Wednesday, July 29, 2009

If you are among the 120 youth soccer teams traveling to Corvallis to participate in the Oregon Youth Soccer Premier Qualifying Tournament in Corvallis this weekend you want to read this post.

During the middle of summer Crystal Lake Sports Complex fields would test even Survivorman Les Stroud's survival skills. Take heed of these tips if you want to make it through a soccer filled weekend at Crystal Lake in Corvallis, Oregon.

Bring micro-transportation.
Depending on your parking spot you may be well over half a mile from your field. The locals know to bring scooters, bikes, skate boards and roller blades to cover the distance. An enterprising person could make a killing with a rickshaw.

Also, wagons, bike trailers, baby strollers, and anything else with wheels can be used to haul out soccer bags, chairs, tents, canopies, coolers and other bulky items.

Bring your own shade.
There are no shade trees near the field. None. Tents and canopies are an absolute requirement for avoiding direct sun between games. Be sure to stake your tents and canopies to the ground. I've personally watched my ruined canopy roll end-over-end by a wind gust a Crystal Lake.

Bring your own water.
There is no public source of drinking water at Crystal Lake. None. A 80 pound person exercising for one hour in extreme heat requires about 70 ounces of water in a day (water consumption calculator). That is over two liters of water for your child/soccer player.

Here is a custom map with all sorts of important locations related to surviving a weekend at Crystal Lake including nearby spots to get food, water, socks, a Slurpee , some unique spots to eat, and nice places to kill time between games.

Crystal Lake Soccer Fields Survival Map
(zoom out a little for the good stuff)

View the Crystal Lake Survival Guide in a larger map.

Did I miss any essentials for soccer tournament weekend survival? Are you heading to Corvallis for the weekend? What would you like to know about our soccer-town to make your visit a great one?


jason said... @ 7/29/2009 8:43 PM

Awesome map dude!

Dennis said... @ 7/29/2009 9:22 PM

Nice work!

Loyan said... @ 7/29/2009 10:12 PM

Thanks guys. Did you notice anything that I should have included?

Anonymous said... @ 7/30/2009 11:39 AM

Great map. It has everthing i thought.

The only one I might add is depending on what is available at the field, the park store is a place for last minute soccer supplies. And the "Broken Yoke" makes a good breakfast....

crallspace said... @ 8/03/2009 5:21 AM

I seem to be that "enterprising person with a rickshaw."

Thanks to all who rode, and were so supportive of the pedicab! Great weekend!

Loyan said... @ 8/03/2009 9:06 AM

crallspace (Corvallis Pedicab), I'm glad you were able to get out there. Was the event good for business? I'd bet some tired legs were happy to catch a ride with you at Crystal Lake this weekend.

Anonymous said... @ 9/01/2009 10:34 AM

loyan! get blogging! you havent updated for ever. I'm dying for some soccer news please.

Loyan said... @ 9/02/2009 10:06 AM

I hear you. Sorry I have not been posting regularly lately. I promise that still have the love!

Anonymous said... @ 9/11/2009 10:23 PM

The women beavers are lighting it up winning 4 in a row and the mens side is doing great with the new coach. why no new posts? LETS GO

flash speicher said... @ 11/30/2009 1:00 AM

Useful advices.I think it is like an adventure with fun to survive weekend in the crystal lake.

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