Written and edited by Jim Walker
August 2014
A publication of the Keeper! Club
Written and edited by Jim Walker
**Fitness and Technical Program for keepers at Dyess Park, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, will end August 7.
**Goalkeeper Camp will be held August 14-16 (Thursday and Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday 9am until noon) at Dyess Park. Fee is $125, but free to players already signed up and attending Select Camp!
**The Keeper Club training resumes regular weekly training for the fall on August 18; Mondays at 5:30pm with Jim Walker and Thursdays at 8pm with Roland Sikinger.    
For more information, email JWalker332@aol.com or phone 281-217-1612.
You can register for the 2014-15 seasons (fall and spring) any time during Summer Goalkeeper Camp (Aug. 14-16) or just show up at the first training session on Monday, August 18, on Field #1 at DyessPark. Boys and girls aged 10 through 18 are eligible to join other keepers for specialized training with veteran keeper trainers Jim Walker and Roland Sikinger. Fee is $50 for each of two nine-week packages (Aug. 18-Oct. 9 and Oct. 13-Dec. 18 (two sessions a week are available) or $200 for the full schedule of training from August 16 until early June 2011.
Junior Keepers
Junior Keeper training for boys and girls 8-10 years old will begin Aug. 18 and held weekly on Mondays 6:45-7:45pm. The young keepers will be introduced to rules of the game for their position as well as basic technique training, with lots of fun games and activities to improve hand-eye coordination. Interested boys and girls may attend one session free, after which they can join for a fee of $25 which covers once-a-week training through Dec. 18.
Summer Camps
Last call! Register now for the Keeper Club’s Goalkeeper Camp August 14-16, an intense, but fun-packed nine hours of skill activities and games. Directed by Dynamos goalkeeper trainer Jim Walker, the camp will feature guest instructors including Dynamos trainer Roland Sikinger, former HarvardUniversity goalkeeper and Keeper Club alumnus Brandon Renken, former St. Edward’s University keeper and Keeper Club alumnus Heather Koudelka and St. Thomas Catholic HS goalkeeper coach and Keeper Club alumnus Michael Sicola. Lots of fun and a wonderful way to prepare for the fall/spring seasons! If you’re already planning to attend the Dynamos Select Camp August 11-15**, you can do the three-day Goalkeeper Camp August 14-16 for free, missing only two sessions of Select Camp! (see below).The Dynamos camp program, featuring Dynamos staff and guest coaches, welcomes all ages to DyessPark for training and fun. Registration is available online. For further information about the Goalkeeper Camp , email jwalker@dynamossoccer.comor call 281-217-1612; for all camps contact dynamo14@sbcglobal.netor call 713-304-5060. Here’s the summer camp schedule:
FUNdamental Camp--Aug. 4-8, 5-8pm, registration deadline Aug. 1
SELECT Camp--Aug. 11-15, 10am-noon; 5-8pm deadline Aug. 8
Goalkeeper Camp--Aug. 14-16, Thurs-Fri 5-8pm; Sat. 9am-noon deadline Aug. 8
**(For goalkeepers who attend Select Camp, there is no charge for the nine-hour GK Camp. Simply register online for the Select Camp, then email jwalker@dynamossoccer.comthat you will also be attending Goalkeeper Camp.)
Summer fitness participants, which includes both goalkeepers and field players, were asked at the beginning of June to turn in a short-term goal or long-term goal, or both, for what they wanted from the twice-a-week program. Here’s a sampling of their replies:
”Want to make the high school team”
Short term: “improve my dribbling speed”; long term: “play on a top college team”
“Want to run faster and get more fit”
 “Want to make first string high school team”
“Make a premier or Academy team, start on school junior varsity
“I really want to get noticed by college scouts and most likely earn a scholarship to an amazing university –I’m halfway there!
“I want to be better at striking the ball on the fly”
“To make high school soccer”
“Be able to trap any ball that comes to me w/out it bouncing”
“I want to work on diving”
“to dive better on my right side”
“To be better at diving and one-on-one situations”
“Pacing better when I run”
“Play for SMU or UT soccer teams”
“To be head goalkeeper on my team”
When the kitten looks in the mirror, she sees a lion looking back. When a striker looks up to set a target, he or she should see a hulking steely-eyed bigger-than-life figure with oversized hands looking back. Gracious, that’s you! Believe in yourself!--Keeper Club’s recipe for preparation.
During a handling drill in which he serves each keeper as they charge out from the post, Coach Walker exhorts those who are timid: “come out big!” adding, “stick out your tongue and cross your eyes—scare me!” Some of these keepers, large and small, DO with a generous assortment of facial contortions send a chill down the trainer’s spine and obviously would unnerve most strikers into changing a shot. 
Thanks to Coach David Urrutia for his assistance at Summer Fitness sessions. . .Alexis Johnson returned to her home in California after impressing Summer Fitness colleagues with her athleticism and ability on the ball during her six-week visit to Texas. The sophomore will be playing as a high school sophomore in the fall. . .Dynamos player Nicolas Lloyd missed the early part of Summer Fitness but added a spark when he reported July 22. . .Junior Keepers Claire Juenke and Zac Cannon attended Summer Fitness sessions in July and both displayed courage under fire in shooting drills, each coming up with saves of sizzling shots from older keepers. One shot almost carried Zac back across his goal line, but he made the save. . .Tim Howard again will spend many of his off-days as part of the NBC Sports Group’s English Premier League on-air announcing team. The U.S. national team keeper will work up to 10 EPL games this season, serving as a game analyst in the booth or in an on-site studio for pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. Howard worked seven games--six as a game analyst and one in an on-site studio--in 2013-14, his 11th season in England. . .Before leaving on a Pennsylvania vacation, Aly Crouch advised that she would pass up this year of soccer to concentrate on becoming a triathlete. If she won this month’s drawing prize, she said, please call someone else’s name. Guess what? Aly’s name was pulled at Thursday’s Spring Fitness session. So we drew again, and guess what, the winner was Maddie Saucedo, Aly’s goalkeeper mate last year with the Dynamos!!. Aly will get a prize, too, but Maddie is winner of the $25.00 gift card (her choice) in the July drawing after entering with the answer to the question: “What did keeper Ted Hinton place in the back of his net during games? The answer: his false teeth! To enter your name (Summer Fitness keepers and field players also are eligible) in the June drawing for a $25 gift card, answer this one: When the kitten looks in the mirror, what does she see looking back? (answer found elsewhere in this newsletter). Email your answer to jwalker@dynamossoccer.com. The prize will be awarded at the end of August. . .Goalkeepers, coaches, and parents are urged to share photos and items of interest for use in Keeper! and KeeperTalk--Simply email to jwalker332@aol.com.
Dynamos' Isobel Herrod proudly wore her Keeper Club shirt while attending camp at Southern Methodist University in Dallas
Goalkeepers and field players attending Keeper Club’s Fitness and Technical Program in July:
 1—Keepers: Ian Lancaster, Maddie Saucedo, Ethan Urrutia, Ashlyn Brewer, Michael Garrido, Spencer Malone; Field players: Grant Steppe, Drew Thetford, Hannah Saucedo, Colton Marks, Bryce Hinze, Samuel Saucedo, Lauryn Brewer.
 3—Johnny Thunder, Lotta Raines, Wyatt Lightning
 8—Keepers: Ashlyn Brewer, Michael Garrido, Ian Herrod, Isobel Herrod, Ian Lancaster, Spencer Malone, Steven Franke, Ashley Elswick; Field players: Lauryn Brewer, Colton Marks, Drew Thetford, Grant Steppe, Alexis Johnson, Michelle Easley  
10—Keepers: Steven Franke, Michael Garrido, Ashlyn Brewer, Krysten Rhodes, Ashley Elswick, Spencer Malone, Ian Lancaster; Field players: Lauryn Brewer, Drew Thetford, Colton Marks, Grant Steppe, Alexis Johnson
15—Keepers: Ashlyn Brewer, Ethan Urrutia, Michael Garrido, Krysten Rhodes, Spencer Malone, Isobel Herrod, Ian Herrod; Field players: Lauryn Brewer, Drew Thetford, Bryce Hinze, Michelle Easley,   Visitors: Amanda Easley, Zac Cannon, Claire Juenke
17—Keepers: Michael Garrido, Krysten Rhodes, Ashlyn Brewer, Juiber Rivas, Steven Franke, Ian Lancaster, Ashley Elswick, Spencer Malone; Field players: Drew Thetford, Lauryn Brewer     
22-Keepers: Ian Lancaster, Juiber Rivas, Krysten Rhodes, Michael Garrido, Ashlyn Brewer, Ashley Elswick, Spencer Malone, Ian Herrod, Ethan Urrutia; Field players: Grant Steppe, Drew Thetford, Michelle Easley, Colton Marks, Bryce Hinze, Nicolas Lloyd. Guests: Zac Cannon, AbbyBridges, Amanda Easley, AydenBridges, Omar (Juiber’s friend).
24—Keepers; Krysten Rhodes, Ethan Urrutia, Ashlyn Brewer, Ian Herrod, Michael Garrido, Ian Lancaster, Ashley Elswick, Spencer Malone; Field players: Colton Marks, Grant Steppe, Drew Thetford, Nicolas Lloyd, Lauryn Brewer.  
29—Keepers: Ashlyn Brewer, Spencer Malone, Isobel Herrod, Ethan Urrutia, Ian Lancaster, Ian Herrod, Steven Franke; Field players: Grant Steppe, Lauryn Brewer; Guests: Claire Juenke, Zac Cannon, Abby Bridges, Ayden Bridges, Assisting: Coach David Urrutia
31—Keepers: Ethan Urrutia, Ian Lancaster, Ashlyn Brewer, Spencer Malone, Michael Garrido, Krysten Rhodes; Field players: Colton Marks, Grant Steppe, Lauryn Brewer. Guests: Claire Juenke; Assisting: Coach David Urrutia.
"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile."--Roger Staubach.
Being good at distributing the ball enables a goalkeeper to help determine the tempo of the game, to give his team an offensive edge, and to make it more difficult for the opponent to launch another attack. Distribution skills also play a key role in how coaches choose their starting goalkeeper. The keeper who can pass, punt, throw, and roll the ball accurately to teammates will get the nod over the keeper whose distribution enables the opponent to quickly regain possession.—Tim Mulqueen, goalkeeper, author, coach, and instructor
What legendary author Ernest Hemingway called courage--“grace under pressure,” is what keepers draw on to face stressful situations, prepared to do whatever it takes to prevail, but not afraid to fail. Examples: taking center stage on a penalty kick, being left alone on a breakaway, flying out under control to field a high cross in traffic. And, successful or not, quickly regaining composure to face the next critical situation.

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