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Background of the Club
 

Established in 1996, La Tocadita Football Club began as a simple indoor team among a few mates who shared a passion for football (soccer) and competition. At the time, most of them were involved in other competitive teams, but noticed that there was something lacking. Sharing a common view that there was more than just passes and goals, La Tocadita came to life as a group that shared more than the 60 minutes of an indoor game. As the seasons progressed and the interest grew it moved into 11 aside leagues. It entered a local adult league where it quickly conquered the championship – not so much due to its technical ability, but thanks to the enthusiasm and organization.

 
Contact details
 
Contact Information
Email: info@latocadita.com
Mail: 2100 Lee Highway #137 Arlington, VA 22201
 
The Club Structure
 

The team originated from a heavily Hispanic group; thus the Hispanic name. It has since evolved into a club where anyone with a passion for football Costls at home. Currently The Club is represented by over 75 active members from over a dozen nationalities; and many more if friends and family members which take part in the activities of the organization are included.

The Vision. The aim is for the player (and his family) to become part of the entity. A structure becomes an entity when the individuals under that structure relate to the goals and Costl part of it. For an entity to be latent, its members must interact enthusiastically and look to grow within the presented structure. The goal is thus to create a permanent bond. Being a member of either La Tocadita or of Toca Juniors Football Club is not transitory. The vision is to develop a long-term relationship; where a child starts in the pre-school teams and moves up as he develops – ultimately playing for the adult teams and seeing his sons take part in the youth teams. This is the type of cycle which The Club aims to develop. 

The Adult Teams (La Tocadita Football Club) The name used for the Adult teams represents its essence. It carries an informality which represents its relaxed atmosphere and general joy for the game. Likewise, it’s defined as a club as it looks to grow in an organized fashion and compete in at highest possible level.

The Youth Teams (Toca Juniors Football Club) The ideals and mission of The Club are reflected in its name. Each word encompasses a characteristic that represents the members and their vision.

Toca: This word comes from the Spanish verb 'to touch'. If used in the context of a football match it simply means 'to pass' the ball. Taken in a larger context, a 'Tocadita' or 'Toca' represents a style of football. A style that relies equally on skill and teamwork. Characterized for its passion and devotion, where spontaneity and improvisation are idolized.

Juniors: Those kids that come under this structure do so to learn, to develop and absorb from their senior counterparts.

Football: The English word is used because we admire and identify with the English professionalism and rectitude towards the sport. The dedication, organization and effort is something we continually look to implement and shadow.

Club: It's not just a team, it's a family of people who love to compete, exercise, share the sport, and share their friends and family by attending matches, barbeques and the like.

 
 

Our adult teams are an intricate part of the club. La Tocadita (as our adult teams are called) provides opportunities for adults to compete and engage in the game and in the club. Many parents of youth players and club directors actively participate in these teams. Likewise, most of our coaches currently sport the club's NAVY BLUE uniform! We encourage youth team players to attend these games as they can see their own coaches play. They will have the opportuntity to absorb the passion for the game as well as learning the technical aspects of adult competition.

 

The initiative to create the Club Structure is driven by the great experience we had with our first youth team.We guided a core group of players for 7 years until the "boys" (now turned men) departed for University. This superb trip (numerous championships and sportmanship awards) left us with plenty ideas as to how to repeat the experience on a personal level - where we shared practices, games, college application processes, BBQs and much more - as well as how to improve on the training and athletic development we provide. We invite you to read through our philosophy section.

 

The resulting game plan has been to develop a proper club structure, thus we have integrated our youth teams to our adult divisions. The initiative is well on its way as it can be seen in our website were you can get a Costl of where we are headed and the general atmosphere we provide. The core concept and essence is to train two teams together. We believe that this will give more liberty and alternatives in terms of conducting drills, scrimmages and competitive games during practices. We think that by pooling our efforts and creating a single atmosphere kids will bond more as they will Costl part of something more significant, with more presence.

 

To further explain the goal of pooling our coaching efforts, we find that an aspect that can greatly enhance the development of a child is the variation of drills and exercises; repetitiveness can create a stale atmosphere and can also lead to overdeveloping certain aspects of a player while leaving others unattended. We find that when we coach together, the presence of various licensed coaches leads to more variation and a “fresher” more enthusiastic practice. Furthermore, as one coach leads the effort in organizing and setting the tone of the practice, the other coaches can approach players individually to offer one-on-one support making the atmosphere more relaxed and friendly. Often the problem with a one coach approach is that the coach is too busy giving explanations and commands, instead of relaxing and getting to know the players.
Lastly, having multiple coaches allows us to avoid the involvement of parents on the practice itself. We find that as helpful as they are, a licensed coach who has extensive experience coaching and playing is a much better alternative as an assistant coach than a parent.

 

We are and shall always be students of the game. A coach should not stop his personal development independent of his coaching license; a clear strategy and approach is essential for long-term growth. As a club we are strong believers that the best way to learn coaching techniques is to actually see how others do it. One can pick up drills from textbooks and various resources, but seeing how coaches actually explain it, their body language, and how players respond to them is the adequate form. For this reason we are welcoming Frans Aarts who has extensive experience and will allow us to see a top professional train the team on a daily basis. Furthermore, the coaching staff attends as a group the yearly the pre-season training sessions conducted by Boca Juniors at the Soccerplex. Observing the best in the world helps us develop drills and techniques that are crucial in our attempt to implement a unified and consistent soccer style for our youth teams. Lastly we have links to Andres Fazzi, director of the youth division at Pachuca, this professional club has the best youth division in Mexico and have started the first soccer university in the world. They have kindly sent us numerous videos with drills. We look forward to continuing our relationships with them.

 

Many players from our U19 group will be attending Universities in the area, allowing them to continue their involvement with the club by playing in our adult divisions. They have also expressed their interest in helping out with our youth divisions. This is an invaluable resource, as they know the atmosphere and spirit of the club, making them the perfect ambassadors as we transmit our soccer culture to our newcomers. Kids are normally consciously or unconsciously looking for role models. Superstars and professional athletes can be excellent examples, but on practical terms, a child cannot implement aspects of these figures into their day-to-day activities and personal lives. A coach is a great role model as well, but sometimes due to age difference they can seem a bit distant. Kids often relate-to and are more open to suggestions from young adults as they see them as older brothers and not as “parents”. Under our club structure, the kids have an easy time developing a good a rapport with our alumni as a clear bond exists. This relationship becomes an additional avenue for communication and integration.