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Mens High Performance Coaches Reflect on Weekend Competition

April 01, 2014, 6:11 p.m. (ET)

Men's High Performance Coaches Reflect on Weekend Competition

Last weekend the men’s East Coast High Performance (EC HP) and Ventura County Red Devils High Performance (VCRD HP) competed in a series of high-intensity matches in California. Below both High Performance Coaches, as well as Men’s National Team Coach Chris Clements, provide insight on the teams’ progress and preparation leading to the California Cup.

“East Coast High Performance traveled to Moorpark, Calif. for a series of test matches. We played total of three full-field 11 v 11 games as well as two 6 v 6 training matches. With this series evenly split, we can look back at a great weekend. It was our goal to grow as individual players, technically and tactically as well as gaining some game experience. We succeeded in all those areas as our boys learned a lot this past weekend. We are looking forward to our next training camps in preparation for the California Cup.”  
- EC 
HP Coach, Rutger Wiese

“Ventura County Red Devils High Performance would like to thank the players, parents and coaching staff from EC HP. 

The weekend allowed us to expose all of our players while at the same time creating success for both groups. We achieved this goal. The VCRD family also hosted the ECHP in their homes. There's no doubt that we are creating both a competitive playing environment coupled with the beginning of life long friendships through sport. 

There are some tactical and technical areas that need to be improved upon and the matches are a great way to identify and test these, for example receiving and shot selection as well as individual and team defense. We will continue to refine our play in the next month." 
- VCRD HP Head Coach, Ben Maruquin

“The desire of the players and staff within our High Performance regions to get their individual and programs play to a higher level is commendable. The teams are progressing well towards the Cal Cup and it should be an exciting series come the end of May.”
- Men’s National Team Coach, Chris Clements


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