Mandates –Trials & Transitions

Congratulations on the past Fall 2016 recreational playing season.  Unless your team participated in postseason tournaments, the fall season wrapped up a little over two months ago.  For the leagues within District 7 that had already implemented the new playing rules that U.S. Youth Soccer will mandate nationwide this coming August 2017, it may have been quite a change for many across the board.  Clovis Junior Soccer League was one league that moved to adopt the new playing rules for this past fall season.  The two main changes included the conversion to Small-Sided Games for Under-8 through Under-12 and the other being a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.

Going into my ninth straight season as an Under-12 Boys Coach with Fugman  Soccer Club in North Fresno, I experienced firsthand the challenges that these initiatives bring. You can read about my trials and transitions by going to

MICHAEL CALVILLO  Fugman Soccer Club, Clovis Junior Soccer League, District 7 Recreation Coach of the Year (2015), State CYSA-North Recreation Coach of the Year (2015) ,Regional Recreation Coach of the Year (2015)