Where are you from? West Des Moines, IA
Did you play soccer growing up? Only played soccer in gym class in elementary school.
How did you get started in soccer? Neighbor asked our son if he wanted to play, then I began coaching.
Through the years, what has your involvement in soccer included? Coaching, then club board member, club president, finally Iowa Soccer Board member.
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have? As long as reasonably good coaching is available for the 10-14-year olds, being on a "select" team is not that important to the child's soccer development. As long as they are still interested and have a passion, they will learn it 100 times faster than at the younger age.
What were our best- and least-liked soccer experiences? The best is the social experience with the other parents. That part we still miss. The worst was the politics over the most minuscule repeated topics year after year after year after year.
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid(s) play, or that you coached/refereed in? A group of parents wanted their kids to play a game so badly that we shoveled snow from the field rather than waiting a day (or even hours) for it to melt.
College/university you attended? Iowa State
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or??? Cyclone
Your kids are done with soccer now, so why are you still involved? I feel soccer is an excellent team sport for youth of varying athletic abilities and physical characteristics. Using their minds and imagination during the game, they can invent the play.
Dorothy Pisarski, Treasurer
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Did you play soccer growing up? No, but I watched soccer. I grew up in a by-gone era in a European traditional household where girls weren't allowed to play sports.
How did you get started in soccer? My dad was a semi-pro goalkeeper and our whole family's life revolved around the "family of the team". My earliest memories go back to his team's games and events. I'm still good friends with the other kids whose dads played on that team and with whom we grew up together.
Through the years, what has your involvement in soccer included? I'm a soccer brat and a soccer mom (my son plays in college). I've been a referee more than 10 years. I've had occasional stints as a team parent/coordinator.
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have? Since I grew up in an enclave of soccer afficionados I didn't realize how many people don't know the rules of the game. If I could do it over again I'd probably explain more and enlighten parents whose children are just starting out.
What were our best- and least-liked soccer experiences? Least: I watched a cleats-up slide that resulted in 17 stitches on the goalkeeper's face. Best: All soccer is "best experience" in the moment. Whenever two or more people are kicking a ball, having some fun and exercise, I get inspired. I love especially to see a great creative move - it can be durng a rec. game or a pro game or any game inbetween.
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid play, or that you coached/refereed in? When I began refereeing back east we weren't allowed to wear long pants during a game and I shivered through many frigid halves with snow falling.
College/university you attended? I earned my bachelor's degree at Siena College near Albany and my master's at New York University.
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or??? I teach at Drake, so "go Bulldogs!"
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek. I was a Leonard Nimoy geek.
Your son is done with youth soccer now, so why are you still involved? I was born into a soccer family. I am not involved in the game just because my son played, rather he might have become interested in the game because of me! I apreciate the opportunity to help the growth of the game with future generations of players and fans. It is my pleasure to do so.
Where are you from? From Council Bluffs, born in Omaha.
Did you play soccer growing up? No, soccer wasn't a popular sport when I was growing up. But I was a cheerleader in college and played several intramural sports.
How did you get started in soccer? I have three children that played soccer. They love the sport and I wanted to get involved with their activities so I met some parents that were involved in the local program in Council Bluffs and the rest is history.
Through the years, what has your involvement with soccer included? I have been a spectator, secretary, president, treasurer for our local soccer organization; participated many years in our local sponsored tournaments for the club, traveled as a parent to many competitive tournaments with my children.
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have? Enjoy the sport with your children. Don't push them too hard to be better (that will come naturally) but rather support them and enjoy their successes now.
What were your best- and least-liked soccer experiences? Least-liked experience was at a tournament when a coach was so upset over one of our rules of who could play that he was spitting in my face as he was yelling at me. Best experience is all the friends I've made and great relationships I still have today due to soccer -- I will probably be involved until I can't physically do it any more.
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid(s) play, or that you coached/refereed in? My daughter playing on a U06 team with all boys. She was very small for her age but very athletic and a go-getter. All the boys would back off when she got the ball because they were afraid they were going to hurt her. Of course she took full advantage of the situation and controlled the ball to her advantage.
College/university you attended? Doane College (Crete, NE)
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or? I have been married over 25 years and my husband has always been a HUGE Ohio State Buckeye fan. Well, needless to say, that has rubbed off over the years and that is who I cheer for!
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star what? I never really got into either.
Your kids are done with youth soccer now, so why are you still involved? I'm involved because I love watching the sport, I enjoy building relationships with the people that participate in the different activities around the sport and I just want to be involved to help other parents and children coming into the sport.