Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Updated Information

Tuesday, July 29, '08

Until Aug 11, this will be the source for new information. The person who updates the site is away for awhile, som please check this site regularly.

First of all, please check the website fot the International '08 Camp Wrap Up article
it can be found on the homepaqge scroll and a click here --

Second, thanks to everyone who had anything to do with the Camp -- it was a tremendous success.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

2 pictures

a picture from the dining hall and a picture of the players warming up

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The way back home

Saturday, July 26 - 6:45 pm

Everything went well at the airport this afternoon and the dutchies and Germans were checked in without problems. The St. Louis departure seemed to be very normal and we hope that continues until they reach home.

Friday night the families and the guests had a party at the Laufketters and karaoke was the main event. Groups combined and sang songs and had a great time. Once again, we have built new friendships and have lasting memories of the past week's experiences.

A special thanks to the host families who so generously opened their homes to our guests and provided them with a wonderful time. For many of our families, this is their second experience as host families and they enjoyed even more the second tiome around.

Thanks to our guests for coming over and making the week special with the European flair. We feel very fortunate to have this Camp taking off and doing so well and we look forward to another good experience next summer (July 19-24, 2009).

All of the guest left with a video of the week thanks to Ray Cataldo, one of the hosts. That will provide many moments to remember the week's activities and the people involved.

Thanks to so many for so much !!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Is it really over so soon ?????

Friday, July 25 9:00 pm
Yes, unfortunately the week has come the end, the camp has ended and our friends,new and old, will return to their homes with manuy memories. The St Louis people involved, players, coaches and host families will carry the memories of the week with them for some to come. It was a great week, culminating in a sensational awards ceremony where Jan had an assortment of momentos from Holland for the players. He initiated a soccer player card raffle and trading event that really caught on and the kids loved it. The big winner ( National Team jerseys of Holland -Home and Away, and Germany- home) were Malik Hadjri, Spencer Holloman and Jordan Forrest.

The winners of the wooden shoe award - presented to the MVP of the Camp were - Henning Huigen (Holland) in the young division and Mara Keomanivane of Illinois in the older diivision.

Nick Imo establisheda Camp consecutive juggling record today in the individual juggling contes with 2400 consecutive juggles using a #3 ball - during which time he twice cradled the ball on the back of his neck as he dropped down to tie his shoe and also trapped the ball between his legs for a momentary rest -- it was very impressive !!

From Tuesday on we picked 3 Players of the Day and presented a T-shirt with the Dutch Lion, which they wore for the entire day. The winners were: Mara Keomanivane, Michelle van der Laan, Liz Hopkins, Sara Price, Matt Yankowitz, Corey Nolte, Nick Lehman, Ben Modde, Tony Siedler (from Germany), Justin Bilyeu, Nick Imo and Tyler Womack.

we hope that everyone had a good time and learned in some way how to improve as a soccer player. We do know that there were many opportunities presented for the players to learn and hopefully, as time goes on, they will realize some benefit.

The coaches selected some 20 players and extended invitations to them to travel to Holland on the Spring trip (March 18-29). Please check the website www.cbcdutchtouch.com for more information about the trip in the near future. W#e have 20 plane tickets reserved and we expect the trip to fill rather quickly.

In closing, tomorrow, Saturday. we will gather at the airport for the final time to see our visitors off and hopefully we will stay in contaqct thru email and see them again in the spring as we travel to Holland.

Thanks to everyone for making this a great experience.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cool,Rainy Thursday

Thursday, July 24 - 9:40 PM LOCAL TIME

Yes it was a cool and rainy day -- we were in the rain during parts or all of the 3 training sessions. A late morning, heavy rain caught the last part of the morning session, with scattered rain in the afternoon, and rain throughout the evening session. The Cardinal baseball went on as scheduled.

The rain took some of the life out of the player's legs today and the recovery and rejunivation was slower than usual. It was much better than the high temps and humidity of Sunday and Monday.

Friday will close out the week with a morning session and a short afternoon session of awards and prizes. All in all,it has been a great week and many new friends were made.

I am having trouble with posting the pictures ---

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 23

Today was a bit of a break in the training schedule as the visitors were out on the town during the morning and afternoon and the St. Louis players trained in the morning. Some of the activities for the visitors included a trip to the Arch, the City Museum, Forest Park paddle boat and Boathouse for lunch,Six Flags, malls and shopping and go carts.

In the evening we gathered at St Luke's for4v4 on grass fields, BBQ and watermelon.
It was a great night and everyone was very enthusiastic and had a great time. Then we went to the pool for a fun-filled 90 minutes of all sots of water activities, including the "unofficial" diving contest won again by Michelle van der Laan of Holland. "Jumping" Jack Tettamble was an amusing 2nd with an assortment of flops that produced near tidal wave splashes in the pool area. Everyone enjoyed themselves throughout the evening.

Jan presented the host families with some momentos and then held a raffle where all the host families won a prize from Holland.

All in all, a great day-- busy for some , rest for others -- fun for all those who joined in the evening activities.

We resume normal camp schedule on Thursday with the usual 3 sessions, although the visitors will attend the Cardinals baseball game at night.

More tomorrow, with more pictures.

Camp photo and group photo at Rams park

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

2nd day --

Tuesday - July 22, 10:00 pm local time

We got the relief we needed in the weather with a night time thunder storm and today was very pleasant. The morning was actually a bit cool and the training was great !!
Enthusiasm today was very high and the players did very well in the activities.
We are looking forward to another nice day tomorrow as the visitors will have time to sightsee until the evening when we have a 4 v 4 event in a nother location, BBQ, and a swim party. Then Thursday will resume regular training back at CBC.

pictures to follow

Monday, July 21, 2008

First full day !!

I have finally received som epictures to post, hopefully more to come !!
Today was the hottest day this summer in St louis and we made it thriought the full day with plenty of necessary breaks. Lunch and dinner in the air-conditioned dining hall provided a very welcomed relief. In the evening, when the temps were lowering , the 11 a side games were played very competitively. The training in the morning and afternoon was very good and intensive and the players responded well. we are hoping for rain and a break in the high temps and high humidity tomorrow. If not, we will adjust the schedule to provide more indoor activities as well.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a good second day and the weather will cooperate.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

first day in under the heat and humidity

Sunday, July 20 - 11:45 pm local St. Louis time

Just finishing up the long day -- Camp started well today despite high temperatures with equally high humidity. Everyone managed to make it through and the effort was very much appreciated by all the coaches. After a technical warmup session conducted by Jan, we then played small sided games of 6 vs 6 in different ways and then finished the evening with 11 a side games played across the pitch.

Following the session the visitors and the host families met in the school for pizza and refreshments, and a little bit of socializing.

So, all in all, we had a very successful first day and look forward to a full day on Monday, although we have another day of very uncomfortable weather.

Due to a problem with my email, I have not been able to receive any mail, much less pictures to post. Hopefully, tomorrow I will have some to post.

All the visitors seem to be adjusting quickly and are enjoying themselves.

more tomorrow ---

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday, July 19 - 8:10 pm local St. Louis time

We enjoyed a nice visit to Rams Park this morning and then had the rest of the day to spend with the host families. Sunday at 4:00pm we will meet the players and begin Camp. By that time, the jet lag should be gone and everyone will be ready to traain and play in the St.Louis heat and humidity. The temperatures are expected to be high for the next couple of days (96,97 degrees F) coupled with high humidity will make it a very sweaty ordeal.

There seems to be a break in the heat possibly Tuesday with the chance of rain showers. With the artificial turf at CBC High School, the rain will not affect the training and will probably be a welcome relief.

Hopefully everyone is settling in and getting familiar with their new surroundings.
Plenty of pictures were taken to day and I will post them as soon as I get them sent to me.

We look forward to a great first day of Camp on Sunday and the arrival of the local players. In total, we will have 104 players in Camp, including 18 girls.
Also, we will welcome back many of our players from last summer as well.

more tomorrow after Camp --

Friday, July 18, 2008

........ and we're off !!! successful landing and arrival

9:45 pm local St. Louis time - Friday, July 18

We have welcomed our guests and new friends to St. Louis !!
There was a joyful reception as our visitors arrived and made their way down the hallway to the waiting host families. It was instant recognition and warm welcomes were exchanged as the host families presented the guests with Cardinal baseball hats and St Louis Rams t shirts. Everyone looked tired after the long trip, but happy to be here.

We have pictures taken and I will post them once they get to me.

First thing in the morning(11 am), we will meet and tour the Rams (NFL) training facility and then the rest of the day is for spending time with the families and spending time in various ways in St. Louis.

The good news is that they have arrived safely and we can mow proceed with our planned activities. More to come later ---

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Here They Come !!!

Thursday, July 17, 7:00 pm local time

In just about 24 hours from this very moment the plane will be touching down in St. Louis with our guests and new friends and some returning friends. We are anxiously awaiting their safe arrival and the time we will spend together.

The plans are all in place, the host families are very excited to welcome their new house guests and the soccer activities are just around the corner. Right off the bat, Saturday, we have scheduled a tour of the St. Louis Rams (NFL) training center in St. Louis. The rest of Saturday and a good part of Sunday will be spent resting up from the trip and getting used to new surroundings. Camp starts st 4 pm on Sunday and from then on it is busy,busy,busy. We have tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Thursday night for the visitors and host families.

we will post daily pictures, hopefully, starting with the arrival on Friday night .

more to come in the following days ---

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Countdown to CBC dutch touch International camp

Sunday - July 6, 2008 - 9:10 pm local time

Hello all,

In 2 weeks time we will have just completed the first session of the International Camp '08 and will be busy placing the players in the respective groups for the week.
With just over 100 players, it will be a geat opportunity for eveyone to meet new people, make new friends,compete, learn and hopefully become better soccer players and better people as well.

We will welcome 14 Dutch players and 2 Germans to St. Louis along with 4 Dutch coaches and a group of parents from Holland and Germany as well. This is the 2nd International Camp and interest was outstanding as the registration closed at the end of April. We regret that we were unable to provide this opportunity to all those who wanted it. Perhaps next summer we will expand to a 2nd week and be able to accomodate more of the interested players.

It is our hope that everyone has a great experience and can take many positives from the week's experience. The opportunity to exchange culture and interact on and off the field with peers from Europe will be a new and rewarding experience.

Please check thios regularly as we will keep it updated and as the Camp begins, we will post daily pictures of the action on and off the field. Please visit www.cbcdutchtouch.com for Camp information, daily schedule and a photo gallery of last summer's Camp.

Anxiously counting down the days !!!