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A New Season

I would like to welcome you to another new season in Washington Youth Soccer. This is the time of year when we have the opportunity to start anew with our teams, our season and the opportunity to create new memories.

Washington Youth Soccer continues to be commit its resources for the development of our recreational and developmental seasons. By now, each of our recreational and developmental coaches have received the retooled coaches’ handbook in the mail — if you have not received one, please call or email

In this year’s handbook are step-by-step guides to constructing practices that are created for the appropriate age groups that you coach. Each section in our handbook has complete coaching and developmental objectives from U6 to U17. In addition, the handbook has descriptions of drills to improve dribbling, passing, heading, goalkeeping, shooting, turning, distribution and other crucial elements of the game.

We have also teamed up with Star1soccer ( to provide further online and practical steps to assist and educate you on your coaching path for this season. In addition to these modules, we have created video programs that demonstrate U6 to U14 techniques in these various elements. I encourage you to utilize both of these modules for your season.

We have also completed our online verification for compliance with the Zachery Lystedt Law. The inspiring story behind this law, which places restrictions on when a player can return to the field after suffering a concussion, can be read elsewhere in this issue of E-Play On! I encourage you to read the story and learn about the grass-roots effort that put this law before our State Legislature, ultimately leading to its signing on May 14th, and enactment on July 26th. I am confident that, by now, each of you have signed the necessary forms for your child. The Zachery Lystedt Law not only covers games, it also covers practices and friendlies. I encourage you to become well-versed in the nuances of the law and how it pertains to the administration of the proper medical procedures when an injury occurs.

I also encourage you to extend your assistance in the development of the referee program for Washington Youth Soccer. Many of the games in which you will participate are refereed by your local community members. It is of the utmost importance to practice good sportsmanship when communicating with these referees. We must extend our best behavior to these young referees as they work hard on developing their skills for the upcoming seasons.

Until next time, work hard, play hard and have fun!

Washington Youth Soccer

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