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CUSA COURAGE TEAM COLLECTS SHOES FOR HAITI

Issue Fall 2012 Inside at a glance Girl’s team collects over 700 pairs of shoes for school children in Haiti

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Success Through Development, by Janelle Fritschie

2 Sister club coach from England comes to Centerville

2 Dynamic Stretching is the way to go before games; Static Stretching before games is OUT!

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Columbus Crew Visit CUSA for a wonderful player and coach forum

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Congratulations to the Courage 98 Girls Premier who collected over 700 pairs of shoes for children in Haiti. In Haiti right now children who do not have shoes cannot attend school, so these girls took upon themselves to collect shoes. They went through their own closets as well as organized collections at their schools. These shoes will be delivered in the next few months and will be put to good use in the classrooms of Haiti

MEAD CUSA CUP a great weekend and where was all the rain that was predicted?

TOPSoccer what is it and how to get involved?

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CUSA Courage sign with an English Professional Team!!!!!

CUSA RECREATIONAL SOCCER ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TOURNAMENT CUSA Recreational Soccer had their annual soccer tournament on October 27 and 28. This annual tournament marks the end of what was another hugely successful season. Although there was rain that could have potentially dampened the sprits of those playing and watching, it did not. All games went off without a hitch and every player played their hardest for their team and of course their parents. A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers, referees, coaches and especially the parents who supported their budding super star.

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SUCCESS THOUGH DEVELOPMENT By: Janelle Fritschie Technical Director CUSA

The cornerstone of the CUSA Courage program is our philosophy on player development. The mission of our youth competitive program is to provide each player the opportunity to play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, enjoyment, and skill learning at a level that fits his/her interest and ability, and to create a challenging environment for the best players who aspire to reach their full potential. Every day we step on the field our coaches and players train and play to win. However, as a club we do not sacrifice individual player development and team development simply to get a trophy at nine years old. This is so important that US Club Soccer, one of the governing bodies of soccer in the United States, has included it in its Youth Club Standards. All of the adults in youth soccer (coaches and parents) have to be patient with the process of player development because it does work! These years between U7 and U14 are vital in the player’s future development. And in CUSA it shows year after year with our alumni. Our alumni are successful not only in the soccer world but also in the “real” world and that validates everything we are doing. In April 2004 we did a newsletter article on our U11 Girls White team and a tournament they played in Lodi, Ohio. A player on that team was Claire Falknor. Claire is one of three CUSA players who have been called in to the United States Youth National team programs after graduating from CUSA. In March 2005 we highlighted many players who advanced to the state pool for the Olympic Development Program. Continued on page 4

All of the adults in youth soccer (coaches and parents) have to be patient with the process of player development because it does work! These years between U7 and U14 are vital in the player’s future

Sister Club Coach from England Comes to Centerville CUSA and the St. Albans City Youth Football Club, based in Hertfordshire just north of London, England formed a partnership that will have CUSA teams playing in the United Kingdom next year. Johnson brings his team, which will be a U14 team, to the Mead Cup in 2014. “My goal is to come and observe exactly what goes on so I can educate the girls and their families exactly what they can expect when they are here,” Johnson said. “We already know from a year of talking to Brett this is exactly something we want to do. There’s that element to it. I’ll be heading up the tour so it’s good experience for me to be seeing how things run so I can coordinate it better. Also, I don’t need any excuse to come see three days of football (Soccer as it call here).”

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ORTHO ADVANTAGE F.I.R.S.T. INJURY PREVENTION TIPS

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ORTHO ADVANTAGE F.I.R.S.T. Injury Prevention Tips

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USA WOMEN’S  SOCCER  TEAM WARMING UP

Dynamics of a Proper Dynamic Warm-Up by Lori DiSalvo-Walsh

Are your  athlete’s  practicing  a  safe  and   functional dynamic warm-up? Integrating balance and postural stability exercises into an  athlete’s  warm-up is essential. The goal of a functional warm-up is to stimulate sensory and motor components related to preparatory (feed-forward) and reactive (feed-back) systems to prepare the athlete for movement (Bird SP, 2012). Most athlete’s,  especially  the  youth  athletes  do   not perform an adequate dynamic warm-up, thus resulting in muscle tightness, earlier onset of muscle fatigue, improper form with movements, and eventually pain or injury. According to the research, performing balance and postural stability (BAPS) exercises as part of a functional warm-up are used to enhance neuromuscular activation (Bird SP, 2012). BAPS include arabesque rotation, scapular retraction/protraction, torso stabilization rotation, supine bridging, etc. Bird also found through his research, that a proper dynamic warm-up will increase muscle activation, leading to greater dynamic core stability and postural control. Conversely, with impaired neuromuscular control of core stability and balance comes an increased risk for back and lower extremity injuries in athletes. Recent works

of Myer et al emphasize the importance of integrative neuromuscular training as part of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. Enhancing movement mechanics and functional strength characteristics are potential strategies for reducing sports related injuries in youth athletes (Myer GD, 2011). Include multiple planes of motion when warming up; the athlete has to be strong enough to maintain position while withstanding contact and potential harmful conditions. The balance and postural exercises should be circuited into the dynamic warm-up before each session. However, these exercises do not replace other conditioning activities, such as strength training. The exercises are merely just another piece of the puzzle in developing a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. References Bird SP, P. C. (2012). Integrating Balance and Postural Stability Exercises into the Functional Warm-up for Youth Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 73-79. Myer GD, F. A. (2011). Integrative training for children and adolescents: Techniques and practices for reducing sports-related injuries and enchancing athletic performance. Phys Sportsmed, 74-84.

June 2012 Need Help? Contact us at Ortho Advantage F.I.R.S.T. with any of your injury prevention and sports training needs. Information available via our website www.first4athletes.com or call us today at (937) 4344141. In the unfortunate circumstance that you get injured, call us immediately so our team of physicians and physical therapists can get you back out there quickly.

Don’t let this be you Don’t want  to  end  up  injured  on  the  side  lines?  You  have   to get good at the basics: perform a proper dynamic warm-up before any activity, following with a thorough static stretch at the end. Also, maintain a consistent strength and conditioning program, eat well, get a lot of sleep and play hard.

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SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT Continued from page 2 One of those players was U11 Alex Hopkins. Alex is not only continuing to play soccer next year at Wooster but also gave a speech at his recent Centerville High School graduation as the President. Our September 2005 newsletter featured an article on our U10 Boys White team and players such as Andrew Ludwig and Cobi Clark. Cobi is now going to be a junior playing on the Fenwick High School varsity and was recently selected to the 1995 Boys ODP team. Andrew will be playing at Centerville High School this fall and comes back every summer to give back to the CUSA youth at the Courage summer camp. In April 2006 we highlighted the U11 Girls White team and now four of those players verbally committed to play in college as sophomores or juniors last year including Niki Hopkins committing to Division 1 powerhouse Ohio State. Yes we have success (i.e. wins to most people) during our players U7U14 time in the club including 26 of our teams were Champions or Finalists in tournaments in 2012 and 20 of our teams who finished 1st or 2nd in their league in 2012. We have had teams win some of the best leagues in the region including the Midwest Regional League and The Premier League. We have had teams make it to the state cup semifinals and finals at U13-U14. We have teams who win high-level tournaments like the Disney tournament and the Carolina Elite Soccer Invitational. But most importantly we never lose sight of what is most important and that is what we can teach the players to make them better soccer players on the field and better people off the field. We can’t do this alone though! As a club we will provide all of the opportunities to the players from high quality training, excellent coaches, mentoring, skill development programs, player binders, leadership classes, sports psychology tools, and special events. However, we need the support of all the parents to reinforce what we are teaching them, to be patient with their development, and to give the players ownership in their own development. Most importantly we need the players. It has to be the player’s decision to learn, grow, and take advantage of everything the club has to offer. I can guarantee if the players take advantage of everything the club has to offer they will graduate at U14 and go into high school and beyond not only a better soccer player but more prepared to take on the world! Thank you to everyone in advance for his or her support of our players in 2012-2013!

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Success Through Development

We have teams who win high-level tournaments like the Disney tournament and the Carolina Elite Soccer Invitational. But most importantly we never lose sight of what is most important and that is what we can teach the players to make them better soccer players on the field and better people off the field.

It has to be the player’s decision to learn, grow, and take advantage of everything the club has to offer


COLUMBUS CREW VISIT CUSA In August the CUSA Organization was very lucky to have the Columbus Crew come to Centerville High School for a player forum. At that forum were players and staff from the Columbus Crew who talk about what it took to be a professional soccer player, what it is like to live on the road etc. Players were able to ask questions as well as parents and coaches from CUSA Recreational and Courage Programs. Some of the players questions were: How many days a week do you practice, What is it like being a pro soccer player AND How much money do you make…With over 100 in attendance the Crew went home with a great appreciation for what CUSA offers all of their players.

Some of the players questions were: How many days a week do you practice, What is it like being a pro soccer player

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ORTHO ADVANTAGE PARTNERSHIP CUSA’s partnership with ORTHO Advantage provides ALL CUSA Members (Parents, Siblings and Players) with preferred access to 8 orthopedic physicians and the Ortho Advantage Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab Team. What this means is if any CUSA athlete sustains an injury that requires orthopedic evaluation, they can contact Ortho Advantage at 937434-4141 MAKE SURE YOU SAY YOU ARE FROM CUSA and they will assure that the athlete (Or any family member) will be seen by one of these physicians within 2 business days. In addition, parents and family members will be given priority status with both the

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physician group and the Ortho Advantage physical therapy team. Along with Medical and Rehabilitation services Ortho Advantage will also provide athletic performance programs to help the athlete in your family get that edge they need in todays competitive sports environment. Brett Thompson; CUSA Executive Directors said: “We consider our selves very lucky to have such a partnership with Ortho Advantage, we have seen great dividends already. On my team we have seen players come back in DAYS, when I thought we had lost them for weeks”.

On my team we have seen players come back in DAYS, when I thought we had lost them for weeks”.


This Labor Day the 33rd annual MEAD CUSA CUP was held in three locations notably with a new location. The MEAD CUSA CUP brings in approximately 27,000 people into the local area for three days and as you can imagine it is logistically challenging. That being said the MEAD CUSA CUP committee started planning for this year event just about one month after last year’s tournament. This year the tournament was able to use the West Carrolton Soccer Complex, which turned out to be a great place to host games for the tournament. The fields were immaculate and the West Carrollton Parks and the City opened up their collective arms and welcomed the MEAD CUSA CUP. Games were also played at two other great facilities including the one in our back yard Oak Grove Park and the Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek. With over 500 teams coming in from all over the region and country there was one last big challenge on the horizon “RAINAGEDDON”. Yes that was the weekend we were supposed to get over 5 inches of rain in two days severely threatening the tournament. Well some how Dan Monahan the Director for the MEAD CUSA CUP was able to get his “Weather Force Field” activated in time and the tournament went off with hardly any rain touching our fields. A special thank you to all of the families and volunteers who help make the MEAD CUSA CUP one of the BEST tournaments in the country. One of the largest benefits from hosting the MEAD CUSA CUP every year is that the all of the proceeds go to help offset our player dues (Player fees, Tournament costs etc.), allowing us to create top quality soccer programs across both Recreational and Courage programs, as well as keep the club on track to meet some of its long term goals. SPECIAL NOTE: We are looking to fill a few vacant positions on our tournament committee. If interested in please contact one of the tournament directors below. Dan Monahan: Brendan Cunningham: Matt Morgan: Karen Blackwell Brett Thompson:

danmonahan@woh.rr.com Brendan.Cunningham@morganstanleysmithbarney.com morgannsix@gmail.com kblackwell@woh.rr.com bwthompson@cinci.rr.com

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SOUTH DAYTON TOPSOCCER The 99 Premier Boys CUSA Courage Boys team helping out at TOPSoccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a US Youth Soccer national program created for young people with disabilities. Any child or adult that has difficulty participating in the regular "recreational soccer" programs for any reason is invited to participate in the Dayton program. Our players have all different types of special challenges, including physical challenges (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), Downs Syndrome, autism, and many others. We have two programs in the Dayton Ohio area. We have one in South Dayton program, which plays in the Centerville area. South Dayton had over 150 players last year. For information on the program in North Dayton that plays in Vandalia, call Amber Robinson at 937-335-6548. Players from all locations are invited to play in either program. For general questions concerning TOP Soccer, call 937-985-7735 or email us at southdaytontopsoccer@gmail.com. Just leave a message and someone will get to back to you in a timely manner. Our season runs from late August to mid October. We play on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. South Dayton TOP Soccer is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. For more questions regarding corporate donations, please contact Mindy Heyne at 937-436-1521. Thanks to all of TOP Soccer's sponsors, donors and volunteers. You are the backbone of the organization!

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The CUSA Courage program is proud to announce that in October they have signed a deal with a professional team in England. This deal will provide the Courage program the opportunity to have staff from Sheffield Wednesday come to CUSA and do coaching education, player clinics etc. Next summer Sheffield Wednesday will come and hold a PLAYER ID CAMP to hopefully identify players for a tryout with the professional team. Below is the press release from Sheffield Wednesday. The Sheffield Wednesday North American Academy today announced the launch of its North American Partner club program through Global Image Sports with agreed partnerships with youth soccer clubs from the USA and Canada From Academy Manager Dean Ramsdale: “Since stepping into my new role as Academy manager at SWFC I am very excited to hear about the relationship we have in place with Global Image Sports to help us develop strong relationships with partner clubs across North America. I look forward to working closely with our partners to maximize the benefits for both parties as this is a project that SWFC and myself are determined to make a long term success".

The CUSA Soccer Organization truly embraces the US Youth Soccer motto of “The game For All Kids” The Recreational Program serves players ages 5 to 18. The Recreational Program is one of the largest and best recreational programs in the state. The Recreational Program offers coaching education, player education, referee education A great place for current players to give back to the game), great game fields and an end of season tournament. The Youth Development Program or YDP as it is commonly called is aimed at children aged under 7. The sole purpose of YDP is maximizing the enjoyment and development for the soccer player who may want just a little more than recreational soccer but are not old enough for select soccer. YDP caters to the technical development of the youth player with regards to footwork/dribbling and small-sided games, while taking into account the cognitive development of our youth players. The Courage Program develops and trains players from the U-8 through U-14 age groups. Courage offers developmentally appropriate training that includes both team practices and weekly training sessions conducted by a professional trainer. Courage has designed age group specific curriculums that the coaches utilize in order to strengthen the overall player development of the club. At the conclusion of each season the players within the competitive program receive a written player evaluation The Metro Corragio Program is aimed at those children who are of High School age, they offer a few different levels of competition for players of all abilities to play. It is important though to teach kids the proper way to play the game, than to win playing the wrong way. Our job is to help our players become the best they can be and achieve the highest level of playing that THEY choose. Metro Corragio is not a ’win at all costs’ organization

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Some Basic Training Ideas By: Josh Hess CUSA Staff Coach I love looking for new activites and games that will help "turn on the light bulb" for the players that I am working with. Having a new activity is kind of like having the newest phone of piece of technology! However, too often coach's try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to training. In general youth players need certain things in the game: competition, fun, fitness, decision making and scoring! Here are a couple suggestions for some activities that will almost always provide these things and will provide you the coach with plenty of opportunities to make suggestions to help them make better decisions and practice the techniques necessary to make them better players. #1 2v2 or 3v3 Continuous w/ 4 goals Field: 22 x 25 rectangle. 4 goals placed around the rectangle. Set-Up: 2 teams. Each team attacks 2 goals. Every time a goal is scored the team that scored stays on to defend and the other team brings a new ball on to the field. The player that scores must touch the goal that they scored on and then they can retreat to help their team defend. To see an example of this game please go to: http://footballer21.com/?p=764 Here is another version in a 2v2 setup: http://footballer21.com/?p=58 You can add different restrictions on to this game to help make it fit any type of situation. I like to play with more goals to encourage players to look away from pressure. Also you can change the shape of the field to make it more narrow, wide and create more problems for your players to solve. #2 3v3v3, 4v4v4, 5v5v5 Field: 32 x 35, no goals. Set-Up: 2 teams work to keep possession against the other team. If the team in the middle wins possession a number of different things can happen:  The team that gave up possession can now defend.  The team that won possession must work together to keep possession for a certain number of pass's. If they can get that number against the two teams then they are out and a new team defends.You can add goals around the area.  The two teams keeping possession can not score but the defending team must look to win possession and score before they two teams can win the ball back. In this variance you play for a time limit (3 minutes) or a ball limit (10 ball) and keep score.  The team that is defending must work together to get the ball out of the area under possession to get out of the middle. You can see a variation of this game here: http://footballer21.com/?p=352 Activities like this are great because as a coach you can manipulate the general set up of these activites to accomplish almost anything that you need too.. Does your team struggle to move the ball from side to side? Widen the field. Do your players struggle to come back for the ball? Narrow the field so that players have to go high up the field and come back to the ball. Are your players struggling when it comes to defending in 1v1 situations? Are they unwilling to try new dribbling moves in games? Do they struggle to pick out good times to combine with their teammates? You can talk about all of these things in these activites and it isn't complicated to set-up, understand or execute for you or your players. Good Luck!!!

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This publication goes to over 1400 (900 Recreational and 500 Courage) families within the CUSA Soccer organization. The MEAD CUSA CUP has over 7000 players in attendance as well as approximately 27,000 total people come to the tournament for the Labor Day event. Advertising rates for this publication Full Page: $300 Half Page: $175 Quarter Page: $100 For Club or Mead CUSA CUP sponsorship opportunities please contact CUSA Executive Director at bwthompson@cinci.rr.com

The CUSA organization has a couple of open positions on the Executive Board (Vice President and Treasurer). If you are interested in possibly filling one of these positions please contact Brett Thompson at the email address above.

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CUSA Soccer Fall 2012 Newsletter  

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