D-7 Recreation Instructors Are Ready
Castro, Sylvie – Parlier
Ceja, Michaelray - Selma
Demeusy, Mike – Oakhurst
Kent, Craig – Fresno
Laird, Lawrence – Hanford
Ochoa, Jay – Fowler
Pearce, David – Fresno
Quintana, Javier – Kingsburg
Velasquez, Sergio – Sanger
Zamora, Ricardo – Selma
-Consider what should be coached, when, for how long and how often.
-Run ability appropriate rather than age appropriate training session.
-Challenge their players at each and every practice
-Instill the Love of the Game into each player.
-Make Hard Work Seem Like Fun!
They Are Prepared to Offer Local Community Courses To Teach Coaches That:
-Players come to practice to play soccer.
-Practice is rehearsal for the game.
-Games are tests for what needs to be practiced.
-Observing is more important than talking.
-Helping only those who need help is vital.
They Are Prepared to Help Each Participant Guide Themselves to Self-awareness:
-What they do vs. What they think they do.
-Provide information about what they may not know.
-To question themselves about what they think they do know.
WE are Prepared to Prepare YOU…!
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Adapting the Program to the Players
Your special needs program is up and running. Six players with various abilities have decided to play in the program. After reviewing the medical information and consulting with the parents. You chart the players to assist you with appropriate playing format, law modifications,and player activities
Name Age Height Weight Notes
John 10 4'3” 90 lbs. Slow learner, good mobility, kicks hard
Sue 8 4' 62 lbs. Slow learner, good mobility, leg brace
Peter 16 6' 180 lbs.Slow learner, poor mobility
Jack 8 4'2” 73 lbs. Adequate learner, wheel chair
Sarah 12 3'9” 98 lbs Fast learner,ball shouldn't contact neck
Beth 15 5' 110 lbs.Slow learner, sight impaired, great mobility
Now it becomes easier to decide what is best for the children. You decide on the following:
Note: If Soccer Buddies were available at practice then almost any combination would be acceptable.
-Beth, Sue with Jack – Team One -Peter, John with Sarah – Team Two
Hopefully this example illustrates how easy it is to accommodate a team with various special needs. Send your questions or comments for TOPSoccer program to: cysaD7office@gmail.com.
Article Source: “Miles & Miles of SoccerSmiles” Handbook, Co-Authors: Peggy Neason/ Former US Youth SoccerTOPSoccer
Karl Dewazien D-7 Recreation Administrator
Blue’s Clues Will Make You a Better Youth Coach
(Themes 1; 2 & 3 & 4) By Brendan Donahue
FROM THE D-7 OFFICE
June 12, 2014
We have 3 teams participating in the Presidents Cup Regionals.
Play began and here are the results of their first game:
• Cencal Un (Hanford) U 16 G lost to Nevada 6-0
• Roosevelt Rev U 16 B won against Utah 2-1
• Porterville U 17 B tied Washington 2-2
June 13, 2014
Here is an update on our teams at Presdents Cup Regionals
• Roosevelt U 16 B tied 2-2 Nevada
• Porterville U 17 B won 4-1 Colorado
• Hanford Cen Cal U 16 G lost 0-5 Alaska
That means Roosevelt and Porterville are tied in their brackets for first place. Both have a good chance of advancing out of their flights as two advance in each to the quarterfinals.
Unfortunately with 2 losses Hanford will not advance.
June 14, 2014
OK, here we go with the last scores from Presidents Cup Regional Finals.
Regretfully we do not have any teams advance to the National.
U 17 BOYS PORTERVILLE UN.
6/13 WON 3-2 OVER IDAHO
6/14 WON 3-2 OVER ARIZONA PKS QUARTERFINAL
6/14 LOST 2-6 TO CAL S SEMIFINAL
CAL S LOST IN THE FINAL TO AZ
6/13 LOST 3-2 COLORADO
6/14 LOST 5-0 ALASKA QUARTERFINAL
ALASKA WENT ON TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
U 16 GIRLS HANFORD CENCAL
6/13 LOST 3-1 TO CAL S SO DID NOT ADVANCE
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF ALL THE PLAYERS/COACHES WHO REPRESENTED D-7 SO HONORABLY...!!!
IMPOSED STRUCTURE By Davis Paul
That maxim may sound trite, but when it comes to developing world-class soccer stars, that cliche might be the key to success, according to Davis Paul, an American-born former MLS player. Paul recently returned from Brazil, where he made a video series about “the beautiful game” for GoPro in the lead-up for the World Cup.
“The skill that exists down there is something that doesn't exist in the masses in the United States,” Davis said,adding that during the 16 days he spent in Brazil playing and filming pick-up games Brazilians on the beaches of Rio and the streets of the favelas he was most impressed with the kids.
“To me, it was pretty amazing to see these kids go into a caged field — no referees, no structure — [and] put a ball down and literally just have the confidence to try to dribble and take every player that was in front of them,” Davis said, telling a story about playing against a 7-year-old kid as an example.
“Instead of being afraid because I had played pro, he wanted to take me, he wanted to try to get through me.”Davis explained. “It was like they weren't really playing the game as much as they were just doing what they felt like they wanted to do.”
For Davis, that lack of an imposed structure when first learning the game is one of the reasons why Brazil has been able to develop players like Pele, Ronaldo and today’s Neymar,while the United States has not.
“In the U.S. we have these big grass fields and big parks and we learn the game at such a slower pace,” Davis said. “It’s very much like ‘trap the ball,’ ‘kick the ball 30 yards,’everybody runs… It’s very cautious … I think we have to start doing it differently.”
Besides letting kids follow less rules and have more fun when they first start learning, perhaps a change in where kids initially learn needs to happen, as well.
“Every game I stumbled upon [in Brazil], it’s in tight little complexes, where there are fences, and so the ball never really goes out of bounds, it’s always in play,” Davis said.
This more ad hoc, more nonstop approach that many kids in Brazil use to train their feet and bodies to manipulate the ball teaches them to pass quicker and develop finer skills,Davis said. “They were just so sharp versus when you coach and 8-year-old team here in the United States.”
Youth Soccer and Fouls
by Pat Ferre
In a youth game, two players are challenging for the ball when one player falls to the ground. What the parents of the down player saw was a foul, illegal play, and something that the referee should be whistling in their favor. Parents of the other player saw a legal challenge, the player tripped over his own feet and there should be no whistle blown. What did the referee see?
Unlike what players and parents see in training films, television, and the like, the dynamics of a youth game are much different than the higher and professional levels. At the younger levels, parents and spectators are not, in general, well experienced in soccer. At this level, most adults are learning what the rules of soccer really are.
Parents are naturally protective of their child and tend to see what their own child does as acceptable and what is done to their child as unfair. As their child grows older, parents grow in experience as well and learn more about what is acceptable and fair play.
Players at a young age have little knowledge of what a foul is and are learning the basics of what is acceptable and what is not. At the same time they are learning to control their bodies and many challenges are “unfair’ not because they are trying to cheat but because they lack the control of their own bodies. At a young age, players can often be seen falling down even though there is no other player around them and they trip over their own feet.
As children grow older, their soccer skills improve and they have more control over their own bodies. Since children improve and grow at different rates, the skill level within a game may vary greatly. As players join new teams they also find themselves with teammates with more or less experience. This can cause problems as the more skilled and experienced players may dominate play and take advantage of the less experienced players. That dominance will cause other players to try hard to stop these players and create situations where sorting out fair from foul play can be difficult.
The referees of these younger age groups are faced with several roles. The major role is to keep players from hurting themselves, being hurt and hurting others. While trying to improve, some players may be influenced by trying to emulate older more experienced players and may be trying to play at a level beyond their own skills. This may lead to players unintentionally hurting themselves and others.
Another role of the youth official is to teach the Laws of the Game. At the youngest levels it means that the referee may actually stop the game for a “careless” foul and explain to the player that what they did is not considered fair play.
Ultimately, referees are the guardians of the Laws of the Game. They must balance the need to keep the players safe and the game flowing while teaching what is fair and not fair play.
USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus,USSF Referee Instructor,USSF Referee Assessor,USSF Referee Assignor
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)
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:
• Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
• Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
• Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
• The Greeks were a highly sculptured people and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
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