The ECNL Encourages Players To Get In “The Zone”

  • November 13, 2014

RICHMOND, Va (November 13, 2014) – The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is announcing the launch of “The Zone” – a health and wellness resource and destination created specifically to meet the unique needs of elite teen female athletes.  ECNL’s The Zone is designed to help young female athletes maintain peak performance, experience new recovery and rejuvenation protocols, and learn to better manage the demands of top-level athletic training and competition.

The Zone will make its first appearance on November 14, 2014 at the ECNL National Event in Phoenix, AZ at Reach 11 Sports Complex and is part of the ECNL’s Amazing Young WomenTM campaign providing female-focused health, wellness and developmental platforms specifically for elite youth female athletes as they define their individual paths to success.

“Players don’t just grab orange slices after a game and stop being athletes,” explained Kate Noftsinger, ECNL Commissioner.  “Today’s female athletes are pushing themselves like never before, and The Zone will help them learn how to maintain their high standards of performance over time in a healthy, comprehensive way.”

The Zone includes both a physical and digital component.

Onsite: The Zone Pop-up Tour Locations

The Zone will tour the nation making stops at every ECNL National Event in the 2014-2015 season to teach and reinforce best practices for maintaining peak performance before, during and after competition.  Onsite, players will be able to participate in all phases of high-level athletic preparation –receiving and learning pre-competition taping techniques, having access to pre and post-competition nutrition, learning improved recovery protocols, and hearing leadership lessons from former players.  The Zone is a destination for players to connect, recharge and learn.  The Zone Tour locations:

  • ECNL PHOENIX, PHOENIX, AZ @ REACH 11 SPORTS COMPLEX, NOV 14-16
  • ECNL FLORIDA, SANFORD, FL  @ SEMINOLE SOCCER COMPLEX, DEC 28-30
  • ECNL TEXAS, FT WORTH/ARLINGTON, TX @ ROLLING HILLS, FEB 27-MARCH 1
  • ECNL SAN DIEGO, SAN DIEGO, CA  @ SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB, APRIL 10-12
  • ECNL NEW JERSEY, ZAREPHATH, NJ  @ PDA SOCCER COMPLEX, MAY 23-25
  • ECNL PLAYOFFS, SEATTLE, WA  @ 60 ACRE PARK IN REDMOND, WA, JUNE25-30
  • ECNL FINALS, RICHMOND, VA @ WEST CREEK COMPLEX, JULY 14-18

Online: AmazingYoungWomen.com/thezone

Online, The Zone provides tools, resources, and testimonials to reinforce strong health habits as a critical factor to individual success throughout life.  The online platform is designed to provide players insight and inspiration to meet the demands of high performance living.

Players will have the opportunity to hear and engage with former players, share onsite experiences through personal social media handles, and submit nominations for the next Amazing Young Women to be highlighted in the AYW Campaign.

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About Amazing Young WomenTM:  The Amazing Young Women campaign is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders.  Throughout the 2014-2015 season, the ECNL will showcase what it means to have #BeautifulAmbition as exemplified by former and current ECNL players, and will call on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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