Tag Archives: Soccer Training

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Moreno Family

 

Isabelle Moreno is approaching her yeIsabelle Morenoar mark here at Champion’s QUEST where she joined in November of 2015. Since Isabelle’s arrival she has made a 119% improvement in her athleticism. Isabelle has obtained a bigger goal to become the most feared player and is reaching that goal every day she trains.
Isabelle currently plays for soccer for NHB where they recently played in the West Coast Classic Tournament this past weekend.

Izzy has been regularly attending soccer clinics and power clinics to improve her athleticism to make her an even better soccer player. Her work ethic is continuing to show in her performance on the field. She is becoming the most feared player with her speed, agility, and strength. Her improvement in her athleticism is being noticed and is becoming a stand out athlete!

“Izzy played great in all 5 games at the West Coast Classic Tournament this past weekend. They played 2 games on Saturday and 1 Sunday to get into the Semi Finals. The Semi Finals and Finals were Sunday night and were hard fought games. Izzy had 5 assists and her speed, quickness, and agility were very noticeable and stood out all tournament even with a sore hamstring. She was able to dispossess the opponents almost at will and her strength definitely made a difference. Thanks for everything you guys do!” -Joe Moreno

Keep up the hard work Izzy! You are doing fantastic and I look forward to hearing more about all of your future success.

Angela Garcia Champions Quest

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Soccer Video: Teaching the Cross-Over Step

Change of direction is essential to any soccer athlete, especially ones who need to make sharp cuts and perform in multiple planes. The cross-over step is one way that an athlete can change direction efficiently, without losing any speed or power.

The first step to developing an athlete’s cross-over step is to work on the mechanics of the movement to ensure proper form and body alignment. Next, the athlete can train the movement by performing it game speed but still focusing on the correct form. Lastly, the athlete must apply the movement in a soccer-specific pattern that they would use out on the field.

This video covers all three phases of the cross-over step to help develop more efficient turns and directional changes on the soccer field.

For more information on soccer-specific speed training or to schedule an athletic evaluation at Champion’s QUEST contact Coach Kyle.

 

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

300+ % Improvement! -Brandon Tuck

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” -Tim NotkeBrandon Tuck

Brandon Tuck walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in March of 2016 with short-term goals of developing his upper body and core strength, while improving his running mechanics. Brandon’s long-term goals are to play on the Varsity team at Milikan High School, make the LA Galaxy Academy and one day play soccer professionally.LA galaxy

Brandon currently plays for LA Galaxy’s U-12 pre-academy team coached by Kevin Gallagher. To improve his athleticism on the field, Brandon has been attending the Speed and Strength clinics at Champion’s QUEST. In less than 4 months of training, Brandon has made a 363% improvement in his athleticism!

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Keep up all the hard work Brandon! Enjoy your Play It Again Sports $20 “Fun Bucks” coupon at the Los Alamitos location on Katella.

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Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, MS CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Nicholas Rosales

Nicholas Rosales walked through the doors ofChampion’s QUEST back in January of 2016 with short-term goals of improving his agility, upper body and core strength to improve his athleticism on the soccer field. Nicholas went on to earn team MVP honors on his Cypress High School Frosh/Soph soccer team this past season.

Nicholas Rosales MVPAs a freshman, Nicholas also ran with the Varsity Cross Country team and had goals of running with the Varsity Track team as well. Nicholas worked hard to improve his strength at Champion’s QUEST and went on to accomplish his goal. He competed with the Varsity Track & Field team this past season and finished in 28th place in the 800m and 24th in the 1600m during the Jim Polite Walnut Invitational.

“His core is a lot stronger and you can just tell by the way that he moves. Nicholas has that extra gas in the tank when he competes. When the bell rings for the final lap of the race, he can just take off and doesn’t let anyone catch him.” -Pamela Rosales

Keep up all the hard work Nicholas and I’m excited to hear about many more accomplishments in the future!

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Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600

Success Story – Aniyah League: A Threat in Soccer and Track & Field

Many young soccer players look for a second sport to compete in that will compliment their training for soccer. Often, athletes feel that cross-country would increase their cardio for soccer. Cross country will in fact help soccer players increase their endurance for 3-5 mile runs.

If a soccer player is looking to increase their sprint endurance, then track and field is a perfect compliment.

Aniyah League TrackOne of our younger athletes, 11 year-old Aniyah League, is doing just that: Competing at an elite level in TRACK and also in SOCCER. Aniyah and her teammates on her CDA Slammers soccer team recently competed in Dallas, Texas at the Premier Supercopa Soccer Tournament. Aniyah helped lead her team with 6 goals to the Championship game and ultimately winning the tournament, playing both outside defender and striker.

On top of training each week at Champion’s QUEST, Aniyah has also been running for Push Track club. This past weekend, Aniyah competed in the AAU Track & Field Championships for Region 23 and earned herself a spot to the Junior Olympics this Summer in Houston, Texas.Aniyah League Soccer

Aniyah qualified for the Track & Field Junior Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and Long Jump.
This Triple Threat is growing taller and growing faster each week as she pushes herself mentally and physically. The sky is the limit for this current Champion and we are all very excited to see what else she will accomplish this summer.

Great Job Aniyah, your hard work is paying off and you will continue to reap the benefits of your dedication! -Coach Brittany

About the Author:

Brittany Gonzales

Brittany Gonzales, Director of Soccer Academy

BrittanyG@ChampionsQUEST.com 562-598-2600

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Annie Mason

“Champion’s QUEST has influenced Annie in her strength and definitely her build. She has always had good confidence to herself, but with Champion’s QUEST it is even better! She loves all the clinics there and enjoys being a part of Champion’s QUEST.”

-Shannon Mason

Annie first came to Champion’s QUEST in July of 2015 with short goals to improve her speed, agility, and strength and long term goals of playing in college as goalkeeper. Annie is currently the goalkeeper for the Beach FC ’99 team. 20160604_082242

Annie currently attends the Soccer, Strength, and Speed clinics to better herself as a goalkeeper. This has enhanced her explosiveness in the goal and has allowed her to go to a new level. Annie has pushed her athleticism by increasing her athletic score by 88%. This weekend Annie had a shut-out weekend in the Legends FC College Showcase.

Keep up the hard work Annie!

About the Author:

CoCoach Angela ach Angela Garcia, Soccer Assistant Coach

Soccer@ChampionsQUEST.com

562-598-2600

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Joely Blair

“Since Joely has been attending Champion’s Quest, I have noticed how strong she is!  After having ACL surgery, the goal was to make her weaker leg stronger and it worked!  Going regularly has not only made her physically stronger, but her confidence has gone up as well.  She really enjoys all that she is learning from the various trainers along with the encouragement and ongoing feedback that she gets from them.  All the trainers keep an eye on her and I really feel that they are genuinely interested in helping her attain her goals.  She is learning life long tools that will help her well beyond high school.  We have really enjoyed coming to Champions QUEST.” -Christine Blair 

Joely Blair walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST to gain athleticism from a post-ACL surgery. She obtained short-term goals of gaining strength, agility, and speed to allow for an edge in 50/50 balls as a central midfielder. She also obtained lonJoelyBlair2g term goals to play soccer at the collegiate level.

Since first attending Champion’s QUEST in November of 2015 Joely has increased her athletic score by 172%. This includes increasing her vertical jump by 2.5 inches and improving her agility by 3 seconds!

We are so proud of the progress Joely is making towards her goals. Keep working hard Joely!

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CoCoach Angela ach Angela Garcia, Soccer Assistant Coach

Soccer@ChampionsQUEST.com

562-598-2600