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Which is better: sports drinks or water during a competitive event or training?

If the duration of the activity for an individual athlete is fairly continuous for 1 hour or longer, a sports drink is the better replacement fluid. However, if the activity lasts less than 1 hour, water is the best option. In either case, an athlete should have about 6-8 ounces of fluid replacement every 30 minutes during strenuous, continuous activity.




Wear thin stockings underneath the shin guards. Wash the shin guards often. Use GTECH SPORT SPRAY to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors and germs.


July 24-27 Monday-Thursday

July 31-August 4 Monday-Thursday

August 7-10 Monday-Thursday


TIMES 9 am to 12 pm each day

LOCATION DVMS grass field (4100 Camino Tassajara Rd, Danville)

AGE GROUPS U6-U14 age groups

COST $150 per child ($20 sibling discount) for each camp

LUNCH is included every day and served at 11:45 am (food comes from Garlex Pizza)

No payment is needed ahead of time. You can bring payment on the first day of camp.


It's easy to register. Simply send me an email with the dates you want with the names and age group of your children, and they are confirmed. You can bring payment on the first day of camp. Feel free to send me questions by email.


REFER A FRIEND/TARGET GIFT CARD Receive a $10.00 Target Gift Card for each friend you refer who attends all four days of the same week of camp as your kids. Please send me the name(s) of the friends you refer. Thank you for your referrals!


Too many games, little preparation and no training opportunities

By Jay Martin, Ph.D.

Tournaments, tournaments, tournaments. They are overwhelming youth soccer in this country. Everyone wants to play in tournaments. Soccer America has an entire issue devoted to tournaments. Every soccer publication in this country lists pages of tournaments for our children to attend! Every year the biggest decision a club team makes is "which tournaments do we attend?"

Tournaments are hurting America's soccer playing youth. Click here to read more


Athletes need good nutrition to optimize their performance on the field. Therefore eating heavy greasy foods, such as donuts, hamburgers, fries, cheese, etc... within 3 hours of a soccer game can make players feel sick or sluggish. The body cannot efficiently supply enough energy to digest the greasy foods and for the body to run and play. Also, it important to hydrate the day before as well as before, during, and after the game. Below are some good articles on sports nutrition.

The Acid in oranges will upset your stomach

Parents should avoid giving orange slices to their children at half time. Grapes and melons are better on their tummies.

We have our pre-game meal at 2:30 or 3 p.m. and the game starts at 7:00 pm. Are we doing this right?

So far so good, but don't forget the pre-game snack about 2 hours before (around 5:00 p.m.). The snack should be about 250-350 calories, mostly carbohydrates, a little protein, and very little fat. A Power Bar, Boost, a bagel and jam, or cereal and skim milk are each good choices.

Depending on what time breakfast is, the athlete may also want to include a mid-morning snack. Too many athletes rely solely on the one pre-game meal to get them through competition. Optimally, the best fueled athlete is the one who has eaten small meals and snacks every few hours up to 1-1/2 to 2 hours before an event, with decreasing amounts of protein and fat the closer it gets to competition.

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  • Pre-Game Meals/Snacks: Pre-event nutrition can have a major effect on performance. Players diet should be HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATES, LOW IN FAT. The target is 60-70% carbohydrate, 10-15% protein. This is a very important meal as the main energy reserves are made up from the previous days meals, not from the pre-game meal or big breakfast of the competition day.

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  • SNACKS: Fruit Bars, Fig Newtons, Fruit (fresh or dried), Raisins, Apples, Banana, Saltines, Popcorn (no butter)

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  • Eat a Mix of Protein and Carbs after a game

    Though exercise is extremely beneficial, it does take a lot of effort on your body's part. After your workout, it's important to repair your muscles and replenish your glycogen stores for energy. Most experts recommend eating something within 90 minutes of finishing your workout, but sooner is better.

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  • Sports & Nutrition

    What you eat every day can have a big effect on how you perform. What you eat right before an event can be critical. Wrong choices can be disastrous. Right choices can give you that competitive edge.

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    I recently had a player develop a heck of a case of shin guard rash and found a thread on the NC Soccer Forum that listed a number of possible remedies. Obviously if a rash persists you should see a doctor, but there were some very good suggestions from long time soccer parents and coaches about initial treatment, so I figured I’d share them.

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    At Bulldog Soccer our goal is to help kids develop a love for the game of soccer, develop the skills necessary to succeed at whatever level the player wants to play at and learn valuable life lessons, such as good sportsmanship, the importance of teamwork, and having a positive attitude.  We strive to develop technically superior players who are well-rounded and confident, so they can reach their highest potential. We do this by using a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on fundamental, technical, tactical, & functional training.  Our team is dedicated to making your child’s soccer experience positive and fun.

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