Purpose of Cal North’s Elite Player Development Program
The purpose of Cal North’s EDP is to provide participants with exposure to College Coaches, their methods of instruction and technical and tactical advice for player development. We aim provide an environment that will test players decision making capabilities in pressure situations. The college coaches will be on hand to guide the player with tactical solutions. The EDP program is a supplement to the Olympic Development Program.
Instructors: College Coaches
Boys event, May 10th, 2013: Felipe Restrepo (Head Coach, Cal. State University, Chico), Andrew Cumbo (Head Coach, Cal State East Bay University), BJ Noble (Head Coach, Notre Dame de Namur University), Henry Foulk (Assistant Coach, Univ. of California, Berkeley) (Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the following coach had to withdraw: Josh McKay, USF)
Girls events May 3rd & 17th 2013: Neil McGuire, (Head Coach, UC Berkeley), Brook Johnson (UC Davis ‘keeper coach, 17th only), Philppe Blin (ODP Director) 17th only. Paul Sapsford (State DoC and former Stanford coach), Carlos Menjivar (State DoC, 3rd May only) and Nate Failing (former UC Santa Barbera Goalkeeper Coach, 17th May).
Location- May 2013 events will be held at Las Positas College, Livermore.
The curriculum taught by the College Coaches at Cal North's Elite Development Program will focus on players' technique and tactical understanding. It will test players' decision making capabilities in pressure situations, and the college coaches will provide the player with tactical solutions.
Where do I go to register:
Girls Elite Player Events
Boys Elite Player Events
Please make sure to bring your Elite Player Development Medical Release form with you on the day of the event.
What will high school age players receive after participating? After you’ve signed up for one (1) Elite Development clinic/camp, you will be sent the following material;
1. Recruiting advice on what you should be doing as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and/or Senior to market yourself to college coaches and NCAA rules
2. Sample emails/letters to send to college coaches
3. How to arrange an unofficial visit with a college program
4. A sample soccer resume to send to a college coach
5. 12 questions you could ask a college coach and 11 questions they might ask you
6. Email a specific recruiting question to Paul Sapsford, Cal North DoC and former Stanford coach
7. Nutrition advice for the elite soccer player
8. Advice from sport psychology for the elite soccer player
FAQ for Elite Player Development Program
- What is EPD?
- Cal North's Elite Player Development Program provides technical and tactical training from some of America's finest College Coaches.
- Why Participate?
- It provides the participant with outstanding technical and tactical advice as well as opportunities for exposure to College Coaches. Part of development process is learning what it takes to become a complete player, which is why Cal North has integrated education into the EPD program around fitness, nutrition and sports psychology from some of the top minds involved in soccer.
- Who should attend EPD events?
- Competitive soccer players with a strong motivation to improve their technical, tactical and soccer IQ. Players looking to compete at the next level will learn from college coaches what it takes to play at the college level.
- What are the benefits of EPD?
- Outstanding coaching advice and exposure to college coaches. An opportunity to work with a high-level coaching staff that supplements the players overall development. To train, play and compete with the best players in the area.
- Does EPD replace ODP participation?
- No, it's a supplement to ODP, EPD expands the scope of Cal North’s identification, development and advancement mission by allowing for a larger number of players to be trained technically and tactically to compete at the elite level.
- What age groups does the program cover?
- The girls program is open to U11-U19 players, and the boys program is open to U14-U19 players.