Friday Evening Convention Schedule
Friday Evening Events


6 PM - 9:00 PM  

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7 PM - 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

2015 VYSA Convention Info
Special sessions at the Convention will include:
Defending to Win the Ball
  • Carlos Juarez, US Men’s National Team
A lot of teams will defend with only positional play in mind.  Carlos will take you through a typical US Men’s National Team Training Session where the focus is on precision, tactical cues and the high level efficiency of individually and collectively winning the ball.
SCORE (Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education)
  • Presented by Nationwide Insurance
  • Dr. Catherine McGill, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Children’s National Health System
  • Taylor Twellman, former five-time Major League Soccer all-star

The Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National Medical Center evaluates, monitors and manages the care of children and adolescents with concussions (mild traumatic brain injury or TBI). The program consults with physicians regionally and nationally, as well as scholastic and youth recreational sports programs in which children are vulnerable to injury.   

Taylor Twellman, is a former five-time Major League Soccer all-star, retired from professional soccer in 2010, due to complications from multiple concussions. While suffering ‑five documented concussions throughout his professional playing career, on August 31, 2008, Taylor suffered a concussion that many believe ended his career. As Taylor later realized, this brain injury was far more than a career-ending injury, rather, it was a life-changing event.  Through his foundation, ThinkTaylor.org, he is now focusing on creating social change in the world of Traumatic Brain Injuries, by generating increased awareness, recognition and education.


Heads, Hamstrings, Knees and Ankles: Injury Prevention that Works

  • Dr. Wendy LeBolt, PhD, founder of Fit2Finish

Dr. LeBolt will tackle the big four soccer injuries and demonstrate how to apply the three basic Fit2Finish principles she has used for over 15 years to reduce injuries in soccer athletes. Learn how to put this into play with simple equipment, a little know-how and a bit of creativity. Come ready to participate.  Volunteers will be entered in a drawing to receive Dr. LeBolt’s new book.  Wendy LeBolt, PhD, is an exercise physiologist who specializes in conditioning and training for prevention of injuries in youth athletes. Before developing F2F training, Dr. LeBolt was a member of the Exercise Science teaching faculty at George Washington University.


Planning for Success:  Goals and Mapmaking

  • Dr. Dan Freigang, US Soccer Sports Psychologist

Success is not random. Key skills for sports are goal-setting and mapmaking. This session will explore how to set targets and stay on course as a recipe for success. We will identify the key pitfalls of goal setting and how champions utilize their greatest asset – theirs brains – to stay strong and confident. Come and learn about the mental side of sport.

Understanding Sleep, Dreaming, and Building Resilience

If you have ever lost sleep, had your moods run an inexplicable range, or felt like your energy was gone, this session is for you. Proper sleep technique has emerged as the number one factor contributing to health and achievement – but many of us are chronically sleep-deprived. This session will explore the biology of stress, teach the psychological techniques to become resilient, and help us to be more confident.

Special events include:

 11:00-11:30  Meet & Greet with Ali Krieger in Exhibit Hall
You MUST have a lunch ticket for admittance in to the
Moderated Panel, Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.
 11:45-12:10  Moderated Panel featuring Ali Krieger with Lauren Gregg, Ann   Germain and Moderated by Adele Dolansky
The Road to the 2015 Women's World Cup:  Title IX and How We Got Here
  12:15 - 1:15  Annual Awards Ceremony
    1:15 - 2:00  Luncheon
    5:00 - 5:30  Grand Prize Drawing in Exhibit Hall
The Grand Prize this year is 2 Stadium Passport tickets to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Ottawa, Canada.  A 2 night/3 day hotel stay for the Quarterfinals is included!  
You must be present to win!
Other sessions will include:
General Sessions Track


TOPSoccer Coaching Course

  • Auke Wiersma,  USYSA instructor 


  • Sharon Coleman Staier, MS, RD, CSSD is Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics


Soccer Across America:  US Soccer Turning to Overlooked and Underserved Youth to Discover Next Wave of Talent

  • J. Marcelo Gangotena, SAA Chair
  • David Glass, SAA Committee member and President of First Touch Sports, an SAA Club

Club & League Track

  • Bob Maynes, Moderator & VYSA Vice President 
  • Roy Pepper, World Bank veteran and VYSA business plan consultant
  • Thurston Companies, Project Management
  • Jerad Minnick, nationally known consultant on state-of-the art processes for field design, building and maintenance
  • Musco Lighting, considered by most to be the leading sports lighting company in the country

Sponsorship Marketing:  the Art of the Pitch

  • Phil Summers, Executive Director, VYSA
  • Club Financial Officers
Coaching Track

Attacking Movements in the Attacking Third

  • Gordon Miller, Technical Director, VYSA

 Midfield Defending

  • Matt Badiee, Assistant Technical Director, VYSA

 Key Components of an Effective Counter Attack

  • Paul Shaw, Director of Coaching Education, VYSA

Field-Based Recovery Training for Adolescent Players

  • John Cone, Ph.D. in Kinesiology, USSF Sports Science Consultant

U8-U10 Possession Play

  • Carl Gray, VYSA Coaching Education Instructor

Keeping the U6-U8 Player Interested

  • Nora Maguire-White, VYSA Coaching Education Instructor


Referee Track

Concentration & Performance:  Stay in Focus with Mental Preparation

  • James Brooks


  • Danielle Chesky with Shaun Papperman

Your Legal Rights as a Victim of Assault

  • James Brooks

From Youth Referee to National Referee

  • Danielle Chesky


VYSA Affiliates