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Clovis Junior Soccer League-Newspage
After All…It’s Only A Game
Have you ever noticed what happens when you put a group of children on a soccer field without any adult interference? They pick their captains; divide the teams evenly so that neither team has a decided advantage, and play the game with very little dissent. But…with adults involved, suddenly you have a situation where we are trying to make “our “ team just a little bit stronger so that “we” can win.
True, adult involvement is very necessary in organized soccer today. Rules are important to keep the game safe for our players, and the referee is there to make sure that the rules are followed. So why do we have increasing complaints from referees about harassment from adults on the sidelines?
Since we are supposedly doing this for the benefit of our children, perhaps we should consider what effect our sideline behavior is having on them. After all, our children learn mostly from the examples we set for them.
Our comments from the sidelines should be limited to positive, encouraging remarks to the players.
Try to remember that the referee is there to keep the game under control so that no one gets hurt. A fact of life is that referees will make mistakes and we only compound their mistakes by our negative comments.
Let us ‘adults’ take a look at ourselves and ponder what kind of examples we are setting for our children. Have we forgotten that our original purpose was to get our children outside to play, get exercise, make new friends and have some FUN? That is why we all got involved is it not?
After all, it is only a game and…”The outcome of our children is infinitely more important than the outcome of any game they will ever play..!:”
New for 2016- CJSL has revamped the TOPSocer program for all players with disabilities. This year we have partnered with RICV to increase our understanding of the special needs participants, creating a great program for all involved. In addition, all games will be played at Inspiration park. The park is specially designed to accomodate individuals with disabilities. Additionally we are now a part of Fresno State's "Touch the Communities Project" and will be working closely with the College of Health and Humanities Honors program to continue to develope the program.
CJSL brings to TOPSocer a National "A" Licensed Coaching Director, provides all Live Scanned coaches, and a commitment to provide a positive soccer experience to the special needs community. We have served the Clovis community for 43 years teaching the worlds game, and we look forward to continually improving our committment to the special needs community.
For 2016, the cost of registration is $45. We are accepting players from 4-young adult. There are no boundaries, we accept all players whether their disabilites be physical or mental. To register visit our new TOPSoccer WEBSITE
New Heading Protocol
Pleasanton Ca. (February 24, 2016) – Chairman Pete Zopfi and Executive Director Matthew Madeira announce that Cal North, in accordance with U.S. Soccer guidelines and intent, is implementing the following rules for heading:
- No heading for players 12 years old and younger in games.
- Abide by U.S. Soccer recommendations for heading in practice (heading training for players age 11 to 13 years of age should be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15 to 20 headers per player per week).
- When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. However, if a player deliberately heads a ball within their goal area, the indirect free kick by the attacking team should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
"A large part of our passion for the game is doing all we can to promote the safety and health of our valued players", said Madeira. Zopfi comments "Cal North has been, and will continue to be, a leader in concussion awareness within youth soccer."
Cal North will continue to monitor decisions made by U.S. Soccer with regards to concussion protocol and heading.
Best advice for soccer parents: Keep Quiet On The Ride Home
Children quit sports for a litany of reasons, and my job was always to see what we could learn, so we could improve the experience for other children. When I got these players alone, and asked them “what was your least favorite moment in sports?” I often got a very similar and sad answer: the ride home after the game.
It has always amazed me how a moment off the field can have such a detrimental effect on it, yet when we think about it, the toxicity of the ride home makes perfect sense. Emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent, yet many parents choose this moment to confront their child about a play, criticize them for having a poor game, and chastise their child, their teammates, their coach, and their opponents. There could not be a less teachable moment in your child’s sporting life then the ride home, yet it is often the moment that well intentioned parents decide to do all of their teaching.
Here are five behaviors I’ve seen from parents that can have a dramatic impact on kids and their soccer development:
1. They don’t encourage their player to make mistakes
It seems contradictory, but yes, we want players to make mistakes…this is how they learn best! With so much focus on mastering skills and winning matches, not enough players put themselves out there to take risks. A wise colleague of mine always tells her players to “Be brave. Make mistakes.” Most kids want the approval of their parent and coach, and they need to know you encourage this and you will applaud the fact that they tried, even if they fail. Because ultimately, they don’t fail. They learn something from that moment that is invaluable and that will help them grow as a player and as a person. Instead of the kid who passes the ball all the time because they are afraid to take on a player 1v1, the brave player will learn when it’s best to dribble and when it’s best to pass, without hesitation or fear.
2. They fight battles that aren’t theirs to fight
Have you ever approached a coach about how your kid didn’t get enough playing time? I can tell you right now that this is the conversation every coach hates to have with a parent, and it likely won’t help your child in any way. Instead, encourage your player to take ownership of their game and their development as a player. They should (at a certain age) be the one to approach the coach if they have a question or concern. I promise you this will go over better with the coach, will likely result in more useful information, and it will also teach your child a number of lessons that can be applied to their life on and off the field.
3. They don’t engage their players in the development process
How much do you know about what your player is working on during training? I encourage you to find out! This doesn’t mean calling up the coach or club and asking for their practice plans. Instead, engage your child in a conversation about skills or ideas that they’re learning and what they find challenging. This can also lead to helping your player set personal goals in their own development.
4. They coach and cheer for the wrong things on game day
We’ve all heard that parent on the sideline scream “Shoot it!” or “Pass it!” Maybe it’s you. It’s natural to want to help your player on the field, but this does not help. This is a parent who is guilty of both No. 1 and No. 3. These directions can cause anxiety for a player already under pressure on the field. In fact, they may even directly contradict what their coach has instructed them to do. Even if you are a USSF A-licensed coach, do not coach on the sidelines unless you are the coach of that particular team. Instead, stick to basic encouragement and cheering. Did you find out (after engaging your kid in the development process) that your child is working on mastering a specific move during training, or building confidence in using their left foot? If you see them do that in a game, go crazy and let them know you saw them try it.
5. They analyze the game with their player afterwards
What is your postgame ritual with your child? Do you start analyzing the game and what your player did right or wrong before you even get in the car? Believe me – your child knows what they did wrong. If they don’t, it’s likely their coach or a teammate has already told them. The best thing you can say to your player after a game is how much fun you had watching them. If they engage you in a postgame talk, go for it. But instead of a full-game analysis, try picking out some things they did in the game that you know he or she has been working on.
LiveScan Required for All Coaches
All coaches and assistant coaches are required to be Live Scanned (Finger Printed) this upcoming Fall season. The process involves the coach to complete a Form 1650 online prior to getting the fingerprints taken. If you have been scanned before for Cal North you do not need to be scanned again. If you have been scanned for another organization you MUST be scanned again for Cal North.
There is another form that is filled out at the office right before the fingerprints (ID required) in the presence of the technician. The process takes approximately 10 minutes from beginning to end.
Fill out this FORM On the form you need the following info- District 7 League 2.
Take your printed form to any of these LOCATIONS
Bingo Workers Needed
CJSL offers member families an opportunity to work at our Tuesday night bingo games at the Clovis Bingo Hall. In exchange for working the games, members earn funds which can be used to offset not only soccer, but even school expenses. Example- If you buy your child a laptop bring in your receipt. You will be given a check for up to the full amount of the laptop, depending on your account balance. If you are interested in working at CJSL Bingo Nights, please contact Jessie at 288-1179.
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