A Tribute to My Very Special Friend — Bob Asklof

“Special” is a word that is used to describe something that is one-of-a-kind; like a hug, or a sunset, or a person who spreads love with a smile or kind gesture.

“Special” describes people who act from the heart and keep in mind the hearts of others.

“Special” applies to something that is admired and precious and which can never be replaced.

“Special” is the word that best describes my friend, Bob Asklof who passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020, following an extended illness at age 81.

As a CYSA District 8 Coaching Committee Member and then District 8 Commissioner he worked diligently behind the scenes to benefit the children.  His relentless efforts to improve youth soccer were realized when he was honored and inducted into the prestigious California Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

My friend is gone and I am having a difficult time trying to find words to explain my relationship with him.  There was more to our friendship than Youth Soccer; but soccer was our common bond. The glue of creating a better playing environment for our children brought us together and held us together until his passin


Thank you for all the work and effort you did all these years for the youth and me personally. I know and I speak for many others when I say, “It would have been a much harder road to travel without your help!”  The youth soccer community in California and I are richer for your having lived.  We will miss you dearly..!

With great personal sorrow to Connie, your wife of 55 years; Ray Asklof and his family (wife, Amanda and daughters, Payton and Reagan) of Fresno; daughter, Lisa Asklof of Lodi; and sister, Linda Asklof of Culver City.  I ask to share your loss and to extend my heartfelt sympathy.


Karl Dewazien


Escape Isolation With Flair


Covid got you down? Can’t get to the gym, can’t play soccer and can’t work with your team? 

 Well, a few years back, there was a Dutch coach who needed to recover from a heart attack. His doctors wouldn’t allow him to play and his wife wouldn’t allow him out of the house. His name was Wiel Coerver. The rest is history.

Koach Karl with Wiel Coerver (Back in-the-day) J

           Coerver got out a soccer ball and started slowly working the ball foot to foot. Back in the day, U.S. coaches would teach ball sensitivity with toe taps on top of the ball. Coerver drew the ball backward with his sole and played it quickly forward with his instep. He cut the ball with the inside of his foot across the back of the other foot, and then played it diagonally forward with the new foot. A cut with the new foot behind the original foot completed what was named the Coerver Move.

 (Click here for the rest of the story) and how you too can become the coach who inspires players by showing some flair on & with the ball.

Coach: Improve while sheltering in Place

During these unprecedented times, there seems to be the mentality that players cannot improve their soccer skills and game but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is an opportunity to fine tune skills and improve other areas that affect aspects of the game.

You don’t have soccer specific equipment besides a ball?  No problem.  You can use items around the house such as t-shirts, canned goods, pretty much anything to use as cones.   Put the items out randomly in cluster and then dribble through them as quickly as you can using all different surfaces of your foot.  Soccer is unpredictable and you have to react quickly.  This is a great exercise to use to help create that environment.  YouTube has great examples if you need more inspiration.

Agility work and fitness- You can create a speed agility ladder with a simple piece of chalk.  Draw out 15 boxes in a straight line.  Practicing quick feet stepping in and out of the boxes. This can really elevate a player’s game.  It affects your explosiveness and quickness on and off the ball.

Fitness plays a major factor in a player’s performance.  You can do this with a ball or without a ball. With a ball is always more fun, so for this you can set up an obstacle course that you have to dribble through, maybe leave the ball and jump over a hurdle then run back and collect the ball for more dribbling. Race against a friend to see who gets the better time.

Nutrition- As a soccer family, we were always on the go and sometimes we grabbed snacks or meals on the road because it was quick and easy.  We have used this time to really hone in on our diet.  If you don’t fuel your body properly, you won’t be able to maximize performance.  This is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to make healthy snacks and good nutritious meals.

Jamie Levoy

California Storm Women’s Soccer

Executive Director 

Field Play

How Are You Creating Recess Time?

We are strong and versatile and during these challenges you have options! We all have hurdles to training but we also have ways to overcome. Here in California we have had social distancing, home schooling has begun and recently poor air quality due to some of the largest fires in California history!

Our students need recess time throughout the day. If you’re looking for ideas for your young soccer players then check out these ground move skills. Ground moves are creative, we often do them to music, they’re an artistic outlet, and most of all they get our entire body involved from our head to our toes.

So enjoy these two videos for this month’s training tips!

100 Days of Street Soccer – Day 59 (click links to see the videos)

And an inspirational video from Keiran’s page!

So enjoy your ‘Recess Time’ between studies, until next time!

Coach Louie and the SISM team


Introducing coach Dan Gaspar; Professional Soccer Coach, Lecturer and Entrepreneur; who is very excited to share his expertise with our D-7 soccer community.

Dan has worked with some of the best clubs in the world, such as SL Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon; trained top goalkeepers such as Tim Howard and Brad Friedel; he assisted in four World Cup qualifications with various National Teams. Iran – twice, Portugal and South Africa; he is the founder and CEO of Star Goalkeeper Academy – SGA and a guest coach for the US Soccer U18 and U16 National Teams.

In this series Coach Gaspar demonstrates activities you can do with only a ball and a wall. Check out the WALL SERIES 


Getting Back to Officiating Sensibly

The following information has been edited and is being shared from an article recently published by NASO—-The National Association of Sports Officials.  It is a multi-point plan aimed at taking a common-sense approach to the restart of officiating.

When games start to be played referees will be receiving requests for their services.  What will be expected of them?

At a minimum and for personal safety, officials should strictly adhere to CDC guidelines, OHSA guidelines where applicable and others that have been adopted by the communities in which they officiate.  Err on the side of safety!

It is possible that there may not be fans watching but it is safe to say that those who govern the games are not contemplating having games with no officials.

The NASO common-sense approach mentioned above has these components.

  1. Organization/association intending to relaunch games should pay special attention to the needs of the officials. It should adopt and publicize provisions designed to enhance the safety and well-being of the officials.
  1. Those hosting the games should make sure the playing area has been properly cleaned and organized in such a way that officials are not also turned into virus maintenance workers. The referees will already be faced with the extra burden of enforcing new playing rules and variations in game management to ensure the safety of the participants.
  1. Officials must be provided an equally safe working environment as is provided for the players, coaches and site management personnel.
  1. In regard to the Covid-19 situation the rules of the game may be adjusted by the rules-makers.  Any new adoption should include adequate considerations to the role of the officials in the application and enforcement of those adoptions.
  1. Amateur officials are independent contractors and as such do not have to take any assignment which may make them uncomfortable. If you chose to not accept, turn it down respectfully.  The choice is yours.  Your health comes first.
  1. Assignors need to show understanding and respect for decisions made by officials who decline assignments due to safety or health concerns.
  1. If you show symptoms or feel slightly sick, do not go out and officiate. Do not do something that could cause harm or impose a health risk to others.
  1. Pay attention to your personal hygiene. Wash hands and use sanitizer.  Carry a mask and wear it if you feel the need to.  Work with no mask and accept the inherent risk.  If there is a requirement to wear a mask, embrace that and wear it or decline the assignment.  Before you accept any assignment know what will be expected of you.
  1. Do your best to keep yourself at a safe distance. Plan ahead and concentrate on keeping your 6+ feet of social distancing before, during and after the game.
  1. As Covid-19 testing and vaccines become easily and widely available consider being tested and/or vaccinated.

There will be games, they will need officials and by taking the above suggestions into account, there will be a commitment to the safety of all involved and officials should feel confident about accepting assignments.




So what do we have available in the world of Youth Soccer, well lots of opportunities are available if you go and find them.

Who are they available to:

League Administrators: 
  • Time to check your by-laws,
  • Make a post Covid 19 business plan,
  • Plan a marketing strategy to get players back,
  • Check you costs (can we offer programs for less cost to bring in more players),
  • Plus have a rapid start up plan.


  • Time to plan coaching sessions and strategies,
  • Time to get all your mandatory requirements done (Safe Sports and Head Injury to name a few).
  • Time to take coaching courses, US Soccer and others have on line courses.


  • Time to read Law changes, plus review the laws of the game,
  • Time to get your back ground checks and safe sports done,
  • Time to plan for post Covid 19 what will your role be,
  • Check in with your local assignor or referee area administrator.


  • Check what conditioning is recommended,
  • Work on your skills,
  • Watch as many games as you can,
  • Check on line self-help forums to increase your knowledge and skill,
  • Consider taking a referee course, we will new referees when we return to play.


  • There will be soccer, plan to be ready,
  • Consider reading the rules of play, or become a referee,
  • Take a Coaching Course you could be the next Coach or Assistant Coach for your team,
  • Read up on side line behavior, be the next role model for players and parents,
  • Talk to your League and be prepared to volunteer.

The Future:

We will have the OPPORTUNITY to play again? Yes, in the near future, but we will all need to be prepared. The post Covid 19 world will come with restrictions and policies meant to protect our players and families.

One thought is thick masks for fans might be a perfect answer to teach respect for the players and officials.

Keep Soccer Skills Alive

Sadly there is still no news as to when we can get back to playing soccer or even taking coaching sessions. We are still only at the level of individual conditioning allowed.

Individual conditioning can be a number of things jogging, skipping, jumping jacks etc. to keep fitness levels up. Dribbling a ball up and down the street or kicking a ball against a wall or through a hoop to keep some soccer skill alive.

Ronaldinho commented “I learned all about life with a ball at my feet”

And Eduardo Galeano said “In soccer, ability is much more important than shape, and in many cases skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues”.

So now is the time to encourage your young players to put a ball at their feet and practice their skills so when our limitations on playing are lifted their virtues will shine.

Stay Safe All…!



The Outcome of Our Children’s Health,

Is Infinitely More Important…

Than the Outcome of any Game/Practice;

 We Will Need to Cancel!”

 Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl

 Karl Dewazien

D-7 Recreation Chairperson