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DYSA Newsletter
Issue 20 
Spring 2018
In This Issue
From Technical Director Kate Stahlin
From Director of Coaching Joanna Tucker
Age Group Trainings
Goalkeeper Training Spring 2018
DYSA Turns 25!
Introduction to DYSA
College Advisory Program
Transformational Coach Course
DYSA Coaches Attend Coaching Course
Kids Corner with Grady Hooten
Spring League Information
Coach Education Night
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting Principles
Meet Coach Doug Ewing
Local First
The One Question .. by John O'Sullivan
From Technical Director Kate Stahlin

Field Conditions at Escalante and practice space at Riverview and Smith
I want to take this opportunity to update you on Escalante Middle School and the field conditions. The fields have a compaction issue that   occurs when soil particles are pressed together, reducing pore space between them reducing the rate of both water infiltration and drainage from the compacted layer. This has made them hard, uneven, unsafe, and impacts the level of play. Because of this, for the spring DYSA is attempting to move all of our teams off of Escalante for practices and games and placing them at Riverview Sports Complex or the Smith Sports Complex. We want to provide a safer environment and better play surface for members while giving the Escalante fields an opportunity to rest. Read More
Please Share your pictures ASAP with DYSA!
We will use pictures for the weekly Bleacher Reports and the end of the season slide show. To upload pictures: 1) go to https://durangoyouthsoccerassociation.shutterfly.com 2) select Pictures & Video tab 3) select your team's album 4) select add pictures
Why Tournament?
From Director of Coaching Joanna Tucker
The most recent eight-hour trip is behind me as I enter into my stay-to-play accommodations for yet another out of town soccer weekend. From the balcony of my room that overlooks all of the competition fields, I can see, hear, and feel the buzzing energy from all of the players. It’s tournament time!

In my relatively short 11 years of coaching, I have attended more than 35 youth soccer tournaments. As a parent, add another 25 plus to that at the local, state, regional, and international level with US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, ECNL events, and English Premier League clubs. Needless to say, I have seen great competition as well as poorly matched games, elated celebrations and distraught defeats, individual and team successes and breakdowns, and full spectrums of sideline conduct and referee effectiveness. So why tournament? Read More
Age Group Trainings
DYSA is pleased to offer our Age Group Trainings which is an optional third night of practice led by Fort Lewis College Players. This optional third night of practice is available only to DYSA members. It is an awesome opportunity for the players who want more time on the ball under the instruction of a coach. This is FREE to DYSA members.

Goalkeeper Training Spring 2018
Dates: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30

Dates: 4/3, 410, 417, 4/24, 5/1

Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 418, 4/25, 5/2

HS Boys
Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3

*All sessions are from 6-7pm @ Riverview Sports Complex*
DYSA Turns 25!
Introduction to DYSA in Durango & Bayfield!

This camp is designed for Parks & Recreation players born in 2009-2010 interested in getting more touches on the ball in a structured training environment. DYSA coaches will create a fun and challenging setting where players have the opportunity to learn. DYSA prioritizes player development with a strong focus on technique and skill improvement. As technical skill improve, individual, small group, and team tactical elements are introduced.   Learn More 
College Advisory Program (CAP)
Durango Youth Soccer provides a great support system through our College Advisory Program and Resource Services (C.A.P.) program. Director Amanda Raso hosted our second ever College Advisory Program Night, March 16, 5:30-6:30pm at Chemistry Lab room 130 at Fort Lewis College. The C.A.P. is designed to provide valuable insight, documents and supportive materials for any player who is interested in playing college soccer. Read More
DYSA Coaches Complete the Changing the Game Project Transformational Coach Course
The Xs and Os are important, but the #1 thing that kids say they want from their coach is CONNECTION! They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care! Our new online course, TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING: THE 3 C'S OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING, is your guide to having your best season ever! Learn More
Kids Corner
by Grady Hooten
 I am such a big fan of soccer because the sport is fantastic, and so is my team. The relationship with my team is great, so I have lots of fun with my teammates on and off the field. Especially on the field. I really enjoy learning how to get better at soccer every practice, and at the same time try to push myself and have fun. After doing soccer for a long time, it has become a lot of fun to do. All my team members have good soccer experience also, so we get along very well. All around, soccer is such a great sport and is one of my favorite things to do . 
contact: kstahlin@durangosoccer.com
S.M.A.R.T. Goals Setting Principles
Last fall DYSA Coaches went over goal setting with your player at practice. We use a goal setting worksheet called S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, adaptable & attainable, realistic, time based). Revisit your player's fall goals!

It's a very good idea to set goals with athletes of any age. Goal-setting helps improve athletes' motivation and commitment, helps them stay focus on what to accomplish, helps them asses strengths and weaknesses, as well as track their performance and improvement during a season. This is also a great tool for parents to get on the same page with their player in regards to what their goals are for sport and school.

DYSA is a member club of the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The goal of our membership with the USCC is to support our coaches and to promote coach development. Click to read the  member benefits .
Spring League Information
Duke City Soccer League :
Opening weekend March 3, 2018.
Click HERE for schedules.

Four Corners Youth Soccer League : Opening weekend March 10, 2018.
Click HERE for schedules.

Mountain Region League
Opening weekend April 7, 2018
Mark Your Calendars!
Coach Education Night
Thursday, April 12, 6-7pm at Skyhawk Hall Room 150
Meet Coach Doug Ewing
Name: Doug Ewing
Birthday: October 15, 1968
Birth Place: Sioux City, Iowa
Siblings: 4 brothers and 1 sister
Spouse: Staci Ewing
Children: None
Occupation: Administrator - Director of Recreational Services at Fort Lewis College
Youth Soccer Club: Sioux City Strikers
Dogs are not allowed on any of the field venues and surrounding properties. This is part of our agreement with the City of Durango and School District 9R. If you have a dog with you at any practice, game or tournament, you will be asked to leave. The Field Marshall can take whatever action is necessary to have the dog removed from the property. 
DYSA is a proud member of
Local First
Local First envisions a thriving, self-reliant, and resilient community investing in locally owned, independent businesses and organizations that join together to enhance the quality of life for La Plata County residents and visitors. In addition, we envision Local First becoming the representing voice for locally owned independent businesses in a larger community discussion about our local economy. Learn More
The One Question All Coaches Should Ask Their Athletes

By John O'Sullivan

Coaches, imagine if there was a way to gain insight, understanding, and connection with your athletes by asking a simple question? There is. let me explain how.
A few years back, I coached a talented, yet underperforming sixteen-year-old girl I will call Maddy. She was incredibly inconsistent in her play and often looked very depressed. She was definitely lacking in confidence. Her friends told me she was unsure whether to continue playing or not. After trying multiple ways to help her play the way I believed she was capable of, I called her in for a meeting.

I spent the first 30 minutes of our time together offering my thoughts and suggestions, but as I rambled on and on I could tell she was simply tuning out. Here I was, the highly experienced coach, offering my years of wisdom, and she wasn’t listening. Read More
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