Considering Changing Clubs? A Soccer Mom’s Advice

From the ForumI found this forum around a year ago when my youngest was considering changing clubs. I went here hoping to find information about the various clubs in the Austin area to figure out where would be a good fit for the youngest. While I did find some useful information, I did have to wade through a lot of mudslinging, chest thumping and crazy generalizations made by hopefully well-meaning parents (and probably coaches) to help youngest figure where (s)he should look.

I’ve come to love reading this forum (who doesn’t love a little bit of the crazy mixed in with good info?) so to contribute, I thought I’d offer up advice and some perspective based on our experience last year. It’s a very stressful and confusing process; especially if you’re leaving a club for the first time after many years. (By the way, I’m purposely being vague about my kids gender and what clubs were part of our decision in order to avoid any speculation of who we are. Not that it’s a big deal, but the only attention I want my kids to have from soccer parents/coaches is when they’re on the pitch.) Continue reading

Scorpions Partner With CE for USSDA Programs

Courtesy San Antonio Scorpions Media Relations

The San Antonio Scorpions/CE have joined forces to provide the best players in the City the opportunity to be a part  of the  US Soccer Development Academy Program in the U14 U16 and U18 age-groups as a part of the newly formed  San Antonio Scorpions Youth Academy. This now gives San Antonio soccer players a clear path through the youth game to the professional game.

The US Soccer Development Academy program is a USSF ( Federation ) National  League split up into Regional Divisions  throughout various parts of the Country were youth soccer is  considered to be at it’s peak regarding the development of players who have gone on to the College,Pro and National level.  The goal of US Soccer is to have every Academy program eventually be a part of the MLS and NASL Leagues . Continue reading

Dallas Cheer Coach Arrest Highlights Limits of Criminal Background Checks

Courtesy SoccerRisk.com

A Dallas area cheer and dance coach was arrested while attempting to board a flight for France on charges of molesting three of his students. (Full Story Here).  A variety of stories are posted on the internet that detail various aspects of the case.  These articles paint a picture that is far too familiar.  Moreover, the articles and the comments of the police highlight a growing myth in risk management that frankly is reaching the point of creating as much or more risk to the participants than it prevents.  The issue again, is the over-reliance on background checks, and the myth that conducting a background check somehow absolves the association of the need to do anything further.

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Murray Hanson, Lonestar Coach, Passes Away

The Austin soccer world was saddened today with news of the passing of longtime local coach Murray Hanson.  Originally from Canada, Hanson initially came to Austin as part of the Coerver Coaching program’s work with the Round Rock Crossfire.  He was a long time staff member of the Lonestar Soccer Club, and was also involved with Cen-Tex Soccer training.

Hanson is believed to have passed away from complications of a long-standing heart condition.  Arrangements are pending.

The Talented Coastal Bend

Soccer thoughts from Corpus Christi BayThe coastal bend has proven that we do have talent.  At this past weekends STSYA Fall State Championships, two teams from the coastal bend came away with state titles.   The VYSO U19 Girls won the Super II state title while the Santa Fe U14 girls won the D2 state title.  Now I realize that some people may think that a Super II or D2 title is not that big a deal (it isn’t D1 or ECNL).  However, for an area like ours that gets little to no respect from other parts of the state, it shows that we do have the talent to compete.   It also reinforces my argument that we need to join forces and combine our efforts.  The coastal bend sent 17 teams to the Western district playoffs and 3 teams advanced to state playoffs.  Of those three, 2 came away as state champs.  I still believe that we can have a better advancement rate, if we come together and bring all of our best talent together.  For now, that still appears to be a pipe dream.  Hopefully, the accomplishments of our local teams will not only show those around the state that we have talent, but will send a message to the Coastal Bend as a whole, that if we came together, we could do even better.