It’s Time for Fall Soccer!
Dallas United is teaming up with Dallas Kids Inc this year to make Fall Soccer better than it¬†has ever been in Dallas. We are working together to improve coaching, providing more¬†opportunities to play soccer and to make the game more fun.
- A skills camp for 3rd ‚Äď 8th grade will take place from August 4th to 7th.
- Players will be invited to play for Dallas United based on skills camp.
- Registration will be through the Kids Inc Bonzi registration system.
Players registering through the Kids Inc registration system will first pay a base fee.
Those accepted onto Dallas United teams will pay the difference to Dallas United when they join the team. ¬†A uniform kit will also need to be purchased.
U10 ¬† ¬†(3rd and 4th grade) $ 110.00
U12 ¬† ¬†(5th and 6th grade) $110.00
U14 ¬† ¬†(7th and 8th grade) $ 125.00
If you are new to our program, please look over our Frequently Asked Questions. ¬† If you’d like to speak to someone, please call Melissa Jones at 503-831-3722.
At our Annual General Meeting on November 14, members elected a new board to lead the Club in the coming year. ¬†We welcome four new board members; Melissa Jones, Stefanie Garton, Cherish Henrickson and Kelly Chapman.
Melissa, Stefanie and Kelly are soccer parents, actively engaged in helping to improve the game in Dallas. ¬†Cherish Henrickson serves as a coach at Dallas High School and with the Club, teaching players of all ages the game that she loves. ¬†Ron Brooks has stepped in to replace outgoing president, Jim Cross.
Ron Brooks is widely acknowledged for his knowledge and experience in the Dallas soccer community. ¬† Ron has filled various roles in Dallas soccer, serving as a past coordinator of Kids Inc. soccer program, serving on the executive committee of Kids Inc, and also coaching LaCreole Middle School traveling teams. ¬†Ron is also past president of Valley Futball Club, a premier club based in Corvallis. ¬†Today Ron stays active refereeing competitive soccer throughout the Valley as well as coaching men’s soccer at Santiam Christian High School.
Coach Ron had this to say about our prospects for the new year: ¬†‚ÄúI am looking forward to working with the new Dallas United board members to ensure we are meeting the soccer community‚Äôs needs in the area.¬† The board needs to meet again to begin to plan out how we will work in cooperation with other local soccer organizations to provide opportunities for all players in the area to reach their highest potential.¬† We will continue to provide coaching classes and resources to the community through our partnership with the Oregon Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer.‚ÄĚ
We recently looked back at the past year in order to complete a grant report. ¬†A couple of the stories that we told were so inspiring and¬†encouraging, that we want to share them with you. ¬†2012 was a good year for the Club, and we’re looking forward to the days ahead as well. ¬†Be encouraged, Dallas Soccer is on the rise!
Dallas United Soccer Club‚Äôs U-14 Boys team took home first place medals on Sunday afternoon. The boys finished their regular season in the Mid Valley Soccer League with 4 wins and 4 losses; 24 goals for and 25 goals against.
In tournament play they prevailed 6-3 against the undefeated McMinnville Grizzlies in the semi-finals to advance to the final round.¬† They bested KSC Barcelona 3-1 in the championship game.
The Dallas United squad is composed of 7th and 8th grade boys from LaCreole and Talmadge Middle Schools. Thoroughly prepared by their club experience, thirteen of the boys are moving up to represent Dallas and Central High Schools in the fall.
Promoting soccer in Dallas and beyond, Dallas United Soccer Club focuses on player development with the goal of improving the quality of play at every level.
Danny Agee and Jimmy Young both recently completed the Coerver Youth Diploma. The Coerver methods have changed the way¬†soccer is coached all over the world.¬† The Youth Diploma prepares coaches to plan and deliver more effective youth coaching sessions.
Danny and Jimmy spent 2 days with legendary coach Charlie Cooke, who is the Co-Founder of Coerver Coaching. Charlie Cooke had a storied career as pro player most notably with Chelsea¬†Football Club. Charlie has travelled to¬†many countries to teach Coerver methods.
Dallas United is committed to raising the quality of play at every level.¬† This starts with investing in coaches.¬† Danny Agee and Jimmy Young are two great examples of coaches who pursue excellence in their craft and are all about developing players.¬† We are fortunate to have them!
Congratulations Jimmy and Danny!
Congratulations to our Director of Coaching, Danny Agee, on the achievement of his National “D” License. ¬†The “D” License is conferred by the US Soccer Federation on experienced coaches who undergo¬†a 36-hour course with both classroom and field training.
Danny spent 2 full weekends on the field at University of Portland with¬†some¬†of the best professional Club coaches in Oregon. After a rigorous evaluation, course instructors determine¬†whether the passing¬†candidate will receive a State “D” License, or a National “D” License.
Danny stood out – as mentioned by one of the instructors, Joe Sottile – “Danny did well at the “D” license course due to his¬†knowledge¬†of the game developed during his playing career, and his strong interest in continuing to expand his insight of coaching soccer.”
Dallas United looks forward to a bright future of building great players under Danny’s direction.
Pinnacle Physical Therapy is our¬†newest¬†team sponsor! ¬†With offices in Dallas and Keizer, Pinnacle PT is passionate about helping you get back to enjoying life without pain and disability.
Keeping the pipeline full of new referees is important. ¬†Did you know that 38% of new¬†referees¬†quit after the first year? ¬†It’s a tough job, but after completing the course our new referees are¬†equipped to begin a successful career of officiating. ¬†The successful candidates are now certified as Grade 8 referees by U.S. Soccer, the national governing body of the sport.
The students underwent two full days of classroom¬†instruction¬†and field training, in addition to completing an online class on the Laws of the Game. ¬†Course instructor Duane Bean remarked that our Dallas referees were the most attentive and motivated class that he has taught.
Special thanks go to Rob Wallace, our Dallas referee coordinator for rounding up the students. Rob helps Dallas United staff MVSL league games played here at home, as well as overseeing referees who officiate youth recreational games in the fall.
When you see these new refs out on the field, thank them for being there, and remember, they’re learning how to ref, just like kids are learning to play, and the coaches are learning to coach. ¬†Besides they have red cards!
Dallas United is upgrading our program by employing professional coaches.¬† Danny Agee has assumed the Director of Coaching role at a modest salary, Jimmy Young is joining our staff this spring, and Cherish Henrickson is taking on a larger role. ¬† Do we have a John Wooden in the making among them? ¬†I hope so!
The benefits of professional coaching have become apparent to me the last few weeks as I‚Äôve watched Danny Agee work with our players on their footskills.¬† Just this morning, Danny was working with the kids on a scissors move.
Any (most?) volunteer coaches can teach a scissors move, right?¬† Sure, nothing to it.¬† But, after you teach the move, what do you do with it?
First, Danny broke down the move and helped individuals master it.¬† He pointed out specific errors and gave tips to correct them.¬† An experienced coach doesn‚Äôt allow players learn a move incorrectly, thus reinforcing and ingraining bad habits.
Second, he added motion, combining the move dribbling forward with the ball, adding a feint to move around an opponent.
Finally, and most importantly, Danny set up a drill that helped the players learn how to ‚Äúsell‚ÄĚ the move and beat an opponent.¬† To effectively apply techniques in game situations is something that comes with experience.
Professional coaches establish solid technique, train thinking players who truly understand game tactics and their role, shorten the learning curve, and bring players farther than they thought possible.
With guidance, the players were able to take a fun move and learn to apply it in everyday game situations.¬† With practice, you‚Äôll see Dallas United players using moves like this and beating opponents this spring.
The benefits of our footskills training is already paying off, as the U14 boys won 4 out of 5 games in a Futsal tournament today.¬† Coach Rob Wallace remarked that the teamwork and passing that he observed was really quite amazing!
Do you have to be a ‚Äúprofessional‚ÄĚ coach to achieve these results?¬† Well, the good news is that anyone who commits themselves to learning the game and continuously working on their craft can become a ‚Äúprofessional‚ÄĚ coach.¬† Dallas United encourages all of our coaches to take licensing classes offered through our State Association.¬† The volunteer parent coach is unfortunately maligned at times, but we could not run a program without strong parental support.¬† My next article is going to be in praise of parent coaches.
So, what is professional coaching worth to you?
Dallas United Soccer Club has named Danny Agee as its director of coaching.
In this newly created role Agee will help build a player development program and mentor volunteer coaches.
Agee is one of the most accomplished and talented soccer players to come through Dallas, noted Jim Cross, president of Dallas United Soccer Club.
Starting young, Danny began playing year-round soccer at age 8. He distinguished himself throughout his high school career, playing on varsity as a freshman and consistently leading his teams in assists and goals, being recognized as first team all-league and first team all-state. Agee played his senior year at Dallas High School, where he also led the team in goals and assists as a midfielder in the first winning season for the program.
Agee continued his winning ways in college at Corban University and subsequently moved to Romania, where he underwent a month-long tryout and was signed to play professional soccer.
Personal values brought Agee home early to the U.S., where he assumed the head coaching position of a girls team in Idaho that made it to the state finals two years in a row.
Agee has been coaching girls soccer for the past four years at Dallas High, first as the junior varsity coach and now varsity coach. He has also coached U14 boys for Dallas United.
Agee assumed his new role on Nov. 1 and is busy developing coaching plans for indoor training to take place this winter.