There has been some confusion regarding whether players can register for a BYSL Junior High team while concurrently registering and playing competitively for another affiliate of the Idaho Youth Soccer Association (such as Gate City Youth Soccer League (PVSC) in Pocatello or Upper Valley Soccer Foundation (Madison United) in Rexburg.
IYSA’s rules state: RULE 5. MULTIPLE ROSTERING…A player may not be registered with more than one club at any given time during the seasonal year; however a player wishing to participate in an internal recreation league for one club and a competitive team with another club may do so with the permission of both clubs.
To avoid confusion, and to ensure that BYSL is consistent in its application of this rule with regard to the Junior High League and all applicable players, I presented the following question to the Board of BYSL at our July 8, 2014 Board Meeting: “If a player is registered and plays competitively for another IYSA Affiliate, will they also be allowed to register and play for a BYSL team in the Junior High League?”
The Board discussed the issue and in order to avoid undermining what we believe is the vision and purpose of the Junior High Program, BYSL’s Board set the following policy: “If a player is registered and plays competitively for another IYSA Affiliate, that player will not be allowed to register and play for a BYSL team in the Junior High League.”
If there are questions or concerns about this policy please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve now posted our June, 2014 edition of the Far Post. This will have all of the information you or your child will need about upcoming soccer camps and our Fall soccer programs, including (YDP-U6 through U10; U11/U12; Junior High; and High School .
Forms for the June tryouts (U15-U18) are now available. Copies will also be available at the Tryouts. If you are unable to attend tryouts please submit a Registration form and a Coach Preference Form prior to the tryouts or arrange to have someone else turn them in at tryouts.
Tryouts for U15/U16 will be Tuesday, June 17 from 6:00-8:00 on Fields 1-6 of Old Butte.
Girls U15/U16 headquarters will be near or on Field #1. Girls will tryout on Fields 1-3.
Boys U15/U16 will be near Field #6. Boys will tryout on Fields 4-6.
Tryouts for U17/U18 will be Thursday, June 19 from 6:00-8:00 on Fields 1-3 of Old Butte. Headquarters for both boys and girls will be near Field #1.
If you have questions or are unable to access the forms from this website, please email Dan Beck (email@example.com) and he will provide you with the appropriate forms.
Positioned between the bench and Odyssey Black U-16 boys coach Ryan Cook at Saturday afternoon’s game with PVSC Galaxy at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex was an empty red foldout chair.
Amidst gusty winds and a brief period of late-spring snow during the game, Cook or one of his players would immediately get up to fix the chair when it fell over.
That chair is much more than a chair to Cook and the Odyssey athletes. It is a comforting reminder of Cook’s father and former Odyssey Black coach Dean Cook, who died March 31 in Idaho Falls at age 62.
Upon taking over as coach of his father’s team, Ryan told his new players that the chair his father sat in at every game would be part of their games, too.
“I brought my dad’s chair and told the boys, ‘That’s my dad’s chair. Nobody sits there,’” Ryan said. “It took them a couple minutes, but then they realized, ‘That’s OK.’ They’re OK with that.”
The empty chair was one of many ways the Odyssey Black team paid their respects to their former coach and longtime Bonneville Youth Soccer League president at the 35th annual Idaho Falls Shootout tournament taking place through the weekend. Visible on the right side of the black and gold uniform shorts were the initials ‘DC’ in gold, an idea of Odyssey Black midfielder Ammon Vaughnchild’s father.
Vaughnchild, who is a sophomore at Hillcrest, has played soccer for 10 years and easily remembers his first impression of Dean.
“When I first met him, it was kinda intimidating because he was a big guy,” Vaughnchild said. “He would coach you the same whether you do good or do bad.”
Ryan said the patches on the uniforms were a recent and moving gesture.
“I was touched,” he said. “I’ve been very impressed with the soccer community’s response. The community’s really rallied around us, especially my family.”
Despite having various soccer backgrounds and living within different school boundaries, the Odyssey Black athletes share fond memories of Dean Cook. Koy Bennion, a defender and Bonneville High School sophomore, couldn’t help smiling when recalling his family’s nickname for the coach.
“My family always called him Santa,” Bennion said. “He always did it for the kids. It was always about us. We know why we’re here.”
Timothy Rush, a Hillcrest sophomore, can recall a conversation he had with Dean Cook not long after he started playing for him. That conversation ultimately changed the position Rush played, and gave him a new outlook.
“I used to play defense,” Rush said. “He said, ‘I think you’d be a better wing than a defender.’ He started playing me at wing. When he first said that, I was like, ‘Defense is easier to play,’ but now I like it.”
Midfielder and Bonneville sophomore Matthew Page is a newcomer to BYSL. In the brief time he got to know Dean Cook, he noticed how much he helped athletes who were new to soccer.
“He’d just change (positions) around to what was most effective,” Page said. “He really knew what he was talking about.”
Page said he, too, liked the idea of honoring Dean Cook with the uniform patches for the tournament and added that he and his teammates know why they take the field now.
“He came in and brought the team together,” Page said. “We know what he expected of us.”
Saturday was a busy day for Ryan Cook, who coached his Odyssey U-13 boys team in an 8 a.m. game against Jackson Hole United, Odyssey Black at noon and still had an 8 p.m. game to prepare Odyssey Black for against the Livingston Raiders. After speaking with his wife, he decided to take on the responsibility of coaching both teams for the remainder of the club season.
Ryan Cook said there was much to consider with the decision, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It would be hard coaching two teams, but I appreciate her letting me do it,” Ryan Cook said. “This was my dad’s team. I wanted to take it over and stick with them.”
Last night BYSL held a special election to fill the Board of Directors position previously held by Dean Cook. Jason Lance was elected by the members of BYSL to fill that Board of Directors position until November, 2014, which will be the next Annual General Meeting of BYSL.
Also, the Board unanimously elected Dan Beck to be President until the next Annual General Meeting and Jason Lance to serve as Vice-President.
Thank you for your patience over the last month as we have dealt with the loss of our friend and leader, Dean Cook. We are working hard to ensure that the kids of Eastern Idaho will continue to be provided with a fun, enjoyable, and appropriate soccer experience.
If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact one of our board members, or use the contact form on our website. We greatly appreciate all of the coaches; administrators; parents, etc., that volunteer their time and effort to help us now and in the future.