Coronado Football Club ...

Coronado FC began skills practice for players in small groups Monday, July 13. Club Head Manager Cindi Gehler talked about the goals and procedures of the workouts. “We’re in Phase 1 of four phases, and we will be working on individual skills, technique and a little bit of fitness. We are planning for a return to competition in the fall, but we’re very uncertain if that will take place. The goal right now isn’t to compete, but to provide an outlet where kids can be outside in a safe environment and play a little bit of soccer."

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, sports teams and programs are forced to get creative and that would certainly apply to the Coronado FC, which began skills practice for players in small groups Monday, July 13. Club Head Manager Cindi Gehler, who also has the fun jobs of being registrar and in charge of field scheduling and permits, talked about the goals and procedures of the workouts. “We’re in Phase 1 of four phases, and we will be working on individual skills, technique and a little bit of fitness. We have 16 teams currently and they aren’t all full. When COVID hit, we went to one-hour sessions, two days a week of Zoom training with our coaches. Now we are going into groups for 45-minute sessions, with between seven and 11 players per group. Each of our players will have to pass the COVID safety protocols. Our guiding entity is the California State Soccer Association-South (Cal South), who developed a comprehensive plan, which each group can elaborate on in their local environment. And we had input from the school district.”

Gehler continued and discussed the specifics of the workouts. “We will have 145 kids in small groups. We have 190 kids in the club total, with some of the players on vacation. We sent out a survey to see how many kids wanted to come back and play. We had 118 responses and only six players said they wouldn’t return. We are intent on getting kids into an outside environment. We aren’t playing any games, there is no scrimmaging, and the kids bring their own balls. We are not sharing equipment, there is no passing between players, and no goal keeping.”

Coronado FC is the new name of the club which was formerly known as Nado Select and Gehler explained the re-branding concept. “We wanted to be more current with the times and with other organizations. The rebranding included the name change and our equipment. We secured Adidas as our new uniform vendor. We were with another company for 20 years, which was more expensive and the options for gear were limited. It was more prudent for us to secure another vendor.”

As for the future, Gehler said, “We are planning for a return to competition in the fall, but we’re very uncertain if that will take place. The goal right now isn’t to compete, but to provide an outlet where kids can be outside in a safe environment and play a little bit of soccer. The season is supposed to start Sept. 12, and we’re proceeding as if that is happening, but everyone is aware it might not. There are three complete phases we have to go through to get to competitive games. Our July 13 through July 30 training is more about fitness. We’ll try it for three weeks and see how it goes. In addition, we normally have 300 more kids in a recreational soccer environment. We have a pretty good protocol set up and we are minimizing the equipment. We’re managing our budget tightly.”

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