OWSL Team Try-Outs This Weekend (04/26/2014)

April 23rd, 2014

This Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm:
Brampton Adult Soccer will be hosting tryouts for it’s two OWSL teams. Both squads are still looking for players and the tryouts are open to any female players over the age of 18.

Tryouts are being held at Turner Fenton Secondary School (south east of Steeles & Kennedy in Brampton). Click the school name for directions.

For more information please call 416-566-4963 and leave a message or email our rep director.

Win A Free Pair Of DryFeet

April 2nd, 2014

DryFeet available from PerformanceGeek.caOur friends over at PerformanceGeek.ca are giving away two prize packs to BAS members to help get them ready for the 2014 Outdoor season.  Each prize pack includes a pair of DryFeet from DryWorld Industries, 2 boxes of SOS Rehydrate, a bottle of ShroomTECH Sport and a bottle of Medistik Topical Pain Reliever.
All you have to do to win is follow PerformanceGeek on one of their social media accounts:

Once you’ve Liked/Followed at least 1 of the accounts listed above, simply post a message for PerformanceGeek.ca using the hashtag #BASoutdoor2014.

The contest starts today, April 2nd 2014, and ends on April 30th, 2014.  Winners will be contacted and announced the first week of May, so ensure you continue to follow the social media account where you used the hashtag so that someone from PerformanceGeek.ca can contact you for your size information and shipping details.  (We realize that not everyone uses their real name on social media networks, so we’ll need a way for you to tell us who you are and where to send the swag.)

Here’s a bit of additional information about the products you can win:

DRYFEET is an all-weather technical compression overshoe for soccer, rugby & football players that dramatically improves performance in adverse weather conditions. DryFeet keeps your feet dry when it’s wet, warm when it’s cold, gives you better kicking control in wet weather, increases foot proprioception (touch and feel) and protects your soccer cleats, making them last longer.
(Winners get 1 pair, in their size. Value $109.00)

 
free_sos_rehydrate_from_performancegeekSOS Rehydrate is a cutting edge rehydration drink mix. Add 1 pouch to 500ml (1 bottle) of water and drink. Staying hydrated improves performance and maintains higher energy levels. SOS Rehydrate is available in 2 flavors, Citrus and Blueberry and each box contains 5 pouches. Consuming 1 pouch per a half of soccer is more than sufficient to fend off even the worst heat and excertion.
(Winners get 2 boxes, one of each flavour. Value $11.49/bx)

 
onnit_canada_shroomtech_sportShroomTECH Sport is a clean energy producing vitamin that increase cellular level ATP Energy, giving you the energy you need, when you need it. ShroomTECH Sport is not a stimulant, it’s a specially formulated vitamin combination of cordyceps sinensis mushroom, adaptogens, antioxidants and methyl B-12. Energy drinks and other stimulants don’t actually give you energy, they just trick you into using up whatever you have by increasing your heart rate and giving you minor anxiety. ShroomTECH Sport doesn’t effect your current state and instead, assists your body in creating more energy when it’s needed. The perfect addition to anyone’s game if what you’re looking for is a full 90 minutes.
(Winners get 1 bottle. Value: $26.99)

 
Medistik Spray - Topical Pain Relief for Soccer Players from PerformanceGeek.caMedistik is the world’s strongest, non-prescription, topical pain reliever. Best of all, it’s Canadian made. Medistik comes in three variations, a rub on stick, a spray bottle & it’s Ice formulation available in a liquid roll-on. The Medistik spray bottle is perfect for a soccer bag. Get a knock? Spray some on. Strain something a little? Spray some on. Cramping up? Spray some on.
(Winners get 1 spray bottle. Value: $21.99)

 
Follow PerformanceGeek.ca online, message them with the hashtag #BASoutdoor2014 and you’ve got a chance at winning $180+ dollars worth of free gear that’s ideally suited for the outdoor soccer player looking to improve their performance.

BAS OWSL 2014 Try-Outs

March 24th, 2014

BAS OWSL WINS 2013 LEAGUE CUP

Our 2013 League Cup Winning Squad

Brampton Adult Soccer OWSL teams are looking for players for the summer competitive teams, to play in the MJD South/Central Division in the Ontario Women’s Soccer League.

We are looking for:- players over the age of 18, this is an open age division, all skill levels are welcome to inquire but previous rep or competitive experience is an asset, – not looking for Ronaldo but please no players that are brand new to soccer. Consideration of course will be given to anyone that can just play soccer!! :)  Must be able to commit to preseason practices and one weekly game, (May through August) each team usually has a 16 game season 8 Home games in the Brampton Area and 8 Away games in various cities within the South Central region of Ontario. – Travel circuit includes Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, Niagara, Oakville, Guelph, and Scarborough- Coaching staff/other girls on the team can help give you rides if you lack access to a vehicle for road games!!

If you are interested or have any questions please e-mail rep@bramptonsoccer.com

2013 Boxing Day Bonanza Tournament

November 26th, 2013

Soccer Money Tournament in Brampton, OntarioWelcome to the BAS Boxing Day Money Tournament!

Tournament takes place at the Brampton Soccer Centre on December 26th 2013;
all teams are guaranteed 3 games! Do not wait until the deadline to enter as the tournament may fill up prior to the deadline.

  • Men’s Purse = $2500* (Based on 16 teams)
  • Women’s Purse = $2500* (Based on 16 teams)
  • FREE food to participating teams
  • Regular Entry Fee: $395/per team (Due by deadline)
  • Deadline to Enter: December 1st 2013
  • MVP Prizes for the Finals!

To register, please email: tournaments@bramptonsoccer.com

* – Cash purse prizes are based on 16 men’s teams, 16 women’s teams. Prizes may be adjusted up or down if more or less teams enter.

*Please note we are NO longer taking mailed payments, all payments are to be made online or dropped at the store.

Bouncing Back from the Psychological Effects of a Serious Injury

September 13th, 2013

Bouncing Back From A Serious Injury

If you’re a serious soccer player and your whole life revolves around when you can next get out on the pitch to kick a ball about, the worst thing imaginable would be a long term injury, right? Apart from the obvious pain and suffering that you would endure with the physical injury itself and the rehabilitation process, one of the most testing things for an athlete to overcome are the mental effects of this injury.

Emotional Devastation

Imagine (it won’t be hard) that you are a soccer fanatic. You eat, breath, and sleep soccer, and it’s been a major part of your life since before you can remember. When you were in school your soccer skills set you apart from the crowd and gave you some sort of status and sense of achievement. You played your hardest week in, week out, and began to move up through the levels. Maybe you won a college scholarship and you had dreams of going pro in the future. Soccer makes you feel good, confident, happy, and driven, and it’s all you want to do.

Then one day you’re involved in a crunch tackle during the cup semi final and you end up with a broken leg. Worst thing imaginable! All of a sudden your world has been flipped upside down and you are barely even able to hobble around on crutches, never mind play in the cup final next month. The emotional effect that this can have on a player is incredible, and if it is not dealt with properly it can have lasting effects on performance levels, long after the player has recovered physically.

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The New Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law

August 27th, 2013

No Smoking Near Soccer Fields In PeelJuly 25, 2013

Re: Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law

To: Sports Associations

As of September 2, 2013, the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law makes it against the law for anyone to smoke within nine meters (30 feet) of:

  • perimeter of municipal playground areas (including any outdoor area that is designed for the enjoyment or exercise of children and youth)
  • perimeter of municipal sports/activity areas (including any area that is for sports and activities, as well as spectator seating areas and player warm up areas)
  • entrances and exits of municipal buildings (including municipal offices, transit facilities, libraries, recreation centres, concessions stands, fire halls, police stations, golf course club houses, and Peel Housing Corporation multi-unit dwellings with common entrances)

The goal of the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law is to reduce the public’s exposure to harmful second-hand smoke and create a healthy environment for everyone involved in sports and play, whether they are in the game or in the stands.

Regional tobacco enforcement officers and municipal by-law officers can issue warnings, tickets and fines starting at $250 if the law is broken.

We encourage you to include no-smoking policies in your codes of conduct and share this by-law with your coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators.

For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 and ask to speak with a health inspector (Caledon residents may call toll free at 905-584-2216) or visit SmokeFreePeelRegion.ca. For information about quitting smoking, contact Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit SmokersHelpline.ca.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Mowat
Medical Office of Health, Region of Peel

Download a PDF of the above letter here.

BAS OWSL Team Wins 2013 League Cup

August 8th, 2013

BAS OWSL WINS 2013 LEAGUE CUP

Back row: Paula Tavares (Head Coach), Jennifer Brock, Harwant Grewal, Meghan Carter, Kimberly Beckles, Rupy Mundi, Norman Ficker (Asst. Coach) and Mario Perrotta (Asst. Coach)
Middle row: Anna Matwijec (Manager), Emilee Barrington, Danica Barnes, Alyssa Budhoo, Kim Lee, Jayme Wright, Cristina Moonah and Liz Figueira
Front row: Jessica Fletcher and Cristina Fernandes (Keeper)
Absent Players: Jasjit Birk, Kim Mizener, Christine Travassos and Raquel Alto

The 10:00 am semi final game against U21 Oakville MJD Team was challenging with only 12 players available to play the game. Liz Figueira fought her way through two defenders for the first BAS goal, at half the score was 1-0 for BAS. The Oakville team scored two goals very late in the second half, but the BAS team was determined not to give up; with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, Jessica Fletcher worked hard down the field with her team mates for the tying goal. The game ended in a 2-2 tie and went directly to penalty kicks. Our penalty kickers were: Jessica Fletcher, Alyssa Budhoo, Meghan Carter, Kimberly Beckles, and Liz Figueira; all 5 penalty kickers were calm and looked confident when approaching the penalty marker and the keeper Cristina Fernandes saved an attempt; as a result BAS won the penalty kicks, 5-3 to move on to the finals.

The 1:00 pm finals were played against U21 Woodbridge Strikers MJD Team and with an injury to Jessica Fletcher late in the first game, we called Jennifer Brock as a substitute. The BAS team came out at the start of the game with the energy required to get them through. Emilee Barrington scored a brilliant goal late in the first half for a 1-0 lead. It took the BAS team defending and holding off the young U21 Woodbridge Strikers team for the entire second half with every ounce of energy that the players had left and a lot of heart in the blistering mid afternoon heat to finish the game. Late in the second half there was a scramble in the 6 yard box and Cristina Fernandes kept her eye on the ball and made a game saving save to keep the lead. At the 90th minute the score remained 1-0 for BAS.

The Head Coach Paula Tavares, Assistant Coaches Norman Ficker and Mario Perrotta and the team Manager Anna Matwijec are proud of the team effort and determination to win League Cup this year.

Congratulations to all the players for winning all 5 games and becoming the 2013 MJD League Cup championships.

Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer

July 18th, 2013

Avoiding and Preventing Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer

Proper Hydration to AVOID AND PREVENT HEAT RELATED INJURIES WHEN PLAYING SOCCER

There are some simple guidelines which have been prepared by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) when it comes to running activities in a hot and/or humid environment. The goal in participating in hot weather is to avoid fluid loss from the body or dehydration. Water not only accounts for some 98% of our body composition, but functions to help deliver oxygen to working muscles, and keeps the body from overheating during strenuous activity. Hard working muscles generate heat which is dissipated through the act of sweating. Evaporation of sweat on the skin allows the body to get rid of this heat and cool it off. In looking at the objectives for advising officials and participates about this subject it seems that the following categories are
areas requiring attention:

1. To educate athletes and event officials about the most common forms of environmental illness including predisposing conditions, warning signs, susceptibility and incidence reduction.
2. To advise officials of their legal responsibilities and potential liability with regard to event safety and injury prevention
3. To recommend that officials consult local weather archives and plan games at times likely to be of low environmental stress to minimize detrimental effects on athletes.
4. To encourage officials to warn athletes about environmental stress on game \ practice day and the implications for heat and cold illness.
5. To inform officials of preventive actions that may reduce debilitation and environmental illness.
6. To describe the personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to reduce and treat cases of collapse and environmental illness.

To this end, after review of the available literature and after consultation of various medical authorities and officials it was felt that the following recommendations are some key guidelines for soccer participation in the heat:

1. Avoid dehydration and make sure you pre-hydrate: Don’t wait till you feel thirsty because the body will not be able to tell you in time that you are dehydrated, here are some practical recommendations:

      • 2 hours before exercise, drink at least 500 ml (an average bottle of water)
      • 1 hour before exercise, drink at least 250 ml (half an average bottle of water)
      • During the exercise, drink at least 125 ml to 25o ml oz every 15 – 20 minutes
      • Immediately after the exercise, drink at least 500 ml of water or an electrolyte replacing drink
      • 1 hour after a training session or game consider drinking  500 ml of skim milk or chocolate milk for protein and muscle repair

2. As a rule of thumb you should drink at least 500 ml for every 20 lbs of body weight, therefore, someone weighing 140 lbs needs to drink at least 3500 ml of fluid per day if training or playing that day.

3. Drinking carbohydrate and electrolyte fluids may be beneficial in avoiding heat trauma.

4. Wearing light breathable clothing is advised.

5. Officials should be very cautious in authorizing games and practices in environments where the temperature plus humidity combined are 35C and over. They should inquire of the participants to ensure pre-event hydration, medication use and susceptibility to heat injury ( prior occurrence). Also unlimited substitution is recommended during games as is frequent fluid brakes and fluid availability on both sides of the field.

The other issue to consider is, and you may be asking yourself at this point, what are the risk factors which could predispose a soccer player to heat injury. Listed below are a the major risk factors but this is by no means an exhaustive list:

1.     Not being acclimatized

2.     Unfit

3.     Hypo hydration

4.     Hyper hydration

5.     Use of a variety of medications or supplements

6.     Persons with persistent, disabling mental illness

7.     Certain medical conditions (cardiac, lung)

How can you tell if one of your soccer players is experiencing heat injury? Below is a list of the early warning signs to look for and again this is not an exhaustive list:

1.     Flushed face

2.     Hyperventilation or shortness of breath

3.     Headache

4.     Dizziness

5.     Tingling arms

6.     Goose bumps (hair on arms standing on end)

7.     Chilliness

8.     Poor coordination

9.     Confusion, agitation, uncooperativeness

There are 3 main types of heat injury identified in the medical literature:

1. Heat Cramps – these are the mildest form of heat trauma and are commonly related to low body sodium and chloride levels.
Signs & Symptoms include – weakness, muscle cramps, collapse with low blood pressure.
Treatment – is aimed at replacing the salt loss and can be oral or by intravenous if vomiting is a problem. Having athletes put a little extra salt on their food the day before and day of game can be a helpful way to avoid this condition.

2. Heat Exhaustion – this is a more severe medical event as follows.
Signs & Symptoms include – weakness, irritability, collapse, unable to sweat adequately to promote body cooling, my proceed in the more ominous heat stroke and a fine rash is often present.
Treatment – remove athlete to a cooler environment, use ice baths, fans.

3. Heat Stroke – THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY – it is due to a failure of the heat-controlling mechanism. It may occur merely as a result of exposure to heat.
Signs & Symptoms include – mental confusion, headache, poor coordination, delirium, convulsions and death. The body temperature may be 40C or higher, the skin is usually hot and dry as the sweating mechanism has failed.
Treatment – Call 911 and transport to a local Hospital. Rapid cooling is the goal using wet towels, spray mist, sponge baths and removal from the heat. This condition could cause the athlete to go into shock and coma may follow so immediate medical attention is required.

Reference: 
American College of Sports Medicine POSITION STAND. Exercise and Fluid
Replacement, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2007

Acknowledgements:
Dr. Rudy Gittens
Past Medical Director, Canadian Soccer Association

Submitted by:
Dr. Robert Gringmuth
Chair, OSA Medical Advisory Committee

 

2013 Kicks For Cancer Tournament

April 30th, 2013

Kicks For Cancer - New LogoThe Kicks For Cancer tournament is upon us once again and in true BAS fashion, we’re expecting a strong showing of support from our league members for this great cause.

The Kicks For Cancer tournament has, in previous years, experienced a great deal of support from BAS members, teams, players and officials and we’re hopeful and sure that this level of dedication and support for a great event and an even greater cause will continue.

The tournament spans two days, from Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th, 2013 and includes a guaranteed 3 full matches for all participating teams, with the potential for 5 matches should you reach the finals.

Registration is only $30.00 per person.  So visit the Kicks For Cancer site at www.cancer.ca/kicksforcancer and get yourself registered.  After that, all you’re required to do is have fun, play soccer and do a bit of fundraising before the tournament.

Alternatively, you can visit the Kicks For Cancer Facebook Page and learn a bit more about the tournament before you register.

Brampton Adult Soccer was recently sent a letter of recognition from the Canadian Cancer Society for our repeated participation in the Kicks For Cancer tournament and since most everyone reading this will most likely be a registered member of BAS, we feel that you should all have access to this letter as well.  It is your participation in BAS and in the Kicks For Cancer tournament that makes this all as positive an experience as it is.

2013 Kicks For Cancer - Front

2013 Kicks For Cancer - Back

Is it raining in Brampton?

April 29th, 2013

Is it raining in Brampton?Occasionally, sitting at work in Mississauga or Toronto on a Friday, or out of town on a Sunday with the family at a picnic in Cambridge, BAS members find themselves wondering “…is it raining in Brampton?”

So in addition to the weather widget we’ve always had in our sidebar, we’ve added a series of buttons that take you to 4 different webcams spread out across downtown Brampton and maintained by the City.  Sure, the weather widget may say it’s sunny, but a quick click will let you see exactly what the weather is like at Gage Park, Main and Queen, Queen and Chapel and also at Chinguacousy Park.