Washington Youth Soccer 2013 Resource Guide
The links and information you need to make
the 2013-14 season a success!
Introduction by Doug Andreassen, President, Washington Youth Soccer
Welcome to the start of the new soccer season!
If you are like me, you love September! Why? Because it’s Youth Soccer Month, a time when we can celebrate and enjoy the primary reasons we play the game: fun, family, fitness, and friendship. As the new season starts, I encourage you to focus on the “4 Fs” with a special emphasis on FUN! Have lots of it! I would also like to individually address each of the key stakeholders in our beautiful game:
Parents - Be positive. Cheer for your team, but be respectful of the referee and your opponents. If you have the capability, I would also encourage you to get involved with your team, your club, or with Washington Youth Soccer. Our organization is largely supported by volunteers and could use your help.
Players - Above all, be safe and HAVE FUN! Respect your opponents, the referee and the game. Win and lose with dignity and grace. Play with passion and integrity. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Everyone makes mistakes, but the lessons are learned from understanding and correcting them.
Coaches - Whether you like it or not, you are a role model to your players. Remember, these young athletes are sponges. They will feed off of your actions. Instill the same passion you have for the game in your players so the next generation of soccer supporters can carry the torch.
Referees - You often have a thankless job, but a vital job nonetheless. Whether you are having a Terrible Tuesday or a Super Saturday, do your best to keep the game SAFE and FAIR.
If you're new to the youth soccer scene, you might be asking, "Who is Washington Youth Soccer?" With over 115,000 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 and regional and national team programs.
If you are receiving the PlayOn! newsletter, you are registered as a member of a Washington Youth Soccer Club or Association — either as a parent, coach, administrator, referee or volunteer. Welcome!
Regardless of your role within our game, there is always room for improvement. To help you navigate through the 2013-14 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.
Whether a first-time coach or parent, or an experienced soccer veteran, you’re certain to find something in the resources listed below that will prove useful to you in the year ahead. Please pay special attention to the resources regarding concussion education that we have compiled on WashingtonYouthSoccer.org with the support of the Sports Legacy Institute, Think Taylor, Brain Injury Association of Washington, Center of Disease Control, Dr. Stanley Herring, Virginia Mason, and many other partnering organizations.
It is Washington Youth Soccer’s mission 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. Working together, we can use the season ahead a success, and foster a lifelong love of the game in our young players.
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 Schmetzer's Sporthaus, 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!
The Coaches tab at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org includes an abundance of valuable resources for coaches of all ages and skill levels — schedules and descriptions of upcoming coaching courses, plus articles and resources on age-, gender- and position-specific development and more.
In addition, the bi-monthly Coaches Corner newsletter gives coaches a peek inside the playbooks of Washington’s brightest soccer minds. Written by Washington Youth Soccer coaches for Washington Youth Soccer coaches, it’s an outstanding resource for learning new ideas, and making connections with fellow coaches.
And, for the first-time parent-coach, online Age-Appropriate Training Sessions feature 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 medical insurance, risk management and more) and referees (Laws of the Game, reporting forms and more), plus detailed information on concussion resources and laws, and 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!