statistics The Riverdale Observer: July 2005

The Riverdale Observer

The "RIVERDALE OBSERVER" is an individualy written, produced and distributed broadside newspaper dealing with one topic per issue as it relates to Riverdale Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States of America, Earth, Milkyway Galaxy, Universe, and Beyond (the writer does not wish to be too limited in subject matter).

Location: Riverdale Park, Maryland, United States

Born and raised in Weems, Virginia attended VPI, BS General Science 1964, Work experience in Research and Quality Control Labs; WWTP Management, Operation, and Teaching; Member of various Boards, Organic Food and Farming, Tax Reform, Homeschool, and Soccer. Married, wife and I homeschool two teenage children.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Dutch Football School/Homeschool Soccer Program

I am gearing up for the fall soccer class, with intentions of extending it beyond the current inner beltway area of present. The article below is to appear in the next Maryland Home Educator's Association newsletter...follow the link for additional information on homeschooling. I will also be doing a Dutch Football School Soccer Coaches Clinic with Jim Wildoner and David Hiles, August 20 and 27 see the second article.


NCSA Dutch Football School/Homeschool Soccer Program, Fall 2005

Myname is Jack R. Jones and I am an MSYSA certified Intermediate Level DutchFootball School Coach. I got tired of having to do the after work sportsprograms that are so prevalent, so I searched around for a way to do PhysicalEducation during the day. Over time I discovered an organization was necessaryto get the insurance and the access to MNCPPC facilities so I helped incorporatethe Northern County Soccer Alliance, Inc.

It is an excellent home for a home school Physical Education Program with several advantages

One:Learn a sport as an academic exercise for Physical Education during the daytime. I have been doing a Fall and Spring, Monday and Wednesday 10:00 toNOON home school soccer class with the help of parent volunteers for fourseasons now. The class runs ten weeks and is based on the Dutch FootballSchool's (DFS) method of teaching soccer by playing soccer in various 4v4,4v5, and 5v5 games on small fields. The basic idea is to incorporate moresoccer into training so there is better fun.

Two: This is a good wayof coaching soccer for home school parents. It is easy to do. I ave foundit is easier to teach parents, with no coaching or soccer experience, todo the (DFS) than it is to teach those who have been conditioned to coachsoccer by the laps, lines, and lectures method.

Three: The DFS methodis good for a family approach as it works with multi-age groups so parentscan have a couple children involved at the same place and time. It worksbetter with at least three divisions in age 5-9 years ES, 10-14 years MS,and 15-19 years HS. With 10-20 children in each group the class can be doneon a single soccer field. One lead teacher/coach and one parent volunteerfor each 10 children (or part thereof).

Four: That by running theprogram through NCSA, a Maryland State Youth Soccer Association affiliate,we get insurance and by being with a club the benefits of volume discountson equipment


Soccer Coaching Clinic

Put more soccer into your practice with small sided games and get better fun and better soccer training

NCSA, Inc. is offering a complimentary mini soccer clinic for Coaches, Physical Education Teachers, and Parents thinking about becoming Soccer Coaches, on August 20th and 27th 2005, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Road off Westbrook Drive and 85th Avenue, New Carrollton, Maryland.

Participants will get the most out of coming to both sessions. If you can only make one session you can still get started on using small sided games to make your soccer practice more effective.

Each coach should bring 5-10 players to participate in learning the advantages of the small sided game method for soccer training, then they will be ready to help with the introduction of the small sided games.

E-mail to tell how many coaches and players are coming from your organization to the coaching clinic.

The clinic will be lead by Jack R. Jones, MSYSA Intermediate Level Dutch Football School Coach; Jim Wildoner, NCSA President and David Hiles, MSYSA E Level Soccer Coach.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Riverdale Park Farmer's Market Anniversary

The Rieverdale Park Farmers Market anniversary was a true AGORA experience. The Agora (Indo-European AG = field and ORA = to speak) was the place of the ancient Athenian's marketing and politicking (Greek = what people do).

The Eight anniversary Market was well attended, usually I can sort of wander around with out bumping into anyone...this time I often had some intricate maneuvering to do to get from on market stall to the next. And, I got to talk with several Elected Officials and several Public Servants about Organic Farming, tobacco Phase Out, Traffic JAMS at Queensbury Road and Baltimore Avenue, the growing lack of Recreation and Educational public space, and changing Economic Incentives to improve County and municipal development.

I never enjoyed a market day so much as last Thursday! Long live the Agora...local farmer's markets and local politics!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Riverdale Park development and communication

I got out to two meetings this week; the Legislative Session and the Communications Committee. Both were very full plates and will take a long time to digest.

The Legislative Session was pretty ordinary read about in the Town Crier or on the Town's Website. As I was resolutely putting right foot on left knee and for variety putting left foot on right knee, I heard council Member Kiernan report that one work shop at the Maryland municipal League had caused him to realize that we may have to rethink our development plan.

Well yeah, I thought but how? I was able to inquire of him further, after the Communication Committee meeting Wednesday. The gist of it is that various communities have different psychodemographics (think different, different traditions, et cetera) and so business are made and broke on what they do and where they are: like SAK's 5th AVE works in NY,NY and Bethesda but would probably flop at PG's Plaza.

Well yeah. Check out "Town Center and its Place in The World" published October 1999 and posted here 26 April 2005. I also remember the contradictory desires of the Riverdale residents in wanting low density development, reduced traffic in town, and the type stores desired (they needed high traffic to make it) that came up in an early Ferguson Administration survey. Yeah well?

I also sat in on the Communications Committee meeting. I confess as some one who is pretty good with an Italic Pen and Parchment, many of the acronyms and terms left me lost, but the experience both breath and depth is impressive. The amount of Computer Geekiness was probably more per square foot than at the Annual Computer Show at the Washington Convention Center. I think that Mayor Archer's charge to take the disparate media and establish a high level of information to and from the public for a synergy of governance of, by, and for the people of Riverdale Park. I think these chefs will be able to do a great tossed salad accompanied by a tasty soup.