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HER VOICE MATTERS

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HER VOICE MATTERS

We get so focused on what we want for our players and daughters, that we forget to ask what they want. The club sets programming, we communicate expectations, the momentum begins… It is important we pause from time to time, and talk with our daughters (and players) to find out if this is what she wants.

Soccer is a voluntary sport. If she plays for the Indie Chicas, it’s because she is looking for a competitive experience focused on the female athlete. What does that mean? It means we are developing elite female soccer players, and more importanly, young empowered girls. For this to happen, her voice matters.

We honor our differences, establish a foundation of love and respect, and find balance in accomplishing our collective and individual goals. This is the true definition of teamwork, cooperation, and being a Chica. We can have different goals and motivations, and still be of support to one another. This is what makes this journey so special.

Her voice matters. We are the Indie Chicas FC.

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Mylee Carver Invited to US Girls National Training Camp

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Mylee Carver Invited to US Girls National Training Camp

Mylee Carver, U15 Chicas Lime,  is Idaho's only selection to the upcoming US Girls ODP National Training Camp in AZ (Jan. 26-31st).   Being selected as one of the top players in the country, Mylee will train and compete for US National Team selection.  "This is a big honor for one of our players," Mollay, Chicas Director of Coaching, "it shows her talent and ambition, as well as the the possibilities for our Chicas."

"Mylee has the passion and ability that leads to these type of opportunities," O'Gara, Founder/President.  "This is wonderful for Mylee and great recognition for the Indie Chicas FC and the development we provide aspiring female players."

Work. Love. Share.  Best of the best!  We are the Chicas!   

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Tryout Considerations For Famililes

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Tryout Considerations For Famililes

Dear Chicas Families,

Tryouts are always a stressful time for families, staff, and volunteers.  We understand it's a time to evaluate and reflect.  To assist in your process, here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Did your daughter have a good Chicas experience?
  • Was your daughter challenged?
  • Did your daughter learn?
  • Did your daughter have fun?
  • Did your daughter connect with her coach?  

If the answer is NO, please share your concerns with me (208-863-2782) or your Head Coach, and we will understand if you need to consider other club options. 

If the answer is YES, register to tryout, get your coaches feedback as to roster placement, and pay your roster deposit.  

Our Club Priorities Are As Follows:

  • Develop skillful, sophisticated players
  • Feed their passion
  • Create a fun and challenging environment.
  • Connect with players and families on a personal level

Family Action Items, Please Do The Following:  

  • Communicate with your coach about your status going into tryouts
  • Guaranteed Roster Spot
  • Need to Tryout

*it is the Chicas tryout policy, that should a new player be equal to a Chica, in terms of ability, our coaching staff will select the Chica. New additions to any roster is based on: quality of player, ability to make an impact, ambition of player, and commitment level of player/family.

*Roster deposits are fully refundable before June 13.  Should any player/family accept a roster spot with the Chicas, and decide to play elsewhere before June 13, the Chicas will refund their deposit in full

Roster deposit cash/check discount option ($150) via: 
Indie Chicas FC
Hand payment to Julie Christie (Club Treasurer) or
Mail your payment to 1852 N Valle Bello Wy., Eagle, ID 83616
Please indicate who the payment is for, and which team.  Thank you.

We look forward to tryouts and a great 2016-2017 season. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime.  Thank you.

Work. Love. Share.  We are the Chicas!

Michael Mollay
Director of Coaching
Indie Chicas FC
michaelmarchforth@gmail.com
208-863-2782 c

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Chicas College ID Camp Schedule Announced

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Chicas College ID Camp Schedule Announced

Chicas College ID Camp & Showcase, sponsored by PUMA:

Friday, May 13

  • 4:30-4:55p - Check-In
  • 5-5:50p - training session I w/college coach
  • 6-6:50p - showcase game I

Saturday, May 14

  • 10-10:45a - training session II w/college coach
  • 11-11:45a - training session III w/college coach
  • 12-12:45p - training session IV w/college coach
  • 5-5:50p - showcase game II
  • 6-6:50p - showcase game III
  • 7p - Camp Concludes/Players Released

Location: Chicas Soccer Complex (765 E Chinden Blvd., Meridian, ID - Friendship Celebration Church)

College Programs Participating: Boise State University, College of Idaho, Humboldt State University, Oregon Institute of TechnologyPacific University, University of Redlands, and Whitman College

 

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They Are Coming!

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They Are Coming!

Women college programs from around the country are coming to Idaho!  Top female players will be trained and evaluated by some of the top women college programs in the country. Interested in playing college soccer, or want to find out if you have what it takes...join us May 13-14, 2016!  Register Now.  

For more questions, you may contact Michael Mollay at michaelmarchforth@gmail.com or 208-863-2782 cell.

Dream Big!  Work. Love. Share. We are girls, we have ability, we have ambition, we are the Chicas! 

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Chicas College I.D. Camp & Showcase Announced

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Chicas College I.D. Camp & Showcase Announced

The Indie Chicas FC is proud to announce Idaho's first all girls soccer college i.d. camp & showcase.  The Chicas College I.D. Camp & Showcase takes place May 13-14, 2016.  It is available to all female players in Idaho with the ability and ambition to play on the college soccer stage.  Youth players will experience first hand, the challenges and expectations of training with college coaches.  In addition, evening games will provide college coaches additional opportunities to evaluate players for college placement consideration. "This unique event is intended to showcase the wonderful talent of female players in our club and community," said Michael Mollay, Chicas Director of Coaching.  

"We are committed to providing value and opportunities to the female athlete in our community," Sean O'Gara, President/Founder, "so to bring a variety of college programs to Idaho, to work with andevaluate our players, is quite special." 

The following women's college programs are committed to participating in the event, with more being added daily: 

  • Boise State University (NCAA Div. 1)
  • College of Idaho (NAIA)
  • Humboldt State University (NCAA D2)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (NAIA)
  • Pacific University (NCAA D3)
  • Treasure Valley CC (JC)
  • University of Redlands (NCAA D3)
  • Whitman College (NCAA D3)

To learn more contact: Michael Mollay at 208-863-2782c or michaelmarchforth@gmail.com
Registration link is here

Work. Love. Share. We are the Chicas!

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Chicas Futsal Program - Nov. - Feb.

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Chicas Futsal Program - Nov. - Feb.

Chicas Futsal begins November.  Futsal is a pillar of Chicas programming and player development.  Encouraging and instilling skill, speed of play, creativity, improvisation, with maximum repetition, Futsal is it!  The below video is the Asian Confederations  Football Women's Futsal Championships.  Watch Iran demonstrate the qualities and percision that made them Champions.  

Iran v. Maylasia

Iran v. Hong Kong

  • 10 pass goal starting at 3:20
  • 5 pass sequence goal starting at 19:28

Iran v. Japan - AFC Women's Futsal Championship Final 

Work. Love. Share. 
We are the Chicas!

 

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"Release Your Child To The Game"

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"Release Your Child To The Game"

RELEASE YOUR CHILD TO THE GAME!    by John O'Sullivan, Changing The Game Project

“I don’t know where to turn,” an exasperated dad recently told me after a speaking event. “My son is fast, and he is skilled. We do lots of extra practice, we go to a private skills coach, we are doing everything it takes to get to the next level, but something is not right. He is not doing as well as he should. He seems to have lost his motivation. What should we do?”

“We?” I asked the dad. “You keep using the word ‘we.’ Whose experience is this; his, or yours?”

The dad paused for a second, looked at me, and said with a defeated look, “Wow, I never thought of it like that. It’s not we; it’s he. Oh man.”

Thankfully, that dad had a revelation that evening, realizing for the first time that he had claimed his son’s youth sports experience for himself. He loved his son. He wanted only the best, and saw in him great potential. Sadly, he was not loving his son in a helpful way.

He had made his son’s experience his own. In the process, he was stealing one thing his young son could never get back: ownership of a positive youth sports experience. At least this dad realized it was never too late to change.

Many parents come to us at the Changing the Game Project because they are frustrated. They see great potential in their son or daughter, but they don’t see a passion to compete, to practice, or to take advantage of the opportunities to improve. One of the most frustrating feelings in the world is to have a front row seat as your young athletes seemingly throw away a promising sports career because they don’t seem to care.

These parents, like the dad above, just want to help. They want to know what to do. Yet they never consider that they might be living vicariously through their child. They might be living out their own unfulfilled sporting dreams and ambitions by stealing the experience from their kids. As this groundbreaking Dutch study has found, parents who see their child as a part of themselves, and not a separate entity, can often desire their children to redeem their unfulfilled sporting dreams.

When I tell these moms and dads that they will actually do more by doing less, many disagree. They say that makes no sense. They dismiss the idea, and double down on the extra training, the private coaches, and the pressure to succeed.

Sadly, many of their kids end up quitting.

Their child’s will to play is gone because they have stolen it, usually without even realizing it.

As I have written about on these pages many times, there are three critical ingredients to a positive youth sports experience: ownership, enjoyment and intrinsic motivation. Without these, it matters little how fast, how strong, and how skilled your child is. He or she will never play long enough or hard enough to be successful.

Once you are confident that your child is in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment, one of the greatest gifts you can give the young athletes in your house is to let them go and let their sports experience belong to them. The phrase I love I learned from Proactive Coaching founder Bruce Brown, a longtime coach and advocate for responsible parenting. He calls it “releasing your child to the game.”

Parents need to accept that the sports your child plays are his and his alone, not yours. We did not win the game, he did. We did not strike out ten batters, she did. Once you release your children to the game, once you let the sport belong to them, then their accomplishments belong to them.

Believe it or not, by taking a step back, you give your child the room to step forward and claim the sport for herself. It creates an environment where she is likely to compete harder, train more often, and improve faster.

It also benefits you as a parent! How?

It allows you to accept your role as spectator at games and give your athletes control of the outcome. It allows you to rise above the emotional frustration and anger that many parents feel when their child or his team is unsuccessful in a match, or the referee is having a nightmare of a game. It creates an environment where your child can play without fear, and is safe to fail, which will ultimately help him play better.

Perhaps most importantly, by releasing your child you remove any chance that your child believes he is responsible for your happiness. This may sound like a silly thought, but look around at your child’s next athletic event. Look for the angry and disappointed parent faces on the losing side. Despite what they say, their actions are telling their children that the outcome of the game determines their happiness. This is an incredible burden to place upon a child, whether it is intended or not. It certainly won’t help them compete!

If you find yourself saying “we” instead of “he” or “she,” you have not released your child. If you find yourself constantly frustrated at your child’s athletic performance, you have not let him go. If you care more about your child’s wins and losses then she does, before you start asking “what is wrong with my kid?” perhaps take a look in the mirror.

You see, in sports there is a big difference between goals and expectations. According to Dr. Jim Taylor, psychologist and author of Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, goals are possible accomplishments that may or may not be achieved, yet can provide satisfaction to children just by going through the process of setting them and trying to attain them. Expectations, on the other hand, are all or nothing; they are assumptions of achievement.

We should place certain expectations upon our children, but these must be things within their control. We can expect them to be courteous, committed, honest, caring, responsible, hard working, and a host of other things we would agree are important. These are expectations based upon effort and values. They must be clearly communicated, and the consequences for failing to meet them should be equivalent with each expectation and consistently applied. Your child has the ability to be all of these things, and if he is not then he should expect that there will be consequences. It is okay for us to be disappointed in him for not meeting our clear expectations, and we should hold our children to high standards that reflect our values and beliefs.

All too often, though, parental expectations become ability (you will win because you are the best) and outcome (I know you will win) oriented, and become confused with our goals for our children. When we expect them to win a game, we are expecting them to accomplish something that is not completely within their control. They may give their best effort and still lose. If a child believes that a parent’s love is tied to the expectation of winning, and he does not win, he may believe that he is less loved or valued. This creates anxiety and inhibits performance. It saps motivation. And it eventually leads a young athlete to quit.

Take a moment and ask yourself “Have I released my child to the game?” Have you allowed this experience to be his and his alone? Have you created a sporting environment where its safe to fail, and your child understands that your love is not tied to athletic outcomes?

Can you sit quietly and watch a game, or do you feel the constant need to coach, correct, and instruct? If you see your athlete’s motivation, determination, or passion for sport fading, sometimes the best thing you can do is not do more, but take a step back, and let your child go.

Sometimes, when it comes to helping your young athlete (as I say in my TED talk below) the best way of doing more is by doing less, by letting him go, by simply saying “I love watching you play,” and by releasing them to the game!

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Chicas Discovery Questions

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Chicas Discovery Questions

Do you know what you want? 
Are you willing to work for it?  
Does your desire to succeed outweigh the pain and sacrifice required to achieve your goals?
If you are a Chica, the answer is YES!
You are on the path to reaching your full potential.  
It's time to get to work,  embrace the challenges that await you,  love the process, and discover the inner strength you have inside. 

Dream Big.  We are the Chicas.
 

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Fueling Your Body, by Brooke Erickson beFIT

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Fueling Your Body, by Brooke Erickson beFIT

Most people think that nutrition for kids is different than nutrition for an adult, but this is not the case. Kids are obviously still growing and their nutrition can play a key role in their future body composition- but the following is a brief rundown on energy sources for optimum performance. 

The main energy source that the body will use first is carbohydrates. The body will actually convert 100% of carbohydrates into glucose, but the key for optimal performance is to provide the right fuel at the right time. To put it simply, think of carbohydrates in two forms… complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates take the body longer to digest therefore taking it longer to convert into glucose. Simple carbohydrates are the quick fixes… the fast way to provide energy to the body.

It is optimal for your daughter to consume a complex carbohydrate (slow digesting) such as oatmeal, 2 hours before and a simple carbohydrate (quick digesting) such as chocolate milk or juice, 30 minutes prior to her game or practice. This will ensure she is getting enough carbohydrates prior to any type of exercise… it’s hard and not ideal for people to consume 50-75 grams of carbohydrates in one meal.  

It’s also important to provide an energy source within 1-2 hours after demanding physical activity. This will help replenish glycogen stores and repair muscle tissue. I would suggest 3-4oz of lean meat or poultry with fruit, trail mix or chocolate milk.

These are just the basics for fueling up for game time or to hit it hard at practice, but it’s a great start! 

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