CHICAGO (Nov. 2, 2016) – U.S. Soccer released a new video on recognizing and managing concussions, highlighting the important role parents, players, coaches, referees and health professionals play in the return to play process. The video is part of U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover (R2R) player health and safety program, and is designed to raise awareness of this important issue and will be used in coach and referee continued education.More
The video, which is available to download and encouraged to be shared, follows the journey of a young soccer player through a suspected concussion and outlines the symptoms of concussions and the steps that should be taken before a player is allowed to return to the field. As the video weaves between reality and what takes place in the player's mind, we see how both the physical and mental symptoms of concussions have very real effects.
"A concussion can be difficult to recognize on the field and most occur without a loss of consciousness or an obvious sign that something is wrong with a player's brain function," said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. "If players, parents, coaches and referees work together to educate themselves and take proper precautions, athletes and parents can both enjoy exciting, challenging competition without the constant fear of serious injury."
Former U.S. Men's National Team player Taylor Twellman, who suffered concussions during his professional career, is also part of the video. Speaking from first-hand experience, Twellman emphasizes the importance for players to ask for help if they feel they may have suffered a concussion.
"My passion for this subject is well known throughout the soccer community," Twellman said. "I was honored that U.S. Soccer asked me to be a part of this program to hopefully make a difference in the way we evaluate and recover from concussions."
Earlier this week, the video was presented on a webinar to U.S Soccer's membership from across the country, including state associations, youth organizations and Development Academy clubs. Each member was provided the video and encouraged to share it with their players, coaches, parents and referees.
Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
To learn more about Recognize to Recover, visit recognizetorecover.org.
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Lakota FC, a program of Lakota Sports, focuses on Total Player Development for ages U5-U16 (4 to 16). Lakota FC's mission is to give the kids of the Northern Cincinnati Community the opportunity to train, develop, and enjoy the game of soccer in a competitive environment across various age groups.Learn More
Meeting the varying and growing needs of your family, for ages 2 to 18.
LSO is excited to offer Challenger Sports MiniKickers Soccer Program in association with Challenger Soccer Academy.
A Youth Soccer Program developed for - Open to Boys and Girls ages 2 - 4. MiniKickers is a new and exciting program that ignites a passion for sports and learning, while teaching strength, balance coordination, listening skills and team work for children at their most formative stages.
Key Curriculum, developed in the UK by Child Experts and Soccer Coaches featuring the SPICE Development Method focusing on: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional Development
To provide each player a great head start, and a passion for activity and Sport, through enjoyment of a multitude of activities centered on the sport of soccer. This training by is led by Professional coaches who engage the children in a unique way will help your child develop key Motor Skills and Coordination.
Program Location: WJL Mutli-Sports Park (7894 Kyles Station Road, Liberty Township, Ohio 45044)
Program Days and Times: Sunday, April 2 through Sunday, May 21, 2017 (6 Weeks)
No session will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2017 (Easter) and Sunday, May 14, 2017 (Mother's Day)
Session 1: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm $75.00 (Boys and Girls ages 2 & 3)
Session 2: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm $75.00 (Boys and Girls ages 2 & 3)
Session 3: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm $75.00 (Boys and Girls ages 3 & 4)
Session 4: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm $75.00 (Boys and Girls ages 3 & 4)
Fee includes: 6 sessions and full soccer uniform- Shirt, Shorts, Socks & a MiniKickers Soccer Ball!
For more information contact: Bruce Rhodes at:
Recreational SAY soccer for boys and girls ages 4 through 18 which teaches the fundamentals of soccer while having fun, getting exercise outdoors, meeting new friends, and learning important life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. LSO is a member of Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) USA and as such is governed by SAY rules.
Spring registration opens in October, with a guaranteed placement deadline in early January. Teams are formed in February. Practices begin in early March. The 8-game season begins in early April. Games are primarily played on Saturdays, with a few games on week nights. The Spring season ends in late-May.
Guaranteed Placement Registration Deadline: Jan. 15th
A late fee will be charged when registering after this date .
Fall registration opens in April, with a guaranteed placement deadline in early June. Teams are formed in July. Practices begin in early August. The 10-game season begins in early September . Games are primarily played on Saturdays, with a few games played on week nights. The regular season ends at the end of October. SAYNorth and State tournaments begin the end of October and can run through mid-November, depending on team performance.
Guaranteed Placement Registration Deadline: June 15th
A late fee will be charged when registering after this date .
The Instructional Division, for ages 4-5, is our in-house, co-ed beginner division based on SAY rules. We focus on the fundamentals of soccer while teaching SAY rules and providing 5v5 game experiences.
Equipment: Each season, players will receive a team jersey, shorts and socks. The only equipment players must provide is shin guards and soccer shoes.
Team formation: All teams are formed based on a random draw as prescribed by SAY rules. Due to this process we cannot guarantee practice nights or times, nor can we honor play with requests for coaches or for another player. If it is past the guaranteed placement date but before the start of games (April for spring and late August for Fall) we will do our best to place all players assuming divisions are not full.
Recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 4 through 11 which focuses on ball control, offensive skills, and builds physical endurance. Winter is played indoors; Summer is outdoors. There are no practices; it's just pure game time fun!
Summer 3v3 registration opens in April, with a guaranteed placement deadline in the Middle of May. Games will begin in the first week of June and will end the last week of July. Wednesday is the main night of play for the league.
Winter Session I registration opens in late September, with a guaranteed placement deadline in late October. Games will begin in early November and will end mid- January. There will be breaks for the holidays.
Winter Session II registration will begin in early November with a guaranteed placement deadline in early January. Games will begin in mid-January and will end early- March.
All 3v3 Sessions (Summer and Winter) are limited to 90 registered players.
All 3v3 Sessions(Summer and Winter) are 8 –game seasons (7 games guaranteed) played on Wednesday nights. Summer sessions are played at Walter J Long, winter sessions at a local indoor facility.
3v3 sessions consist of 35 minute, dual -Coach controlled (i.e. no Referees) matches. Games will be played in 3 time periods: 6-6:40PM; 6:40-7:20PM; 7:20-8:00PM .
Teams will be formed by LSO and consist of 5 players per team. A maximum of 6 teams will play during each time period. Players may request to play with one other player. Every effort will be made to honor requests. Each player will receive a T–shirt.
LSO Recreational Soccer follows the guidelines and laws of SAY soccer (SAY Soccer Rulebook). All parents and players are encouraged to become familiar with the laws of SAY soccer. The Playing Laws and Organizational Rules are found in the Rulebook link above. an be found at the following link: http://www.saysoccer.org/rulebook.aspx
Organizational rules, which detail SAY philosophy, player eligibility, team formation, and other important operations of a SAY organization, can be found in the SAY Soccer Rulebook
Playing Laws specific to RecPlus are noted in Rule 15 of the Organization Rules as well as in the Clarifications to Rule 15 (Organizational) - "RecPlus Variances" which can both be found in the SAY Soccer Rulebook .
This link is used for all LSO sports EXCEPT Baseball (see Baseball Coaches section)
State law requires training in recognizing concussions in sports. The Ohio Department of Health offers free online training for coaches. Click on the title above to be taken to the state site for more info and links to the training. Once you complete the training click on the
Concussion Training Confirmation.
This form should be signed at the team's first meeting. This also offers a good opportunity to discuss the coach's expectations of the team's players and parents.
This form needs to be completed for all players on the team and kept by the head coach for the duration of the season.
Intro Email - Attach Practice Schedule
Intro Letter - with Player Uniform Listing
US Youth Soccer – www.usyouthsoccer.org – click 'Coaches'
Ohio South – www.osysa.com – Click 'Coaches' then 'Coaching Articles Tips'
National Soccer Coaches Association of America – www.nscaa.com – Click 'Educating Coaches'
US Soccer – www.ussoccer.com – Click 'Coaching Education'
SAY Soccer – www.saysoccer.org – Click the picture entitled 'Coaches'
Sample lesson plans – http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/Education/
Articles and Tips from OSYSA - http://www.osysa.com/coaching/coaching_articles/
'The Baffled Parent's Guide to Great Soccer Drills' – Dr. Ron Quinn
'Developing Game Intelpgence in Soccer' – Horst Wein
'Assistant Coach Series – U6 and U8' – US Youth Soccer
'Assistant Coach Series – U10 Practice' – US Youth Soccer
'Assistant Coach Series – U12 Activity Aids' – US Youth Soccer
'Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual' – US Youth Soccer
'The Novice Coach: An Introduction to Coaching Youth Soccer DVD Two-Disc Set' – US Youth Soccer
'NSCAA Soccer Coaches Guided DVD's'
USSF 'National Youth License' (U6-U12) – www.usyouthsoccer.org – Click 'Coaches', hold your mouse over 'Coaches' and click 'National Youth License
The National Youth License is a full six day course with a written, oral, and practical examinations (videotaped) with recreational players.
USSF 'Youth Module' (U6-U12) – www.osysa.com – Click 'Coaches' than click 'Coaching License Course Schedule and E-Registration'
The Youth Module is a six hour course designed to give an overview of each age group, there is no examination.
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Walter J. Long Multi-Sports Complex
7894 Kyles Station Road
Middletown OH 45044