Convention Lecture Sessions

Workshop Session Topics May Change - Updated 1/10/2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014
General Sessions:

US Soccer Best Youth Practices Matt Badiee
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 23 A

Coach Badiee will present the current trends of player development and how we as coaches can achieve succes in our country.

Soccer Across America: How to Serve and Include the Underserved in Our Communities - School-Based Soccer Programs - David Glass and Marcelo Gangotena
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 23 B

This session describes the logistics of starting a program, including how to partner with schools by using a curriculum that teaches children important life skills that help them succeed in soccer, school, and life.

Winning Mindsets - Dr. Dan Freigang
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 24 A

Winning attitudes are critical to influence internal motivation and mental resilience.  Some people relish the challenge of learning and enjoy demanding environments.  Others tend to fall apart and become nervous just thinking about "stuff".  This session will explore how you can create learning environments within your teams and families, teach coping skills, and light the fires of internal motivation.

Email Marketing - Stop Wasting Your Most Valuable Communication Method - Sean Rose
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 24 B

This session will discuss how to optimize your message, what to send, when to send it, and lots more - with the goal of getting your organization more connected than ever before.

Internal Financial Controls - Michelle Dolansky
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 25 A

Nonprofit organizations are very susceptible to fraud. Learn the tools to manage this risk in a manner consistent with regulatory requirements as well as your club's needs and membership expectations.

U8-U10 F Module Coaching Education Course - Brian Kuk and Karen Kelser
8:30 am - 9:30 am Room 25 B


Hall of Fame Meeting - Hall of Fame Committee
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 23A
The VA DC Soccer Hall of Fame Committee will hold its annual meeting to discuss the Hall of Fame and its future.

TOPSoccer Class - Auke Wiersma
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 23 B

Focus...Focus...Focus - Dr. Dan Freigang
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 24 A

A coach directing a player to "focus" is working with the mental skills of attention and concentration.  The good news is that attention can be trained. We will show how to implement the mental skills of concentration, rehearsal, emotional control, and clarify attention's role to self-confidence.  Now pay attention!

Closed Registrars’ Meeting - Lisa Wilson
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 24 B

This closed session is for VYSA assistant State Registrars and will discuss registering players, changes in the National Championsip Series (State Cup), current registration policies, and upcoming changes.

Treasurers'/Financial Managers' Roundtable - Jim Bonfils and Diane Oden
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 25 A

U8-U10 F Module Coaching Education Course - Brian Kuk and Karen Kelser
10:00 am - 11:00 am Room 25 B

Recognizing Signs of Child Sexual Abuse:  Stop the Madness - Dawn Miller Sander
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 23 A

Sexual abuse is real in today's world.  Learn stats about sexual abuse, sexual abusers, and survirors, and learn how to report, respond, and survive.  Be part of the plan for prevention by doing your background checks; educating your staff, parents, volunteers, and children; and participating in prevention integration.

TOPSoccer Class - Auke Wiersma
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 23 B

Sports Nutrition - Sharon Coleman Staier
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 24 A

Food and hydration are important for soccer players and can make a difference in quality of play at practices, games, and tournaments.  Help your athletes transition from healthy eating to performance nutrition.  Learn how to recognize when food hurts performance and how to fix it in each age group.

Background Check Procedures - Lisa Wilson and Eileen Deery
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 24 B

Evolution of Soccer Clubs from Volunteer to Professional - Tom Gross, Justin Wilt, Mike Yeatts, Lula Bauer, Debi Honaker
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 25 A

Many youth soccer clubs have evolved from all-volunteer to a professional staff under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors.  These club directors will discuss the lessons they learned overseeing this transition from their perspective as paid staff.

What is PCI DDS and Why Do I Need to Know? - Joe Posey
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Room 25 B 

PCI stands for Payment Card Industry, and DSS for Data Security Standards.  In 2009 the Card Associations (Visa and MasterCard) expanded the PCI DSS rules to include all entities accepting credit cards for payment.  Even the smallest of organizations have to follow certain procedures to safeguard card data.  Failure to follow these procedures could result in financial penalties should a data breach occur.  In the wake of the Target data breach, this topic is more important than ever.

What's the Law? Child Physical and Sexual Abuse:  How You Can Help Prevent It - Paul J. Powers
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 23 A

Child physical and child sexual abuse are pervasive in our society.  All coaches, parents, and administrators need to know the basics so they can recognize child abuse, do the right thing when they see it, and help prevent it.

Meet Briana Scurry - Briana Scurry
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 23 B

Briana Scurry, Olympic gold medal winner and World Cup champion goalkeeper, was in her second season with the Washington Freedom when she suffered a concussion.  She is embarking on a new goal:  to raise awareness about concussions by sharing the story of her journey from highest level player to her struggle to recover.

ACL Injury Prevention: Stretching is Not the Key - Holly Tallent
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 24 A

This lecture will cover risk factors for ACL injuries, how to prevent non-contact ACL injuries, and proper warm-up and strengthening activities to include during training sessions, as well as how physical therapists and athletic trainers help with prevention, recovery, and safe return to play.

Everything You Should Know About Online Travel Registration - Lisa Wilson and Eileen Deery
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 24 B 

Use of New Technology for Soccer Clubs - Tom Gross, Justin Wilt, Mike Yeatts, Lula Bauer, Debi Honaker
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 25 A

New technologies are constantly being developed.  Mike Yeatts will lead a discussion about promising new technologies and how they can benefit your club.

VYSA Semi Annual Meeting - VYSA Board of Directors
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Room 25 B

VYSA Clubs and Leagues will meet to discuss VYSA Activities and Programs.

Referee Lecture:  Successful Report Writing -
Jimmy Brooks
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 23 A

Referees are challenged to make quick decisions on the field regarding misconduct of players and bench personnel.  Disciplinary action by the referee often requires a written report of the behavior in a concise and factual manner.  Attendees will discuss the elements required in reports and demonstrate the ability to write reports in interactive group sessions.


Tactical Preparation for the Modern Game- Mark Parsons
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 23 B

Do you want to know how a pro team plans and gets ready for its next game?  Mark Parsons, Head Coach of the Washington Spirit, will outline the planning details that go into a squad at the top level of the women's game.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 24 A

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 25 A

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 25 B





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