that.

    Davis should take a lesson from Mary Grogan in Modesto. Almost no practice on the grass fields and I witnessed them shut down a tournament on the lowest grass field during a storm. It was immediate and they didn't care about the reaction from the parents. Most parents understood but I heard a couple knuckleheads trying to say "they paid the same money as the teams on the turf fields...".

    Gotta take care of the fields we have.
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    There is no practicing at Mary Grogan on the grass. The only thing allowed on grass fields are games and scrimmages. The city patrols it very tight and if you throw cones out and try to do any drills you will be removed. It's tough as a coach but I totally understand why.
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    The Rage tournament is not a "showcase" tournament. Last year was terrible. No benches or shade for teams - even on turf fields in 100+ degree weather. Some teams traveled from outside of town (e.g. Seattle) and didn't bring ez-ups or benches on the plane - believing a "showcase" tournament would supply those for teams.

    Real grass fields were in terrible shape - the grass was so long at the aquatic center it was like the kids were running in mud. Same with the central fields. Really poorly run tournament - definitely not a "showcase."

    Davis? Facility is excellent. Parking and traffic sucks raw eggs.
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    At least the RAGE showcase parking is free. I find it very frustrating to pay the overpriced parking fees to watch your own kid play soccer. Southern California is one of the worst at this.
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    Agree eddy the rage showcase should provide canopies in each field especially when you are charging each team a 1000 dollar play entry.

    It is however a showcase that can be improved greatly w the right person in charge.
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    I totally see your frustration, but you have to think about who's running the program. Surf has over 5,000 cars a day parking in their parking lot. Multiply that times 10 and that's more than a lot of people make in a year. Showcases aren't for the kids or coaches. They're for the clubs that make money for their bottom line. The entry fee last year for surf was damn near 1500.00 for 30 minute half's on crummy fields. Best thing was the parking cause it was close in proximity. ;)

    Davis complex is nice, but fields have been sub-par mostly in part of the drought. No excuse this yerar! lol
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    Davis soccer complex was quite nice for cross-regions last weekend. Parking fee can be easily avoided by parking a short walk away.

    Surf this year is supposed to be providing full time games and guaranteed 4th game for all teams.
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    I would love to see the books behind Davis' complex. It's my understanding they recievrd the land for free so not having that dept is huge. I wish they had real bathrooms though.

    Anyone been paying attention to what Troy Dayak is doing at is ranch in Tracy? He'll eventually have several very nice fields of his own. Could end up being a boon for West Coast. FYI There are several videos of his progress on his Facebook page.
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    DAVIS has the best fields if watered but the nearby area has little to offer and the fact they are charging for parking is ridiculous.

    Modesto has nice fields but it's in Modesto

    RAGE has great fields but they are separated. 3 at Val Vista and now 3 at Patelco. The siblings under 12 are going to love the huge play park at Patelco.......
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    The Patelco play park is a great, great touch. You have to add 45 mins on to every practice :)

    But setting that aside, as good Pleasanton's pricy downtown restaurants/entertainment is, I don't think it realistically compares to college-town Davis in terms of affordable restaurants, entertainment, lodging, youthful atmosphere, etc.
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    Isn't it a hike to the Davis College town? The Nugget is the only place actually near the field. Plus if you leave you might not be able to get back into the parking lot!!!!
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    Man, the Davis fields were in great shape this weekend. Neither bumpy or dry. Perfect. Wow. Parking wasn't too bad either. I parked outside two days and had to pay once. The biggest improvement they need in my eyes are permanent bathrooms. Nothing fancy but if you're going to charge $5 for parking at least provide 2nd world sanitation. The porta-potties didn't even have hand washing stations. That's nasty.

    After going to college and living in SF and other parts of the Bay Area for 15 years, with the exception of maybe Napa/Sonoma and Santa Cruz, I'd much rather spend a soccer tournament weekend in Davis. Hotels are half as expensive. The restaurants are as good and cheaper and downtown is much more walkable than 95% of Bay Area towns. Not sure about the comment about the hike to the "college town", downtown is less than a 10 minute drive from the fields. We stayed in a Holiday Inn that was 5 minutes from the fields and walked from the motel to downtown to eat. One night when we were eating outside at a downtown restaurant the UCD acapella group busted out some awesome tunes. Great experience for all.
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    Yes RAGE is more expensive overall but WAY moe things to do and places to eat if you have money. Nearby Dublin just finished their 43 million dollar water park, the Livermore outlets/Stoneridge Mall are minute away, etc. Then of course for out of towners you have SF a BART ride away.....at DAVIS you have SAC....ugh.

    The rap on RAGE Showcase IS the sportspark....it sucks. Now we have Patelco AND Val vista. The board is discussing night games at Patleco which would be cooler and likely well attended by coaches if after dinner.

    RAGE has a history of bringing in MANY So cal teams so if you are placed in the upper three brackets you'll get new competition. At Davis you get to play the some old teams you've been playing in NPL and Nor cal Premier for the most part.
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    I've never participated in either showcase so I'm only referring to the facilities/cities.

    My family has no interest in strip mall shopping or amusement parks during soccer weekends. When not at the fields we want r&r and good food without much driving. Simple is better. I don't want to deal with traffic, ferries, bridges or BART. All that being said, we'll be at Rage and Mustang this year.
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    'Don't want to deal with traffic' I suggest you stay away from any southern California tournaments. Traffic is very difficult. Pleasanton travel can also be challenging at certain hours so book your team hotel as close to fields as possible.
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    No shade? That is insane -- even Walnut Creek's basic local yokel "Creek Cup" tournament provides shade for the players. That is beyond cheap. You are just asking people not to travel for the tournament (assume everyone can bring their own shade = locals only)
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