Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has passed away at age 68.


One of the most popular figures and leaders in women’s soccer history in the United States, DiCicco was a true pioneer of the sport. His association with U.S. Soccer dates to the late 1980s and DiCicco is the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history by percentage as well as the only coach to win more than 100 games, while losing just eight times during his tenure from 1994-1999.  Read more…

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Your FUNdamental, Koach Karl

 Karl Dewazien, D-7 Recreation Administrator

The Motivation Enigma

At one time or another every coach has faced the Motivation Enigma!!   Why do these kids play?  What makes them tick?  How can I get them to play at a higher level?  Why don’t they want to get better?  Why can’t we be consistent?   These questions and more are asked on soccer fields across America every single day.  It’s time to have a look at what, why and how we can motivate our players at

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Hey membership are you all ready for the fall season?  

Well here are a few things that we are preparing for the fall season.

  1. We have updated our handbook.
  2. Referee fees have been increased
  3. “Got Soccer” will be used as our scheduling system,
  4. Will have two levels of play Competitive and Recreational. The Competitive side has two options for play this fall “The Qualifier” which is Three games and then off to play tournaments. And a standard Competitive Playing Program which qualifies you for Cal/North and Cup tournaments,

Competitive age groups: U10’s – U19’s.  U10’s – U14’s will play Saturday. U15’s -U19’s will play on Sunday’s

Recreational Playing Program for boys and girls U12-U19.  U12 & U14’s will play on Saturday’s. U16 & U19’s will play on Sunday’s.

I think we are looking pretty awesome for your fall season.

On another note I’ve noticed kids in training sessions in 100+  weather please think of the kids’ health and welfare.  You have plenty of time to get these youngsters prepared for the season.

Feel free to contact me at any time!!

At Your Service…
Diego Haro

Cell# 1-559-301-5395

Heat, It’s Here.

Being on the pitch or delivering one, having two-a-days in prep for fall soccer, or even in the competitive pool. Heat will take a toll on one’s body. So the summer athlete must take precautions not to become dehydrated or become susceptible to heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke. A young person’s body can heat up five times faster than an adult body and the younger a person is, the more susceptible they are to dehydration.

First thing to remember, it’s necessary to properly hydrate before, during, and after an event. Rule of thumb, hydrate 60 minutes prior to an event, hydrate every 20 minutes during an event (10 gulps of water every 20 minutes = about 5 oz.), and continue to hydrate 30 minutes after an event. This includes the athlete, officials, and even spectators.

A note to sports officials (soccer ref’s and AR’s), take advantage of the opportunity to halt play for hydration, especially during those longer half’s with the adolescent student athletes. Hydration with water is preferred. However, sports drinks do include electrolytes that are also lost during activity so even though they usually contain a high amount of sugar, these drinks can be beneficial. Absolutely stay away from “energy” drinks which offer only high amounts of caffeine and have no health benefit what so ever. In fact, these drinks may be a danger to the young athlete. Also stay away from sodas, particularly those containing caffeine. Avoid coffee drinks, or alcohol.

Be aware of signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

Minor symptoms can lead to greater dangers, so coaches and ref’s be aware of any decrease in performance and fatigue in the athlete and be mindful of allowing substitutions to hydrate and allow the athlete to cool down. This can greatly contribute to the welfare of the over-heated athlete.

Remember to always Play Hard, Play Safe.

By Carlos Flores RN FCN

Don’t Let a Bad Day Affect a Game

The state of mind an official brings to a game can affect the atmosphere and outcome of the match.

If your day involves going to school or work, daily situations and interactions with people may affect your mood.  If you arrive at a game with a negative attitude or a grouchy mood, it will affect the outcome of the match.

Whether it is for exercise, stress relief, money, recognition, or just to help a program, there are many reasons why people officiate.  Regardless of the reasons, officials must guard against bringing negative thoughts and feelings to a match.

Officiating requires commitment and if other daily activities interfere with your ability to properly officiate, your career is in jeopardy.  On the other hand if you arrive at a match with a positive attitude, free of conflicts and prejudices, you are on your way to a successful match and career.

If you find yourself tired, upset, preoccupied with school, work or family issues, you must use the time prior to the match to clear your mind and focus on the upcoming task.

Players, coaches and fans expect an official to be focused, fair, approachable and they want to see him/her hustling and working.  You must expect to have your judgment questioned.  It happens in every sport and every game, no matter what your mood is.  If a legitimate question is asked in a respectful manner by a coach or player be prepared to answer it in a professional manner and do not let your temper or frustration allow you to overreact.

Refereeing in a relatively stress free and relaxed way will be more enjoyable for you and your positive attitude will in turn transfer to the participants.

After the final whistle you may actually find that you are leaving in a better mood than when you arrived.



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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Rule #6: This Is Still a Game.

Despite the fact that each player’s family has invested a great deal of time and money in soccer, and they are hoping that soccer will help pay the college bills, it is still a game and if your child doesn’t enjoy it they will not play well – and maybe not at all. Ask yourself if what you do at games and practices and tournaments helps your child have fun and enjoy the game or adds pressure and worry. Ask yourself after the game if watching two teams of amazing, talented, fit, and eager young people was fun for you? If it wasn’t – if you found yourself criticizing, carping, upset, and unhappy – remember that there is enough pressure and stress involved with making a living and guiding your family through the challenges of modern life. Forget the calls, forget the score, forget the standings. Give your child a hug, tell them you love them, and be thankful for every day you have to share with them because they don’t stay kids very long.

Written by:  Tom Strock, President, Jackson Fury Soccer Club


Submitted by Michael Cash, Owner, Farpost Soccer Company