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Founders' Cup Soccer Tournament 2013
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There are two annual events held that Cal North
recreational teams may participate in for recreational
The U10 recreational teams may elect to enter the
team that may be thinking of going competitive in their next
playing season, this might be
something for them
For teams desiring to enter Foundersí Cup, it is a simple
process. You pay
There are a number of things that a coach will find out if
they attend Founders'
Playing in Founders' Cup is a unique experience for a
recreational team. The vast majority of recreational teams
For many players, the end of the fall playing season brings
an end to a season, which they do not want to end. They still
Previous Teams, Hard At Work, Playing Hard To Advance To The Next Round
Rules & Regulations for all Cups/Junior Cup Festival may be found here
Founders' Cup Age Group
Where Are Founders' Cup
Cal North Founders' Cup Calendar
|November 1||Applications for U10-U14 teams due to Cal North office, before 5:00 PM|
|December 6||League deadline for leagues to submit U10 & U12-U14 rosters to district registrar|
|December 7||U10 Junior Cup Festival Rosters Freeze|
|December 7-8||Junior Cup Festival U10 Boys and Girls Preliminary Games - Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Facility|
|December 7||U12-U14 Team Rosters Freeze|
|December 14-15||Junior Cup Festival U10 Boys and Girls Elimination Games - Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Facility|
|December 14-15||Founders' Cup U12-U14 Boys and Girls Preliminary Games Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon|
|January 6||Application for U16-U19 teams due to Cal North office, before 5:00 PM|
|January 11-12||Founders' Cup U12-U14 Boys and Girls Elimination Games Mary Grogan Soccer Complex, Modesto|
|February 25||U16-U19 Rosters Freeze|
U16-U19 Preliminary Games
Cherry Island, Rio Linda
U16-U19 Elimination Games
Bartholomew Sports Park, Elk Grove
Printable Founders' Cup
A comment on what this means. Cal North states that
you may add players to your roster
until the Tuesday before your games. The roster 'freezes' then. However, one big caveat
here is that the rules also state that your roster must be in the District Registrars hands
by the Friday, before the Tuesday freeze date. This practically means that you have to
get it into your league registrars' hands early in the week, to insure that they can get it
to the District registrar by Friday. This does not mean that you drop it off on Thursday
evening, to your league registrar! They will need some processing time, and some
courtesy, as they have a life too. Be also aware that your district registrar may establish
a date, earlier than the stated Cal North date, for your roster to be turned in.
Due to rain, 2012
was the worst
year for Founders', with several rain-outs and
venue changes. Your team must be prepared to travel to a different site, if a rain-out should
occur. The site could potentially not be a 'local' site to you (look at the previously mentioned
sites that have been used in the past). All team members must be aware of this and be committed
to travel, if the need should arise.
There will be
changes in the manner that Founders' Cup will be played in the
U12-U14 age groups, beginning in 2014. Cal North will implement 'Founders' Cup Sectional
What does the 'Founders'
Cup Sectional Qualifier' mean? You would play a series of
with teams from your next door district. As an example, District VIII would play against District
VII teams. You might also play against teams from your own district, possibly even against
teams from your own league, depending on the number of teams from each district playing in
the sectional games (Example: If District VIII had 19 teams that applied and District VII only
had 7 teams playing, you would end up playing against teams from your own district. If your
league had the largest amount of teams playing from your district, the odds would be higher
you would play against one, or more of them. The Sectional Coordinator would do team
placements to avoid this as much as possible, but they might not have a choice, with numbers
on hand. If the operation of sectional games stays as initially envisioned, remember the
district 'Sectional Coordinator' would handle how teams are bracketed, in coordination with
the 'Sectional Coordinator' from the district that was playing with them.
The teams that win their qualifying rounds would advance to the State round, which would
actually conclude with Cup champions. Those that did not win would not advance from the
sectional games round. As for how the winning/advancing teams would be determined is
an item that the Cup Committee is working on, along with the other rules and operating
procedures. The fees for the qualifying round would be based on an average of $100 per
game. You would pay another fee, if you advanced, to play the remaining State Level games
toward the championship. These games would happen in the local area of the districts
Please go to the
page to review the information on sectional play, as it was
initially proposed. A caveat here. The information listed is from the original concept for
the sectional qualifiers. A new 'Cup Committee' is working on getting all of the rules and
procedures ready for implementation in 2014. The items listed on the 'Sectional Games' page
could well be modified by the 2014 implementation.
You plan out your practice sessions. Each session concentrates on developing specific skills, with multiple skills covered during a session. You end your session with a team scrimmage, where these skills are practiced and refined. For doing this, you prepare 'lesson plans' for each session.
Links For Soccer Practice Plans
Take Game Notes
For each game that your team plays, a variety of information is
actively displayed during the game. You should note areas where
your team is having difficulty. This should be incorporated into your
lesson plan for the next practice session. You should also note if
improvement areas is related to the team as a whole, or individual
players. If there are individual players who appear to need a
'refresher' on previously taught skills, this is a spot where your
assistant coach can step in and work one-on-one with the player(s).
In this manner you do not have to recover a previous lesson for the
entire team. These players could cover the current lesson plan items
for the day, during the end of session scrimmage time (they would
have missed a small part of the current lesson plan items, while they
were being refreshed. They would rejoin the team after their private
session, but would have missed previous lesson plan items for the
The goal being to ensure that all of your players are evenly developed in
all areas, to eliminate any potential 'weak spots'.
Tackling The Ball
Players should be comfortable with doing shoulder charges to take the
ball away from an attacker. This is a major method for taking the ball
away from an attacker.
Be prepared to make adjustments in the game by watching how the
other team is playing. You may have to move players around,
depending on skill abilities and the speed/lack of speed of a player.
Practice set pieces for throw-ins/corner kicks/offside traps, etc.
Every player should know their position for any tactical play that is
done. Part of this is also learning to shield the ball from players,
using their body and the sidelines.
Links For Soccer Tactics Information
Defense, Defense, Defense
Your defensive players should learn to work as a unit in their defensive formation.
They should learn to do this automatically and
silently (yelling at each other to 'move up' only alerts the opposing
team to move their players up also, to avoid being offside. The
defensive line should learn to watch the balling coming down the field,
and the position of offensive players around them. This can help
them to implement an offside trap, by moving forward as a unit, right
before a ball is kicked toward them. This leaves any offensive player
in an immediate offside position. This requires precise timing on the
part of the defensive line, and must be done quickly and in silence. A
defensive line must practice this, if it is to be done properly. It should
be fully understood that if you leave your defensive line back, near
your goal, that you are giving up all of the space in front of your goal
for potential offsides. You have effectively given the opposing team a
'free' path all the way down to your goal area. The same applies if
only one member of the defense stays back near the goal area. The
opposing team cannot be offside, early in their attack, they have the
field area between the last defender to get closer to your goal.
If your team relies on the 'offside trap', do not trap yourself at the same time.
A counter to the trap, where you have moved all of your
players up to the half-way line, is a speedy offensive player. Your
defensive on the half-way line needs at least one speedy defender, to
counter any ball shot over their heads. The opposing team could
practice 'break-outs' by having players running with speed toward the
half-way line, with a player kicking the ball deliberately hard and high,
right before their players reach the half-way line. The defenders on
the line have minimum time to react, before the running players are
past them, heading to get the desending ball. It would take speed to
catch up with them and challenge them for the ball. A good coach will
notice what side of your defensive line will have speed, and which
side does not have speed, and adjust accordingly.
Links For Soccer Defense Information
Work with your offensive to come up with different offensive tactics,
using as many different players as possible. Do not be 'predictable'
in your offense. An example of this is a coach who has their 'star'
forward on one side of the field, and all of the attacking occurs with
this player, on their side of the field. This makes it extremely easy for
the opposing team to defense against.
Links For Soccer Offense Information
Incorporate a wall pass into passing plays.
Consider having 'fun' times, such as a picnic/movie/pool party, etc. for
your team. This will help your team to gel as a team and to enjoy
their season. It also will serve as a means of opening communications
between parents and yourself.
Take note that the listed age group
applications are U10-14 and U16-19, with both groups having different
timelines that they have to apply by, as follows:
For U14-U19 teams, you may now have 22 players on your roster. Ask your league registrar for help on these items.
Only 18 players can be designated as being eligible to play in a game. For U10-U12 teams, you may have an 18 player
roster. For rosters with over 18 players, players not designated as playing in the game cannot be in uniform. They may
be with the team, but just not in uniform.
For all facilities, NO
PETS ARE ALLOWED Coaches have the responsibility for notifying their
team. If a party
brings a pet, they will be asked to remove the pet from the fields. Please do not bring a pet to the fields. Coaches need to
ensure that their team member families are aware of this.
No guest players.
If you apply and pay online, you still need all the paper documentation into the office by the deadline.
NINE (9) players from the current recreational season team must listed. You may ADD up any number of players
to your team, who had not played/registered for the
current recreational season. You may now transfer
Your first step in preparing to go to Founders' Cup
is to speak with your league registrar to get their deadlines for
For team officials, Cal North allows a maximum of
FOUR team officials, with passes, to be on the sideline with your
This is an issue for coaches and Cal North. Cal North holds
a coach responsible for the behavior of their spectators. In
matches, a coach and their spectators may be separated. This means that a coach will have to watch the game, and the
and the conduct of their spectators, from across the field. This means that the coach and assistant coach will have to
work with each other on watching aspects of both the game, and spectators. It would be beneficial to task the 'team
parent' with helping to monitor the parents, as they must be on the sideline with the parents (they are not a team 'coach',
with credentials, so they would be with the spectators). However, remember the coach has the final responsibility, if
something happens. If it is apparent that the team parent cannot get a parent to settle down, they need to notify the
coach immediately. If the team parent seeks a Cal North field officer nearby, they can also explain the situation to them,
to seek assistance.
Think long, pay long here folks. You need to pay
attention as to when the venue is announced. Needless to say, the cheaper
rooms go first! Everything is first come, first served. You also need to have a parents meeting and talk about how the
chaperoning will work, especially for any player that may attend the games without parents (i.e. traveling with another family
and staying in their room, or adjoining rooms). Coaches may want to review the following item, from the league insurance
carrier (click here).
Cal North has a
form that seeks to protect you from that
well worn adage (Murphy's Law), if you wish to use it. This is the Car
Pool Driver Form, which can also be found in the back of your Team Manual.
Coaches are responsible to ensure that only credentialed team
personnel are in the team area during a game. No
parents/sponsors are allowed. Cal North personnel will be checking team areas for authorized personnel, as per team check-in,
with credentials having been previously presented. You may have a total of four (4) licensed team personnel in the team area.
Please take note, the spouses/significant others, and children of licensed personnel are spectators and must be in the spectator
Please take note. An increasing number of sites have turf
fields. To this date, all of the past sites have restrictions regarding
usage of turf fields. Most sites have the same set of rules, as others, for preservation of the turf. Please ensure that your team
is prepared for this, by checking your schedule and letting your team know about it in advance. This means that you must pay
careful and immediate attention to your playing schedule when you receive it. If players need to buy new shoes, they need to
know about it in advance. For the team area, the coach will be held responsible for ensuring that all players abide by the rules
of the field. The coach should ensure that their team is informed of the turf field rules, before they go to the fields (ideally a
coach should issue a statement to the team, prior to leaving home, informing them of any specific rules that they will face).
|No metal cleats are allowed on the field. There is no exception to
this, so if a player brought ONLY metal cleats, they|
would not be allowed to play. Metal cleats destroy artificial turf.
|Only water, NO GATORADE may be brought onto the field (Gatorade stains the artificial turf AND makes it sticky)|
|There are often restrictions on food. Some might say no food at all,
while others might say no form of shelled nuts|
(i.e. sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc.) are allowed. To this point, it has been consistent on the 'no shelled nuts' restrictions.
They don't want them near their fields, and you can't hide the fact that you are eating them, from the residue that you spew.
It is all for protecting the field environment and the fact that most places do not have clean-up crews, to clean-up after every
game. They want the area to stay clean, all day. Ensure that you are aware of any food restrictions for the turf field that
you may play on. If fruit is allowed, consider how you present the fruit, to save yourself some trouble, even if it is on a grass
field. For oranges, you might consider peeling them before you leave home. Players often sometimes peel them, and let the
peelings just fall on the ground. Needless to say, this all has to be picked up before the team leaves their team area. This
can be a pain for a coach. The coach is responsible for ensuring that their team area is clean, when they leave the field.
There is no janitorial cleaning team to do this.
|Do not bother to take a pop-up, as
you will not be able to use it. In general, where there are turf fields,
there is no dirt area|
to anchor a pop-up down. The same applies to umbrellas. For turf fields that have spectator stands, some are covered, and
some possibly are not.
Note: The above viewing stand is the typical viewing
stand at Bartholomew Sports Park
for fields #1 & #2.
Your team may have a maximum of five (5) transfers from another league
to your team. You may select from more than one league, but you have a
maximum of five outside your league players that you can transfer on. You have unlimited transfers from teams within your
league. Remember that this can only be recreational players.
For those parents who cannot attend the games and are having other
parents watch over their child, this
form can be used to outline the
responsibilities of the chaperone, and ensure that they understand their