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CFJ players - Harstul Bratcher (U17), Dylan Barth (U16), Evan Konermann (U16), Luke Williams (U16) and Sean Brown (U17) return after a successful five-day stint at the Mayors Cup International Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Kentucky Fire Juniors (KFJ) would like to issue a special CONGRATULATIONS to Chicago Fire Juniors (CFJ) players and coaches who were selected to represent the Chicago Fire at the Mayors Cup International Showcase, February 14-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Register your team today! One of Louisville's largest tournaments and at the perfect time too! In Kentucky we have more than "Spring Fever", we have "Derby Fever" and while participating in the Louisville Cup please feel free to attend any Kentucky Derby Festival event!
Dear KFJ Membership - It was outstanding to see all the players, parents, coaches and administrative staff at the first annual “KFJ Appreciation Day” and end-of-the-year (2014) party hosted at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex (MVSC) on Sunday, December 14th. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to celebrate with KFJ, and for your feedback that you provided in the questionnaires!
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) - A total of 104 players from 64 clubs participated in the id2 Training Camp held at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., Dec. 11-14. While this was the final id2 Training Camp for the current age group cycle, which targeted boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000, it also introduced the upcoming cycle for boys born in 2002 and girls born in 2001.
Mary Kate Schmidt (MVSC 94's/junior at Illinois Wesleyan) picked up several E.O.Y. honors including being named NCAA 3rd Team All-American. The Titans were also NCAA DIII National Semi-Finalists where MK was named to the all NCAA tournament team.
It has become one of the hottest topics in coaching today. Skill, speed, and power are no longer enough for success if they are not used effectively. Spanish playmaker Andres Iniesta recently said, “Speed of thought and speed of the decision making separates the best players in the world from the rest.” Watch a Champions League game and you will see what he is talking about. Only this week we saw Arsenal make the wrong choices in key stages of the game against Monaco, and even coach Arsene Wenger was forced to admit that “the heart took over the head.” Intelligence is now a key part of the game and will continue to be as the demands on players grow alongside the resources they are becoming exposed to. The rewards today are higher than ever and the margin for error is becoming smaller. As a result, the challenges for coaches are simple: Firstly, we must understand every aspect of decision making and secondly, we must be able to both coach it and influence our players’ lives in the right way.
Mike Dickey continues the addition to his resume as he has headed up the Costa Rica Tour for the ODP Region II Girls.
Mike loves taking kids to places where they grow as players and more importantly people. Let's take a look at the trip in pictures!
The United States Soccer Federation ran one of its Licensing Courses in Casa Grande, Arizona January 10-19. The course included candidates attending to see if they could qualify for one of the National Licenses (A, B, or C) during the time period. Coaches from all over the United States and the World are typically in attendance for these National Courses. The courses are evaluated by US Soccer National Staff Coaches during the week. Some of the areas evaluated include the ability to run field sessions, designing written lesson plans and written match evaluation.
Mike Dickey (KFJ Technical Director/Head Coach) was on staff during the course as an instructor for the 'B' course. Mike has been a USSF National Instructor since 2005.
As we strive to enhance the experience that our soccer program provides, I wanted to let you know of a fresh expansion that will only serve to increase the development of our players.
In an effort to ensure that Louisville's elite soccer players have the opportunity to train and play together we have formed a collaborative relationship with some other clubs in the Louisville area, which will provide extra training opportunities in an elite environment.
Throughout the winter months players will be selected from Oldham Soccer Club (OSC), Kentucky Fire Juniors (KFJ) and Louisville Soccer Alliance (LSA) to take part in a weekly training session, led by a select number of highly experienced coaches. The players selected may change from week to week. A highly detailed training plan has been put in place which will see our top players challenged even further. The training program will be for U11/U12 and U13/U14 Boys and Girls and will be completely free for the players.
It is our hope that this venture will not only serve to increase the level of soccer, but will create a platform that promotes clubs working together for the betterment of youth soccer in the Louisville area.
I want to stress that this is not a merger of clubs, but simply an opportunity for extra training. With so many clubs in the Louisville area we believe it is critical for Louisville soccer to begin working together so that we can begin to start competing on a regional and national level.
More information on the training dates, times and locations will be coming soon, along with details on how players will be selected.
All the Best,
Director of Operations
Kentucky Fire Juniors
11/24/14 10:57 am
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