Washington Youth Soccer 2012 Resources Guide
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The leaves are starting to turn, the kids are back in school, and the sounds of splashing in the pool have been replaced by the soft thump of leather boots on balls — it's soccer season!
The start of a new season is exciting, and can also be overwhelming — whether you are a longtime soccer parent, a first-time parent/coach, a legendary coaching veteran, or an active parent finally accepting those repeated entreaties to take a more active role in the management of your Club or Association.
Fortunately, Washington Youth Soccer has a wealth of resources to help you in your quest towards a fun — and, hopefully, successful! — 2012-13 soccer year.
Of course, if you're new to the local soccer scene, you might be asking, "Who is Washington Youth Soccer?" With over 128,000 players, Washington Youth Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in Washington, and is the state's affiliate for US Youth Soccer, which is the largest sports organization in the United States and part of a direct developmental pathway to U.S. Soccer regional and national team programs. Washington Youth Soccer's mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.
If you are receiving the PlayOn! newsletter, you are registered as a member of Washington Youth Soccer — either as a parent, coach, administrator, referee, or volunteer. Welcome!
To help you navigate through the 2012-13 season, Washington Youth Soccer offers numerous resources, both through its website, WashingtonYouthSoccer.org, its social media pages (Washington Youth Soccer on Facebook, @wayouthsoccer on Twitter) and elsewhere:
Looking for Washington Youth Soccer programs in your area? Washington Youth Soccer's online club directory features a sortable database of clubs statewide — sort clubs by zip code, then browse the websites of clubs near you to find the club that is the best match for your child's specific soccer goals.
Washington Youth Soccer also offers numerous special offers exclusively to its members — from discounted tickets to Sounders FC and local college games, to special savings at Soccer West, Sports Authority and other state association partners, Washington Youth Soccer members have dozens of opportunities each year to save big! Bookmark the Special Offers page at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org and check PlayOn! monthly to stay in touch with the latest deals!
First-time parent-coach? Good news — you're not alone. Nearly every coach in youth soccer started out as a soccer parent. To help you get started on your first day on the field, check out the Age-Appropriate Training Sessions on the Washington Youth Soccer website — video instruction from Technical Adviser Gary White and Sounders FC/Washington Youth Soccer Director of Youth Development Darren Sawatzky that will give you the basic tools you need to hit the ground running.
In addition, all parents can benefit from reading the Parent Survival Guide [PDF] — a downloadable PDF booklet including detailed information on Washington Youth Soccer's player development pathways, sample lesson plans for new coaches, and other resources to help your child build skills that will assist them both on and off the field.
The Technical Zone at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org includes an abundance of valuable resources for coaches of all ages and skill levels — schedules and descriptions of upcoming coaching courses, a printable Coaching Handbook with detailed descriptions of Washington Youth Soccer's Player Development Pathway and sample lesson plans for new coaches, plus articles and resources on age-, gender- and position-specific development and more.
In addition, new coaches can take advantage of online Age-Appropriate Training Sessions featuring eight weeks' worth of pre-planned training sessions for coaches at the U6, U8, U10 and U12 levels. Available in both print and video formats, it's a great resource for coaches both before and during the next practice.
Washington Youth Soccer also provides numerous resources for Club and Association administrators (including links to important forms for e-Travel, insurance, registration and more) and referees (Laws of the Game, reporting forms and more), plus detailed information on concussion resources and laws, plus much more.
Check out the links above and bookmark WashingtonYouthSoccer.org for updates to the resources and online calendars. Then, follow Washington Youth Soccer on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to the latest news, special offers and more.
And most importantly — have fun!