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The Darien Soccer Association is dedicated to providing our youth players with an enjoyable and educational athletic experience.  We provide players of all skill levels a structure built around sportsmanship, dedication and individual development.

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DSA Needs Certified Referees. Darien Training Session Sun. 8/19
08/15/2018
DSA needs Certified Soccer Referees to work the Club Excel and Travel...
DSA Donation to Chigoli Academy in Malawi
08/01/2018
DSA Alum Aidan Murphy and his father, DSA Board member Tom Murphy,...
Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports
04/22/2015
"Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" is designed to help...
 
DSA Needs Certified Referees. Darien Training Session Sun. 8/19

DSA needs Certified Soccer Referees to work the Club Excel and Travel league games in Darien each weekend. 

(NOTE CAREFULLY.  THIS IS NOT FOR THE K-2 REFEREE PROGRAM OPEN TO 7TH GRADERS AND ABOVE.  TRAINING FOR THAT IS DONE BY DSA AT THE START OF EACH SEASON.  MORE INFORMATON ON THE k-2 REF PROGRAM WILL COME OUT CLOSER TO THE START OF THE SEASON IN

This is a great "first job" opportunity for kids. (must be 13 by 12/31/2018 to certify)  Refs can earn $25 to $75 per match.  DSA has one of the best referee development programs in the area.  We provide support and mentoring every step of the way.  And a very user friendly assigning system.  You get to pick the games you want.  For more info on DSA Referee Program, click on the link at the top of the DSA Home Page.

The certification process is conducted by the Connecticut State Referee Program, not DSA.  It consists of a 2-3 hour online course.  Once you complete all the on line modules, you will be able to sign up for one half day Field Training session.   online course + Field Training session = certifiaction

To sign up for the course, go to: www.ctreferee.net   SIGN UP CLOSES August 31st.  

PLEASE NOTE: For your convenience, we have scheduled a Field Training Session right here in Darien this Sunday, August 19th from 9am-2pm.  We are trying to schedule an additional session in the coming weeks.  Other sessions are offered on different dates in towns all over the state.  However, it is best to get the online work done now so you can attend the Darien sessions.

Do the online part now and then you can sign up for the training class. You have to pass the online course before you can sign up, so act now to grab a seat.  This could not be any easier!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Frank X. McGarey
DSA Referee Development

203-219-7056

 

 


by posted 08/15/2018
DSA Donation to Chigoli Academy in Malawi

DSA kit donation to Chigoli

DSA Alum Aidan Murphy and his father, DSA Board member Tom Murphy, recently returned from Malawi in Southeast Africa where Aidan had travelled as part of a 19-day Woza Soccer service trip.  Home base for the Woza trip was Chigoli Academy, a football academy that provides life-changing opportunities — through educational scholarships, extremely high quality football training, character development and nutrition — to boys and girls in Malawi.  A highlight of their trip was being able to donate DSA soccer kits to the boys and girls at the academy.  The players were most appreciative and sang and danced a very special thank you to DSA that you can view here.  https://youtu.be/xanmSavov8k.  

Another highlight for Aidan and Tom was being able to meet Zobran Elias, a special young boy who is coming to the US later in August to attend Indian Mountain School where he will enter the 9th grade.   This is front-page news in Malawi’s capital city.  Zobran will be spending a lot of time in Darien as the Murphys will be his host family while he is in the US.  

Chigoli is doing some wonderful work in Malawi in many ways and through soccer is transforming the lives of some of the world’s poorest children. This newsletter has a few of their highlights from July. https://mailchi.mp/chigoli/4jubzpmefp-1640113?e=c6a2d491d5.  And this video offers a glimpse into their vision for the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4QRaSFTwBI

Chigoli’s founder, George Maguire, will be visiting the US this fall and the Murphys will be co-hosting an event for him to introduce the academy to a broader audience at the Yale Club in NYC on Thursday, October 11.  We would welcome the support of the DSA Community.  If you are interested in attending and/or simply learning more about Chigoli, please reach out to Tom at  .


by posted 08/01/2018
Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports

"Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" is designed to help coaches, parents and fellow athletes recognize the symptoms of a concussion and provides actions that need to be taken when an athlete is showing signs of a concussion.  Materials are available and include:

  • An online training for coaches;
  • A fact sheet for coaches;
  • A fact sheet for athletes;
  • A fact sheet for parents;
  • A magnet with concussion facts for coaches and parents;
  • A poster with concussion facts for coaches and sports administrators; and
  • A quiz for coaches, athletes, and parents.

See here for information:  CDC/Heads Up

Take a concussion training course: Online Training

 

Player/Parent Concussion Awareness Form

 


by posted 04/22/2015
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