March 2013

March 2013 eNews
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In This Issue
TOPSoccer Events
Coaching Education
Upcoming Tournaments
Spring Cups

2013 STYSA Award Nominations

Due By April 30, 2013  

Every year, South Texas Youth Soccer presents awards to some of the many outstanding people who have influenced the lives of our members. These folks are the volunteer coaches, administrators, youth referees, parents and volunteers who work with our children and our clubs to make youth soccer in South Texas possible. This year the South Texas Awards will be presented at the Summer Governing Board Meeting on July 20, 2013.   

All nominations should be forwarded to the STYSA State Office at 15209 Highway 290 East, Manor, Texas 78653 or by e-mail to  

STYSA Award Nomination Forms:  
TOPSoccer Events       

SAN ANTONIO 4th Annual TOPSoccer Festival was held Saturday, March 2 at the Star Soccer Complex. With the help of Star Soccer Complex, San Antonio Scorpions, Morgan's Wonderland, NEYSO Special Teams, and South Texas Youth Soccer we had a successful event for all of the athletes participating at this year's event.


Athletes, volunteers and coaches were full of energy and excitement.  Bob Wilde, STYSA ODP Coach, and John Tomas, Former Assistant National Director of US Youth Soccer, with the help of local club and college coaches got Athletes started by having them and their Buddy simply kick the balls.  Then the coaches led the players and buddies through a series of skills demonstrations, activities and games. The players performed and practiced a series of techniques like dribbling, push passes, knee passes, and various types of freestyle passes.  The day included other fun ball activities and games.  Players and volunteers were welcomed and encouraged by Gordon Hartman, founder of Morgan's Wonderland.

TOPSoccer events are not possible without the participation of many, many volunteers. Special thanks to each and every one!!                                                                        -- Thank you Neal Ellis Director of Coaching STYSA

Mark your calendars for the Annual TOPSoccer Events in 
Rio Grand Valley  & El Paso, Texas! 
RGV: March 16, 2013: 9am-12pm at Combes Community Park
El Paso: April 21, 2013: 1pm-4pm at  West Side Sports Complex
RGV- ATHLETE Registration(click here)                                     RGV - VOLUNTEER Registration (click here)

EL PASO - ATHLETE Registration (click here)                           EL PASO - VOLUNTEER Registration (click here)

*Houston TOPSoccer Event: November 2013, more details coming soon. Visit our website for more info.
TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs. The program,  provides meaningful learning, development and physical participation opportunities to these young athletes through the game of soccer.   
Governing Board Meeting


South Texas Youth Soccer concluded the 2013 Winter GBM February, 24. The event was held at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston Texas. The event kicked off with a roll of the dice! Casino Night was presented by Bay Area Youth Soccer Association. Vendors gathered for the Vendor Expo right next door to the Casino Night event. 


Day two was composed of multiple workshops that educated the members in soccer fundamentals, insurance, GotSoccer database entry, and coaching education.  All workshops were free to the soccer community and South Texas Youth Soccer Members.

A delicious and unforgettable Hall of Fame Luncheon was Saturday as well.  Cecil Meekins, Linda Miller and Joe Payton were inducted in to the STYSA Hall of Fame.  During the luncheon, Lonestar Soccer Club announced a generous donation of $10,000 dedicated to the South Texas Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Programs.   Preceding lunch and the remaining workshops was a social event courtesy of the Houston Dynamos.


The Governing Board Meeting ended the weekend's events with detailed discussions of rule changes, election of Executive Committee members, voting, updates of the Member Associations and Soccer News


Thank you South Texas Youth Soccer Members for all that you do.  We look forward to seeing you all July 19-21 for the Summer GBM.  Location TBD- for request to host the GBM please submit a proposal to the State Office Attn: Tom Morrow)


ODP 2013
*Click here to read the 2013 ODP General Information. 

The Final Weekend of Pool Training: March 16 & March 17  at   Katy Park(location link) 
(training times for both days)

8:30AM - 10:00AM        '99, '00, '01 Boys & Girls

10:30AM - Noon            '96, '97, '98 Boys & Girls

1:30PM - 3:00PM          '99, '00, '01 Boys & Girls

3:30PM - 5:00PM          '96, '97, '98 Boys & Girls

This will be the schedule for both Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.  To be clear, all age groups will train on both days in March.  As always, although recommended, attendance at all training sessions is not required.

  • *Following the March Pool Training players selected to represent South Texas at Region III Camp in July will be posted to the ODP page of the website Wednesday, March 20.  
Coaching Education 
Latest News For Coaches! 

Since the last e-newsletter 160 coaches have received their certification using our new ONLINE courses!!  This option allows coaches to take the 'classroom' session of a coaching module ONLINE at their convenience.  This is followed by attending a scheduled Field Session.  Coach candidates are required to complete both components in order to qualify for their coaching certification.  Click here for the Schedule of U6/U8 and U10/U12 courses available.  Click here for an Application to Host an ONLINE coaching education course.


Several National E License courses have now been posted to the website.  If you are in need of this license click here to see the Schedule of E & D License Courses.  The recently revised D License course will be available this summer.  Watch the Schedule of E & D License Courses on the Coaching Education tab of the website for more information.


Plans are now being finalized for South Texas to host a C License course this summer.  More information will be on the Coaching Education tab of the website as soon as it becomes available.  South Texas' annual National Youth License is scheduled for June 11 to 15 in Belton, TX.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Tournaments
Date 16-Mar-13
Event ACYSO Spring Break Blast 3v3
Location Alamo Sportsplex, San Antonio
Ages U5-U19 Boys & Girls REC ; U5-U19 Boys & Girls Competitive
Fee $150.00
Type Restricted
Contact Joyce McGath
Phone 210-647-1019
Date March 16-17, 2013
Event 2013 SCFC Spring Fling Showcase
Location David Finkel, Clear Lake/ Centennial Park, Friendswood/ Sportsplex, League City
Ages U9-U19 Boys & Girls REC & Competitive
Fee U9/U10 (6v6) -$325; U11/U12 (8v8)- $ 375; U12/U15 (11v11)- $450;
 U16/U18 2 Games-$300 & 3 Games - $400
Type Unrestricted
Contact Jason Devore
Phone 832-483-0813
Date March 29-30 2013
Event 20th Annual Easter Invitational
Location Bear Creek Park , Houston Park
Ages U8-U12 Boys & Girls REC; U11 - U19 Boys & Girls Competitive
Fee U8/U12 $375; U12/U19 (11v11) $425
Type Restricted
Contact Martin Guerrero
Phone 832-275-2902
Date March 30 2013
Event 2013 3v3 Turf Cup
Location Bear Branch Artificial Turf Fields - The Woodlands
Ages U6 - U14
Fee $145
Type Unrestricted
Contact Milton Arraez
Phone 832-244-5836
Date April 13-14, 2013
Event 13th Annual Tax Time Tournament
Location George Bush Park
Ages U8-U18
Fee Online
Type Restricted
Contact Charles Rotramel
Phone 713-300-8301
Date May 4-5, 2013
Event Lonestar Spring Shootout
Location Greater Austin
Ages U5-U19
Fee $160 - $460
Type Restricted
Contact Lorie Williams
Phone (512) 336-5425
Date May 4-5, 2013
Event 4th Annual Spring Academy
Location Blossom Classic Elite Fields
Ages U10-U19 (Academy)
Fee $325
Type Restricted
Contact Walter Rule
Phone 210-843-2575
Date May 11-12, 2013
Event 4th Annual Force FC Rec+Academy Cup
Location Georgetown Texas
Ages U9/U10 Rec+ 6V6; U10 Rec+ 8v8 Teams
Fee U9 Rec+ 6V6 - $275; U10 Rec+ 6v6-$300; U10 Rec+ 8v8 - $325
Type Unrestricted
Contact Eric Swain
Phone 512-775-3973
Date May 18-19, 2013
Event 3rd Annual ACYSO Sea World Shamu Shootout
Location Alamo Sportsplex & ACYSO Culebra Creek, San Antonio
Ages U5-U19 boys/girls recreational; U11-U19 boys/girls competitive
Fee $150-U6; $200-U7/U8; $325-U9/U10; $450-U11/U12; $550-U13+
Type Unrestricted
Contact Joyce McGath
Phone 210-647-1019
Date May 19-20, 2013
Event Victoria Crossroads Classic
Location Victoria Fields
Ages U6-U19 boys/girls recreational; U11-U19 boys/girls competitive
Fee $150-U6; $200-U8; $300-U10; $350-U12; $400-U14; $450-U16 and older
Type Restricted
Contact Matt Blough
Phone (361) 571-5108
Date May 24-27, 2013
Event Klein Memorial Shootout
Location Meyer Park - Spring
U7-U19 boys/girls recreational; U11-U19 boys/girls competitive
Fee $300-U7/U8; $350-U9-U12; $450-U13 and older
Type Unrestricted
Contact Kevin Quisenberry
Phone (713) 825-1181
Date May 25-26, 2013
Event Memorial Day Cup Houston 2013
Location Katy Park & Bear Creek Park
Ages U8-U19 All Boys & Girls Teams
Fee U8-U9: $325;   U10-U11: $380;   U12-U19: $480
Type Unrestricted
Contact Gregg Munslow
Phone 713-319-5678
Date May 26-27
Event 2013 Lions FC Memorial Cup
Location STAR Soccer Complex
Ages U9, U10 Academy, U11 - U19 Select
Fee U9/10 (6v6) - $375, U10 (8v8) - $400, U11/U12(8v8) - $435, U12 (11v11) &
 U13/14 $475, U15/U16 - $495, U17-U19 $525
Type Restricted
Contact Robert Sanderson
Phone 210-598-5243
Date May 31 - June 2, 2012
Event 26th Annual Texas Shootout
Location Houston, TX. Lindsay Lyons Park, Burroughs Park & Dyess Park
Ages U10 - U19 Girls
Fee U10/U11 (8v8) - $345 / 3 games, $455 / 4 games, U12/U14 - $395
/ 3 games, $465 / 4 games, U15/U19 - $995 / 3 games
Type Unrestricted
Contact Ashley Fendley
Phone 832-559-3516
Upcoming Events 

March-May   Register now for Coaching Courses  

March 8       Spring Cup Schedules Posted to Website (Directors & Presidents)
March 9       US Youth Soccer National Guard Camp Houston (register today)
March16       1st Annual RGV TOPSoccer Event
March 16-17  ODP Final Weekend of Pool Training at  Katy Park 
March 16-17  Rio Grand Valley Kohl's CUP Combes, Texas
March 22      Spring Cup Schedules Posted to Website (NATIONAL/STATE CUP)
March 23      Cup Play Starts for  Directors Cup & Presidents Cup
April 13        San Antonio Scorpions vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies: Home Opener at NEW Toyota Field
April 13        Cup Play Starts for State Cup
May 3-5        EL PASO Kohl's CUP

March 16-17 Rio Grand Valley
Combes Park, Combes Texas
Register Here 
May 3-5 El Paso, Texas
West Side Sports Complex

For more information & details visit:
South Texas Youth Soccer would like to thank Lonestar Soccer Club for their generous donation of $10,000 that will be dedicated to the South Texas TOPSoccer Program.


Spring Cups 

Cup Play Starts:

March 23 for Directors and Presidents

April 13 for State Cup


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