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West Hills, CA

#21 May 12, 2010
Sign up at Benton on Saturday and Albertsons on Sunday this weekend. They are not at Behringer or Stater's this year. lamiradasoccer.org for information.
Seen It All

Ventura, CA

#22 May 25, 2010
Spring went well for several teams from LMSA:
BU-10 All Stars - Champs
BU-16 Champs
GU-14 Champs

BU-10 Rec - Finalist
GU-16 - Finalist

Congratulations to all.

The city should be able to field several quality Signature-level teams. Should be fun.
Seen it all missed some

Granada Hills, CA

#23 May 25, 2010
Seen It All wrote:
Spring went well for several teams from LMSA:
BU-10 All Stars - Champs
BU-16 Champs
GU-14 Champs
BU-10 Rec - Finalist
GU-16 - Finalist
Congratulations to all.
The city should be able to field several quality Signature-level teams. Should be fun.
BU9 Rec Finalist
GU10 All Star Champs
GU12 All Star Champs
BU12 Rec Champs
BU14 Rec Finalist
Response

Granada Hills, CA

#24 May 26, 2010
Signature Question wrote:
So who will be coaching these players? I feel as a parent I would like to see better coaches before signing my son up. If there is no better training why stay? I like the concept of signature but why not get better coaches than the mom and dad coaches. The E license is hand given to you as long as you pay and sit through a meeting.
Looking at the list of coaches you have some good coaches and some who are working to improve their style. At least you can see who has been selected by the board and make your decision. There will be some parents that will register regardless and others the will not play for certain coaches even if there child is the top at their age group.

Whether you agree with the selections or not, you can decide if you want to spend the extra $125.00 to play signature or stay in the great program that LMSA has been growing. You will see many of the top players opting to stay in the rec. program, play in the end of the year tournament, Go to commissioners cup and then compete in All Stars. Others will play signature and get recruited for club teams.

Signature programs at other leagues are proving grounds for their club organizations. La Mirada as with Wittier will not allow a Club team, so players or whole teams have to leave to take the next step. Many top teams from last years Signature program have taken that next step as this program has been designed. How this ends up affecting LM will only be seen in the years to come.

LM will always do well in signature leagues as it have in All Star Tournaments at all age groups. What we have also found out is that A lot of Rec. All Star teams are as competitive or even better than signature teams within other citys leagues. The rec. program will be strong in LM.
Dissapointed Parent

Canoga Park, CA

#25 May 26, 2010
My daughter played in the championship game on Sunday against the Whittier U10 girls team called Cobras. We had a good game and our team came back from a 2 to 0 deficit to tie and then win the game in Penalty Kicks. It was a great game and both teams played really well.

I was really dissapointed to see that one of the coaches on the Whittier team did not come and congratulate the coaches from our team and our girls. Come to find out that he is and LMSA board member and runs the signature program. I feel this was an insult both to our coaches and the girls that he says he represents. Sorry to say but what a "sore loser". I hope this is not what the board is all about. Also, I feel that its a conflict of interest to have a board member that runs the LMSA signature league and has his daughter playing in Whittier.
Seen it all missed some

Granada Hills, CA

#26 May 26, 2010
The U10 girls played an awesome game coming back from a 2-0 halftime deficit. They completely controlled the second half with the ball rarely crossing mid-field. The girls showed a lot of class not getting down playing against an undefeated team and pounding away until they made the tying goal with minutes left in the game. All the girls cared about was playing together as a team working on the same goal. They acheived a well deserved championship through their positive attitude when the other team thought is was over. Great bunch of girls having a wonderful time all season. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of this team.
In the Know

Simi Valley, CA

#27 Jun 1, 2010
The only reason why that LMSA Board Member /Whittier
All-Star Team Coach got onto the LMSA Board was to insure that his daughter was selected onto the All-Star team. When she wasn't,(Congrats to the U10 Girls Coach for having cojones), he cried an when to Whittier.
Now he's in charge of the LMSA Signature program.
How much you wanna bet his daughter makes the team
this time. And some poor truly deserving La Mirada girl will loss out.
Don't you just love school yard politics
I get it now

Granada Hills, CA

#28 Jun 10, 2010
At first I didn't know who everyone was talking about until I took my son on Tuesday. Good turnout of player for the U10 and U11 teams. I thought the coach was running the tryout but after a few minutes I found out it was the Dir. of Sig. I hope the coaches had a chance to scout the players last season or in the Spring. The drills weren't designed to showcase how players perform in game situations so I am sure the coaches have a pre-determined list barring any standouts. I remember the Dir. from the 2008 season and understand how some of you are frustrated with him. His arrogance overshadows his knowledge of the game and what he can bring to the kids. I have talked to other parents that have played for him and they were not impressed with the methods used to coach. Maybe coaching rec. teams is not what fits his personality. If you know everything then you will never improve as a person. Going forward one may be better looking at himself as others see him and work to improve ones faults. Or you can blow off the comments and make excuses and never become a better person, coach and leader for our children. Some of us still have hope for those who volunteer to work with our children.
LM Homeboy

Arcadia, CA

#29 Jun 10, 2010
Signature tryouts for U10 were sparsely attended.

Kicking a stationary ball from the 18; dribbling through cones (most coaches agree that this is a waste of time beyond U8); some kind of shuttle run with cones too far apart to test quickness/agility, etc. The directors in no way tested the abilities of the kids trying to make a team that is (hopefully) a cut above the rec level. With a few more tryouts scheduled, there is still time for more talent to try out. Coach O'Brien will have his work cut out for him in his inaugural season as coach.

Then they used the same drills for the U11 team! By the way, that team will be stacked. The coach will need only to roll the ball out on the field and let that talented group work.

Maybe they can combine the U10/U11 talent to maximize the talent?
I get it now

Granada Hills, CA

#30 Jun 10, 2010
The goal and hope is for them to get enought players to show up to put a team together the first year. All they need is 10 for the U10. They seem less worried about putting good teams out than they do trying to fill all teams. The rec. program might be better for the next season. Obrien will have to work throughout the seasson to find better players for 2011 since they will be going 11v11. OBrien is a step behind since he did not put a team together for the spring. The coach we had was unimpressive to say the least. This is where he would have been able to have players tryout and show what they could do.

I agree with LM Homeboy about the drills, they were a joke. Obrien and Gomez should control their own tryouts next time. Gomez's team is pretty much set anyway. If the other coaches see this they need to take control at their age groups tryouts.
LM Resident

Simi Valley, CA

#31 Jun 10, 2010
And there-in lies the problem. And it will become worse when the season starts in Sep.
These coaches for all intents and purposes already have their players picked out.
The so called tryouts were a joke. And coaches for the most part are just rec coaches who are trying to take their limited soccer knowledge to the next level. Luckily the skill if the LM kids will carry most of these coaches.
I just hope that there are safeguards in place so that these Signature teams CANNOT raid the rec teams during the season and that a Signature player cannot go down to the to the rec teams and totally distroy the balancing system of the rec teams
nuts

San Clemente, CA

#32 Jun 10, 2010
Glad to see everyone is so interested...... I'm sure you know it all people have been involved in this process to help it along and not just on here talking crap because you have nothing better to do all day long. None of these people are experts at the tryout process. You bring up his motives, Iím sure everyone on the board or even coaches have their reasons for volunteering your nuts if you think otherwise but at least their out there not just on this blog talking crap.. It sounds to me like youíre just someone who is bitter about not getting a team
LM Resident

Granada Hills, CA

#33 Jun 11, 2010
Well Nuts, you may see this bitter comments but I see this a necessary oversight and LMSA parent education.
This is the only forum that LMSA members have to publicly express their pleasure or concerns.
This is a good forum if you have the intellegence to ignore the fools comments that arise once in a while. I have found that when a poster starts to use foul language it's usually because they really have nothing intellegent to add to the thread
the
I get it now

Granada Hills, CA

#34 Jun 11, 2010
I agree with LM Resident that the blog can be productive. I also agree with Nuts that those running the tryout process are not experts. That is what we have been saying. If you have the power to have the process fixed by giving control to the coaches please do so.

All I am looking for is the selection process to be done in a way that the better players make the team not just those that the coach knows. I feel the coaches will be better at running the drills than the ones that were being used. I don't have any issues with the coach selected and hope my son is selected.
Agree

Canoga Park, CA

#35 Jun 11, 2010
I agree with LM Resident and I get it now. This forum is for concerns or kudos that LMSA parents or players might have with the league. If the person/persons that the concerns are being addressed to cannot take constructive criticism then maybe they should not be on the LMSA board. I think some of the ideas that some of these people have addressed on this blog should be looked at and not be taken as an insult or "talking crap" like nuts indicated.
Know the facts

Whittier, CA

#36 Jun 11, 2010
In the Know wrote:
The only reason why that LMSA Board Member /Whittier
All-Star Team Coach got onto the LMSA Board was to insure that his daughter was selected onto the All-Star team. When she wasn't,(Congrats to the U10 Girls Coach for having cojones), he cried an when to Whittier.
Now he's in charge of the LMSA Signature program.
How much you wanna bet his daughter makes the team
this time. And some poor truly deserving La Mirada girl will loss out.
Don't you just love school yard politics
Know the facts.... he wasn't the only one to take their daughter and go tryout at Whittier nor ending up playing for them this season. He excercised his right as a parent. Not only in his daughters defense, but a few other girls too, they didn't make the All-star team either. If you know the facts and have seen the teams play, you would know that there are a few girls that ended up on the All-star team that shouldn't have made it.It is very clear. So shame on all those coaches from that season during the voting process for not putting the best team forward and shame on the All-star coach for not making the right decision. The coach actually put his wifes best friends daughter (and Mommy is a Board Member as well)on the team instead. Oh and did I mention other friends as well. You can see how that would leave a bad taste in peoples mouths.So before we all go on attacking one another, let's be honest and know the facts.
LM Resident

Simi Valley, CA

#37 Jun 11, 2010
It is not a parent's decision nor is it an individual board member's decision as to
who makes the All-Star team. In fact it's not
usually the AS coach's decision. ALL the coaches in each individual division VOTE for the AS's. The AS coach can usually only add one or three players.
Of course you can disagree with the picks, as many do.
But no one should be allowed to circumvent
a fair process and abuse their position as a board member to insure that their child make a team that under an apparent fair system they would not have made.
Obviously

La Puente, CA

#38 Jun 11, 2010
Know the facts doesn't "know the facts" themselves. As LM Resident pointed out above, the coaches vote on the players on the team. 10 players are voted by coaches and there are 2 coaches picks. Every single player on that team deserved to be on that team (oh and the player you have pointed out was voted on the team, not picked by the coach). That team went undefeated in All-Stars and did not yield one single goal.

So you tell me....know the facts....what facts do you know?

none of them....
Know the facts

Whittier, CA

#39 Jun 11, 2010
Now that I've got your attention,maybe you will realize that no one wants a deserving girl to lose out...again (as mentioned previously). I did mention that is was the votes of all the coaches not just "the" All-star coach. But whose to question "the" All-star coaches picks from his own original team. The funny thing is that he didn't even have a First Place team during season.... You would think there would have been more picks from higher placed teams.... At least now he can't sway the process for Signature as other Board Members have tried to. Now all girls will have a fair chance. There is a God out there.
And, know this fact, La Mirada doesn't have a Club team so you SHOULD be killing the other teams. All those other cities have Clubs and Signature Teams. If La Mirada had one, it would be a different story..... Just stating "the facts"

Congratulations to that All-star team. They did do an awesome job.
obviously

La Puente, CA

#40 Jun 11, 2010
Sorry the mere nature of all-stars will always leave people on the outside looking in. Your insinuation that the "girl in question who's mom is on the board" did not deserve to make the team is made out of pure bitterness. So that coaches team didn't finish in first...so what? The best coach doesn't win every year. Excellent coaches handled that All Star team and it was done as well as it could be done. Peoples feelings always get hurt when their kids are on that bubble between making it and not making it. The most deserving girls were on that team....like it or lump it....

And THATS the facts.....

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