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Feb 29, 2012 - Day 7 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

The mood in camp this morning was a bit dull due to the crushing defeat we experienced last night. However, there were still a few things to attend to after our breakfast, so the coaching staff couldn't wait to get the girls on the training ground. We had a very good session leading up to our last game. We focused on playing a quicker final pass in the final third of the field using limited touches. I thought the girls got a good handle of the concept. As the session went along they got better and better. Once the session was over we headed...

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Feb 28, 2012 - Day 6 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

Once we were done with our breakfast we headed to a tour of the national stadium. This facility was magnificent. It was built by the Chinese. The cost to build it was in excess of 115 million. We were informed that one of their workers was killed by a freak accident as the facility was completed. There is an underground field but we didn't get a chance to see it. Once the tour was completed we went to our training session and worked on the execution of various technical progression with the ball. This was followed by some set pieces and a...

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Feb 27, 2012 - Day 5 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

Today was set up for all the regional ODP teams to relax and have a bit of fun. It started with us visiting the alligator sanctuary. I must admit I was a little nervous for the players and myself as we took pictures of the alligators looking over a railing below waist height. There were cars and trucks whizzing by us on this very busy bridge. This certainly added to the tension ☺. There was a parent with a little girl walking by us. I kept telling myself it’s not the place to have your kids. Once we left it was off to some zip lining. It...

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Feb 26, 2012 - Day 3 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

The day we were all waiting for was finally here and the girls were quite excited. We had our breakfast then it was off to our meeting. We had to wait to use our room since Region IV's meeting went over. Once there, we discussed the game plan and encourage them to focus on the things we had control over. The line up was given and we were off to the game. The facility at this site was impressive. It's the home of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation. There was a coaching education session going on when we got there as well. Our opponent on this...

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Feb 26, 2012 - Day 4 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

We started the day knowing we were sitting in 5th place. As a result today's game could have been a make or break game. The girls seemed ready as we came out of our team meeting. I was very eager to see how they were going to respond to everything they had been through since our last game. We decided to make a few changes to our line-up while maintaining our team system from the previous match. We got to the game a little earlier today compared to yesterday. I could tell the girls were ready. They wanted to play the game right away as...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Day 2 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

The players had an opportunity to sleep in a little today. However, once our breakfast was over both Region I and II met for our orientation. It was a lot of fun because we all learned quite a bit about Costa Rica. Each time the girls answered correctly they were given a gift. Once we were done, it was off to our first of two training sessions. I was very eager to be a part of this session because I have been learning on the job. I am finding out how different it is to prepare a team for an international tournament as oppose to playing...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Day 1 of Region 1 ODP trip to Costa Rica

We left the hotel in Newark at 4:30am to head to the airport. Due to my time of arrival and knowing we had to leave this early, I decided to stay up late so that I would be tired on the plane. There were 12 of us at the hotel including coaches and players. The plan was to meet the other players at the airport. Our check went smoothly. So it was off to our San Jose. I got my sleep in on the plane so that was good. Overall our flight was great. The landing was a little scary. However, for the most part a great trip for the kids. Once we got...

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Feb 24, 2012 - On our way!

I hate packing and seriously dislike airports with their "hurry up and wait" line ups, paper work and bureaucratic silliness that seems to be different with every airport AND airline. (Seriously, what DO they do with all those declarations and "immigration" papers? Would anyone notice if I just made up an occupation and faked my the passport number rather than dig it out of my bag up in the overhead compartment?). However, it gets me to the places I love to visit and discover how other people live. The world is an amazing place and I'm...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Day 9 - Sunday

Greetings, January 20 I'm behind again :-( these days are going so fast!!! Well, Friday was a great day with the leadership team. We took them to a Six-Flags want-to-be park. There were 16 children on the leadership team & 12 of us + the bus driver Cory and his son + Brandis the intern = 31 people and Mark total 32 and we all stayed together!!! God is so good he is amazing!!! The kids had fun and so did we. I even practiced my Spanish on complete strangers :-) It was so awesome to see the children laughing and to be with the team. The part...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Day 9 - Sunday

Greetings, January 20 I'm behind again :-( these days are going so fast!!! Well, Friday was a great day with the leadership team. We took them to a Six-Flags want-to-be park. There were 16 children on the leadership team & 12 of us + the bus driver Cory and his son + Brandis the intern = 31 people and Mark total 32 and we all stayed together!!! God is so good he is amazing!!! The kids had fun and so did we. I even practiced my Spanish on complete strangers :-) It was so awesome to see the children laughing and to be with the team. The part...

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Jan 21, 2012 - Day 8 - Saturday

Link to Day 8 Pictures _______________________________________ Greetings, On Thursday January 19, the ladies all gathered again for the ending of John 4 the woman at the well. Many different ages from 18 years well into their 70's. As they entered we greeted them with hugs & smiles. This time we asked them to fill up the seats in the front first. Costa Rica time is much different then in the states. Our schedule time for all three days was 30 minutes off (we always started late). However by Thursday I knew without a doubt we were on the...

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Jan 21, 2012 - Day 8 - Saturday

Link to Day 8 Pictures Devotion (Nohemi & Noreen):
Psalm 139
To be known is to be loved; to be loved is to be known John 15:13
Galations 5:13 team verse
Acts 2:42 We had perfect weather today for Kid's Day in Costa Rica. It was bittersweet. Sweet because the kids were wonderful and it was so good to be with them. Bitter because this is the last day we would see them. First thing we did was walk around Los Guido passing out Nueva Vida pencils and notices for the day's event in La Finca at 1:00pm. We were quite the sight, a bunch...

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