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Fargo Soccer Club: Uniform, Ball, Decal Distribution Info
 
Recreational and Competitive Soccer

 Uniform, Balls & Decal Distribution

Wednesday, January 15, 6:30-7:00 pm
 
If you can't pick up your uniform at this time, please make a personal arrangement by emailing matt@fargosoccer.org 
 

Uniform/Equipment Distribution:  If you ordered a recreational soccer uniform (jersey, socks, shorts), car decal or ball, it will be distributed on the date shown above of by personal arrangement.  If you did not pre-order, you can just show up and purchase any of the above items while we have extra.  If you cannot make it, please have someone come and get your items.

Soccer Balls:  Soccer balls are available at the same time.

Where: Noah home, 4910 Meadow Creek Drive South, Fargo, (701)-866-1949 (cell)

Directions:  From 52nd Avenue South and 25th Street, proceed north on 25th Street about 0.25 miles to Meadow Creek Drive. Turn west (left) on to Meadow Creek Drive and veer left until you reach 4910.

Sizing:  To get the correct size, we recommend you bring your child with you. We have youth small, medium and large uniforms.

Lettering:  You can get your reversible jersey lettered on both sides for a nominal charge at Scheel's on 45th Street. Lettering is optional. We recommend your child's first name on the jersey.  It helps the coaches, teammates and other parents get to know the players.


 
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Fargo Soccer Club: Coaching Insights

As promised, the club will be focusing on a plethora of skills development during our winter recreational season during our Monday practice sessions.  Saturdays will be reserved for games of various sorts.

Please note that all 5 skills discussed below involve 1 player with 1 ball, doing something at all times.  There are no lines.  There are no laps.  Coaches will demonstrate the skill until players understand the skill.  Players will then practice the skill.  Coaches will visit with each player to help them.  Players develop, have fun and stay out of trouble at practice by having something to do.  They enjoy improvement.  They have lots of energy.  More touches on the ball means improvement.

Monday, January 6 will introduce 5 skills which will challenge and reward the players.  These skills are part of the arsenal of skills each player can use in every game.  Completing the understanding and demonstration of each skill will lead to confidence and a sense of accomplishment for each player.  These skills are also the basis for advanced skill development.

Skill #1  Toe-Taps  The skill is performed as follows:  (1) The player stands centered behind the ball, feet shoulder width apart, with one foot on top of the ball.  (2) The player switches feet, placing the other foot on top of the ball .  (3) The activity is alternated.  (4) Success is measured in many ways.  Can the player keep the ball as still as possible?  Can the player get his or her foot up to the top of the ball and tap it lightly and quickly?  How many toe-taps can the player do in 20 seconds.  Once the player is comfortable with the skill, they can move on to advanced variations of the skill, e.g. (1) Doing the skill blindfolded.  (2) Doing the skill while moving around the ball.  (3)  Doing the skill while moving backward.  (4)  Doing what is known as a Brazilian toe-tap.  Video demonstration - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKTHpGjhTJ8

Skill #2  Foundations  The skill is performed as follows:  (1) The player stand with their feet slightly greater than shoulder width apart and the ball between the legs, touching the instep of one of the feet.  (2)  Without going backward or forward, the player passes the ball from one foot to the other.  The ball should be received in the center of the instep.  (3)  The activity is alternated.  (4) Success is mesasure in many ways.  Can the player do the skill without moving forward or backward?  Can the player move the ball from foot to foot without stopping?  How many foundations can the player do in 20 seconds.  Video demonstrations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va6cK1cGgqg  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ9SPhbO9KU

Skill #3  Pullbacks  The skill is performed as follows:  (1) The player stands with one foot on top of the ball.  (2)  He or she rolls the ball backwards using the bottom of their foot, keep their foot on top of the ball as long as possible.  (3) Turning 180 degrees with (not opposed) to the ball and continuing a short run.  Video demonstration - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LXU1oi1VSI

Skill #4  Crossovers  Come watch the clinic coaches instruct the players on this move.

Skill #5  Stepovers   Come watch the clinic coaches instruct the players on this move.

Future sessions will reinforce this skills.  We will also work on passing techinque, shooting technique, dribbling technique, roll-overs and more.  Skills development is a journey.  To see what the advanced part of the journey looks like, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvn9VBLAiLiYL4FFJHri6g

 


 
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fargo Soccer Club: Winter Soccer Information

 

Start The winter recreational soccer program starts on Monday, January 6,  5:30-6:25 pm at the MetroRec, 3110 Main Avenue, Fargo, ND 58103.  It is on the south side of Main Avenue.  The second session is Saturday, January 11, 11:00-Noon at the MetroRec.  The last Monday session is February 24.  The last Saturday session is February 29.  Every Monday and Saturday between those beginning and end dates are covered by a session - practice or game -, same place, same times.

Field locations  The MetroRec is a converted ice hockey facility with 2 former hockey rinks.  Once you enter the facility, you enter the lobby.  You exit the lobby into the playing area lobby.  You will find restrooms in the lobby.  In the playing area, the soccer field to the left is the MetroRec East field.  The other is the West field.  As you enter the East field, you will be entering what we refer to as MetroRec East #1, the northernmost past of East.  The next field, East #2 is separated by a barrier from #1.  The southernmost fields are East #3 and East #4.

What to Bring  Each player should dress appropriately.  The MetroRec facility temperature varies with the outdoor temperature and the decisions by the Park District.  Therefore, dressing in layers is recommended.  Most players start with 2 layers; a normal soccer layer and a layer with a sweatshirt and sweatpants.  Indoor soccer shoes, not cleats are required.  Alternatively, flat-bottomed or nub-buttomed shoes of any kind are allowed.  Avoid running shoes at all cost as they will certainly lead to injury.  Hats and gloves are allowed but usually are not necessary.  Bring a properly inflated soccer ball.  Wear shin guards (mandatory).  Those players without shin guards will not be able to participate.  Bring a full water bottle.  Flavored drinks of any kind are not allowed.  Wear your uniform.

Uniforms  If you ordered a uniform, we will distribute them sometime between the Monday and Saturday session this week.  If you ordered a ball, we will bring your ball to the Monday session.  You can take it home after the session.

Preparation (Each session)  Please have players at the MetroRec 10 minutes early. so we can start on time.  Players can warm-up off the field unless there is no activity on one of the two playing surfaces.  In that case, warm-ups can take place on a playing surface. Please be sure each player is rested and has nutrition prior to the clinic session.

Coaches  Coaches are listed on your team page.  If you would like to assist, please contact me.

Website You can visit the Winter 2020 Constellation Canis Majog (the Big Dogs), Constellation Gemeni (the Twins) or Constellation Orion (the Hunger) team to see who else is on your team, the contact information for the coaches and other participants and to check on schedules, clinic communications, etc.  Just login to your account and browse over to your team.  I decided to name our 3 "teams" after some of the more popular winter constellations.

Fun  Knowing that players play to have fun, we always attempt to make soccer fun.

Matt Noah,  , 701.866.1949

 


 
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Fargo Soccer Club: Gemini

Gemini - The Twins Pollux and Castor

 

Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century AD astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. Its name is Latin for "twins," and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. Its symbol is Gemini.svg (Unicode ♊).

Gemini lies between Taurus to the west and Cancer to the east, with Auriga and Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis Minor to the south.

In classical antiquity, Cancer and not Gemini was the location of the Sun on the first day of summer (June 21). During the first century AD, axial procession shifted it into Gemini. In 1990, the location of the Sun on the first day of summer moved from Gemini into Taurus, where it will remain until the 27th century AD and then move into Aries. The Sun will move through Gemini from June 21 to July 20 through 2062.[3]

Gemini is prominent in the winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere and is visible the entire night in December-January. The easiest way to locate the constellation is to find its two brightest stars Castor and Pollux eastward from the familiar “V” shaped asterism of Taurus and the three stars of Orion’s belt. Another way is to mentally draw a line from the Pleiades star cluster located in Taurus and the brightest star in LeoRegulus. In doing so, an imaginary line that is relatively close to the ecliptic is drawn, a line which intersects Gemini roughly at the midpoint of the constellation, just below Castor and Pollux.

 


 
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