JUNE 2017

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."--L. M. Montgomery

There will be NO regular goalkeeper training in June or July.
The Summer Conditioning and Technical Program for aged 14-and-older boys and girls begins Tues., June 13, continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6-7:15pm) at Dyess Park until August 3.
Summer Goalkeeper Camp is August 16-18, 5-8pm each day, at Dyess Park.
The 2017-18 training schedule will be announced in the August issue of Keeper! For more information, email JWalker332@aol.comor phone 281-217-1612.

Select Tryouts
Players were selected in May for the U11, U12, and U13 teams wearing the Dynamos uniform in 2017-2018. Now, just ahead—starting June 5--are tryouts for under-14-and-older boys and girls teams (see schedule below). Tryouts are free, and fun! Goalkeepers, please arrive early, receive a number, and designate at registration that you are a keeper. Bring a ball, gloves, shin guards, and comfortable shoes. Here are dates for the next round of Dyess Park tryouts:
U-14 (birth year 2004) boys and girls: June 5 & June 7, 5:30-7pm
U-15 (birth year 2003) boys and girls: June 5 & June 7, 7-8:30pm
U-16 (birth year 2002) boys and girls: June 6 & June 8, 5:30-7pm
U-17-18-19 (birth years 2001, 2000 and1999) boys and girls: June 6 & June 8, 7-8:30pm
For more info, email www.dynamo14@dynamossoccer.com or call 713-304-5060.


Keepers (and limited number of field players) 14 years old and older
Dyess Park
Begins June 13
How Long
Eight weeks, ends Aug. 3
Sign up now as registration is limited. To register, please make check payable to Dynamos Keeper Club and mail to: Keeper Club Summer Fitness, 10924 Grant Rd #224, Houston TX 77070. For more information email JWalker332@aol.com or call 281-217-1612.
For keepers 14 years and older (this includes boys and girls who will try out for high school freshman programs up through college level), the annual Summer Conditioning and Technical Program with Jim Walker begins Tues., June 13. It will continue at Dyess Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm until August 3. A limited number of field players, and under-age goalkeepers, also are invited to participate. If you would like to pre-register, the fee is $150, with a $50 discount for paid-up Keeper Club members and Dynamos’ players. There is a registration link at www.dynamossoccer.com. For more information, emailJWalker332@aol.com or call 281-217-1612.

Goalkeeper Camp
DON’T MISS AUG. 16-18!
Mark your calendars, the Keeper Club’s three-day summer camp will be held Aug. 16-18 at Dyess Park. The camp features quality instruction, plus an official camp t-shirt, daily prizes, an end-of-camp pizza and Powerade party, and lots of fun. The fee is $150, with a $50 discount for paid-up Keeper Club members. The goalkeeper camp will not be part of the Select Camp this year, but will meet Wednesday through Friday (not Saturday this year). Camp hours are 5pm until 8pm each day. You can register on this website.
Dynamos Summer Camps 2017
Select Camp, Aug.7-11
Future Stars Camp, Aug 14-16
Goalkeeper Camp, Aug. 16-18

By Patty Walrath
Dynamos and Keeper Club alumnus Patty Walrath tells us about her three rings (see photo), explaining that sometimes we win by being part of something bigger than ourselves)
Keeper 6 1 17 three rings
Here's Patty's finger, wearing all three rings, all of which she is justly proud!

I can honestly say I had a different role in all three of these rings. Story time. . .when I was four years old I was put on my first soccer team. Through the awkward years I was somehow placed as a forward. Well into my club years I played one game as a midfielder and then was put as a defender. In eighth grade, I didn't want to run any more so I decided to play the rest of my soccer years as a goalie. With this final switch, I always joked that the next position I would play is photographer because what else was there? In 2009, I was recruited by Houston Baptist University to continue playing what I loved. Now this is where the rings come in to play!
Ring #1--My freshman year (2010), my HBU team won the Great West Conference Tournament, so we received a ring (top one). I didn't play a single minute all season. My sophomore, junior, and senior years are a story for another time.
Ring #2--My fifth year (2014--Super Senior year), I was able to help the team in a bigger way (I played more than one minute ). We won the Southland Conference Tournament and I got another ring (middle one). After college I was able to enjoy one more summer of soccer while playing for the Houston Aces.
Ring #3- Thinking nothing about what I would joke about when I was younger. . .this past Fall (2016) I was able to act as HBU’s Sports Information Director for soccer. I reported live stats and wrote the game stories. The Huskies won the Southland Conference Tournament again, so I received another ring (bottom one). Words of advice, be careful what you wish for! God works in mysterious ways and I have enjoyed the path he has paved for me so far. . .I look forward to what he has planned for me next! I am forever grateful
Congratulations to the 2016 HBU women's soccer team on a great season! Enjoy the bling

Keeper 6 1 17 Walrath
Dynamos' alumnus Patty Walrath, former team captain at Cy-Woods HS and record-setting goalkeeper at Houston Baptist University, shared her story of the three rings exclusively with Keeper!

Barely before finishing her freshman year a few weeks ago, longtime Keeper Club member and Dynamos player Isobel Herrodwas elected as a tri-captain for next year’s Klein Oak varsity team. Isobel saw time with both the Panthers’ junior varsity and varsity teams as a freshman and obviously impressed coaches and fellow players alike with her leadership skills. . .U13 goalkeeperSamantha Nichols, who will be trying out for U14 next week, made a commitment to assist with Junior Keepers at the beginning of the spring season and followed through with perfect attendance, even to the final session when, due to U11-U13 team orientation, only one other keeper reported. Thanks, Sam, for your diligence!. . .For keepers 14 years and older who want to stay in shape and get extra touches on the ball, we recommend the Summer Conditioning and Technical Program at Dyess Park, starting Aug. 13 and meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Aug. 3. Check out registration elsewhere on this page. . . U. S. men's national coach Bruce Arena has stamped Tim Howard as his current No. 1 keeper ahead of Brad Guzan, Nick Rimandoand Ethan Horvath for Saturday's friendly against Venezuela and next week's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago. "As of now,” the coach said, “it's Tim Howard. It's two good games, and we'll have to see how these guys look over the next couple weeks. But we have good goalkeepers here, so that's the least of my worries." The U. S. also faces Mexico next week in a World Cup qualifier. . .Winner of the Keeper Kwiz drawing (answer was that former Houston Dynamo Tally Hall retired from soccer to become a police officer in Orlando, Fla.) is Zac Cannon, who receives a $25 gift certificate to Soccer-4-All. This month’s question: who said “one keeper’s sunset is another keeper’s morning”? The answer is elsewhere in this newsletter. Email your entry to jwalker332@aol.com to be included in the June drawing.

Goalkeepers who attended Keeper Club training during May 2017:
1—Anderson Fisher, Kiran Desai, Samantha Nichols, Claire Juenke, Victoria Finidori
2--Amber Zlatich, Montse Mendez, Grace Ehrenfeld, John Steadman, Robbie Steadman, Zac Cannon, Claire Juenke, Noah Bar, Andrew Nelson, Sammy Dominguez
4—Bryant Brooks
8—Ally Livingston, Anderson Fisher, Kiran Desai, Veronica Finidori, Assisting:Samantha Nichols. Late session: Samantha Nichols, Claire Juenke
9--Claire Juenke, Grace Ehrenfeld, John Steadman, Robbie Steadman, Noah Bar, Montse Mendez, Andrew Nelson, Samantha Nichols, Ally Thompson
22—Brooks Stirk, Samantha Nichols

“In the big world of soccer, one keeper’s sunset is another keeper’s morning.”—David Benner

“You can't hide your lyin' eyes And your smile is a thin disguise; I thought by now you'd realize, there ain't no way to hide your lyin’ eyes”--The Eagles' lyrics by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Facing penalty kicks, a goalkeeper must take the approach that he or she isn’t gong to be fooled by the lyin' eyes of the penalty-taker. Keepers are urged not to guess, either, but consider calculations that can aid in the reaction to the kick. Sometimes the kicker will betray themselves with the angle of their kicking foot, or how they plant their standing leg. So the keeper has about half-a-second to decode the clues from leg positioning and decide which way the ball will go, and get there. "The longer it takes to make a decision, the less time you've got to react and move," says T. Franks McGarry, in the Journal of Sports Sciences. But training and practice can cut reaction times by crucial milliseconds, he adds. Key is diving the right way. "You could buy a little more time to get across the couple of yards and get a hand to that ball," says McGarry.

Happiness, we all know, is a cross and a goal. Unless you’re a keeper, then it’s a cross and a save.