Here we are, sitting at halfway through the 2014 season. We’re 4-0, having outscored our opponents by an almost uncomfortable margin. Our only apparent competition looms soon however, in the form of the Central Cal War Angels, who have similarly outscored their opponents. It looks like it’ll come down to us, Central Cal, Seattle or Kansas City in the American Conference.
I do miss our old rivals, the Dallas Diamonds. They handled us pretty well from 2004 until 2007. We didn’t play each other from 2008-10. Since 2011 though, it was all us and I know they’d like to have another shot at us. Back in the day they had great coaching – Todd Hughes put together a staff that was a handful, and they had some unreal talent to match.
Back East, it doesn’t look like Chicago, the defending national champions and who we defeated in 2012 for the title, has lost a step. Boston (who beat us in 2011) and DC will be in a dogfight to see who challenges Chicago in the National conference championship.
I am looking forward to our trip up to Reno this week. Playing a team you’ve never faced before is always fun. Reno is a nice town, and holds good memories for me all the way back to the 80’s.
OK, now for the announcement: Well, it’s really more a testing of the waters. Our DC, Mike Suggett and I, along with members of our staff are looking to host a camp in San Diego, in November or early December. The exact schedule will depend on how many players will attend. We plan on opening up what we do and teach it from the ground up. From scheme, to technique, to practice planning, to drills – anything you want (we may not hand out our audible system, but we’ll help you design your own). This would be for players and coaches….and it’ll be free. (We’ll be selling camp T-Shirts to help offset our out of pocket costs or taking donations…..) But just get yourself out here – you know you want to come to San Diego in the winter!
We’re serious when we say that we want to increase the level of competition and better the game of women’s football. We’re willing to put our time and effort where our mouths are. We’ll be reaching out to some other outstanding coaches to volunteer their time as well, hoping that they’ll see the big picture too. Maybe if it takes off, we’ll charge in the future, but this time it’s on the house.
In addition to plenty of field time, there will be chalk talks and film sessions where you can see the things we talk about being put to use on the field. Unlike other camps, our ultimate goal is not to play a game at the end of the weekend. We want to give you tools that you can use immediately upon returning back to your teams. Not only will the players learn new techniques, but for the coaches we can show you how to teach and drill them.
We will have a filmed, padded 7-on-7 session and a filmed 1-on-1 OL vs DL session. Then we may have a “teaching” team session where you can put the concepts into play that you’ve learned and see for yourselves how it takes place in an 11-on-11 environment.
Again, coaches will be welcome as well, even those who we regularly play against. I’ll give out more details as things begin to fall into place, but for right now if you have any thoughts or interest (especially if you’re a veteran coach), then please let me know.
Coach Suggett, myself and the Surge staff are very excited to offer this opportunity to better the game!