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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.

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Which is better to prepare for tryouts (Private or Group trainings)?

Private 1-on-1 trainings are recommended for new clients to Bulldog Soccer. Although your child gets more attention in this format, most drills players will see at the tryouts cannot be duplicated (1 v 1s, 2 v 2s, small sided scrimmages, flying changes, etc...)

Private Small Group Trainings of 4-6 players is better than private 1-on-1 trainings, but drills, such as flying changes (a popular drill of coaches at tryouts) and larger sided scrimmages (6 v 6 and larger) cannot be duplicated. Also, crossing the ball, first touch from crosses, and finishing from crosses cannot be done in Small Private Groups.

The best recipe to prepare for tryouts is to do small private group training once per week and large group drop-in tryout trainings 2-3 times per week. Through repetition and muscle memory players will have the best chance of playing with confidence and be ready to perform if they've been doing similar tryout drills for weeks and/or months.



Tryouts will begin in January for most clubs, including Mustang Soccer. Waiting till the last minute to get help is not a good plan. Also, hiring a trainer who is unqualified and who only trains soccer players as a part-time job is a recipe for disaster. Would you hire an attorney to represent you if you knew that person had another job and was a lawyer only part-time?


If you are serious about getting your child soccer training, there are only a small handful of coaches/trainers who are worth the money and time. My training clinics and the information you will receive is designed to truly help your child succeed. Realistically, not every one who trains with me will make the team they want to be on. However, by getting good tips, information, and training, your child will be on his/her way to moving up to the next level. Players must touch the ball a lot. It usually takes the average player 8 repetitions of the same skills, exercises, and techniques before they absorb the information and become some what permanent.


If a player performs a skill enough times, it usually becomes second nature or innate. The tryouts don’t favor children who were stuck playing as a back on defense last year, because coaches and trainers usually notice players who are around the ball, are confident to dribble the ball, and shoot on goal. Backs/defenders usually are not encouraged to dribble and shoot by their coaches. As a result, they lack the confidence, experience, and necessary ball skills to stand out at the tryouts.  For example, some backs are used to clearing a ball or passing the ball up to the mid-fielders and forwards. If they do this too often at the tryouts during the small sided scrimmages, then they take the focus off of themselves and allow their teammates to be seen by the coaches and trainers. Yes, soccer is a team sport. However, tryouts is not a team sport. It is an interview or application to make a competitive team, so treat the tryouts like you would if you were applying for a new job.


Don’t wait until the week before tryouts to get some help. No professional coach or trainer can work miracles. Poor techniques have to be unlearned and the mind and the muscles must be re-trained, so proper skills and new mindset can become permanent. If your child is aspiring to make a higher level team, then he/she must start preparing now.


Players attending my tryout trainings will learn how to stand out at the tryouts. From what to wear to warming up to tips on what to do during 1 v 1s, 2 v 2s, and small sided scrimmages, you will get all the information needed to stand out in this e-mail. However, it is through your child's performance that will make the difference.



Repetition = Muscle Memory = Better Technique = More Confidence = Higher Chance of performing the skill during a game or tryouts.



How do I increase my chances of making the team I'm trying out for?

1) Believe in yourself (some players have lost confidence in themselves and need to be reprogrammed to believe that they can play at the highest level and with the best players). This is what I do best!!! Improve your mental game and attitude, and you will succeed and have more fun playing soccer.

2) Showcase superior fundamental skills (improve your technical dribbling feints and moves, passing and receiving/first touch, striking power and accuracy).

3) Use and perform proven Bulldog Soccer Tryout TACTICS for 1 v 1s, 2 v 2s, etc...

4) Dominate the 1 v 1s. If you're currently on the 2nd team, then at tryouts beat most players on your team and the top. You will stand out in a positive way, because you give up fewer goals and score more goals against the top players.

5) Score more goals than your competition (if you pass the ball too much, then you allow other players to shine). Soccer is a team sport, but soccer tryouts is an application/interview for a position on a team.

6) Know when to take shots on goal (before receiving the ball always ask yourself these three questions in this exact order

            a. Can I score from here? If not, then ask yourself

            b. Can I dribble and then score? If not, then

            c.  Who can I pass the ball to who is in the best position to score? Always pass and move to get open and get the ball back.

7) Always follow the shot (following your shot and your teammates' shots improve your chances of scoring goals). Coaches remember goal scorers at tryouts. They don't always remember the player who passed the ball.

8) Be a leader (talk/communicate with the players you are playing with during tryouts. Prove to the coaches who are evaluating the tryouts that you can lead others and aren't afraid to talk)

9) Be aggressive (physically dominate others and win every loose ball/be first to the ball)

Most coaches at tryouts look for the obvious (players with speed, good size, and aggressiveness). Some look for players with good ball handling skills in addition to the attributes listed above.

What if you are slow, small/short, and/or timid? Be smarter and do everything from 1) to 9) above. Lionel Messi is one of the shortest players on the field, but he is quick, extremely technical, and scores goals (finishing).



Every youth soccer league has their own try out process and drills/stations that they use to assess a player’s technical skills and athletic ability.  Most leagues prefer to run 1 vs 1, 2 vs 1, and 2 vs 2 drills.  Some clubs like to see players in small sided scrimmage games such as 4 vs 4, 5 vs 5, 6 vs 6 and so on. Older age groups mostly just play scrimmages. Regardless of the age and level of play, I have carefully designed my try out clinics to simulate many of these try out drills and scrimmages.  In addition, players will learn the skills necessary to help them STAND OUT from the masses during the try outs.  I have been a Division 1 & 3 evaluator for many years, and it is not easy to see every player at their best.  Usually there are too many players to watch, so it is very likely that I missed many great moves, shots, and passes made by some players.  Therefore, players who can stand out early = more coaches watching them = a higher percentage for success. 

Players signing up for Division 1 and/or 3 try outs can expect to do drills for 1 ˝ to 2 hours on the first day.  Some clubs have two day try outs to give them a better look at the players, so they can narrow the field for call backs.  If a player is asked to come back for another try out (also known as “Call backs”), then they have made it one step closer to making a traveling team.  At the call backs, players may be asked to do more 1 vs 1 & 2 vs 2 drills, but usually the players engage in small and large sided scrimmages.  Again it is important to STAND OUT, so you will be seen by the coaches. 



Trying out for a traveling soccer team is very similar to applying for a job.  If you know what to say or do, then you will stand out from your competitors.  Here are some key reasons for players not standing out and making a D1 or D3 team:

      1)         Poor Defensive Skills

      2)         Poor Attacking Skills

      3)         Lack of Conditioning

      4)         Lack of Aggressiveness

      5)         Anxiety

      6)         Dribbling the ball under heavy pressure


I will address all of these issues by teaching players the fundamentals of defending and attacking (1 vs 1, 2 vs 1, and 2 vs 2).  Too many players (even ones on Division 1 Gold Teams) have no idea of how to defend an attacker 1-on-1.  They make the biggest mistake of diving in for the ball, missing the ball, not staying goal side, and as a result allow the attacker to dribble around them to score an easy goal.  This makes the attacker look better than they really are.  When I was an evaluator the players who stood out the most rarely were scored on.  In fact, those same players would prevent the attacker from scoring, and then they would steal the ball and score a goal.  A complete soccer player can attack and defend.  However, it is extremely difficult for most kids to defend well if they played most of the year as a forward or mid-fielder.  Likewise it is difficult for a player to have the instincts to score goals when they have played as a back for most of the season.  It will take several training sessions for players to regain the confidence to do both at the try outs.  Some teachers believe that to effectively absorb and learn new habits, children must be exposed to the same repetitive action 8 times or more.




80 mph Cristiano Ronaldo (plays for Real Madrid)

70-80 mph Average kick for Professional & College Male Soccer Players

55-65 mph Average kick for Professional & College Female Soccer Players

Bulldog Soccer Trained Strikers

Right Foot Milestones

35 Club (must be under 6 years old)

35 mph Tad D. (achieved in 2013 at age 5 ˝, plays for Walnut Creek)

40 Club (must be under 9 years old)

40 mph Brooke B. (achieved in 2012 at age 8, plays for Mustang)

40 mph CoCo W. (achieved in 2012 at age 8, plays for Mustang)

40 mph Ethan H. (achieved in 2012 at age 7, plays for Mustang)

40 mph Kyhlie W. (achieved in 2010 at age 8, plays for San Ramon)

42 mph Delaney S. (achieved in 2009 at age 8, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

42 mph Paige M. (achieved in 2013 at age 8, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

42 mph Alana O. (achieved in 2013 at age 8, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

43 mph Kailey K. (achieved in 2013 at age 8, plays for San Ramon)

45 mph Kylee H. (achieved in 2005 at age 8, plays for Mustang)

50 Club

50 mph Liam c. (achieved in 2013 at age 10, plays for Mustang)

50 mph Brooke B. (achieved in 2013 at age 11, plays for Mustang)

50 mph Kayla P. (achieved in 2012 at age 11, plays for Mustang)

50 mph Maile C. (achieved in 2013 at age 14, plays for Mustang)

50 mph Kelsey L. (achieved in 2012 at age 14, plays for Walnut Creek)

50 mph Nicole Z. (achieved in 2013 at age 13, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

52 mph Mackenzie B. (achieved in 2013 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

52 mph Lisette E. (achieved in 2012 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

52 mph Nick T. (achieved in 2012 at age 13, plays for Mustang)

52 mph Mikayla W. (achieved in 2012 at age 11, plays for San Ramon)

52 mph Paige M. (achieved in 2013 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

53 mph Mason T. (achieved in 2013 at age 11, plays for San Ramon)

55 mph Marshall H. (achieved in 2013 at age 11, plays for Walnut Creek)

55 mph Audrey W. (achieved in 2013 at age 15, plays for San Ramon)

57 mph Abigail O. (achieved in 2013 at age 15, plays for San Ramon)

58 mph Audrey C. (achieved in 2013 at age 13, plays for Mustang)

56 mph Bridget K. (achieved in 2013 at age 13, plays for San Ramon)

56 mph Amanda P. (achieved in 2013 at age 16, plays for Mustang)

56 mph Cassie B. (achieved in 2008 at age 12, plays for Castro Valley)

56 mph Erika P. (achieved in 2008 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

56 mph Jordan M. (achieved in 2012 at age 14, plays for Mustang)

56 mph Kylee H. (achieved in 2009 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

58 mph Rory B. (achieved in 2013 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

60 Club

60 mph Kamie L. (achieved in 2012 at age 15, plays for West Coast FC)

60 mph Morgan P. (achieved in 2012 at age 15, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

62 mph Kaitlyn L. (achieved in 2012 at age 16, plays for West Coast FC)

64 mph Emily P. (achieved in 2012 at age 15, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

64 mph Kylee H. (achieved in 2012 at age 15, plays for Mustang)

65 mph Pierce L. (achieved in 2012 at age 16, plays for Walnut Creek)

67 mph Cassie B. (achieved in 2012 at age 16, plays for Castro Valley)

68 mph Nathan H. (achieved in 2013 at age 14, plays for Walnut Creek)

Left Foot Milestones

45 mph Kayla P. (achieved in 2012 at age 11, plays for Mustang)

45 mph Maggie M. (achieved in 2012 at age 11, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

46 mph Mikayla W. (achieved in 2012 at age 11, plays for San Ramon)

48 mph Nick T. (achieved in 2012 at age 13, plays for Mustang)

49 mph Abigail O. (achieved in 2013 at age 15, plays for San Ramon)

50 mph Laine M. (achieved in 2012 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

50 mph Cassie B. (achieved in 2009 at age 13, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

52 mph Rory B. (achieved in 2013 at age 12, plays for Mustang)

55 mph Kylee H. (achieved in 2013 at age 15, plays for Mustang)

56 mph Samantha V. (achieved in 2012 at age 13, plays for Mustang)

60 mph Cassie B. (achieved in 2012 at age 16, plays for Pleasanton Rage)

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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


Striking a ball (right footed kickers):

1)      Plant foot position (distance from the ball and position from the front and back of the ball.

2)      Bring your kicking leg as high as possible to ensure a lot of power.

3)      Keep your ankle locked.

4)      Your plant knee should be slightly bent.

5)      Lean slightly forward.

6)      Make sure your ankle is 45 degrees, so your laces will strike the ball and not your toe.

7)      Left arm out.

8)      Right arm by the side.

9)      Eyes on the ball.

10)  Watch your foot strike the ball.  Don’t look up.

11)  Kick through the ball not to the ball.


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.

  • Click here for more information on shin guard rashes
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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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