August 2014

Articles in this issue: 

  • Helping Others with Admiral - Our New Sponsor
  • Blues Clues - Better coaching - 4 Themes  
  • TopSoccer - Program Administration 
  • Referee Corner: Do You Hear What I Didn't Say? by Pat Ferrer 
  • The Development of the American Soccer Player by Ed Llanos 
  • Four Principles by Jason Pendleton
  • Our Hero - Airmen Sierra Haro
  • Just For Laughs - by Emery Haggin


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TOPSoccer Program

Program Administration

By now you may have made new friends and are working along with other adults who share the same goal.  Together you have shared ideas and have outlined the program format.

If the league will only service a few children you won’t need to have very many people to administer the league.  In fact, your entire league may only consist of one team-Yours!  However, if your program guidelines involve large numbers of special needs children, you will need administrative help.

Either way, the administrator(s) should get together and make decisions on the issues your program may face.  If you are a part of an established youth soccer organization, a committee may be formed to make decisions relating to the special needs program.  If not, you may decide to incorporate as a non-profit, form a Board of Directors, and establish by laws & policies with your program guidelines.  Please consult with an attorney on how to from a non-profit corporation.

The administrative process will involve many important decisions.  You may need to accomplish the following:

Obtain Insurance – Remember that many facilities will require proof of liability insurance to obtain a permit.  Additionally, take steps to ensure that staff and players are covered in the case of an injury or accident.

Obtain Permits – Most public and private fields require a permit for usage.

Write Policies and Procedures – To avoid disputes; it is a good idea to convert your program guidelines into a written format.  Your finished written document will put in writing the soccer laws, team sizes, and playing format that has been selected.  Additionally, you’re written documents should spell out who is responsible for each direct apect of the special needs program.

Develop a Budget – Costs of equipment, facilities, and other expenditures to the program must be considered when establishing a budget.  Calculate the expenditures first then proceed to identify sources of revenue.  Revenue will come from registration fees, sponsorships, grants, etc.  it is wise to calculate a budget which allow for a 10% carryover of revenue for the following year.

Send your questions or comments for TOPSoccer program to:

Article Source: “Miles & Miles of Soccer Smiles” Handbook

Co-Authors: Peggy Neason, Former US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer

                    Karl Dewazien D-7 Recreation Administrator 

Blue’s Clues Will Make You a Better Youth Coach
(Themes 1; 2 & 3 & 4)   By Brendan Donahue

Blue’s Clues Will Make You a Better Youth Coach

(Final Four Themes)By Brendan Donahue

Children learn in stages.  With this reality serving as our starting point, it is our duty as coaches to recognize this fact and cater our coaching style to suit their needs.  Although it can be tempting to try to speed up the development process to make the game look like “real soccer” quicker, if we attempt to force the issue we run the risk of overwhelming the child and stifling the development we were all so eager to see in the first place.  Let’s coach like Steve!  Have a plan and a methodical approach that guides the children, through exercises that offer repetition and skill appropriate challenges, where we place the children in an environment where they find the solutions to the game.

Theme 1. Construct your practice in the same manner day to day, week to week. 

Consistent structure will help the players establish a comfort level on what is expected of them and how the session will flow.  Being consistent is a very important dynamic for a coach at any level, but even more so with the younger age groups.  Once the players gain a familiarity with the practice format, it should also put an end to the question, “when are we going to scrimmage”.  If you always finish each practice with a game, they’ll know that the scrimmage is coming and can remain focused on the exercise at hand.  On a personal note, I would recommend beginning each practice with a street soccer game as an arrival activity. This helps address the same question listed above as well as giving the players an opportunity to express themselves.  

Theme 2. Progress Simple to Complex.  Allow for early success to establish a baseline and confidence in all the players.  Increase the complexity and difficulty in a manner that is challenging, but not overwhelming.  It’s okay to make mistakes as the practice progresses, this enhances the learning process, but you don’t want to begin the session with an activity that is too difficult and plants the seed of doubt in the players mind from the outset.  Remember, the proper ordering of the clues is vital to the show’s success.

Theme 3. Provide Repetition.  An adult considers constant repetition boring, because it requires reliving the same experience over and over again.  But to preschoolers repetition isn’t boring, because each time they watch something they are experiencing it in a completely different way. This is not to say that you need to run the same session with your team for 5 straight practices, but often by repeating an exercise or two from one practice to the next brings out a higher performance level since the players now comprehend the rules or objectives of an activity and can now focus on developing within the activity itself.  I caution coaches against changing the activities for their own enjoyment, when by doing so you may be hindering the enjoyment-and development- of your players.

Theme 4. Be a Guide- Steve has many characteristics of an ideal coach.  He poses questions, pauses long enough for the children to respond (a good listener) and methodically rehashes what they’ve learned along the journey.  As coaches, we should look to incorporate Steve’s skillfulness in asking questions with our players.  Asking questions engages the player and makes them active participants in the learning process.  Steve doesn’t provide the answers; instead he leads the children to discover the answers themselves.  This concept of Guided Discovery is one all coaches should embrace and seek to improve upon.

Editor’s Note: Coaches who have studied, understand and are using the ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ know how necessary these themes are in their practices & how well they work.. ! 

District News

A District-7 SUCCESS STORY -  

We have a soccer player in our US Air Force!!!!

Airmen Sierra Haro. She played for an absolutely great coach for seven years as well she was a referee for three years and coached an Under10 recreational team in Selma Youth Soccer's program. 

She graduated from basic training in San Antonio Texas on June 20 and is now in Mississippi for her tech training. She should be home on August 5th. Then will be making her way to Travis AFB in Fairfield as a reservist for two years. 

She is shown here (1)  with her sisters and grandmother sisters Cortney, McKenna,Julie and grandmother Linda.

 God bless our America!!!


Craig Kent

D-7 Recreation Instructor

 First District Staff Instructor to Schedule a

"Pre-F” course in 2014

League:  Fresno Metro

Event: ‘Pre-F’ Coaching Course

Date: September 5, 2014

Location: Hamilton School

                 102 E. Clinton, Ave.

                  Fresno, Ca. 

 D-7 Recreation Program Is Very Proud of You..! 

More Information on Coaching

The Development of the American Soccer Player  By Ed Llanos

We witnessed a fantastic World Cup this summer.  We saw a changing of the guard in world soccer powers. Defending Champion, Spain got old in front of our eyes and their possession style of soccer was undone by the Netherland’s fast paced counter-attack style. The success of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions league the past two years laid the blueprint for the antidote to Barcelona’s possession style.

The 2014 World Cup Champions, Germany, made a large investment in their youth coaching in the last 10 years.  According to, nearly €520 million have been spent on their 36 academies that produced 52.4% (275/ 525) of the Bundesliga players.  Germany has made more than a financial commitment to the development of their youth players.  According to UEFA and Stuart James of The Guardian, “...Germany has incredible depth of coaching resources… collectively, Germany has 28,400 B licence, 5,500 A licence, and 1,070 Pro license coaches.”

So how can the United States compete with the traditional world soccer powers?  The U.S. is starting to brew its own soccer culture and create its own style of play.  We are, however, a long way from becoming Brazil, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, or Argentina.  The United States has grown from a couple of hundred thousand youth players in the 1970’s to over 3 million youth players in 2012.  Playing soccer in the United States is nearly a rite of passage in elementary school.  The hard question to answer is:  How can the United States develop these soccer players and become a world soccer power?

Part of the development issue can be addressed at the grassroots level.  The United States has plenty of resources.  Youth players, check.  Youth soccer leagues, check.  Coaches, check. Field, equipment, and technology, check.  Pick-up soccer, no check.  What?  Play soccer without cones, a coach, and parents?  Do you get GotSoccer points for pick-up soccer?  You can see where I am going with this.

The three areas that are going to influence the American soccer player the most are:  structured play, unstructured play, and mental play.  Check back next month for the completion of this article.

Four PrinciplesBy Jason Pendleton

Having a successful team is more than just making sure you have a winning record. It is important to understand that you should be creating an environment that will help develop hardworking, committed, respectful and responsible people.

According to Jason Pendleton, NSCAA Academy Staff coach there are four principles that every coaching staff should emphasize when teaching life skills with their team. They include:

Work ethic: Coaches should never accept anything less than a player’s best and it’s your job to push them to reach that best. Failure to do so (on their part) should result in removal from a game or reduction of playing time immediately.

Commitment: It is important to promote selflessness and willingness to sacrifice for the team. Also you should never accept tardiness and make sure to highlight the players that are willing to switch a position if it will better the team.

Respect: Your athletes should respect their teammates, coaches, referees, the game, and themselves. Also, you should be monitoring the behavior of your players especially when they are representing your school and program and constant acknowledgment when players handle tough situations correctly.

Responsibility: Coaches should expect their players to live up to the expectations that they have set and failure to be responsible should result in some form of consequence set by the coaching staff.

One important note for coaches to remember is that initially players (and even parents) will not understand and like the structure set up.


Referee Corner

Did You Hear What I didn’t Say?

          By Pat Ferre

It can safely be said that as soccer referees, 85% or more of our communication with players, coaches, and spectators is non-verbal.  Non-verbal communication is the transmission of relevant information without using words.

As officials we are scrutinized from the time we arrive at a site.  Our decisions and how we relay them during a match are often judged on our non-verbal communication skills.  Referees must become experts of the unspoken signals in the rulebook.

Our appearance is very important to our presentation.  We must adhere to the expected dress code.  Our grooming and clean uniform must showcase a professional appearance.  In addition, good posture, looking people in the eye and speaking clearly will send the message that we are knowledgeable, confident and comfortable in our role.

Starting with pre-game activities, doing our job professionally by paying attention to details and starting the match on time will go a long way to set a positive tone for the match.

The whistle is an important tool of communication.  The tone needs to be sharp, crisp and loud.  A weak, late and barely audible whistle indicates a lack of confidence, knowledge and decisiveness.  Approved hand signals properly and consistently executed will send the correct message without confusion.

We must remain focused and professional throughout the match including during stoppages.  Anticipating substitutions, “reading the game”, and staying engaged at all times can eliminate unforeseen problems.

Always support your partners.  Our body language can send positive messages which will boost our partners’ confidence or negative ones which show our unprofessional attitude and can also ultimately put our partners’ credibility into question.  Good eye contact, a smile or thumbs up will go a long way in supporting your partners.

We must be approachable without allowing ourselves to be manipulated or influenced by coaches, players or fans comments.  Where we stand, how we speak, what we do with our hands during discussions can also be an issue.  Not making eye contact can be a sign of lying or show a lack of interest.  Using the hand as a “stop sign” or pointing a finger can be offensive.

Non-verbal communication with players, coaches and fans is a very big part of each match and a necessary part of each referee’s toolbox.

How we are perceived as officials is definitely judged not only by what we say but by how we officiate and use our non-verbal communication.

Pat Ferre

USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus

USSF Referee Instructor

USSF Referee Assessor

USSF Referee Assignor

District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)

July Smiles - just for Laughs

Sixth Grade Research
By Emery Haggin

Many youth coaches are bound and determined to by-pass working on basic skills.  They seem to ‘think’ that skills can be gained by just playing the game.  Their focus is solely on the tactical aspect of the game.  I wonder if they will continue to work on the ‘mental part’ of the game after reading the following which are actual responses made by sixth grade students. I can really relate to these because some of my own sixth grade students have handed in materials similar to these: 

-Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

-In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.

-Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."

-Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.

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