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Dribbles and Kicks December 2012 Newsletter

 

DRIBBLES AND KICKS

 

 

December 6, 2012

 

Hi Everyone

 

I would like to first wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season.

 

Taking a look around the horn of Section 14:

 

Due to a lack of attendees, the December Intermediate and Advanced Coaches Courses which were scheduled for Weston Florida have been postponed. Ernie Toth, Section Coach Administrator, is working on putting a schedule together whereas these courses will be offered in Central Florida and South Florida at least once per year per location. We will announce these courses once they are scheduled.

 

The U12 coaches course will be offered at the Weston Regional Park in Weston Florida on Saturday January 5, 2013 beginning at 9am. Registrations for the course can be obtained online by going to www.easyo.org and signing up for the course.

 

The 2013 AYSO Section 14 State Games Tournament is right around the corner. Team Declarations and payments are due by December 8, 2012. The tournament is for divisions U10 through U19 and played Saturday January 19, 2013 through Monday January 21, 2013 in Wellington Florida. Rules and Regulations as well as all necessary forms and documents are located on the AYSO Section 14 website www.aysosection14.org

 

 

AYSO Section 14 Meeting will be held at the FIU Kovens Conference Center in Miami Florida June 21-23. Overlooking Key Biscayne, FIU provides a wonderful location for this year’s section meeting with plenty of conference rooms and an outdoor field to allow for coaches and referee instructional courses. The host hotel, where most of the learning and all of the fun occurs, is the Courtyard Aventura. In our next issue of D & K we will have all of the details.

 

A special thank you to our section sponsor Yogurtland for all of their support. Yogurtland has stores in Weston, near Belle Glade and Sunset Park. If you are in the area please come see them and taste the great taste of Yogurt. When you run out, run out to Yogurtland

 

And to close out this issue of Dribbles and Kicks, I am going to leave you with what I wrote 11 years ago regarding referees. With all that has happened across the world of Soccer to referees it is important to remember that they are an important part of the game and deserve respect. I hope you enjoy.

 

I…The Referee

 

I am the referee…I am no different than any of you…I laugh, I cry, I hurt…

I get up each morning and depending on my age, I go to school or to work…

I have a family…I have a husband or wife…I have a mother and father…

I have brothers and sisters…I have children…

On Saturday’s I wake up early to get to the fields by 8:30 so that I can get my field assignments…

I wear a yellow jersey so that you know who I am…I wear funny looking socks but I don’t care…

It is a part of my uniform…

Some of my colleagues get to stand in the middle of the field and make calls and blow a whistle…

Others have the honor of striding the sidelines manning the touchlines…

They have the knowledge that they will meet with the utmost up close scrutiny of the coaches who will be just feet away on one side of the field or parents on the other…

When the game begins parents start cheering for their children to score a goal or make a pass or stop a shot…

No one cheers for me…

Parents and coaches always think twice about shouting and yelling at their own kids but never give a second thought to question my calls…

It is the middle of the second quarter and I hear “Johnny nice pass, you are playing so well” or

“Barbara great shot” but never hear “Hey Ref, great call”. 

My parents or family don’t come to see me referee because it is not very glamorous

and they don’t want to hear the negative comments…

We do not get snacks after the games…

We don’t get paid…

Some referees who are in high school get community service hours…

Others are true volunteers in every sense of the word…

We are given a set of laws (yes they are called laws) and are obliged to uphold them…

Our first and foremost objective is the well being of your children…

Both physically and emotionally…

What you find as immaterial and not noteworthy may be deemed unsafe (i.e. the no jewelry or earring rule)

or excess yelling by parents or coaches…

We do not care who wins or loses…really!!!…

Our greatest compliment is when a coach, player and spectator say that they never really knew that we were there, that the game was controlled…well played…and fun…

And when the day is done and everyone else has gone home to their families to discus how well they did at the game…the goals they scored…the passes they made and once again the shots that they stopped…

I leave the field with the soccer ball in hand as the sun dips over the horizon…alone…but with the knowledge that I have worked hard…and honestly…and that I have provided a great service as a volunteer…

I have helped these children play within set guidelines…

I have grown as a person…

I have had fun…exercised…and that I get to do this again next week…

And you know what…….I CAN’T WAIT!!!                               

 

From the 10-20-01 issue of Dribbles and Kicks, written by Richard Schwartz, Regional Commissioner & Editor/Publicity Director

 

 

 

 

If you have any item that you believe should be recognized by our section and announced to the world, please send it to me at Richardmschwartz917@gmail.com. I will take submissions up until each month’s end (or until I have enough to fill a page). This is designed to be informative but also with a touch or fun. For Fun is Good and with a touch of creativity and passion will yield a successful organization.

 

 

So Long From The Sunshine State

Richard Schwartz

Section Director 14

 


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