Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Game Update for Tues (7/22) @ Lisle

TC will be playing two games this week, both against Lisle.  Please view the times/locations below carefully:

*Tuesday (7/22) at Lisle, kick-off time 4:00pm
   -Note: game will be played at Wilde Field, which is located at Lisle Junior High School
   -Here is the address:  5211 Center Ave.  Lisle, IL  60532

*Thursday (7/24) at TC (home game), kick-off time 4:00pm

We will be taking a mini bus to Lisle and it will be leaving TC on Tuesday at 2:50pm.  If you arrive at 2:51pm we will leave without you, time management is important and thus you must arrive on time.  If you are not taking the mini bus, you must communicate this with me in advance.  Reminder, these games are intended for incoming juniors and seniors as well as others that have been asked.  If you are younger and have not been asked to play in these games keep working hard, your time will come!!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

-Coach Grit

Monday, July 14, 2014

Open Field Tomorrow (7/15) at 7:00pm

Due to our summer game against Ridgewood being canceled, we instead will be having open field tomorrow (Tuesday, 7/15) starting at 7:00pm.  Arrive early to get a proper warm-up in and be sure to bring your shin-guards.  Feel free to bring/invite friends or alumni to play as well.

-Coach Grit

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Game Canceled Tues. (7/15) vs. Ridgewood -- Open Field Tues. Instead

TC Players and Parents, our summer game Tuesday (7/15) has been canceled against Ridgewood.  I received an email from Ridgewood's coach that said they are currently in a summer league in which they made the playoffs (their coach originally didn't think they would).  Thus, their playoff games fall next week Tuesday and Thursday.  We cannot find another date that works, so the game will not be rescheduled.

Therefore, we instead will be having open field on Tuesday beginning at 7:00pm.  Lets make this a competitive open field, so players feel free to invite some friends and alumni.

Lastly, don't forget we have two more games scheduled this summer:
 -Tuesday July 22 @ Lisle --> 4:00 pm
 -Thursday July 24 @ TC (home game) vs. Lisle --> 4:00pm

-Coach Grit

Monday, July 7, 2014

TC High School vs. TC Alumni Game tomorrow (6/8) @ 8:30pm

We'll be having open field/scrimmage tomorrow under the lights with a start time of 8:30pm.  Current TC players come out and show the TC alumni what you've got.  TC Alum will be wearing black while current players will wear red.

Feel free to come a bit early to get a good warm-up in and catch up with some players.  Hopefully we'll have enough to go 11v11. See you there!

-Coach Grit

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

No open field tomorrow (6/2) but Alumni open field/scrimmage next Tues. (6/8) @ 8:30pm

Unfortunately, there will be no open field tomorrow (6/2).  I have a doctors apt. in Michigan, Coach JT has work and Coach DK has family commitments.

However, there will be an alumni open field/scrimmage next Tuesday, 6/8.  This will also be a great time for our alumni to say a final farewell to Coach Gesch.  This open field will be held under the lights and will begin at 8:30pm.  Be sure to arrive a little early to get a good warm-up in.  I'm excited to see how our current high school players fare against the TC alumni!

On a side note, now is a good time to be doing one of the two footwork videos I posted.  Keep working hard and putting that effort in, it will all pay off!

-Coach Grit

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

No open field tonight (6/25) -- give your legs a rest

No open field tonight (6/25) so try and rest your legs.  Many of you also have basketball and/or baseball games tonight so make sure you're staying hydrated.  Come ready to work again tomorrow at camp where we'll have a full staff:  Coach JG, Coach JT, and Coach DK.

Also, be sure to support USA tomorrow for their game against Germany at 11:00am.  We need a good outcome in order to advance past the coined "group of death".

-Coach Grit

Sunday, June 22, 2014

High school camp starts tomorrow (6/23)!!!

Soccer camp begins tomorrow and runs through Friday. It starts at 8 am sharp (concluding at 11) so make sure you arrive early and are dressed and ready to go. 

You can check in with me at the varsity field starting at 7:30 am.  The weather should cooperate for the week, but make sure you bring plenty of water. Also, make sure you drink lots of water tonight and throughout the week to prevent dehydration and cut down on cramping.

If you haven't paid and/or signed up for camp you can still attend, but you'll be sent over to the middle school office for payment before the start of camp.

I hope you are as excited as I am and I'll see you all tomorrow! Make sure you're cheering on USA today vs Portugal!!

-Coach Grit

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Open Field canceled tonight (6/18) due to weather

No open field today due to weather and field conditions -- spread the word. Today however is a good day to do one of the posted footwork videos in your living room or basement.

Keep putting that work in and see you at camp next week!

-Coach Grit

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Soccer Open Field (tomorrow June 18) is a maybe as of now

There is a large chance for thunderstorms tomorrow and thus it's hard to predict whether we can have open field or not.  It looks as if there is a 50-70% chance of t-storms from 5-8pm.  Check back tomorrow and I'll post whether we will be having open field or not.

On a side note, make sure you're getting touches on the ball.  I've posted two videos on the blog -- 1) 600 touches in 6 minutes and 2) Fast footwork and moves.  You can practice these moves outside or even in your living room/basement.

-Coach Grit

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fast Footwork and Moves Video #2

This next video begins to really refine your ball control coordination level.  Begin these moves at a comfortable/controlled speed and once you have them down then begin to increase the speed and hip movement until you can perform the moves at game speed.

Note: you will only be doing half of the video this week (5 moves).

**You can start the video at the 1:10 mark and stop it at the 6:00 mark

The five moves are as follows (refer to video):

1) Base move

2) Base move progression

3) Pull back - behind leg

4) The "T" Test (advanced move)

5) Pull ball back - Immediate collection (advanced move)

Workout outline:

- perform each move for 1 minute, 3 times each (that's 15 minutes total for you math people)

- complete 4-5 days this week (or more if you'd like)

Let's go USA!!  5:00pm tonight vs Ghana -- be sure to watch!  See you all in one week at soccer camp!

-Coach Grit