Coach of the Year Nomination

Do you know a coach who:

  • Makes fun the priority of the game – not a personal desire to win?
  • Treats each player as an individual and helps them to be the best they can be?
  • Makes an effort to improve their own coaching skills and learn how to be a better coach?
  • Is a role model of fair play and sportsmanship for their players to follow?

If so, your coach deserves to be nominated for the prestigious “2018 District 7 Recreation Coach of the Year Award!”

Click here & Fill-out YOUR Nomination Form before January 15, 2019


Creative coaches are able to create specific rules/adjustments for practice games to correct weaknesses observed in the game.  Are you creative?

Click here and find out.

Your proper use and understanding of Small Sided Games and Scrimmages both Cooperative & Competitive will help you become more creative –Guaranteed!

Tyler Vaughn and Koach Karl’s discussion continues by going into even greater detail of Steps -6 & 7 of the ‘9-Step Practice’.  This unique approach developed over decades, with its primary focus on Small Sided Games, has proven to improve players much quicker than traditional methods.



COACH – Be somebody who makes every player feel like they are special because they truly are…!

For me to be part of the growth of young soccer players is a privilege and a big responsibility that I never took lightly.

In my eyes, I feel a strong obligation to do well by the young players that give me a remarkable opportunity to share my knowledge of soccer and life with them.

Unfortunately there are coaches/people out there that it seems as if they feel soccer players belong to them. Well, it is not true. We coaches are here for the players and the players are not here for us. We must always do everything possible and then some to empower, inspired and guide those young soccer players towards excellence as players and people.

Those so called coaches that restrict the opportunity and possibly soccer development of “their” players by not allowing them to be exposed to other soccer opportunities are, in my eyes, committing a violation of the pledge of enlightenment every coach must abide to. Players’ progress and wellbeing come first, we coaches come last, period.

My friend and former State Director of Coaching in California Karl Dewazien always said:  “The Outcome of children is infinitely more important than the outcome of any game children will ever play!”

Fernando Rodriguez Sanchez

Perhaps those coaches that still do not get it yet should read 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton and hopefully that will help them see clearly what our job as coaches of young people is.

All the best.

Fernando Rodriguez Sanchez,

Coach for Sporting Valley, Overland Park, Kansas

Field Players

It’s the off-season for many, the holidays are here, and many will have a break over the winter! Maybe it’s cold outside, maybe it’s raining or snowing, no matter there are plenty of opportunities to keep improving your skills indoors or outdoors!

So on that, note we begin a series of skill tutorials. This month’s starting video begins with a familiar topic and is quite simple: juggling. How and why! Let’s look at this skill through the eyes of a freestyler and how we use the basics to setup the more complex.

Click on the image above to see the video at this link:

Two common mistakes seen in youth players learning to juggle are the following: 1) Lifting the leg too high resulting in the ball climbing to chest or head height, and 2) inefficiently extending the leg too far on each touch. As a freestyler it is important to be able to juggle the ball around knee-high so setup your next trick. So many of the skills we challenge ourselves with first require this basic control as our starting point. Don’t forget, you must be able to use both feet for this! What’s a freestyler’s point of view on this? If your dominant foot is the one that’s about to execute your best trick, it’s your non-dominant foot that often sets up the final touch just before! No control on your weak foot = no big tricks with your good foot!

Click here for the rest of my article and more tips!


One of the more advanced aspects of goalkeeping comes in a player’s ability to be aware of their surroundings at all times. This can be as complex as the tactical scenarios they or their teammates are facing, the location of opponents on a corner kick, setting up a wall to defend a free kick, and even distribution when countering. No matter what the situation a keeper’s awareness can make or break their decision making.

Keep your head on a swivel, see the entire pitch, and to make your life even easier, communicate what you see to others on your team. As the quarterback of the field you have the distinct advantage of perspective, never forget the fact that keepers can see the entire pitch and therefore should use this to their advantage when instructing the players in front of you!


Learn from the Pros

The more regulated the game becomes the more the referee play a part. This World Cup was a testament to that. Look at how many goals have set plays as their source. Therefore coaches must give time to both attacking and defending set plays or pay the price.

Corners, free kicks and throw-ins especially deserve serious practice time. I helped a D3-Mens team get to a national D3 NCAA Final on goals whose source was 75% of the goals came from set plays.  If you watched the World Cup you could clearly see with a bit of skill free kicks around the box are pretty lethal.

I would add throw ins as they are treated with disdain as what’s the big deal about throwing in a ball as it seems such a minor event. If you care about possession it is a major factor. It blows my mind when a team treats a throw-in as nothing event until it becomes the source of a goal to our opponents. Try it a couple of times!! Throw-ins have a lot of pluses going for them besides possession as it allows you to speed up or slow down play.

If you are a keen student of the sport get someone to do a statistical chart on your set plays. You might use this World Cup as a study.


Communication Tool

As referees we have multiple ways of communicating with players and spectators.  Our whistle, our voice, our hand signals and our cards are the most obvious ones.

If used properly and as designed the message being sent and received allows the contest to continue with little or no further interruption.  Often some of the messages being sent by referees are not received as they were intended to be. The following will focus on the whistle as a communication tool.

The whistle is very important and probably the most employed tool for communicating with players.  The sounds it is able to make will send different messages.  A short tweet, if necessary, can signal to stop play due to the ball having gone out of touch for a goal kick or throw-in.  A longer and louder whistle can signal a minor foul, a handball or an offside.  A very long and LOUD whistle should be used when a serious foul or misconduct has occurred.  That signal should immediately tell everyone that play is stopped, you as the referee have seen it, you will handle it and there is no need for retaliation.

In order to effectively communicate and send the appropriate messages, referees MUST learn to vary the pitch, the tone, the sound and the length in order to make the most effective use of the whistle as a communication tool.  A monotone whistle is not an effective way for referees to communicate during a match.

Learn more about using the whistle and refereeing by attending:  The New Entry Level Grade 8 Referee Course

Location: Washington Union High School, 6041 S. Elm Ave. Fresno:

Day/Time: Saturday. Dec. 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. SHARP!!!

Contact: Joseph Perez,; Phone: 559-977-3963

Instructor:  Pat Ferre,;  Phone: 559-280-3654

Register log on to: Click on-follow instruction on- New Referee Registration


Join Our ‘Think Tank Group!’

Hey all I just wanted to say thanks to all that participated in the D7 Fall   Playing Program and as well all the local In-house leagues!! This Season ran a lot smoother… I firmly believe it’s because our membership is getting use to the rules and the scheduling program, we have now have used it for Four seasons.

We have found several issues that will be addressed by the Playing Program Committee and brought to the BOD hopefully in January, the issues we found are going to require the help of Got Soccers IT department.

I will be heading up a ‘Think Tank Group’ to talk about our Mercy Rule! If you would like to be part of this forum please contact the D7 office Via email at: .  We haven’t set a date or time yet but it will be very soon!!

Or, email me your thoughts and ideas as soon as possible. If you have any case studies or statistics to share send them to me at:

Thanks again for your continued support for our kids….!

Making a Difference

Because every child needs a soccer ball for self-improvement and to fall in love with our game…That is why FUNdamental SOCCER decided to donate soccer-balls to the City of Fresno – PARCS Youth Sports Bitty Soccer Program.

Eric Wages, from the City of Fresno – PARCS Youth Sports Bitty Soccer Program accepts donation of FUNdamental SOCCER balls from Koach Karl

Mike Garcia; Eli Castillo and Jovanna Garcia coaches from the City of Fresno – PARCS Youth Sports Bitty Soccer Program accept donation of FUNdamental SOCCER balls

“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!”


Thank you for your support this year and encouraging us to find new ways to improve the playing environment for our children/players.

Wishing You and Yours A Healthy/Happy Holiday Season.!

Your FUNdamental, Koach Karl

Karl Dewazien – D-7 Recreation Admin.