US Youth Soccer Restructuring National League Program

Beginning this season US Youth Soccer's recently restructured National League will now feature the National League Series and National League Playoffs. Applications for the National League Showcase events are now being accepted. These events are for the very top level teams across the nation and over the years some of Cal North’s elite level teams have participated in the National League.

The USYS National League has been split into three sections of competitions with 13 regional conferences.

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California Department of Public Health: Guidance for Youth Sports

On August 3rd, The California Department of Public Health released COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Youth Sports to address youth sports statewide. The document provides pertinent information for all youth sports programs to support a safe environment. 

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SportsLab360: Attacking Runs

This month's theme takes focus on attacking runs. It will be available through the month of August exclusively to Cal North members at no cost.

In our ongoing and continued effort to bring you valuable content, we've partnered with SportsLab360 to bring you a new player development module each month. SportsLab360 provides an accessible, practical, organized, and easy to-use program that is focused entirely on tactical development. 

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Cal North Partners with Keeper Wars Ink Bringing Event to California

The first ever Cal North hosted Keeper Wars Ink event will take place over Labor Day weekend at Morgan Hill Sports Complex, and will bring keepers from across the Northern California soccer community and the surrounding regions together to compete for a chance to advance into the Keeper Wars 2021 National Championship.

We are very excited to partner with Keeper Wars Ink and to host the U.S. City Tour, September 5-6, 2020. We hope you join us in participating this year.

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Cal North and SportsLab360 Announce New Partnership

We are incredibly excited to announce a new partnership with SportsLab360 that will provide you with quality resources to help continue player development.
 
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Cal North and TeamGenius Partner to Improve Player Evaluation & Development

New strategic partnership delivers the latest player evaluation technology to Cal North’s Olympic Development Program and network of 132 member clubs.

Pleasanton, CA (June 17, 2020) – Cal North Chairman, Larry Svetich is pleased to announce that Cal North has partnered with TeamGenius, the leading athlete evaluation app for tryouts, feedback, and player development.

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Suspension of Play Lifted and Return To Play Guidelines

Cal North lifted the suspension of play that has been in place due to the COVID-19 virus and pandemic.  The final decision to get back on the field has been returned to local leagues and clubs in every district, county, and city.  The decisions leagues and clubs make to return to play must abide by and be done in conjunction with directives established by the State of California and local county health directors and departments.  Cal North has prepared a number of recommended guidelines to aid leagues and clubs in developing their own unique return to play protocols.

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What is the Olympic Development Program?

The Cal North Olympic Development Program (otherwise known as ODP) provides players the opportunity to compete in quality competitions against other state association ODP teams, exposing players to college coaches, and regional/national team coaches for further advancement.

The Cal North Olympic Development Program is directly affiliated with the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program formed in 1977. The Olympic Development Program is a national identification and development program for players of the highest-level. Each state association identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their State Association and the United States in regional, national, and in some cases international soccer competitions.

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Keep Moving with Tommy Thompson's Soccer Drills At Home

With the current uncertainties surrounding social distancing and the effect on sports in general, it’s understandable for athletes to feel that they are missing major components of their daily training.

By accepting to see the worldwide situation as a necessary precaution to help keep members of the community safe, athletes can use their creativity to strengthen the most technical aspects of their sport while unable to physically practice with their team and coaches. Soccer players can modify daily training to work on their individual footwork, agility, and endurance skills that collectively contribute to a successful team. As Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” 

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Soccer Without Borders Is Organizing a 5-Week Challenge

We know how challenging it has been for our youth to not be able to participate with their friends and teammates in the activities that they love. Social distancing is challenging for us as adults, and we can only imagine how much more difficult it is for our children.

With that said, we want to share a resource to support the remote coaching and mentorship work many of you are doing during this time of social and physical distancing. One of Cal North's partners, Soccer Without Borders (SWB) is organizing a free 5-week challenge. The Stay Home Season starts April 27th (registration deadline is April 24th):  https://www.stayhomeseason.org/

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