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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - Part 2

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician The December 2016, article focused on three individuals that had a major impact on NISOA. Dr. Raymond Bernabei, who served as Executive Director for many years, Mario Donnangelo, Associate Executive Director for many years, and C. Frank Jewell who held several positions and worked tirelessly for NISOA. […]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - Part 1

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician Each year NISOA has approximately 400-500 individuals for new membership. These individuals never had the opportunity to met, or get to know, the individuals who worked tirelessly to make NISOA what it is today. This article will provide an overview of several of these individuals and a […]

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The Clock

Published on November 11, 2016 in Intercollegiate Instruction

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The Clock

By: John Van de Vaarst The NCAA Rules Book provides specific guidance about the timing of an intercollegiate soccer game and when the clock is to be stopped and how the game is to be timed. The referee does not have the discretion to change these procedures to meet his/her personal preference. The situations for […]

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Wrong Idea

Published on October 22, 2016 in Intercollegiate Instruction

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Wrong Idea

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician Often times officials make decisions for the wrong reasons. The intention of the officials is personal gain rather than the good of the game. This article will focus on some of the wrong ideas that officials have and continue to make. The first example is of a […]

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Points of Emphasis

Published on August 11, 2016 in Intercollegiate Instruction

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Points of Emphasis

The Men’s and Women’s NCAA Soccer Rules Committee consists of eight voting members and the Secretary-Rules Editor.  When the committee meets they discuss various issues regarding the rules and determine what areas should be included as points of emphasis in the NCAA Soccer Rules Book.  The 2016 and 2017 book contains six points of emphasis.  […]

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Coaches Perspective On Officiating

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician During a recent informal interview with a coach from a major Division I men’s program, I received incite on what is the critical elements a coach is looking for from intercollegiate soccer officials. This article will summarize the comments from the coach. The number one item the […]

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Anticipation

Published on April 29, 2016 in Intercollegiate Instruction

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Anticipation

By: John Van de Vaarst, National Clinician Every intercollegiate official that wants to improve game control and game management must have the skill of anticipating play. Being in the best position at the critical time in the game will allow the official to make the proper call and manage the flow of the game. Webster […]

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Making It To The Top Of The Game

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician Ten questions were sent to two top NISOA officials and each responded and provided interesting information on various aspects of becoming a top official. This article will focus on each of the answers to the questions. 1. How many national finals and what level did you have […]

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Making It to the Top of the Game

By: John Van de Vaarst – National Clinician Ten questions were sent to two top NISOA officials and each responded and provided interesting information on various aspects of becoming a top official. This article will focus on each of the answers to the questions. 1. How many national finals and what level did you have […]

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Respect, Honor, Grateful

Published on January 18, 2016 in Intercollegiate Instruction

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Respect, Honor, Grateful

The definitions for the words in the title of this article are as follows: Respect – honor or esteem Honor – high regard or respect Grateful- thankful. The first two, respect and honor directly relate to each other while the last supports the first two.  This article will focus on how these words should be […]

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