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Winter Symposium

MYSA is committed to the development of administrators and coaches as well as players. As a way to achieve this goal, each year we offer a day-long symposium filled with topics to assist you in your role(s) within your club.

Location: MYSA State Office
10890 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington MN 55437

The MYSA Winter Symposium will temporarily take on a different look in 2018 because of the influx of visitors to the Twin Cities for the NFL Super Bowl. We will be hosting two events at the MYSA State Office, with sessions for both club leaders and coaches. As in the past, the Symposium will offer an opportunity for attendees to meet and share with participants from many clubs. Registration will be limited to 100 for each day. MYSA is excited to continue our tradition offering an educational opportunity for all who share a passion for the “other” game of football. We hope to see as many of you as possible at one or both of these days!

January 27: Club Leaders

The event will focus on the business of soccer, with topics covering board governance and the current youth sports culture. This will be a half-day session, running from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The fee for this event will be $10.00.

Ruth Nicholson, MPA is an internationally-certified professional facilitator and the founder of GO!, an on-demand resource library and training platform offering youth sports organizations pragmatic leadership and administrative tools.

At the request of sports professionals, she expanded her 25-year professional practice in organizational development, conflict resolution, and public policy to become an international resource for youth sports governance, administration, and leadership training and trouble-shooting.

Ruth has become the go-to person for youth sports conflict resolution by leveraging her government mediator expertise on such contentious topics as nuclear waste cleanup, intergovernmental conflicts, and endangered species conservation. She has direct experience working in a wide range of youth soccer operations and governance, including club operations management, volunteer programs, fields and stadium facilities, team manager supervision, referee assignment, coaching, and board leadership and strategic planning.

More information on her private practice can be found at

February 3: Club Coaches

This will be a full-day session, running from 9:00 to 2:30 p.m. The fee for this day will be $25, and will include lunch for attendees.

Guest Speakers include: