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H.S. Soccer: Regional Player of Year, District and Region-1 Teams Announced

posted Jan 27, 2016, 8:24 AM by Site Administrator

The 2015 All District TeamRegion-1 Team and the Player of the Year were recently announced (see below).  The Mercer Area Men's and Women's High School teams again had very successful seasons.  Both teams again made it to the playoffs.  The Men's team capture its 7th straight Region-1 Title.  

Many of the players and coaches are MAYSA alumni or currently coaching MAYSA teams.  We are proud of both team's accomplishments and all those players recognized by Region-1 and the District, congratulations to all!  

All District-10 Team and 
Region-1 Player of the Year: Tim Lang*
*The Region-1 Player of the Year has been a Mercer Men's Soccer player for 3 of the past 4 years.   Congratulations to Tim Lang, this year's Region-1 Player of the Year. 


Men's Soccer  Women's Soccer 
 Region-1 First Team                      Region-1 First Team
 GK, Spencer Ferrence
DEF, Kyle Wamboldt
DEF, Brayden Ellis
DEF, Jake Schmid
DEF, Zack Stanton
MF, Tim Lang
MF, Chris Micsky
MF, Josh Wamboldt
MF, Alex Van Woert
  MF, Kaitlyn Berger
MF, Haylie Glass
MF, Iana Ellis
DEF, Aubrie Angermeier
DEF, Megan Lang
   
 Region-1  Second Team  Region-1  Second Team
 ST, Alex Fortenberry GK, Sami Carr 

2016 Spring Soccer Registation Is Underway!

posted Jan 16, 2016, 12:58 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 9:02 AM ]

Spring Soccer registration is underway, register today!  The deadline to is February 22nd.  To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above.  

Spring Soccer is for players in grades 3 through 11th. Players are assigned a team, coach, practice twice a week. For most players practice is Wednesday and Fridays. There is a weekly Match each Sunday afternoon.

The Spring Soccer registration deadline is February, 22nd.  To learn more about Spring Soccer or to view our complete list of FAQs, click on the Spring Soccer tab above. 

If you have any questions about registration, please contact our Registrar, Kami Dubiel at Registration@MercerSoccer.org.

2016 Winter Indoor Pickup (3rd-6th grade) Begins Saturday January 9th

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:53 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 8:06 AM ]

Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is intended for players in grades 3-6th who are seriously considering playing Spring Soccer.  Younger players will be teamed with and play against older more experienced players.  If you are Interested in registering for Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer, please contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.    


Program Details:
  • Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer started Saturday January 9, 2015.
  • Each Saturday weekly session runs from 5:00pm-6:30pm.
  • Teams created each week (pickup).  Younger children will be playing with (and against) 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
  • We play at the Mercer Area Elementary school gym. 
  • The spirit of Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is to provide a less structured pickup game competitive atmosphere.  We believe that during this time of the year having fun, getting "touches" and simply playing will go a long way towards helping players maintain their skill set and prepare for Spring Soccer.
  • Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is free to those players who are already MAYSA Club members.  Club membership constitutes having a paid registration for the 2015 Fall, Summer or Spring season.  
  • New players or non-club players must register and provide a $10 registration fee.  Contact of details and to register, EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org 
  • Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer runs until early-mid March.
Remember to sign up for Club Recent Announcements and Information on your phone by texting followmaysa to 84483.  If you still have questions contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org

2015 Season Wrap-up and Highlights

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:50 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 7:53 AM ]


Parents,

Not much left to say except, thanks.   

As we wrap-up another year of Mercer Soccer, below are a few final year-end reminders and highlights.  The most important "highlights" are possibly the things we do not calculate and can not be included in any list: the value of lasting relationships, community involvement, mentoring youth and providing a positive recreational and competitive environments for the youth of the area, these things would be hard to calculate.  
 

2015 Highlights:

Soccer (In-House and Travel) Participation:
  • We celebrated our 26th year anniversary.
  • Our 2015 Fall and Spring Soccer registration numbers again increased over the previous year.     
  • For the 2015 season, approximately 270 players participated in our Fall  and Spring Soccer programs, which I believe makes MAYSA the largest youth sports organization in Mercer.
  • MAYSA provides soccer essentially year-round to children and youth of the Mercer Area: Fall Soccer (In-House and Travel), Winter Pickup (grade3-6), Spring Soccer (Travel U10-U18) and Summer Pickup (K-2, U14 & U18).
  • MAYSA has several players playing at the State Cup level
  • MAYSA has several players who have played and or plan to play at the College level
  • MAYSA has at least one previous player now coaching at the College level
Youth Referee Program:
  • MAYSA's Youth Referee Program again had over 15 youth referee's participate.  Youth (boys and girls) age 14 and older are trained and ref all across western PA.  
  • PA West's 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 State Youth Referee Of The Year came from MAYSA Youth Referee Program.
Volunteers/Coaches/Concessions:
  • Our coaching, assistant and adult volunteers again exceeded 50 volunteers.  More than a few adult volunteers participated in MAYSA as a youth.
  • Pre-season Parent/Coach Clinic and resources (again) provided by MAYSA to all coaches
  • Over the past two seasons MAYSA coaches rank among the most "licensed" coaching corps in the western PA area and have participated more than any other PA West organization in the various U.S. Youth Soccer's Coaching Certification Program.
Partnerships (with High School and Cool Springs Fitness):
  • The coaching staffs of all Mercer Area School District (school) teams are made up of past MAYSA players or past & current MAYSA coaches.
  • High school and middle school coaches assist MAYSA's Player and coaching development.
  • The Mens Varsity team again this year has continued its local dominance.
  • Mercer Men's Varsity team is will again vying for a Regional Title and hopefully a District-10 Championship bid.
  • MAYSA is it a 501c3 non-profit and operates completely separately from our partner Cool Springs Fitness.
  • MAYSA is solely responsible and manages the fields, equipment and all field maintenance (i.e., seeding, fertilizing, aeration, etc…).
  • MAYSA owns and operates its own Concession Trailer.
I could go on with the list, but these are the high points.

I encourage any parent interested in helping MAYSA continue to provide In-House programming to attend our Year-End wrap up meeting held in late November.  It is a good time to meet all the folks involved in MAYSA, learn more and have any questions about MAYSA answered.   Of course we are always looking for a few folks who may like to get more involved, take on a slightly larger role and commit to helping us bring soccer to the community over the next couple of years, however, by attending the wrap-up meeting you are not committing to anything but simply learning more about MAYSA.  We'll have a date for the meeting in the near future.  EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org if you are interested in attending.

Soccer Balls to Mongolian Orphanages

posted Oct 9, 2015, 9:27 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 6:51 AM ]

Part of providing a high-quality soccer experience for our community's youth includes inspecting, repairing, replacing and upgrading our equipment on a regular basis.  As part of MAYSA's ongoing equipment replacement and upgrade practices the organization has replaced parts for our field paint machine, ball bags, 100+ soccer balls, kickback nets, goal (weight bags), additional Pop Up Goals (PUGs) and more.  

Most of the soccer balls we replace are ready for the trash, however, some have a little life left in them.  Dr. Suzanne Maslo regularly heads up a team of dentists traveling to remote areas of the world providing humanitarian dental services.  Dr. Maslo informed MAYSA that she would take any older soccer balls no longer being used by MAYSA and give them to the children of the orphanages she visits.  

Recently Dr. Maslo took a team to the outer regions of Inner Mongolian in North China, she informed us that the soccer balls donated by MAYSA were a big hit with the kids.   

Stay informed! Get Club updates on your phone!

posted Oct 5, 2015, 10:35 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 1:12 PM ]


We encourage parents to take advantage of the most convenient way to receive important MAYSA Club announcements and reminders.  


Simply text the keyword followmaysa to 84483 (a five digit number) and you will begin to receive MAYSA Club announcements on your phone.  You will receive an immediate confirmation and all future Club specific information and updates.

We promise to respect your time and not overwhelm you with needless text messages.  This service is intended to be a convenience.  

If at anytime you find it otherwise you may suspend receiving Club Announcements by texting the keyword stop to 84483

Mustangs & MAYSA!

posted Oct 2, 2015, 8:58 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 6:50 AM ]

Congratulations to the 2015 Mercer Mustangs Men's Varsity Soccer Team in winnings its 7th straight  Region-I Title!  
Come cheer them on as they continue their march towards the District Championship!

If you are new to MAYSA or new to soccer, you may be unaware of the outstanding Mercer Mustang high school soccer program that has been built over the years!  For years, Mercer's high school men's soccer team, women's soccer team, and our coed middle school teams have consistently been among the top local teams.  

The Mercer Mustang High School Soccer program and MAYSA have worked closely together and continue to maintain a strong relationship.  Beyond their high school duties, the Men's Head Coach Chris Ellis, Women's Head Coach Emilie Humes, and middle school coach Tim Coryea all help coordinate MAYSA player development, have helped coach MAYSA travel teams and provide guidance to all our MAYSA coaches throughout the year.  Many of the current players have come through MAYSA. 

We are proud of all their accomplishments and wish them all a great season! 

A schedule of all remaining home games is below.  Come cheer on all our Mustang Soccer teams!
           
                                         
                                        Remaining Home Games

              Men's                                 Women's                     Middle School
Sat. Oct 10, 11:00  Tue. Oct 6, 7:30
  Wed. Oct 7, 4:00

  Thur. Oct 22, 7:30 Mon. Oct 12, 7:30  
 Thur. Oct 8, 4:00

- Wed. Oct 14, 7:30 
 Tue. Oct 13, 4:00

- Tue. Oct 20, 7:30 Thur. Oct 15, 7:00 
-Mon. Oct 26, 7:30 Sat. Oct. 17, 11:00

                                      *All home games are played at Lamor Rd. Field (across from the Elementary School).


This year the Men's high school team is again on their way to defending their 2015 Region-I Title and working towards yet another appearance in the District Championship!  Over the past four years, the Men's high school soccer team has dominated local play.  The team has posted:
  •  74 wins, 10 losses and 7 ties
  • 7  Region-I  Titles
  • 1  District-10 Championship
  • 1  District-10 Championship runner up

This year the Women's high school team is working to build on their recent success.   During 2013 the Women's team capture: 
    • The Region-I  Title
    • District-10 Championship runner up

This years middle school team, a co-ed team, is again playing well and readying the next generation of mustang high school players.  

In-House Soccer: Parent Reminders

posted Sep 21, 2015, 8:44 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 1:11 PM ]

A few season-end reminders: 
  
Winter Pickup Soccer, Spring Soccer, Lost-n-Found: 
Interested in Winter Pickup Soccer or Spring Soccer?  Read below to learn more about the upcoming Winter Pick-up sessions and Spring Soccer Registration.  New to Spring Soccer?  Come check out the final MAYSA U10 Travel game of the season at our home fields this Saturday. 

Lost-n-Found:
During this Saturday's U10 Travel game at 3:00, at our fields at CSF, all items in the In-House Lost-n-Found will be available at the Concession Stand.  We have water bottles, blanks, hats, gloves, etc…  Please stop by Saturday.  At the end of the season the remaining items will be donated to a worthy cause.

Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer:
Winter Indoor Pickup is intended for those 3rd-6th graders who are seriously considering playing Spring Soccer and want to keep up their skills by playing once a week.  Winter Indoor Pickup is a relaxed "pickup" atmosphere in which the kids just play.  Click on the Winter Soccer tab above for details.

Spring Soccer Registration:
Spring Soccer is for kids from 3rd grade to 11th grade.  Spring Soccer Registration will begin in December.  Spring soccer teams practice twice a week (usually Wednesday and Fridays) and play on Sunday afternoons.  Spring teams represent MAYSA and play 4 home games and 4 away "travel" games.  Many of our teams also participate in the PA West end-of-the-season Tournament held each year at Edinboro College.  Team declarations must be turned into PA West by the end of the February, thus registration begins early.  Click on the Spring Soccer Registration tab above for details. 

Mercer Men's Varsity Soccer win 2015 Region-I Title:
Congradulations on the team's 7th straight Region-I Title!  Join the team Thursday evening, Oct 29th at 7:30 for their final home game of the season!  Come cheer on the team as they continue their march into the playoffs and hopefully another District Championship!

Year-End Wrap Up Board Meeting:
As you probably know I strongly believe in the vision, principals and positive coaching philosophy of MAYSA. As I've become more involved with MAYSA over the years, I've witnessed those in leadership work diligently to continue the positive culture of MAYSA is maintained and high quality soccer program is available to our community. 

I encourage any parent interested in helping MAYSA continue to provide In-House programming to attend our Year-End wrap up meeting held in late November. It is a good time to meet all the folks involved in MAYSA, learn more and have any questions about MAYSA answered. Of course we are always looking for a few folks who may like to get more involved, take on a slightly larger role and commit to helping us bring soccer to the community over the next couple of years, however, by attending the wrap-up meeting you are not committing to anything but simply learning more about MAYSA. We'll have a date for the meeting in the near future.EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org if you are interested in attending. 

Not much left to say except, thanks. 

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POSTED October 2nd: Schedule Update, Lost-n-Found, Weather, etc...

1). Team Photos:  
This year we are foregoing professional team photos.  This season we are asking a team parent to take a Team Photo and share it with everyone on the team. 

The MAYSA board understands this decision has the possibility of disappointing some parents.  We understand that some folks enjoy the professional player/team photos. On the other hand, some people would rather take their own and others feel pressured to purchase their child's photos thinking it helps out MAYSA (the photos do not provide any financial benefit to MAYSA).  

Today, unlike 5-10 years ago, every team has a coach or parent with a phone that can take a reasonable team or player picture.  Photo copies,  coffee mugs, keychains, calendars and more can be created at local Rite Aid, Walmart, www.Shutterfly.com or any number of other sites.  
www.Shutterfly.com
  

Please arrange for a team parent to take a team photo and share it among the team.  If you have a team photo or any action photos, please share it  with us and we'll add it the MAYSA Photo Album on the website.  In fact, check out the latest photos on the homepage just added this week.

We welcome your feedback in order to help us plan for next year, please EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org


2). Club Announcements On Your Phone
Please consider signing up for an easy way to stay informed of all MAYSA activities.   Simply text followmaysa to 84483.  You should receive an immediate response.  If you do not, please try a second time.  You can stop receiving MAYSA announcements anytime by texting stop to 84483.  

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POSTED October 2nd: Schedule Update, Lost-n-Found, Weather, etc...

A Few Mid-Season Reminders

1).  Parents new to MAYSA and the weather:  This Saturday may be your first experience with true English Soccer weather, that is, cold, wet and windy.  We play in the rain, cold and wind.  The wind combined with cooler temperatures and rain make for weather that may warrant a hat, gloves and even rain gear for your young player.  Please come prepared for cooler, windy and wet conditions.

2). Lost-n-Found: Our Lost-n-Found has gathered quite a large number of items including shirts, blankets, water bottles, etc…  Please stop by the Concession Trailer to pickup anything your player or you may have left at the fields.

3). In-House Referees: The schedule for the final three weeks of the season will be available next week.

4).  Senior Division Schedule Update:  The SR. Division schedule has been updated.  There has been a correction to the last two weeks of the season.    Please refer to the schedule posted here (below).  Also, the updated versions will be posted on the Concession Trailer.

                       Senior Division Schedule
                            Updated Oct 2nd
  
                   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEODV5UHZuUXlMbE0/view?usp=sharing

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POSTED September 14th: Schedules, In-House Refereees and Concessions

Open HouseThe start time of Thursday's (9/17) practice will be moved to 6:30PM to allow parents to attend Mercer Elementary school's Open House and hopefully still make all or part of Thursday's practice.  That evening In-House practice will run from 6:30-7:40.  Open House begins at 5:30.

Each year practice coincides with Mercer Elementary's Open House.  The coaches understand if your child is only able attend a portion of the practice.  Thanks everyone.

Bee Update:  A bee keeper has removed the estimated 20,000-25,000 honey bees that were nesting in the trees near the field.  Thanks to those who kept an eye on that area during the weekend games to make sure no kids accidentally wondered over there. 

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POSTED September 10th: Schedules, In-House Refereees and Concessions


General Match Day Reminders

The list below is intend as a general set of Match Day Reminders.  There are important differences with respects to In-House and Travel match day requirements.  Parents of Travel players, please always see your coach for further Match Day reminders, requirements, and with any questions you may have about PA West Travel requirements.  

1).  Not-a-Drop-Off:  MAYSA's practices and matches are not considered a "drop off" situation.  We ask all parents or guardians to be at the fields while their child is playing or practicing.       

2).  Parking for In-house and home Travel matches: Please park in the two gravel lots closest to the Soccer Fields or at the far end (North end) of the fields.  Please do not park in the paved fitness center lots.

3).  Game Schedules
In-House Team's schedules are available below on the website and post on the Concession Stand each week.  In short, In-House always play at the fields at CSF.   Beginners play at 9:30AM, Juniors at 10:30 and the seniors at 11:30.  The schedule will include which team you play and the shirt color to wear (red or the reversable white).
 
                                                                       In-House Schedules                      

            Beginning Division Schedule         Junior Division                Senior Division (updated Oct 2nd)
           https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEeVduMjJEb254cmc/view?usp=sharing                      
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEUGNqTVdxenpuUHM/view?usp=sharing                      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEODV5UHZuUXlMbE0/view?usp=sharing

           Click on the proper icon (above) to read or print out your team's schedule.  

Travel Team's play on Sunday afternoons, time and venue vary, please check with your coach for the latest schedule information.

4).  Game Day Seating: We ask that our Travel and In-House Junior and Senior Division level parents watch the game from the side of the field opposite the teams and coaches.  This will help us reduce distractions, help the players focus on the Coach's instructions and allow us to move towards more coaching from the sideline and not just on the field.  As an instructional/recreational league we encourage our coaches to be on the field.  However, as the season progresses we do slowly work towards more coaching from the sidelines and having the players play.

5).  Field Conduct: MAYSA is a recreational and instructional program.  We strive to insure family-friendly environment for our players, coaches, referees and families.  There is no smoking and no alcohol permitted while at the fields.  Also, abusive or negative comments directed at the players, coaches  or referees will not be tolerated.  Finally, we welcome your sideline cheering and encouragement, but please let the Coaches coach.  Thank you.

6). In-House and Travel Referees: MAYSA's Youth Referee program has been one of the finest in PA West producing multiple referees honored by PA West as "referee of the year".  Our In-house referees are young kids often in their first leadership role overseeing a match.  Our Travel match referees are youth who have been trained and been certified as part of MAYSA's Youth Referee (mentoring) Program, but again they are young and learning.  

Our young refs are part of our team.  We are mentoring them as they take their first steps as a referee.  We teach and encourage all coaches, players and parents to respect the refs.  Any abusive language or comments towards these young leaders will not be tolerated.

7). Equipment:
  • Travel players again check with your coaches as PA West strictly enforces uniform requirements.
  • In-House: all players must have the red/white reversible Mesh Team Shirt, order through our online registration process.  Shirts from previous years are fine.  
  • A players shin guards, with socks over the top of the shin guards, are required in order to play.  Soccer cleats or turf shoes are encouraged but not mandatory. 
  •  Soccer cleats do not have a "toe" or front cleat.  Baseball and football cleats do have a "toe" cleat and can not be used for soccer.
  • Our SWAP Box containing gently wore cleats, soccer socks and more is very full this year.  The cleats have been sorted by size to make easy to find something for your new player.

8).  Crosswalk: Cool Springs Fitness has added a Crosswalk between the two gravel overflow parking lots.  We ask that everyone use the new crosswalk when entering and leaving the fields.  Also, please drive with great care when entering or leaving the Fitness Center on practice and match days as children will be entering and leaving the fields.

9).  Weather: Generally, soccer and MAYSA play in the rain, but not a torrential downpours and not if there is lightening present.  For the most part, the kids don't mind the rain and mud and seem to enjoy an occasional game in rain.  

If during practice or matches there is lightening present, then we will ask everyone to leave the field, get in their cars and we will take a 25-30 minute break.  We will attempt to resume play and adjust the remaining Match schedules.
 
Our fields were built with special drainage underneath and even after a great deal of rain we are often able to play.  For the most part, we usually make practice and game decision at the fields.  However, if we conclude early in the day that a practice or matches can not be held due to weather, we will attempt to text everyone on or before 4:30pm (if you haven't signed up for Club text message, please consider doing so).  If you do not receive a text on or before 4:30pm, then any weather decisions will be made at the fields. 

Also, our fields reside in an open area which often experiences a fair amount of wind.  On warm days the breeze can help cool things down a little.  On cold wet days the breeze can make it feel much colder.  Please bring a wind breaker on hat and gloves for your young player on cooler days during fall soccer. 

10).   MAYSA Wear: Stop by the Concession Trailer to see our new adult MAYSA wear T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, etc. . . You place your order at the Concession Trailer.

11).  Concessions: There are still a few Concession time slots for which we need volunteers.  Please help by volunteering to help for one hour and bring a warn breakfast dish or help in the Concession Stand.  Anyone interested, can email us at Concessions@MercerSoccer.org or stop by the concession trailer to sign up. 
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POSTED September 3rd: Schedules, In-House Refereees and Concessions

Concessions: Help needed for this week's Saturday Matches
If you haven't signed up yet, please consider helping out for 60-90 minutes one weekend.  
Volunteers work the Concession Trailer for 60-90 minutes and bring a homemade dish.  We would prefer to have two volunteers for each time slot.  We have an immediate need for 2 people during this week's opening Matches on Saturday.   

If you can help out, please contact us at Concessions@MercerSoccer.org.  Below are the dates for which we need help:
  • Sept 12 at 10:30  *This Saturday's Matches
  • Oct 10 at 11:30
  • Oct 24 at 10:30 and 11:30


Season Schedules:
In-House Team Schedules are available!  Click below to see your team's schedule.  Each Schedule includes the team you play against each week, the field and the shirt color (i.e., red or reversible white).  In short, all games are held on Saturday mornings.  All games are played at the (4) CSF fields.  Beginning Division matches begin at 9:30AM, Junior Division matches at 10:30AM and Senior Division matches at 11:30AM.  Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the beginning of  a match to allow for warm up and coaching instruction.

                              Beginning Division Schedule          Junior Division                     Senior Division
                          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEeVduMjJEb254cmc/view?usp=sharing                      
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEUGNqTVdxenpuUHM/view?usp=sharing                      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEODV5UHZuUXlMbE0/view?usp=sharing

                                  Click on the proper icon (above) to read or print out your team's schedule.  


Call for In-House Referees:
If you have a child or older sibling of a player in In-House who is interested in participating in our In-House Referee Program, please contact us EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.  Once your child has been added to our Referee list, the parent will receive a season (weekly) referee schedule.  Please contact us in order to have your child sign up.  Below is a brief summary of the major elements of the In-House Referee Program:

1. This is a learning process for our players and refs.
2. This  a great first step towards joining MAYSA Youth Referee Program (at age 14).
3. Our young ref's major responsibility is to help the players learn the game.
4. The "rules" we enforce include:
  • On out of bounds - call the direction and help the player throw the ball in correctly.  If the player makes a mistake, give them a second attempt...and play on.
  • Corner kicks - help the player by placing the ball and explaining what the player is to do (and when...after the whistle).
  • Goal kicks - same as above
  • Offside - We are not really calling this during game 1 or 2 unless it is egregious, instead we encourage the refs to inform a player that they are offsides and that they must move back.
  • Warnings if there is any rough pushing.
5. A big part of refereeing is learning to not be afraid to make the calls and taking on the leadership associated with helping younger players and overseeing a game.  

Please arrive at the fields at 10:10 and meet at the Concession Stand.  Kendra Hartman, our Junior Division Coordinator, will be there at 10:10.  Kendra will coordinate the referees, hand out whistles and go over their responsibilities.  Kendra will walk the refs out to the Jr. fields.  The coaches understand that it is part of their coaching duties to help mentor and bring along our young refs.  At the end of the day our referees receive a small gift. 

If you have any questions about the In-House Referee Program, EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
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POSTED August 31, 2015
Arriving For This Week's (first) Team Practice
Practice begins at 6:00.  This week, as you arrive for practice, Kami, Marianne F. and Marianne H and others will again be at the check-in table to assist you with any questions regarding team assignments.  They will also help you find your team on the field.  With over 150 kids showing up for soccer, the first week or two of practice can be confusing until the kids get to know their coach and teammates.

The Beginner Division players will practice in the area closest to the Concession trailer.  There will be flags with the numbers 1-8 in the field to designate a team's meeting area.  The Junior Division players will meet in the middle area of the field and their team numbers (1-6) will posted on orange field cones.  The Senior Division Players will meet at the far north end of the field and will find team numbers (1-5) on field flags.  Practice begins at 6:00PM, Thursday, at our fields at Cool Springs Fitness.  

Number of Teams per Division (this Year)
In response to the increased number of players again this year, we've expanded the Junior Division from 4 to 6 teams.  The Senior Division has expanded from 4 to 5 teams.  Increasing the number of teams helps insure the roster size for each team will be reduced, thus allowing our children to continue to experience small-group practice sessions, have more drill time and "touches" and (maybe) most importantly increase the amount of playing time during each game/match.  Unfortunately we were unable to secure a 6th coach for the Sr. Division.  Thus, each week one Sr. Division team will receive a 'bye' and may use Saturday as a practice.  

Team Rosters:  
Team rosters will be emailed Tuesday evening.  You will received your child's division/team roster which will include their Team number.  Please make note of your child's Team number (e.g., Team 5) as it will be easier to find your child's team, at the field, knowing their team number. 

Concessions:
During the season the Concession Stand provides a wide variety of items including hot meals for those Saturday morning matches!  Please stop by the Concession Trailer and sign up to bring something hot one weekend or volunteer to help out for an hour.  

Equipment:
  • All players must have the red/white reversible Mesh Team Shirt, order through our online registration process.  Shirts from previous years are fine.  
  • A players shin guards, with socks over the top of the shin guards, are required in order to play.  Soccer cleats or turf shoes are encouraged but not mandatory. 
  •  Soccer cleats do not have a "toe" or front cleat.  Baseball and football cleats do have a "toe" cleat and can not be used for soccer.
  • Our SWAP Box containing gently wore cleats, soccer socks and more is very full this year.  The cleats have been sorted by size to make easy to find something for your new player.
Match Schedules:  
Schedules will be posted online and on the side of our Concession Trailer as we get closer to the first Match (September 12).  We play every Saturday, beginning the September 12th.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your match.  Beginner's play at 9:30, Juniors play at 10:30 and the Seniors play at 11:30.  The schedule will include the field number, whether your team is home (red shirt) or away (white shirt).

About In-House
Organization:
The Mercer Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) is a 501c3 non-profit State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).  Each soccer club (MAYSA is a club) is required to have both a Travel soccer and In-House (doesn't travel) soccer program.  Additionally, MAYSA has a Youth Referee Mentoring Program that has been recognized by PA West as a top program for youth referees.

Number of Teams, Rosters and Playing Time: 
The In-House (or non-travelling) program allows for a bit more flexibility in the programming of the soccer season.  MAYSA's In-House Divisions are organized by grade so the children can play with their schoolmates.  All players play.  We worked to keep In-House roster sizes as small as possible by adding additional teams when necessary.  This approach allows for more playing time and more fun for the kids.  However, this approach does occasionally  require a greater number of volunteers and sometimes (but not often) we can not meet our goal of having the smallest possible rosters size by adding additional teams.  

No Player Draft:
The In-House soccer program does not conduct a player draft, but rather players are assigned teams with the goal being to create teams with as much balance as possible (its more art than science).  With the younger divisions this can be challenging as we see many new players each year and year-to-year a player can grow and change a great deal.

Soccer For All:
Finally, MAYSA's In-House program is designed to enable any child that desires to play the opportunity to do so.  Thus, we will work together with families that may have recently moved to the area and/or just learned about MAYSA at the start of school.  In a very small number of instances there may be the need to reassign a few players during the first or second week of practice (prior to the start of matches).  Over the years, we have found this to be a small price to pay to afford as many children as possible to play with their classmates.

If you only recently registered, please read the complete list of seasonal reminders (below).  Each week the Reminders Announcement area is updated with any important information and reminders.  

Also, don't forget to sign up for Club Text Messages.  It the most convenient way to receive Club announcements and reminders.

If you would like more information about MAYSA, please view our About Us page or EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.  Thanks everyone.

Honor the game,

MAYSA Soccer In-House Team
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POSTED August 23, 2015

Parents,

Our "First Evening" of soccer is tonight, August 27th at 6:00PM.  Parents, please plan on arriving a few minutes early and visit the "Check-In" desk.  Players can proceed directly to the fields. This will help us get everyone their shirts, finalize Division and Team assignments, and finalize overall check-in process greatly.  As always our Shoe & Shin Pad SWAP BOX will be at the Check-In table.  There are many pairs of slightly worn soccer spikes available for the kids so please take what you need.

Below are a few reminders for the upcoming season.  Please take a couple minutes to read through the entire list.

Schedule of Events (for the first few weeks of the season):

1a). The first three practice evenings - Thursdays August 27st, September 3rd and September 10th, and September 17th
  • Players do not need to wear their MAYSA shirt for this or any practices, although they are always welcome to wear them!
  • Upon arriving at the fields, we ask all Parents/Guardians to check-in as they arrive.  
  • Players do not need to wait in the registration line.  Players may go directly to the field to begin to play/practice.  They do not need to wait in the check-in line.
  • If you ordered a MAYSA playing shirt, you will be able to pick it up at the Check-in table. 
  • The Mercer Mustang men's high school players will conduct the first evenings practice for the kids while coaching and team assignments are finalized.
  • Depending on the number of last minute registrations, we will either have your child's team number and coach for you by the end of the first practice or we will email you that information prior to the second practice.  
1b).  1st Practice: August 27th, Thursday - Group Practice and Parent Meeting: Each year our first even of practice is conducted by either the Mercer High School Men's team.  Stations will be created and the players will be presented with an array of drills and skills that evening.  This format allows us to finalize Divisions, Teams and review policies with new coaches.  We will also conduct  a short Parent Meeting (15 minutes) with each Divisional Group (i.e., Beginner, Junior, Senior).  

1c).  2nd and 3rd Practice: September 3rd and September 10th, Thursday - Individual Team Practices & Meet your coach and teammatesThe start of a practice routine . . . if not prior to the 3rd evening, then on that evening players will meet their teammates, coaches and begin a practice routine that will last throughout the remainder of the season.  

1d).  First Match - Saturday September 12th:  Please arrive at at least 15-20 minutes early to allow for warm ups.  Matches begin promptly at the designated start time.
  • Beginner Matches begin at 9:30 at the fields closest to the Concession Stand. 
  • Junior Division Matches begin at 10:30 at the Jr. Fields
  • Senior Division Matches begin at 11:30 at the far end Sr. fields
1e).  4th Practice: September 17, Thursday - Mercer Elementary School Open House: Each year, Open House, coincides with an early fall soccer practice.  This evening is usually the only practice of the season in which we change the start time of practice.  Thus, September 17th's practice start time will be moved from 6:00 to 6:30PM to allow folks  to attend the school's Open House and hopefully make it to practice.  Practice will run until 7:40.  

On this evening some of our teams may experience several players unable to attend due to Open House.  Some team's coaches may have to attend Open House and miss a portion of practice or all of the practice.   We will have coverage and some teams will join together to practice on this evening.  We ask for your patience and understanding as this evening can  seem a little confusing to those parents new to fall soccer.

Practice and Match Day Reminders

2).  Not-a-Drop-Off:  MAYSA's practices and games are not considered a "drop off" situation.  We ask all parents or guardians to be at the fields while their child is playing or practicing.       

3).  Parking:  Please park in the two gravel lots closest to the Soccer Fields or at the far end (North end) of the fields.  Please do not park in the paved fitness center lots.

4).  Game Schedules: Team's schedules will be available on our website at http://www.MercerSoccer.org and post on the Concession Stand each week.  In short, we always play at the fields at CSF.   Beginners play at 9:30AM, Juniors at 10:30 and the seniors at 11:30.  The schedule will include which team you play and the shirt color to wear (red or the reversable white).  

5).  Game Day Seating: We ask that our Junior and Senior Division level parents watch the game from the side of the field opposite the teams and coaches.  This will help us reduce distractions, help the players focus on the Coach's instructions and allow us to move towards more coaching from the sideline and not just on the field.  As an instructional/recreational league we encourage our coaches to be on the field.  However, as the season progresses we do slowly work towards more coaching from the sidelines and having the players play.

6).  Field Conduct: In-House is a recreational and instructional program.  We strive to insure family-friendly environment for our players, coaches, referees and families.  There is no smoking and no alcohol permitted while at the fields.  Also, abusive or negative comments directed at the players, coaches  or referees will not be tolerated.   

7).  Crosswalk: Cool Springs Fitness has added a Crosswalk between the two gravel overflow parking lots.  We ask that everyone use the new crosswalk when entering and leaving the fields.  Also, please drive with great care when entering or leaving the Fitness Center on practice and match days as children will be entering and leaving the fields.

8).  Weather: Generally, soccer and MAYSA play in the rain, but not a torrential downpours and not if there is lightening present.  For the most part, the kids don't mind the rain and mud and seem to enjoy an occasional game in rain.  

If during practice or matches there is lightening present, then we will ask everyone to leave the field, get in their cars and we will take a 25-30 minute break.  We will attempt to resume play and adjust the remaining Match schedules.
 
Our fields were built with special drainage underneath and even after a great deal of rain we are often able to play.  For the most part, we usually make practice and game decision at the fields.  However, if we conclude early in the day that a practice or matches can not be held due to weather, we will attempt to text everyone on or before 4:30pm (if you haven't signed up for Club text message, please consider doing so).  If you do not receive a text on or before 4:30pm, then any weather decisions will be made at the fields. 

Also, our fields reside in an open area which often experiences a fair amount of wind.  On warm days the breeze can help cool things down a little.  On cold wet days the breeze can make it feel much colder.  Please bring a wind breaker on hat and gloves for your young player on cooler days during fall soccer. 
 

MISC:

9).   MAYSA Wear: As you stop by the check-in table to check-in, pick up your Picture Forms stop and check out the new adult MAYSA wear T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, etc. . .

10).  Concessions: This season our Concession Coordinator is Marianne Hustead.  Marianne will be contacting you with respects to signing up to help bring a warn breakfast dish or help in the Concession Stand.  We are asking for two parent volunteers for each of the three match times for our Saturday Matches.  There are still many openings including this weekend's 11:30 game. (4th-6th graders)  We have over 15 more open time slots.  Anyone interested, can email Marianne at Concessions@MercerSoccer.org or stop by the concession stand at Thursdays practice to sign up. 

11).  Club Announcements on your phone: We encourage all parents to take advantage of the most convenient to receive important Club announcements and reminders. Simply text followmaysa to 84483.  We promise to respect your time and not overwhelme you with needless messages.  At anytime you can suspend receiving message by simply texting stop to 84483.

Thanks everyone.  

Honor the game

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POSTED August 3, 2015

Parents, Coaches or anyone new to soccer,

MAYSA like many youth sport organizations relies on parents, volunteers and alumni to carry out every aspect of the organization.  The simple truth is that MAYSA 
can not continue to provide the high level of soccer programing that we all have become accustom to, without you.  If you have coached or helped out in the past, I  encourage you to consider once again getting involved this season.  If you are new to soccer or MAYSA, we especially need your help.  Each year a new generation of youth soccer players takes the field, new parents/coaches and volunteers are needed to help us begin the process of  stewarding the next generation.   

There are many ways to help that do not involve coaching.  If you can help organize or set up the fields on match day, work our Concession Trailer, assist or coach, help with our Youth Referee program or if you are good with administrative tasks, then please consider joining our team.  

However, if you are interested in assisting or youth coaching we will train you.  New to soccer, so was I.  Never played, me neither.  
If you are relatively new to MAYSA, you may be unaware 
of the depth of playing and coaching experience that exists throughout MAYSA.  For years MAYSA has worked hard to maintain a high level soccer experience and positive youth coaching principals throughout the organization.  
From beginning In-House Soccer Parent/Coaches to (U.S. Soccer) Licensed Travel coaches, we will get you started and help you along the way.  
 
For years MAYSA has provided parents and coaches with training through its Parent/Coach Clinic, clinic via guest area college coaches and PA West coaching sessions.  Beginning last year PA West, our governing organization, and U.S. Youth Soccer mandated that all new youth coaches participate in coach training.  Since MAYSA has always been providing such training, we were ready.  

This year PA West, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer have continued their commitment to coach training by making it easier than ever before to learn about soccer and youth coaching.  U.S. Soccer is in the process of making its vast resources available online.   Thus, this year, for the first time new coaches have the opportunity to take U.S. Soccer's entry level (beginner) F-Licensing course, online.  
http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f
The course requires about 90 minutes of your time, it is completely online and at its conclusion provides great practice and planning resources.  Taking this online course would 
fulfill a beginning or new Parent/Coaches training requirements.  MAYSA is the F-License as the best option for all those interested in coaching youth.  The F-License as the simplest means to meet PA West's (and MAYSA's) new coaching education policy.

Also, this year U.S. Youth Soccer has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to further expand the coaching resources available to Clubs.  Top coaches and athletes discuss the importance of "positive" coaching techniques and more.  PCA has been working thousands of high schools and youth programs.    

As a new youth Parent/Coach many are surprised that much of the training is less about soccer and more about helping you understand the physical and physiological differences between the various age groups of children in youth soccer.  What skill training should a Parent/Coach expect from young players?  What are the physiological differences between 6, 8, 10 or 12 years old?  How does that effect the length of practice?  Of course the training also includes easy to understand (and easy to put into action) 'how to' soccer practices for the different age groups.  
U.S. Youth Soccer announces partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance

Additionally, over the years MAYSA has enjoyed a strong relationship/partnership with our high school men's and women's soccer programs.  Beyond their high school duties, the high school's mens and women's coaches and assistants help coordinate MAYSA player development, help coach MAYSA travel teams and provide guidance to our MAYSA coaches throughout the year.  

This partnership has provided an important consistency towards player development throughout our program.  Player Development, technique skills training and soccer philosophy are, to the extent possible, consistent throughout a youth's MAYSA experience.  We believe this approach is best for the long-term development of the youth soccer player.  

Also, did you know Mercer's high school program has been a dominate force in the District 10 Division over the years competing at the highest levels.  In recent years the Men's high school team has amassed a record of 69-9!   

Over the past five years the program has captured five Regional-1 Titles, one District-10 Championship and an additional District-10 Championship runner up.

It is my hope that you will take this opportunity to seriously consider going the MAYSA volunteer team!  We simply can't do it without you.  To get started or if you have any questions, EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.

"Professional coaches measure success in rings.  
College coaches measure success in championships. 
High School coaches measure success in titles. 
Youth coaches measure success in smiles."  
-P. McAllister, Youth Coach

Pizza-n-Practice

posted Sep 17, 2015, 5:54 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 10:33 AM ]

Back by poplar demand: Pizza-n-Practice Thursdays!  
  • Get a 9-Cut pizza delivered to the practice field!
  • Only $9.99!
  • All proceeds benefit MAYSA!
  • Must order through MAYSA
Again this year, our friendly neighborhood Pizza Joes has partnered with MAYSA on a great deal!  

Thursday's can be a bit hectic.  Our family is running around after school trying to complete homework, prepare dinner, get the kids changed and get to the fields on time.  Maybe the following will help: You can order, through MAYSA, a Pizza Joe's 9-cut pizza with one topping for only $9.99!  All pizzas will be delivered to the fields at approximately 5:30pm.

Further, all proceeds go directly to MAYSA!  This is potentially a win/win/win for busy parents, MAYSA and our local Pizza Joe's!  For details on how to order your Pizza, have it delivered to the fields at 5:30PM and pay, read below. 

Can I order today?
Yes.  Orders will be accepted anytime before Thursday at 2:00PM.  The delivery to the field for $9.99 per pizza offer is valid only on orders placed through MAYSA.  

How do I order?  
Email us your order at Concessions@MercerSoccer.org.  Include your full name and a contact phone number (home or cell phone number) which may be used to verify your order if your email is not recognized. 

What can I order?
This year we have five (5) possible orders:
  • 9-cut Pizza Plain
  • 9-cut Pizza with Pepperoni
  • 9-cut Pizza with Sausage
  • 9-cut Pizza with Mushroom
  • 9-cut Pizza with Bacon
Can I order slices?
Sorry, but only 9-cut pizzas can be ordered.  

When can I pick up my pizza?
Your pizza order will be delivered to the fields, just prior to 5:30PM on Thursday and available at the Concession Stand.
http://www.pizzajoes.com

How do pay?
We will accept cash payments (only) at the field via our normal Concession Stand arrangement.  

What if I order and practice is cancelled?
The pizza orders will be at Concession Stand at 5:30 even if we don't play soccer.

What if I ordered, but for some reason do not make it to the fields that evening?
We know that things happen, however, we ask that you please understand that if you email us with an order, MAYSA will have already paid for your order before you pick it up.  Thus, upon placing an order, you accept and agree that you are responsible for the full cost of your order.

Can I cancel? 
A cancellation request (via email) will be accepted only if it is received before noon on Thursday and only after it is confirmed by phone.  Please include a contact phone number on any email request to cancel an order. 

Questions and Orders:

Thanks Pizza Joe's!
       

Parent/Coach Training Resources

posted Aug 6, 2015, 6:50 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 7:59 AM ]



Parent/Coach Training Resources

 
Welcome Parent/Coach, 

New to soccer?  Never coached youth and children before?  Not a problem, we'll teach you.  U.S. Soccer has made it easier then ever to get started and learn how to coach youth soccer.  Now with U.S. Soccer's online entry level course you will be taught everything you need to know to provide productive and fun practices for your players.  The course is online so you can watch and complete the course at your convince and it only takes about 90 minutes.  Also, at the end there are weekly practice outlines, forms and drills to help you through out the season.

Please take a few minutes to review items 1-7 below:

1.  PA West & U.S. Soccer's Entry Level Online Course (F-License): Now learning how to coach soccer has never been easier!  This year PA West, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer have continued their commitment to parent/coach training by making it easier than ever before to learn about soccer and youth coaching.  U.S. Soccer is in the process of making its vast resources available online.   This year, for the first time new coaches have the opportunity to take U.S. Soccer's entry level (beginner) F-Licensing course, online.  

http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f

The course requires about 90 minutes of your time, it is completely online and at its conclusion provides great practice and planning resources.  Taking this online course would 
fulfill PA West's Parent/Coaches educational training requirements.  MAYSA recommends U.S. Soccer's  F-License as the best option for all those just beginning and interested in coaching youth.  



2.  A full season of Weekly Practice Activities, Skills, Drills and Tips: U.S. Youth Soccer Practice Activities for the Parent Coach (free) - click on the image below to view or download:

      Beginner Division (U6, U8)         Junior Division (U10)              Senior Division (U12)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEZ3M4NjF6bnlrTUE/edit?usp=sharing                https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEaHN5VVFnRUtDa2M/edit?usp=sharing               https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ZMnQXXIOzEdUFxOWU1YTlzaG8/edit?usp=sharing


3.  Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) video: click on the image below to view a short 2 minute video 
     from PCA and Phil Jackson

http://youtu.be/0tofc389Sd8


4.  Soccer Made Easy - Borrow a (free) copy from MAYSA or purchase you own by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Soccer-Coaching-Made-Easy-Development-ebook/dp/B0051WJAH6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407940991&sr=8-3&keywords=soccer+made+easy


5.  The "Small-Sided" Game (SSG): SSG is a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.  Small-Sided Games are developmentally appropriate environment for our youngest soccer players.  MAYSA, strongly supports . . . to read more click the image below.  
Small-Sided Games (SSG)


6.  A few other FAQs for our coaches:
  • First Aid/InjuriesOver the years MAYSA as enjoyed few incidents, however last year we did experience a broken arm. As coaches we must be prepare, however, at the same time MAYSA is not a drop off league so parents should be nearby. We have several First Aid equipment bags and ice available at the Concession Stand. If you would like to carry your own with you, that's fine. Always, error on the side of caution and contact the Parents immediately with respects to any potential injury. With any potentially serious injury, immediately contact 911, the parents and the MAYSA On-Field Coordinator. Our Coordinator will document the injury and follow up with the Parents.
  • EquipmentWe will have the new equipment (bags, balls, etc..) at the fields for the first evening of practice. There will always be both a hand pump and compressor available at the Concession stand or a car next to the concession stand. Also, I will always have a hand pump with me at the fields.
  • Game LengthsBeginners play four (4) eight minute-10 minute quarters, Juniors play two 25 minute halves, Seniors play two 30 minute halves.
  • Major Take Away:  Take some time to 'prepare', use small groups and keep it fun.  You've had a successful In-House coaching season, if your players are smiling and want to come back!  "Professional coaches measure success in rings.  College coaches measure success in championships.   High School coaches measure success in titles.  Youth coaches measure success in smiles."  -P. McAllister, Youth Coach.

7. Child Protection Clearances: PA State law requires all coaches to complete three child protection risk management procedures:  (1) PA State Criminal Background Check, (2) PA Child Abuse History Clearance and (3) FBI Criminal Background check or Volunteer Qualification Affidavit.  Further, completed clearance information must be provided to PA West Soccer, our governing organization. 


To begin,

(a)  Complete PA State Police Criminal Record Check Online. There is a $10 fee.  MAYSA will reimburse coaches completing the process.  If you have a copy of your current Criminal Record Check, you can use it instead of obtaining a second Criminal Check.

(b)  Complete Child Abuse History Clearance Online.  Again, there is a $10 fee.  MAYSA will reimburse coaches completely the process.  If you have a current Criminal Record Check, you can use it instead of obtaining a second Abuse History Clearance.

Next, if you have lived in PA for 10 or more consecutive years, then goto step (c) and skip (d), otherwise goto step (d).

(c) Complete Volunteer Qualification Affidavit.  Download this .pdf file and complete it.  This step is only for those who have lived in PA for 10 or more consecutive years.  If you have not lived in PA for 10 consecutive years, you must perform step (d).

(d). Only perform this step if you have not lived in PA for 10 consecutive year, you must complete an FBI Criminal Background Check including fingerprinting.  The cost approximately $27.50 and MAYSA will reimburse coaches completely the process.

If you know that you will need any of the clearances above, please get started.  If you are not sure contact us.  Prior to the start of the season we will be going through the system and notifying those of you who need to obtain your clearances.  

(e) PA West Soccer coaches and referees are required to upload copies of your clearance documents into the PA West Soccer Online Risk Management System.  Using this link and your current login info (used to register your kids) or a new login and password to upload your clearances and complete the process.  You will not be registered as a coach, assistant or referee by PA West until this final step is completed.  


Thanks again everyone! 

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