Code of conduct for parents

  • Be your child’s best fan and support him/her unconditionally.
  • When you take your child home after a match or training session, please be supportive and always focus on the positive aspects of his/her game.
  • Develop a responsibility in your child to pack his/her own kit, clean his/her cleats and take a drink bottle (full of water or powerade only) to practice and games.
  • Respect the facilities at our grounds.
  • Do not criticize your child’s coach to your child or other parents. If you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach.
  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can’t attend training etc. encourage him/her to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
  • Help your child to focus on the performance and not the result. Remember – winning is not as important as the performance.
  • Support all the players in your child’s squad. Do not criticize anyone. Remember – children don’t mean to make mistakes.
  • Do not criticize the opponents, their parents or their officials.
  • Never audibly dispute a referee’s decision. They will make mistakes occasionally. We all do. If you abuse or shout at the referee you are breaking the rules of the game.
  • Parents must not coach from the touchline during matches or training. Leave this to the coach or you may cause confusion and erode your child’s confidence.
  • Parents must not enter the field of play.
  • Please remember – the game is for the children. It is not for the glory of the coach, manager or parents.

Coaching Philosophy

As a coach of RYAA understand that children participate in soccer to have fun. If children don’t have fun playing soccer, they’ll soon pack it in.  

We never forget that the game of soccer is just that – a game. It’s not about how many wins and losses are accumulated. And, it is surely not about how many trophies are collected. It’s not about how many goals we score or concede. It’s all about enjoying the game and, at the same time, learning and developing soccer and life skills. 

Proper soccer development requires that children play age appropriate activities so they are able to experience, comprehend, and execute the game as it relates to where they are at their own stage of physical and mental development.  

It is about playing in different positions so the player learns all the skills necessary to develop in the game.  

It’s about receiving equal playing time, so the players are all given equal opportunity to learn.  

It’s about learning the techniques of the game through a variety of fun games where players have as much contact with a ball as possible and learn at their own rates.

Football Game

 Homecoming night and the football team are scrambling on the wet locker room floor. The air is packed with steam from the hot showers colliding with the cool fall air. It smells like – well, it smells like a football locker room. Talk of whose date is the hottest, and who played the best enraptures the ears of all within listening distance. Tonight we will have some fun. For now, the electrifying high school dance far outweighs the thrilling victory over the homecoming competitors. Soon after the dance, when they start feeling their aches and pains, the football players will remember the game. They will remember what it took to get there, and what got them there.

Ever since anyone could remember, The Rockwood Tigers have been taught one lesson above all others. If executed correctly, “Shoot R 32 Veer” is the unstoppable play. Many people may not know what the “Shoot R 32 Veer” is. It is a football play designed so intricately that no matter what the defense does, they can’t defend against it. It is based on the idea of the triple option. This is where the quarterback can hand the ball off to the fullback, he can pitch the ball to the tailback, or if he needs to he can keep it and run it himself.

 First is “The Handoff” to the fullback. After the ball is snapped, the fullback charges the line of scrimmage. He hopes to blow through the defensive line and crush into the linebackers, picking up at least five yards. It is the quarterback’s job to read the defensive tackle. If he goes out, he hands it off. If he goes in, he keeps it. We assume that the defense doesn’t want to take the five-yard pounding from the fullback. They will crash their tackle in. The quarterback then keeps the ball. By now, we have reached the second stage of the play.

 “The Pitch” is intended to make the unblocked defensive end decide whether to go after the quarterback or to attempt to tackle the tailback after the pitch. Before the play starts, the quarterback calls, “Down,” ordering his team to get into a stance. After one second, he calls “Set,” putting the tailback into motion. When the tailback is directly behind the fullback, the quarterback says, “Hut,” to begin the play. Then the tailback bellies (runs in a curved pattern) deep behind the fullback and the quarterback. After the fake to the fullback, he runs outside the end. This is where his next crucial read comes into play. If the end — or outside linebacker, whichever one is there — comes after the quarterback, he pitches it. The tailback then runs outside the wide receiver’s block down the sideline.

If the defensive player goes after the tailback, the quarterback keeps the ball. He cuts inside, between the play side running back’s “kick out” block (he blocks either the end or the outside linebacker out of the play) and the play side tackle’s “seal block” (he makes contact with either the tackle or the inside linebacker, and slowly positions his butt as if it were a camera watching the back). With every other possible would-be tackler being blocked, there should be no chance of either the quarterback or the tailback being tackled.

There are not many plays that can actually be called unstoppable, but the play that our coach has chosen as our “Bread and Butter” is definitely one of them. With a little bit of “Coach Mike Lyke,” your teams can also steamroll over opponents with this devastating play. One thing that I feel obligated to remind everyone is that with the right team, any play is unstoppable.

Capital Punishment And Minors

      The death penalty is utilized as an optimistic view to alleviate much of what is morally and criminally wrong with our society. Yet in reality, capital punishment does nothing to improve America’s justice system by allegedly acting as a deterrent to the criminals. Nevertheless, Americans continue to execute adults and children on dubious principles. The execution of children is particularly outrageous. International and Federal standards sanction that children are exempt from the death penalty; not in order to grant absolution for their crimes, or to disparage the suffering of the victim’s family, but in recognition of their immaturity and potential for rehabilitation.

The cases of juvenile offenders on America’s death row continue to reflect more than just the specific concerns raised by their immaturity at the time of the offense, but represent the more important justification for a punishment that is antiquated. A closer look at capital punishment reveals problems that consist of a lack of ethics regarding a child’s life, a possible enormous risk of wrongful conviction, and a staggering amount of money spent that does not accomplish any means of deterring others from committing murder. In considering the appropriateness of capital punishment is the importance of understanding the federal laws, state laws, and the importance of international standards. Federal law determined that those under 18 are not adequately mature enough to make adult decisions. Those under 18 are not able to vote, they cannot legally drink, nor are they able to join the armed forces. By this reasoning, a juvenile whom the nation does not trust to make adult decisions should not be executed for choosing to perform the immoral act of murder.

The Supreme Court arrived at its 1988 decision that, in effect, acknowledged the al lot of cases involving minors; that there is an assumption that adolescents are too young to understand the consequences of their actions, and set the minimum age for execution at 16. Nevertheless, Melissa Sickmund, a senior research associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, believes that the minimum age is a function of the political landscape, “If the Supreme Court were to consider the 1988 case now it would have to take into account the ever more popular tendency of the states to try minors as adults.” Likewise, International Standards prohibit the death penalty against juvenile offenders, and organizations such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, American Covenant on Human Rights, and Safeguards Guaranteeing Protection of the Rights of Those Facing the Death Penalty agree that, “Persons below 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime shall not be sentenced to death” (in Amnesty International’s Campaign 2) and have been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to help ensure universal ethical treatment of children.

According to Amnesty International, the United States of America has carried out more documented executions of juvenile offenders than any other country. Ironically, the majority of these offenders who have been executed since 1990 were of serious or mental deprivation. These adolescents’ lifestyles consisted of a regular use of drugs and alcohol, and the children had a considerably lower than average intelligence. Many offenders had some type of brain damage, and most had poor or inexperienced legal counsel, which resulted in a loss of important information and incompetent representation. Unfortunately, even in America we continue to practice the barbaric execution of children and continue to ignore international standards. Sadly, there are inherent problems because the fear of execution does not deter crime.

Kevin Hughes, a diagnosed schizophrenic, provides a strong case study of mitigating circumstances that were overlooked in order to execute a minor. Sixteen year-old Hughes strangled and raped another child in March 1979. His relatives testified that Hughes suffered from, “. . . extreme mood swings, hear[d] voices, and [would] often be out of touch with reality.” His elder brother says that Kevin ‘believed that he had magical powers, and that there was some kind of magic that protected him. This was especially strange to listen to; because it was obvious from all the bad things he went through that nothing had ever protected him” (Amnesty International Report 25). Furthermore, Hughes was diagnosed as suffering from brain damage as a result of childhood abuse and had a sub average IQ. In this case, the jury was not properly instructed on how to review Hughes’ case, and the jury never heard evidence of Hughes’ abuse and neglect in his childhood or his mental illness. Hughes was sentenced to death in March of 1981. Hopefully an appeal will result in clemency; this is a boy who should not be sentenced to death, but should be treated in a facility that can help his state of mind.

Psychologically, it is impossible to use the death penalty as a deterrent, because those with no cognitive moral capacity are unable to understand its use as a punishment. According to Ernest van den Haag, “Capital punishment is regarded as unjust because it may lead to the execution of the innocents or because the guilty poor (or disadvantaged) are more likely to be executed than the guilty rich.” Considering the claim of injustice by reason of innocence, if an innocent man is convicted and sentenced to be executed, the penalty cannot be reversed. With this knowledge, a human being should not be morally able to put a child to death when alternatives such as life in prison can provide the same justice at a lower cost to America. This would serve as a deterrent, as much as those in prison could be rehabilitated. The child would not be able to become a martyr, and thus, his peers and community could see him in prison for life; which is an obvious deterrent.

The death penalty is unlike all other sentences, because it is irreversible. Marietta Jaeger, whose seven-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped, and murdered, believes that the death penalty is wrong: “I say there is no amount of retaliatory deaths that would compensate to me the inestimable value of my daughter’s life, nor would they restore her to my arms or keep others from committing murder. To say that the death of any person would be just retribution is to insult the immeasurable worth of our loved ones who are victims.” Therefore, no notion of capital punishment as a deterrent can be applied to children, as much as the result can be gained by a child serving a life sentence with no possibility for parole. Taking a life for another life solves nothing, except to guarantee a tremendous expense to the state. According to Dieter, across the country, there are less police working, prisoners are being released early, the courts are overburdened, crime continues to increase, and the “economic recession has caused cutbacks in the backbone of the criminal justice system” (Dieter ). Dieter cites that the recession has caused Florida a budget crisis that resulted in the early release of 3,000 prisoners; Texas prisoners are only serving 20% of their time and re- arrests are prevalent; Georgia has laid off 900 correctional personnel, and New Jersey has had to dismiss 500 police officers. These states, and many others, amazingly continue to place money into the death penalty with no consequent reduction in crime. The higher cost to the state is due to the fact that the legal process in death penalty cases is very complicated, which reflects the jeopardy of taking someone’s life.

Death penalty trials are longer and more complicated than non-death penalty murder trials. According to Richard Dieter, “Over two-thirds of the states and the federal government have installed an exorbitantly expensive system of capital punishment which has been a failure by any measure of effectiveness. Literally hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent on a response to crime which is calculated to be carried out on a few people each year, and which has done nothing to stem the rise in violent crime.” Anyone on trial for his life should be expected to mount an energetic defense. During a detailed trial that can include an intensive use of experts and investigators, this can become expensive. Furthermore, if convicted, death penalty cases require a sufficiently long “due process” in hopes to ensure the guilt of the convict. Such a lengthy process will never be inexpensive. The enormous cost of death penalty cases is realistically guaranteeing Americans a diminished safety, because of the redirection of money towards legal resources that are being diverted from effective crime fighting strategies. Examples of lack of money for innovations like community policing can be noted in California and Texas. Before the LA Riots, California spent an extra $90 million per year on capital punishment, yet somehow neglected the safety of the people. Texas has over 300 people, 50 of which are juveniles, on death row, and on average is spending an estimated $2.3 million per case, leading the country in executions of minors, and yet its murder rate remains one of the highest in the country.

Capital punishment is obviously not deterring the crime rate, and America continuously expends money on a punishment which does nothing but burden the people of that state. Even with the phenomenal amount of money funneled into capital punishment, it has been statistically proven that it does not lessen murder. In fact, crime committed by juveniles has increased steadily over the last few years. “According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, juvenile homicide arrests have increased by 170 percent in the last decade, while homicide arrest for adults during the same period have increased 25 percent.” Deterrence depends on the possibility and ability of human responses to danger, not the rationality of the person’s thoughts.

Realistically, when a human commits a crime, he should be punished for his crime in an appropriate manner which deprives him of certain pleasures, but not of everything life has to offer, which is what the death penalty ensures. Nor should we punish a person in a cruel and unusual way, but provide a sentence that requires the criminals to be punished by a severe method, which life in prison does. The value of a human life is immeasurable; therefore the death sentence does not provide retributions, because value of one murdered life does not equate to the value of another.

A suggested alternative for reducing crime can be provided through evidence by New York State’s policy on the death penalty. According to Dieter, New York does not utilize capital punishment, because of a study presented by the NY State Defenders Association found that the estimated cost to the state of  $1.8 million just for the trial and the first stages of appeal per defendant is too large of a burden. New York experienced a decline in every major crime in 1992 by implementing the increasingly popular concept of “community policing.” Community policing became, “a strategy for utilizing police officers not just as people who react to crime, but also as people who solve problems becoming an integral part of the neighborhoods they serve” (Dieter ). This program apparently works well when the government can afford to increase the amount of officers, rather than taking from existing numbers, leaving other work unattended. Crime rates can drop as much as 30 percent as seen in Boston, where more officers are able to support the community. The increasing costs of the death penalty are, in reality, making America less safe because of the loss of financial and legal resources that are presently being diverted from effective crime fighting programs. Implementing programs which have been siphoned off because of the death penalty, and working directly towards the front line goals on our war against crime would increase the safety for all Americans. Money towards the police, correctional systems, and neighborhood programs could install a safer community.

In conclusion, the above studies provide evidence that the death penalty is severely expensive, and provides no real justification for retributions, safety for the society, or a notion of responsibility for actions. Large sums of money that are focused on only a few individuals produces no gauge of adequate results to justify their spending to execute one person, while more effective and vital services to the community are being sacrificed.. In the end, maturity, mitigating circumstance, and psychological problems ought not to be by passed in order to gain a conviction for all, especially for minors, who do need adults to protect their best interests, regardless of the crime.


Mobile Blogging On Your BlackBerry

I’ve been away from wp for a while and my buddy is a inspiring blogger, and this gave me a idea.

Mobile blogging has never been easier than on a BlackBerry mobile device. With most blog sites now offering bloggers the opportunity to mobile blog, in a few simple steps you can begin to share your thoughts, tips and ideas on your blog by BlackBerry today.

Email Makes Blogging By BlackBerry A Cinch

Blogging, as you well know, is a great form of self-expression, an easy way to share a common interest with others over the Internet and even a great marketing tool for some in business. Many BlackBerry users are also avid bloggers and a few even earn a full or part-time income from blogging. Now, we all know that blogs can be read on a BlackBerry either by using the BlackBerry Browser to visit individual blog site or by subscribing to our favorite blogs by RSS feed. However, did you know that you might also update your blog from your BlackBerry mobile phone? Imagine being on the road and thinking of a great idea or fascinating news that you want to share with your blogging audience. Before owning a BlackBerry, you more than likely had to jot your thoughts down for a later time when you could access a computer or you’d have to find a local business offering Internet access,connect your laptop and blog from that location. However, now, many blog sites are offering you the opportunity to mobile blog from a special email address and publish your thoughts right away. Of course, this all can be done on the BlackBerry mobile platform. After all, email is literally what the BlackBerry was created for.

A Brief Thought On Choosing A Blog Site

Because blog hosting sites vary, it’s important to note that this mobile blogging option may not be available to all bloggers. To find out if you are able to blog from your BlackBerry mobile, please check with the site that hosts your blog to find out if you have the option of submitting content via email or from some other way when you are mobile. Some sites that don’t allow blogging by email still may be updated by using your BlackBerry browser to access the site. However, some blogs can be very difficult, if not impossible to update in this way. For this reason, if you haven’t yet started a blog, it would be a good idea for you to find out about mobile blogging options before settling in at a blogging site.

Blogger Offers A Great Example Of How Easy Mobile Blogging Can Be

One popular, free blogging site that you may want to consider is Blogger. In having a blog on this site, you are able to email blog entries by creating a special Mail to Blogger email address under your settings tab to which you will then email your entries. Although entries are composed and sent via email, they are immediately published to your blog as a regular blog post. If you don’t wish to have them automatically published, be sure to alter your Blogger settings so that all emails sent to your Mail to Blogger email address will be saved as a draft instead.

Blogger also offers other mobile blogging options. If you would like to update your blog with video or photographs, this cannot be done by email, but a separate mobile blogging option does exist for these activities as well. Visit the help menu on the Blogger website for more information.

Start Mobile Blogging On Your BlackBerry Today

Blogger is just one site that BlackBerry owners can use for mobile blogging. Now that you know it is possible, take a moment to review the other blog sites and find out if they offer this option as well. Mobile blogging from a BlackBerry can be a fun, interesting, time-saving and even lucrative activity depending on how your blog is set up and what you choose to do with it. Explore this awesome opportunity and enjoy mobile blogging via BlackBerry.
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Sharing a BlackBerry PlayBook

1. Use a Dedicated BlackBerry ID

A BlackBerry® ID is a single sign-on identity service that gives a user access to multiple BlackBerry® products and is a requirement to complete the setup of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If you plan on sharing a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, consider creating a new BlackBerry ID specifically for the device.

Why am I recommending this? A BlackBerry ID can only be associated to one BlackBerry smartphone and one BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at any given time. In other words, if a personal BlackBerry ID is used for a shared device and that person gets their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the future, you’ll need to set up the shared BlackBerry PlayBook tablet again using a different BlackBerry ID. To help get you started, check out this post on how to create a BlackBerry ID while completing the setup of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

If you would like to find out more about how a BlackBerry ID works, see Ty’s post BlackBerry ID – Common Questions.

2. BlackBerry Bridge remembers more than one BlackBerry smartphone

Have a BlackBerry smartphone? Perfect! When it’s your turn with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, connect your BlackBerry smartphone to it using BlackBerry Bridge™. More than one smartphone can be used with BlackBerry Bridge on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so each person can have their messages, contacts, calendar and other BlackBerry Bridge-supported apps and features on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet while they are using it.

Just remember to disable BlackBerry Bridge on your BlackBerry smartphone before handing the device off to someone else; this can be done by clicking on the connected tablet shown in the BlackBerry Bridge app on your smartphone and then selecting Disconnect

Not familiar with BlackBerry Bridge? Find out how to download it for your smartphone and pair it with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by reading Ty’s post BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry Bridge – The Perfect Pairing!

3. Add Browser Bookmarks to your Home screen

Instead of saving browser bookmarks with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet browser, keep your bookmarks separate by choosing the option to save them to the Home screen instead. From there you can move the bookmark into a specific folder or a panel.

To add a bookmark to the Home screen, all you need to do after loading the website is tap the star icon with the green plus mark that appears in the top right corner of the browser followed by selecting “Add to Home Screen”. You’ll then be prompted to specify a name for the icon that will appear on your home screen.

To move the icon you have just created, tap and hold the icon, which will then start pulsing. You are then able to drag the icon to a folder, a different panel, or a different location within the same panel.

4. Create User Specific Folders and/or Panels for Organization

You can take the bookmarks you added to the Home Screen in the previous tip and add them to a personalized folder or a new panel, which allows you to easily organize your tablet’s Home screen. Try out each method below using the provided steps.

To create a new folder:

1. From the Home screen, touch and hold an icon until it starts pulsing, then drag it over another icon and release
2. Type the name of the new folder in the text box that appears followed by tapping “Create”
3. To add an icon, tap and hold it until it stats to pulse followed by dragging it on top of the Folder you just created.

To create a new panel:

1. From the home screen or adjacent panel, press and hold an icon until it starts pulsing
2. Drag the icon to the right to move it to the next panel; if no panel exists one will be created and the icon will automatically be added to it.

Note: Empty folders and panels are removed automatically.

5. Discover and maximize the value of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and share amongst yourselves

To get the maximum value from the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, I recommend reading all the posts we have on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 here on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog. We also have some pretty nifty How-To Demos that will bring you to speed in no time!