Written and edited by Jim Walker 
January 2015
A publication of the Keeper! Club
Written and edited by Jim Walker
HAPPY New Year!
In 2015, there will be several new looks to strengthen the Keeper Club’s training program. The two Monday sessions will be switched so that Junior keepers will report at 5:30pm and finish at 6:30pm; Intermediate keepers (11 years old through 13 years old) report at 6:30pm and finish at 7:45pm. The Thursday session at 8 o'clock will be reserved for Senior keepers with an advanced technical curriculum aimed at high school-aged goalkeepers (14 years to 18). The amended schedule for the three training sessions at Dyess Park will look like this: 
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm—Junior Keepers (10 years old and younger) 
Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm—Intermediates 11 to 13 years old
Thursdays, 8pm—Seniors (high school, 14 years and older)
Special circumstances in which a keeper is unable to attend their assigned session will be considered for a possible change (either younger or older), but must be approved by both trainers. 
The Schedule
Training at Dyess Park in January  
12—Junior Keepers 5:30pm; Intermediate keepers, 6:30pm
15—Seniors (high school keepers), 8pm
19—Junior Keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediates 6:30pm
22—High school keepers, 8pm
26-Junior keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediates, 6:30pm
29—Seniors, 8pm
Membership fees for Cy-Fair Youth Soccer Club and Dynamos players: 
Juniors (beginners 10 years and younger)--$25 thru May 18
Intermediates (11 years through 13 years)--$50 thru May 18;
Seniors (high school 14 years and older)--$50 thru May 18
Boys and girls not CFYSC or Dynamos members, please add $25 to the above fees.
To join, send a check payable “Keeper Club” to: Dynamos’ Keeper Club, Attn: Loree, 10924 Grant Road #224, HoustonTX77070. Include keeper’s name, age, and email address.
If you have questions, email jwalker@dynamossoccer.com or call 281-217-1612
There’s a time to work and a time to par-tay, and Keeper Club members did both Dec. 18 at the annual Christmas training and social in the Far Horizon of beautiful downtown Dyess Park. After a fun session on Field 3, club members and guests settled down for story time from Rolie the Goalie, a history lesson about his experiences as keeper for the 1980 U. S. team which qualified for the Moscow Olympics but didn’t compete when the Games were boycotted due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. All eyes remained on Roland as he related a true goalkeeper story from the past, and then it was time to put a “Telli in the Belly.” Samantha Nichols, along with Mom Karen voted MVP (Most Valuable Pizzadeliverers) award, uncovered the main course, hot and ready from Locatelli’s. Other awards followed: newcomer Luz Lopez nailed the candy jar count with a pinpoint guess of 250 kisses and walked away with the Kaylee Barrett Candy Jar full of chocolate. Krysten Rhodes collected a $25 prize as winner of the monthly Keeper newsletter drawing for her correct answer. For training most times during 2014, attendance awards went to five keepers—Steven Franke, Ethan Urrutia, Isobel Herrod, Claire Juenke and Zac Cannon, each of whom walked off with signed copies of “Goals, The 10 Rules for Achieving Success” by Gary Ryan Blair. The keepers then enjoyed dessert and the annual gift exchange that included wrapped offerings large and small. Kacie Cardenas, a former Keeper Club member now at Baylor University, assisted at the party. Thanks to parents who contributed desserts and those who helped make the event run smoothly. 
Starter Kit to Steven
A special presentation at the Christmas party featured longtime member and attendance award winner Steven Franke picking up the annual Keeper Club Starter Kit. The Starter Kit is designed to symbolize excellence at the position and help with focusing on the basics, and a little luck, when challenges get tough. The Starter Kit*:  
1. Gloves (two super large oven mitts, in Dynamos’ blue)
2. Super Glue (guaranteed to solve fumbling problems)
3. Spiderman Body Wash (for extra reach on wide shots)
4. Big Mistake Eraser (comes in handy occasionally)
5. Super Hero magic towel (for out-of-this-world saves)
*All items available at your neighborhood Dollar Tree Store 
Photo by DeNiece Herrod
Junior Keeper Zac Cannon has eyes for the dessert table as he leads the pack from training to the Keeper Club Christmas party.
Keeper Club members were asked to list their favorite training activity and their least favorite. Those who responded:
My Favorite Keeper Club Activity:
Isobel Herrod:  Keeper golf
Samantha Nichols: Soccer golf
Johan Martinez: Diving at the ball
Zac Cannon: Keeper golf
Claire Juenke: Soccer golf
Steven Franke: Keeper’s dozen
Matt Shaw: Soccer golf
My Least Favorite Keeper Club Activity:
Isobel Herrod: I don't like the activity where we have to keep the ball moving between our finger tips. I still do it because when I am making sure that the ball is still moving I remember it is going to make us better.
Samantha Nichols: I like all of them
Johan Martinez: It is all good, I like to do everything 
Zac Cannon: I like it all
Claire Juenke: I know it’s important, but don’t like the keeper warmup
Steven Franke: 5-mile run
Welcome to new member Luz Lopez, a student at Cy-Creek HS. . .Keeper Club trainer Roland Sikinger was Father of the Bride on Dec. 27 when daughter Kelley (also a goalkeeper, who played at San Houston State) was married. Kelley was a Southland Conference academic honor roll member, producing a 3.21 overall grade point average in her four years at Sam Houston. . .Keeper Club’s Samantha Nichols had an unusual Christmas gift request, asking for an “invitation to Pokemon World Champions” Turns out Santa delivered in a big way! Although it’s difficult to gain enough points to be invited to this once-a-year event, Samantha accomplished the needed total in recent weeks and will be off to Boston in August to join 250 other boys and girls her age from around the world. . .Four Keeper Club members contributed to pediatric cancer research by signing up for the Kick Cancer Camp Dec. 20—Johan Martinez, Zac Cannon, Ian Herrod, and Isobel Herrod—and alum Patty Walrath, who recently starred as keeper for Houston Baptist University’s Southland Conference champions, was a featured guest who spoke with all the campers. . .Former Keeper Club trainee Braden Mann was selected as the second team kicker on this year’s All-Greater Houston high school football team. The Cy-Fair senior averaged more than 40 yards on 42 punts last season and split the uprights on seven of 10 field goal tries with a long of 49 yards (breaking his own Bobcat record of 46) and 47 of 50 point-after attempts. He also booted 32 of 64 kicks for touchbacks. . .During a session before the holidays, Ethan Urrutia overcame his fear of flying. “Since the ground was soft, we did a bit of flying,” said Rolie the Goalie, “and it took Ethan a while to get it. I told him to ask any pilot and he would be told that flying is easy. . .it’s landing that is the hard part.”. .Steven Franke didn’t get the shotgun he requested for Christmas, but Santa did leave a camouflage recliner. A little birdie reported that Steven slept in it for several nights after Christmas! . . .For your chance to win a new soccer ball, answer this question: What did Anatole France say was needed in addition to acting and planning in order to accomplish great things? Simply email the answer (actually two words, which appear elsewhere in this newsletter) to jwalker332@aol.com to be entered in the December drawing.
Goalkeepers who attended training in December:
1—Krysten Rhodes, Matthew Shaw, Claire Juenke, Luz Lopez, Kevin Barron, Samantha Nichols, Autumn Driskell, Isobel Herrod, Ian Herrod. Assisting: Hernando Lopez; Junior Keepers: Johan Martinez, Alli Thompson, Zac Cannon 
 4—Ethan Urrutia, Steven Franke
 8—Autumn Driskell, Isobel Herrod, Ian Herrod, Luz Lopez, Krysten Rhodes, Matthew Shaw, Claire Juenke, Steven Franke; Junior Keepers: Alli Thompson, Zac Cannon, Johan Martinez, Georgia Williams.
11—Ethan Urrutia, Steven Franke
15—Matthew Shaw, Steven Franke, Luz Lopez, Krysten Rhodes    Junior Keepers: Zac Cannon, Alli Thompson, Johan Martinez  
18 (training and/or party)—Luz Lopez, Samantha Nichols, Steven Franke, Ethan Urrutia, Kaylee Barrett, Mathew Shaw, Krysten Rhodes, Isobel Herrod, Ian Herrod; Junior Keepers: Georgia Williams, Claire Juenke, Zac Cannon, Johan Martinez, All Thompson, Elizabeth Corken, Ashley Eastwick, Guests: Armando Lopez, Sam Williams, Assisting: Kacie Cardenas
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France
As you pursue a goal, knowledge is your great ally. With it you advance, without it you stumble. Progress is dependent upon information that advances you closer to victory. Useful knowledge obtained from others’ experiences allows you to build and maintain momentum. Trying to achieve a goal without obtaining knowledge from others is a recipe for false starts and performance hiccups. Goals mean growth, and growth requires new knowledge.–Gary Ryan Blair, Goals, The 10 Rules for Achieving Success
As a goalkeeper you need to be good at organizing the people in front of you and motivating them. You need to see what's going on and react to the threats. Just like a good manager in business.--Legendary English goalkeeper Peter Shilton

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