Next CAYSA President Faces Challenges, Needs Vision

As Art Brown’s time as CAYSA president comes to an end, CAYSA membership would do well to reflect on the changes that CAYSA has undergone, the challenges facing the organization, and how it can assure itself of continuing relevance in the soccer community.  Art has shepherded CAYSA through a time of change.  Now CAYSA must act on that change.

Twenty years ago, CAYSA was a dominant force in Western District and STYSA soccer.  All Centex clubs registered all their players through CAYSA and represented the organization throughout the state and often into regional play.  CAYSA tournaments were well attended, annual events sometimes drawing teams from Mexico.  Every winter, the CAYSA convention offered clinics, workshops and help in the nuts and bolts of running a soccer organization.  Everyone from the U6 crowd to the D1 only clubs with *gasp* paid coaching directors were united under the CAYSA banner.  As the organization neared 20,000 players, land was acquired, fields were built and all seemed rosy for CAYSA’s future.

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