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sokolinsky.gif (10660 bytes)A Memo to the Binghamton District by Bob Sokolinsky

Last month the new Binghamton District Commissioner in his ‘opening statement spoke on an issue he hoped would be received with some reservation and controversy. "New York State West is not a competitively strong state in Region One." In fact, to those on the coaching side of the house within Region One, NYSW is considered one of the weaker states in both the Snickers competition and in the ODP circles.

Is this new guy on the block wrong in his assessment, is he ‘blowing smoke’, or does the statement he made have some validity? YOU MUST BE THE JUDGE.

For sure, New York State West Youth Soccer is in very good hands. The officers and board are eminently qualified and operate in a very professional manner. Their interest lies in the betterment of youth soccer in the state and programs sponsored by the state are operating in top form. The purpose of NYSW is to promote, develop and govern youth soccer activities within its boundaries.

Yet at the highest competitive level, our players are slower and require more touches on the ball to accomplish a task than do players from a number of states. Because of this lack in speed of play, NYS West players are not selected to Region One player pools in great numbers, and affiliated teams generally do poorly against club teams from other states. Occasionally a team or player emerges from the fold to experience success yet the success stories are too infrequent.

The problems are very clear and the solutions are within the grasp of everyone involved in youth soccer. You can have an impact. You can have a hand in activating the solutions. It is only through your efforts that the level of play can be upgraded.

The Problems

1. Youngsters are not being properly trained because many coaches are ill-prepared, to tackle the important task of developing players…making them better players today than they were yesterday.

2. Most recreational programs have parent/coaches with little or no training and/or background in the rules of the game, the pillars of the game (techniques, tactics, fitness and the psychological dimensions of soccer), or an understanding of the children in terms of psychomotor, cognitive, and social capacities and needs.

3. Many club or travel coaches lack basic coaching tools necessary to be of any great value to their players. Many, coach to win matches vice coach to train and develop soccer players. Few coaches actively expose their players to stronger teams – the number of teams that elect to participate in the President’s Cup vice the Snicker’s State Cup competition is one example.



The Solutions

1. New York State West is doing its part to upgrade the level of play in the state. The Director of Coaching is onboard and very each district to work with him to provide as many coaching courses as possible.

2. Leagues and clubs must actively seek to train their coaching staffs and sponsor coaching courses within their community.

3. Courses are available for recreational coaches through the new training modules for U6, U8 and U10/U12 coaches.

4. State and national sponsored coaching courses are held throughout the year.

5. Seminars and workshops are conducted from time to time. Leagues and clubs must get their membership out for these events.

6. Travel teams must travel to the meccas of youth soccer and participate against the best. Tournament organizers must draw top quality teams from other areas to our state.

7. Participation in the Snickers Cup is a very important challenge, and the prize is monumental – the right to participate at the regional level against the best from other states.

8. Club organizers must direct players towards the ODP program, where they can become exposed to better players, and experience an environment where they are required read and respond to the game as opposed to simply responding to how a coach wants them to play.

MOST IMPORTANT

EACH ADULT MUST ACCEPT OWNERSHIP FOR THE PROBLEMS AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SOLUTIONS.



STEP NUMBER ONE

START BY WORKING WITH AND ACCEPTING THE GUIDANCE OF THE NEW YORK STATE WEST, DIRECTOR OF
COACHING!



Region 1 Reaches 1 Million Players

A Report from the Region 1 Administration Meeting by Bob Sokolinsky

During the weekend of October 16-18 1998, I attended the Region One workshop in Farmington, CT. Others in attendance from the Binghamton district area were Gary Acker (Sub-Region I B Assistant Director), Tim Mellander (NYS West State Registrar), and George Herrick (interim NYS West State Coach). The entire NYS West contingent was very busy in meetings acquiring as much new information as possible. Gary was helping to oversee Region I B affairs. Tim attended the region registrar's meetings; George was busy in separate meetings with Ian Redpath, the new NYS West ODP Administrator. George and Ian were banging out organizational issues for the upcoming NYS West ODP year. The plan should be announced very soon. The workshop was very important for me. I renewed some
Region One contacts from the past and developed some new ones (valuable sources of information). I spent much time with other NYS West board members developing a solid working relationship.

I attended the Region One 'breakout' meeting for the ODP Super League. Last year was the inaugural year, and only half of the matches were played. The region is very serious about making this program work in 1999. Larry Monaco (former candidate for President, US Soccer) has agreed to co-chair the league along with Adele Dolansky (Region IA Director). Larry and Adele are two people in Region One who have a long history of getting things done. What is the ODP Super League? The league was established to allow state ODP teams to compete in league competition with like teams from other states in the region. Last year, NYS West place only their two youngest boys and girls teams into the league. It has not been decided yet which NYS West state ODP teams will participate in 1999.

The workshop was also a celebration. To all Binghamton District administrators, organizations, coaches and managers, congratulations on doing your part in helping Region One reach it's milestone: 1,000,000 players!! We must however continue to work towards increasing membership even more.

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