It was the second annual Skills Day Event held by the Gauchos in conjunction with Santa Barbara’s AYSO chapter. The event featured drills, coaching clinics, and other non-athletic activities that brought the Gauchos closer to the community and helped them give back to young players and families in the area.
From 10:30 to 12:30 the Gauchos players taught soccer drills to the U5-U8 division. Coaching clinics were held later in the afternoon by the 2006 National Champion coaching staff, and training sessions for the U10 through U19 division were held from 3:00 to 5:00.
The team also announced more opportunities for AYSO players and the community throughout the Gauchos 2011 season. Young players will be able to sign up to be ball boys/girls during Gauchos games at Harder Stadium, giving them the opportunity to meet their athletic heroes and enjoy an exciting experience at one of the nation’s best collegiate soccer stadiums.
Furthermore, AYSO players will have the opportunity to have a current Gauchos player to help out during practices. As part of the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative, UCSB soccer players will be filling in as guest coaches for local soccer teams. The Gauchos will run a one-hour practice for your team at Storke Field on the UCSB campus, where they will run drills and help young players learn important soccer and life skills.
To sign your team up for ball boy/girl duties or have a Gauchos player coach at your practice, please visit our Community Outreach page.