MHS Ladycats Prepare for San Dimas Tournament

Bullhorn Announcement

This weekend the Monrovia High Ladycats are playing in the

2016 San Dimas  High School Girls Soccer Tournament

(Varsity Tournament Schedule here)

After getting off to a rough start against a very good Defending Champs team from South Hills, The Ladycats are regrouping from some injuries and unforeseen absences.

 

This Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3 is the Girls Varsity tournament at San Dimas High School. Please come out and support the girls this weekend

Next weekend the JV Ladycats play in the San Dimas Tournament

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Monrovia High School JV soccer team 2015

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  Last years 2015 JV team  Monrovia High School Ladycats. Some have returned, and some have moved up to Varsity. Meanwhile, a great new group of freshmen have joined the Ladycat family. Follow us here and on   Monrovia Wildcat … Continue reading

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Monrovia High School Soccer Camps

I always try to provide all the local info I can for youth soccer opportunities that I come across. Here’s another one for the winter, during Christmas break

Training Camps (click here to download registration form)

Monrovia High School Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Michael Williams along with members of his coaching staff and team will teach boys and girls ages 6-14 the fundamental skills and introduce game strategy. Players will be introduced to basic techniques and skills that are essential to improve one’s soccer game. Players will be grouped according to age and ability. Most importantly, players will be surrounded by a positive soccer environment and caring staff. The older or advanced players will also review the fundamental skills, techniques and tactics of the game. The participants will be instructed on the proper movement of the ball, through the defensive, middle and attack thirds of the field. Proper finishing both off the shot and cross, as well as position specific (goalkeeper, attacking and defending) techniques and tactics will be developed.

Coach Mike Williams and his staff are ready to help.

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For HS Seniors: How a ‘bill’ becomes a ‘law’

I know this is a soccer site, but like I tell you girls all the time, “Education comes first!”
You seniors will be taking government next year, and you will be intelligent, productive, decision making, voting, adult citizens for the rest of your natural lives; even if you never play soccer in an adult league, or coach your own kids, or play in college. I’m posting this Schoolhouse Rock clip about how a ‘bill’ becomes a ‘law’.

The people that we vote into office are responsible for the bills that are written and some of them get to decide whether or not it is even voted on. These bills affect each and every one of us. Sometimes the ones that don’t get voted on are just as important as those that do. We need to be aware of what’s going on in our town, our state, our country, and the world. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Be aware! Be involved!

Just take 3 minutes and check it out. You will learn something. and it’ll be painless!
(click the link below)

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You’ve Become a Good Ref When….

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
You’ve become a good ref when …

By Randy Vogt

You will know that you have become a good referee when:

• After the game, players and coaches go out of their way to say “Good job,” “Great job!” or “You were the best ref we’ve had all season!”

• People say to you, “Could you officiate all our games?”

• Your phone and e-mail account become hot with more and more assignments.

• You are assigned top games.

• You are asked to officiate tournaments out-of-state and maybe even abroad.

• You receive officiating awards from leagues and referee associations.

This means you have succeeded. Congratulations!

Now you come to an important fork in the road. Or as Yogi Berra has said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it!”

Some successful referees take the correct road. They know that they have succeeded because of their knowledge of the Laws of the Game and their application, their hustle, their positive attitude, their fairness and firmness plus their approachability. And they continue doing all these great things.

Other successful refs take the wrong road. Their success goes to their head and they somehow think the game is now about them.

I have heard these comments about refs:

• “He used to be really good and now all he wants to do is argue with the coaches.”

• “He was one of our top referees but he no longer runs and gives decisions that seem solely to create attention for himself.”

• “He’s a good ref. The problem is, he thinks that he is a great ref and lets everyone know it.”

• “She was a very good referee. Now people don’t take her seriously as her body has become as big as a house.”

• “He was one of our best referees. Now he hardly moves out of the kickoff circle.”

Which road are you going to take?

(Randy Vogt has officiated over 8,000 games during the past three decades, from professional matches in front of thousands to 6-year-olds being cheered on by very enthusiastic parents. In his book “Preventive Officiating” he shares his wisdom gleaned from thousands of games and hundreds of clinics to help referees not only survive but thrive on the soccer field. You can visit the book’s website at http://www.preventiveofficiating.com/)Post your response to the public Youth Soccer Insider blog.

(reprinted from Youth Soccer Insider by www.socceramerica.com)

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AYSO Alumni

There are many high profile, well-known, talented soccer players in the US whose roots can be traced back to their youth soccer days in AYSO. Here is a link to a piece with the stories of a few of these stars, as well as their advice for a first-time AYSO coach.
(just click on a name to go to the page then scroll down until you find it.)

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VIP Soccer Program Clinic

The AYSO VIP players program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include:

  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
VIP Soccer Clinic Announcement

Come Join Us

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where: Arcadia County Park (Across from City Hall Soccer Field)

Time: 9 -12 p.m. (Lunch will be provided for players and family after clinic at no charge).

Directions: From Santa Anita Ave., take Campus Dr. west , make a right on Huntington Drive. After Arcadia City Hall, make a right turn into Arcadia County Park parking lot.
*Look for the balloons*

My name is Nicole Stiegelmar and I am holding this clinic as part of my Gold Award Project for Girl Scouts. Kathee Eckstrom (Region 2 VIP Coordinator) is my project advisor and I am so excited to work with the VIP Soccer group. I have been a Girl Scout for 12 years and have been playing soccer for 13 years. So if your son or daughter is interested in getting one on one training from me and some of the varsity soccer players from Monrovia High School please RSVP
RSVP by May 27 with your child’s name, age, e-mail address and phone number. Also please let us know how many will be joining us for the free lunch.

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Nutrition: Real is Natural

The article below is borrowed, but that doesn’t make it any less important or relevant. Actually, quite the opposite. As you know I champion the importance of nutrition and learning good, healthy eating habits for all kids, but especially young student athletes, whose bodies are required to do many things in the course of the normal activities, and then called upon to train hard a couple of hours, 3- 5 days a week. It is therefore even more important that the learn the best things to put in their body most of the time. There are still kids, and junk food always seems to taste a little better. All things in moderation. But with all the chemicals and preservatives used to make foods last longer on the shelves and taste better since they have been processed within an inch of their lives, it’s important that kids be taught what is real food and how to go about including it in their diets.

Please check out the article below by Charles Welling. Give it a good read. It will definitely give you “food for thought” and “thoughts about food.”

Real food is whole, natural, and nutrient-dense.
* Organic
* Humanely raised (animals on pasture, not in factories)
* Grown locally when possible
* Whole and unrefined (real maple syrup instead of high-fructose corn syrup)
* Processed as little as possible (raw milk instead of pasteurized and homogenized)
* Nutrient-dense (enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics)
* Free of additives and preservatives
* Free of synthetic and chemical ingredients
* Not genetically modified
* Traditionally produced and prepared

In other words, butter or lard instead of shortening or vegetable oil. Real milk from a cow instead of soy milk. Real sprouted flour (ground fresh or purchased) instead of refined white flour. Real, natural sweeteners like honey or unrefined cane sugar (rapadura or sucanat) instead of white sugar.

If it’s highly processed and/or doesn’t come from nature, it’s not real food!”

OK now that we have an understanding of real food:

What is REAL HEALTH?

Just thinking about this question for a moment makes me realize I need to write an entire post dedicated to answering this question, especially considering the phrase “real health” is part of the name of this blog!! For now let’s agree real health simply means we operate on a daily basis without pain, allergies, colds or more serious ailments, and with plenty of both physical energy and positive mental and emotional enthusiasm — AND that we live in this state of healthy abundance WITHOUT the aid of prescription/over the counter drugs, caffeine or sugar — that we DON’T NEED THEM!!! Fake health, alternatively, is relying on drugs to suppress symptoms and caffeine and sugar for energy. NOT HOW I WANT TO LIVE! How about you?

So, how do we get REAL HEALTH?

Drugs manipulate body chemistry, shutting off symptoms while producing a false and temporary feeling of well being, and not without side effects. In the pursuit of real health we use nutrient dense whole foods to support the balanced and optimal functioning of the body and its organs. This, in a sense, is what we in the Nutritional Therapy field do: we test organ function and support those organs needing support with real, nutrient dense foods (and, when indicated, the judicious use of supplements for additional support). This approach gets at the root of the problem such that the symptom is often removed permanently. The body is given the support it needs to come back into energetic balance the way nature intended it to function. Who needs drugs and fake foods!

Remember, the purpose of food is to nourish, not just to fill. Read that last sentence again, it’s important. And when food is nourishing it can also be therapeutic by, for example, supplying nutrients needed for natural and gentle detoxification on a regular basis helping to keep us in the best of health. This is HUGE! And that brings us to our recipe today for Real Food Wednesdays, a recipe that will support liver function — and there is no more important organ in the body! Energy problems? How is your liver? Hormonal issues? High cholesterol? Thyroid issues? Are you obese? All of these can, in part, be traced back to your liver because the functioning of your liver affects the functioning of your other organs! Therefore, supporting your liver can help these situations, sometimes dramatically. And in other cases while supporting liver function is perhaps not the whole answer, it can be an important piece of the answer. And our recipe today is full of foods your liver loves and craves so it can function optimally; ingredients to support liver cleansing, help reverse and prevent fatty liver, support healthy bile formation and flow, etc. It is a tasty salad that can be eaten as a main dish OR as a side dish in which case it will help the digestion of the other foods on your plate.

Liver Cleanse Salad: A Tasty Cleansing Salad with Beet, Cilantro, Salmon and so much more!

Ingredients:

3-4 stalks celery*
1/3 cucumber*
1 lg avocado*
2-3 radishes*
1 lg tomato*
1 lg beet, grated*
1 carrot, grated*
cilantro*
juice of 2 lemons*
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar*
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
Tumeric
ginger
2 cans Wild Caught salmon

(* all vegetables et al should necessarily be organic, especially as this recipe is meant to help maintain health and organ function in addition to being flavorful)

Chop the celery; dice the avocado, radishes, and tomato; grate the fresh beet and carrot; slice the cucumber (cutting the slices in half again); and take a large handful of fresh cilantro. Combine all in a large mixing bowl, adding the juice squeezed from 2 lemons (medium sized). Drain and add salmon (this step can be omitted if only veggies are desired, but we like it as a rich source of Omega-3 Oils and complete protein). Add a generous amount of Apple Cider Vinegar (at least 2/3 cup) and about half that amount of olive oil (about 1/3 cup). Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of turmeric (be careful – too much can make the salad bitter) and 2 tablespoons ginger (can be powdered, juiced, or freshly grated). Both these ingredients help in the cleansing of the liver, and the ginger will help with digestion and assimilation (especially of the beet). Mix everything thoroughly, ensuring saturation – this salad should be extremely juicy (that’s one of the tastiest and most nutritional parts), with a good amount of extra juice soaking the salad at the bottom of the bowl. Keep mixing to maintain saturation and moisture. Can be served immediately at room temperature or chilled. The lemon will help maintain the freshness of the salad’s ingredients (especially the avocado) for an extra day in the refrigerator.

Serves up to 4.

My thanks to the Healthy Wife Lorraine Joy for this recipe and, by virtue of her making it and feeding it to me, keeping my energy up, my cholesterol down and my complexion glowing!

So if you want REAL Health, eat Real FOOD. But, if you absolutely must eat FAKE food, your doctor will gladly take your money (or your “health” insurance) and patch things up for you temporarily with drugs giving you a false sense of well being — i.e. FAKE health; until your prescriptions expire, that is. Is that really the way you want to live???

**the preceding article was re-posted by permission of Charles Welling. who is a certified nutritional therapist an runs his own site containing many highly informational articles about food, nutrition, and your health. Check him out!

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WANTED: facebook fans!

Please go to our facebook page and show us the love by hitting the “Like” button on the left side, then click “Add to My Page’s Favorites” and then “Share” it with your friends.

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Mean Girls

Having coached girls for so long now, I am still taken aback at how mean they can be to each other. I am continually trying to change that culture, and it is harder at the high school level than in the younger age groups. So please if you’re coaching the U-Littles it never hurts to remind them that they are all sisters. This link is for all the girls I have coached or are coaching now. ( especially those!) Taylor Swift has a new video. Feel free to pass it along. I got it from a friend in AYSO.

And for more insight to girl on girl mean, check out this video clip from the author of Queen Bees & Wannabes: the book which prompted the movie Mean Girls. This has become a problem with our young people, but I believe it’s a culture that we as adults can help change.

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