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Beach Soccer Camp – Dec 22-24

Join Cardiff Mustangs coaches Nick Perera and Chris Toth for a winter break beach soccer camp. Both coaches are on the U.S. National Beach Soccer team, and bring great experience and knowledge to this three-day camp. Players will get a great workout, work on skills, and learn the sport of beach soccer in a motivating, fun environment.

This camp is open to competitive and recreational players, ages 7 – 14, from all clubs and levels of play.

Dates: December 22 – 24, 2017
Time:  9 am – 12:00 each day
Location:  Tamarack State Beach

Cost: $140 for 3 days or $50/day.

Players go barefoot or wear sand socks (camp is held on the beach) and appropriate soccer clothingNo shin guards or cleats are necessary.  Players should bring sunscreen, water, and a snack.

Register

*Note: For single day registration, please be sure to register online for the specific day your child will be attending.  For check payment, please bring check on day of attendance.

Want to know more about beach soccer?  Click here to learn more about this exciting sport!

Opening Day

Celebrate the start of the season this Sunday, September 10 at Berkich Park/Cardiff Elementary School from 8:00-3:00.   Plan to stay for awhile for a bite to eat, a pick up soccer game, or hanging out with other members of the Cardiff Soccer Mustang community and our coaches and board members.

Team and Individual Pictures

Photo times are listed below. Please show up at least 15 minutes prior to your photo session and have forms ready with your selection of a photo package. Players must wear their uniforms.

Picture Schedule

Photo Order Form

 

 

 

 

A Message from our President

Mustang families,

We hope your team has developed playing tournaments over the past few months, and it’s now time to kick off the fall season!

Our competitive program continues to become stronger and stronger, and the club now has topnotch boys and girls teams in most every age bracket. Kraig Chiles, our director of coaching, has recruited and maintained top flight coaches, many of whom still play competitively themselves. Cardiff Soccer encourages and funds continued education for all of our competitive coaches, many of whom are upgrading their licenses. For the older players, Ray Reza now offers assistance to anyone who is interested in playing at the college level. Our recreational soccer program thrives with the help of volunteers to coach and organize the teams, so shower your coaches and team managers with gratitude—and offer a hand at practices and games. Cardiff Soccer also bolsters its rec program coaching with one practice every other week run by a professional coach from our competitive program.

We aim for every child who plays soccer with us to have fun, learn the proper way to play the beautiful game, bond with a team, treat other players and coaches with respect, and to remain safe and reduce the chance of injury. We pledge to do our part in making that vision a reality, but we need help from you. Make sure your players wear shin guards, have proper cleats, bring water with them to every practice and game, and own their own appropriately sized soccer ball (ask your coach) to practice with when they’re not with their team. Cheer loudly at games and encourage your kids at every turn, but please keep it positive. We urge you to keep your frustrations and disappointments in check. Good sideline behavior sets an example for your kids and reflects on our club and the community at large. Teams get pumped up when you cheer loudly at games and please encourage the kids at every turn, but keep it positive. Never give directions to your child or other team members from the sidelines. That’s a job for the coaches, and you will confuse kids and undermine your team if you offer your own opinions about where they should be on the field and what they should be doing. It’s simple: Let the coaches coach. Never speak negatively to players or fans on the opposing teams, before, during or after games. And if you’d like to coach in our recreational program next year, we always have openings.

Please keep in mind that referees do their best under often challenging circumstances, and they sometimes will make calls that you will think are wrong. Please keep in mind that especially in the recreational program, our referees often are teenagers and need your support and understanding. They are doing their best under often challenging circumstances, and they do not learn how to become better refs by having red-faced adults yelling at them. It helps, too, if you make a point of thanking them at the end of the game. And when you see a call that you disagree with, remember, these are children playing a game, and the outcome will have no impact on whether they receive a college scholarship, play in the World Cup, or find happiness. Please also be patient with the application of a new U.S. Soccer rule called “the build out line,” which requires that younger age brackets no longer do goal kicks and instead have the goalie roll the ball to a player inside of a protected zone so they can easily play the ball from the back of the pitch and have a more controlled game.

We strive to develop players over several seasons, and our coaching staff welcomes your input about your child’s progress or challenges. Please find an appropriate time to discuss any concerns you may have, and remember the 24-hour rule: If an incident occurs at a game, wait a day to bring it up. Your team manager often can help resolve some issues.

The first games are Saturday, September 9. Game schedules likely will be sent by team managers, but they are available online. Please see the competitive team pages for schedule links or go to our recreational soccer section for links to those games.

Opening Day is Sunday, September 10. You will receive a team picture time from your coach. It’s important that you be there for your team and individual photos, but we’ll also have food, drinks and swag for sale, and pick up soccer games.

Cardiff Soccer League is a nonprofit run by a tremendous team of volunteers, and if you have any questions or concerns, do let us know and we’ll try to respond promptly. Board member contacts are listed here on our site. You will also find team pages and schedules posted soon and current information about field closures, which is especially important on rainy days.

Hope to see you on the pitch!

Jon Cohen
Cardiff Soccer President

Summer Soccer Camp Starts June 19

Summer Soccer Camp starts next week! The camp is open to any player from any club, rec or competitive level, age 7 and above. Join the best staff of coaches in San Diego for a fun week of soccer skills, games, and activities!

June 19-23, 2017
9am – 2pm

George Berkich Park (North)
1888 Montgomery Avenue
Cardiff, CA  92007

$175 or $40/day

Register online

Players should wear soccer cleats, appropriate soccer clothing and shin guards.  Players should bring water, snack, and lunch.

*Note: For single day registration, please be sure to register online for the specific day your child will be attending.  For check payment, bring check on day of attendance or mail check to:

Cardiff Soccer League
2033 San Elijo Ave. P.M.B. #411
Cardiff, California 92007

A Message from Kraig Chiles, Director of Coaching

As we approach the beginning of tournament play, I wanted to reach out and wish all of the Cardiff Mustangs teams the best of luck in their games during the pre-season. These early games allow coaches to see their teams play in competitive situations and evaluate strengthens and weaknesses. Understanding the team’s tendencies early in the year helps coaches plan and maximize  team and individual development over the year.

Developing soccer players is a process, and coaches, teammates, parents, and the players each have an important role. The club wants to help mold good people, leaders, and teammates through soccer. Each player will come into his/her own at a different time and let’s remember to all be supportive and encouraging throughout each player’s journey.

I’ll see you on the fields,
Kraig Chiles
Cardiff Mustangs Director of Coaching

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
Parents

  • Observe the 24-hour rule and take a minimum of 24 hours before initiating any communication with coaches about games. Do not question coach decisions in the presence of any player, parent, referee, or other spectator. Address concerns privately to the coach only after a 24-hour cooling-off period has passed.
  • Do cheer on the team, but let the coaches coach. This means do not give directions or instructions to players during practices, clinics, camps, or games.
  • Sit more than ten yards from the field’s centerline, and back from the sideline so that you do not interfere with referees or coaches.
  • Do not engage referees, coaches or parents of the opponent team before, during, or after a game. This is strictly the responsibility of coaches and referees.  Any issues should be directed to the manager of your team.
  • Abide by the rules and laws of the field you are on, including regulations regarding dogs on fields.
  • Read and understand the Cardiff Soccer League rules and commitments.
  • Encourage you children to develop healthy habits that will help them on the field.
  • Positively support your children, as well as other players on their teams.
  • Remember that coaches, team managers, Cardiff Soccer League Board of Directors, and referees can remove you from the sidelines of games if you violate these rules. Similarly, your child also can be removed from a team or suspended from the league for violating the player code of conduct. Incidents in which parents receive a red card will be subject to review by the Board of Directors and parents may be further penalized, including the possibility that they will not be allowed to attend future games.

Players

  • Listen to the coaches, learn from them, and follow their rules.
  • Be prepared and arrive on time for games.
  • Strive to maintain a positive attitude, poise, and a cool head.
  • Exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect toward teammates.
  • Do not argue or act disrespectful to any referee at any time.
  • Do not use foul language during games. No trash-talk, back talk, or put-downs are permitted at any time, on or off the field.
  • Positively represent Cardiff Mustangs both on and off the field. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Bring proper equipment to all games and practices and help coaches set up and clean up.
  • Communicate any problems you’re having with coaches and ask your parents to contact coaches if you are sick or injured.

“Shoot Out Cancer” Fun Run This Saturday

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH    

9AM-11AM

ADA HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

 

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AT ADA HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR A 5K RUN RUN TO BENEFIT CARDIFF MUSTANGS COACH ARMAN NADJAFI IN HIS FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.
We are asking all families to try to raise $100 or more to help with this brave fight! Even if you can’t raise $100, we are asking all families to join us on March 11th to run the 5k and help show support for Coach Arman and his fight against cancer!

The money from this fundraiser will go towards the brave battle Coach Arman is currently undertaking to beat his stage 4 cancer. He started chemotherapy treatment in January to battle the disease. While his prognosis is good, there is still a lot of work to accomplish to get him healthy and back to coaching the amazing kids of Cardiff Soccer Club! With a growing amount of medical bills, we would like to raise as much money as possible to help him focus on getting healthy!

This year we are using CrazyRaise as our fundraising platform. It’s an easy way to collect donations from your friends and family online and it allows us to keep more of what we raise. We need all participants to do the following:

1. Register on CrazyRaise using the link below

2. Enter at least 10 email addresses for family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles) and friends (neighbors, parents’ work friends, etc.) who could support us. Parents enter your own email address first so you can donate as well.

Please get started by clicking the link below to go to the CrazyRaise registration page (Parents – if your child is under 13 please register for them):
www.crazyraise.com/join/OSQ760

In addition to helping coach Arman you also have a chance to win some  AWESOME PRIZES!

Here is what you can win:

If you register and enter 10 email addresses you’ll win a drawing entry into the ultimate friends party! Party pack includes 4 tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm(chaperone ticket included as well!), 4 In & Out munch out certificates & 4 Yogurtland certificates!

If
you raise $250 you’ll win some awesome Cardiff swag + you will be entered into a drawing for a Mini Fridge for your room stuffed with candy and cash!

The participant who raises the most money will win a San Diego Soccers care package including a team signed ball, Sockers sun glasses, replica championship rings and more!

The TEAM that raises the most money will win a 10 pack of VIP tickets to a 2017/18 Soccers game!!

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Supporting Our Teams the Right Way

A message from the Cardiff Mustangs Soccer Board

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weekends of soccer and that your kids are learning, having fun, clicking as a team–and maybe even scoring more goals than their opponents. Winning games is fun, but it certainly isn’t everything—and it means nothing at all if we don’t have proper behavior from fans, players, and coaches alike.

Now that we have started the season, we want to remind everyone—coaches, parents, relatives and friends—that your sideline behavior reflects on the entire Cardiff Mustangs community. And it’s noticed by your kids. We have to set the right example.

Please cheer your teams, but do not under any circumstances criticize the opponents, challenge referee calls, swear, or encourage people who are acting badly. Soccer can be an emotional and intense game, but it is a game, nothing more. If you lose sight of that, you lose the game even if you win.

Let’s be good winners and good losers. Refs may make calls that you see differently. Fans and coaches on opposing teams may behave badly. Opposing players may gloat over a goal, illegally slide tackle your kid and not get caught, or say inappropriate things. That’s when you have to be at your best. We are defined by how we behave under pressure, and let’s keep our reputation for having a high standard that can’t be compromised by the inappropriate actions of others.

If someone on our side does something at a game that you think is inappropriate—be it a relative of a player or even a coach–say something to the person or notify those of us on the soccer board. Let’s address problems early before they escalate, and when people on our side get hot and bothered, help them cool down.

We aim to have all our players take the skills they learn playing  soccer off the pitch, including grace under intense pressure, respect for authority, leadership, humility whether winning or losing, and putting the needs of the group over the glory of the individual.

CARDIFF MUSTANGS CODE OF CONDUCT

Players

·       Listen to the coaches, learn from them, and follow their rules.

·       Attend all practices and games and arrive on time.

·       Strive to maintain a positive attitude, poise, and a cool head.

·       Exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect toward teammates.

·       Do not argue or act disrespectful to any referee at any time.

·       Do not use foul language during practice or games. No trash-talk, back talk, or put-downs are permitted at any time, on or off the field.

·       Positively represent Cardiff Mustangs both on and off the field. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

·       Bring proper equipment to all games and practices and help coaches set up and clean up.

·       Communicate any problems you’re having with coaches and ask your parents to contact coaches if you are sick or injured.

Parents

·       Read and understand the Cardiff Soccer League rules and commitments.

·       Make sure players attend all scheduled practices and games on time with the proper equipment.

·       Encourage your children to develop healthy habits that will help them on the field.

·       Positively support your children, as well as other players on their teams.

·       Do cheer on the team, but let the coaches coach. This means do not give directions or instructions to players during practices, clinics, camps, or games.

·       Do not question coach decisions in the presence of any player, parent, referee, or other spectator. Address concerns privately to the coach only after a 24-hour cooling-off period has passed.

·       Sit more than ten yards from the field’s centerline, and back from the sideline so that you do not interfere with referees or coaches.

·       Do not engage referees, coaches or parents of the opposing team before, during, or after a game. This is strictly the responsibility of coaches and referees.  Any issues should be directed to the manager of your team.

·       Abide by the rules and laws of the field you are on, including regulations regarding dogs on fields.