Times Have Changed

They were required to register their child and attend a mandatory after-registration meeting. They clearly remember hearing that enough children had registered to form a team and vaguely something about no one to coach them.  They recall looking around the silent room and feeling totally out-of-place because everyone was avoiding making eye-contact. The sport of soccer and everything about this experience was brand new to them.  All they wanted was for their child to play what they had been told is the world's most popular team sport.

When the eerie silence was broken by thunderous clapping and loud cheering aimed directly at them confusion took over.  They do not recall raising their hand or receiving a back-pack full of cones, bibs, a whistle and a soccer ball.  But, they found themselves leaving the meeting wearing a sleek polo-shirt  with the word 'coach' boldly stitched over their heart. 

In the past these individuals were on-their-own to learn about The Game, Player Development, Support Available, etc.  Times Have Changed!

Today, if you find yourself in this position be reassured the D-7 Recreation Program is here to help YOU.  We are prepared to provide local community coaching classes. Classes at which your question of the who, the what, the when, the where and the why of coaching developing players will be answered.   

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At first it may seem overwhelming when you realize that you could really use some help.  Be assured by our promise that, “Once you study, understand and apply our methods you will be overwhelmed by the players' and their parents' positive responses!” So, plan on attending one of our classes and be overwhelmed at how simple and enjoyable coaching youth players really is!

Very Important:

Your local administration will have information regarding scheduled courses.
If you do not have local contact information then please contact me at: 
Koach Karl Dewazien, District 7 Recreation Administrator

D-7 Recreation Instructors…

  • Ed Llanos Clovis
  • Tommy Alioto Clovis
  • Sal Blanco Clovis
  • Albert Rangel E. Fresno
  • Alyce Alveraz         E. Fresno
  • Jason Amarante Fowler
  • Ochoa, Jay Fowler
  • Kent, Craig Fresno Metro
  • Laird, Alan Hanford
  • Quintana, Javier Kingsburg
  • Eric Ramirez Lemoore
  • Angel Garza Madera
  • Mario Salinas Parlier
  • Jeff Clark Liberty Ranchos
  • Julie Galvan Reedley
  • Luis Escareno Reedley      
  • Zamora, Ricardo Selma
  • Michaelray Ceya Selma
  • Bill DeMarinis Valley Youth
  • Mike Ridenour Visalia

Have and are preparing themselves to:
    • -Ensure that players are provided with the best opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
    • -Ensure that coaches are provided with the best information to be successful.

Have and are Preparing to Offer Local Community Courses on ‘How To’:

    • -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!

Have and are Preparing to Offer Local Courses to Teach Coaches That:

    • -Players come to practice to play soccer.
    • -Players come to games 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. 

Have and are Preparing to Guide Coaches 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 already know.

WE Have and are Preparing to Prepare YOU…Send your questions to:



I looked you straight in the eyes and told you that, “I Dare You To PLAY (Soccer) Each And Every Day!”  I specifically dared you to PLAY the 1 vs. 1 game every day!”  But, you can’t seem to find anyone to play 1vs.1 or a wall to pass against. 
No worries…  
Keeping a ‘R
ecord Chart’ of your “Slalom Runs’ will help you stay motivated and build your confidence in dribbling.. Your chart can/should include:
  • Date, 
  • Distance of the Slalom 
  • Number of runs with right or left foot 
  • Number of fakes between slalom 
  • Put your chart on the refrigerator or some other ‘special’ place in your house.  
  • Then, post the scores of the ‘daily’ results. 
  • Finally, agree on a reward you will give to yourself whenever you set a new personal record. .  

In time your ‘Slalom-Run’ will help you instill the habit of
 ‘Push & Peek’ 
That is-Pushing the ball slightly ahead to Peek and see what options are available to you!  
I Dare You To ‘Slalom Run’ Every Day…
So that the Push & Peek habit will be here to stay!

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)
District 7 Recreation Administrator

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"Your Child's Playing Future Is At Stake" by Koach Karl Dewazien

Let's assume that anyone who is given the title 'soccer coach' by the local soccer association is qualified to work with children. But, is he/she good enough to work with your child?

You will not know that answer unless you have a one-on-one meeting with the prospective coach. I urge you to insist that the coach meet with you before the season begins.

Your child's coach, if you are not aware, is a very influential person in your child's playing future. The stimulation and support he/she provides can instill a desire to play soccer for years to come. Conversely your child's interest in playing may decline and playing for its own sake can be sacrificed. Therefore, it is extremely important that you find out, before the season begins, if the coach will be able to create a learning environment that is also FUN for your child.

Segments & Illustrations were taken from my book: FUNdamental SOCCER –GUIDE 

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien), District 7 Recreation Administrator

He can be reached at:  or

Coaching Corner

Final Weeks of Summer Break  by MICHAEL CALVILLO

It’s August!  School and the fall soccer season are a few weeks away, so there is still plenty of time to relax and enjoy family/friends, take trips or enjoy barbeques and swimming.  As a soccer coach, this time may also continue to serve as a nice break from conducting practices and preparing for the Saturday games, even more so if you participated in the District 7 spring league season that ended in late-Spring.  Unless your family participates in competitive club soccer which takes you year-round, you really value this offseason.  There is definitely nothing wrong with that as the last thing a coach or player needs is a burnout.  With the new fall season approaching, you will have plenty of time to get yourself and your team dialed back in.  However, if you are planning to lead a team this fall and are contemplating ways you can stay fresh with the game, or you are just looking for different ways to approach it, then here are some ideas.

·         Hands on education (just don’t use your hands J).  Check with your respective league to see if there are any coaching clinics that you can register for.  There may even be opportunities out of town if you don’t mind the drive – you can even make a mini vacation out of it.  Furthermore, check with your league to learn about the changes that occurred on June 1, 2015 with regard to coaching licenses.  These changes may affect a lot of coaches at many levels.  It may be a good time to consider upgrading your coaching license, especially if you intend on coaching an older age level in the future.  Again, inquire within your league about any changes that may have taken place recently with coaching licenses and when classes are offered.

Editor’s Note: Send any questions on coaching clinics to:

  • ·         Online education.  This one will keep you out of the heat while feeding your mind.  Check out YouTube or Google to find videos and illustrations on soccer fundamentals and coaching techniques.  There is lots of great stuff out there that you can implement into your practices this fall.  I just want to emphasize “fundamentals” when you conduct your search.  You don’t want to deviate from teaching the fundamentals of soccer, rather it’s preferred you find different ways to “disguise” and enhance them so your practices do not appear redundant to your team.
  • ·         Attend random matches.  Chances are there is some great soccer going on at a nearby high school or sports complex on the weekends.  As competitive play goes year-round, you can seek out a local tournament and enjoy just being a spectator as opposed to working the sideline.  You may want to even consider attending a semi-pro or professional match and invite some of the players and families who may be assigned to your team this fall season.
  • ·         Turn on the television.  This summer, we were treated to the epic play of our US Women’s National Team as they inspired millions across the nation in winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Honestly, I’m still going back to those matches on my DVR and I get fired up every time I watch them, even though I know how the plays will turn out!  There was also the Men’s Gold Cup competition that followed with our US Men’s National Team competing in six matches, as well as great MLS competition that’s been featured this summer.  You can pretty much scroll through the sports stations anytime and usually find some sort of soccer to watch and learn from.
  • ·         Join a league.  In my opinion, there is nothing better for a coach than getting out there and doing it yourself.  Sometimes we forget how hard it is to actually do the things we ask of our young players.  Check with your local Parks and Recreation Department or ask fellow coaches if they know of an adult league you can join.  Whether it’s outdoor or indoor competition, you will have the opportunity to actually practice what you preach.  And how cool would it be to tell your players that “Coach” plays, also?  I guarantee they will look up to you even more, and in turn, you will appreciate their efforts even more as well.

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

  • The course takes approxim

Referee Corner

There is Value in Having Values By Pat Ferre

Officials who follow a set of values in addition to the rules and mechanics of the game are more apt to be respected and sought-after than those who do not.

Here are six values for consideration:

Be flexible.  Flexible means “not rigid and responsive to, or readily adjustable to changing conditions.”  The game of soccer has changed in many ways over the years.  Laws, mechanics and signals have been altered and referees must keep up with the times.  Be flexible in your officiating.

Be impartial.  Impartial means “unbiased, equitable and not favoring one more than another.”  Don’t accept any game in which you have a connection with either team.  If you miss a call it is probably because of a loss of concentration.  Don’t try to even things by making up a call to help the other team.  Regain your focus and call the fouls as you see them.

Be reliable.  Reliable means “suitable or fit to be relied on and trustworthy.”  Reliability means accepting games whenever possible, arrive at the site at least 20 minutes prior to game time and having a good pregame.  Be ready to help others, be in position to make the calls and make the tough calls when they need to be made.  You will become accepted when players and coaches know they can rely on you to manage their games fairly and impartially.

Be supportive.  To support is “to uphold by aid and to take the side of, especially in dispute.”   Be supportive of your partners.  Coaches will come to you to complain about a call your partner made and they want you to change the call.  That is unacceptable.  The coach must talk to the official who made the call as he/she is the only one who can change the decision.  Your partner may want to have a private discussion to get your input.  Tell him/her what you saw. Should a partner make a call you do not agree with, don’t rush up to him/her.  Wait for a more opportune time such as halftime or the end of the game to discuss it.  When partners are involved in an argument with a coach or player, don’t let others get involved.  Be supportive and move all others away from the discussion. 

Be tolerant.  Tolerant means “inclined to tolerate, capable of enduring.”  Officials must be tolerant. Your tolerance will be tested.  Try to understand why the coach or player is arguing and work to delay or prevent a confrontation.  A quick discreet word or short explanation to a player or coach may defuse the situation. Be aware of your body language, rolling eyes, pointing fingers.  The best officials are not only good at making calls, they have the people skills to help deal with confrontations. 

Be approachable.  Approachable is “capable of being approached and accessible.”  How well do you communicate with coaches, players and partners?   As an official you must expect confrontations and be prepared to have your calls challenged.  The coach or player may have a legitimate question/concern or the officiating team may have missed a call or made an error in judgment.  In any case, you must remain calm even though a coach or player is screaming.  By yelling back you lower yourself to the same out-of-control position as the coach or player.  The official in such situations always loses, even when he/she is right.

Developing good values makes for a better official, a better partner and a better person.

Pat Ferre, USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus,USSF Referee Instructor, USSF Referee Assessor, USSF Referee Assignor, District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)
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   How lucky for

Abby Wambach

 Captain of the US Women's National Team,

to receive advice from 

Roland Soltesz

 President of the Visalia Youth Soccer League

 which helped her team to win the


2015 Women's World Cup.  

The outcome of our children is Infinitely more important than the outcome of any Game they will ever play!