March Gold Leaf Inductees

The Gold Leaf is our way of honoring those who have dedicated their time and resources to helping the SoCal Volleyball Club. Without the help, love, and support of the families, parents, and players that make up SoCal, we would not be who we are today. So we want to say, thank you!

Jose Munoz

  • Jose is not only one of SoCal’s most loved and appreciated coaches. He is also one of the most creative…ever! He continually finds new, fun drills to add to practice to keep his team engaged, learning, and loving volleyball! Jose always goes above and beyond for SoCal. He donates his time whenever he can. No one likes sitting at the mechanic for their own car! However, when the SoCal vans were having issues, Jose donated his time to drive the van up to Mira Messa and sit and wait patiently for the inspection and then drive back. He always goes above and beyond what is asked and required of him. He shows the athletes, staff, and parents at SoCal what it is to put others above yourself and to always choose to be kind.

Eric Ziegast

  • Eric is the absolute definition of a dedicated dad! He brings his daughter Maggie to all SoCal events on time and ready to roll and he always sticks around to lend a helping hand. Whether he is there to cheer on the team, shag balls, or support the girls, he is always willing to help. He is the first parent to schedule team bonding for the players down to the details of transportation and food for the girls. He has even been known to bring in pizza before practice on a weekly basis! Eric volunteers his time regularly to help-out with any events going on at the club. He is a master for not only setting up movie night but bringing food and blankets to ensure that everyone there is having a good time. Eric sets the bar high when it comes to being a dedicated volleyball dad!

The Brecht Family

  • The Brecht family has shown their love and generosity for SoCal in many ways. When the Mercedes Sprinters were having issues they allowed us to bring them into the BMW dealership they own in Escondido, FREE OF CHARGE! The vans allow us to tote players and parents to and from tournaments and events. So, to have them out of commission affects a lot of people. The Brecht family was so generous and took some of that stress away by offering their services.

There are so many incredible parents, players, and siblings that make up the SoCal family. We cannot successfully do what we do without the help and support of all of you. Your love and kindness does not go unnoticed.

2019-03-16T06:31:03-08:00March 16th, 2019|#BEKIND|

How to have a great Rudolph Rally

1. Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Leave your scoreboard at home and bring your holiday cheer. This is a fun, team-bonding event with many teams gathering for the first time. Enjoy the costumes, volleyball, and getting to know your teammates, families and coach. Take lots of photos and be sure to tag us @socalvbc


2. Bring your “entry fee”

Players and spectators entry fee is two non-perishable food items per person. These donations are going to the North County Food Bank. Write your team’s name on the can/box to take part in our team contest. The team with the most cans submitted by November 30th wins a Movie and Pizza night!


3. Support Small Business Saturday

The back parking lot will host our team camping and Vendor Fair. It’ll be a wide range of holiday gifts, a Food Truck, and a Chihuahua Rescue! Bring some cash since these are small businesses and not everyone will take cards.


4. Get involved

This event is always a hit because of the generous help from members, like you.  If you want to get involved click here to let us know.


2018-11-21T16:15:13-08:00November 21st, 2018|#BEKIND, Advice|

Should Teens and PreTeens Strength Train? Without a Doubt.

For years, there was doubt on whether or not teens and preteens would suffer more harm than good with resistance training.  Recently, doctors and practitioners agree that it is a great thing for youth to incorporate resistance training as part of their weekly regimen. Both the Mayo Clinic and The American Academy of Pediatrics believe so too (governing bodies in children’s health).  

There are many benefits to strength training including increased endurance, overall sports performance, strength, and injury prevention.  Emotional and mental benefits have also been shown, with results including increased confidence and self-esteem. This is notable as there are increasingly more youth who suffer from depression, anxiety, or ADHD.  Not only will it benefit your teenager or preteen now – they will gain the knowledge and techniques for a healthy lifestyle that they can carry into adulthood. Kids will look, feel, and perform better if they are on a regular strength training program!

The benefits and any specific goals one may have can be achieved with a plethora of different kinds of programs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends two elements that are essential to the regimen that would best benefit this age group: proper technique and strict supervision. Here at SoCal, we hold the same two elements at the helm of our practice. From a physical therapist standpoint, it is of utmost importance for overall health to perform movements properly regardless of age. As far as the supervision, that is a non-negotiable item – we have amazing trainers, knowledgeable in safety, proper form, and they know how to work with any age or level of athleticism!

We take every aspect of a training program into consideration: frequency, duration, intensity, and type of exercise. Incorporating these factors along with sport specifications, we create a well balanced plan for each athlete.

SoCal Sports Performance Program is an amazing way to get your son or daughter into better physical and mental shape so they can compete at a higher level. We can’t wait to see them in the gym!

Gwen Alden, PT/HealthWest Owner
SoCal Sports Performance Director
[email protected]

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2018-08-28T20:15:13-08:00August 24th, 2018|#BEKIND, Advice|
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