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Soccer Game Changer: Thomas Pighin

At Champion’s QUEST, we are always excited to hear from our parents about how much their athlete has improved and the changes that they have seen in their athlete since beginning their journey at the Athlete Academy. Sometimes the improvements are physical, other times the changes are mental but it is always amazing to hear when it is both.

thomas-pighin“I’ve seen Thomas become a more confident and competent soccer player. He only played one season when he was six and some loosely organized play at school. He wanted to try something other than baseball so we set him up with the CQ Soccer camp and a Coerver camp to help him at least have some soccer skills. I’m very happy with the conditioning Thomas is getting at CQ. His endurance has really increased and this is very important on the bigger soccer field. He has improved his speed, which had always been an issue for him. At school they are preparing for fitness testing and Thomas is well above most other kids. In fact he and Cameron (another CQ athlete) kinda leave the others behind.” -Chris Pighin

When Thomas comes to train at Champion’s QUEST, he attends the B.A.S.E, Soccer, and Baseball clinics to develop his athleticism along with the technical skills needed to excel in his games. Currently, Thomas plays forward, defender and goalkeeper for his AYSO-Cypress team. Thomas has short-term goals of improving his speed, strength and dribbling for soccer and a long-term goal of playing soccer professionally.

“He’s doing well so far with his team. Thomas has to play up because his birthday is three days before the cutoff so his friends are all U10 and he’s a U12. He’s hanging in there playing multiple positions, including goalie and forward and even scored the tying goal in a game. We will transition to baseball soon. One of the things I love about CQ is that he can get quality instruction in a variety of sports- along with conditioning. He’s excited to his re-testing this week and can’t stop talking about improving his scores!” -Chris Pighin

I’m also excited to see how much Thomas’ hard work has paid off and also to continue to follow his success on the soccer and baseball field. Keep it up Thomas!

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

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Confidence is Key: Isabel Pixa

Isabel Pixa walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in May of 2016 with goals of improving her speed, strength, and ball skills so that she could do her best for her Los Al High School soccer tryouts. Her long-term goals are to be a starter on the Los Al High School team and also to attend Stanford University.isabel

In just over 2 months of training at Champion’s QUEST, Isabel improved her total athleticism by 71%. Isabel showed her biggest improvements in her speed, agility, and strength. She lowered her 10-yard sprint time from 1.94s to 1.82s and also improved all of her agility scores by over a second! However, Isabel made her biggest strides in her strength by upping her push up score from 28 to 46 repetitions in a minute and improved her plank hold time by a minute!isabel-pixa-success

“Isabel’s fitness level has increased since beginning training at Champion’s QUEST. Isabel was already fit but has now taken it to another level. But the biggest change has been seen in her confidence. Isabel has increased her confidence on the field and this has also carried over to her high school where she has just started as a freshman at Los Al High School. Isabel also enjoys training with her younger brother and they like to challenge themselves to core strength competitions.” -Cecilia Pixa

Isabel recently joined a CDA Slammers FC club team coached by Krissy Grana to keep improving her level of play. She currently plays right midfield and forward for her club team where they won their opening game of league play this past weekend by a score of 4-0. Also, Isabel was also recently named to the Frosh/Soph team at Los Al High School!

Keep up all the hard work Isabel and I’m excited to watch your continued success on and off the soccer field.

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

Soccer Success Story: Vivian Lopez

Vivian Lopez walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in July of 2015 looking to increase her strength on the soccer field, as well as her technical ball skills. Vivian’s long-term goal is to play soccer professionally. fullsizerender-26

Currently, Vivian plays center midfield for her club soccer team TFA-S.E.L.A ’05, coached by Frank Lopez. Vivian and her team recently competed in the Southwest Soccer Club Labor Day Classic tournament this past weekend. Her team went undefeated, totaling 14 goals scored and conceding none, on their way to winning the championship.

Other tournaments that Vivian’s TFA team have won this summer include the Southwest Soccer Club Summer Classic in Temecula, the Nike Pyramid Cup in South Bay, YVYSO Spartan Cup in Yucaipa, CSL Cal Cup and Celtic Cup in San Bernardino.img_0414

At Champion’s QUEST, Vivian attends Speed and Strength clinics to develop her athleticism on the soccer field to complement her technical skills. In just over a year of training, Vivian has shown progress across the board in her athleticism. She improved her power by increasing her standing vertical jump from 14 to 17 inches. Vivian also made significant strides in her speed by lowering her 10-yard sprint time from 2.28s to 1.87s and her 5-10-5 change of direction times by over a second.

However, Vivian showed her biggest improvements in her total body strength. She increased her push up score from 5 to 40 repetitions (1 minute limit) and her plank hold time by 3 minutes! In total, Vivian has improved her athleticism by over 380% since beginning training at Champion’s QUEST.

Keep up all the hard work Vivian! I’m excited to hear of your continued success on and off the soccer field this year. Enjoy your Play It Again Sports $20 “Fun Bucks” coupon at the Los Alamitos location on Katella. Click below to try out on of our athletic performance clinics!

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

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

Parent Testimonial: Kaitlyn Sachs

Brittany Gonzales Kaitlyn SachsA letter from the parents of Kaitlyn Sachs to Coach Brittany Gonzales. Kaitlyn had been training at Champion’s QUEST since middle school and is now taking the next step of college athletics at Adams State on their Women’s Soccer Team. 

“Words cannot describe the pride I feel when one of our athletes takes the next step into college athletics and I am forever thankful to Loren and Denise Sachs for trusting me with their daughter, Kaitlyn’s soccer career and development. I am very excited to see her continue to grow in her soccer career as she takes the next step head on, you go Kaitlyn!”

Coach Brittany

Congrats to Kaitlyn and the rest of the Champion’s QUEST Alumni to play in College!

Brittany,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and the entire Champion’s Quest staff for the commitment and enthusiasm you have shown for Kaitlyn in her quest for soccer success. From the first evaluation in the summer of 2010 to today, the growth Denise and I have seen in Kaitlyn has been extraordinary…

While improving physically is a significant part of CQ, I feel the more important component is the mental aspect of training and challenging the kids to be better people and athletes. Maybe more importantly, CQ allows the kids to be themselves, there is no one mold fits all…

In 2013, the entire staff was incredibly supportive of the transition from field player to goalie. You were able to adjust her training while still providing the foundation she had always found useful. From the beginning a common theme was, ‘We need Kaitlyn to be more assertive, more talkative,’ and at your first game visit you were able to show her the value of being assertive as a goalie… I can ever recall, she was extolling her team during half time that they could compete against their opponent and they came from behind to win by 2 goals.

Kaitlyn Sachs Champion's QuestAs we come the end of the high school experience, the belief you had in her along with her desire has allowed her to achieve her dream of playing college soccer next year. The confidence she has displayed since she was offered a spot last summer has been a joy to watch. During the club season she had a run of 5 games with no goals against and had a GAA of less than 1 for the entire year.   When the high school season started she was excited to be back as a midfielder and looking forward to her senior year. As we conclude the high school season, the hardwork truly paid off, OCVarsity Player of the Week, First-Team All-league, team Player of the Year, and school record for most goals in a season are further evidence of how far the journey has gone and validation of the effort and commitment you and she have given.

Denise and I thank you so much for what you have done for Kaitlyn and look forward to sharing the next chapter of her soccer experience.

Sincerely,

Loren and Denise Sachs

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

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

Fast Feet, Don’t Get Beat!

Agility is an athlete’s ability to explosively start, decelerate, change direction, and accelerate again while maintaining body control. Agility is the body’s way to cooChampionsQuestAgilitySoccerrdinate various movements needed to excel in the sport of the athlete. Agility training enhances soccer players in three ways: Neuromuscular adaptation, increased body control, and increased reaction time.

1) Neuromuscular Adaptations: There is an increase in force production when performing agility. This means that the muscles in the body are contracting at a faster rate. When training at a fast rate, the body will adapt to the speed. Therefore, train fast to be fast.

2) Increased Body Control: Incorporating an agility program allows for a soccer player to control the small movements in the body for better posture and better efficiency. This includes the movements in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees and ankle joints. It gives the soccer player a better sense of control to perform the task  faster.

3) Increased Reaction Time: An agility program will allow a soccer player to place their body in a better position to take advantage of performance situations. This includes reacting to 50/50 balls and to react quicker during 1v1’s.

As soccer p20160809_150202layers, the majority of time we spend on the ball performing toe taps, bells, or focusing on enhancing the ball skill. However, the game of soccer requires quick releases of the ball with explosive movements, such as sprinting, changing direction, and jumping. Therefore, more time needs to be spent off the ball training to allow our feet to move quicker off the ball.

This includes training with various agility patterns with quick releases of the ball. Here at Champion’s QUEST, we focus on allowing our soccer players to move quick off the ball. During our soccer clinics, we focus on enhancing their quickness to allow them to become better soccer players.  Click below to try out on of our soccer specific clinics!

Angela Garcia Champions Quest