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January 29, 2013 > Players and families score with UC Premier Soccer

Players and families score with UC Premier Soccer

Submitted By Victor Juarez

Following a banner year that included several league and tournament championships, UC Premier enters the 2013 year with high expectations of continued growth and success. UC Premier, the competitive program of the Union City Youth Soccer League (UCYSL), will have 27 high level soccer teams competing in the 2013 spring season, three additional teams from the previous year.

UC Premier Competitive Program Director Victor Juarez credits this past year's growth and success to a volunteer coaching staff and low player fees. " I believe we are one of the last major soccer clubs in Northern California which continues to use a volunteer coaching staff while offering high level player development in a fun and positive environment", stated Juarez.

Mostly all of the volunteer coaches at UC Premier are parents of a child who plays on the team they coach. Most coaches are former semi-pro, college or high level soccer players themselves who continue to enjoy the "beautiful game" through coaching and share their passion for the sport with their own children. Without the high payroll of a professional coaching staff, UC Premier is able to maintain the lowest competitive soccer player fees in the surrounding area at approximately $700 yearly, per player.

Most major clubs in the area have followed the trend of outsourcing and contracting an entire professional coaching staff to over see the club's coaching responsibilities with the expectation of strong player development and increased club value. The payroll cost of a professional coaching staff is generally passed on to the club's membership in the form of competitive and training fees. In most soccer clubs, competitive fees can range from $1,500 up to $2,200 yearly, per player.

To ensure UC Premier players are receiving the equivalent player development as other clubs do from an employed professional coaching staff, UC Premier provides their volunteer coaches with USSF (United States Soccer Federation), NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and CYSA (California Youth Soccer Association) coach education courses and licensing free of charge.

UC Premier has reinvested the funds collected from player competitive fees to provide UC Premier Coaches and members with an elite team of soccer directors. Kevin Broomfield, a former English and US professional soccer player, serves as a full time Technical Director for the league. Broomfield supports and educates volunteer coaches with player development programs; team training sessions, soccer camps and clinics. Enrique Blancas is a National "C' licensed professional contracted as the Player Development Program Director (PDP). Blancas is responsible for youth player and coach development. Blancas responsibilities include identifying and developing top motivated players and coaches within the U6-U10 age group, provide specialized training with youth coaches and offer exposure to the high level competitive program. Javier Cabrales, former professional goal keeper in his second year with the club, offers high level goal keeper training five days a week to UC Premier players, ages 7-19.

Juarez states, "The UC Premier philosophy moving forward is to invest in the education and licensing of our local volunteer coaches in order to empower them with the knowledge, information and licensing to develop high level competitive soccer players who will compete with all the other major soccer clubs."

Through this philosophy, UC Premier is able to offer comparatively low competitive fees, which in return makes it very affordable to all those families interested in playing high level competitive soccer.

"Most all of the UCYSL Board members and volunteer coaches work jobs of forty hours or more a week. Board and coach positions are volunteer and soccer is our passion, not our livelihood. To be able to experience volunteer parents and children growing simultaneously, as coaches, players and proactive citizens is our compensation", states Juarez.

UC Premier is currently conducting open tryouts for their competitive teams and invites all those interested to visit the UC Premier website at www.ucpremier.org for detailed information or contact Competitive Program Director Victor Juarez at doc@ucpremier.org.

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