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Parent/Coach Training Resources

posted Sep 6, 2017, 3:22 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:22 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! 

U.S. Youth Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

posted Sep 6, 2017, 3:19 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:19 AM ]

U.S. Youth Soccer is a partner with  the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-proftit working to bring all youth and high school athletes experience a positive character-building sport experience,
 
http://youtu.be/0tofc389Sd8
PCA partners with high schools and youth sporting organizes and works with administrators  coaches, the athletes and parents with the end goal being Better Athletes, Better Coaches and Better People.

U.S. Youth Soccer is looking forward to adding to its educational resources by adding PCA extensive Coach, Parent, and Player educational tools, classes, workshops and more.  

http://youtu.be/0tofc389Sd8
Each year PA West and MAYSA provide coaching clinics and classes for all our soccer coaches.  We are looking forward to adding PCA's Better Athletes/Better People materials as part of our coaching development materials.  

View a short (2 minute) video message from coaching legend Phil Jackson, by clicking on the image to the right.

PCA has partnered with over 3,000 high schools.  U.S. Youth Soccer annually provides soccer to over 3 million youths.   PCA's national advisory board includes hall-of-fame professionals, major college coaches and administrators, click here to see the complete list.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                            Click above to view message
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Fall Travel registration closes 7/28, register today!

posted Jun 21, 2017, 7:10 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 10:00 AM ]

To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above.  

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

Fall In-House soccer is for children eligible for K-6th grade.  Players are assigned a team and coach based on their age and grade.  Teams practice on Thursday evenings and play each Saturday morning at our fields at Cool Spring Fitness.  This year's practices will begin Thursday, August 24th at 6:00pm.  Matches will begin September 9th.  

Fall Travel soccer provides additional instruction, greater skill development and a more competitive soccer experience.  Travel players represent their community while playing 4 away and 4 home matches.  Each player will be assigned a team (i.e., U12, U10) and a coach.  Travel teams practice twice a week, usually Wednesday and Friday evenings.  Matches are held each Sunday afternoon.  
Fall registration will open shortly.  Fall Travel registration closes (early), 7/28 in order to delcare Travel teams to our parent organization PA West.  Register today!

To learn more about Fall In-House or Travel soccer, click on the http://www.mercersoccer.org/fall-soccer above.   

The more Coaches and Assistant Coaches the better!  If you are interested in coaching or being an assistant coach, please email us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.  We will training you!

Summer K-2nd grade Pickup Soccer: See you next summer!

posted Apr 25, 2017, 6:41 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:23 AM ]

The Spirit of our Summer Pickup Soccer Program is to provide a less structured, pickup game atmosphere for our youngest soccer players (i.e., currently eligible for K through 2nd grade).  We believe that for this very young age group having fun, getting "touches" and simply playing will go a long way towards helping further their skill set and a love of the game.   

Join us this June on Wednesday evenings!
  •  Who: Children entering K-2nd grade
  • When: Wednesdays, June 7th - June 28th
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm
  • Where: MAYSA soccer fields at Cool Spring Fitness
  • Cost: Free for previous In-House players. New players $10 to cover insurance PA West registration and copy of birth certificate.  
Learn more here:  Summer Soccer

Honor the game!

MAYSA & MASH 4th Annual Golf Outing

posted Apr 11, 2017, 8:58 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 6:36 AM ]

Dear Friends of Mercer Soccer,

The MAYSA and Mercer Area Soccer Boosters (a.k.a. MASH) together, are organizing the 4th Annual Mercer Area Soccer Golf Scramble to be held on May 13th at Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer.  This event is a fund raiser for Mercer Area Soccer (both our youth program and the school's programs).  

The fund raiser helps provide new uniforms for the high school teams and will also assist in offsetting the costs of MAYSA groundskeeping and equipment needs.

We invite you to enter your own team or we can put find a team for you.  If you can help us by connecting with companies and individuals you know to become 'hole sponsors' for this event, that would be great!  Your participation and involvement allows us to continue to keep Mercer soccer programs strong.

We have attached the flyer for this year's event which can be used to register a team or sponsor a hole.  Please consider printing it off to giving to potential sponsors and golfers.

Thank you.

MAYSA & MASH

Spring Soccer Season finished, see you in the fall!

posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:50 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 7:13 AM ]

To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above.  The Spring Soccer registration deadline is February, 24th.

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.

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 or encounter any troubles registering online, please contact our Registrar, Kami Dubiel, at Registration@MercerSoccer.org or (724) 992-8122 

To learn more or if you have additional questions about Spring "Travel" Soccer EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org


Club Announcement on your phone!

posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:49 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 22, 2017, 11:49 AM ]


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

2016 Year End Highlights

posted Oct 25, 2016, 7:07 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 22, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Parents,

Not much left to say except, thanks.   

Below are a few year-end highlights.  As one of our past MAYSA Presidents said, "the most important highlights are possibly the things we do not calculate and do not include 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."  
 
2016 Season Highlights:

Soccer (In-House and Travel) Participation:
  • MAYSA celebrated its 27th year anniversary.
  • The 2016 Fall and Spring Soccer registration numbers again increased over the previous year.     
  • For the 2016 Spring (Travel) Summer Pickup, and Fall season (In-House and Travel), approximately 275* players participated in our Fall  and Spring Soccer programs, which makes MAYSA the largest youth sports organization in the area. *Exact participation number will be calculated shortly.
  • MAYSA participates this year came from 5 surrounding school districts.
  • 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 had and currently has 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 previous players and coaches who went on to coach at the College level
Youth Referee Program:
  • In-House Referees: There were 12 middle school and U12 age referee volunteers this year.
  • MAYSA's Youth Referee Program (minimum age 14):  This year MAYSA's youth referee's program had 10 participants who trained and ref all across western PA.  
  • In the recent past, 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.
We could go on with the list, but these are the high points.

P.s.,
I encourage any parent interested in helping MAYSA continue to provide Soccer programs (both In-House and Travel) 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, like all youth organizations, MAYSA is always looking for a few folks who may like to get more involved, take on a slightly larger role and commit to helping us continue to bring soccer to the community over the next couple of years.  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.

MAYSA reaches Ghana

posted Oct 4, 2016, 10:36 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 11:39 AM ]

Dr. Suzanne Maslo and Gary Proie annually head up a team of medical professionals and volunteers, from western PA, who travel to remote areas of the world providing humanitarian dental services.  This year her team traveled to 6 villages in Ghana and provided medical and dental procedures to 883 children.

MAYSA reaches Ghana



Dr. Maslo likes to give the kids a small gift and the number one requested item is a soccer ball. 
Last year the group traveled to remote parts of Inner Mongolia in Northern China. 
A couple years ago Dr. Maslo asked MAYSA that she would like to take any older soccer balls no longer being used by MAYSA and give them to the children of the orphanages she visits. 

Part of providing a 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 each year are ready for the trash, however, some balls have some life left in them.  We were happy to be able to help Dr. Maslo and her team in some small way. 

U.S. Youth Soccer's Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

posted Sep 26, 2016, 7:13 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:18 AM ]

U.S. Youth Soccer is a partner with  the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-proftit working to bring all youth and high school athletes experience a positive character-building sport experience,
 
http://youtu.be/0tofc389Sd8
PCA partners with high schools and youth sporting organizes and works with administrators  coaches, the athletes and parents with the end goal being Better Athletes, Better Coaches and Better People.

U.S. Youth Soccer is looking forward to adding to its educational resources by adding PCA extensive Coach, Parent, and Player educational tools, classes, workshops and more.  

http://youtu.be/0tofc389Sd8
Each year PA West and MAYSA provide coaching clinics and classes for all our soccer coaches.  We are looking forward to adding PCA's Better Athletes/Better People materials as part of our coaching development materials.  

View a short (2 minute) video message from coaching legend Phil Jackson, by clicking on the image to the right.

PCA has partnered with over 3,000 high schools.  U.S. Youth Soccer annually provides soccer to over 3 million youths.   PCA's national advisory board includes hall-of-fame professionals, major college coaches and administrators, click here to see the complete list.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                            Click above to view message
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