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NCYSA Staff Contacts Kathy Robinson Mark Moore

Executive Director

Deputy Director Wendy Burns

Risk Management & renewals Joette Kivett

New Membership, Insurance, Tournaments, & Risk Management  Bill Furjanic

Technical Director Coach & Player Development Eric Redder

Asst. Technical Director  NC Youth Academy  OFFICE ADDRESS

NC Youth Soccer Association 136 Manley Avenue Greensboro, NC 27407

Colby Morton

Asst. Director Classic/CL3/Cups Lyn Halstead

Registration Cindy Lineback

Registration Keri Jones

ODP & Recreation admin Sports medicine Service Coordinator  John Trice

Asst. Technical Director - ODP  MAILING ADDRESS

NC Youth Soccer Association PO Box 18229 Greensboro, NC 27419

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NCYSA Staff Updates Kathy Robinson

Executive Director

“Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, ….” Vince Lombardi. Both Debbie Morton and Rachel Jones have committed themselves to making NC Youth Soccer a great place to work, supporting our members, and always keeping our players first. Debbie served across a variety of programs – she was the friendly voice who answered when you called, she served the Youth Academy, Classic, Challenge, Cups and tournaments during her 15 years with NCYSA.  Rachel has contributed in many ways to the growth of the game in our state during her 24 years as Administrative Manager and critical in the development and implementation of the Risk Management program. It is hard to say goodbye, but we wish them both the very best in their new adventures.  Please join me in saying THANK YOU for their service to NCYSA and the soccer families across our state!

Welcome to the team!

Wendy Burns

risk management Renewals

Wendy burns will be the newest addition to the ncysa staff! she began working with Rachel jones in April 2019, and will assume the role of risk management administrator on june 1, 2019. Wendy most recently served as Head Registrar of Greensboro United since 2012 and NC Fusion since 2017. Please welcome wendy to the ncysa staff!

Cups & Competitions Colby Morton Asst. Director Classic/CL3/Cups

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Mental Health Awareness Christina Taylor, MA, LPCA, NCC WWW.RAISINGWELLNESS.ORG/

“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” -Noam Shpancer

Mental health – it seems to be the new buzz word in the sports world, but what does it actually mean? According to, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Many associate only the diagnosable conditions such as depression and anxiety with mental health; however mental health also encompasses your psychological wellbeing, your ability to control your emotions, your cognitive functioning and your interactions with people.

Mental health occurs on a continuum, on one end you are thriving and resilient, and on the other end you experience more significant symptoms that could be a part of a diagnosis. Humans do not stay at the same spot on the continuum for a set amount of time. Flunk a test, miss a penalty kick or get in to an argument with a friend you may be more towards the right side of the continuum. The next day you hit the game winner or get a 100% back on a test, you are going to move towards thriving quickly.

Athlete Specific Concerns & Decline

Athlete’s exercise, eat healthy and friends in their teammates, so they must live on the resilient and thriving end of the spectrum, right? Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Athletes are human too, and often have more pressure and responsibility than their peers. In addition to the typical stressors that can initiate a mental health decline such as: academics, life transitions, society, loss; athletes are up against much more when finding balance and maintaining their mental health. 

– academics, life transitions, society, loss etc. – athletes are up against much more when trying to find balance and maintaining their mental health.

High visibility

Culture of “toughness”

Athletes of all ages receive more visibility

According to research from the University of

in their communities than non-athletes.

Michigan, student athletes are less likely to

This means that their biggest successes

seek help for mental health concerns.

are celebrated, but their struggles are also

About 1 in 3 adults will seek treatment for

well documented. In this day and age of

depression, but in athletes, that number is

social media and instant news, a student-

just 1 in 10. Athletes report stigma-related

athlete is pressured to be perfect all the

concerns including team status and playing

time. Samantha Cerio, an Auburn

time. These are concerns felt for all injured

University gymnast who dislocated both

athletes, but when you add in the fact that

of her knees, had to plead with the

mental illness is an invisible illness and

public to stop sharing the video of her

carries an added stigma, the likelihood of

injury because of the emotional response

student athletes reporting drops

that it triggered in her.


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Injury When an athlete is injured, they can experience grief similar to that of losing a person. Depending on the severity of the injury, the athlete may require surgery and grueling rehab which pulls them away from their team and sport. It is completely normal for athletes to go through periods of denial, anger and resentment before accepting their injury. If the injured athlete is also dealing with anxiety or depression in addition to their injury, it could cause them to experience more significant symptoms than they were before the injury. 

Time demands (and compromised sleep) Student-athletes are expected to spend significant time outside their school day dedicated to their sport. Athletes typically spend anywhere from 2-6 hours a day at practice or games. This leads to having to stay up later to complete homework and less sleep than their peers who are non-athletes. In addition to the time spent after school, student-athletes miss more classes due to travel which results in having to make up missed work, adding to their already stressful load. 

Common Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder amongst adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 31% of adolescents experience an anxiety disorder. That does not include the individuals who are not diagnosed or seeking treatment for their disorder.

ever underestimate an opponent or assessment and then performed poorly because your lack of anxiety led to lack of preparation? Although the prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder is on the rise, not all anxiety is a bad thing. Anxiety and worry can be normal and healthy parts of our lives. It can even be a helpful part of our lives. An example would be when an individual underestimates an opponent or assessment and it results in poor performance it may be that the lack of anxiety led to lack of preparation. Worrying about playing well, relationships and school are expected and normal, so how does one know if it is a problem? 

General Worry

Anxiety Disorder

Can control duration/intensity of

Cannot control thoughts, they are all-



Mild, temporary physical tension

Intense physical reactions – fatigue, irritability,

Comes and goes, does not affect

trouble sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel,

daily life


Fear or worry is appropriately

Occurs frequently/constantly, affects quality of

matched to the intensity of the



Fear or worry is disproportionate to the situation

Depression Being a teenager is hard. You are experiencing completely new situations, having responsibilities and expectations dumped on you, trying to get in to college to further your education, balancing social media and real-life drama, all while your body and brain are changing daily. These body and brain changes affect the way you think, behave and respond. Throughout this time in your life it is normal to experience emotional ups and downs. But, if that sadness lingers for weeks or months, it could be more.

According to NIMH, in 2017, an estimated 2.3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment. Although depression is common in teens, that does not mean it is not a serious issue. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a medical illness that can interfere with your ability to handle your daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or managing your school work. estimated 2.3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode....

Signs & Symptoms of Depression You constantly feel irritable, sad, or angry. Nothing seems fun anymore—even the activities you used to love—and you just don’t see the point of forcing yourself to do them. You feel bad about yourself—worthless, guilty, or just “wrong” in some way. You sleep too much or not enough. You’ve turned to alcohol or drugs to try to change the way you feel. You have frequent, unexplained headaches or other physical pains or problems. Anything and everything makes you cry. You’re extremely sensitive to criticism. You’ve gained or lost weight without consciously trying to. You’re having trouble concentrating, thinking straight, or remembering things. Your grades may be plummeting because of it. You feel helpless and hopeless. You’re thinking about death or suicide. (If so, talk to someone right away!)

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ways to help Anxiety and depression are real. No matter how great your life is, you may still experience these symptoms and need professional help. Just like you would seek help for a broken bone, it is important to get the help you need for your mental health. There are some ways to help us stay more towards the resilient and thriving side of the continuum, that can be done alone or in addition to therapy and medication. This is known as self-care. If you search the hashtag #selfcare on Instagram you will be overloaded with pictures of facemasks, bubble baths and luxurious spa trips. While all of those sound wonderful, they aren’t the types of things I am talking about. What fills your cup, and makes you feel whole again? Those are the things that will help you build resiliency and continue to thrive. It could be as simple as going for a walk (without your phone!), making sure you have eaten a healthy meal and are hydrated, spending time with your loved ones, or dare I say playing a sport other than the one you play competitively just for fun. It does not need to be fancy or Instagram worthy, but doing small things each day to take care of yourself will help you be able to handle the small challenges in your life in a healthy way. 

Mental Health Apps I Love Cellphones can be a great resource if used properly. Below are a few apps that can benefit your mental health. They provide different ways to relax and decompress. -Pacifica -Headspace -Mindspace -Virtual HopeBox -3 Minute Mindfulness

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About the author Christina Taylor, MA, LPCA, NCC WWW.RAISINGWELLNESS.ORG/

Christina has always been drawn toward people who need support in reaching their full potential. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is passionate about adolescent’s mental health, with a soft spot and big heart for athletes. After 8 years as an athletic trainer and teacher at Charlotte Country Day School, she has started her own private practice focusing on making therapy accessible and enjoyable for teens and college students. Utilizing walk and talk and active therapy, Christina provides a comfortable place for clients to grow. Christina has her Bachelors in Athletic Training from Springfield College and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.Â

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Keri Jones

NCYSA Recreation Administrator Insights & Info from the TOPSoccer South/East Region Symposium   TOPSoccer Coach Course has been ENHANCED - focusing on......coaching players’ disabilities, expanding one's comfort level with inclusive training activities, facilitating events, and more! Routines are key.......players like to know what’s coming. Don’t keep them in the dark – continue to repeat what you are doing next....verbally or visually AVOID “no” or “stop” – the best tactics to use for TOPSoccer players to redirect behaviors........ 1) “ignore and distract” or 2) “ignore and replace.” Keep buddy/athlete ratio small! Better to have more buddies than players. strive for as much individualized attention as possible Aligning with USYS Misson, “the game for all kids” – are clubs living up to this standard? Minimal cost to run/Implement a TOPS program. Field space & facilities are flexible as Regulation size fields are not required


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D&A across the State Mark Moore

Deputy Director

#Enough is an anti-racism campaign set up by the Professional Footballers Association of England and Wales, borne out of frustration – articulated both directly to the PFA, but also publicly via the player’s channels – regarding the racist abuse they receive online. Those four ejections totaled 25 games worth of sit outs due to the extreme nature of the comments.

How Does This Impact NCYSA Out of the 99 ejections we’ve had this spring (down 50% from last year!), we had four (4) ejections for violation of the Discrimination Policy – racially abusive language. Those four ejections totaled 25 games worth of sit outs due to the extreme nature of the comments.We don’t believe anyone wants to see or approve of any discriminatory hate speech. We also don’t want to see our young players thinking it’s okay to grow up and become adults . . .who are then arrested for yelling at professional players. We all have a choice. #Enough.

NC ODP - Events/Updates John Trice

Asst. Technical Director - ODP

Keri Jones

NCYSA ODP Administrator

ODP Girls South Region 2019 Trial Dates

ODP Boys South Region 2019 Trial Dates

University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

july 6 - July 10, 2019

july 8 - july 12, 2019

2006 Teams

2003, 2004, 2005  teams

July 11 - July 15, 2019

July 13 - July 17, 2019

2004, 2005 teams

2002, 2006 teams

July 17 - July 21, 2019

2002/2003 teams

2007 June Subregional Event Age Groups:                                                                         Dates: 2007 Boys & Girls

June 1 - June 2, 2019

States:                                                                                 Location: North Carolina              Georgia South Carolina     

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South Region International Trips 2001 Boys – Costa Rica – February 2019 Silas Goss - Strikers of Gaston County 2003 Girls – Costa Rica – February 2019 Avery Lemley - Wilm Hammerheads Lauren Montgomery - Beach FC 2004 Girls – Spain – April 2019 Madison Hairston - PTFC  Lilly Smiley - Wilm Hammerheads Zoe Susi - Lake Norman SC Chloe Wright - Wilm Hammerheads

2002/2003 Boys – Spain – March/April 2019 Connor Smith (2002). - Wilm Hammerheads  Jonny Mennell (2003) - HFC  2005 Boys – Scotland/Ireland – April 2019  Kenneth Barnes - Wilson Youth Soccer Assoc Ariel Nunez -  Pitt Greenville Soccer Assoc 01/02 Girls – Switz/Germany/Czech Rep – April 2019 Faith Adams (2001) - Carolina Rapids Emma Wakeman (2002) - Carolina Rapids  Sarah Widderich (2002) - NC fusion

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**Asheville, NC | May 31 - June 2 & August 2-4 **Wilmington, NC | May 31 - June 2 & August 10-11 **Charlotte, NC | July 26-28 & December 14-15

11v11 In-Person **Charlotte, NC | June 30 **Havelock, NC | July 20 **Raleigh, NC | July 7 **Wilmington, NC | December 8

7v7 In-Person **Havelock, NC | June 22 **Charlotte, NC | June 29 **Raleigh, NC | July 6 **Wilmington, NC | August 18 **Wilmington, NC | December 7

9v9 In-Person ***Havelock, NC | June 22 **Charlotte, NC | June 30 **Raleigh, NC | July 7 **Wilmington, NC | August 18 **Wilmington, NC | December 7

4v4 In-Person **Swansboro, NC | April 28 **Raleigh, NC | July 6 **Wilmington, NC | August 17

referee Program NC Grass Roots Referee Development Program The North Carolina Soccer Referees Association has created a new program beginning this year. The Grass Roots Referee Development Program is a sponsorship program where individuals that are not financially able to pay for a Referee registration or uniform can become a Referee. To be considered for the program, each candidate must be evaluated by their local Area Referee Administrator. There are eight areas across the state. The Administrators  & eight areas Area 1 (Wilmington) - Erick Varone - Area 2 (Jacksonville, Greenville)- Cliff Clement - Area 3 (Triangle) - Jude Carr - Area 4 (Fayetteville) - Ernie Fisher - Area 5 (Greensboro) - Brandon Marion - Area 6 (Winston-Salem) - Dan Adams - Area 7 (Charlotte, Gastonia) - Gary Duncan - Area 8 (Asheville) - Ed Guzowski - This program is only for Entry Level Referees, if you would like to be considered as a candidate for the 2020 year, please contact your local Area Administrator above. Please provide your full name, phone number, email address, and information as to who you are.

Frequently Asked Questions

If accepted into the program, NCSRA will pay for your initial registration. You will then be required to complete the online certification training and in-person clinic. Once completed, NCSRA will purchase a referee uniform for you and will also provide a referee badge. Once everything is completed, you’re ready to step on the field.


Association renew

Classic League

DOC Meeting

Risk Management

Classic League

Classic League

DOC Meeting June 20 - 27, 2019

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THURSDAY JUNE 13, 2019 -


TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019 - 


JUNE 20 - 27, 2019 -


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NCYSA Crossing North Carolina | May 2019  

NCYSA's Statewide publication to share the latest soccer updates from our State Association.

NCYSA Crossing North Carolina | May 2019  

NCYSA's Statewide publication to share the latest soccer updates from our State Association.