Maybe YOU Can Help?
(Soccer Brings Organization to Their Lives)

Diego Haro     Date: September 15, 2014

Hey all we may have another issue In the Mountain area.... The fires have really had a major effect on the community. I have sent Kay a request for guidance in this time of need.. 
… It is a serious situation many homes lost that may be part of our soccer family. Stand by for further information. 
… I just wanted you to know that our prayers are with you and your soccer community!!! If you need anything please just let me know... 

From: Kay Emmert     Date: September 16, 2014, We are okay.  

The fire is quite a ways away.   It is North of Oakhurst going the back way into Bass Lake.   It has affected several of our families but the parents have assured me that soccer brings organization to their lives.  It gets the kids’ minds off of losing their homes etc.   Several of the homes were uninhabited vacation homes but we have over 10 families affected.  Other friends and soccer families have taken people into their homes instead of them going to the shelters and soccer teams are rallying around the families finding shoes and shin guards to replace burned ones etc.   Unless things change we will continue with our games and regular schedule.  Parents would prefer the home games so they can be close to home in this time.  We have had many small fires but this is the third large fire where we have lost homes.   We have a couple families on our Under 12 travel and under 14 travel that have been affected and when asked they would prefer a home game.    Thanks for all your caring and concern.

Another 1st for District 7 or the USA!

Coach Sylvia Castro of the Parlier Junior Soccer League became the ‘First Officially Recognized Female District-7 Recreation Staff Instructor’. One would be hard pressed to find many, if any, female clinicians in California or even the U.S. soccer communities. 
Coach Castro, has been playing soccer since she was a little girl. She played Varsity Soccer for 4 yrs in High School and then went on to play for West Hills College in Lemoore. She stopped playing for a while to start a family and continued her education in the Medical Field. She started her coaching career when her children started to play soccer. She continues to play competitive soccer in a women's league. 
Parlier Youth Soccer President, Mario Salinas wrote, “Sylvia Castro has been volunteering for the Parlier Youth Soccer League for many years. She has been an active board member as our coach/referee coordinator for the past two years. She is a great asset to our organization as she is dedicated and follows through with her responsibilities.  

Coach Castro organized and hosted the Parlier ‘pre-F’ course on September 16, 2014.  After the course President Mario Salinas and Koach Karl presented her with the ‘D-7 Recreation Instructor Staff’ Admiral polo shirt. 

Displaying their Admiral ‘D-7 Recreation Instructors’ polo shirts are: 'pre-F' Coach/Instructors –

 Ricardo Zamora from the Selma YSL 

 Craig Kent from Fresno Metro YSL

Letter to Parents/Coaches

Parents - Know Yourself by Steve Jenkins

As parents it’s natural for us to get caught up in the moment. We are protective of our own children and are affected by anything that happens on the sports ground, good or bad, to them. The child on the other team who hits out at our small one while the referee is not looking becomes enemy number one – even though our innocent, perfect, butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth, champion did the same thing 5 minutes previously – which we conveniently missed. Are we biased? 

What feelings do we have for the opposition goalkeeper who had to pick the ball out of the net 10 times? If the referee misses a foul on our own child what feelings do we have towards this often very young person? What do we think about the coach that takes our child off at a key moment in the game? What if the coach does not, in our own expert opinion, appear to understand the game? The key test would be to have two imaginary hidden cameras, one that filmed our every reaction and one that filmed the game. Play them back together. I think a lot of us would be somewhat shocked and a little ashamed of one of two moments. 

This test can help us understand the very foundation on which kids in teams is built on. Without investing time and understanding our behavior the enjoyment, self-worth and development of some of the children, including our own, can be impacted.

Good or Bad?

Like it or not we are a mentor, a guide and a role model to the young people we are watching. When they grow up the role model leaves a far greater impression than the games played, won, lost and the trophies won. Never forget this. We have a huge responsibility. As a spectator of our children we should aim to be good role models.

This is work in progress for all of us. We are ever changing due to age and experience.


·         Analyze our own behavior. Take the opportunity to do team building exercises or personality profiles, Have an open mind to the outcomes.

·         Play back the two imaginary films in our minds – did we do well?

·         The journey home. This tells us a lot. Take the opportunity to explain to the children what a great time we have watching them play. Don’t analyse the game and give them unwanted feedback.

·         Don’t criticize the coach, other children in the team or the referee to your own children.

·         Put yourself in the shoes of your own child.

·         Put yourself in the shoes of your own child’s team mates.

·         Put yourself in the shoes of the opposition. Remember they are kids as well.

·         Put yourself in the shoes of your teams Coach, the opposition coach and the referee.

·         Get feedback from our children.  Continually ask if they are enjoying themselves, are they learning. If they are not ask them what we can do to change the situation.


All buildings have to have a solid foundation – The success of the children needs a solid foundation. The success is giving the children the opportunity to build their self-worth, enjoy themselves and develop the technical skills and develop as being part of a team – win lose or draw. 

Watch the game through the eyes of the children playing it.



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District News

Selma Scores by…Hosting the: “Spook-N-Shoot Halloween Tournament” October 25-26, 2014

Co-ed = U-6; U-8; U-10 Boys
True =   U-12; U-14 Boys and Girls
Tournament Entry Fee: $175
Contact: Joan Godinez  (559) 305-6528

Hanford HostsCotton Classic Tournament

  • December 6 & 7, 2014
  • Contact: Phillip Mello (559) 816-3887 
Roosevelt RunsMetry Winter Challenge Tournament  

  • December 6 & &, 2014
  • Contact: Richard Hernandez (559) 994-8910

Diego’s’ Dialogue…

I would like to let the soccer community of District 7 know that this course (pre-F) has totally changed the hundreds of volunteers in Selma and the way they think about our kids!!

I was so proud when I received an email from the President of Selma Youth Soccer League that they were thinking about doing a "Coloring Contest" for the youngsters in our program. This totally touched my heart that finally the volunteers of our organization with the leadership of Ricardo Zamora League President are focused on the kids other than just the game. My reply to his suggestion was this, "Yes, yes, yes, yes, Yes!!! "

I truly believe it was all due to those individuals that attended Coach Karl's mentor course (Staff Orientation)!!!! Thanks Karl!! 
Diego Haro

Mario’s Message…

I am very happy and grateful that you came out to Parlier to instruct, orient, and give insight to our new and seasoned coaches through the ‘D-7 pre-f course’.  I am a strong believer that all coaches should have some sort of training in order to coach recreational youth soccer. Whether it be the pre-f course for new coaches or the f course for 2nd year coaches.   

Your course was very informational, educational, and at the same time, fun. I was delighted to see on how quick our young players caught on to your ‘9 Step Practice Routine’. 

Coaches commented to me that you had provided them with invaluable information and knowledge that they could use and implement with their young players and their practice. 

My brother George, who is new to coaching and even the sport of soccer, was simply amazed on how fast you were able to produce positive results with the young players you were working with. "It was good stuff", he said. "Informational and gonna be helpful along the way". "The kids he was working with improved their dribbling skills within 10 minutes". 

Thank you once again Koach Karl for visiting us out here in Parlier and sharing with us some of your soccer knowledge and experience with myself, our coach coordinator, and our coaches. We look forward to having you visit us again soon in the near future. 

Mario Salinas -Parlier YSL President

Nancy’s Notes…

I would like to say that I really enjoyed the “pre-F” course held in Caruthers.  It was very interesting.  I learned new ways to teach dribbling and ways to get conditioning without having to run to the fence all the time.  I did try some of these techniques with my sons team.  I do have to be honest... there were about 16 kids and one of me which made it a little difficult to teach the figure 8.  I am eager to teach figure 8 but I find it easier to teach with less kids and with more help.  Thanks for giving such a great presentation. I did learn a lot…!

Nancy Uribe-Sepulveda 

More Information on Coaching

Unstructured Play  By Ed Lanos 

As mentioned the four-stages of practice is US Soccer’s push to teach the game, keep it fun, rewarding, and give players the one thing they desire the most, play time.  The last 25-30 minutes of practice (stage 4) should be reserved for a scrimmage.  Most importantly, the coaches should put their whistle in their pocket during this stage of practice and let the children play.

The scrimmage should be a time for uninterrupted play for a few reasons.  First, the children need free play time to express themselves.  Second, the 30 minutes of free time gives the player an element of street soccer.  Lastly, the children are not getting this time with the game during PE or at school.  The American youth soccer player is more likely to play basketball, before school, during recess, and after school.  Pick-up basketball is very common in the U.S.  One can see pick-up basketball on school blacktops, in driveways, or at a neighborhood park.  Every elementary school, middle school, and high school have dozens of basketball and tennis courts.  If these courts were turned into multi-use courts that included futsal, we could see some improvement in the quality of soccer player produced in the United States. 

Parents, coaches, and the American youth soccer player need to embrace street soccer.  Street soccer will help develop the players from a creativity perspective.  There are a slew reasons why children don’t play pick-up or street soccer in the United States.  A few obstacles maybe: TV, computers, safety concerns, small yards, no access to fields or parks, etc.

Ultimately, this large and important topic lies at the feet of each coach.  Coaches need to see the value in unstructured play.  The players don’t need to be commanded and “joy-sticked” every second of practice.  Coaches should give the game to the children.  After all, it is their game.  Let them have the equipment, decide the teams, make up the rules, and most of all have fun.  One caveat, give the parents a heads up prior to doing this.  They may think you are not “coaching.”

I recently gave my U12 girls an opportunity to experiment with street soccer.  I explained that they could have 30 minutes to play any game they wanted.  The players had access to all the equipment (balls, pinnies, pop up goals, cones, etc.).  It was interesting.  I watched the players take leadership roles on the team.  After about 10 minutes of picking teams and making up the rules, they decided on a game… tag.  Tag with no boundaries!  For 20 minutes!!  I asked myself, “Is this soccer?”  I convinced myself that it was indeed soccer.  Is there leadership in soccer?  Yes.  Is there a need for physical fitness and agility?  Yes.  Did the players have to think and work together?  Yes.  And most importantly, was the activity fun?  Yes.  It was a little strange not controlling the type of game they played.  Not seeing a ball in the activity was different.  Maybe next time they will add a ball and goals; it will be up to them. 

Ed Llanos
CYSA District 7 Staff Instructor
USSF National D
NSCAA GK Level 2 Diploma
Pending National Youth License

Editors Note:  Look for Ed Llanos next article in Komments titled  “Mental Play”

Referee Corner

Referees are Important to the Game
Submitted by Pat Ferre
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)

Youth soccer leaders do a good job of finding and training coaches, organizing leagues and tournaments.  Too often, however, they ignore referees.

The man or woman in the middle is often the most overlooked person on or off the soccer field.  Too few administrators recognize how important a referee is to youth soccer.

Think what happens whenever the referee does not show.  Neither love of the game nor money can entice anyone to help out.  Yet when the officials do show, coaches and fans heap untold abuse on them all game long.  Yearly, countless officials, mostly young ones, do not have the desire, drive or inspiration to return to officiating.

Part of the problem is that too few youth soccer leaders recognize that a referee is more than simply a whistle-blower out to make life difficult for everyone.

In fact, officials have three main functions.  The first is to control the game.  That means enforcing the Laws of the Game fairly and wisely.  Each match whether six-year-old children or high school athletes should flow smoothly yet, if too many whistles fill the air no one gets a chance to move and the game is spoiled.

The referee’s second job is to prevent injury.  The chance of injury is greater when a player is out of control than when the referee is in control.  Chances of injury are greater when players seek to “get” their opponents.  This usually happens not by chance or bad luck but because of encouragement from coaches or fans—with a boost from television.

The official’s third job is to teach.  This is especially true at the younger levels.  At times the referee simply blows the whistle and points.  At times he/she may tell the player the reason for the call and sometimes he/she teaches without making a call at all. 

These ideal officials who combine the three functions of a referee and more may not exist in abundance.  However, youth soccer leaders share part of the blame.  They have not created a climate where individuals who do possess those qualities can cultivate them.

If we want people to perform an impossible task, the least that can be done is to encourage them.

Too often, instead of seeking out people who could become good referees, youth soccer people criticize the ones they have.

There are many reasons youngsters should officiate.  It gives them a deeper understanding of the Laws of the Game.  It gives them a better appreciation of the game.  In addition, they learn about responsibility.  They must make quick decisions in a pressure-packed atmosphere where they have as much authority as adults.  They are also the future pool of officials needed to take the place of those who are no longer willing or able to meet the expectations that soccer officiating needs and requires.

The key to getting youngsters involved in officiating and, just as important, keeping them, is to make it attractive to them.  Assignors and mentors must tell young referees what they are doing correctly and incorrectly, as well as how they can improve.

Youth referees must not be ignored, or worse, taken for granted.  If refereeing becomes the thing to do rather than a chore then we will have a corps of competent, concerned officials that will last a long time.  If that comes to pass, no one will ever have to plead, “Is there anybody here who wouldn’t mind refereeing today’s game?”
From “Referee” March 1998 ---by Dan Woog

Submitted by…Pat Ferre
USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus
USSF Referee Instructor
USSF Referee Assessor
USSF Referee Assignor
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)

Smiles - just for Laughs

Coach: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? 
Simon: No sir, I don't have to, my Mother is a good cook. 
Coach: Linda, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. 
Did you copy his? 
Linda : No, sir. It's the same dog.


Coach: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? 
Harold: A coach 


A little player was diligently pounding away on her coach's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked.  

"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."