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STATE TOURNAMENT ISSUE - JULY/AUGUST 2013 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION

OKLAHOMA CITY

Tornado Disaster Relief Fund Tops $50,000 – THANKS TO ALL WHO GAVE May 13 was a horrific day for many Oklahomans as tornados struck many parts of the state and killed 16 Oklahomans. Two of those victims were members of OSA’s soccer family. Countless homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. In response to the disaster, OSA’s Executive Board launched an immediate response to assist those OSA members who had suffered in the tragedy. Under the leadership of Brandon Story, OSA Executive Board Chairman; Tom Wedding, OSA Youth Division President; and Sid Goodrich, OSA Executive Director, arrangements were made to

post a donation message on the OSA web site and Facebook pages. Working with First Fidelity Bank in Oklahoma City, the online link quickly amassed thousands of small donations from across the state and the country. Jason Hawkins, OSA’s Assistant Director of Coaching, assisted in the creation of a text donation line and that, too, became a success. The members of US Youth Soccer and United States Soccer quickly moved with donations to our state. Nearly every member of US Youth’s Region III (eleven states) quickly sent checks and offers of support. Tornado, story on page 2

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State Tournaments Completed For the coaches and players in the President’s Cup and State Cup tournaments, the usual Oklahoma heat was non-existent. The first weekend of President’s Cup actually had many wearing light jackets and even the State Cup was blessed with moderate temperatures and no rain. Over the past decade the state tournaments have fought rain and heat nearly every year but 2013 was a year most will remember for its spring like days and evenings. Mazzio’s President’s Cup champions listed on pages 5-8 and Wass Corp. State champions on pages 12-14.

Award Deadlines For Outstanding Coaches, Families, Referees, TOPSoccer and others Due Now OSA is proud to honor and recognize the many members who contribute to the growth and quality of soccer in Oklahoma. By completing these applications OSA members can recognize volunteers, coaches, referees, administrators, families, and TOPSoccer Buddies from their club or league. The deadline for these awards is August 1st but you can still submit even if the date has passed. So use the link below to the OSA web site for the following awards: (information on each category is provided on the site at OKSOCCER.COM.)

Coach of the Year (2 awards: one for recreational and one for competitive) Hall of Fame Referee of the Year (4 awards: youth male and female; adult male and female) Volunteer of the Year Family of the Year Administrator of the Year Goal of the Year Save of the Year TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year

AWA R D D ES C R I PT I O N Coach of the Year - 2013 Each year, OSA recognizes two outstanding coaches from across the state. In addition to receiving recognition at the state level, Oklahoma’s Coaches of the Year are automatically placed in nomination for the national Coach of the Year Award announced at the US Youth Soccer workshop. Any certified coach working with OSA teams in Oklahoma is eligible. The nomination form asks sevOSA Award Deadline, story on page 4


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In this Issue Mazzios President’s Cup State Champions.... 5-7

www.oksoccer.com Tulsa Office: 9820 E. 41st Street, Suite 115, Tulsa 74146 1-918-627-2663

September is Soccer Month . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35174 Tulsa, OK 74153-0174 1-800-347-3590

Regional Tournament Wrap Up. . . . . . . . . . 10

Oklahoma City Office: 4520 Old Farm Road Oklahoma City, OK 73162 405-286-0488

Wass Corp. State Champions. . . . . 12-14

Executive Board Chairman Brandon Story

Tournaments . . . . . . 15

Vice-Chairman Bill Aven

New Ref Training Proceedures . . . . . . 16

Secretary/Treasurer Sean McKelvey SRA Dave Ooten

Pro Soccer coming to Oklahoma . . . . . . 18 FIFA Amendments . . 19

Adviser Scott Hughes

Monthly Meetings Clinton COASL Feb & Aug Cordell Great Plains Hinton

Youth Board

Lawton United NEOASA Jan, June, Aug, & Dec Red Carpet Tri-City Verdigris All other clubs meet “as called.”

President Tom Wedding 1st Vice-President Daryn Story 2nd Vice-President Marianne Ballard 3rd Vice-President Keith Ash

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: oksoccer@oksoccer.com -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 Paul Scott 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


Calendar AUGUST 1 Midwest City, Northwest Oklahoma 3 Referee fitness & Recert @ Stillwater 5 Metro Tulsa, Norman, Washington County 6 Youth Board Mtg, Davis 7 Altus, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Collinsville, NOKC, FCSA Competitive, GCSA Exec. Board, Ref Committee 8 Beaver River 12 FCSA, Owasso 13 Claremore, Elk City, Logan County, Mustang, Ponca City, South Lakes 14 Durant, Mayes County 15 Bixby 19 Choctaw/Nicoma Park, El Reno, Shawnee, Stillwater, Westside 20 Chickasha, Edmond, Harrah, Sapulpa 22 GCSA 26 Glenpool, Yukon 28 Bristow SEPTEMBER 2 Metro Tulsa, Norman, Washington County, Labor Day 3 Youth Board Mtg, Davis, Sand Springs 4 Altus, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Collinsville, NOKC, FCSA Competitive, GCSA Exec Board, Ref Committee 5 Coweta, Cleveland, Midwest City, NW Oklahoma 9 FCSA, Owasso 10 Claremore, Elk City, Logan County, Muskogee, Mustang, Ponca City, South Lakes 11 Durant, Mayes County 12 Beaver River 16 Choctaw/Nicoma Park, El Reno, Shawnee, Stillwater, Westside 17 Chickasha, Edmond, Harrah 23 Glenpool, Yukon 24 Tri-Lake OCTOBER 1 Youth Board Mtg, Davis, Sand Springs, Stilwell 2 Altus, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Collinsville, NOKC, FCSA Competitive, GCSA Ex Bd, Ref Committee 3 Midwest City, Northwest Oklahoma 7 Tulsa, Norman, Washington County, Labor Day 8 Claremore, Elk City, Logan County, Mustang, Ponca City, South Lakes 9 Durant, Mayes County 10 Beaver River 14 FCSA, Owasso, Columbus Day 15 Chickasha, Edmond, Harrah, Sapulpa 21 Choctaw/Nicoma Park, El Reno, Shawnee, Stillwater, Westside 22 Tri-Lake 23 Bristow 24 GCSA 28 Glenpool, Yukon 31 Halloween

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3 Proposals Facing Oklahoma Soccer Oklahoma Soccer Association has a proposed bylaws change awaiting approval of the Country and League presidents. That decision will be reached on August 31 when a vote is held to determine the status of the proposed bylaws. At the Special Meeting held July 13, 2013 in Stroud, the country and league presidents met to discuss the proposed bylaws change. A copy of the proposed bylaws is provided below by using the link.

Also at the Youth Division meeting during the Annual General Meeting, two proposals dealing with youth players were presented. One on Oklahoma Recreational League Policies and Procedures and the other on Oklahoma Competitive League Procedures. See Oklahoma Soccer website for complete information. Proposed Bylaws Recreational League Policies Draft Competitive Policies Draft

Tornado Relief Fund, continued from page 1

The money collected will now be distributed to the various soccer clubs affected by the storms for their dispersal. 100% of all monies collected will be donated to the clubs based on their membership. The OSA offices were overwhelmed with calls in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa with donations of water and supplies for those families who were without shelter. Those donations were collected and distributed by a variety of local organizations such as the Red Cross and Feed the Children. At the US Soccer National meeting in Washington D.C., members were treated to the Men’s National Team game against Germany. Prior to the game, US Soccer had a moment of silence for the two young soccer players killed in the storm.

The Colorado Rapids supported the donation drive thanks to Brian Crookham (former Oklahoma Soccer coach) and the Rapids organization. "We did several stadium promotions and two on air segments during the game telecast," said Brian. The Region III tournament attracted teams from all parts of Region III and nearly all were affected by the sight of the devastation. Many teams spent time assisting the relief work or brought materials to donate. Those actions prompted Youth President Wedding to comment that soccer is really a community and we support one another when needed. As fall approaches, some normalcy has returned to Moore, Shawnee, Yukon, and the other communities affected by those early days of May. OSA wishes to extend to all our membership and the soccer communities around the country a huge “thank you” for the donations and thoughts and prayers.


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OSA Award Deadlines Are Here continued from page 1

eral questions about the nominee and does require documentation. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153.

Hall of Fame Nominee - 2013

deadline not changed on this application! The purpose of the Oklahoma Soccer Association Hall of Fame is to recognize the achievements of outstanding Oklahoma soccer participants whose accomplishments and effects upon the sport merit the highest acclaim. A participant may be a Player, Coach, Referee, Administrator, Volunteer, or Supporter.The award will be a plaque displayed in the Tulsa office of OSA. A duplicate plaque will be given to the recipient. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is still September 15th of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153.Application Check here for policies and requirements for nomination.

Referee of the Year - 2013

Oklahoma recognizes two levels of outstanding referees: youth and adult. The youth Referee of the Year must be a grade 08 or higher and not older than 19. The adult referee must be at least an 07 grade referee or higher and at least 20 years of age. Youth Referee of the Year will attend the Southern Regionals to officiate matches. The adult Referee of the Year may attend the US Adult regionals. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Youth Application Adult application

Volunteer of the Year - 2013 Oklahoma is proud of its many volunteers and the endless hours they spend promoting the sport of soccer. To recognize such volunteers, the Volunteer of the Year award was created. The award

is given for dedication to soccer in areas other than coaching and refereeing, although those activities may be mentioned in showing the amount of time devoted to the sport. For details on the application, use the link below. The winner of this award will be forwarded to US Youth Soccer for regional competition. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Volunteer of the year

Family of the Year - 2013

Oklahoma Soccer is proud of the many volunteers and the endless hours they spend promoting the sport of soccer. It has become evident in recent years that volunteers are not only individuals working together but entire families volunteering to help grow the game of soccer. To recognize such families and their efforts, OSA created the Family of the Year award. The award is given for dedication to soccer in areas other than coaching and refereeing, although those activities may be mentioned in showing the amount of time devoted to the sport. For details on the application, use the link below. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Family of the Year

Administrator of the Year - 2013

Oklahoma is proud of its many administrators who work diligently behind the scenes to prepare for the fall and spring seasons of Oklahoma soccer. To recognize such administrators, the Administrator of the Year award was created. The award is given for dedication to soccer in areas other than coaching, refereeing, or volunteering although those activities may be mentioned in showing the amount of time devoted to the sport. For details on the application, use the link below. The winner of this award

will be forwarded to US Youth Soccer for regional competition. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Administrator of the year

Goal of the Year - 2013

A video clip of no more than 60 seconds in length must accompany the nomination form and be submiited as a clip, not electronically submitted. The goal must have occurred during the season year immediately prior to the season year for which the clip is being submitted and for US Youth Soccer U6U18 age groups only. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Goal of the year

Save of the Year - 2013

A video clip of no more that 60 seconds in length must accompany the nomination form and be submitted as a clip, not electronically submitted. The save must have occurred during the season year immediately prior to the season year for which the clip is being submitted and for US Youth Soccer U6U18 age groups only. Applications may be submitted prior to due date. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. Save of the year

TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year - 2013

An individual may be nominated and selected as the TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year for extraordinary accomplishments if the individual, in carrying out the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program and its events and activities has demonstrated qualities of patience and understanding as well as fulfilling roles such as coach or role model. Due date is August 1st of each year mailed to OSA, PO Box 35174, Tulsa, OK 74153. TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year


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PRESIDENT’S CUP CHAMPIONS

In this issue of the Smoke Signals we are posting the champions of both the Mazzio’s Italian Eatery President’s Cup and the WassCorp State Cup. Con-

gratulations to these teams and to all the teams who participated in the two tournaments. Both tournaments drew large numbers of teams and thanks to

Broken Arrow Soccer Club, South Lakes Soccer Club, and North OKC Soccer Club for their hosting of the events.

U19-Shawnee 95 United

U17-Bixby Highlanders 96

U16-SLSC Cosmos 97 Blue

U15-Canadian Valley FC 98 Red

U14G-OFC ‘99 White

U13G-TSC Hurricane ‘00

coached by Ernest Goethe

coached by Russell Randolph

coached by Niall Crick

coached by Randy Totty

coached by Michael Cagle

coached by by Jesse Williams


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MAZZIO’S ITALIAN EATERY

PRESIDENT’S CUP CHAMPIONS

U12G-SLSC Cosmos ‘02 Blue

U11G-OFC ‘02 Black

U17B-OFC ‘96 White

U16B-OFC ‘97 White

U15B-TSC Hurricane ‘98 Diver

U14B-TUSC Blitz-Thunder United ‘99 Navy

coached by Brandon Lawless

coached by Amel Muhamedagic

coached by Tim Diver

coached by Gary Boreham

coached by Dan Gibson

coached by Terry Manuel


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PRESIDENT’S CUP CHAMPIONS

U13B-TUSC Blitz-Thunder United ‘00 coached by Monty Frazier

U12B – NWO Xelaju USA ‘01 coached by Mario De Leon

Watts’ What

By Dale Watts, Editor

Will Rogers was often cited as the person who said: ““If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change.” I’ve since learned that the statement is issued in almost every state in the union but here in Oklahoma we’ve grown accustomed to the rapid change in our weather and just live with it. Unfortunately, the weather in May of 2013 will be remembered by most Oklahomans as a year of violence and destruction by that very weather we try to “live with.” Sadly, the year is but half over and as we also know, winter in Oklahoma can be just as deadly as our spring season. What does all this have to do with Oklahoma soccer? A great deal, really. As most of you know, May 13 was a day that began as most spring days start in Oklahoma. Moderate temperatures and a chance of a spring storm – little were we aware of how the day would end. Loss of life, loss of property, loss of our sense of safety. The local weather forecasters quickly determined the seriousness of the massive storms placing many of our citizens in harm’s way, but for many the warnings came too late. And then came the reason why I now call my home Oklahoma. I was born in Kansas, but I’ve been in the state long enough to recognize that something is special about the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. Within

U11B-Tulsa Nationals ‘02 Black coached by Gene Mason, Jr.

minutes of the storms that struck our many cities and towns, help arrived in the form of neighbors and friends and family. The national service arrived, of course, as did government and insurance folk. But the many photos and videos shared through Facebook and TV presented Oklahomans for what we do best: help each other in time of need. I know that’s not a quality specific to Oklahoma, but we seem to do it so well and every time it’s needed. At the OSA offices during those first few days following the May 13 event, we were inundated with phone calls from all over the state and the country. “How can we help?” “Where can we send supplies?” “Are we doing anything special for our soccer folks?” And so it began. Soon OSA had a donation service set up and began collecting money that will go to the various see Watt’s What on page 8


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Watts’ What, continued from page 7 clubs affected by the storm. The response has been amazing. And it appears that weather will continue to affect us. When was the last time that we had state tournaments without storms, rain, heat, wind? I kept pinching myself at the Governor’s Cup, the President’s Cup, and the State Cup. What happened to usual storms, rain, heat, and wind? Oh, yes, we had a taste of it, but not like the past decades. For years it was a given that every state tournament would be played in the rain (or delayed by it). Not this year! So I’m that “glass is half empty” kind of guy and I’m already wondering what weather is in store for the fall soccer season. Will it suddenly

become “summer” in October and “winter” in September and “spring” in December? After all, who would have thought that we’ve had only a few days of 100 degree weather in July? What’s in store for August? So, Will, I appreciate your comment but can we please agree that it would be nice to have some regularity with fall and winter weather this year? I want my old Oklahoma fall and winter seasons with cold weather arriving on Halloween and our annual four or five inches of snow sometime in January with an occasional ice storm (ugh). I’ve had enough of those days where we have all four seasons in an afternoon.

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Tulsa Athletics Fall to Chattanooga FC in Playoffs The Tulsa Athletics fell to Chattanooga FC 0-0 (0-3) in penalty kicks on Saturday July 13. The win qualifies Chattanooga for the US Open Cup and will advance them to the NPSL quarterfinals against Richmond FC. Tulsa completes its season with 10 wins, 2 draws, and 1 shoot out loss. The Athletics didn’t trail the entire season and are going to be division favorites heading into the 2014 season. Chattanooga came out strong and with high pressure, similar to the Club see Tulsa Athletics page 9


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September is Youth Soccer Month It’s not too early to consider activities your team, club, or league may create to honor September as Youth Soccer Month across the United States. US Youth Soccer started the program of marking September as Youth Soccer Month several years ago. September is when most leagues begin play and clubs often have special events for their players in the first few weeks of the season. OSA would like to help you promote your activities by placing them on our web site or Facebook pages. OSA would also provide Fun Day activities for your club if you wish and those can be planned by contact the OSA offices at 800-347-3590.

Also watch the OSA web site for information on many of the state colleges and universities who promote attendance during Youth Soccer Month. If you need ideas in creating an event, use the following link to the US Youth page http://www.youthsoccermonth.org/ We hope that you will choose a unique way to celebrate soccer in September and spread the message about your positive experiences. On the US Youth web site you will find ideas and materials to use for your celebration and increase public awareness of the many benefits of playing youth soccer.

Goals of Youth Soccer Month

Raise awareness of Youth Soccer and the benefits of playing the game. Emphasize soccer as the number one youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families Bring kids and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, friendship and fitness. Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs.

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Tulsa Athletics, continued from page 8 America game. The Athletics responded and started to gain momentum towards the end of the first half. Goalkeeper Jacob Rogers shook off several injuries and made several key plays to keep the clean sheet. Good chances were sparse for both teams but Tulsa was optimistic going into half time. Tulsa came out a little bit more comfortably in the second half and started to create some more chances. Diego Molero provided a spark down the right flank, but could not translate

any of his opportunities into goals. The Athletics suffered a blow when Adam Schmoker had to leave near the end of regulation with an injury. The overtime period showed Chattanooga hoping merely to get to penalties and saw the Athletics’ best chances of the game. When Johnny Chavez found a streaking Omar Mata, the crowd was poised to erupt, but the shot was just high. Jacob Rogers continued to make key saves throughout, but the Athletics were unable to capitalize on

his brilliant play. The Athletics couldn’t finish a penalty and Chattanooga finished all three of theirs to advance to the next round of playoffs. The Athletics wrapped up an undefeated inaugural season in the National Professional Soccer League and advanced to the Southeast Region playoffs. The Athletics wish to thank all their fans for their support this year and look forward to seeing you in 2014!


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Regionals Wrap-up Championships At Edmond US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 14 champions of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships, presented by the National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event was hosted by Edmond Soccer Club and Oklahoma Soccer Association. It is the second Regionals for Edmond who last hosted the event in 1999. Congratulations to the OFC 96 Girls for securing the championship for Oklahoma and representing us so well. 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Champions Girls Under-13

(TX-N)

Liverpool 00 Elite

Lewisville

Under-14

(GA)

Tophat 17 Gold

Atlanta

Under-15

(TN)

Tennessee SC 16

Brentwood

Under-16

(LA)

97 Louisiana Fire Navy

New Orleans

Under-17

(TX-S)

AHFC 96

Houston

Under-18

(OK)

Oklahoma FC 96

Edmond

Under-19

(GA)

NASA 12 Elite II

Kennesaw

Under-13

(GA)

United FA 00 Elite

Cumming

Under-14

(TX-N)

Solar Chelsea Red 99

Dallas

Under-15

(FL)

Sunrise Elite 97/98*

Sunrise

Under-16

(GA)

GSA Phoenix 97 Red*

Lilburn

Under-17

(NC)

Triangle United SA Gold

Chapel Hill

Under-18

(FL)

Team Boca

Boca Raton

Under-19

(FL)

Plantation Copa

Plantation

Boys

*Under-15 Boys: FC Dallas 98 Premier (TX-N) to represent Region III, Sunrise Elite to represent National League *Under-16 Boys: NASA B15 Elite (GA) to represent Region III, GSA Phoenix to represent National League

These teams, in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, now advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the National Championship. These Region III Champions will join the National League qualifying teams and the champions from Region I, Region II and Region IV at the National Championships, held July 22-

28 in Overland Park, Kan. Georgia led the way in Region III, sending four teams from four different clubs to the National Championships. Florida will send three teams to Overland Park, while North Texas will send two. Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Texas will each send one squad. The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions, US Youth Soccer Regional League champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 88 teams in Overland Park, Kan.


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WASS CORP STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

U19G-WESTSIDE ALLIANCE ‘95 Coached by Scott Peavler

U19B-TUSC BLITZ UNITED ‘94 EARL Coached by Steve Earle

U18G-OFC ‘95

U18B-OFC ‘95

Coached by Zenati Al Zenati

Coached by Jacob Kurey

U17G-NYSA FURY ‘96 GREEN

U17B-TUSC BLITZ-THUNDER UNITED

Coached by Anthony Yousey

Coached by Michael Nsien


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WASS CORP STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

U16G-TSC HURRICANE ‘97 Coached by Ken Richardson

U15G-OFC ‘98 Coached by Alex Vizarelis

U14G-TUSC BLITZ-THUNDER UNITED Coached by George Chatzigiannidis

U16B-NYSA CELTIC ‘97 GREEN Coached by Ryan Trudgian

U15B-OFC ‘98 Coached by Tommy Hubbard

U14B-TSC HURRICANE ‘99 BEDWELL Coached by Jason Bedwell


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WASS CORP STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

U13G-OFC ‘00

U13B-OFC ‘00

Coached by James Hampton

Coached by Zenati Al Zenati

U12G-OFC ‘01

U12B-TSC HURRICANE ‘01

Coached by Stephen Phillips

Coached by Donny Carreno

U11G-TUSC BLITZ-THUNDER UNITED

U11B-NEOFC ‘02 RED

Coached by George Chatzigiannidis

Coached by Kurt Bauer


OSA Approved Tournaments 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: soccer999999@sbcglobal.net U11-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brandon Story Email: bstory4@gmail.com

October 4-6, 2013 Festival de Futball Host: North OKC Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Oklahoma City, OK Fields: NOKC fields Contact: Gary Boreham Phone: 405-701-5353 Email: borehamsoccer@cox.net U6 - U19 Recreational Boys & Girls U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brett Dobie Email: referee@NOKCSoccer.com

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: bascsw@cox.net U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls U11-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Mike Naumann Email: bassignor@hotmail.com

October 11-13, 2013 Chillfest 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: dmcfarl@quiktrip.com U7-U16 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: John Evans Email: acessoccer@cox.net

September 20-22, 2013 SLSC Cosmos Cup 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: bslsccosmos@yahoo.com U11-U18 Competitive Boys & Girls U8-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Bill Pevarnik Email: wpevarnik@att.net September 27-29, 2013 Sheffield United Invitational 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: michaelhorn918@att.net U11-U18 Competitive Boys & Girls U9-U10 Academy Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Reza Namavar Email: rezanamavar@aol.com

October 18-20, 2013 Soktoberfest Adult Soccer Host: Northeastern Oklahoma Adult Soccer More information to be posted Contact: info@soktoberfest.com October 25-27, 2013 Blitz United Fall Invitational Host: Blitz UnitedFalf Soccer Club All US Soccer affiliated teams Tulsa, OK Fields: Indian Springs Soccer Complex Web site: www.blitzunited.org Contact: Robbie Mitchell Phone: 918-691-7404 Email: tournament@blitzunited.org U11-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: John Evans Email: acessocer@cox.net October 25-27, 2013 Clinton Arsenal Cup Host: Clinton Arsenal Soccer US Youth Soccer member teams only Clinton, OK Fields: Clinton Schumacher Fields Contact: Lucas Martinez Phone: 580-309-2046 Email: martinezb21@yahoo.com U7-U10 Academy Boys and Girls

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U6-U18 Recreational Boys and Girls Referee Assignor: Ashley Rodriguez Email: martinezb21@yahoo.com November 1-3, 2013 Turkey Shootout 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: soccer999999@sbcglobal.net U7-U10 Academy Boys & Girls U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Brandon Story Email: bstory4@gmail.com November 15-17, 2013 BASC 32nd Annual Recreational Tournament 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: bascsw@cox.net U6-U19 Recreational Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Mike Naumann Email: bassignor@hotmail.com November 23-24, 2013 adidas Sam Shannon Showcase 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: jimtindell@me.com U15-U19 Competitive Boys & Girls Referee Assignor: Frank Sesso Email: samshannonshowcase@yahoo.com

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“Any parent whose child is playing youth soccer in the U.S. should read this book as the information is going to have a powerful impact on your child’s experiences, development, and ultimately their success in the sport. This book is an essential tool for any club, coach, or parent who is truly focusing on player development.” Manchester United Youth Academy Coach - Dean Whitehouse The book is titled: Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the mindset in youth soccer. The authors, Richard Shaw and Paul Mairs, provide readers with insight as to why nearly 70% of all young soccer players drop out of the

sport before they even have the opportunity to unlock their true potential. USSF C Course…Oklahoma has once again been selected as a site for the prestigious USSF National C license course. The course was limited to 40 candidates and the class closed in early June. Running two weekends (August 1-4 and August 8-11), the course is demanding and designed to prepare coaches for older competitive team coaching. The agenda includes such topics as Combination Play; Possession/Rhythm of Play; Wide Play; Psychology; and Goalkeeping. In addition, the coaches

will be required to demonstrate their coaching ability with teams from the Oklahoma City and Norman areas as their “team.” Director of Coaching Kurt Luitwieler and Assistant Jason Hawkins will join the USSF staff at the course. To apply for the National C course, applicants must have successfully passed the national D course which is offered regularly by OSA. Other coaching courses are offered as well throughout the year. For more information on those coaching courses, visit the OSA web site at www.oksoccer.com and then the Coaches tab for upcoming coaching courses.

New Referee Training Proceedures Every registration will be emailed 09 and 08 classes reduced by candidate’s attendance AND the form to the club for their record directs the candidate to complete a 3 hours; all fees to be paid online Oklahoma Soccer Association announces a revised method of training referees in Oklahoma beginning July 27. The entry level referee class (the 09 Recreational Referee) will be reduced to two 3 hour sessions from the old format of three sessions. The 08 upgrade class will be reduced to three 3 hour sessions from the old format of four sessions. The recert classes will follow their usual 3 hours of training. In addition, every referee must register online PRIOR to the course and pay for the course while online using a credit card. Every referee attending one of the classes must view the USSF online 09 or 08 course before attending the first session. The online sessions will provide referees with a large amount of background information on refereeing before they take the course at a club site near them. When the referee goes to the OSA web site he/she will find a link titled SCHEDULED REFEREE CLASSES and there must click on a link to the site of his/her choice. Once that is done, the registration informs the club of the

USSF registration form and pay for the course. If the candidate is 18 and older, the form automatically directs them to a background check link and the registration is held until that background check is approved. These changes will accommodate many of the state’s clubs and leagues in trying to host referee courses and allow the 09 and 08 courses to be completed in one or two days. Clubs will find a new Clinic Contract on the OSA web site and should send in that contract at least two weeks prior to the dates they propose to hold a course. A typical 09 course will run Saturday morning from 9am to noon and then 1pm to 4pm. A typical 08 course will run Friday night from 6pm to 9pm and then Saturday from 9am to noon and then 1pm to 4pm. A typical recert class will run 3 hours and can be scheduled for a week night or a time most convenient for the club/league. The main advantage to the club will be threefold:

No money will be collected at the training site and the club will no longer have to track checks and/or cash for each course. Background checks for those 18 and older will be automatic within the registration process The host will still be required to have a sign-in sheet and a representative to assist the instructor, but no collection of money will be required at any of the 09, 08, or recert courses. The host club should consider having access to a wi-fi or someone with a smart phone to assist those who will need to register at the site. Here are some links for you to view so as to familiarize you with the new process: Referee Home (the first link under the Referee tab on the OSA site) http:// www.oksoccer.com/referees/referees. aspx Scheduled Referee Classes http://www.oksoccer.com/referees/scheduled_classes.aspx Forms and Applications http://www.oksoccer.com/referees/formsandappl.aspx


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Winning’ Not Everything: How to Convince Parents Coaching young players to increase their chances of excelling at the higher levels can often mean losing games. So how can coaches convince parents not to confuse scorelines with player development progress? Here are a couple of methods that can help coaches show parents how to look for improvement without focusing on wins and losses: A “Parent Pregame” is how U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler addressed the issue during his long career of youth coaching. “When I was directing clubs, I expected all the coaches to do it, and it was awkward for them at first,” says Chesler. “When the referee is checking equipment and checking in the players, I would gather our parents around and I would give them the Parent Pregame. Very simple things. … “I’d review the major topics we’ve covered … ‘This week we worked on trying to pass shorter, play it out from the goalkeeper, and build the game from back -- because ultimately that’s good for their development as they get older. And it includes everyone in the game. They’re all participating -- the people defending, from the people in midfield, etc.’” The parents now understood why the team might give up goals -- because they’re trying to learn to play in a manner that’s the most successful at the highest levels. “It’s not always warm and fuzzy,” Chesler says. “There’s always the parent who thinks they know more. At

by Mike Woitalla least, you’ve taken away the guesswork and provided them with something they can grasp onto and really focus their emotion and energy toward. “I’d provide them with tools to encourage the kids. ‘When the goalkeeper has the ball, and you see the goalkeeper try and pass or play to one of those defenders, it would be great if you would encourage them because that’s exactly what we worked on.’” With older teams -- 13s, 14s -Chesler made a habit of handing out a target sheet to the players at the end of the last training before a match. He’d give parents a copy so they knew exactly what the targets were for the game. It’d be a very concise summary of what the team had worked on in training. “There was information provided for the parents every game,” he says. “Not for them to discuss or debate from a technical standpoint, but just to support their kids. “If you don’t do that, you leave it completely open-ended and now the atmosphere is such that a parent can make assumptions and really be critical of things that aren’t even relevant to what you’re trying to do.” With younger players, the targets would be mostly technical. “When I coached a 9-year-old team, it would be, for example, work on how to prepare the ball,” he says. “We’re going to try and prepare it so we keep it moving, so we don’t just stop it or kill it. I felt it was important to distinguish between trapping and redirecting -- a higher level skill, more challenging.” When a young player starts acquiring the skills of a good first touch that sets up her next move, it’s a major sign of progress. When parents see their children succeeding more frequently at that during a game, they realize the coach has helped the players improve even when the scores favor the opponent. With older players, the targets could be more tactical, like group defending.

For Chesler, the Parent Pregame is part of a triad that keeps a youth team on track: “I call it PCP -- Parent-CoachPlayer all being connected.” One of the recommendations from Stan Baker in his book, “Our Competition is the World,” for helping parents comprehend a team’s long-term development philosophy is creating a stat sheet to gauge the team’s definition of success. The idea is to track accomplishments by jotting down how many times the team accomplishes goals such as: * Plays out of the back successfully. * Plays through the lines (backs to midfield). * Has a sequence of 7 passes. * Changes point of attack. * Creates 2v1 situations. * Crosses the ball from the endline. * Chances created. * Goals scored. “I recommend the stat duty is assigned to various parents each game for monitoring,” Baker writes. “Buy a few of the small clipboards and you’ll be ready to go. This will be a shared assignment so all parents get a chance to take part. … Shifting the focus from winning onto the various aspects of the game that you are trying to improve on will help redefine success.” (Mike Woitalla, the executive editor of Soccer America, is co-author, with Tim Mulqueen, of The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper and co-author with Claudio Reyna of More Than Goals: The Journey from Backyard Games to World Cup Competition. Woitalla’s youth soccer articles are archived at YouthSoccerFun.com.) Post your response to the public Youth Soccer Insider blog. See what others are saying on the Youth Soccer Insider blog.


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Concussion Awareness in Youth Sports A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. A concussion can have long term impacts on young athletes such as their health, memory, learning and even their survival. This has led to a new effort to improve prevention, recognition and response to sports-related concussion. To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, many youth sports have begun an awareness campaign to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. US Youth Soccer built a FREE online education course to create a basic understanding of concussions. Parents, players, administrators and coaches alike can take the course training for free and learn more about this issue.

To get started, click the link below to create your free account: https://education.usyouthsoccer. org/members/register/ The following are a list of symptoms that may suggest a concussion has occurred. - Headache - Confusion - Difficulty remembering or paying attention - Balance problems or dizziness - Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy - Feeling irritable, more emotional, or “down” - Nausea or vomiting - Bothered by light or noise - Double o blurry vision - Slowed reaction time - Sleep problems - Loss of consciousness

What Should You Do If You Think a Concussion Has Occurred? 1. Seek medical attention right away - A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe to return to play. 2. Do not return to play until medically cleared - Concussions take time to heal. Don't return to play until a health care professional says it's OK. Children who return to play too soon while their brain is still healing risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting the injured studentathlete for a lifetime. 3. Inform all coaches about any recent concussions - Coaches should know if an athlete has had a recent concussion. The coach may not know about a concussion in another sport or activity if he or she is not informed by the parent, guardian or athlete. Thank you for your interest in learning more about concussions and their effect on young athletes.

Pro Soccer: NASL approves Oklahoma City, Jacksonville as expansion sites The Oklahoma City team will begin play in the spring of 2015. The team will play home games at refurbished Taft Stadium.

BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com • Modified: July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm • Published: July 25, 2013 The North American Soccer League's Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously approved expansion franchises in Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, Fla. Both franchises will begin play in the 2015 spring season. OKC Pro Soccer LLC has secured the rights to play games at Taft Stadium, which can be seen

OKC Pro Soccer LLC has secured the rights to play games at Taft Stadium, which can be seen here, photographed Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman

here, photographed Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman The NASL board received presentations from groups representing four prospective expansion cities as part of two days of meetings being held in Dallas. “We are delighted to be expanding to two cities that clearly have a passion for soccer, where we believe local fans will be excited to welcome our newest teams,” said NASL commissioner Bill Peterson. “We have considered expansion to cities that meet specific criteria and most importantly have strong ownership groups that will provide a long see Pro Soccer, on page 19


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and stable future for the NASL in those markets, which we clearly have in both Jacksonville and Oklahoma City.” Tim McLaughlin, an Oklahoma City native, presented to the NASL Board of Governors on behalf of OKC Pro Soccer LLC, which has already secured the rights to plays its games at Taft Stadium. “Bringing a high-level professional soccer club to Oklahoma City is going to add an exciting new sports dimension to our city and state,” said McLaughlin. “We look forward to working with the NASL to give our community a soccer team and game experience people will be talking about for many years to come. “We are especially excited to know that bringing this level of professional soccer to our market will also help the local schools, whose historic Taft Stadium we will play in when it is remodeled and refurbished to its former glory. We will create a revenue source for the local community, because every ticket we sell will benefit inner city schools. To say we are excited and overwhelmed is an understatement.” Peterson added: “The Board of Governors has recognized a carefully crafted bid from OKC Pro Soccer LLC, who waited patiently to build a strong platform that will ensure NASL soccer thrives in Oklahoma City. Like their Jacksonville counterparts, they have almost two full years to prepare an unrivaled coaching staff, player roster and venue to create a team that local fans will be proud to support.”

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How Many Matches Per Day Should A Player Play?

Sam Snow, Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer NUMBER OF MATCHES PER DAY A parent of a youth soccer player recently had this inquiry: ""What are US Youth Soccer's guidelines or rules for member associations to follow when considering limits of games per day for players? Is there any sanction for coaches that try to ask their players to play four games in one day?"" Here's my reply, Both US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer concur in our recommendations for no more than one match per day. Here is the Position Statement from the state Technical Directors on the matter:

LEAGUE PLAY AND MATCHES PER YEAR No.13

We believe that the optimal playing and learning environment includes participating in no more than two matches per week. We also believe that players should not compete in more than one full match per day and no more than two full matches per weekend. There must be a day of rest between full-length matches. We strongly oppose the practice of scheduling regular season and/or make-up matches in a manner that results in four full matches in the same week. Modified FIFA rules apply: no reentry per half for the U-14 and younger age groups and no reentry after substitution for the U-15 and older age groups. In addition, we believe that players should not compete in more than 40 playing dates in a cal-

endar year. Players must have one full month off from all soccer activity.

Related to this topic is this Position Statement: TOURNAMENT PLAY No. 11

We believe that excessive play at competitive tournaments is detrimental to individual growth and development, and can serve to reduce long-term motivation. Do not multiple matches being played on one day and one weekend have a negative effect on the quality experience and development of the individual player? Further far too many playing schedules include so many tournaments and matches that there is never an ""off season"". We believe that players under the age of 12 should not play more than 100 minutes per day, and those players older than 13 should not play more than 120 minutes per day. We also recommend to tournament managers and schedulers: - The players should be allowed ample rest between matches. - That all tournament matches be of the same length and that no full-length match be introduced during play-off rounds. - Kick-off times allow players a reasonable opportunity to prepare for competition. This encompasses rest and recovery, nutrition and adequate time to warm-up and stretch after traveling a long distance in addition to taking into consideration extreme environmental conditions. I also recommend that you and your coach read the Best Practices document from U.S. Soccer. http:// www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_280734.html


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FIFA Announces Amendments To Law 11 – Offside Interpretations

The International Football Association Board is the only organization which can make or modify the Laws of the Game, instructions, interpretations, or guidelines. We often speak of the FIFA Laws of the Game but, technically, FIFA is only one of several members of the IFAB and, like the other members, can only propose changes, not solely decide on them. This year, there were no changes at all in the actual Laws of the Game and this has not occurred in many years. While there are technically no changes in the Laws of the Game for 2013-14, the IFAB did change some language in the interpretations and guidelines section for Law 11. USSF has informed referees that the changes are for clarification only and that USSF trained referees have already enforced the interpretations for 2013-2014 for several years. The changes are put in effect as of July 1, 2013. LAW 11 – change 1 Old Text: “Interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or movements or making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent” NEW TEXT (in bold) “Interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball USSF comments: A player who is in an offside position cannot interfere with play, interfere with an opponent, or gain an advantage.

These three concepts are critical to understanding the offside offense because they define ways in which a player is considered to have become involved in active play. Each of the three concepts is defined and explained. The definition of “interfering with play” was not changed. The definition of “interfering with an opponent” replaced “making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent” with “challenging an opponent for the ball.” LAW 11 – change 2 OLD TEXT (gaining an advantage) “gaining an advantage by being in the position” means playing a ball that rebound to him off a goalpost or the crossbar having been in an offside position or playing a ball that rebounds to him off an opponent having been in an offside position NEW TEXT (in bold) “gaining an advantage by being in the position” means playing a ball 1. That rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position 2. That rebound, deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position USSF comments: Historically, the concept of “gaining an advantage” by being in an offside position has been interpreted to refer only to the special case of a ball last played by a teammate of the attacker in an offside position which rebounds from any part of the goal frame or rebounds or is deflected by any defender, including the defending goalkeeper. Some of this language may cause comment and questions but the main emphasis needs to be on the fact that, despite the new wording, nothing has changed regarding how referees should

understand what “gaining an advantage” means and how to recognize it when it happens. Most experienced referees understand that, in practice, instances of an offside violation based on “gaining an advantage” is rare. The core concept behind “gaining an advantage” is the fact that, when the ball bounces off the goal frame, for example, it is still the same play and so, if an attacker was in an offside position when this play began, the attacker is still in an offside position when the ball rebounds. If that attacker becomes involved in active play by interfering with play or interfering with an opponent, then there has been an offside violation. Where “gaining an advantage” can become more challenging is when the rebound isn’t from something inanimate (like a goal post) but from a defender. When a defender is involved, you need to make a distinction between a play of the ball versus a deflection or rebound. Remember that “defender” includes the goalkeeper and goalkeepers can use their hands inside the penalty area. Deflections off defenders other than the goalkeeper are not difficult to identify but deflections versus plays off a goalkeeper using his or her hands are the most challenging situations of all. Generally, as regards the goalkeeper’s use of his or her hands, the term “save” means that the goalkeeper has made a last-ditch attempt to knock the ball away from going into the goal – it is a desperate, uncontrolled action that does not involve putting the ball anywhere in particular ball, only preventing the ball from going to some undesirable place. Similarly, the term “parry” is intended to indicate that the goalkeeper had control for at least long enough to put the ball in a desired direction.


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JOKES

Q. What did the red light say to the green light? A. “Don’t look! I am changing!”

Q. What did the glue say to the teacher? A. ‘I’m stuck on you.”

Q. There is a one story house. The walls are pink, the floor is pink, the stove and cupboards are pink. What color are the stairs? A. There aren’t any stairs because it is a one story house!

Q. why did the clock in the cafeteria always run slow? A. Every lunch it went back four secends! Q. Why was the music teacher not able to open his class room? A. Because his keys were on the piano.

Q. 20 people jumped in to the pool and 24 heads popped out. How is that possible? A. 20 foreheads! JULY/AUGUST PUZZLE

Doctor, Doctor Jokes Why did the bee go to the doctor? (Because she had hives!)

How does a frog feel when she has a broken leg? (Unhoppy!) Patient: I swallowed a lot of food coloring. Doctor: You’ll be okay. Patient: But I feel like I’ve dyed a little inside! Patient: I feel like everyone is ignoring me. Doctor: Next!

Knock Knock Jokes

PUZZLE WORDS

Will you remember me in 7 days? Yes. Will you remember me in 14 days? Yes. Will you remember me in 30 days? Yes. Knock knock Who’s there? You forgot me already!

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