Bay County Youth Soccer Association, Inc.: BCYSA News

Tuesday, February 21
New Helpfull Website Found!
While parusing the web I came across a site from Long Island, New York that is just chocked full of helpful coaching ideas. The site Youth Soccer Coaching - Long Island, was put together by a coach with the help of his "technologically inclined daughters, to further soccer coaching education over the internet."

Check it out!

Thursday, February 3
Mr. Ref Deserves a Break
(Click on the heading to read the article)

This is an article by "The Cincinnati Post" columnist "Lonnie Wheeler". I found it very interesting reading when a collegue sent it to me and I would like to share it with you.

In BCYSA, most of our Referees are children. Most step up to become referees for one of two reasons; it is a way for them to earn extra money while doing something they enjoy, and it is a way for them to give something back to the game. We need to realize that Recreational Soccer is not only a training ground for players but for referees too.

I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to disagreeing with the referee's calls (and yes I have at times had to eat crow over my remarks) but I have come to realize that even the adult referee on the field who just went through the training course last year has an ever so slight disadvantage to my 22 years of as a referee and will not acquire that type of experiance overnight.

While Mr. Wheeler's column is in an Ohio newspaper, his observations and conclusions are relevant all throughout the U.S. Please take a moment to Read Lonnie Wheeler's column.

While I promise to do my best to train the next generation of referee's, let us all promise to "give Mr. Ref a break!"

                                     Thomas Tonn
                                     BCYSA Vice President

Mr Woo's Amazing Soccer Skills
Check out this amazing exhibition of ball control. Special thanks to the Erin Mills Eagles Girls 1990 (U15) Rep Competitive soccer team from Mississauga, Canada, the source for this unique link.


Wednesday, February 22
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