Volume I    Issue IX                                                                        April 2018
The Wyoming 307 Select Program!
A New & Exciting Opportunity for WSA Members

If you recall, a new state program was discussed in December's edition of this newsletter.  Over the past several months a committee comprised of parents, coaches and WSA staff put countless hours into planning, discussing and putting their heads together to develop the Wyoming 307 Select Program.  

We are very excited about this program and cannot wait to introduce it to all of you.  The program is NOT entirely new, as the existing 307 program will look very similar to what it is now.  Currently, Wyoming Soccer Association is producing a series of videos to introduce the program to our membership.  These videos will include:
  • Brief introduction
  • Overarching Framework of the Program 
  • Program Objectives 
  • Program Benefits/Costs 
  • Program Commitment 
Please be on the lookout for communications and videos, which will be released from the state office about this program.  It's all coming your way VERY soon.  Stay tuned!

Best,

Lisa Hulshizer
Executive Director
Wyoming Soccer Association
The Latest from US Youth Soccer

Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award

Nominate a player today for the Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award! Starting in April, Clif Kid will provide one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month with a prize pack.  

Learn more and find out how you can nominate someone here!



Hitting the Road this Spring?

As we all start traveling for Spring Tournaments (find out where and when below), you may want to consider this deal from one of US Youth Soccer's partners, Yokohama!  Get ready to travel for Spring soccer and get a prepaid VISA (up to $70) with a purchase of 4 select tires during Yokohama's Spring Getaway 
#yokohamatire!  Find out more about this special offerhere.
 

A Chance at Fame (kind of)

Want to be featured in the next issue of FUEL Soccer magazine, an official publication of US Youth Soccer?  Sign up for free!  It's easy and who knows - maybe you'll become a face of FUEL!  Click here to view the latest published edition of FUEL.
The Latest from Wyoming Soccer Association

Reach 1,000's Across Wyoming

Did you know that Wyoming Soccer is a business worth partnering with?  As you help us grow, we can help you grow.  We reach 1000's of people each year through our various events.  Each business is different and we want to help you reach your goals, so partnerships are 100% personalized.

We can work with any budget, so if you are interested, please reach out to us at wssa@wyomingsoccer.com.  There are many opportunities, and if you have ideas, please feel free to share them with us.  If reaching people across the state is appealing to you, we can help.  We also offer advertising space on our web site and here in this newsletter.  You can access our advertising guide and the advertising agreement on our web site.  

We  have also recently amped up our social presence with an active Twitter and LinkedIn account, in addition to our Facebook page.  If you are not currently following us, please click the social media links at the top of this newsletter and start! This also offers our partners another way to get the word out!

Consider becoming a partner with WSA today!


Wyoming Soccer Association College Connection Center

Wyoming Soccer Association has recently partnered with Sports Source to help parents and students in their college planning journey.  It is called the WSA College Connection Center and it is packed with helpful resources and advice.   Check it all out here.  

AND... Don't forget, WSA has college scholarships available.  To learn about the criteria and submit an application, please click here.  We know we have many deserving players out there - don't miss your chance.

Application deadline is April 16, 2018!


The SAT/ACT Prep Project through 
Wyoming Soccer Association

The eKnowledge SAT/ACT Prep Project with Wyoming Soccer Association is now in its14th year assisting students and families. 

Exam dates are coming up and registration deadlines are typically a month prior.

Next Exams:
ACT: April 14, 2018, June 9, 2018
SATMay 5, 2018June 2, 2018

The SAT/ACT Prep Project has sponsored our players & their families for online semester-length, study-at-your-own-pace with any internet enabled device SAT/ACT preparation programs preferred by over 250,000 students.

$700 Programs for $39.99
$350 Programs for $19.99

The SAT/ACT Sponsorship project has just introduced a new program called: SAT/ACT PowerPrep Premium Pro with MatSuper Supplement".  It is the equivalent of a full semester course with a dedicated personal instructor. 

It includes:
  • 300+ hours of student participation time
  • 54+ hours of On Demand video presented by professional instructors, all of whom have advanced Master and PhD degrees
  • 460+ video/multimedia lessons
  • 800 page eBook, integrated and cross linked inside the program
  • Hundreds of practice questions with intricately detailed answers 
To learn more, please go to eknowledge.com/WyomingSoccer
 
*The $350 program cost is paid by the sponsors and partnership. There is a fee of $19.99 paid by the student that coversthe cost for streaming, student support, customer support and materials. All student fees are reinvested to improve the program and reach more families. The Project does not create a profit.


Research Study

We have been approached by a student at Utah State University to participate in a research study to support his dissertation, which revolves around family relationships in youth sports, with an emphasis on siblings in youth sports. 

Participation in this study is 100% optional and targets youth who are 12 years old, who have participated in the past 12 months in an organized youth sport,  and who have older siblings between the ages of 12 and 15 who also participate in organized youth sports.

If you would like to participate in this research study, please click here.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities


Upcoming Grade 8 Referee Clinics:

Cheyenne - April 22nd.  Click here for further information and to register.

Jackson - June 30th.  Click here for further information and to register.

All upcoming referee clinics can also be found here on our web site.

In addition, as a reminder, referee registration is open for 2018.  2017 registrations expired on December 31, 2017.  Please ensure you get registered for the current season. Please click here.


The US Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching license structure has changed.  For a brief description and outline of what this structure looks like, please click here.  

Below is a list of currently scheduled courses.  More details will be sent as we confirm venues and times.  All courses will be accessed through the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).  If you do not currently have an account through the DCC, please create one here.  Once all courses are set up in the center, you will then be able to register.

Upcoming Grassroots Courses:

Riverton - June 24, 2018

Laramie - August 18-19, 2018

Cody - September 29-30, 2018 (tentative)

Grassroots courses will include two modules, one of them being the 11 v 11


Upcoming D-License Courses:

Jackson - Phase I:  June 2-3, 2018  Phase II:  August 11-12, 2018

Rock Springs - Phase I:  September 15-16, 2018  Phase II:  November 17-18, 2018

All D-License Courses require 2 weekends with 8 - 10 practice weeks in between sessions.

As courses are confirmed, we will be sure to include them both on our web site and here in future editions of The Latest Score.  Please be sure to check the DCC, as well, for any updated information on coach courses.


Ainsley Hokanson is in the spotlight for the month of April. Ainsley is a 7th grader at Twin Spruce Junior High in Gillette. She has been playing for Gillette Edge since she was seven years old, and played recreational soccer for several years prior.  Currently she plays for the Twin Spruce Warriors, as well.  Besides soccer she has competed in gymnastics and dance.  She regularly plays all field positions with the occasional stint in goal during indoor season.
 
Ainsley has played ODP and attended the Region IV camp in McMinnville, Oregon two summers ago.  She enjoys reading, watching soccer, art club, geocaching and playing video games when she's not playing soccer.  In the fall she bow hunts for elk in the Big Horns.  She volunteers at the Campbell County Public Library in her spare time.  She's a straight A student and enjoys competing in academic competitions.  Her favorite vacation was going to Canada and getting to watch the semi-final and final of the World Cup with the USWNT beating Japan for the championship!
 
During her Kindergarten year, Ainsley was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and hasn't let that slow her down in soccer.  She routinely checks her blood sugar several times before, during, and after games and sometimes hides sugar tablets in her soccer socks to eat if she feels low while playing.  Over the last year she has played with an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor always attached to her.  It has mostly gone unnoticed except once during check-in a referee told her she would have to take the iPod off before the game started.  She just laughed at that suggestion!  Because he is also a Type 1 diabetic, Jordan Morris is her favorite player to cheer for.
 
She currently plays for coach Nate Ulness on the 14U Edge team.  Nate says, "She's a hard working kid that brings an amazing attitude to every practice.  Loves the technical training and applies it to the match."

We want to hear more about players like Ainsley.  Remember, the player spotlight can highlight achievement in any area, whether it's soccer, academics, community, or attitude. Please share your kids with us!  

To nominate a player from your club for the Player Spotlight, please click here.  Scroll down to the general section. Click "Player Spotlight Submission Form" and it will save to your computer.  The form is very simple and should be emailed to wssa@wyomingsoccer.com.  
Employment Opportunities


The Casper Soccer Club is currently seeking a Director of Coaching.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, please click here.  '

If your club is hiring, please feel free to let us know and we will post your open position on our web site and list it here in The Latest Score.
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.

This  month's board meeting being will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  

Members are welcome to attend or join the meeting online by using the following link: 
                                                                                 
 
Trouble Joining? Try Skype Web App 
 
The agenda will be posted on our web site in advance of the meeting.


Upcoming Events


The 2018 Spring Jamboree in Casper will be held on April 14 (Boys) and April 15 (Girls), 2018. Register your team for a Fun filled day of Soccer. Festival Style of Play, with boys on Saturday and girls on Sunday. Each team will play four 1/2 games.  There is no half time.  The Spring Jamboree is a fabulous way to start the Spring season of Soccer.  Teams may play back to back games.

For complete information, please click here.  

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED


Yellowstone Fire is hosting the 2018 Cody Shootout on April 21-22, 2018.  Please save the date.  Detailed event information can be found here.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED


The 2018 Snickers Cup, hosted by Sheridan Storm is coming up on May 12-13, 2018.  Please save the date.  

Registration and detailed event information can be found here.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED




Wyoming Spring League Games will be held on May 5-6, 2018 in Riverton, WY for the western part of the state and in Sheridan, WY for the eastern part of the state.  

The 2018 Wyoming Cup will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, in Casper.

Registration Links for both events are currently OPEN!

Register for Spring League here (CLOSES APRIL 13, 2018)


Please note that when registering for Wyoming Cup, the Championship Division is equivalent to Gold and the Cup Division is equivalent to Silver.

In addition, we are once again Going for Gold and we are partnering with Go4theGoal.  You can purchase your $5 gold shoelaces here to support families in Wyoming who are facing pediatric cancer.  You can also donate towards the cause here!
Meet our Growing List of Partners
Sport Pins is our official awards partner and provide all state awards for Wyoming Cup.  Clubs are encouraged to use them, as well, as they can periodically offer special pricing to WSA affiliated members.


Challenger is our official Sports Apparel partner and has their Fall Catalogout!  Check out their brand new Chippewa jersey, starting at only $14.95!







Premier Bone & Joint Centers provides specialized orthopedic care throughout Wyoming with 10 clinics spread across the state!  They are our official soccer ball sponsor for Wyoming Cup, and each team will receive a special customized ball from Wyoming Soccer & Premier!




WSA has recently renewed our partnership with Bownet.  Bownet provides training and an in-service representative to WSA coaching staff/administration.  They can demonstrate training elements of the Bownet system and review the set up and take down process of their goals.  Bownet also provides periodic promotions for the "backyard" goal for our membership.






We have recently partnered with the Wyoming Air National Guard and you will see them at some of the WSA events such as Wyoming Cup and this coming Fall at Fall League games.  

Wyoming Soccer is vested in developing more than soccer players, we are developing well-rounded people.
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