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October 9, 2014.

My 9 Year Old is a Forward
by Tony Earp, Senior Director

Your 9 year old player is NOT a forward. We do not even know if he is going to be a “soccer player” in the future. The only thing we know for sure is that he plays soccer and seems to enjoy it. He may even begin showing areas of the game that he is better at than others, but he is not a forward, defender, midfielder, or a goalkeeper yet. Why? He is too young and not nearly experienced enough yet to know for sure. We do not know if a 9 year old will grow up to be a doctor, teacher, mechanic, scientist, or an artist, but we certainly know they are not one right now. At the moment, the player is playing soccer and is being a kid, and that is all we know for sure.

Too often, we label players as being fit for a certain position WAY TO EARLY in their development. We see certain tendencies, many which have nothing to do with actually playing that position correctly later on, and decide that is where the child should play. The child is put in that position because it is where they are best right now, but more importantly (but not really), it is what helps the team win more games right now. Once a player is pigeon holed into a position, it is the only position the child plays for games and it severely limits the player’s ability to develop all the skills required to play in the future and the overall understanding of the game.

There are countless benefits for players to get to experience all positions on the field. The players gain a better understanding of the entire game. Playing all positions helps with understanding responsibilities and positioning on the field. The player’s learn the relationships between different positions on the field. Most importantly for young players, it challenges the players to use different skills, in different ways, in different parts of the field, and it is more fun!

Playing the same position all of the time only requires the player to use certain skills, usually their stronger ones, over and over again, so the game becomes less and less challenging over time and the player's learning slows down. There is little opportunity to grow past what the player can already do on the field and what the player already knows. As the players get older, the size of the field gets bigger, the number of players on the field increases, the formations change, and the playing approach becomes more sophisticated. As the game changes, the player with less experience in different positions will be more limited in regards to fitting into the game than a player who has played and learned the skills and knowledge required to play different positions. The player will begin to struggle as more is required by the coach and the game. The saddest part is the player who has grown up loving the game and was doing very well will increasingly begin to struggle, and the game will quickly become not as much fun. The player, in the spirit of having a lot of success right away, was deprived of the needed development opportunities to play the game and have success at the older age groups.

Which kids are usually labeled as a forward or defender when young? Coaches use physical attributes, which I am told change as kids grow up, and skill levels, which also change, and the personality of the player, which, you guessed it, also changes over time. The big and strong, but slower player, with a “big kick” gets placed as defender each game, while the speedy and more athletic player with more skill gets placed as a forward.

Each time the player labeled as a defender gets the ball, he is asked to just kick it forward and away from his own goal. The player rarely gets opportunities to take players on with the ball, dribble in space, receive passes from teammates, or get forward to try to score. The player gets good at winning the ball and kicking it far up the field for the forward to chase down. The player is praised and rewarded for doing his very well. Unfortunately, he will be required to do more than this in the future, even as a defender, when the game gets more advanced as he gets older, but he will not have learned how to do anything more.

When the forward gets the ball, he is asked to try to run forward and use his speed to get past the slower defenders. As soon as he is near the goal, the coach will want him to try to score. Between the two players, the forward gets the benefit of getting more touches on the ball and working on skill moves. But, the player gets little experience defending near his own goal, learning to play out of the back, and seeing the game from a different part of the field. If the player is moved to a different position by another coach, the player will be very unhappy about it and will become frustrated quickly as he can no longer do what he has always done... run forward and score goals. The player never gets to learn and appreciate any other aspect of the game. The only way the game is fun is if he is playing forward and scoring goals. A player who may have been considered the “best” player on the team, and doing everything right, can quickly become the player who struggles and does not have the required skills to continue to play at a competitive level as the seasons pass.

What about the players who do not fit either of these profiles? What about the players who are considered to be weaker because they cannot impact the game the same way? I have heard coaches say they try to “hide” these players on the field so they do not have to do much, or put them with stronger players who can cover for the weaker player’s mistakes. This limits the player's negative impact on the team. Some may call this “good" coaching, but I feel this is the LAZIEST form of coaching. Instead of trying to help weaker players improve, the coach decides it is just easier to find a way that the player’s deficiencies will hurt the team the least. That is not coaching. That is REFUSING to coach. Again, these players are not allowed to play certain positions that are reserved for the “stronger” players and they miss opportunities to get better and learn how to play the game. Often these are the smaller, less athletic and coordinated players, who are driven out of the game way to early because they were not athletic enough as a young kid.

Yes, as players get older, at the senior levels, players will not be moved around as much and players begin to be more specialized in playing certain positions on the field. With that said, and as players develop as forwards, midfielders, defenders, and goalkeepers, it is still good for them to move around at times to help them learn the intricacies of each position in relation to the one they play (goalkeepers much less than others). At the older age groups, there is still a lot of development to be done, much of it tactical and understanding systems of play, which is best learned by experiencing different positions and formations. It would not be as fluid as with a younger team, but some movement in positions is still beneficial.

Really talented players can usually be effective and have a decent amount of success in most positions on the field. These types of players have a strong understanding of what is required from each position on the field. Their knowledge of the game and skill set is not limited to a single position. Yes, based on their strengths and weaknesses there will be certain positions they are more suited for, but even that can change slightly based on the system of play and formation.

When I first started coaching, I tended to leave kids in the same position. I did not know as much (but I thought I did since I played the game my whole life), and I thought I was making the game better for the kids allowing each to play where they wanted to. The more I have learned as a coach, the more I realized how wrong my thinking was in regards to helping the players develop. I allowed the stronger and faster kids to just use those advantages all the time and have success. I encouraged and cheered them for doing it, and they did, over and over again, and the game was easy for them. I never challenged those players to work on their weaknesses and do things in the game that they were not comfortable with. Those would have been the things to really help them jump in ability level. Although there is nothing wrong with using their strengths, I never asked them, challenged them, or put them in positions to make them play differently to help them grow beyond what they could already do. If my job as a coach was to make them better, I did not do my job. I thought I was, but now I know, I was just cheering on what they already knew how to do. It would have helped those players immensely and they may be even stronger, more well rounded and higher level, players today if I would have given them more opportunities to improve and expand their skills.

So again, your player is not forward, at least not yet. He may be one in the future but he is not one right now. If you are right and he is a forward later on, and he has experience playing multiple positions, he will be an even better forward because of that experience. But if you are wrong, and he does not develop into that position, then where is he going to play? He does not know how to play anywhere else or have the skills to do so. With the assumption that we may not be able to predict the future for a player, it may be prudent to give the player the opportunity to learn the entire game by playing all positions when they are young. The players have plenty of time to learn how to be more specialized when they are older. When they are young, let them experience as much as possible.

Tony Earp

Director Tony has a Masters in Education from The Ohio State University, is a State Certified teacher, and is a USSF C License coach. Tony was a standout player both academically and athletically at The Ohio State University, earning multiple honors both on the field and in the classroom. Tony's achievements included 2nd Team All Big Ten in 2001 and 2002, serving as Captain in 2002. Tony was named Most Inspirational Player in 2001 and 2002, as well as achieving Scholar Athlete status in those same years. Tony was a member of the 2002 MLS Draft Pool. After playing, Tony was a history teacher at Licking Valley High School in 2005 and at Dublin Scioto High School in 2006. In 2007, Tony Earp accepted a position at SuperKick as the Director of Soccer Training where he continues to serve as the Senior Director of Training managing programs, establishing training curriculums, and coaching athletes. Tony was the Head Coach for Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer program in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Tony is a Director for Classics Eagles FC and is the Director of the SuperKick Classics Juniors Academy. With 10 years of coaching experience, Tony has developed a reputation of being a coach who motivates players to expect more from themselves and creates a training environment conducive to developing high level players.

September 16, 2014

The article linked below was in this month's NCYSA newsletter and talks about the importance of focusing on player development over winning in youth soccer.


Building on the tremendous response we received from our first breast cancer awareness day in 2011, CVYSA sponsored the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day (BCAD) on October 6th, 2012. This year’s PINK OUT day was another big success for the local foundation, ‘Through Healing Eyes’. CVYSA, with the help of local sponsors, friends and our visiting teams we were able to raise over $2000 for the day.
The day’s events included 12 soccer games. The games began at 9 AM. Our youth academy teams started the day battling it out against each other. Our classic games began with the U14 Girls taking on HCSA and we then proceeded to have at least one game start on the hour till 3 PM, when our U17 G and our U18 G both played.
Did someone say they wanted some food? Food was a plenty, so no one went hungry. A local BBQ restaurant, ‘Post Office Barbecue’, provided great pork sandwiches and the awesome odor of smoked BBQ. Rita’s Italian Ice served up their ice and we had loads of baked goods. The park looked like a giant soccer picnic. It was really cool to see all the activity go on for such a worthy cause.

Aside from the food and games raffles were held throughout the day for all the pink game balls and this year we even raffled off a pink chair/ ottoman set and a pink ottoman with the Breast Cancer logo embroidered into the piece. Our older club boys teams organized a 3v3 tournament which was played mid day. The winning team members received the 2012 edition of the CVYSA ‘pink’ jersey. PINK hair was everywhere again; the colored hair spray station was another hit!

The day was a huge success again, Beth Fonnesu was the driving force behind our BCAD day, but the day still could not have had a positive end without all the efforts of the club volunteers, the participation of our opponents’ families and especially our sponsors.

A special thanks to all of our PINK Jersey Sponsors: Taco Bell, Winn Appraisals, Molaro Interactive, Brown and Neuwirth Oral & Cosmetic Surgery,, Joint Replacement Specialists, Reflections Furniture, TGS Engineers, JVM HOMES, Mountaire Farms, Hickory Day School, NCSOCCER.ORG, HANES Industries, Rita’s and PO BBQ.

Additional funding was provided by the following: The Ball’s, the Biggerstaffs, The Barber’s, The Caudle’s, The Hart’s, The Mahnke’s, The Nance Family, The Pleasant Family, The Shore’s, Law Office of Alan LeCroy, the Central Barber Shop and McDonalds and many others who gave their time..

Many thanks to all involved and of course ALL the soccer players who PINK’d OUT in 2012!




The Pink Ottoman winners

Pink Out Crew

 2012 Pink Out 3v3 Champs

Hello Parents, Coaches & Managers,

Come ONE come ALL and wear your PINK!

This Saturday October 6, 2012 CVYSA is hosting your team at our soccer complex, the Pepsi Soccer Complex at Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park.
Saturday is CVYSA’s Second Annual PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Day. You and family are invited to be a part of the day’s activities.

All of the CVYSA teams will be wearing PINK Jerseys & PINK Socks in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

There are several activities going on throughout the day.
1. PINK GAME BALL - each game the game ball will be raffled off at half time of that particular game. $2.00 or $5.00 for 3 tickets.
2. PINK Furniture - a raffle will be held for a PINK Chair and a PINK Ottoman combination, $2.00 or $5.00 for 3 tickets; and a PINK Ribbon Ottoman. $2.00 or $5.00 for 3 tickets.
3. HAIR - Players and Parents can have their hair sprayed PINK or rainbow colors if you prefer! $2.00
4. FOOD – there will be lots of FOOD, some of it will be PINK (Cup Cakes & Cookies) and a local BBQ establishment will be serving great BBQ lunches. It will be one of the best smelling soccer days you will ever have!
5. PINK Lemonade for $1.00
6. FUN – it’s a family day of PINK! Wear your PINK!
7. ALL PROCEEDS go to the local Breast Cancer Foundation called “Through Healing Eyes”
8. The day’s events have been organized by one of our club moms. Beth is Breast Cancer Survivor. Beth will be present ALL day. Wearing PINK!
9. PLEASE SHARE this info with your friends. PINK OUT with your favorite team
10. PLEASE bring your dollar bills to help support a great cause - THINK PINK

Jeff – the guy with the PINK Beard



Click here to view the presentation from our May 2012 Annual General Meeting


April 2012

Hello Parents and Players,

I hope everyone is having a good spring, enjoying the great weather we have had and the all the soccer our players have participated in. I wanted to share with everyone what is going on in the club over the next two months (Club AGM, Tryouts and summer camp) and provide a brief recap of our first CVYSA Blue & Gold Family Day.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Thursday May 10 at the Highland Recreation Center. Part of being a member of NCYSA requires that each NCYSA club hold an AGM to share with its members the status of the club, to provide a synopsis of the year and share plans for the upcoming club year. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM and usually lasts about 60 to 75 minutes.

TRYOUTS: Our Annual tryouts will begin Monday May 21 and go through Friday May 22. Each year all NCYSA Clubs must hold tryouts for the upcoming club season. Tryouts can begin after state cup games are completed, which are completed the third weekend in May. I encourage everyone to attend the spring tryouts dates and to share this info with any of your children’s friends who might be interested in participating with CVYSA. This is a very busy time for the club; this is when most of the teams are formed for CVYSA for the upcoming club year (fall 2012 & spring 2013). During that week, we have team tryouts for U11 to U18 boys and girls teams and player assessments for our Youth Academy Players age 7 to 11. For additional information on the tryouts and to register please go to the club web site for dates, times and to register. Questions: . I encourage everyone to pre-register and save $10.

Summer Camp: CVYSA Blast Off Camp will be held June 11 to 15 and held at Henry Fork Pepsi Regional Soccer Complex. The times for the camp will be 9 AM to Noon Monday through Friday. This year’s Blast Off Camp will again be co sponsored by UK Elite, Inc. UK Elite is a coaching company based in the Philadelphia Area. They have been in the soccer business for close to 20 years.

The same week of the CVYSA Blast Off Camp, we will be offering a new program called ‘Training the Brazilian Way’. This Camp will focus solely on individual technical skills. The UK Elite Staff will train the players through a series of intense technical activities designed to improve each player’s first touch. This program is designed to give each player individual soccer ball activities to do on his or her own over the summer, to strengthen their skills, while training by themselves or with a partner. This program will be offered at night from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at Henry Fork. For more information or to register, please go to Questions:

The club’s first annual CVYSA Blue & Gold Family Day was a big success. There were probably over 400 people at the park throughout the day. We had 8 home games, in which all the teams did very well. Other events on that day included a mile run, a pet parade and a parent vs. academy player game. I believe the Parent vs. Academy Players was the most competitive and entertaining game of the day! During the event we sold burgers, hot dogs, lemonade and other snacks and raffled off each game ball. Donations of canned food, clothes and items for the Humane Society were also collected. All the proceeds generated were than shared with the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Catawba County Humane Society. Between the donated items and our day’s revenue the club was able to raise over $1200 for the two organizations. The day started a little wet, but ended very bright. It was great to see all the club families out, enjoying a good day of soccer and family fun. Thank you to all the parents and players, who volunteered, donated items and participated in the day’s events. It was great to see so many club families having a good time and involved in the clubs ‘Blue & Gold Family Day’.
I wish all the players success in their upcoming games and tournaments and I want to thank everyone for their support over the past club year. You all have helped CVYSA grow and make a positive impact in the Hickory Community. I look forward to working with everyone again in the near future and the 2012 - 2013 club seasons.

Yours in soccer,

Jeff and the Staff of CVYSA

Family Day provided a lot of food

Family Day Cooks

Family Day Pet Parade participant strutting in style

Hello CVYSA,

From January 12 to January 15 myself and Coach Stan Elliot (U12 G) attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national soccer convention. This year it was held in Kansas City, MO. The National Convention has been conducted for over 60 years. It is the largest gathering of soccer coaches in the world and it occurs in the USA! There were over 5000 coaches in attendance this year. I plan to attend every year to earn continuing education credits toward my USSF A license. Aside from different types of training /education sessions for coaches, this year there were over 300 different types of venders present. Addidas, Puma, Umbro, Kelme, Kwik Goal, Select & Brine were just a few of the big name venders present. There were also venders attending from all over the world offering the latest info in training, gear, equipment and travel. It's a great convention to attend and offers a chance for soccer coaches of any level and ability to educate themselves and meet soccer people from around the world. Below is a recap of the sessions / lectures that Stan and I attended. Each session was 75 minutes in length

All the field sessions replicated a training session. You had your session specific warm up, small sided sessions to expanded small sided sessions and then ending with a game to goals with keepers. In most of the sessions there was a greater emphasis on the Technical aspects of the session. This was good to see. Some of the main points stressed by all the clinicians were breaking down technical aspects of your session into its smallest component for future tactical success and also the coach’s preparation, organization of session and the space vs. number of players in which the training will occur. Training should be done in the proper location of the field for the position specific sessions.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1. Movement of Strikers, Paul Power, Manchester City FC
A. Warm-up: pairs – pass/move. Pass/move execute a move, combinations
B. Then he went through a series of six combinations with the target providing different types of movement to create space & to exploit space behind Defense
C. Two Goals added: 4 players from each end attached the opposite goals, attempting & executing the movement patters displayed earlier. Created a competition to see how many goals could be scored in 5 tries.
D. Ended with a 7v 5 still looking for movement of forwards. & timing of their runs.

2. Creating High Performance: The Fundamentals for National Teams through Youth Systems. Mark Verstegen, Athletes Performance.
A. Points stressed were to decrease injuries by developing players to become more stable, mobile & elastic. Used a tennis ball to relax feet & soccer ball to roll under body to relax body.
B. Showed multiple activities for pillar/core strength. Began with push up side pillars & ended with water fall start type short sprints (27)
C. Stressed completing a small portion of these activities 15 minutes before each practice to decrease injuries.

3. Transition Play, Tom Sermanni, Australia Women’s National Team Coach
A. Warm up – 8 orange vs. 4 yellow in one grid; 8 Y vs. 4 O in opposite grid When defending 4 win ball or ball goes out play, ball is played to opposite grids team of 8. Coach Technical & Tactical points of possession. Add 2 touch restriction
B. 4 vs.3 to goals with GKs. Gk starts with ball & 3 second possession condition. When opponent wins ball, they add a player & team that lost ball also looses a player to create new 4 vs. 3. Extra players are on deck behind respective goals. Extra balls go in goals for GK to distribute when needed
C. 8v8 field opens to half field. Extra balls start on sides. Servers for both teams on teams defensive half. Regardless of where ball goes out or who it goes out off, one of the servers on the side plays ball into their team. Looking to see if players can anticipate what to do as ball goes out of play. Servers should look forward when playing ball in.





Friday January 13, 2012

4. Partnerships and Playing Between the Lines, Tommy McIntyre / Greg Robinson, Celtic FC
Session focused on teams’ ability to play through the lines/layers of the opponent & developing positional relationships between players. Looking for decision making & patience.
A. 6 vs. 2 + 6 vs. 2: Six passes & then play ball forward to opposite grid’s team of 6. They then play ball to Gk who acts as target. GK distributes & then repeat play from opposite side. Grid approx 20x30 X 2
B. End Zone Game: 6 vs. 6; GK starts attach. Score by dribbling into end zone. Push outside backs up if Center back gets ball from GK.
C. 9 vs. 9 Game to goal (3-2-3 vs. 3-1-3-1): still looking to push Outside backs up to create space wide & also centrally. Can team exploit space between opponent’s layers? Trying to exploit width to open central players. Players need to show patience. Gk distributes with hands or short pass with feet. No punting.

5. Moving Our Game Forward: The U.S. Women’s National Team Program’s Role in Player Development. Jill Ellis / April Heinrichs, US Women’s National Team.
This lecture was based on the vision of the US Women’s National Team over the next 20 years. They discussed the past 20 years (1991 – 2011) and they hope with a few changes the US will continue to be a world power in the women’s game.
Why is there a need to evolve? The rest of the world has caught up & passed the US technically and in the modern game, the team that can maintain possession will win the game. The US now needs to produce more technically & tactically savvy players over the next 20 years and retain national staff coaches that are highly competent at the international level.
Our youth teams need to focus on developing players for our full National Team. With this goal in mind we still want to place as high as possible in international youth competitions.
Mentioned we want to create a ‘style’ of play vs. a ‘system’ of play in either a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation. The style will focus on possession and working the ball from defense through midfield & then on to our forwards. We want our future players to be creative, interchangeable and diverse in attach. Defensively everyone needs to defend as soon as possession changes.
Training: Technical sessions should 35 to 40 minutes working toward mastery of skills and greater decision making. Tactically session will focus more on position specific tactics and working on “part to whole” training.
Overall there will be an increase in attention to detail in training.
Finally the 2012 – 2032 characteristics for National Team player is to find the technically creative player first, then tactical, then psychologically strong, and physical. The first 20 years of the program the components sought first were physical and then psychological. The world game is evolving and it is great to see our National Staff will be looking for the technically gifted first.

6. Dynamic Movement for Attacking Soccer, John Kerr, Duke University.
A. Warm up: Focused on technique – 1 & 2 touch passing
B. Small Sided: 2v2 Transition Shooting in 20 x 30 grid to two goals
C. 8v8 game. 3 zones; dribble into attacking zone & then finish on goal
D. Game: remove zones
Stressed getting ball forward to create dynamic options.



7. Coaching the Details – Technique in Tactical Training for Build Up and Vertical Play, Frank Wormuth and Daniel Niedzkowski, U20 German Men’s National Team.
I felt the presentation was very good and informative. It was also funny to see his frustration in the players come out, but he still maintained control. Stressed 2 touch passing & patience throughout session. Everything that is complex in a game is actually very simple!
A. Pass & Move behind teammate – 2 touch, sharp & precise, coach added pressure
B. 5 players were organized around a 15x15 grid. Diagonal Passing, 2 touch, sharp & precise, timing of run, follow pass; Coach added pressure.
C. 6 players – training done in center part of field; 2 touch sharp & precise passing, timing of run, follow pass; Coach adds pressure.
D. 6 Players – training done at top of goal area, passing patterns to play ball vertical.
E. 7v5 game starting in front of goal, goal is to play ball vertical through Midfield & then to Forwards. Score by passing through 3 small central goals or dribbling through a wide goal on right & left.

Saturday January 14, 2012

8. Partnerships and Playing between the Lines, Tommy McIntyre and Greg Robertson, Celtic FC Youth Academy.
Interesting lecture on how Celtic is now striving to be one of the best developmental clubs in Europe. Their goal is to develop players for the Celtic first team and beyond. They aspire to play attractive ball, possess and play the ball through the thirds of the field; win all domestic honors and European tournaments. The main goal is to still develop top youth players to eventually play for the Celtic FC first team.
Their style of play, from 8v8 to 11v11, will be similar through all age groups. High tempo, high pressure – nearest defender defends first, win ball back in four passes; possess ball, accurate passes, creative attacking play with a winning mentality at ALL times. Looking to develop partnerships (relationships) of players on the field, between two forwards or central midfielders, center backs, etc... System of play is either a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1.
Goal setting is a big component for players.
Typical Training Sessions:
Technical & Dynamic warm up
Passing Activities
Directional Possession
4v4 to 8v8 to 11v11
Celtic sayings -
“Too be number 1, you must train like you are number 2”; Players are ‘responsible to everyone’ in their development. “Be humble”

9. The Hot Seat, an efficient strategy to developing coaches. Frank Wormuth and Daniel Niedzkowski, U20 German Men’s National Team.
The Germans spoke on how they conduct the DFB’s pro-license coaching education programs with a large emphasis on video feedback. The most interesting comment I found was that in a 10 month course cycle a coach is on ‘The hot seat’ up 72 times. They are critiqued by their peers and instructors through several different phases of feedback: Practice Preparation, Training Observations, Analysis and Feedback Observations are written and through video. There two video angles: the first, from an elevated perspective, of the overall shape of session & positioning of coach in training and the second, an up close video of the coach during the trainings’ presentation to the team. All the candidates are involved in the videotaping, written observations and feedback of a particular candidate. Feedback is objective and from multiple people. Candidates learn through teaching and making multiple presentations. This method requires honesty, neutrality (not personal), respectful relationships and a willingness to improve. This is an excellent way to learn, seeing yourself in action, enables a coach to see their strengths and weakness and then improve from them.


Posted 10/21/2011

Pink Out 2011

Sometime last October of 2010, several of us were sitting around watching an NFL game. The players all had pink shoes, gloves, wrist bands and other assorted equipment items in pink to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we watched the game, someone suggested doing a Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the club. We’d get all the teams to wear pink jerseys and pink socks. We figured we could build on what our 96 Blue Boys team did when they wore pink socks for one of their home games last October. As we all thought about it some more, I knew Beth Fonnesu, a parent and manager on our 97 Boys Team, was a breast cancer survivor and had the desire, energy and spunk to head up a task like this. Once I suggested this to Beth, she was extremely gung-ho!

Jump ahead to May 2011, we announce the club’s plan to have a Breast Cancer Awareness Day during the fall season. The plan is to get sponsors for pink jerseys and socks for all our fall players.

In June we decided to have our Breast Cancer Awareness Day (BCAD) on October 8. The date was set so we could hopefully get every fall team to play a home game that day. In the end we had 12 of our 14 fall teams play October 8. The two teams that did not play came out and helped with the day’s activities.

As Beth and I started to contact folks about being a sponsor for BCAD we were experiencing minimal success in getting any responses or interest. However, late in August, Beth & I decided to have a large parent meeting after a practice at the soccer fields. We had about 60 parents turn up for the meeting and with that initial number we were able to secure enough sponsors and enthusiasm for each and every fall team. It was a great meeting and Beth’s face was just glowing! She was extremely excited now because she knew our BCAD Day, ‘PINK OUT’ was going to happen. We had 12 of our 14 teams scheduled for home games on October 8 and we were going to have a sponsor for every team. It was an exciting time, filled with a lot of anticipation. Our goal is to raise $1000.

Since the parent meeting, it seemed good news traveled fast in the club and Beth was now getting other organizations and parents to step forward to provide supplies for the day. We had a pink hair stand, pink cupcakes, pink cookies pink rice krispie treats and supplies for pink lemonade. We received local handmade pottery made specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness. Catawba Valley Medical Center provided us with flyers on breast cancer detection and the Through Healing Eyes Foundation had some of their ‘calendar’ girls planning on attending our ‘PINK OUT ‘. Through Healing Eyes is the local breast cancer foundation which provides support to local breast cancer patients and was the organization we had decided to raise the money for.

Jeff Neuville, one of our club board members, was able to secure socks from two local knitting mills, Twin City Knitting and Burke Hosiery. Our Uniforms were complete and our fall teams were ready to compete wearing their new PINK Jerseys and socks at no cost to any of the players.

CVYSA’s first BCAD game was played Thursday night October 6th by our 97 Girls. It was a good start to what was building up to be an unforgettable PINK OUT Day on Saturday.

PINK OUT Day started early for Beth, myself and several other volunteers. We were at the park shortly after 7 AM. While Mark and I were getting the Academy fields ready our opponents began to arrive, I remember seeing Beth quickly set up the Pink Hair stand. She had about 20 nine and ten year old boys wanting to get their hair sprayed pink. It was a great scene. Beth methodically sprayed each boy’s hair and each boy was extremely excited to be receiving pink hair for the day.


Beth Hard at Work!

We had five games kick off at 9 AM, two more at 10 AM, one at 11 AM, one at 11:30 and three more games played throughout the afternoon. It was a fun and great day to be a part of CVYSA. There was PINK Jerseys and PINK hair everywhere. It was very cool!


98 Boys signing raffled-off game ball.                                 98 Girls having fun during a team picture.

Each game was played with a PINK Ball. During the first half volunteer parents and players went to all the spectators of that particular game and sold raffle tickets for the game ball. All the money raised in the raffle also went right to Through Healing Eyes.

How much money did we raise with our first ‘PINK OUT’? When I told Beth the total she stated: “Oh Jeff! I have tears in my eyes! Thank you so much for choosing this cause. It means the world to me and I know it will to Katheryn (Contact at Through Healing Eyes). I will contact her and see when is a good time and let you know so we can officially present and put in the paper. WOW!”

CVYSA raised $2400 the first year of our “PINK OUT.’ We would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make our first annual ‘PINK OUT’ a huge success!


Jersey Sponsors:
00 B – Molaro Interactive 00 G – Joint Replacement Specialists 99 B White – Molaro Interactive
99 B Blue – Mountaire Farms 99 G – Central Barber Shop 98 B – Central Barber Shop
98 G - Brown & Neuwirth 97 B – A Parent 97 G – Judges BBQ
96 G – Houck Contracting 95 G – Brown & Neuwirth 94 G - Vantage Foods
93 G – YOUTH Academy - Houck Contracting  
Socks: Twin City Knitting, Burke Hosiery and the Neuville Family
PINK Game Balls: Reflections Furniture
PINK Hair, PINK Lemonade, PINK Cupcakes, Cookies and Rice Krispie Treats: McDonalds, Catawba Pediatrics, JC Consulting, The Hart Family, The Trollan Family, The Biggerstaff Family, The Shores
Family, The Pleasant Family, The Hinshaw Family and many other CVYSA Families.
PINK Hair Accessories: Goody Hair Products Pottery: Butterfly Creek Pottery
Signs: The Guynes Family Duct Tape Hair Bows/Flip Flops/Balloons – The Fonnesu Family (Isabella) Through Healing Eyes - Katheryn Harlan

THANK YOU to everyone! Sincerely, Beth Fonnesu BCAD Organizer and Jeff Schellenberger, CVYSA DOC.


      Our Pink Pumpkin!                     The PINK HAIR Stand, Beth & Crew!


Some of CVYSA’s PINK OUT players in action.

Beth Fonnesu and the PINK Beard

“Beth, Pink Out day was a great success, our children especially liked the pink hair and the energetic atmosphere at the soccer parks....congratulations! …count me in to make more (Rice Krispie Treats) for next year's event. I know you've worked hard to make the day great and it was …” - Melissa Hinshaw, CVYSA Parent

To: All CVYSA Families
RE: PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Day

The only word that keeps coming to mind is WOW! What an incredible day we had on October 8th for our first annual PINK OUT. One of our board members helped the Hickory Daily Record get the information they needed to promote the event and give us great press!

I can not express my gratitude enough for all the wonderful donations and volunteers. I am incredibly humbled by everyone’s generosity, enthusiasm and support! What started out as a little community awareness event turned into an energetic and uplifting day, with everyone having an incredible time.

Throughout the day, I kept hearing people say “The energy at the park today is awesome”, “Something seems different”, “Do you guys do this every year?”. All compliments in themselves and a great reflection on our club. There were lots of things to learn and take notes on, and trust me; I took a lot of notes! As if you couldn’t tell, the hit of the day was the pink hair!! But the delicious cupcakes our families donated were all but sold out as well. The pink game ball raffle was also a huge success and great idea.

As a survivor and soccer mom, I would like to thank Jeff for this idea and the board for their support and help in the endeavor as well. And most of all for choosing Through Healing Eyes to receive the proceeds from the day. I am sure everyone has been wondering, myself included, what the day’s tally was. After just speaking with Jeff, I am thrilled to report that we raised $2400.00 at our event!!!!!!!!

We will soon be presenting Through Healing Eyes with this check and trust they will find many needy people to benefit from it!

Again, thank you to everyone at CVYSA, my cupcake warriors, jersey and sock sponsors, the tent people, my sign guy, the beautiful pottery, Goody hair products, my cup and ice crusader, Jeff, the board, everyone. I think I haven't left anyone out! Thank you, thank you for a wonderful day and all your support for a wonderful cause!!


Beth S. Fonnesu
97 Blast Blue

Posted 5/20/2011

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CVYSA 2011 – 2012 Staff

Youth Academy – Simon Broadway, Jeff Hartman, Scott Goforth, Ray Kordus

U11 B – Scott Goforth;                        U11 G – Jim Lafrancis
U12 B – Simon Broadway;                  U12 G – DOC
U13 B – Paco Banuelos;                      U13 G – Jeff Schellenberger
U14 B – Mike Walker;                         U14 G – Sue Schellenberger
U15 B – Jim Caudill, Blue;       Paco, White;             U15 G – Gary Higgins
U16 B – Mike Walker;                          U16 G Jeff Schellenberger
U17 B – Gary Higgins;                         U17 G LRU Asst Coach
U18 B – DOC;                                       U18 G Sue Schellenberger


 US Men’s National Team Training. March 24, 2011.                                        Jeff Schellenberger

Mikey, Josey, Timmy & Gooch were names being called out last week while my sons and I watched the US Men’s National Team train. We made the almost 3 hour drive from Hickory to Wake Med Park, Cary NC last Thursday March 24. The decision to go was made Wednesday night after we came home from practice. My friend at the park would hold a spot for us if we were able to come. What a great day we had!

We arrived at the park just before 10 AM. After the security guard checked us in, we parked and quickly made ourselves to the bleachers. To our pleasant surprise the team came right to the area in front of where we sat and began their warm up. Their warm up consisted of the team getting into two lines and performing various dynamic movements for about 10 yards and then a light jog back to the start. Each movement was done a few times through. After 10 minutes the team was allowed to stretch as individuals for a few minutes. The dynamic movement activity was completed off the soccer field. Next, the team broke into three groups of six players. They organized themselves so two players were about 10 – 12 yards away from a group of three players. There was one player located between the two small groups, he was the worker.

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The passing / receiving activity, was an activity I’ve seen many of our club coaches do. Although a very simple activity, the level of concentration and execution by the players was very high. Each working player was constantly adjusting his feet to get into the path of the ball. His positioning and first touch then put the player into a good position to pass the ball to the next player. The other recognizable movement that each working player did was to have their head on a swivel. He was always looking for the ball and looking to see where the ball needed to be passed. The passing /receiving lasted about 8 – 10 minutes.

A short break followed. The next activity was again another practice I’ve seen used multiple times by many coaches; a 4 v 4 + 1 to targets. The targets were the assistant coaches. The playing space was about 20 x 30 yards. There were lots of short sharp passes and plenty of support movement throughout the game. The coaches /targets were giving feedback regularly. Coach Bradley (Head Coach) would spend time with one group and then turn his attention to the other group. Each group was constantly encouraged to find a rhythm, deal with the ball and opponents pressure in tight space. The coach’s continuously recognized the players’ success. The possession / target game lasted about 12 – 15 minutes.

A short break followed, during which the coaches got the players organized for a 3⁄4 field 9 vs. 7 game. This was the first activity where the keepers joined the team. Prior to this portion of practice the three keepers worked with the keeper coach. They worked off to the side, away from the goal mouth. The keepers worked on footwork and catching of various types of shots and crosses, all very basic, the focus was on collecting the ball cleanly. When the half field scrimmage began (9 vs. 7), one keeper stayed in the opposite goal and then took shots and crosses from the keeper coach and the players who were not involved in the scrimmage.

In the 9 vs. 7 the coach walked the center of the field, speaking to individuals and encouraging the players to find a rhythm. The game was set up to encourage attacking play, to create numbers up opportunities in the attacking half of the field and for goal scoring chances. The attacking team had 3 backs, 5 midfielders, 1 forward. The defending team had 4 backs and 3 central midfielders. If the defending team won the ball they worked to get it to an assistant coach who stood beyond the midfield line. In the game, one goal was scored and several good chances were created. The back four defenders were lead by center defender Jay Demerit. He was very vocal throughout the session. He was constantly providing defensive direction to the players around him. He was the man in charge in the back. On the attacking team Donovan and Dempsey played on the outsides, Jermaine Jones played centrally in the MF, later switching with Mike Bradley. Josey Altidore played up top. The outside backs on the attacking team constantly pushed high to get into the attack. They played about 15 minutes.

A short break followed. The last team activity was a full sided game. The goals were moved up to the 6 yard box. It appeared to be the Saturday night starters vs. the reserves. Coach Bradley walked the field a little, but spent most of his time on the side line with the rest of his staff. He continuously urged the team to find a rhythm. The second team created more chances though and got a goal. The team scrimmaged about 20 minutes.

The Coach spoke to team briefly and then the players organized themselves into a crossing and finishing activity. In the first finishing activity, an outside defender and outside midfielder placed themselves wide on each side of the field about 30 yards from the end line. There were 4 forwards placed at the top of the arch, 2 forwards alternated every time. There were several central players. One at a time the central player (CP) passed a ball to a coach who played the ball back to the right or left side of the central player. The CP then played the ball wide; the wide player took a long touch, looked up
& then served the ball to the 2 forwards. One forward made a near post run, the other a far post run. This portion lasted 6 -7 minutes. Keepers took turns in goal.

The last finishing activity was a similar set up, the wide players just squeezed into the width of the 18. They received a through ball from the CP. The wide player took the ball to the end line and then played a diagonal ball back to the two forwards. The last activity lasted 6 -7 minutes.

The players cooled down on their own and then Coach Bradley spoke to the team briefly. After the Coaches talk Michael Bradley went back out on the field and worked on his passing and receiving of square passes for a few minutes.

The amazing thing that we saw next was that almost every player helped to take the training equipment or water bottles back to the bus. They all just picked up items until the training area was clear.

The training session and its’ activities could be performed by almost any team. The level on focus, intensity and execution was very high and that made the practice challenging and demanding for all.

My boys waited by the team gate and were then lucky enough to receive almost every ones autograph! The players made small talk with the boys as my sons thanked them & wished them good luck. My sons were extremely excited!

The whole training session lasted approximately 90 minutes. From the time the team arrived and till they cooled down and packed up they were at the field approximately 2 hours. It was a very cool experience, one that I am sure my boys and I will remember a long time.

Thank you goes out to my friend at Wake Med, the USMNT Players and Coaching Staff. GO USA!





February 28, 2011

Parents of Classic and Academy Teams,

Communication between parents and coaches is very important and helps everyone plan their week and weekends. I kindly request that if you cannot make a preset arrival time within 5 minutes of the scheduled time that you communicate this with the coach and the coach should do the same with the team manager or the DOC.

Coaches request that player’s arrive at specific times for games so that the team can make game day preparations. If you are unable to be at the game site, at the pre set time, kindly let the coach or manager know this as soon as possible. A minimum notice of an hour before scheduled arrival time is requested.

Also, if a player is injured away from soccer, please let the coach know ASAP. This also affects practice and game day preparation.

Your communication with the coach and his or her communication with you will be greatly appreciated by all who are involved.

Thank you.


Posted to Blog January 19, 2011

Hello CVYSA,

I hope everyone has had a good holiday break and is ready to play some more soccer once our weather gets better. This past weekend Sue and I went to the National Soccer Coaches Convention (NSCAA). This year it was held in Baltimore, MD. This is an annual convention and when it is held on the east coast attendance is usually around 8 to 10 thousand people. I do believe this year’s attendance was very close to those numbers.

The convention begins on a Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday morning. Sue and I arrived Thursday night around 6 PM. At 7 PM the vender exhibits open for the weekend. In the exhibit hall it is a who’s who among soccer specialists, uniform and equipment suppliers, a wide array of other venders selling either coaching gadgets, coaching resources, fund raising ideas and travel companies promoting tournaments and soccer trips to almost anywhere in the world. This is also a time when old friends see each other and a chance to meet new people who are involved in soccer all over the USA. One of the first groups of people we saw were several local Hickory Area HS Coaches. There are people and coaches from all over the world in attendance and it is the largest soccer show of its kind in the world (so I have been told).
Friday was an opportunity to attend various training sessions. I made a particular point of attending 5 different sessions on Friday and then three more on Saturday. By doing this I was able to get continuing education credits fo