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The Bear and the Ball

The Cal South Podcast

Cal South launched an exciting new soccer-centric podcast in 2021 titled “The Bear and the Ball.” Hosted by Nick Webster, Cal South’s current Vice-President of Adult Soccer and a former FOX and EPL broadcaster, the show seeks to inform soccer fanatics about the latest news, initiatives, and developments in Southern California.

The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and most other major podcast platforms. Or you can just listen to it right here on this handy listing of past episodes.

New Episodes

Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-10-26 Jim Madrid the founder of AST Academy has been discovering, leading, and learning about the power of mindset for over four decades. In that time he has worked with world-class athletes and organizations to change lives. On this episode of the Bear and the Ball, Madrid unearths more insight into the most powerful component on earth, your mind.
Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-10-11 Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski are redefining what it means to play as a striker. These two giants are at separate ends of their careers but what they both possess is an unquenchable thirst for scoring goals. Cal South Alum, Eric Wynalda, knows a thing or two about finding the back of the net having scored 34 times for the USMNT and Major League Soccer’s first-ever goal. Today, Eric breaks down what makes these two men so special. For anyone who wants to know what makes a goal scorer tick, this episode of the Bear and the Ball is for you.

Host Nick Webster
Episode released 2022-10-04

Itzik Rapaport has played soccer at the collegiate Division 1 level. In 2005 his school made it to the final but Itzik was at home watching on TV despite being one of the best players on the team…why? He wasn’t strong enough mentally. This made him go on a journey and his story is fascinating.

Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-08-17 The 2022/23 season is just about to begin. The Bear and the Ball catches up with CEO Terry Fisher. Terry talks about new staff, new programs, and new ideas to create a soccer environment that is second to none.
Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-08-10 Diogo Gama is the new Director of Soccer for Cal South. Most recently he served as SCP’s Director of Sport Projects and has been a leader in player development on Portugal’s sports scene for many years. He holds a master’s degree in youth development and a degree in sports science. At the start of his sports career, he was a professional rugby player, whose pinnacle was playing in the 2007 Rugby World Cup for Portugal. His professional soccer experience began in 2006 when he took an internship in the Performance department for Portugal’s National first team. He then moved on to Real Madrid FC as a youth fitness coach (for their B, C, and U19 teams), and remained with the club for three seasons, when he then leapt over to the fitness coach role for Getafe FC’s first team. In 2011, Diogo moved to Qatar to work with top tier club Al Ahli SC as their first team fitness coach. He was then invited to the same position with Qatar’s Aspire Academy, where after four months he was made the head of their Football Skills Development Centers. He also served as the methodology coordinator for the youth program run in tandem by Aspire and the Qatar National Team. In these roles for eight years, he also handled multiple projects like implementing the methodology of Independiente del Valle and was responsible for building OFC coaching courses programs as part of the Qatar 2030 strategic vision. In 2019, Diogo moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal to become their Director of Sport Projects. Of his current position, Diogo says, “I’m the link between Sporting and the exterior world, and the strategic projects I undertake directly affect the performance and sustainability of the club. One such strategic project that we began in 2021 was our development partnership with Cal South. I started out my career on the pitch, and this experience moved me to gain the knowledge to lead people and organizations where personal development towards excellence is a common goal.” Now a new challenge awaits!

Past Episodes

Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-05-11

Coaches who plan are coaches who succeed in helping players develop a love of the game. Licensed U.S. Soccer coach (and your host), Nick Webster, gives some tips and advice on why and how coaches should plan their coaching sessions.

Host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-04-20

Soccer has always been a part of your host Nick Webster’s life. Here he talks about his early years as a player, coach, and supporter of the game. He also speaks about his time with the Fox Soccer Channel and traveling the globe covering World Cups and Euros. He’ll also delve into where he thinks soccer is going and plans for the future.

Guest: Karen Callado – PRO, NWSL & USL Referee Episode released 2022-04-13

Referee Karen Callado talks about her journey and destinations along the way, including officiating with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) in both the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and United Soccer League One (USL), as well as a U.S. vs. Brazil game at the 2019 Nike U20 International Friendlies, a match close to her heart.

Guests: Jim Madrid, Founder – Advance Sports Technologies, Inc.
Episode released 2022-04-06

Jim Madrid, the CEO and founder of the AST Academy, has worked with some of the biggest names in sport. However, he hasn’t focused on the technical or tactical side of athletics; instead, he has developed tools which train the body’s most powerful tool: the mind.

Jim talks about the AST mental performance platform and how it can benefit everyone… the athlete, the coach, and the parent. Today, in sports and in life, mindset is the difference between success and failure.

Guests: Terry Fisher, Cal South CEO
Episode released 2022-03-30

Last June, Terry Fisher joined Cal South as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Over the last nine months, he has changed the culture, mission, and attitude of the entire organization. With courage and determination, a new dawn has risen. Cal South is back and ready to serve the youth and adult players of Southern California. You have spoken, and we have listened.

Guests: Serafin Panama Rodriguez Episode released 2022-03-23

Serafin Panama Rodriguez has been there and done that. Growing up in Mexico City and being a ball boy at the famed Azteca Stadium cemented a love affair with the sport of soccer that has seen him become a coach, referee, and eventually a CONCACAF team liaison officer.

He’s witnessed the growth of the Mexico/USA rivalry, seen the dirty tricks the teams play on each other in the quest to qualify for World Cups, and attended the planet’s biggest event for the last four editions. As the co-founder of one of the largest adult soccer leagues in Southern California, Serafin wears his heart on his sleeve.

Guests: Joe Flanagan, Kevin Smith & Guido Sendowsky Episode released 2022-03-09

Soccer is a physical sport and injuries are part and parcel of the game. A sprained ankle, a jarred knee, an abrasion –– all are injuries which are easy to diagnose. Concussions, on the other hand, are much trickier.

Who knows what’s happening to our brains when we get our “bell rung?” Joe Flanagan, NCAA champion with CSUDH, joins Orange Coast College head coach Kevin Smith and certified athletic trainer Guido Sendowsky to explain the mysteries behind concussions in soccer. They’ve developed a platform that can give parents and coaches an inexpensive app that can possibly save lives and keep our athletes out of harm’s way.

w/host Nick Webster Episode released 2022-03-02
As a parent, coach, and former player, winning never gets old. On the other hand, losing can suck. In today’s society, it feels like we only have time for winners; however, as a coach, I often learned the most from a loss. A few years ago I wrote a book called “Re-booting Youth Soccer 2.0: Everything You Really Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask About Youth Soccer” (available on Amazon). Today on “The Bear and the Ball,” I’ll read from my chapter on “Winning and Losing” as it’s highly relevant as we move into the sudden death of this year’s State Cup and the highs and lows that come with knockout soccer.
Guest Ian Feuer, former EPL/MLS Goalkeeper & USC Women’s Goalkeeping Coach Episode released 2022-02-23

Ian Feuer blazed a trail for goalkeepers in the 1990s becoming the first American to be signed by a team in the EPL, West Ham United. His story from Las Vegas to the top of the goalkeeping tree is inspiring. He left home at 16 years of age to pursue a dream, a dream he turned into reality.

This episode of “The Bear and the Ball” is a blueprint on how to get to the top of the soccer world. The journey isn’t easy but the rewards are mind-blowing.