The HYSA Administrator has been working very hard to reschedule a huge number of games due to rain outs, as well as move games for 2 entire soccer clubs (West Houston and Texas United) for the rest of the season. This means she is trying to schedule games with a smaller number of fields. What this also means is teams who usually play on Saturdays might have Sunday games scheduled now, including Mother's Day.
If you as a parent do not want to have your child play on Mother's Day due to family plans you are always free to not have him or her play, but make sure you let your coach or manager know. If your child's team decides they do not want to play a game, or if a coach realizes there are not enough players to be able to play a game, the team can always forfeit. HOWEVER if you choose to forfeit a game, please contact the opposing team's coach and/or manager and inform them. If the game is a West Houston "home" game for you, PLEASE also contact our Ref Assignor, Matt Connor, email@example.com, so he can reschedule the referees assigned to your game to another game.
If you forfeit a game without contacting the other team or letting the Referee Assignor know, the team will be subject to a fine from HYSA and will also have to pay West Houston for the referees.
This season has been unusual due to the flooding of our fields and we appreciate your cooperation and patience.
Statement on Rescheduled Games for West Houston
Coaches, Managers, and Parents,
The HYSA Administrator is diligently rescheduling ALL games for ALL teams playing in HYSA this season. This is very difficult, especially with a large number of fields no longer available (Bear Creek and George Bush fields). PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST THAT THE RESCHEDULED GAMES BE AGAIN RESCHEDULED. If you and your team cannot play at the time it is scheduled, it will be considered a forfeit - if you do have to forfeit, please make sure you contact the other team and make sure they respond. If you are a no show and have not contacted the other team, the game will still be forfeited and you will be fined by HYSA and if it is a West Houston "home" game, you may also be charged for the referee fees by West Houston.
Please check your schedules as often as possible to make sure you know where your game is now being played. Any games you would be playing either at George Bush - with another West Houston team or a Chivas team, or at Bear Creek with Texas United have been moved, most likely to Lamar Soccer Club fields or Sugar Land Soccer Club fields.
Several clubs have offered fields for practices for our teams, once we have more details we will let you all know about those opportunities.
There is more rain forecast for this weekend so be sure you check field status prior to going to games, especially if they are far away.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
West Houston Soccer Club
Flood Waters & Spring Season
Game Rescheduling Information
Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players -
Our fields continue to be underwater! HYSA is in the process of rescheduling all of West Houston's home games for the rest of the season. Several other clubs have graciously agreed to let West Houston, TX United, and Chivas play games on their fields. Because there are so many games needing to be moved, HYSA decided that they would reschedule the games. We will keep you updated on the rescheduling status. Here is drone footage of the area near George Bush Park and Bear Creek: http://www.houstonpress.com/video/west-houston-reservoirs-pushed-to-their-limits-tCZRj186
Flood Impact and Information for George Bush Park and West Houston Fields
From Army Corps of Engineers
Coaches, Managers, Parents. We received this from Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Dorman today. He is sharing a report from the Army Corps of Engineers about the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. The fields at George Bush will be closed. Please if you live in the area, especially near to either reservoir please pay attention to all the warnings and stay safe!
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ADDICKS AND BARKER RESERVOIRS IN WEST HOUSTON ARE RISING; WATER COULD IMPACT ADJACENT COMMUNITIES
Residents in Neighborhoods on Reservoirs' Perimeter Should Make Flood Preparations
Extreme rainfall in northwest Harris County this week has led to significant rises in the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in west Harris County. As water levels rise in the reservoirs, roadways that run through them have gone underwater, and neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the reservoirs' western and northern boundaries could see rising water in streets and possibly homes.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the reservoirs and dam structures.
Residents in the Bear Creek Village neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Addicks Reservoir; and in all subdivisions along Barker Reservoir, are urged to remain alert and take precautionary measures.
Both reservoirs' water levels continue to rise from ongoing drainage from areas located north and west of the structures. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials expect these levels to continue to rise throughout the week, even if the rain stops.
Residents are encouraged to monitor local media closely for weather and road conditions updates. Evacuation information will be provided by the Harris and/or Ford Bend counties’ Office of Emergency Management.
CURRENT CONDITIONS - NEIGHBORHOODS
County crews have been on site today (Wednesday, April 20) inspecting neighborhoods near both reservoirs, and found standing water in some subdivision streets adjacent to Addicks Reservoir, which may be due to water rising in the reservoir or stormwater runoff that flooded the neighborhood during the storm on Monday.
CURRENT CONDITIONS - ROADS
Roadways that run through both reservoirs are underwater and will remain impassable for several days up to several weeks. Those include:
State Highway 6 is closed from Clay Road to Park Row. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) encourages motorists to use FM 529 as an alternate.
Harris County Precinct 3's north-south North Eldridge Parkway is impassable from Dairy-Ashford to Clay Road.
Precinct 3's north-south Barker-Cypress Road is impassable from Groeschke Road to South Parkview Road.
The east-west Clay Road is impassable from SH 6 to Brittmore Drive. TXDOT has coordinated with the Harris County Toll Road Authority to waive tolls at the Clay Road southbound entrance ramp to the Sam Houston Parkway toll road for the duration of this closure.
All internal roads in the reservoir, including Patterson Road, Bear Creek Drive and War Memorial Street, are impassable.
All recreational facilities are closed.
The east-west Westheimer Parkway is impassable through the reservoir, from FM 1093 to South Fry Road.
South Barker-Cypress Road from Westheimer Parkway to FM 1093 is impassable.
All recreational facilities are closed.
Additionally, because adjacent roadways are also impacted by the overflow of the reservoirs, motorists should expect delays and the potential for multiple detours when traveling in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
CURRENT CONDITION - DAM STRUCTURES
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs on an around-the-clock basis to ensure continued operations and integrity of the structures, which have protected greater Houston area residents against loss of life and property over the last 70 years. USACE Galveston has issued the following information about their operations:
Both dams continue to perform as designed and at this time there are no indications of any issues with the dams.
The Addicks Reservoir reached a record elevation April 18, 2016, and the Barker Reservoir is expected to reach a record elevation April 20, 2016, with both reservoirs peaking early next week.
These water levels (also known as pools) are expected to be the highest pools of record in the 70-year history of the projects. The previous record pools were achieved in 1992.
The inundation models indicate that the reservoirs' peaks may exceed the government-owned land boundaries by 1 to 2 feet.
The Addicks and Barker Dams and Reservoirs – owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - are located in southeast Texas in the San Jacinto River basin approximately 17 miles west of downtown Houston. The reservoirs are strategically located above the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and South Mayde Creek. The majority of both Addicks and Barker structures fall within Harris County, however, a small portion of the Barker Reservoir crosses into Fort Bend County. The structures are located near the intersection of Interstate Highway 10 and State Highway 6, with the Addicks Reservoir located north of I-10 and the Barker facility located south of I-10.
Stormwater flows in to Addicks and Barker from South Mayde Creek, Langham Creek, Bear Creek and Horsepen Creek; and flows out of the reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou. Both dams are normally operated with the gates open to allow free flow of stormwater through them; however, when a rain event is forecasted, the reservoir gates are closed to reduce flooding below the reservoirs. The gates are opened with the storm has passed and the threat of flooding downstream has passed.
Coaches and Team Managers Needed for In-House Teams!
U5-U7 Age Groups
West Houston is forming recreational "In-house" teams for play in the Spring season. Coaches and Team Managers are needed for these teams. If you are interested in volunteering contact Lauro Chavez, the Age Manager for the In-House teams.
HYSA New Rule on Heading the Ball for U11 and Below Play
HYSA has implemented the following rule change for all U11 and below play.
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
STYSA is taking a slower approach and will likely recommend changes at their summer governing meeting. This means state competitions (cup play and DDL) do not have this rule in effect.
Remember, it is recommended that all 10-year-olds not head the ball during practice at all. 11-12 should practice sparingly.
Jason D Moore
2016 Spring Schedule
First Weekend of Games: February 20-21
Spring Break, no games: March 12-13
Spring Break, no games: March 19-20
Easter, no games: March 26-27
South Texas Cup Bye - U11-U19: April 16-17
Last weekend of play: May 21-22
Click Here to see the HYSA Game Schedule by Bracket
Depending on the age group, the number of playing dates and potential rainouts, multiple games per weekend may be required. Teams must be prepared to on either or both days.
Rainouts: Rainout games for all Division II (U11 - U19) and Division III (U15-U19 ONLY) will be rescheduled by the HYSA Administrator. Rainout games for Division III (U11-U14) and all Division IV games will be rescheduled by the coaches.
Rescheduling of games is allowed subject to the following:
1. The HYSA Administrator must be notified of a game cancellation for HYSA assigned games by the Thursday prior to the game. Failure to provide timely notice will result in an administrative fee of $50. The re-scheduled game must occur within two weeks of the original game.
2. Both teams must agree to the re-schedule.
3. The home team is responsible for arranging the re-scheduled field and referee crew.
4. The game card for the re-scheduled game should be LEGIBLE with the new game date, time and location. Referee crew names should be clearly indicated.
STYSA Spring Cups and HYSA Spring Season
Information on Registration for HYSA Spring Season & the STYSA Cups
South Texas Youth Soccer Cups - General Information
South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) hosts a series of Fall Championships and Spring Cups each year that are designed to provide a wide variety of competitions to best fit the skill and ability level of each individual team and group of players. The focus of these competitions is to accomplish the following:
Determine a Fall Champion in Division II, Super II, and Division III.
Determine the STYSA State Champion which, in the U14 through U19 groups will represent STYSA at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
Determine the Presidents Cup Champion which, in the U13 through U17 age groups, will represent STYSA in the Region III Presidents Cup Regional Competition with the other twelve states composing Region III.
Provide a format where a team doing above average in one level of play may test itself against the next higher level of play.
Provide a format where teams may enter a STYSA sponsored competition with teams that they may not normally play against.
Provide a quality competition during a period of the year when other sports may decrease the number of teams playing soccer.
Open entry competitionsare open to any South Texas Youth Soccer registered teams wishing to participate.
Restricted entry competitions are limited to South Texas Youth Soccer registered teams who qualify based on their Fall level of play as defined by South Texas cup rules.
South Texas Youth Soccer hosts the following Cup competitions in the Spring (it should be noted that the format and details of each Cup may differ based on the Cup entered and the District in which you play):
South Texas Cup (Spring) is a restricted entry event open to all DII and DIII teams. South Texas Cup is a 2-stage tournament that begins at the District competition (1st weekend), and concludes with a State Tournament (2nd weekend).
Fall Championships (fall) play begins within the local Association and then advances to District level play based on an allocation process and concludes with a State Tournament.
Kohl’s American Cup events will be held on various dates around the state during the spring. Additional information on each of these competitions can be found by clicking on the link above.
GENERAL COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS
All participants must be properly registered with South Texas Youth Soccer Association.
All participants must be properly rostered to the team with which they participate.
A player may participate in only one Cup competition during the year.
A player may play for only one team in Cup competition.
South Texas Youth Soccer’s Progressive Disciplinary System applies to all Cup competitions at the state level and below. Penalty points do not accrue in advancement play beyond state competition. However, if an ejection is received in the last game of State play, then the individual must sit out the first game of Regional play.
In each Cup, each level of play will have its own disciplinary system (D&P). Decisions from the individual disciplinary systems may be appealed to the South Texas Appeals Committee and/or Executive Committee as designated by the South Texas D&P Procedures. If D&P Procedures are not published for a level of play, the South Texas D&P Procedures shall be used.
For the Cups with restricted entry, the level of play in which the team participated in the immediately preceding fall shall determine the team’s eligibility.
All teams that wish to participate in Cup play must comply with the registration procedures appropriate for their competition as posted on the South Texas Youth Soccer website, www.stxsoccer.org.
Become a certified USSF Referee and get paid!!!
If you are 12 years old or above you can referee youth soccer games! West Houston is recruiting for referees for HYSA games and the new Dynamo/Dash League.
South Texas Soccer Referees, Inc. (STSR) conducts referee clinics for all levels. If you attend a clinic you will be certified as a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) Referee.
The STSR Website has a lot of good resources. Click here to go to the STSR website.
How do I become a referee?
Some important points
While some previous playing, coaching or officiating experience is always helpful, no experience is required to become a soccer referee.
There are no age requirements for the entry level Grades. There are age restrictions for advanced grades.
To become a certified referee, there are a few easy steps everyone must go through:
You must attend a mandatory classroom training session. These "Entry Level Clinics" are offered in many locations around the state each year, most often during August-October and again January - March.
At the conclusion of the instructional classes a written examination will be given to all who have completed the course.
A clinic fee is charged for taking the clinic. It is $30.00 . At the same time a USSF Registration fee of $50.00 is also charged.
Once you successfully completed the course and examination, you are registered through STSR with U.S. Soccer.
Once you are registered, contact your local assignors to get games. An Assignors and Soccer Associations directory can be found by signing into your STSR (South Texas Soccer Referees, Inc.) account and clicking on "Assignor Directory" in the Member Services box at the top of your home page.
Spring 2016 UNIFORMS
Our new uniforms for Fall 2015 - Spring 2017 are now available for order.
$70 for a Youth Kit & $75 for an Adult Kit plus shipping.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Rachel Brownlie, West Houston Registrar:firstname.lastname@example.org.
100% Volunteer Organization
The West Houston Soccer Club club is a registered, non-profit youth soccer organization that was established in 1976. We are a volunteer organization with parents of players and supporters of the game providing the personnel necessary to run this successful organization. The club is a member of and operates under the governing rules of the Houston Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), the South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) and the United States Youth Soccer Association. Our home fields are on Westheimer Parkway near South Barker Cypress in George Bush Park.