Striker West - December 2013

December 2013
Recap of the Annual General Meeting
Club Check-in at AGM

The meeting was held November 9th at the Airport Marriott in Rochester NY.   Over 30% of the membership was present in fact or by proxy.  Please see the active links on the agenda for the meeting to read each officer's reports.  


Rich Wagner was re-elected president.  Mark Cornfield is now the 2nd Vice president. Hugh Goodridge will continue as secretary. Their biographies can be viewed here.  The membership passed the budget which included fee increases of $2.00 on the 1st player pass effective January 1, and the basic registration fee will increase one dollar September 2014.

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Happy Holidays from the Rochester Rhinos! The Rhinos have great offerings for the soccer player or fan in your family! Rhinos holiday packs start at $20.00. Our new merchandise store allows you to dress in your favorite Rhinos gear and stay warm all winter! Season tickets and flex packs are on-sale and can be purchased by calling (585) 454-KICK (5425).  

Awards Dinner Recognizes the Best in NYW Soccer
David Rosenhoch
2013 TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year 



 A record number of attendees turned out for the  2013 NYSW Awards Dinner held on November  9th, 2013 at the Rochester Airport Marriott.  The  dinner was sold out, completely.   Must be the  great people being recognized....



2013 Hall of Fame Inductee - Tim Mellander

Tim Mellander

Tim Mellander has been an active volunteer in the soccer community for 28 years.  Like many parents, his initial involvement began with his youngest son joining a recreational program in 1986 and subsequently lead to being asked to help.  Over the years Tim has contributed to the youth game on every level - as a parent coach, a local administrator, a national leader and registrar, and as a professional league and a state organization manager.  NYSW is a great soccer state, a technologically superior state, thanks to Mellander's efforts to guide the state to on-line services early on.  On the national level, he has shaped registration policies, national championship series rules, and travel permissions.  An indepth account of Mellander's many contributions is in the Hall of Fame records on our website. 

Coaches Workshop with Brian Bliss a Hit!
Brian Bliss
We were pleased with the turnout at all of the Brian Bliss sessions and the Hershey/Pacilio "Coaching 101" presentation at this year's workshop.  We received a lot of positive feedback on Bliss' Friday night presentation as well as on all of his field sessions.  The "Coaching 101" presentation opened a lot of eyes and started a good "buzz" about NYSWYSA's commitment to educating our beginner coaches and also demonstrated the extent to which we are willing to go to achieve this (i.e. offering the course on demand and free of charge). 


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Former Rochester Futbol Club player in Kabul
Nick Pulgiese
"Today has been an up-and-down day in Kabul. I had the privilege of chasing around a football this morning, then was chasing around bureaucrats and their signatures the whole afternoon. During a break from document-hunting, I was told a really outstanding love story, which I will share with you one day soon. Then, a suicide bomb went off in the city."  Please click for more on Nick's experience in Afghanistan. 
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The New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA) is the parent organization for over two hundred affiliated clubs and leagues in Western New York State. NYSWYSA is affiliated with US Youth Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and the Federation de International Football Association (FIFA).
In This Issue
Annual General Meeting Results
NYSW Award Winners
2013 Hall of Fame
Region I Award Winners
Franceschi and Thomas each Nominated by Region I for National US Youth Soccer Awards

Christina Franceschi and Chris Thomas are the Region I (the northeastern 15 states from Virginia to Maine) nominees for US Youth Soccer National Boys and Girls Recreation Coach of the Year. Both are invited to attend the US Youth Soccer National Awards Gala in Philadelphia at the US Youth Soccer National Workshop - NSCAA Convention.  We wish you both the best and hope you come home with the national award! 

Upcoming Events
December 7 & 8, 2013
ODP Tryouts for Players Born in 97, 98, & 99
December 30, 2013
2014 Thruway League opens for registration
January 6, 2014
State Cup opens for registration
January 15-19, 2014
US Youth Soccer/NSCAA Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
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