Saturday, December 29, 2012

Viva Golazo!

I have to say from the outset that I am WAY past due in getting this post up, and I have to apologize to my friends at Golazo for the delay.

With that said, you're probably wondering "what the heck is Golazo?"  Founded in 2010 by Richard Tait and Alex Rosenast, Golazo is a Seattle Washington based  soccer-passionate brand of all-natural energy and sports drinks with a Latino influence.  The term Golazo is spanish for a "super or beautiful goal." According to the Urban Dictionary, Golazo is a Spanish term "referring to an awesomely amazing goal." Inspired by the growing enthusiasm for soccer, the Latino influence in the sport and a quest for natural products, Richard and Alex saw an opportunity to serve a unique need.  They observed that kids were mixing Red Bull and Gatorade to get something energizing and hydrating, so they set out to create a beverage with the energy of Red Bull with as much hydration as Gatorade from all-natural ingredients.  Their tagline, "Born to Score," embodies their philosophy around human potential and the confidence that soccer can bring to people's lives.  The company's mission - "We Fuel Futbol."

I was fortunate enough to be able to sample their line of energy drinks.  These drinks are not available locally where I live, so I wrote to Golazo expressing my interest in the product and a desire to sample and write a review.  They were kind enough to send me a sample of each of their energy drinks.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

USWNT vs France

 I just had to share this Studio 90 post-match report on the USWNT win vs France.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hydration for soccer - six simple tips to help beat the heat!

How do you make sure your players are properly hydrated?  Here in Ohio, high school teams  are approaching the half-way point of pre-season and club teams are beginning to train for the fall - and it's frickin' hot!  As we get ready to start training, I'm concerned about how well my U-14 girls really keep themselves hydrated.  The body is somewhere between 60-70% water (depending on your source).  And that water is important for transporting nutrients to the cells in your body and it's also critical to the body's cooling process.  When we sweat, water evaporates and cools the body bringing the body's core temperature down keeping critical organs safe.  When we are dehydrated, the body loses it's ability to sweat, and therefore cool the body down, causing a number of problems from headaches and cramps, to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Staying properly hydrated is critical to player safety and performance.  Here are six simple  tips to help beat the heat!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

America's 1st Online Soccer Academy - and it's FREE!

Summer is upon us and that means camps - lots and lots of camps!  There are residential and non-residentialcamps, most of which last anywhere from a few days to a full week.   Prices range from $80 to $500 depending on your choice.  This can be huge time and financial commitment.  In today’s economy, that can really be a challenge.  Breaking out of these traditional venues for training is Jared Montz, a former professional soccer player and founder of America’s first online soccer academy - and it's FREE!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nutrition for Soccer

Nutrition is a critical component of being an athlete.  Being a competitive youth soccer player presents some unique nutritional challenges in that, often, matches are very early in the morning making it impractical to eat several hours before; matches may be scheduled with very little time in between; and tournament play means frequently playing multiple matches in the same day.

It's important that you develop the proper habits for fueling your body to maximize performance.  Here's a short video from SportsmedAlabama with some great tips on properly fueling up.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

1v1 Defending

Here's a great video from US Youth Soccer on 1v1 Defending.  Check it out!