Hall of Fame

Delegates to STYSA Winter Meeting Make Changes to Rules and Executive Committee

The STYSA 2010 Winter Governing Board Meeting wrapped up two days of meetings, workshops, vendor show, referee workshops, a coaching clinic and a Hall of Fame Luncheon. Delegates enjoyed a change of scenery this year, traveling for the first time to Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country.

Friday evening was a time for renewing acquaintances and socializing with fellow soccer enthusiasts from around the state. Delegates checking in received their credentials and visited with the exhibitors before heading out to a variety of restaurants for a relaxing evening.

Early Saturday morning, delegates had an opportunity to hear from the candidates seeking election to four positions on the Executive Committee. Each candidate stated their qualifications and then answered questions from those in attendance in an effort to provide delegates as much information as possible before casting their votes. Afterward, delegates scattered to attend a variety of workshops or meet with the vendors in the Soccer Expo.

Presidents of the STYSA Member Associations or their alternate met with the Executive Committee to discuss the challenges currently facing each level of affiliation — lower participation numbers, increasing costs, competition from outside organization and communication. Although each area of the state's problems differ slightly, the fundamental problems are the same for all of us. We must work together to promote soccer in our communities and then join forces to make these programs stronger.

Registrars are charged with the responsibility of getting players signed up and placed onto the appropriate teams. While it's not always a difficult task, it can be overwhelming when it occurs within a small window of time with the start of games looming just around the corner. With a room full of registrars, there was discussion of how to improve the process, shortcuts that would reduce the time requirements and recommendations on how to handle special situations.

Other workshops on the agenda dealt with a review of the 33 proposed rule changes, how to set up and host a coaching course, risk management issues that face organizations, finance and budget preparations, and website management. Eastern and Western District meetings were held late in the afternoon to provide delegates from those areas of the state an opportunity to review plans for the future and discuss upcoming competitions.

Les Haulbrook and Ed Loucks were inducted into the STYSA Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Saturday. Both have been instrumental in the development of youth soccer in South Texas at a local and state level.

Les has been active in youth soccer in South Texas for more than 30 years, serving on numerous committees, serving as President of Bay Area Youth Soccer, and most recently as the Chairman of the Host Committee for the 2006 USYS Workshop hosted by South Texas in Houston. He served as STYSA Treasurer from 2005 to 2008.

Ed served as President of Pursuit Soccer Club and Timberline Youth Soccer before becoming STYSA President in 2002 and serving three terms, ultimately leaving office in 2008. During his tenure he oversaw the construction of the State Office in Manor, elevated South Texas to a place of prominence within US Youth Soccer, successfully lobbied to host the 2004 USYS Southern Regionals in Austin, and brought the 2006 USYS Workshop to Houston.

Their dedication has helped provide thousands of players an opportunity to compete on a local, regional and national level, and their unselfish sacrifice of time and energy can never be repaid.

Sunday morning's Governing Board Meeting moved along at a quick pace, with the 76-Member Association delegates discussing and debating the merits of the proposed rule changes, voting to approve 16 or the 33 proposals. The budget for the 2010-11 seasonal year was approved after a review of the current financial status of the organization. Committee and officer reports were provided before moving along to the new business —an application for membership by a second El Paso-area organization. Debate was lively and delegates asked a variety of questions; however, the application was denied.

Elections had been held on Saturday at the District meeting for the two Vice-President positions. Eastern District delegates elected Chris Delay from Houston to the position of Eastern District Vice President and approved his assuming the role immediately due to the resignation of former Vice President Keith Walker. Pam Kasperitis was elected to the position of Western District Vice-President and will assume that role on April 1, when the term of current Vice President Chuck Jeffords expires. At the Sunday meeting, Jesse Harrell was elected to a second term as STYSA President and David Buckler was elected as Secretary. David will be replacing Polly Schueneman, whose term will expire on April 1.

The Summer 2010 Governing Board Meeting will be held in Houston at a site to be announced in the coming days.

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