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I just want to say that amongst the trials and tribulations of our membership, we are as D7 the best in the world’s game!! At the BOD meeting I was moved and reminded by our Recreational Director that we are really the backbone of this state. We work as the membership we are because we always work through any of the many situations our state throws at us.
I just want you all to know that we are doing the right things!! Some may think that we are behind the rest of the membership but we have more constructive programs!!
For those that think we are floundering, please understand that the competitive nature that the everyday world burdens our membership which is definitely a challenge… But please understand that we, as I was so soulfully reminded, ‘The best at what we do for our local membership’. So it is my hope and prayer that we look forward to the future as nothing other than a golden opportunity make us even stronger than we are now.
The 15% that have issues please remember that you are not here for anything other than our children!!
I’ve always admired Henry Kissinger because he always worried about the people and the challenges put before him… Thank you for all of your support to the membership, because like a wise man reminded me, “We are doing the right thing!!!” And that’s what makes us the best…!
At your service,
Diego B. Haro..
Playing League Chairman
Coach Melchor Albarran
“How/Why did you become a youth soccer coach?”
I became a youth soccer coach, because my kids wanted to play soccer. At first, I did it for them. As time passed on, I began to get more involved, because I wanted my kids to have a great experience playing soccer. I had seen prior coaches taking it too seriously, and seeing other kids not wanting to play soccer due to a bad experience.
What do you enjoy the most about coaching? The biggest joy of coaching is seeing the kids say that they will join soccer again next year, because they had a great experience, especially when the parents and players request to have you as their coach for next season.
To find out what Coach Albarran likes least about coaching and his ‘words of wisdom’ to coaches, players and parents…Read on
“How/Why did you become a referee?”
I started playing soccer at the age of 4 and as I grew older, I learned more about the rules of the game. When I was 11, I refereed a couple of scrimmage games for my mom and got paid. I realized then, that I could get paid for doing something that involved the sport I love. The next year, I took the referee course and got certified.
What do you enjoy the most about refereeing?
I enjoy the challenges that come with being a referee because they help make me a stronger person.
What do you like the least about refereeing?
I dislike how some coaches and parents are loud and disrespectful.
What “words of wisdom/advice” would you like to share/give to: Experienced Referees: Beginning; Referees: Coaches; Players: Parents:
No one is perfect, so there’s always room for improvement.
If you had a magic-wand what major change(s) would you make in youth soccer?
I would change the mentality of those parents and coaches (that still remain) that ruin the game for their children by not allowing them to enjoy and develop in this beautiful game of soccer.
At times you may feel like commenting upon the quality of play, the quality of officiating, and the coaches’ decisions. Due to your years of observing from the sidelines and the fact that you coached the “Sunflowers” a few years back, you may have the belief that your opinions are (1) accurate, (2) incisive; and (3) worthy of communicating loudly so everyone else can hear them. You are wrong. Neither the players, the referees, nor the coach are going to make any changes in response to your bellows from the sideline. They are, however, going to be mad at you – joining a group including your spouse, your friends, and anyone standing close to you. Kids goof, refs goof, coaches goof. Before you shout, picture your next day at work as you are working on a project and in the doorway to your office are a crowd of players, coaches and refs booing you and demanding that you be fired.
Written by: Tom Strock, President, Jackson Fury Soccer Club
Submitted by Michael Cash, Owner, Farpost Soccer Company
Officials often face a loss of game control when they fail to recognize and deal with certain incidents that happen during their games. Some may seem minor or unimportant at first while others are immediately blatant. In order to properly control a match, officials must recognize and deal with these incidents.
Challenging or Harassing the Goalkeeper: This is a time when players, coaches and spectators quickly react to such acts and expect the referee to show concern and take appropriate action. Because of their proximity to a goal these acts are very noticeable and widely observed.
The goalkeeper is offered some protection under the Laws of the Game but is more vulnerable to body contact due to the intensity of play in front of the goal.
One form of harassment often seen is when teammates of the goalkeeper will position themselves between the attackers and the goalkeeper and will take the keeper’s side in any confrontation. If these situations are not handled properly, and the official does not get involved, the players will get involved and the official may be looking at a loss of control.
To Recognize and Deal with MORE Critical Game Control Incidents Read On…
Pat Ferre, USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus,USSF Referee Instructor,USSF Referee Assessor, USSF Referee Assignor.
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)
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So why do 70 percent of kids quit organized sports at 13 and what can we do about it?
I would argue that most kids leave because we haven’t given them a way to stay. And perhaps more importantly, until we dismantle the parenting culture that emphasizes achievement and success over healthy, happy kids, we don’t stand a chance of solving this problem.
Julianna W. Miner
Just look at these words from a California soccer super star…. as we move to small sided games on smaller fields…. the players will naturally get more touches.
Landon Donovan: “In my opinion, the job of a youth coach is two-fold; develop the children into good human beings and good soccer players.
It’s an overly simplistic view, but I feel that it embodies what the priorities of a youth coach should be. If those are the intentions, improving and winning will happen naturally.” The theory is more touches and more play time will let the game develop the players, District 7 with the adoption of the US Soccer guidelines will be leading the development.
John Hodgson, D-7 Commissioner