OSA Smoke Signals May2013
Oklahoma Soccer Association's bi-monthly news - May/June 2013.
SOCCER CAMP ISSUE - MAY/JUNE 2013 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION SMOKE SIGNALS OKLAHOMA CITY SMOKE SIGNALS 1 TULSA GOVERNOR’S CUP CHAMPIONS MAZZIO’S ITALIAN EATERY Coach Debbra McIntire, Abby Chancellor, Elizabeth Cobianchi, Megan Cox, Aynslee Duffy, Morgan Finks, Macy McIntire, Madeline Romano, Brittany Romines, Eden Rutledge, Karen Santos,Keyatta Teague, Avery Yochum South Lakes Divas U10 Girls Champions Coach Billy Whitehead, Mason Bolles, Cayden Cooper, Charlie Divelbiss, Jose Estrada, Caedon Fabian, Cameron Fabian, Braxton Fields, Trent Haddock, Seth Rowan Fort Gibson Arsenal U10 Boys Champions Broken Arrow Dynamos U12 Girls Rec Plus Champions coach Randy Atherton, Rachel Atherton, Baylee Burke Elizabeth Butler, Eden Coffman, Sierra Custer Alyssa Hinkle, Madison Holberg, Madeline McAllister Ashley Meeks, Kaylyn Officer, Amanda Shildt Northwest Optimist United U12 Boys Rec Plus Champions Coach Rodrigo Campos, Nehira Campos, Carlos Carrillo, Erick Cruz Julian Deloera, Jordan Diaz, Sergio Diaz, Salvador Garcia, Juan Jaime, Leonardo Lopez, Fernando Mendoza, Francisco Mendoza, Bryan Navaroo, Alam Rodriguez, Carlos Verduzco more Mazzios Champions, page 3 2 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION In this Issue US Youth Introduces Practice Guidelines ...4 USSSF National C Course-Tulsa...6 Summer Soccer Camps ...7-10 OSA Approved Tournaments ...12 Tournament Scores ...15 New Frontier for MLS Referees ...17 Roger Bush ORU Womenâ€™s Coach...18 Region III ODP to Mexico...18 Oklahoma Pro Team Schedules ...19 To donate to the victims of the May tornados across our state, please visit the OSA web site and use our online donation link. 100% of all monies collected will be distributed to the clubs affected for distribution to their affected members. OSA Creates Tornado Disaster Relief Fund www.oksoccer.com Tulsa Office: 9820 E. 41st Street, Suite 115, Tulsa 74146 1-918-627-2663 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35174 Tulsa, OK 74153-0174 1-800-347-3590 Oklahoma City Office: 4520 Old Farm Road Oklahoma City, OK 73162 405-286-0488 Executive Board Chairman Brandon Story Vice-Chairman Bill Aven Secretary/Treasurer Sean McKelvey SRA Dave Ooten Adviser Scott Hughes Youth Board President Tom Wedding 1st Vice-President Daryn Story 2nd Vice-President Marianne Ballard 3rd Vice-President Paul Scott OSA Smoke Signals Story Submissions Smoke Signals welcomes story submissions from teams, clubs, leagues and associations via e-mail or FAX. If you have a story or a story idea, please e-mail or FAX us at the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org -or- FAX: 1-918-627-2693 to the attention: Dale Watts. The Smoke Signals is the official publication of the Oklahoma Soccer Association and is published bi-monthly. Editorial offices are at the OSA office, 9410-B East 51st Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-8168. Telephone is 918-627-2663 and FAX is 918-627-2693. E-mail at oksoccer@ oksoccer.com. The Smoke Signals is mailed to all registered coaches, referees, association officers, subscribers, and players six times a year. Advertisers assume all liability for content of advertisements printed and therefore assume all claims against the Smoke Signals. The Smoke Signals does not publish articles or letters from anonymous contributors. Contributors must provide a daytime phone number to confirm authorship of submitted articles or letters. Opinions expressed in this publication are exclusively those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Errors, corrections and changes are inevitable. Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences. 4th Vice-President Risk Management Michael Naumann Secretary/Registrar Russ Lissuzzo SYRA --Adult Board President Reza Namavar 1st Vice-President Sonny Dalesandro 2nd Vice-President Tekleab Tsegay Secretary/Registrar Jalal Daneshfar SRA David Ooten Editor- Dale Watts Layout & Design- Sandy Bent National Ad Director Varsity Sports Communications GOVERNOR’S CUP CHAMPIONS MAZZIO’S ITALIAN EATERY SMOKE SIGNALS 3 Coach Brian McKinney, Gracie Conklin, Hallie Cooper, Camille Fiasco Ellie Gilbreath, Caroline McKee, Elizabeth McKinney, Elizabeth Mondroe Brianna Moseley, Abby Nguyen, Lily Redman, Sara Grace Redman Natalie Stitt, Cassandra Thomas, Elisabeth Thompson, Catherine Ziegler Tulsa United Regent Rams U12 Girls Champions Coach Alvin Tupas, Wesley Cunningham, Wyatt Dunnington, Hunter Hall Derek Holloway, Jalen Kidd, Levi Langdon, Luke Mathews, Nathan McLean Kazier Newell, Ethan Peck, Ethan Stone, Jordan Tupas Broken Arrow Spirit U12 Boys Champions Coach Jenny McElyea, Marlie Adams, Kylie Canavespe, Haven Cooper Delaney Deckard, Shelby Maggard, Jaci Mashburn, Teya Mazac, Mazie McElyea Renee Moran, Madison Newton, Raelynne Pedigo, Ashley Pfeiffer, Sierra Shannon Stacia Spears, Moriah Stowe, Gracie Teeter, Kylie Wilkerson, Chloe Williams Skiatook Hot Shots U14 Girls Champions Coach Dustin Smith, Luis Aguayo, Dakota Custer, Andrew Duvall, Alex Friend Brenden Godbold, Kellen Kadakia, Daniel Kubalek, Peter Manipella Mitchell Murdock, Curtis Officer, Alexis Pena, Joel Quintana, Griffin Smith Joshua Villaloboz, James (Jt) Wolfinger Union Flames U14 Boys Champions more Mazzios Champions, page 4 Oklahoma is a Finalist for the 2014 US Youth National ChampionshipTournament The Tournament committee is in Tulsa for a site visit at the new Mohawk Soccer Park and will also be visiting area hotels and possible sites to host the Players Opening Luncheon. Pictured from left to right - US Youth National Tournament Committee Staff Rob Martella, Tulsa Sports Commission - Alex Alston, Heath Aucoin & Mark Hargis, US Youth Executive Director Jim Cosgrove and OSA Executive Director Sid Goodrich. 4 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION GOVERNOR’S CUP CHAMPIONS MAZZIO’S ITALIAN EATERY Coach Josh Harding, Jodan Allen, Morgan Allison, Courtney Austin, Alexis Bagrosky Monica Chandlee, Hailey Cochrane, Brooke Holt, Kamryn Marth, Madeline McCrate Caitlin Monday, Lydia Montgomery, Danielle Ololo, Rebecca Peterson Johna Pulliam, Kylie Ray, Alexia Scott, Caitlyn Swanson, Larkin Winters Broken Arrow Poison U14 Girls Rec Plus Champions Coach Robin Roffin, Kristina Burnett, Caleb Callison, Mikayla Campbell Juan Charaqueno, Cooper Clayton, Shelby Craig, Katelyn Garrett, DuWayne Lee Matthew Lombard, Blake Mullen, Jacob Newton, Roberto Pedroza Quint Ramsey, Tyler Ramsey, Noah Rosamond, Dylan Ruffin, Enrique Villegas Mayes County Twisters U14 Boys Rec Plus Champions Coach Kevin Mead, Samantha Abbey, Jordan Barber, Madison Bingham Brianna Bush, Teta Clarke, Victoria Gensicke, Blair Hebard, Karina Jarzen Jenna Kendrick, Marcela Kitchens, Callie Meaders, Sierra Pike Hannah Wilson, Tommie Yardy, Sunny Zwinger Broken Arrow Renegades U16 Girls Rec Coach George Sanchez, Sanchez Bryan, Clay Buchanan, Blake Connally Jackson Duke, James Funk, Ryan Grove, Dylan Hoog, Daniel Hozhabri Joshua Johnsen, Lane King, Kristan Morgan, Kunal Patel, Cruz Sanchez Matthew Sanders, Vlacheslav Tylicki, James Yanik Metro Tulsa Force U16 Boys Champions The US Youth Soccer Coaching Department has introduced its latest coaching resources with three age-specific practice activity guides. The three guides — for the U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 age groups — give coaches an idea of what should be covered throughout a season while highlighting activities that focus on development in a low-stress, US Youth Introduces Practice Guidelines fun-filled environment. Each resource covers multiple types of practice activities, from warmups and individual training to small-sided and group games. The exercises are tailored to meet the cognitive and physical characteristics of each age group. The guides each contain individual activity descriptions with accompanying coaching points, so coaches are aware of what to watch for during each exercise. With 20 sessions broken down in each guide, there are more than enough activities to meet the needs of any youth soccer season. US Youth Soccer U6-U8 Practice Activities see Practice Guidelines, page 5 SMOKE SIGNALS 5 YOUR GAME, YOUR FIELDS TULSA 5817 S. 118th East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74146 918.249.0044 SOCCERCITYTULSA.COM OKLAHOMA CITY 4520 Old Farm Road Oklahoma City, OK 405.748.3888 SOCCERCITYOKCITY.COM President’s Cup and State Cup Wind Up Spring Season The Mazzio’s Italian Eatery President’s Cup finished play on Saturday, May 11th at NOKC’s Cameron Park. With quarter, semi, and finals play on the same day, several teams faced three matches to nab the coveted championship for 2013. The WassCorp State Cup kicked off May 18-19 at Broken Arrow’s Indian Springs Complex and finished May 25-26. Watch and then “Like” the Oklahoma Soccer Association Facebook page for action photos of the tournaments and then look for the July/August issue of your Smoke Signals for photos of the champions from both tournaments. A video of the preparation and promotion of Oklahoma’s State Cup is available for viewing at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Nr4A7v4FFPM. Practice Guidlines, story from page 4 - Provides a list of varying characteristics of Under-6 and Under-8 players in regards to sports. - How to play Small-Sided Games with “large” rosters. - Activities focus on individual soccer skills that build on one another. US Youth Soccer Under-10 Practice Activities - Provides a list of characteristics of Under-10 players. - Advice on how to connect with the youth athlete. Youth Soccer Under-12 Practice Activities Information on inserting tactics into training. - Activities geared toward development and decision-making. The practice activity guides can be very beneficial to those new to coaching youth soccer and act as a useful resource for experienced youth coaches. You can download all three practice activity guides below, as well as other useful resources from the US Youth Soccer Coaching Department. US Use the link on OSA’s web site www.oksoccer.com under the Coaches tab then General information Or use the US Youth link: http:// www.usyouthsoccer.org/us_youth_ soccer_introduces_practice_guides_ for_the_u6-u8_u-10_and_u-12_age_ groups/ US Youth Soccer U6U8 Practice Activities [.pdf] US Youth Soccer U-10 Practice Activities [.pdf] US Youth Soccer U-12 Practice Activities [.pdf] 6 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION USSF National C Course Set For Tulsa in August The Oklahoma Soccer Association will host a US Soccer Federation National C License Coaching Course from August 1-4 and August 8-11, according to Kurt Luitwieler, Director of Coaching. The course will be limited to 40 candidates and will be filled primarily on a first come first basis. Those planning on attending should complete the application process as soon and as correctly as you can. All the necessary information is below. Please read and follow it carefully if you decide to register for the course. DATES: August 1-4 and 8-11 TIMES: check-in 6:00 PM on August 1 & 8 Depart after 3:00 PM on Sunday August 4 & 11 **Times are estimates. When you receive your course schedule, then you will have more exact times for check-in, etc.** PLACE: TULSA, OK COST: $995 for resident & $695 for commuter. The resident fee includes lodging and breakfast. Online Application: A $200.00 non-refundable application fee or full tuition is due upon application.(See link below to register online.) http://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=20577&Type=COACH 1. One passport size photograph (1” X 2”) 2. Mail all applications to: Kurt Luitwieler, Director of Coaching Education, OSA P.O. BOX 35174, TULSA, OK 74153 - OR - Email Application to: email@example.com Confirmation of application acceptance will be sent. Information on travel, check-in procedures, suggested equipment, course schedule, etc. will be sent out. Balance of payment will be due on July 11. (three weeks prior to the course.) When Lightning Threatens: Safety Comes Before Soccer By Randy Vogt I became frustrated, exasperated and annoyed. Earlier that week, I had told the home team coach that I would be a little late as my previous game was going to finish a few minutes before the kickoff time of his game and that game was four miles away. When I got into my car after the conclusion of the previous game, I heard thunder. The weather forecast had been calling for lightning and thunder. Listening to the radio as I drove to the field, I heard static on it from the foul weather and the forecast upgraded to “dangerous lightning and thunder” just a few miles away. I arrived at the field at kickoff time to watch a surreal sight as both teams were lined up ready to start the match and the spectators were ready for it to begin as well but there was no referee. If the weather was good, I still would have to check the player and coaches passes, the field, goals and ball. I went up to both teams and said that we cannot play in thunder and a coach replied why not as “It’s thunder, not lightning.” I informed the coaches that the latest forecast called for dangerous lightning and thunder and that we probably should postpone this match right now. But if they wanted to wait, all the players, coaches and spectators should go to their cars and we might be able to return to the field after waiting 30 minutes after the last clang of thunder or bolt of lightning, per a 2005 United States Soccer Federation position paper. I mainly heard very loud thunder but by then, I had also seen a flash of lightning. One coach in particular was more interested in starting the game than the safety of his players. Five times I said, “The players and spectators need to go to their cars and get away from this open field” but nobody paid attention to what I said. I also added, “Whether kids are playing soccer or standing in an open field, it’s dangerous for them.” The coach who was gung-ho about trying to play told me, “I cannot force these parents to send the kids to the cars” but his attitude was a big part of the problem. These teams did not know me. I might have refereed thousands of soccer games at all levels and written a book about it (which includes in it safety procedures for thunder and lightning) but nobody wanted to listen. So that’s why I became frustrated, exasperated and annoyed as they would not listen to common sense. I went to my car as both teams practiced while the loud thunder continued although it was not raining. How quickly we forget. Not far from this field, five spectators watching Lightning, on page 10 SMOKE SIGNALS 7 Soccer Camps Summer 2013 Each year, OSA provides its members with access to many of the summer camps offered across the state. OSA does not endorse these camps, but provides its membership the listing with the understanding that camps should be researched for cost, length of the day, housing, and personnel. The information below is from a very useful web site titled www.soccercampguide.com and has considerable information on what parents should consider in sending their young player to camp. Use this link for the soccer camps in Oklahoma. The cost, length, and type of a camp are not necessarily connected with "results." For example, an all-day, week-long camp can produce burned out players who end the week hanging by the swimming pool. Players and parents should think about the results they really want. Here are some questions to ask yourself (and logical answers): Do you mainly want to have fun with your friends? (Then go to a cheap camp) Do you want to improve your ball skills? (Then you'll need to concentrate-AVOID your friends and go to a camp with coaches who can demonstrate skills and take the time to correct problems. Remedial training can be very time consuming. So get an understanding up front that the camp and its staffto-camper ratio is committed to it. You may be better off hiring a tutor.) Do you want to improve your tactical sense--that is, to make better decisions about when and where to dribble, pass, shoot, and move? (This is tough to get out of a camp, because tactics are learned over time and from mistakes. Therefore, go to a longer, tactical-oriented camp with lots of coaches per camper.) Do you want your team to be more competitive? (Then your coach probably has ideas about attending a "team camp.") Do you want to get in better physical condition? (This should only be a concern of players over 12 years, who will benefit by cultivating their growing muscle mass and lung capacity. Check out camps that offer this emphasis--but be sure you have a medical exam to verify your basic physical condition.) Do you need your mental batteries recharged because you're beginning to get bored with soccer? (Then go to a camp with a soccer star you admire or in a neat locale--all of which may cost some bucks.) PLAY HARD. CELEBRATE WITH PIZZA. $ 550 ONLY PER PERSON ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-AND-DRINK PIZZA* AND SOFT DRINKS Gather your group (15-person minimum) and enjoy All-You-Can-Eat *One Topping Pizzas of your choice and Soft Drinks for everyone for just $5.50 per person. Just give us a call to schedule your party at the Mazzioâ€™s location most convenient for you. Call Us Anytime to Schedule Your Event! Supporting Our Local Teams and Schools. mazzios.com 8 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION Soccer Camps Summer 2013 HOST Ponca City Soccer Club SITE Woodridge Soccer Complex P.O. Box 2572 Ponca City, OK 74602 Big Green Soccer Complex I44 and Lee Blvd Lawton, OK 73501 Morris Fields East Main and P Street Ardmore, OK 73401 Midwest City Soccer Fields Midwest City, OK 73140 Collinsville Soccer Fields 129th E. Avenue Collinsville, OK 74021 Edmond YMCA 1220 S. Rankin Edmond, OK 73034 McAlester Boys & Girls Club McAlester, OK 74501 DATES 5/27-5/31/2013 CONTACT https://registration.challengersports.com/ Lawton Soccer Club 5/27-5/31/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ G.O.A.L.S 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Midwest City Soccer Club 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Collinsville Soccer Club 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Edmond Branch YMCA 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ McAlester Boys & Girls Club 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Miami Soccer Club Sam Wells Soccer Complex 6/3-6/7/2013 Miami, OK 74354 (Across from Airport) Weatherford Soccer Complex Radar Park Weatherford, OK 73096 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Weatherford Soccer Club https://registration.challengersports.com/ BCU Soccer Club Canton Public School S. Broadway Canton, OK 73724 Mustang Youth Soccer Association MYSA Soccer Complex Mustang, OK 73064 Bethany YMCA 3400 N Mueller Ave Bethany, OK 73008 YMCA Activity Field 107 N 7th Street Perry, OK 73077 Frontier Engineering Field Stillwater, OK 74074 Tahlequah City Soccer Fields Airport Parkway Tahlequah, OK 74464 YMCA Fields 700 W. Saratoga Shawnee, OK 74804 Bixby Soccer Complex Bixby, OK 74037 MCSA Fields 255 N. 433rd Road Pryor, OK 74361 Sand Springs Soccer Complex River City Park Road Sand Springs, OK 74063 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ 6/3-6/7/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Noble County Family YMCA 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Stillwater Family YMCA 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Tahlequah Soccer Club 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Troy & Dollie Smith Family YMCA 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Bixby Soccer Club 6/10-6/14/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Mayes County Soccer Association 6/17-6/21/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Sand Springs Soccer Club 6/17-6/21/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Soccer Camps Summer 2013 HOST Earlywine Park YMCA SITE Earlywine Park 11801 S. May Ave OK 73170 Atoka Multi-Sports Complex Atoka, OK 74525 Skiatook Sports Complex 3020 W 133rd St N Skiatook, OK 74070 Adams Park 2001 Sunset El Reno, OK 73036 NOSA Fields Oklahoma And Lakeview Street Woodward, OK 73801 Benbrook Fields Robinwood Park Bartlesville, OK 74006 Chickasha Sport Complex 900 East Grand Chickasha, OK 73018 1887 Goldbug Blvd Alva, OK 73717 Abe Raizen Park Duncan, OK 73534 Edmond YMCA 1220 S. Rankin Edmond, OK 73034 Big Green Soccer Complex I44 and Lee Blvd Lawton, OK 73501 Tulsa University Tulsa University Tulsa University Tulsa University Tulsa University Tulsa University Shawnee, OK OBU DATES 6/24-6/28/2013 All County Soccer Club 7/15-7/19/2013 SMOKE SIGNALS 9 CONTACT https://registration.challengersports.com/ https://registration.challengersports.com/ Skiatook Soccer Club 7/22-7/26/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ El Reno SC 7/22-7/26/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ NOSA 7/22-7/26/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Washington County Soccer Club 7/29-8/2/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Chickasha Youth Soccer Assoc. 7/29-8/2/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Alva Recreation Complex 8/5-8/9/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Chisholm Trail Soccer Association 8/5-8/9/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Edmond Branch YMCA 8/5-8/9/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Lawton Soccer Club 8/5-8/9/2013 https://registration.challengersports.com/ Mac’s National Soccer School Mac’s TSC camps Mac’s 1/2 day & Full Day Mac’s Youth Advanced Female Mac’s Youth Advanced Male Mac’s HS Elite Female Academy Mac’s HS Elite Male Academy Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma Baptist University - Female 6/10-6/14/2013 6/17-6/21/2013 7/14-7/18/2013 7/14-7/18/2013 7/14-7/18/2013 7/14-7/18/2013 www.macssoccerschool.com/ 7/7-7/11/2013 www.obubison.com/d/Camps/ Soccer City Camps - Tulsa and OKC Soccer City Camps - Tulsa 5817 S. 118th E Ave. Tulsa Soccer City Camps - Tulsa Soccer City Camps - Tulsa Soccer City Camps - Tulsa Soccer City Camps - OKC Soccer City Camps - OKC Soccer City Camps - OKC Soccer City Camps - OKC Soccer City Camps - OKC 4520 Old Farm Road OKC www.soccercitytulsa.com/ 6/17-6/21/2013 7/8-7/12/2013 7/22-7/26/2013 www.soccercityokcity.com/ 6/10-6/13/2013 6/24-6/27/2013 7/15-7/18/2013 8/5-8/8/2013 10 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION Soccer Camps Summer 2013 HOST SITE DATES CONTACT Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps Oklahoma City University www.brianharveysoccercamps.com/camps/4574480208 Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps Oklahoma City University 5/28-5/31/2013 Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps Oklahoma City University 6/3-6/7/2013 Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps Oklahoma City University 8/5-8/9/2013 Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps Oklahoma City University 6/10-6/12/2013 Soccer Synergy Camps Soccer Synergy Camps - Day camp Soccer Synergy Camps - Day camp Soccer Synergy Camps - College ID camp Oklahoma State University Camps Oklahoma State University Camps - Advanced Oklahoma State University Camps - Advanced Oklahoma State University Camps - College ID Oklahoma State University Camps - Day Camp Oral Roberts University Oral Roberts University Oral Roberts University Oral Roberts University Stillwater, OK Stillwater, OK Stillwater, OK Stillwater, OK Stillwater, OK http://soccersynergycamps.com/ 6/3-6/6/2013 6/24-6/27/2013 7/11-7/13/2013 6/16-6/20/2013 7/14-7/18/2013 7/22-7/24/2013 7/24-7/26/2013 www.osusoccercamps.com/ University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camps Edmond, OK University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camps UCO University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camps UCO University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camps UCO University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camps UCO Matt Potter Soccer Academy Matt Potter Soccer Academy - Day Camp Matt Potter Soccer Academy - Day Camp Matt Potter Soccer Academy - Day Camp Norman, OK OU OU OU 6/3-6/6/2013 6/9-6/10/2013 8/5-8/8/2013 8/5-8/7/2013 http://www.thecentralsoccer.com/camps.cfm 6/3-6/6/2013 7/22-7/25/2013 7/26-7/29/2013 https://mattpottersocceracademy.com/ Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - Northeastern Tahlequah, OK Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - 1/2 Day Camp Tahlequah, OK Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - Full Day camp Tahlequah, OK Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - ID Camp Tahlequah, OK Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - 1/2 Day Camp Tahlequah, OK Rob Czlonka’s Soccer Camps - Full Day Camp Tahlequah, OK www.goriverhawksgo.com/sports/2012/11/8/MSOC_1108124319.aspx?path=msoc 6/3-6/6/2013 6/3-6/6/2013 6/23-6/26/2013 7/8-7/11/2013 7/8-7/11/2013 When Lightning Threatens, continued from page 6 an unaffiliated, amateur soccer game were severely injured in 2008 when they were struck by lightning. And what happened at my field then? Thankfully, nothing although the sky became much darker and both teams decided to leave five minutes later. Heavy rain then flooded the field. My 15-mile drive home was challenging because of the pouring rain and difficult visibility. Soccer Americans might say “Duh, Randy, I know that thunder and lightning are too dangerous to play in.” But two coaches last Saturday did not know this and they put their players at unnecessary risk. And nearly a decade ago, I stopped a youth game when lightning struck and we all went to our cars. On the adjacent field, a professional women’s team was training -- they stopped practice but did something stupid by standing under trees instead. You cannot make this stuff up! (Randy Vogt has officiated over 8,000 games during the past three decades, from professional games in front of thousands to 6-year-olds being cheered on by very enthusiastic parents. In Preventive Officiating, he shares his wisdom gleaned from thousands of games and hundreds of clinics to help referees not only survive but thrive on the soccer field. You can visit the book’s website at www.preventiveofficiating.com/) Further Reading: Lightning Safety for Outdoor SportsBy Dev K. Mishra, M.D. SMOKE SIGNALS 11 American Soccer Company, Inc. - 726 E. Anaheim Street - Wilmington, CA 90744 - 800.626.7774 www.scoresports.com 12 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION OSA Approved Tournaments August 30 – September 1, 2013 BASC Labor Day Tournament Host: Broken Arrow Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Broken Arrow, OK Fields: Indian Springs Sports Complex Web site: www.brokenarrowsoccerclub.org Contact: Steve Iwerzchowski Phone: 918-258-5770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls U11-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Mike Naumann Email: email@example.com June 1-2, 2013 Union Soccer Club Kickit 3v3 Host: Union Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Fields: Bill Boevers complex Web site: www.kickit3v3.com Contact: David Dexter or Bryce Thornburg Phone: 303-948-7108 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U6-U18 Boys and Girls Referee Assignor: Nancy Cornett Email: email@example.com October 18-20, 2013 Soktoberfest Adult Soccer Host: Northeastern Oklahoma Adult Soccer More information to be posted Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org October 25-27, 2013 Clinton Arsenal Cup June 8-9, 2013 Tulsa Challenge Coed Host: Northeast Oklahoma Adult Soccer Association All national Adult State Associations Fields: Torcia-Oliver SoccerPlex, Jenks, OK Web site: www.neoasa.org/ Contact: Melanie Tyree Phone: 918-622-8948 Email: email@example.com Over 19, Open, Over 30, and Over 35 Referee Assignor: Larry Morgan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org September 20-22, 2013 SLSC Cosmos Cup June 22-23, 2013 Woodridge Cup Host: Ponca City Soccer All national Adult State Associations Fields: Woodridge Soccer Complex Web site: www.poncasoccer.com Contact: JB Bohon Phone: 580-761-6845 Email: email@example.com Men’s O30, O35; Women’s Open & Rec Referee Assignor: Jim McDaniel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Host: South Lakes Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Oklahoma City, OK Fields: South Lakes Soccer Complex Web site: www.southlakessoccer.com Contact: Brent Gatewood Phone: 405-919-5263 Email: email@example.com U11-U18 Competitive Boys & Girls U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Bill Pevarnik Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Host: Clinton Arsenal Soccer US Youth Soccer member teams only Clinton, OK Fields: Clinton Schumacher Fields Contact: Lucas Martinez Phone: 580-309-2046 Email: email@example.com U7-U10 Academy Boys and Girls U6-U18 Recreational Boys and Girls Referee Assignor: Ashley Rodriguez Email: firstname.lastname@example.org November 1-3, 2013 Turkey Shootout September 27-29, 2013 Sheffield United Invitational July 12-14, 2013 AC Milan Heartland Cup Host: Tulsa Sports Commission All US Soccer affiliated teams Teams currently invited: Visit the tournament web site for more information http://www.heartlandcup.com Fields: Tulsa Mohawk Soccer Complex Contact: Heath Aucoin Email: email@example.com Host: Sheffield United All US Soccer affiliated teams Bixby, OK Fields: Bixby and Haikey Creek complexes Web site: www.sheffieldunited.org Contact: Michael Horn Phone: 918-798-1791 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U11-U18 Competitive Boys & Girls U9-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Reza Namavar Email: email@example.com Host: Edmond Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Edmond, OK Fields: Edmond Soccer complex Web site: www.edmondsoccer.com/tourn_ts.php Contact: James L. Soesbee Phone: 405-409-2324 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U7-U10 Academy Boys & Girls U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brandon Story Email: email@example.com November 15-17, 2013 BASC 32nd Annual Recreational Tournament October 4-6, 2013 Festival de Futball August 2-4, 2013 3v3 Summer Sizzler Host: Clinton Arsenal Soccer All US Soccer affiliated teams Clinton, OK Fields: Schumacher Fields Contact: Lucas Martinez Phone: 580-309-2046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U6-U18 Boys and Girls Referee Assignor: Ashley Rodriguez Email: ASHLEY38321@YAHOO.COM Host: North OKC Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Oklahoma City, OK Fields: NOKC fields Contact: Gary Boreham Phone: 405-701-5353 Email: email@example.com U6 - U19 Recreational Boys & Girls U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brett Dobie Email: referee@NOKCSoccer.com All US Soccer affiliated teams Broken Arrow, OK Fields: Indian Springs Sports Complex Web site: www.brokenarrowsoccerclub.org Contact: Steve Iwerzchowski Phone: 918-258-5770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Mike Naumann Email: email@example.com November 23-24, 2013 adidas Sam Shannon Showcase October 11-13, 2013 Chillfest August 16-18, 2013 19th Annual Beat the Heat Host: Edmond Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Edmond, OK Fields: Edmond Soccer complex Web site: www.edmondsoccer.com/tourn_ts.php Contact: James L. Soesbee Phone: 405-409-2324 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U11-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brandon Story Email: email@example.com Host: Tulsa United Soccer Club ¬ All US Soccer affiliated teams Tulsa, OK Fields: TUSC complex Web site: www.tulsaunitedsoccerclub.com Contact: Dave McFarland Phone: 918-409-6541 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U7-U16 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: John Evans Email: email@example.com Host: TSC Hurricane All US Soccer affiliated teams Jenks, OK Fields: MetroTulsa and Indian Springs Soccer Complex Web site: www.tschurricane.com Contact: Jim Tindell Phone: 918-688-9071 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U15-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Frank Sesso Email: email@example.com Follow OSA on Facebook Friend Oklahoma Soccer Association KIDS’ PAGE A cabbage, a faucet and a tomato had a race. How did it go? The cabbage was ahead, the faucet was running, and the tomato tried to ketchup. A dog was tied to a 15-foot rope, but he walked 30 feet. How come? The rope wasn’t tied to anything. SMOKE SIGNALS 13 RID D LES JOKES Doctor, Doctor Jokes Doctor, doctor, I’ve a splinter in my finger. I told you to stop scratching your head. MAY/JUNE PUZZLE What part of a soccer pitch smells nicest? The scenter spot! How did the soccer pitch end up as triangle? Somebody took a corner! What does a soccer player and a magician have in common? Both do hat tricks! Which goal keeper can jump higher than a crossbar? All of them, a crossbar can’t jump! Why are soccer players never asked for dinner? Because they’re always dribbling! Doctor, doctor, I’ve a terrible problem. Can you help me out? Certainly - which way did you come in? Doctor, doctor, I’ve been stung by a bee. Shall I put some ointment on it? Don’t be silly - it must be miles away by now. This issue of the Smoke Signals will feature the month of June. Please complete the puzzle and send in your answers! 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After my daughter stopped playing, I was given the opportunity to stay and coach the U14 Girls, the MTSC Crossfire. It has been a wonderful experience to serve in my community. Today, May 6th 2013, my team played their last game of the season and it will also be my last game as a coach. I would like to say thanks to MTSC, thank you my friend Atef Iskander for everything you have done for all the girls I have coached. My friends at GCSC, I thank you. To all referees, I thank you. I will keep on supporting the game I love in my community. May the Lord’s blessings be with you all. A helpful coach works with a youth referee…It seems to many times that the only letters written are ones about complaints or problems. I wanted SMOKE SIGNALS 15 to write this to let you know about an extremely helpful coach. Thomas Sirangi, the coach of the CVFC 99 boys was extremely nice and helpful in assisting the young referee through a problem during his game last Saturday. With Thomas's team down 4-1 and about 8 minutes left, an opposing forward while attempting to win a through ball, slid into his goalkeeper with his cleats exposed. That slide connected with the goalkeeper and injured him. The young referee didn't handle things very well, and only instructed the opposing player to go away so there wouldn't be a conflict with players. With this event the CVFC parents were yelling some not so nice things as well as the players on the field, along with one very boisterous parent who was standing on the sideline even with the injured goalkeeper. These situations always seem to turn worse, especially if the coach gets involved in voicing his opinion. But I would like to say thanks to Thomas for helping calm the situation down, including talking to the referee in a sympathetic voice and asking him to keep working and ignore the parents. It was very refreshing to see that at a time where events could have turned ugly. Again, I wanted to pass along where someone helped with good things rather than what "usually" happens. Mike Queri (Mike Queri is a State Emeritus Referee, Referee Instructor, and Assessor) Tournament Scores The scores below are those submitted through the Tournament Evaluation Form. If a tournament is not shown, the evaluation form may not have been received at the deadline date for publication of this issue. Friendship Cup - April 26-28 BOYS DIVISION U19 1st – Blitz 96 - 3 2nd – Blitz 95 Navy - 1 U15 U14 1st – TSC – 4 2nd – Blitz Navy – 0 1st – Liverpool Heat – points 2nd – Mighty BB U13 U12 U11 U10 1st – DFW – 3 2nd – Arkansas Comets – 2 1st – Liverpool – 1 2nd – Blitz Navy – 0 1st – NEOFC – 1 2nd – OFC – 0 1st – Sporting – 2 2nd – OFC – 1 U9 U8 U7 1st – Arkansas Comets – 5 2nd – Bartlesville – 4 1st – Blitz Navy 05 – 4 2nd – Blitz White 05 – 2 1st – Blitz 06 – 4 2nd – Blitz 06 Black – 0 GIRLS DIVISION U19 1st – OFC - 3 2nd – NEOFC – 1 U16 U14 1st – Blitz White – 2 2nd – Blitz Red- 1 1st – Blitz - 2 2nd – Blitz - 0 U13 U12 U11 1st – Mighty BB - 6 2nd – AR Select – 2 1st – Liverpool – 2 2nd – Dallas – 1 1st – Liverpool 03 – 3 2nd – Blitz Red – 0 U10 U9 U8 1st – Tulsa Nationals – 4 2nd – Blitz 03 Black – 1 1st – TSC – 3 2nd – Blitz 04 White – 0 1st – ESC – 10 2nd – Blitz White – 1 16 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION MLS referees are following in the footsteps of their officiating brethren in the NFL, NBA and MLB with their recent unionization. When MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation teamed up last year to form the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), it was done with the intent of putting programs in place to improve the standard of refereeing in the U.S. and Canada. Yet the initiative also had an unintended consequence -- that of providing an opening for the creation of a referees' union -- and this was one call that the referees didn't miss. New Frontier for MLS Referees the footsteps of other sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, whose referees are all part of unions. But in this case, it's more than a bit ironic that without the formation of the PRO, the unionization of MLS officials would never have taken place. The PRO's founding saw 20 referees become employees of the organization whereas prior to that, the referees essentially worked as independent contractors. "The hiring of people as employees opened the door for this unionization," said Taylor via telephone. "We couldn't Doug Pensinger/Getty Images. Oklahomaâ€™s Paul Scott is at far right in the above photo. During training sessions in Dallas over the last several weeks, and under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board, MLS referees voted 55-7 to make the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) their official collective bargaining agent. The vote was the culmination of a year-long process, and over the next few months, the PRO will now have to sit down with the PSRA and find common ground and eventually hammer out a collective bargaining agreement. "We're excited," said PSRA Vice President Steven Taylor, who worked as an assistant referee in MLS for the first 16 years of the league's existence. "This has been a long process for us and we think, honestly, it's a historic day for soccer referees in North America." MLS now finds itself following in do that without employees." Such is the public perception of unions that they are often linked with two concepts: protection of underperforming members and work stoppages. Given the rather low regard fans have for referees, the former is one concern that has been voiced on social media. But Taylor stated the PSRA's aims have nothing to do with on-field performance. "The collective bargaining is all about working conditions; travel, accommodations, training, fitness testing, sports psychology, and support of any kind," he said. "All of these different things go into a workplace environment. None of that has anything to do with evaluation of performance. If you have a string of bad games, you're not going to be employed anymore. There may be some formalization of the process, but thereâ€™s no way a poor product on the field is going to be protected by this step [of unionization]." As for a possible work stoppage, the tactic remains a part of a union's arsenal. But Taylor insisted that given the union's recent formation, there is a long way to go before the PSRA would even think of taking such a drastic step. "We hope that we can resume with the PRO the type of relationship we always enjoyed with MLS, which is one of a very warm, cordial, collaborative, let's-work-together, we-all-wantthe-same-thing type of relationship," he said. "We're not going to be asking for crazy things. Our goals are modest and our hopes are just to create an environment within which our referees can thrive." The response of the PRO has been one of acceptance, even as it contested the PSRA's formation at every step. The PRO could have agreed to allow the PSRA to be the official bargaining agent without going to a vote, as MLB did with its umpires. Instead the PRO forced the budding union to go through the entire certification process. "In terms of the unionization and making them go through the certification, I think that's right, because I needed to gauge the whole feeling of my officials," said Peter Walton, the PRO's General Manager. "I wasn't being fair to the mass of officials if I didn't allow them to have a free vote on it." Walton stated that the formation of the PSRA shows how far North American referees have come in terms of their professionalism. But he also sounded like a man who feels unappreciated for his efforts in improving the referees' working conditions. "What the officials have received over and above what they had 12 months ago is immeasurable really," he said. "They now attend training camps. They now have full-time contracts. They now get as much training as they want. see MLS Refs, page 17 MLS Referees, continued from page 16 about what the members of at the top end of the scale are getting, but those closer to the bottom. Both Taylor and Walton confirmed that while the center referees are the ones with contracts, the assistant referees and fourth officials are paid on a game-by-game basis. Walton stated that this approach is how it's done in every other league in the world. But Taylor admitted that getting the assistant referees at least on part-time contracts is something the PSRA will work towards. "It would be better if everyone were as close to a full-time job as possible because obviously the goal is to improve the quality of the on-field product and professionalize the entire team that is working in every game as much as we can," he said. "If everyone is able to work full or part-time, that would be better for everyone." That will ultimately be decided through collective bargaining, and it may not be easy. Lucas Middlebrook is one of the attorneys working with the PSRA, and is an associate with the SMOKE SIGNALS 17 Scott Heavey/Getty Images. Peter Walton, General Manager of the Professional Referee Organization, believes his group can work with the Professional Soccer Referees Association, provided all parties remain realistic. They now get medical assistance and sports scientist assistance. They now get new equipment, such as communications systems. Their advancement over the past year has been immense. What they would like over and above that, I really don't know." But as in most unions, it's not firm Seham, Seham, Meltz & Petersen, who has also done work for the National Basketball Referees Association. He expects that some potholes will be encountered on the way towards a CBA and even beyond. "It's a sea change for an employer who's used to telling you, 'This is how it's going to be done,'" he said. "Once you get through that rocky portion and your CBA starts to live and breathe, then it actually produces a relationship that helps the game. We see that in the relationship between the NBA and their referees right now, where it’s one where they work together to get things done." Walton, for his part, is confident that is how the process will play out. "I'm quite relaxed about the whole thing," he said. "If we can work together to make sure it's to our mutual benefits, there's only one winner and that's soccer. Provided that I'm realistic and they're realistic, I'm sure we'll come to some kind of agreement and long may it be if that's the case." Patrick Ahearn Returns To Track and Refereeing Some of the parents and players attending the President’s Cup tournament May 4-5 became aware of a young man running the line in their match wearing a runner’s blade in place of his amputated foot. The young man is Patrick Ahearn of Norman who lost his foot in a boating accident in August. Patrick was vacationing in Florida when the accident occurred, and in addition to the leg injury he suffered a serious head injury as well. After five months of rehabilitation, he began to walk again but his desire was to return to compete in the spring season of Norman High School’s track meets. As The Oklahoman reported, that’s when Patrick’s prosthetist, Kyle Wagner, stepped in. Wagner contacted prosthetic design company Freedom Innovations, and relayed Patrick’s story. The company, keen to let a young runner test one of its products during a with athletes, coaches, managers, and support personnel cheering him on and as Clay Horning of the Norman Transcript commented, “Hardly a dry eye in the place.” And on Saturday, May 4, Patrick donned the Referee’s official yellow jersey and resumed another interest of his – soccer officiating. While not yet in the center of the match, Patrick demonstrated that he was fully capable of being an Assistant Referee and perhaps the most notable point of his work on Saturday was that few of the parents and players even noticed. Congratulations, Patrick. You are an inspiration to many. If you wish to view a video clip of Patrick’s first track meet, use the following link: www.newsok.com/article/3780319. Editor’s Note: Information on this article came from the Norman Transcript and The Oklahoman. competition, obliged and put in a rush order for a runner’s blade. Two weeks before the race, Patrick was fitted with the prosthetic and took it home, free of charge. While his track meet performance did not match his previous records, Patrick did finish his first 400 meter race in 1 minute, 32 seconds. The finish line was crowded 18 OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION Region III ODP hits the road to Mexico Article Written by J.R. Eskilson, ESNN over Chivas San Rafael (3-0), Atlas (7-0), and Estudiates Tecos (4-2). The youngsters, which featured U.S. U14 Boys National Team pool member Jonathan Amon, played to a 1-1 draw with Selection Jalisco State in their opening game. The ‘98 age group, which was coached by Trevor Adair, netted wins over Chivas San Rafael (2-0), Atlas (42), and Estudiantes Tecos (2-1), but dropped the opener to Chivas (3-4). The ‘97s featured seven players who were also on the tour last year. Despite the experience, the oldest age group to make the trip dropped the opening clash against Chivas by a 1-5 score. The ‘97s then played Chivas San Rafael to a 1-1 draw, but lost the next clash 3-2 to Atlas. The ODP squad did end the trip to Guadalajara on a winning note with a 2-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in the last game. Region III also made a trip to Costa Rica back March with the 1996 and 1995 age groups. The ‘95s, led by coach Wolfgang Suhnholz, went 4-0-0 in San Jose with wins over the Costa Rica U17 Men’s National Team (1-0), Saprissa (10), Belen(5-3), and Alajuela (3-0). The ‘96 squad, coached by Ken Fogarty, nabbed a 2-1 win over Belen, but lost the other three games. 1999 Region III ODP Trip Roster: Dehai Abraham, Jonathan Amon, Zachary Aversano, Randall Congreaves, Francois Dulysse, Whitney Gonsalves, Hector Guerrero, Landen Haig, Darius Lewis, Scott Lich, Jared McWhorter, Jose Morales Jr., Eric Overbay, Gabriel Paniagua, Carlos Pineda, John Rittmeyer, Eric Secor, Jacob Suppiah 1998 Region III ODP Trip Roster: Dakotah Bainter, Jorge Burke, Alexander Dexter, Ben-Avir Espinal-Carbajal, Cristian Gonzalez, Nelid Joseph, Kai Koreniuk, Gabriel Krueger, Michael Lynch, Diego Manrique, Ernando Manrique, David Martinez, Cole McKinney, Kai Pham, Cameron Reaves, Jason Rosales, Chase Rushing 1997 Region III ODP Trip Roster: Ian Bennett, Jose Cerra, Salvador Colin, Aaron Franco, Tyler Gillespie, Jacob Goodall, Bob Jnohope, Jonathan Lewis, Brandon Millington, Matthew Morgan, Austen Parker, Andrew Samuels, Deniz Sipahi, Ryan Standridge, Tristan Tippeconnic, Jacob van der Luit, and Aidan Wixted. The US Youth Soccer Region III Olympic Development Program enjoyed a successful trip to Mexico last year, which showed off the quality from the South region of the States against some top academies. This year, Region III ODP made the trip again with the 1997, 1998, and 1999 age groups. The three teams combined to go 7-3-2 on the trip. Dakotah Bainter Four Oklahoma players Whitney Gonsalves (‘99), Dakotah Bainter (‘98), Tristan Tippeconnic (‘97), & Austen Parker (‘97) were on the rosters. The ‘99 age group, under the direction of Darren Powell, went undefeated south of the border with wins Roger Bush Named Women’s Soccer Coach at ORU A f t e r four seasons as an assistant coach, Roger Bush was named the head coach prior to the 2013 season. Before coming to ORU as an assistant, Bush was a head coach for seven years at Charles Page High School. As head coach at Charles Page, Bush took over for a team that hadn’t won a game in three seasons, and posted six consecutive years of improvement, becoming a perennial play-off contender. Under Bush’s tutelage, 10 players earned all-state recognition. Bush was named the 6A District Coach of the Year in 2003 after earning a spot in the playoffs for only the fourth time in school history. In addition to assisting with the ORU women’s soccer team, Bush also serves as the Director of Coaching at the West Side Alliance Soccer Club in Tulsa, and has also coached in the soccer club for 17 years. As Director of Coaching, Bush oversees a staff of 30 professional coaches and over 50 volunteers. Since 1995 when Bush arrived, the number of teams has grown from four to 27, and approximately 75 former players have earned over $2,000,000 in scholarship aid. Bush was named the Oklahoma Soccer Association Men’s Coach of the Year in 2001, and has led seven different teams to national rankings (top 50). Bush earned his bachelor of science degree in biology (pre-med) from the University of Tulsa in 1996, and was the valedictorian of the Charles Page High School class of 1991. Bush has also taught A.P. biology at Charles Page High for the past 12 years. SMOKE SIGNALS 19 Oklahoma soccer fans will have multiple opportunities this summer to watch professional soccer at several venues around the state featuring both men’s and women’s teams. The Oklahoma City FC teams are well established and have played several years at their home arena at Stars Field, Oklahoma City University.The men’s team is coached by Jimmy Hampton and Zenati Al-Zenati coaches the women. Both teams will feature Oklahoma talent on the rosters as well as players from around the country. Visit their web site at www.oklahomacityfc.com for ticketing and other information. Oklahoma City FC team home schedules May 11 – May 18 – June 7 – June 8 – June 8 – June 15 – June 21 – June 22 – June 28 – June 29 – June 29 – June 30 – July 13 – July 20 – 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm Men v. Austin Aztex Men v. El Paso Patriots Women v. Houston Select Women v. Houston Aces Men v. Laredo Heat Men v. Texas Dutch Lions Women v. American Eagle Men v. Austin Aztex Women v. Texas FC Women v. Tulsa FC Men v. West Texas Men v. Club American at Putnam City HS stadium Women v. Ft Worth Panthers Men v. Texas Dutch Lions The return of professional soccer to Tulsa is the goal of owners Sonny Dalesandro and Dr. Andy Kern who have purchased the NPSL team and will play their matches in Tulsa’s Driller stadium on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The team will play three other members of the NPSL’s South-Central division with an opening match May 18. Joey Ryan will coach the team and it will also feature local Oklahoma players as well as professional players from around the country. Because the team is semi-pro designated, many college players will be on the roster. Visit the Athletics web site at www.tulsaathletics.com for ticket information. Athletics home schedule May 18 – 6:00 pm June 2 – 7:00 pm June 3 – 2:00 pm June 22 – 6:00 pm June 29 – 7:00 pm June 30 – 2:00 pm Liverpool Warriors of Dallas Houston Regals Houston Regals Liverpool Warriors of Dallas Houston Hurricanes Houston Hurricanes Schedules not yet available but the team is preparing for tryouts. For more information use the team’s web site at www.tulsaspirit.net FC Tulsa Spirit Tulsa Revolution Indoor will begin play in the fall at Tulsa’s Convention Center. Adam Mellor, owner of the team, has the team in the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2013 season. Tryouts for the team will be announced soon and for more information follow the Revolution on their web site at http:// tulsarevolution.pointstreaksites.com