Advocating the Use of A Routine      

Sean McCann, PhD; U.S. Olympic Committee Performance Services, Sport Psychologist wrote an article entitled, “Routines, Rituals and Performing Under Pressure” in which he strongly advocates the use of ‘Routines’ because ‘Routines’ help elite athletes…
• Do the right things
• Prevent dumb mistakes
• Avoid doing the wrong things
• Make useful behavior automatic
• Reduce thinking and decision making
• Enhance feelings of control and confidence
• Stay active and focused on useful behaviors
• Increases the sense of familiar in a new environment
• Increase the opportunity for the brain to focus on the proper things

His article ended with these profound words, “An initial investment of energy in developing good habits will create a great return down the road. I see this all the time in sports, and I’ll never forget what a great coach once said to me. “Why are all these coaches screaming from the sideline? If they had done their job in practice they wouldn’t have to say anything during a game.” If a coach develops great routines, and the athletes develop great habits, then the habits make them great players.”

Today one will find that great players developed great habits in practices by youth coaches who developed practice routines with ACTION-S 

Activity! Appropriate soccer activity has to be a youth coach’s main objective when planning and running a practice session.
Consistency!  The key to creating good soccer habits will come from good consistent repetition.
Teaching less!  A fact: When players and the ball are moving, soccer learning is taking place.  When the players and the ball stop moving, soccer learning stops!.
Interest in player development must be a high priority.  
Organize practice sessions in such a manner that it becomes apparent it is a rehearsal for the game day routine. 
No Lapse. No Lines. No Lectures!
Self –Discipline.  The coach acting firmly, fairly, consistently and matter of factly when player’s actions go against established practice rules.  

Editor’s Note:  
The D-7 Instructional Staff is prepared to teach YOU how to run a successful practice with “ACTION-S”.   For details write to:

Koach Karl Dewazien, District 7 Recreation Administrator,State Director of Coaching - California Youth Soccer Association (1979-2012). Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series. Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD. 
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I DARE YOU TO …!!!  By Koach Karl  

I looked you straight in the eyes and told you that, “I Dare You To PLAY (Soccer) Each And Every Day!”  I specifically dared you to PLAY the 1 vs. 1 game every day!”  But, you can’t seem to find anyone to play 1vs.1 

No worries…  
In time your ‘Wall-as-Partner’ activities will help you instill the habit of ‘Push, Peek & Pass’ whenever releasing the ball. That is: Pushing the ball slightly ahead to Peek and see your intended target and finally Placing the ball at the target. 
Keeping a ‘Record Chart’ of your “Wall-as-Partner’ activities can help you stay motivated.. Your chart can/should include the Date, Distance from the Wall; Number of passes with right or left foot, Number of shots with right or left foot. Etc.  Put your chart on the refrigerator or some other ‘special’ place in your house.  Then, post the scores of the ‘daily’ results. Finally, agree on a reward you will give to yourself whenever you set a new personal record.   I Dare You To a ‘Wall-as-Partner’ Every Day…So that the Push, Peek & Place habit will be here to stay!

Koach Karl Dewazien), District 7 Recreation Administrator, State Director of Coaching - California Youth Soccer Association (1979-2012), Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series, Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD. Website: 

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"Your Child's Playing Future Is At Stake"  By Koach Karl 

We tell our children, "Do not talk to strangers!" And then, we turn around and hand our child over to (in many cases) a total stranger. We justify our actions by assuming that this 'stranger' is qualified because he/she has been given the title 'soccer coach' by someone in the local soccer association. Someone who is a stranger to us but they have been approved by the local soccer board. A board consisting of yet another group of strangers. Strange!!!

It is your duty, as a parent, to take the time to get to know as many of these 'strangers' as possible before handing your child over to them.

Ideally, the local organization should make your task easier by holding a 'Mandatory Parent Introduction Night' prior to the season. During this function the local soccer board members introduce themselves, describe their duties, give their interpretation of the goals for the organization and give you instructions on how to communicate with them throughout the season.
Begin judging if your child should become involved in soccer by observing and listening to these leaders. You must feel comfortable that the board's overall goals and your goals, for your child, are compatible. Help yourself by taking into consideration the number of times words such as 'children, fun and development' or 'winning, trophies and travel' are used. Then, make a conscious decision if the environment proposed fits the standards you want for your child.

Koach Dewazien, D-7 Recreation Administrator, State Director of Coaching - California Youth Soccer Association (1979-2012), Author Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series,Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVDs , 
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Coaching Corner

Coaching Licenses: Clearing up any Misinformation

There is no longer a CYSA “F” certificate. We now have a United States Soccer Federation (USSF)  “F” license. 

USSF is delivering the USSF “F” by an online platform. The setup is not done through a league; instead the coach merely logs onto the Digital Coaching Center ( and takes the online course ($25).  

In addition to the USSF requirements, CYSA/Cal-N adds a field requirement. The field session can be scheduled through your league or even another league. Starting in June 1 (subject to further updates) the USSF F (not our old F) will be a mandatory prerequisite to the USSF “E”.  

However, there will be NO waiting period, so in a sense the new USSF F is basically another homework assignment to the other 5-6 assignments currently required for the USSF E.

As stated above, CYSA/Cal North will require a coaching candidate to complete a field component in order for CYSA/Cal-N to recognize the USSF F (for Cal-N/D7 purposes only not USSF) … Unless (and here is the kicker) the coach takes the online USSF F and completes the USSF E course; in which case the coach is set for almost all age groups and levels of coaching in District 7.  

Cal-N CAN NOT mandate that a coach take the Cal-N field component for the USSF F prior to taking the USSF E.  However if a coach does not take and complete the USSF E, CYSA/Cal-N made the determination not to recognize that particular coaches’ USSF F without the field component.

If you need any further details contact me at: 

Finally, Please send all coaching issues/request for courses directly to the D7 office and not to Cal-N/CYSA office. 

Sal Blanco, Cal-N D-7 Coaching Director, USSF “C”. NSCAA National Diploma. NSCAA Advance GK Diploma

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Referee Corner

Using Advantage to Your Advantage(continued)  By Pat Ferre 

The raising of both arms, straight forward in a sweeping motion, up to chest/shoulder level and calling out, “Play on!” while moving in the direction of play is the proper indication of an advantage.

It is important to only use that signal for indicating when advantage is being applied.  It is NOT appropriate for indicating “no foul” such as when the ball hits the hand and it is not a handling situation or when a player falls of his/her own accord.  Saying things like: “keep going!” or “continue” are good ways to let players know that you have seen it but NEVER say: “Play on!”

Positioning is critical in order to see the potential of how the play will develop following the foul and will help prevent retaliation behind your back, especially when the ball is passed to a teammate who will continue the attack.   These situations should be discussed in the pregame meeting with your partners but a word of reminder such as: “Watch behind me! to your assistant, loud enough to be heard by the players, may prevent retaliation.

Don’t be afraid to call an advantage back (within 2-3 seconds) when it ceases to be an advantage to the offended team and award the foul.  Ultimately, this is about justice and fairness.

If the original foul caused the advantage to not materialize, blow the whistle and award the foul. Should the player or his/her teammate just mess up and does not benefit from the given advantage, let play continue.   In any case, if a caution or send off is warranted, it must be administered at the next stoppage and BEFORE play is allowed to restart.

It is important to keep track of any player who committed a foul and put them on notice as play continues.  It lets them know that you will be back to issue a card at the next stoppage and if in the meantime they commit another caution-able offense, they will be sent off.

In the event a direct send-off is in order it is a good idea to not let the player know any more than a card will be issued.  A player who has been told that he/she will be sent off at the next stoppage may decide to become reckless and take out other players.

Law 5 empowers the referee to “take disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offenses.  He is not obligated to take that action immediately but must do so when the ball next goes out of play.”  The referee must be prepared to quickly stop the restart and take care of any administrative duties once the ball is out of play.   You must remember that once you allow the restart, you no longer have the authority to caution the offender.

Advantage is a great tool and a great responsibility for the referee.  Using the advantage clause allows the referee to demonstrate his/her understanding of the game and his/her ability to balance control and flow for the enjoyment of fans and players alike.

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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Did You Know???


Coaches Should Be Life-Long Students

One attribute often said about top class youth coaches is that they are life-long students of the game. The youth coach who feels he or she knows it all is on the slippery slope to delusion. As Coach John Wooden once said, “It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

The youth coaches, who have the chance to develop players, win matches and perhaps also inspire a few future coaches, are people who strive for excellence. Success is the probable outcome while pursuing excellence.

A youth coach who wants to excel is one who continually wants to improve. These coaches self-reflect after matches, training sessions and team meetings. They ask themselves on what points did I do well and where can I improve. These are the youth coaches who attend coaching courses throughout their careers. They study on-line, read books and articles (such as this one) and they go to conventions, seminars, etc.

Earning a License or a Diploma is an important step for all youth coaches to take. But the competencies in between the formal coaching courses are equally important. Those competencies could be on-line clinics or they could be attending the education sessions at your state association’s events. 

Planned time for dialogue among youth coaches is another means of education outside of the coaching schools. The coaches in a club or a league could meet once a month to discuss and debate issues pertinent to youth soccer coaching.

With a few exceptions one of the must underutilized resources for continuing education is mentoring. Very few soccer organizations in North America have a real plan for mentoring their novice coaches. (* See Editor’s Note)

The bottom line for coaches is to constantly push themselves out of their comfort zones in order to improve their craft of coaching. In other words do what you ask your players to do, strive to better your best.

Sam Snow, Director of Coaching, USYouth Soccer

Editor’s Note: The D-7 Recreation Program has ‘A Real Plan’ for Mentoring Both Our Novice and Experienced Coaches … For details write to:   

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