Volume I    Issue I                                          August 2017
Welcome to the 1st Edition of The Latest Score

Now that I have two full months under my belt as Executive Director of your Wyoming Soccer Association (WSA), I wanted to create a consistent monthly communication to keep everyone in the loop as to what is happening in the world of soccer.  Well, this is it... The Latest Score.  This publication will cover the latest from US Youth Soccer, WSA updates, upcoming events; whether coaching courses, referee clinics, tournaments, etc., and a section to highlight some of our players.  Please peruse at your leisure, and clubs are welcome to provide information they feel should be included in future publications.  Ideas, helpful tips, club events, etc. are all welcome, and I am happy to share it with the membership on your behalf.

For those of you who have contacted me personally over the past couple months - thank you! These questions, concerns and conversations have been the best opportunities for me to dive in and learn.  I still have a long way to go (and feel it will probably be that way for the duration of this first year), but I am making progress and learning something new EVERY day.   Thank you for your patience - and know that I am here to help in any way I can.  I may  not be able to provide an immediate answer, but I will get back to you.  

Again, welcome to The Latest Score.  Enjoy the rest of your week, and happy reading!

Best,

Lisa Hulshizer
Executive Director
Wyoming Soccer Association
 
INTEGRITY | DEVELOPMENT | FUN |  FAIRNESS | SUSTAINABILITY | TEAMWORK

The Latest from US Youth Soccer

Annual General Meeting Outcomes

US Youth Soccer members, including Wyoming Soccer Association, voted this past month at its Annual General Meeting to amend the Association's bylaws and adopt changes to the current governance structure.  In a near-unanimous decision, US Youth Soccer members voted to realign the structure of its regional operations by replacing the volunteer-elected Regional Chair and Vice-Chair positions with professionally hired staff. This landmark decision transitions all administrative, financial, programmatic and operational functions from the four Regions of US Youth Soccer to the National office and under the purview and authority of the US Youth Soccer CEO.

"Our 55 member State Associations and Board of Directors have spoken and, through their vote, have given us a clear mandate to strategically transform our business model to become more growth-oriented and customer-focused in order to meet the evolving demands of today's soccer marketplace," said Chris Moore, CEO of US Youth Soccer.

The National Council of US Youth Soccer also voted to maintain the Regional geography as defined in the bylaws, for competition purposes, and retain four Regional Councils that will serve as an advisory body to provide input and inform regional-level programming. The Regional Councils will also continue to nominate and elect a representative to serve on the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors.

From its humble beginnings in 1974 with just more than 100,000 registered players to its current registration of more than 3,000,000 players between the ages of five and nineteen, US Youth Soccer has always been recognized as a leader in youth sports organizations. US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States, and is made up of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of who also are volunteers.

For more information on US Youth Soccer and its programs, visit  USYouthSoccer.org. Connect with US Youth Soccer on  FacebookTwitterInstagram and  YouTube.

You can view the full press release here.

US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame Nominations

US Youth Soccer is accepting nominations for the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame to be inducted at the Workshop in January 2018.    The US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the efforts of those that demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and/or leadership that have made significant contributions to the improvement of the sport and its participants nationwide.
 
If you are interested in making a nomination, please email the state office at  wssa@wyomingsoccer.com  for nomination criteria per US Youth Soccer's Honor Policy (Section 203).   To submit your nomination for the Class of 2017, please click here and complete the form.  
The Latest from Wyoming Soccer Association

Rule Changes

The Wyoming Soccer Association (WSA) Board of Directors has recently made changes to the rules to help create an avenue of play for all players and increase player safety.  The latest rule changes, forms and charts can all be found on the WSA website here.  Please visit frequently, as the site is updated as changes are made.

Fall League

Wyoming League is a travel league that consists of three games over one weekend.  Games will be played September 29 - October 1, 2017 in Casper. League rules can be found on the WSA web site  here.  Please contact the state office with questions at (307) 742-2306 or via email at  wssa@wyomingsoccer.com.  

Challenger

Last month, WSA partnered with Challenger Teamwear as the preferred provider for uniforms, equipment, programs, tours and tournaments.  Challenger provides quality Under Armor brand apparel and accessories and will work with WSA affiliates, providing an online store of WSA branded items.  More information is forthcoming.  To learn more about Challenger and Challenger Teamwear, please visit their site at challengerteamwear.com.  
Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Sheridan Storm is sponsoring an NSCAA 7v7/9v9 clinic on November 18th from 9am-7pm at Sheridan College. 
 
NSCAA Diploma courses are designed to help teach training methods, where this course specifically focuses on the players aged 9-12 years old. This course will discuss player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.
Registration link is here.

An E-license coaching coarse is being planned for Jackson in the coming months, and referee clinics will be scheduled in both Cheyenne and Laramie.

Please keep in mind the Wyoming Soccer Association (WSA) technical staff  is available to work with individual teams, clubs and/or coaches around the state.  They can use their session, or they can use a session from the local team/coach/club.  If you are interested in working with a member of the WSA technical staff, please call the state office at (307) 742-2306.

Coaching & Referee Profiles  

The annual registration fee for a coach profile is $15.00 and can be paid by the individual or a club affiliate issued voucher.  Clubs interested in paying for their coaching and/or referee profiles should contact the state office (wssa@wyomingsoccer.com) to request a voucher code. 

All coaching staff and referees age 18 or older are required to complete the Center for Disease Control: Heads Up Concussion training and a background check within their GotSoccer coach account.    

Background checks can take  7 days or longer. 
Please complete the information for processing as soon as possible.
Player Spotlight

Wyoming Soccer Association would like to start highlighting some of the outstanding players across the state  Whether it's soccer, academics, community, or attitude, we have many talented kids who are worthy of statewide recognition.  

Any club can submit any player for recognition.  The Latest Score will be published during the first full week of each month, and nominations must be submitted by the last day of the month to be included in the following month's publication.  All that is necessary is completion of the player spotlight submission form found on our site. Please click here.  Scroll down to the general section.  Click "Player Spotlight Submission Form" and it will save to your computer.  Once the form is filled out, please email it to wssa@wyomingsoccer.com.  
The SAT/ACT Student Sponsorship Project
 
All Wyoming Youth Soccer Members Can Get:
  • $700 worth of online courses for $39.99
  • $350 worth of online courses for $19.99
 
 
The next SAT class begins August 26th
The next ACT class begins Sept 9th

*The Sponsorship Project has assisted over 250,000 students and families. The Project covers the $350 or $700 course price and the student pays a small fee of $19.99 to $39.99 that covers streaming, student and customer support and materials. All fees are reinvested into the Project to improve the program and reach more families. The Project does not create a profit.
The Latest on the 
Wyoming 307 Program

The Wyoming 307 Program is really growing and expanding with five new teams in the past few months, including 2002, 2005 and 2006 boys and 2004 and 2006 girls.  

The teams are doing great having brought home championships or a close 2nd place from several recent tournaments.

  • La Roca Cup 
    • '06 Boys - runners up
  • Rush Cup 
    • '03 Boys - champions
  • Steamboat
    • '03 Boys - champions
    • '06 Boys - champions
  • Extreme Cup 
    • '04 Boys - champions
  • River City Cup
    • '03 Boys - champions
    • '99 Girls - runners up
The Players Cup in Boulder, CO is coming up on August 12th - 13th, and we are excited to see how the Wyoming teams come out.  It is sure to be a great weekend!
The Latest on the 
Olympic Development Program 

WSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) understands the scheduling constraints of Wyoming players and their families! We are working to ensure the ODP Program is as flexible as possible and now provide three training options for our players. 

We are excited to offer a traditional program that allows players to attend the full training program (6 sessions), the Choose 3 program where players/families can pick the training dates that best fit their schedule, and now a single session option where players/families can choose to attend individual sessions that meet their needs without committing to the entire season.  For complete information on the ODP program, please click here.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
Board of Directors Meetings 

Monthly board meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  An in-person board meeting is held once per quarter.

August's board meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17th.  These meetings are open to the membership and call in information is as follows:

Monthly Board Meeting                                                                                        


Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/532039669 

You can also dial in using your phone: (571) 317-3122 

Access Code: 532-039-669 
 

Scheduled WSA Office Closures for August

Friday, August 11 - Office will be closed due to out of town travel.

Monday, August 21 - Office will be closed due to the Eclipse.


WSA Sanctioned Fall Tournaments

The first annual The Rock Challenge is scheduled for August 26 & 27th in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Registration is closed.

For complete tournament information, please click here.










The 20th Annual Casper Fall Classic is scheduled for September 16th & 17th.  Registration deadline is August 15th. For complete tournament information, please click here.





The 13th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Classic is scheduled for September 22nd - 24th.  Registration is currently open.  For complete tournament information, please click here










The Meyer Dana Orthodontic Classic is scheduled for October 6th - 8th in Gillette, Wyoming.  Registration is opening soon.  For complete tournament information, please click here .  
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