Girls 97-98 ACC Mavericks United: Welcome

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Coach: Alexina Cather
Phone: 510-459-4106
Manager: Tony Mesones
Phone: 510-589-7327



Alex Cather has been playing competitive soccer for over 15 years and currently plays on a first division team in the Golden Gate Women's Soccer League (GGWSL). She first started coaching at the age of 14 and currently holds a National D license.   Alex is currently head coach for the Division 1 Mavericks U13 girls team.  Alex also coaches the Girl’s Varsity team at St. Mary’s High School.  In 2008 she also served as head coach for the El Cerrito Futbol Club Division III U12 girls team, the Jaguars. Previously, she has coached the U15 girls Olympic Development Team and annually coaches clinics and summer camps for ECFC, ACCYSL, and ACC Mavericks.  Alex traveled to Ghana as part of Robert Sackey's Mavericks Academy to promote futbol for young female athletes, distribute much needed soccer equipment, and watch the African Cup of Nations.

Alex has two main goals for every session. She hopes that the kids learn something new every time they step out on the field, and that they have fun. She believes that if these two goals are achieved it will lead to a winning team and individual improvement. 




Joining a Division 1 team is a big commitment, but with big rewards. The Mavericks approach is two-fold: (1) to emphasize soccer skill development and (2) to helpplayers develop their passion for the “Beautiful Game.”  To that end, we will stress thefundamentals of soccer: dribbling, ball control, passing, and shooting.  In particular, the coaches will emphasize juggling, individual ball work, and small-sided activities.  The aim is to develop players that are extremely comfortable with the ball at their feet, that have the confidence and creativity to “take defenders on,” and that have the ability to get out of pressure situations anywhere on the field.  Equally as important, we aim to create a positive and fun environment in order to foster a love of soccer and to enable kids to reach their full potential. 


Spring.  During the Spring season players are expected to attend two practices a week beginning immediately after tryouts. Occasionally we will add an extra practice or skills.  Acceptable absences are illness, family emergencies, and academic commitments; however, these must be communicated to the coach ahead of time.  If practice is consistently missed without a permissible excuse, playing time will be affected. The team will participate in the NorCal Competitive league,playing games from April through June. In addition, the teams will attend 1-2 tournaments during the spring.


Fall.  During Fall 2010, players are expected to make two practices per week.  Occasionally we will add an extra practice or skills session. Attendance for these practices is required and the same criteria for missing practice in the spring apply to the Fall season as well.  The season will begin with a mandatory team camp during the month of August. Practices start the week following camp.  In the fall season we will participate in the NorCal Competitive league, playing 5 home and 5 away games traveling within the BayArea.  The Fall games run from September through November. We will also plan on attending 2-3 tournaments during the fall season.


Winter.  During the winter, the girls will have the opportunity to play indoor soccer, either Futsal or Bladium (turf field with walls and smaller goals).  In late December and in preparation for the State Cup in late January, the teams will practice two times per week and may participate in one tournament. Attendance to these practices and tournaments is required.


Financial Requirements.  In addition to practice and playing commitments, Mavericks’ families make a financial commitment to the team.  The ACC Mavericks’ registration fee of $395 covers the cost of league play, referees, practice fields, team equipment, and selected technical training and clinics.  In addition, there will be a team fee in order to cover coaching fees, to pay for the tournament fees, and to fund any other team expenses.  Details of the team fee will be discussed at the post-tryout parents’ meeting.  Finally, there are some items that are not covered by the registration fee or the team fee: uniforms costs; transportation to and from practices and games; and transportation, food andlodging at tournaments.


Scholarships.  “Needs-based” scholarships are available for both the Mavericks registration fee and the team fee. Players should never be discouraged from joining a team due to a lack of funds.  Please ask the coaches for details.


Fundraising.  We will be looking to participate in one or two fund-raisers in order to reduce the monthly team fee.


Parent Team Jobs.   Parent participation is vital for the team to work well, but is also fun and gratifying. We need many parents to volunteer for different team jobs including manager, referees (3), and treasurer.  We ask all parents to help out in some way.  We will go over these opportunities at the registration meeting in March.