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State Cup 2009

The season has just flown by!  If you have been invited to referee at this year's State Cup there is a referee meeting on Friday May 1st at 7:00pm in the conference room at the Clubhouse Inn & Suites. You must attend this meeting in order to be considered for finals. Attending the meeting doesn't ensure you will get selected, but missing it ensures you won't.

Kevin Yant
'We are happy to have Kevin as our instructor for the State Cup meeting! We look forward to his presentation and feedback throughout the weekend. 

Running Group Continues
Even though the season is winding down Orion Stradford is still organizing weekly fitness sessions to ensure everyone is ready for the intense, end-of-season matches we have ahead of us!  Email Orion if you would like to join us for the next session. 

2009 US Soccer Directives

Many of your have already come across these helpful documents and that's great.  For those of you that haven't been reading up on these either on or the blog (click here and bookmark it) then you've been out of the loop!  Keep reading and we'll break down one of the many concepts contained in this document.

Handling the Ball

Start by reading the whole article here. Then, let's examine some of the highlights of this concept.  I personally like to break the potential offense down this way:

  1. Making yourself bigger.
  2. Is the arm or hand in an unnatural position?
  3. Did the player "benefit?"
  4. Reaction time.
  5. Hand/arm to ball.
Think about these five elements the next time you have a potential handling offense on your, well, hands.  Considering this prior to making the call will ensure you make the right decision.  Remember that we must consider the age of the players when making the final decision.  For example, we'll give a young player more time to react compared to a seasoned competitive player. 

Information used with permission of US Soccer 2009.


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