Gauchos Kick Off Guest Coaching Clinics

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The UCSB Men’s Soccer team started off the first week of September with their guest coaching sessions with the young soccer players of Santa Barbara. Each team had a great time running drills and honing their skills with their new coaches. By the end of the season, the Gauchos will have hosted over 100 of these guest coaching clinics.
The Gaucho Guest Coaching program gives the Men’s Soccer team the opportunity to volunteer their time to give back to the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. Through programs like these, our student athletes end up donating over 5,000 hours of community service, while also interacting with their biggest fans: Santa Barbara’s future soccer stars! Each guest coaching session pairs players from the Men’s team with local youth soccer teams to teach basic soccer skills.

Get Ready for the 2014 Soccer Season!

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UCSB Season Tickets start as low as $4 with the popular family plan. Sign your team up to have your favorite Gaucho attend your next practice session or become a Ball Boy at our next home game.

 

Sign your team up for our Gaucho Guest Coaching Program

As part of our gaucho guest community outreach initiative, UCSB soccer players will be filling in as guest coaches for your AYSO teams. The Gauchos will run a one-hour practice for your team, availability for this years sessions are September 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 22, 23, 24 & 25Sign Up Online

Sign your team up to be Ball Boys at a UCSB men’s game

Sign your team up to be ball boys at upcoming men’s home game. Please note that Big West Conference rules require all ball boys to be 10 years of age or older. We still have availability for the following games, September 5, 26 & 28, October 2, 4, 22, 25 & 29. Sign Up Online

UCSB Season Tickets as low as $4 with the popular Family Plan.

Season tickets for the 2014 UCSB season, including exciting home games against challenging opponents UCLA, Cal Poly, Northwestern, and Cal State Northridge, are now available! Tickets start out as low as $4 with the popular Family Plan. To secure your seats today, call the UCSB ticket office at 805-893-UCSB (8272) or order online here.

Follow UCSB Soccer. Get social with the Gauchos! To stay up-to-date on all things UCSB soccer: follow the team Twitter and Instagram accounts, like us on Facebook, and bookmark the UCSB Soccer Community Outreach Blog, Gauchos Assist.

Fifth Annual AYSO Skills Day Draws Huge Crowds

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This weekend, the UCSB Soccer team hosted the fifth annual AYSO Skills day at Harder Stadium. The event lasted from 2:30-6:30 and saw crowds of over 1000 young AYSO players looking to improve their soccer skills. The day consisted of an exhibition from the Futboleros USA Team, face painting, pictures and autographs from gaucho soccer players, and players clinics. The players clinics included fun activities, interactive games, shooting, juggling, dribbling, and passing skill sets.
Players from both UCSB men’s and women’s teams came to help out at the clinic. They coached the players clinics and helped the younger players find their confidence on the field. Greg Wilson, the assistant coach for the UCSB Men’s Soccer team says, “It’s great to see the whole soccer community come together today. It is a fantastic opportunity for our players to mentor the youth of our community and interact with the players, parents, and coaches. We all really enjoy sharing our knowledge of the game with the kids. ” Everyone left with a smile on their face from a Sunday afternoon well spent!

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UCSB Vacation Camp Kickoff

Last week marked the first of our three UCSB Vacation Day Camps.  Over 50 boys and girls ages 5-12 worked hard all week, practicing their footwork, shooting and passing skills. Our future gauchos were divided up into groups based on both age and skill. Additionally, the kids were prepped with tons of World Cup trivia, getting them excited to watch and cheer for their favorite teams.UCSB Men and Women Soccer players, Marshall Carzares, Miranda Cornejo, Ashley Dean, Savannah Francis, Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Ishmael Jome, and Daniel Welsh served as coaches and mentors throughout the week.  Having student athletes as coaches enabled the campers to witness the soccer skills of top Division I players.
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The second Vacation Camp is underway this week and the third and final camp runs from August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  For more information and online registration, please visit Santabarbarasoccer.com. Walk-up registration is accepted.

UCSB Vacation Camp: Starting Today!

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Today marks the start of the first week of UCSB’s Vacation Camp at Hollister School. This camp is designed for boys and girls 5-12 years old to work on their shooting, dribbling and passing skills while focusing on team work and learning about the upcoming World Cup Games! This is a great opportunity for kids in the local community to meet some of our Big West Champion players and star-athletes from the Women’s team. We offer a small ratio between coaches and kids to foster better skill development in personal environment.

The following camps will be from June 16th-20th and August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. For more information and online registration, please visit Santabarbarasoccer.com. Walk-up registration is also available.

For more information please contact:

Men’s Soccer Office: 805-893-6044, waid.ibrahim@athletics.ucsb.edu

Big West Champs Visit Isla Vista Elementary

The 6th grade class at Isla Vista Elementary School had a special last day of school on Friday, May 30th. Three Gauchos held a one-hour soccer clinic where the kids were able practice drills and scrimmage with the players. Big West Freshman of the year Ismalia Jome, Armand Bagramyan, and goal keeper and Big West All-Freshman Team member, Josh McNeely were all in attendance. The kids were excited to work side-by-side with the Big West Champions. Image

UCSB at La Cumbre Jr. High & More

Waid Ibrahim, the Gaucho’s Community Outreach Coordinator, has been visiting local Santa Barbara schools working with kids from all over the community. Ibrahim, a Ghana native and former gaucho player at UCSB for three years, recently visited La Cumbre Jr. High to participate in their Career Day.

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

He helped guide graduating students in their decisions looking forward to high school and beyond. He spoke about how he chose his path and what it means to be a coach, regardless if athletics are involved. Waid also visited Santa Barbara High School where he held a seminar for freshman, many of who will be first generation college students. Keep up to date with future UCSB Gaucho’s events by following our blog. 

GAUCHOS GIVE: FUN IN THE COMMUNITY

The Gauchos are gearing up for the 2014 season, on and off the field! Over the past few months, members of the UCSB Men’s Soccer Team, led by the team’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Waid Ibrahim, a former UCSB forward, have been getting involved working with our community’s youth.

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

The UCSB Men’s Soccer Team players, Ismaila Jome, Isaiah Trejo, John Rehl, and Andy Perez visited Goleta Elementary to hold a one-hour clinic. The clinic emphasizes individual instruction in a fun-filled environment. The Gaucho’s also sent all of their freshman players to participate in the El Camino Elementary Jogathon to raise money for their school. The players ran alongside the kids, supporting them every step of the way.

The Gauchos love giving back to the community and exciting kids about higher education and student athletics. For more information on up-coming events, please visit our Community Outreach Page.

A Special Visit to Cottage Hospital

Members of the UCSB men’s soccer team recently visited Omar Ibarra, an 11-year old soccer fan who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, at Cottage Children’s Hospital.

Visiting Adam’s Elementary School

As part of the Gauchos Give program, UCSB men’s soccer visited Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara for “College Days”, to promote following college dreams and staying in school.

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