RSL-AZ Southern Arizona 13U and 15U Teams Head to Regions with Deep Approach

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona 15U is the No. 1 team in the nation for its age group (Javier Morales /

Paul DesRosier shouted: “Let’s go, let’s put some energy!” as he walked between two of his RSL Southern Arizona teams training earlier this week at Booth-Fickett Middle School.

Even though the sun was about to set and practice had started after 6:30 p.m., the temperature was still around 100 degrees and his players needed a little push to get them started. He wasn’t bossy, don’t get me wrong. No sprint. No “give me 20 push-ups.”

A conscientious trainer, he brought their minds to focus on the goal at hand.

Come Monday to Boise, Idaho, where the high temperatures these days are in the low 80s, no pushes will be needed for their 2008 (13U) and 2006 (15U) RSL-AZ Southern Arizona women’s soccer teams.

This is when his teams begin competing in the Wild West Regional Youth American Football Championships, each of them winning the Arizona State Cup for their respective age group on 2 may.

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona coach Paul DesRosier engages in activity with his 13U and 15U teams (Javier Morales /

The 15U team is Ranked # 1 in the country by and Team 13U is ranked # 3.

Team 15U did not allow a goal in the state tournament and Team 13U conceded just two goals.

“There is no relaxation when you go to the regional,” said DesRosier, whose wife Lisa is the manager of both teams.

DesRosier (pronounced Deh-rose-shur) and his daughters Anjeli and Jianae arrived at Booth-Fickett about half an hour earlier to set up the practice as is customary. The teams have trained there and at Doolen Middle School regularly since winning state titles.

The DesRosier family is to soccer in Tucson what the Bourguets are to football and the Evans family is to basketball.

Trente Bourguet made Marana a state playoff team as a quarterback before going to ASU and her brother Treyson, also a quarterback, is heavily recruited after leading Salpointe to the Open Division semifinals in consecutive years.

Evan nelson led the Lancers to their first boys state title in 2019-2020 and his sister Jaya was a senior captain of the Salpointe squad that reached the state title game this season.

Anjeli, a freshman last season, scored one of the goals in Salpointe’s 2-0 state championship win over seeded Prescott in March. Jhianae is an aspiring footballer entering eighth grade this fall.

Their older sister Milana, who attended BASIS Oro Valley High School, recently completed his first season with the Idaho football team. She attends school in Moscow, Idaho, nearly 300 miles from Boise, where her sisters will play next week for the opportunity to compete in the National Youth American Football Championships in Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla., From 20 to July 25.

Another daughter, Alina, is entering her senior year at Salpointe, and “she has decided that football is for the freaks of the family,” said Paul.

“She’s a photography bug,” he said. “She does some amazing photos that have been featured in several different sports photography publications. She wants to go and study nursing and we’re really, really proud of her education and other accomplishments.

The DesRosier family’s drive for success transcends the RSL-AZ Southern Arizona organization.

Its practices are well planned and executed. His appeal to the energy of his players was to keep them on track so that he could offer as many teaching moments as possible. He recently reduced training from two hours to almost 90 minutes so as not to overwork players, especially in the heat.

“We have shortened the training sessions so let’s take advantage of the time we have! he shouted to them. “Let’s go!”

15U midfielder Anjeli is delighted with the experience of playing for his father, who has coached local youngsters for 15 years.

She tried to branch out and play for other organizations, but realized that the best way to grow was under her tutelage.

“It’s just a different level of football, a different type of football,” Anjeli said of her father as a coach. “It’s really fun but really intense at the same time.”

Football is family owned, but they also love to dance and have tried softball because of their athleticism.

“It’s not like 24/7 football,” Jianae said, “but it’s still very intense.”

The teams are also guided by the College Cochise women’s soccer coach Bobby peters, whose daughter Chloe is part of the 13U team.

Jos̩ Jimenez, owner of Petroglyphs, a housewares store just south of Mercado San Augustine, has a girl on each team РCyvia with the 15U team and Ani with the 13U team.

Jimenez, one of the many parents who bring folding chairs to sit on and watch their daughters practice, marvels at the path Peters has taken to be part of the organization with his daughter on a volunteer basis.

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona coach Paul DesRosier and volunteer assistant Bobby Peters, College Cochise women’s soccer coach. Peters observes the players during a drill (Photos by Javier Morales /

Peters and his daughter make the round trip from Douglas, transporting team members who live in Sierra Vista, to practices which take place two days a week.

“It’s amazing,” Jimenez said. “We are lucky that he is helping Coach Paul.”

The transformation of youth football in southern Arizona has created this type of scenario of parents going to extremes to ensure their children are properly educated, developed and coached.

The RSL-AZ Southern Arizona and FC Tucson youth programs are among the elite of a state with many competitive outlets.

The high standard of football in this region has resulted in powerful high school programs such as the Salpointe boys and girls teams winning multiple state titles, the Tucson High boys and girls teams and the team of Sunnyside Boys becoming nationally ranked in recent years.

Anjeli DesRosier, a rookie this season, scored a goal for Salpointe in the state championship win over Prescott (Javier Morales /

Elder DesRosier developed his own coaching philosophy that provides his players with a key element of their development that he lacked when he was young and trying to establish himself as a successful soccer player.

“I didn’t have the mentor who was willing to be honest with me about the things I could have done as a young player to improve my game,” he said. “I didn’t have the work ethic that I think a lot of these girls learn at a younger age.

“That’s what motivates me as a coach, if I’m perfectly honest, it’s to find players who want it, to have that desire, and then to give them honest feedback and the tools to achieve it. higher level.”

DesRosier, who worked in medical sales, has been recognized in recent years for his charitable work. He bought children’s bikes from the Tohono O’Odham Preserve over Christmas time, which earned him a Ben’s Bells award locally for his act of kindness.

His uniqueness carries over into his coaching style in today’s ultra-competitive football world.

Some coaches are proud to say that they are system oriented. They are rigid. They make their players sprint and grind. They are repetitive and exercise oriented.

Paul DesRosier trains differently. He works more on the thinking process of his players. It develops players through scenarios and situations at certain points in a match “to incorporate the mental capacity to analyze and make decisions in real time, then to be able to apply it with confidence at realistic speeds” .

Both of his teams are major challengers for a regional title at Boise with their high national rankings. What he wants most from his players is reacting well to situations and playing with the concepts of team football that he helped them develop.

“When it comes to creating players who don’t need to be pushed aside and who can make their own decisions, analyze and then adapt, these are the players any college coach would ask for.” , did he declare. “So why not?” The power is in our hands. The long-term vision needs to be articulated to parents, so that they don’t make rash decisions based on not winning the state cup or being the best team in the region.

“As long as we move towards that end point. I think we serve the community incredibly well.

Far West Regional Youth American Football Championships

Calendar 15U of support D

To be determined.

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona is in Bracket D with Eugene (Ore.) Timbers FC and League 30 L30 Masia.

13U bracket appendix C

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona 2006 Girls 15U DesRosier

RSL-AZ Photo Southern Arizona

Katherine presnall
Margot Blodgett
Hannah ramos
Brianna corcoran
Elise Ala
Sara haouala
Shelby conway
Valerie Campos
Nadia Gutierrez
Cayla jones
Austyn Cameron
Cyvia Jimenez
Anjeli DesRosier
Vivien Villarreal
Sarah teruel
Hazel Ramos
Kaitylnn Poncavage
Emma Beach

RSL-AZ Southern Arizona 2008 Girls 13U DesRosier

RSL-AZ Photo Southern Arizona

Tashony kniffin
Luz Mendoza
Vanessa wright
Mia Miranda
Brindisi Pickett
Zophia Martinez
Ximena Peralta Ceja
Chloe peters
Jhianae DesRosier
Alexa romero
Rylee district
Ani Jimenez
Keely Moran
Natalia Hoerig
Anabelle Accetta
Sydney smith
Mandy tran
Alicia Jauregui
Kassidy Sherfield

TO PURSUE @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor-in-chief Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, most notably when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among many other publications. He is also the author of the book “The highest form of life”, which is available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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