Volume I Issue VI January 2018
The Next Chapter...
Let me start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are sincerely hoping your year is off to a great start. As we welcome 2018, we think about new beginnings, and with that may come the start of a new chapter. For many of our older players (and even if you're not quite there - it will happen soon enough), this may include the college conversation! Whether the possibility of playing soccer is part of the conversation or not, we want our players to be thinking about the importance of college planning, beyond just the athletics piece!
Wyoming Soccer has put together a few resources that may help. Did you know we offer three $500 scholarships a year - available to present and past members? Our scholarship application can be found here. The submission deadline is April 15, 2018.
We also have a great partnership with The Sports Source, the #1 network for college admissions and sports in college. It is called the WSA College Center. You will be hearing a lot more about this valuable resource used by college coaches across the nation in their recruitment efforts. Information will also be available on our site under Programs, College Bound Planning.
Happy planning and best wishes for a great 2018,
Wyoming Soccer Association
The Latest from US Youth Soccer
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
YOU ARE INVITED TO
We are very excited to bring you a great event, featuring Jay DeMerit, a United States international that played in every match of his country's campaign at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Jay will be our keynote during the evening session on Saturday, March 3rd
. See Jay in action here
. His full biography
is also featured on the AGM event page on our web site.
In addition to hearing from Jay, we will have the opportunity to hear from professional referee, Jose Corro, US Youth Soccer, GotSoccer, TeamApp, Challenger, the University of Wyoming, Colorado Soccer Association, Sports Pins and more. There will be sessions tailored to everyone within Wyoming Soccer, whether parents, coaches or referees. You will have the opportunity to meet Marley Wilson, the USYS Western Region general manager. He is from CO, and he's a huge supporter of what we are doing here in Wyoming. We already have a room block reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, where everything will take place. We will have a working link, but you can also call in - just mention Wyoming Soccer.
Make your plans to attend and RSVP today.
In preparation for the AGM, there are two board positions up for election. They are:
- WSA Board President (2-year term currently filled by Dan King, Gillette, WY)
- WSA Board Secretary (2-year term currently filled by Wendy Brown, Casper, WY)
These positions will be voted on during the AGM.
If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact our nominations committee chairperson, Jody Stumbaugh at email@example.com
The SAT/ACT Project through Wyoming Soccer Association
The SAT/ACT Winter/Spring testing season is upon us. Registration deadlines are typically a month prior to exam dates.
ACT: February 10, 2018, April 14, 2018
SAT: March 10, 2018, May 5, 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 $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.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Upcoming Grade 8 Referee Clinics...
Riverton - March 10th. Click here for further information and to register.
In addition, as a reminder, referee registration is open for 2018. 2017 registrations expired on December 31st. Please ensure you get registered for the upcoming 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
. As courses around the region and state are scheduled, we will be sure to include them both on our web site and here in future editions of The Latest Score
Kellen Flowers is in the spotlight for the month of January. Kellen plays with the High School Boys Select Program in Cheyenne. The High School Select Program brings the High School age boys together for training and tournaments. Kellen, as a freshman, has jumped right into the program and has become a leader. Kellen is a very hardworking player, with a great grasp of both the technical and tactical sides of the game.
Kellen plays center back both with his club team and as a member of the '03 boys state 307 team. He started rec soccer with Cheyenne Soccer Association when he was five, and started competitive soccer with Cheyenne Sting in 2012, and then joined the 307 Team in 2015. He has also played as a guest player with Laramie, and has really enjoyed getting to know other players from around the state.
In addition to playing soccer, Kellen stays very involved. He is a member of DECA, plays varsity tennis, participates in indoor track, and is looking forward to Central High School soccer this coming Spring. He also follows European League soccer closely.
He is a hardworking student who keeps good grades and his parents believe he has all the makings of a great leader - he is honest, has integrity, is creative and has a great sense of humor. Kellen loves hiking, camping and hunting. He also creates great videos with his drone and GoPro.
Kellen loves his family, which includes two sisters, Azure & Crimson, and his dogs, Bentley & Bella. He enjoys spending time with friends, and if has to do with soccer, well, even better! One of Kellen's most exciting soccer experiences was when his 307 soccer team won the 2017 Steamboat Classic Tournament in a PK shoot-out. They had lost to a Colorado Trebol team in the group stage, and ended up playing them for the championship game. The center referee complimented the play of the team, but most importantly said that the way they played "honored the game of soccer". Kellen personifies that, as his personal motto is, "instead of trying to be the best on the team, be the best for the team."
"Kellen is extremely coachable, creative, and an overall joy to be around", says his coach, Brian Longbottom. "Not only is he great on the field, but he is genuinely a good person," says Brian. Brian looks forward to continuing to develop Kellen's game over the next few years, and believes the future is very bright for this young man!
We want to hear more about players like Kellen. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laramie Soccer Club provides all players of all abilities and ages the opportunity to play soccer at every level of youth soccer. Players as young as five years of age can join the club and play soccer all the way through to 19U and beyond into adulthood. All teams associated with Laramie Soccer Club play under the 'United' banner. The United program, starting at 6U in the Pre-Academy Program, and into the Laramie United Academy, is a sign of the unity between what was Laramie Soccer Association and Laramie Blizzard, which merged about a year ago.
One of the best known events, and the largest indoor tournament in the state is hosted by Laramie Soccer Club, Cowboy Turf Wars. The event took place over New Year's weekend, ending on New Year's Eve. 193 teams participated with just over 1400 players. They also had 31 referees, which is a record number for this event - great job refs!
Overall, they have had lots of positive feedback and they want to give a shoutout to all the parents, coaches, referees and players, as they were super great (everyone was on their best behavior). They are already making plans for next year's event! Outside of the tournament directors getting a combined 10 hours of sleep over the entire weekend, they couldn't have asked for a better tournament!
The Latest on the
Wyoming 307 Program
As The Wyoming 307 program continues to grow, several teams are now working on the next event which is SC Del Sol President's Day Tournament in Phoenix, AZ in February. Wyoming will be well represented with at least six teams planning to attend. They just conducted a well attended training down at the Indoor Practice Facility (IPF) in Laramie this past weekend.
A special thanks to the DU coaching staff and David Hayes, Laramie Soccer Club Director of Coaching, for working with our players! It was an amazing opportunity, and the feedback was very positive.
If you have any questions about participating in the 307 Program, please contact Casey Nix, our 307 Program Administrator at 307Admin@wyomingsoccer.com
The Latest on the
Olympic Development Program
The ODP Season is coming to an end with only two sessions left. We will be in Cheyenne this weekend and back in Casper on February 10-11
. So far, sessions have been very successful and we have seen some great numbers. If you are interested in participating in at least one of the upcoming training sessions, and have not yet registered, please do so. You can always contact Krista Sweckard, the ODP Administrator, if you have any questions. She can be reached at ODP@wyomingsoccer.com
For complete information on the Wyoming ODP program, please click here
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
Scheduled Office Closures for January
January 17-19 - USYS Workshops & United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia
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.
Due to the USYS Workshops & United Soccer Coaches Convention, this month's board meeting will be held on the 4th Thursday, January 25th. The meeting will take place from 7 - 8 p.m. Members are welcome to attend or join the meeting online by using the following link:
The agenda will be posted on our web site at least one week in advance of the meeting.
Now's the time to register for the Southern Utah St George Ice Breaker Soccer Tournament - Feb. 17th & 19th
Presidents Day Weekend. 258 teams from five states last year! For complete tournament information, please click here
The Wyoming ODP Sub-Regional event is coming up the end of February! Early bird registration ends on Sunday, January 14th
- for more information and the registration link, please click here
The 19th Annual Las Vegas Premier Invitational is scheduled for March 23-25, 2018
. The tournament has continued to grow year after year. The tournament is open to boys and girls teams ages 9U-19U. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.
for further details. Special discounts are available for early registration and multiple teams. Please email email@example.com for more information.