News and Announcements
We thank our ABSC coaches for their tireless dedication.
Today, let your coach, past or present, know how you appreciate them.
President Nixon proclaimed October 6th National Coaches Day in 1972, recognizing that “Coaches are highly qualified teachers—in highly specialized fields. But more than that, they are friends and counselors who help instill in their players important attitudes that will serve them all their lives.”
ABSC Members can mix it on the turf every Monday with some of our coaches and older league players!
Who: ABSC Families
Where: Gilman North Turf Field, Tom Bates Complex
When: Every Sunday 7-9pm
Cheering is OK!
Let the kids play! Give players the chance to trust their skills and instincts , and without concern that their mistakes will be corrected from the sidelines in a game environment. Enthusiastic cheering for the TEAM encouraged!
Read here about how “silent Soccer” got started…
It’s unfortunate that it comes around so infrequently. Enabling kids on the field to make their own decisions, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and experiment with modes of communication and conflict resolution, imbues them with confidence in dealing with their life at home, in school and in the world. Taken from the article "why silent Saturdays matter ( link above) by Steve Morris, February 01, 2020
Guidelines for Coaches :
1) Use practice next week to educate your players about Silent Soccer.
2) Before the game, explain Silent Soccer to your players.
3) During game play, remain silent on the sidelines. Under-8 Coaches ONLY may verbally coach; however, please use restraint and coach moderately. (U8 parents must observe the rule of silence.)
4) PERMITTED: calling out for substitutions and speaking quietly to players on the sidelines, giving them instructions to carry out on to the field, such as ’Joey, I want you to switch positions with Tommy, and make sure Billy gets a chance to do a throw in, ok?"
5) Provide coaching points at the start of the game, at halftime and after the game.
6) Use this weekend as an opportunity to notice how players learn from each other during the course of a game and appreciate all the subtle ways the game teaches.
Guidelines for spectators :
1) No verbal comments about the game or any direct comments to the players, coaches or referees on or off the field – let the players play the game their way. They’re all doing their best, given their age and experience, and don’t need to be urged to play harder or smarter than they already are.
2) “Cheering” is highly encouraged for ALL plays, regardless of team.
3) Be creative in how you choose to “cheer” – make signs to hold up, a rally towel to wave wildly or pom-poms to shake.
4) Clapping IS allowed!
5) Please NO noise makers and especially no whistles, or compressed air horns.
Guidelines for players :
1) Have fun and enjoy the game!
2) Communicate with your teammates
Reasons why ABSC holds Silent Soccer:
To foster leadership skills among individual players as they have unique opportunity of giving instruction on the field. To foster a sense of true teamwork as players must learn to rely upon one another and communicate with each other appropriately. To remind coaches, parents, and players that PRACTICE is the time for instruction. Games are the showcases for learning. *To remind everyone that youth soccer is primarily for the purpose of kids playing, learning and having fun.
Have a fun, SILENT weekend!
The document Silent_Soccer_MAY_21___22_2022_ed.pdf was attached to this post.
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Our beloved coach Osvaldo Segura passed away on August 31.
He left us too soon, and too young.
He picked up his cones and ball and walked off the pitch for the last time, but not before setting things right for his boys and letting us know how much he loved the game, and how much he wanted the club to do well.
All he wanted was to see his boys through high school, and when he realized he was not going to do that, he made sure he selected the right coach to take his “boys” to the next level.
Osvaldo is what we want for our children— quietly confident and a true leader.
Osvaldo is one of the three coaches who built ABSC into the modern club as we know it now. He always told me, “I am not going anywhere, I am here to build a real club where players can come and learn and develop as players and citizens.”
We will miss him telling us how much he loves the game and how his players are the best. We will miss the arguments if calls were not in his favor, and him having the last word with, “Come on Toney, man.”
We will miss you, Osvaldo.
If you wish to send your condolences , a donation, or any other form of support to his family:
1669 El Toro Way
Pinole, CA 94564
- See Osvaldo on the Youtube videos he posted during the pandemic.*
Warm up stretches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-qjFAjYFZ8
Building Strength: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Sv1OUf3fc