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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


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening
9:10 a.m. Overview of the Morning
Agenda and what to expect to get out of today
9:20 a.m. Secrets of Successful Clubs
What are the three elements of a successful club
Assessing your strengths and challenges
9:50 a.m. Building a Board of Directors
Who do you need on your board
Recruiting and training board members
10:20 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. Working with a Board of Directors
Honoring roles and scopes of work
Getting stuff done
11:00 a.m. Planning and Facilitating Effective Meetings
The secret of meeting planning is in the WHY
11:30 a.m. What Else Do You Need?
Open discussion, questions and action items

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.


9:00–10:00 a.m. Achieving Sporting Excellence - Grassroots to High Performance
Presenter: Tim Carter
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Play-Practice-Play: A Grassroots Philosophy
Presenter: Frank Tschan
11:00 a.m.–12 noon Teambuilding: Culture Wins
Presenter: Stephanie Golan
12–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30–1:30 p.m. How Coaches Can Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Their Players
Presenter: Simon Almaer
1:30–2:30 p.m. The Importance of Self-Reflection as a Coach
Presenter: Frank Tschan