Your Action Between the Action

Your Action Between the Action

Competitive Fire - Discipline - Self-Belief - Athleticism - Strong Mentality - Desire to Compete at the Highest Level - Coachability - Technical Ability Under Pressure - Soccer-Specific Fitness - High Soccer IQ - Quality with the Ball - Ball Striking - Leadership - Internal Drive - Work Ethic - Ability to Compete with Self - Speed of Decision Making.

After polling several of our top college coach friends from UCLA, KU, UW, Florida, UNC and Oregon, these are some of the key attributes they believe top collegiate athletes need to have in order to be successful at their level.  

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Soccer Social

Soccer Social

Huzzah! It is Wednesday and Soccer Social is back to catch you up on soccer news and what your favorite athletes have been posting on social media. This week, Sydney Leroux did some serious shopping. Tommy Meyer and his buddies hit the surf. Mix Diskerud returned to his (half?) homeland. UEFA Champions League gave us a few hilarious gaffes and the NWSL Final was set.

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Parent Guide to Overnight Camps

Parent Guide to Overnight Camps

As a full-time, year round office, we spend a lot of time planning and preparing the most incredible overnight soccer experience we can.  However, our preparation is only half of the work that needs to be done to ensure the girls that attend the Berkshire Soccer Academy have a successful overnight stay. This is an especially important topic for us because many of the girls that attend are coming for their first residential camp experience. Although each family may not have the same amount of time as we do to prepare for the summer, here are the top 10 things to do with your family to prepare for a very successful first time overnight camp experience.

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Gillian Campbell: Eager to Grow Her Game

Gillian Campbell: Eager to Grow Her Game

Gillian Campbell, 16 year old Midfielder from Lewisville, TX, plays for FC Dallas Soccer Club. She has been playing the game since she was four years old and has big goals for her future playing career. We asked her questions about her individual training habits and what she's looking forward to most at the camp this June 12-14 in Powder Springs, GA. Here are her answers. 

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Houston Dynamo’s Memo Rodriguez: The Beginning and on to the Future

Houston Dynamo’s Memo Rodriguez: The Beginning and on to the Future

“Keep on going, keep on going. Don’t stop!”

These are the words Houston Dynamo midfielder Jose ”Memo” Rodriquez continues to tell himself every day to become the best soccer player he can be. Memo, which the 19-year-old prefers to go by, is a Texas native who was signed in December as the sixth homegrown player in Dynamo history. 

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Sample College Women's Soccer Summer Workout

Sample College Women's Soccer Summer Workout

The purpose of preseason training is not to develop fitness, rather, it is to organize and develop team tactics.  In order to manage injury prevention and physical wellness during this challenging time of the season, commitment to summer fitness training is absolutely vital.  A player who is not in great physical condition cannot perform efficiently. This sample conditioning program has been formulated to fit your needs based on your competition schedule during the summer months.

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Lateral Progressive First Touches

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Beast Mode Soccer

Internationally recognized as a leading figure in individual technical development, David is seen as a long-term thinker and visionary, determined to bestow a phenomenal work ethic on the next generation of soccer players. Following his success as a field presenter at the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, David has continued to grow Beast Mode Soccer into the go-to technical training system trusted by prominent player’s of the United States Women’s National Team, the United States Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, National Women’s Soccer League and countless leagues in Europe. Based in Los Angeles, California, David Copeland-Smith created Beast Mode Soccer in 2010 as a training system to help guide players’ technical development and to instill a proactive, progressive mindset of self-reliance and personal accountability within his clients. The result? The creation of a training culture that has attracted the likes of countless collegiate, professional, and international players such as Alex Morgan, Landon Donovan, and Ali Riley and the publication of an award winning at-home training guide to direct players with their technical development while they’re on their own. David’s mission for Beast Mode Soccer was further publicized by his on-field presentation at the 2014 Western Canada Soccer Showcase, where his session, “Creating the Self-Reliant Soccer Player” created a buzz amongst attendees and helped David continue to expand his reach beyond his Los Angeles base. Whether you are a youth club player looking to raise your game to the next level, a collegiate or professional athlete looking to fulfill your playing potential, Beast Mode Soccer will be your guide to help you fulfill your goals.

Low Low High Buddies

First touch is critical here out of the air, treat the ball like an egg, nice and gentle! Don't forget that its International Women's Day, so call your Mum, sisters and friends to let them know you appreciate all they do for you! TAG your teammates to see if they will attempt low low high buddies with you at practice this week!

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