Bullard FC U-16Girls Soccer: Welcome

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Thursday, August 27
WELCOME TO BULLARD FC BLUE U-16 GIRLS WEBSITE

Welcome to the Bullard FC Blue U-16 Girls Soccer Website, a competitive Class One team from the central San Joaquin Valley.  For the 2009-2010 season, anticipate pleasant surprises.  More to come....
  



practice
Monday, September 21
PRACTICE SCHEDULES AND MORE!

Updated practice, league and tournament dates through October 14th:

Highlighted items indicate update from original handout/email attachment. 

U16 Girls Practice Schedule

Day/Date:                                Time:                      Location:

Monday 9/14/09                           5:30 – 8:00               Bullard Fields

Wednesday 9/16/09                      5:30 – 8:00               Bullard Fields

Saturday 9/19/09                                    12:00                              vs. Visalia @ Visalia

Monday 9/21/09                           5:30 – 8:00               Igal's Classroom/Bullard Fields

Wednesday 9/23/09                      5:30 – 8:00               Bullard Fields

Saturday/Sunday 9/26 & 27      TBA                       Academy Cup Clovis Buchanan

Wednesday 9/30/09                      5:30 – 8:00              Bullard Fields

Sunday 10/04/09                        10:00                      Odyssey Red U16   Buchanan

Monday 10/05/09                         5:30 – 8:00              Bullard Fields

Wednesday 10/07/09                    5:30 – 8:00              Bullard Fields

Saturday 10/10/09                     12:00                      vs. Odyssey U15 Red    

Sunday   10/11/09                       8:00                       vs. East Fresno The Dump  

Monday 10/12/09                         5:30 – 8:00              Bullard Fields

Wednesday 10/14/09                    5:30 – 8:00              Bullard Fields 

 



Friday, October 23
LEAGUE INFORMATION...SCHEDULE...RESULTS...

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Harold and dog Striker One-on-One

The Harold S. Young Playing League standings and updates may be found on the District VII Website:

http://www.cysadistrict7.org/Harold%20S%20Young%20Playing%20League/2009-2010/SchedulesResults/u16g.pdf

 

Dateline: "That town north of Fresno", 3:33 p.m.  

After years of grumblings, reports and secret investigations in "that certain portion of the" central San Joaquin Valley, scientists are prepared to announce that the Santa Cruz Mountains hold no monopoly on phenomena which seemingly defy the laws of physics.

Investigation spokesman Harold S. Young and his faithful assistant Striker have scheduled a 9:00 p.m. press conference to unveil the Madera Mystery Spot.  Scientists postulate that at the Spot both matter and perception warp simultaneously, leading referees to mistakenly conclude that local players are not off-sides but visiting players almost always are. 

        

        

 

 



bracket
Tuesday, September 22
TOURNAMENTS WITH A CHANCE OF MORE

Welcome to tournament headquarters.  Here you'll get all the current information on our upcoming events.

Schedules for the Clovis Academy Cup are out.  The Round Robin schedule is as follows:

  Sat, September 26, 2009
GAME#   Time Home   Away Location
901   9:20 am Cal Odyssey U94 Girls vs Bullard FC Buchanan High School B-3
902   9:20 am CAP FC93 United vs SLO Buchanan High School B-5
903   1:20 pm California Cougars 94 vs Cal Odyssey U94 Girls Buchanan High School B-3
904   1:20 pm Bullard FC vs CAP FC93 United Buchanan High School B-5
905   5:20 pm SLO vs California Cougars 94 Buchanan High School B-2
  Sun, September 27, 2009
GAME#   Time Home   Away Location
906   9:20 am CAP FC93 United vs California Cougars 94 Buchanan High School B-3
907   9:20 am SLO vs Cal Odyssey U94 Girls Buchanan High School B-5
908   1:20 pm California Cougars 94 vs Bullard FC Buchanan High School B-3
909   1:20 pm Cal Odyssey U94 Girls vs CAP FC93 United Buchanan High School B-5
910   5:20 pm Bullard FC vs SLO Buchanan High School B-2
 

http://www.californiaodyssey.org/schedules/14019720/15907372.html  

As for Placer, we were not accepted.  The Clovis Challenge Cup appeared the only viable option for an October tournament.  However, we have applied to the only CYSA North-sponsored Class I tournament that weekend: Hanford's Central California Halloween Cup.  I will let you all know more about it if and when anything is posted on Hanford's web site.

When/if we are accepted or the tournament cancels...I'll drop a .  

 

 

 

 



Friday, September 18
... ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND

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I did a search to become more familiar with our added formation.  I thought if parents (or players) would like some idea of what to look for, I might as well post my filtered search results.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formation_(association_football)#4-4-2_diamond_or_4-1-2-1-2

http://www.ehow.com/how_4530765_coach-diamond-midfield-soccer.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2358340_play-442-diamond-midfield-soccer.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1717748/how_to_play_the_442_formation_in_soccer.html?cat=14

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/298070.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/4613120/Soccer-Systems-of-Play-Team-Formation-and-Positional-Set-Up-442

Might be worth watching Chelsea in the EPL, who are playing the formation about half the time now. 



nhb2009
Monday, August 31
NHB CUP FINAL REPORT

For your convenience, I have posted the final results for the NHB Cup, 2009 edition.  Outsiders looking at our results might well be surprised at our showing.   Stat geeks (some have slanderously suggested Mr. WebCentral is a charter member) would be looking for misprints, because... 

From a purely statistical standpoint, Bullard entered the tournament as the clear and prohibitive underdog.  Our Mathman Soccer ranking (based on an algorithym for comparative results and strength of opponents) was 885 (ranking us 12th out of 12 teams entered).  The 11th ranked team, Arsenal FC White, had 1082 points.  Top seeded PVSA Exiles had 1412 points, ranked the 15th best team in Southern California. 

GOTSOCCER, which ranks teams based on success in tournaments and "quality league results"in the previous 12 months, awarded us 363 points for our efforts (12th out of 12 entrants).  Next lowest (11th ranked) was Fullerton Rangers with 1023 points.  Top seeded PVSA Exiles have 3349 GOTSOCCER points, ranking 13th best in Southern California.

But wait, it gets better.  This year's second flight, which we won last year, had eight teams.  Highest ranked by Mathman, United FC with 1250 points.  Highest ranked by GOTSOCCER PVSA Exiles Red with 2041 points.  Our Mathman score was below the 8th and last ranked team (988 for Wolfpack White) of the second flight.  Our GOTSOCCER points split the difference -- we were better than only half of the second flight teams.  

Frankly, since GOTSOCCER changed its format a year ago, and began offering many more points for certain types of events (including, for instance, events that employ the GOTSOCCER Scheduler), its value as a predictive tool has diminished significantly. 

But the Mathman, he ain't half bad, because if you beat a better team by 1 goal, your score goes up some and the other teams drops that same amount.  If you win by 2 goals, you get more from the better team and they lose more (up to a 6-0 goal differential).  If you beat a lesser team, you don't take as many of their points because you were supposed to win.  But you get a little, they lose a little, etc.  

In sum, the way to a better Mathman score is to beat teams in recognized tournaments that have more points than you.  The better your goal differential in your win, the more points you capture.  Plus, don't lose to lesser teams, or you'll give back some of what you gained.  The formula translates into strong statistical probabilities.  The Mathman explains:

Teams whose ratings differ by about 75 points or fewer should be considered essentially equal in strength. If you play a team rated 400 points higher than you, they would be expected to win about 90% of the time. But you would be expected to win 10% of the time, and this does, in fact, happen. So you still have to play the game.

Generally, the odds are like this. If the ratings difference is as given below, the higher-rated team should be expected to win the given % of the time:

  • 100 66%
  • 200 75%
  • 400 90%
  • 500 95%
  • 800 99%

For a look at the site, go to:  http://www.girlssoccerrate.com/

Applying the probabilities to our NHB schedule, the ratings difference by game was:

Bullard 885 v.

Laguna Hills Eclipse 1218 (333 differential)

PVSA Exiles Black 1412 (527...)

Westside Breakers White 1304 (419...)

Beach FC 1408 (523...)

All of which leads to what I have wanted to say for a long, long time: THE STATS DON"T MEAN SQUAT WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAM THAT PLAYS WITH FOCUS, INTELLIGENCE AND ENERGY. 

This weekend, when the girls played that way, they succeeded against the type of teams which used to dominate us.  Teams which statistically are expected to win over 80% of the time (Eclipse) and 95% of the time (Beach).  Even against PVSA we were hardly outclassed.

The girl's showing against the strongest competition we have ever faced in a tournament indicates much progress.  Last year's Second Flight Championship was an important confidence booster after a very tough summer.  But WebCentral feels what we did this year, against superior talent, is truely satisfying.

Congratulations girls.  Now you know you can do it...and how.  Statistics be d@m*#d.


Girls Under 16 Flight 1

Click team name for individual team schedules

POOL A
PVSC EXILES BLACK   
BULLARD FC BLUE (CN)   
ECLIPSE WHITE   
POOL B
PALMDALE THUNDER   
WESTSIDE BREAKERS WHITE   
CISCO BLACK (AZ)   
POOL C
CVU BLUE PRIDE   
UNITED FC BLACK   
CANYON PSA   
POOL D
BEACH FC   
RANGERS WHITE   
ARSENAL FC WHITE   



GAME # DATE TIME   HOME VISITORS LOCATION
101824  SA AUG 29  
8:00 AM  
BULLARD FC BLUE (CN)  -  2   ECLIPSE WHITE  -  0   UCI 4  
101825  SA AUG 29  
8:00 AM  
UNITED FC BLACK  -  0   CANYON PSA  -  1   UCI 5  
101826  SA AUG 29  
9:20 AM  
WESTSIDE BREAKERS WHITE  -  2   CISCO BLACK (AZ)  -  2   UCI 4  
101827  SA AUG 29  
9:20 AM  
RANGERS WHITE  -  2   ARSENAL FC WHITE  -  0   UCI 5  
101828  SA AUG 29  
12 NOON  
ECLIPSE WHITE  -  1   PVSC EXILES BLACK  -  1   UCI 4  
101829  SA AUG 29  
12 NOON  
CANYON PSA  -  1   CVU BLUE PRIDE  -  3   UCI 5  
101830  SA AUG 29  
1:20 PM  
CISCO BLACK (AZ)  -  1   PALMDALE THUNDER  -  4   UCI 4  
101831  SA AUG 29  
1:20 PM  
ARSENAL FC WHITE  -  1   BEACH FC  -  3   UCI 5  
101832  SA AUG 29  
4:00 PM  
PVSC EXILES BLACK  -  2   BULLARD FC BLUE (CN)  -  0   UCI 4  
101833  SA AUG 29  
4:00 PM  
CVU BLUE PRIDE  -  0   UNITED FC BLACK  -  3   UCI 5  
101834  SA AUG 29  
5:20 PM  
PALMDALE THUNDER  -  1   WESTSIDE BREAKERS WHITE  -  0   UCI 4  
101835  SA AUG 29  
5:20 PM  
BEACH FC  -  0   RANGERS WHITE  -  3   UCI 5  
• •  CONSOLATION  • •
101836  SU AUG 30  
8:00 AM  
CANYON PSA  -  0   ARSENAL FC WHITE  -  1   UCI 4  
101837  SU AUG 30  
8:00 AM  
ECLIPSE WHITE  -  2   CISCO BLACK (AZ)  -  0   UCI 5  
101838  SU AUG 30  
9:20 AM  
CVU BLUE PRIDE  -  3   BEACH FC  -  0   UCI 4  
101839  SU AUG 30  
9:20 AM  
BULLARD FC BLUE (CN)  -  0   WESTSIDE BREAKERS WHITE  -  3   UCI 5  
101842  SU AUG 30  
12:20 PM  
ARSENAL FC WHITE  -  1   ECLIPSE WHITE  -  1   UCI 4  
101843  SU AUG 30  
12:20 PM  
CANYON PSA  -  3   CISCO BLACK (AZ)  -  1   UCI 5  
101844  SU AUG 30  
1:40 PM  
CVU BLUE PRIDE  -  3   WESTSIDE BREAKERS WHITE  -  2   UCI 4  
101845  SU AUG 30  
1:40 PM  
BEACH FC  -  0   BULLARD FC BLUE (CN)  -  1   UCI 5  
101847  SU AUG 30  
3:00 PM  
PALMDALE THUNDER  -  2   UNITED FC BLACK  -  1   UCI 5  
• •  SEMI FINALS  • •
101840  SU AUG 30  
10:40 AM  
UNITED FC BLACK  -  0   RANGERS WHITE  -  1   UCI 4  
101841  SU AUG 30  
10:40 AM  
PVSC EXILES BLACK  -  1   PALMDALE THUNDER  -  0   UCI 5  
• •  CHAMPIONSHIP  • •
101846  SU AUG 30  
3:00 PM  
PVSC EXILES BLACK  -  2   RANGERS WHITE  -  3   UCI 4  
  
RANGERS WHITE



Rodeway
Tuesday, September 1
SAN LUIS OBISPO NORTH SOUTH ADVENTURE REPORT

There are three distinct chapters to this adventure:  the games, the beach, and the accommodations. 

GAMES:  The girls showed much improvement following Turlock.  (FYI, don’t bet the house on WebCentral revisiting that Mid-Summer Classic.  I remember this stuff: warmup tournament, huge gash above eye, inside and outside stitches after-hours.  That was Day One.  If anyone would like to submit a Turlock tournament report, I will happily post it.  If you want more, send me a check for my deductible.)  Satuday’s games: 2-0 v. San Ramon Fusion and 3-0 v. Coastal Valley Ultimate.  We were well positioned: a win or tie against Claremont Stars Red and we makethe finals. 

We played a hard-fought first half.  No score.  In the second half, Claremont stepped up their already rough physical play.  We responded.  No doubt we might have liked the game called a little tighter, but, no excuses.  Claremont found a way to score.  We had time to equalize but did not.  One that got away.  Learn.  Grow.  Move on. 

BEACH: WebCentral sends out kudos to Igal for the Saturday evening beach potluck.  I know I was not alone in thinking that the cold windy weather we had fought through all day would mean miserable conditions at Avila.  Glad I was wrong.  As it often is, Avila was a little pocket of heaven.  Warmish, light breezes, delightful.  AND, thanks for getting our girls together with the boy’s team!! 

ACCOMODATIONS: WebCentral will not discuss my own greek tragedy courtesy of Rodeway Inn.  Rather, I have compiled some of the highlights of stories and observations from other parents.  Some involve the hotel directly.  Others concern the surrounding environment.  

The Hokey Pokey 

You put your Rodeway Inn, You put your Rodeway out

It smells like hotel sin?  Better scrub the tile and grout.

You fear the junkie-cokeys, Then you wonder, what’s that sound?

Safety is sorely in doubt.   

 

Down on the Corner 

Down on the corner, Payphone office suite

Friday evenin’ business boomin’

Get your nickel bag real cheap   

 

All Along the Watchtower 

There must be some way outta here, Said the father to the mom

Too must infestation, We'll die without a flea bomb 

Businessman he takes your card, Touts pan-o-ramic view

Just don’t presume your towels, Will find your room before you….. 

The good news is that the shopping cart bums didn’t steal from or harass any of our people.  The dealers and buyers, while hardly discreet, did not venture far from the street corner down the block.  And special thanks to Jorge (Genevie’s dad). Mindful of the previously mentioned activities surrounding the hotel, he stood watch on the second floor Saturday night overseeing the hotel parking lot where many of our daughters were socializing in one of the parked vehicles.   

WebCentral learned a valuable lesson.  And, I know we had to scramble to find rooms at the last minute.  And I know you don’t bite the hand that assists.  And I know its a shameless cheap shot....  Still:                   

Be wary, grasshopper, of staying at hotel when person who books block of rooms stays in Morro Bay beach house up the road



runnin... by T. Petty