UPDATE: Annual Nevada Pride Poker Tournament!!
Friday March 14th
Grand Sierra Resort
Introducing the U16 Nevada Pride Squad:
UPDATE: MRI for BOTH Nevada Pride teams will begin on February 10th!!
2013 Fall Season A Huge Success!
The U14 Nevada Pride Girls Soccer team capped a great fall season by going undefeated in the American River Goal Cup and placing 3rd! These girls also finished second in the gold division of league! They have a lot to proud of and are playing better soccer and building a strong chemistry and foundation for the future! During this 18 game stretch they have won 7, tied 9, and lost only 2! Congratulations girls on a great season!
New Photos Added to Website
U16 Nevada Pride
ANNUAL CORN MAZE TEAM-BONDING SET FOR OCTOBER 19th!
Introducing Your U14 Nevada Pride
We would like to welcome the four new Nevada Pride players to our family and thank those who are returning for their loyalty and dedication to our program's long-term goals!
UPDATE: Nevada Pride would like to thank Max McManus for working with Pride this off-season. We know that the hard work and dedication he taught us will pay off this spring. Thanks Max!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Nevada Pride for a successful tournament season! Nevada Pride finished 3rd the Barcalona NorCal Copa de las Sierras Tournament. Nevada Pride was also a finalist in the Sagebrush Startup, a semi-finalist in the Manteca Spring Invitational and a semi-finalist in the U14 Spring Cup held in Las Vegas where Pride lost in PK's to the eventual champions. Everyone associated with Nevada Pride is proud of your accomplishments!
UPDATE: Nevada Pride is not for the recreational soccer player. Players who play for Pride are dedicated to continual improvement through very rigorous training sessions developed by qualified coaches with the highest standards!
Our goal is to develop players who truly have a passion for the game. The strength of Pride is not picking off the best one or two players in town every season to improve the quality of the team, but rather to develop good athletes and prepare them for the next level of competition.
Too often kids just want to play with their friends regardless of the quality of the program they are playing for. We applaud any athlete with the courage to push themselves out of their comfort zone and are excited about their desire to play at a higher level. These are the qualities that extend far beyond the soccer pitch!
Who We Are
The original Nevada Pride was founded in 2002 by Steve Asher and Jason Saville. At that time only three clubs existed in Northern Nevada. When Nevada Pride relaunched in 2010 after a two-year break, there were 12 clubs! The purpose of the new Nevada Pride was to give Northern Nevada soccer athletes a place to play high level soccer without having to pay what seemed to be an ever-growing cost of playing competitive soccer. With over 40 combined years of playing and coaching experience, Jason, Teresa and AU have dedicated themselves to bringing high quality soccer to local athletes based on three key pillars: Commitment to the team, development of individual skill, nurturing other life skills like accoutability and respect. In three short years, Nevada Pride has gone from a winless season in their own age division to finishing 5th in an age division 1 year older!
The unique quality that Nevada Pride brings is that the coaches' commitment is soley to this team. Focusing on just one team keeps our energy, commitment and loyalty strictly to the players on our team. Our dedication and long-term vision means that you know that we, as coaches, will see this team through our athletes' high school years. The stability and peace of mind this level of commitment offers is unmatched in Northern Nevada.
Another important aspect of Nevada Pride is our knowledge of the older athlete. After coaching older athletes for 15 years, we have experienced knowledge of what really happens during an athlete's critical high school years. As athletes enter high school there will be many opportunities open to them in other sports. Nevada Pride encourages players to compete in multiple sports. Many coaches and clubs won't allow their players to compete on high school track, softball or basketball teams in order to "specialize" on soccer. We believe that you can't get these years back and young athletes should have as many opportunities given to them as possible. Putting all your eggs in one basket may actually harm a player's chances of competing at the next level. Make sure that you have done your research about what the long-term vision is of the coach/club that you may play for.
Nevada Pride is for the athlete that constantly is searching to play at the next level. Our training sessions are rigorous and require intense focus and dedication. While we are a family, Nevada Pride was not formed as a social society to hang out with friends. Our team bond comes from constant commitment to each other, a willingness to work hard for each other and a desire to improve each and every day. We are here to teach these athletes the proper way to play this game, focusing on the four pillars of soccer: Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological. It requires the right mind set, willingness to work hard and a competitive spirit to play for Pride. We encourage anyone who has these same goals to give Nevada Pride the opportunity to prove we have what it takes to make your daughters into the best soccer players and citizens they themselves strive to be.
10 Questions every parent should ask themselves when choosing a club team.
1. Does the team develop ALL of their players or only a select few?
2. How does the team measure success? Wins and losses or player development?
3. Does the team have a long-term, well-structured plan, or is it win at all costs right now?
4. Does the team play, or try to play soccer, or do they kick and chase and play to one or two superior players?
5. Do you know the coaches who may be involved with your athlete, or do you only know them through heresay? We challenge you to make a personal phone call or meet directly with any potential coach!
6. What are the qualifications of the coach? Do they have experience, education, success and love for the game? Most importantly, are they a positive role model and do they have the best interest of your athlete in mind?
7. How long is the coach planning on being with the team? A coach should be as committed as their players!
8. If your athlete has played competitive soccer for more than a year, have they developed as you had hoped?
9. Look at the success and development of other teams within a club. It seems everyone is promising college scholarships. Are they delivering?
10. Is the team interested in coaching your athlete to be the best they can be, or just interested in picking up a paycheck?
Nevada Pride Stages of Development
1. Fundamental Stage (U-10 & U-11)
a. Focus on fundamentals: Dribbling, passing and receiving, shooting.
b. Introduction of Tactics (Decision Making): Risk v Safety, when to dribble or to pass?
c. Basic attacking principles. Penetration and Support.
d. Basic defending principles. Pressure and Cover.
e. Use of small-sided games to teach the game.
f. Learn to play position(s) and field responsibilities.
g. League play ONLY. No out of state tournaments.
h. Player development is valued over wins and loses!!
i. One to two practices a week along with one game.
j. Kids play in the Fall and Spring. However, I feel it is important that kids are exposed to as many sports as they wish.
2. Transitional Stage (U-12 – U-14)
a. Advancement of fundamentals.
b. Introduce systems of play
c. Expand players use of tactics.
d. Add the attacking principles of mobility and width.
e. Add the defending principles of balance and compactness.
f. Size of the team increases. Hard work, skill, dedication, attitude, etc. make for a more competitive environment.
g. Fitness and Nutrition awareness become important components of an athletes lifestyle.
h. Players should start demanding more of themselves and not be afraid to “fail forward”
i. League play in addition to one local and one out-of-town tournament.
j. Player development is still the priority, however we need to introduce competition.
k. Two practices and one game.
l. Kids play in the Fall and Spring. Kids should still be exploring other interests outside of soccer.
m. Costs increase due to travel and tournament fees, but are still very minimal.
3. Competitive Stage (U-14 – U-17)
a. Mastery of fundamentals.
b. Adaptable to play various systems of play.
c. Use of high level tactics.
d. Attacking and defensive principles become second nature.
e. Size of team increases again. Competition in the team may lead to reduction of playing time.
f. Fitness and Nutrition are a must at this level.
g. League play as well as 4-6 out-of-town tournaments.
h. Player development will always be the priority at Nevada Pride, however, being successful starts to become more important in order to get into the better tournaments and having kids be seen by coaches at the next level.
i. Two or three practices a week.
j. Kids play in the Spring only!!! Kids are still encouraged to do other things, but if we decide as a team to be more competitive, athletes will be asked to make soccer January-June not their sole sporting priority, but their main one.
k. Costs may reach $1,500 due to travel expenses.
Fact or Fiction: Helpful information for making the right decision.
Fiction: Playing for club "X" will get you a college scholarship. Northern Nevada clubs have little to no effect on whether or not an athlete plays at the next level. The fact is that the INDIVIDUAL player must make those connections with the college coaches. College coaches will recognize next level talent if it is there.
Fact: No Northern Nevada girls soccer team has won a Nevada State Cup Title IN ANY AGE GROUP since 2000. In our opinion this is due to having way too many clubs in this area for the player pool that we have. The root cause of this is coaching soccer has become a business for far too many.
Fact: Northern Nevada does not have the poplulation to sustain the number of clubs we have. There are 11 "competitive" clubs in Northern Nevada with a population under 500,000. Las Vegas has 5 "competitive" clubs and a population over 2 million. Until we have fewer clubs watering down the talent pool, it will be difficult for teams in this area to compete at a high level.
Fact: Less than 5% of ALL athletes receive full-ride athletic scholarships at any level of college athletics. Most are partial scholarships that pay for books and/or room and board. They do not cover the tuition costs which can reach up to $40,000 a year!
Fact: 50% of athletes that specialize in a single sport are 10 times more likely to suffer from burn out and stop playing that sport all together.
Fact: The best way to improve your chances of a college scholarhip is to attend that colleges summer camp(s).
Fact: The sport receiving the highest percentage of scholarships is girls golf at 1.6%. Football is the next highest at 1.4%.
Fact: No coach (no matter how highly qualified), no club, no team can get you to the next level. Only the players talent, work ethic, attitude and sacrifice will give her a chance to be that player. Think about it.
Fiction: Everything you hear from a club/coach is the truth. Do your homework. Ask players and parents who have played for the club/coach. Interview potential coaches face to face before you make your decision. Check for these three things: Experience, Education, Success. Ask them to provide you proof of the things they tell you. Ask yourself why are they there - for my daughter, or a paycheck? Most importantly, ask parents and players who have actually played for the coach in question. You will get a more honest answer than from a second hand source.
Don't take our word for it. All of the information above can be found by doing a simple Google search.