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As part of the 2021/22 competitive season and our commitment to enhanced player development, we've put together a collaborative program overview with COPA's performance staff and Adam Cooper, our club's Director of Coaching.  We're really excited about this new program and look forward to starting when we return from the summer club break the week of July 5th with our 2009 to 2003 teams.  

As a reminder, our 2013 to 2010 teams will start their performance training during the winter season.  

Each of the 2009 to 2003 teams will be updated by their coach with your specific performance training day and time.  

Special thanks to Coach Barry and his staff at COPA performance training for their partnership and development of the athletic development program for our players at Walnut Creek Surf Soccer Club.
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COPA STC & SURF
ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Q&A
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
Walnut Creek Surf have entered into an agreement with SpeedLab at COPA STC to provide Athletic Development programming for all competitive teams from 2013-2003, Boys and Girls. Each team will combine Athletic Development training with their team training all on site at COPA.

The program consists of:
  1. Engaging and focused training environments
  2. Speed, Strength and Power development
  3. Injury prevention training
  4. Periodic assessments utilizing SpeedLab’s technology
  5. Scores and data that are provided back to the club’s staff and players
HOW IS SPEEDLAB INTEGRATED WITH SURF?
The program has been custom designed to integrate successfully with the WC Surf curriculum while following the principles of youth athlete development. Athlete’s will get both expert led Athletic Development sessions with SpeedLab staff and Technical soccer training with their WC Surf SC coach all under one roof! This program is included in each player’s program fee with the club.
SpeedLab Training Method
SpeedLab Training Method
ASSESSMENTS AND TRAINING AT SPEEDLAB
SpeedLab’s unique technology, SpeedTrack, SpeedCourt & Force Plate, will be used to profile and assess Surf players before and after each training phase. Training sessions are designed to enhance key athletic skills needed for youth soccer player performance. The training sessions will not utilize SpeedLab’s technology such as Treadmills, SpeedTrack & SpeedCourt.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN:

SURF'S ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
VS.
THE FULL SPEEDLAB MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM?
The program is led by the same expert coaches from SpeedLab and utilized some of the same technology in the assessment protocol each athlete will receive. The WC Surf SC Athletic Development program weekly training sessions will not include technology. Sessions will be delivered in the state-of-the-art Performance Center
OTHER FAQs
1. How is the program going to support my athlete?
- This program is designed to support the health and performance of youth soccer players. The program will enhance the strength, power and overall function of the players. These elements are not commonly integrated into youth soccer players training but have been proven to be crucial in their development and injury risk reduction.


2. How frequent will my athlete be involved in the program?
- During your athletes designated training phase, they will be taking part in this Athletic Development program once per week with their team.

- Older Teams (2003-2007 Age Groups) will have a Summer & Fall schedule

- 2008-2009 Age Groups will have a Summer, Fall and Spring schedule

- Younger teams (2013-2010 Age Groups) will have a Winter schedule


3. What is my athlete being assessed on?
- SpeedLab will be assessing all WC Surf SC players on variety of key metrics: Acceleration & Speed, Agility and Power. These tests are a strong representation of the key elements needed for soccer.


4. Who are the coaches for the program?
- SpeedLab’s coaching staff will lead the 45 minute Athletic Development section of your athletes training. SpeedLab staff are certified and experienced in the field of exercise science, strength and conditioning and youth athlete development

- WC Surf SC Staff will lead the 45 minute technical soccer development on a field or futsal court


5. Will the program include a biomechanical running analysis & running technique coaching?
- This team based program will not include these elements. However, this program is designed to be as effective as possible to develop many of key physical characteristics needed for the sport of soccer. SpeedLab’s full program includes running analysis and running technique coaching. Surf players get a 20% discount for this program.

WC Surf SC will continue to educate all player's in the coming weeks on schedules, further details and player expectations.
SpeedLab Training Method
SpeedLab Training Method
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