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Pizza-n-Practice Thursdays!

posted Sep 18, 2016, 6:01 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

  • Get a 9-Cut pizza delivered to the practice field@5:30!
  • Only $9.99!
  • Must order through MAYSA
  • All proceeds benefit MAYSA!
Again this year, our friend's at Pizza Joes have 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 Pizza-n-Practice (i.e., 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 EmailUs@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, 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!
      

Get Club Messages On Your Phone!

posted Aug 11, 2016, 7:11 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 7:11 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.

MAYSA In-House Parent Announcements: Match Day Reminders - Weather

posted Aug 11, 2016, 8:09 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 7:41 AM ]

MAYSA families,

With the possibility of another day of rain on Saturday, please read our Match Day Weather Reminder (item 8 below).

Thank you!


Practice and Match Day Reminders

1). Early season practice dates…done.

2).  Not-a-Drop-Off:  MAYSA's Thursday even practices and Saturday 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.       

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 are available above and will be posted on the Concession Stand each week.  In short, we always play at the fields at Cool Spring Fitness (CSF).   Beginners always 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: For the most part soccer (and MAYSA) is played in the rain, but not in a torrential downpour and not if there is lightening present.  If during practice or matches there is lightening present, then we will ask everyone to leave the field, get in their cars and we may take a 25-30 minute break.  We will attempt to resume play and adjust the remaining day's schedule.

Our fields were built with special drainage underneath and even during and immediately after a great deal of rain we are often able to play. 
In general t
he kids, especially the Jr. and Sr. Division kids, do not mind the rain and mud.  They seem to enjoy an occasional game in rain. 

On Match days (i.e., Saturday mornings) we almost always make weather related decisions at the fields.  For example, just because the 9:30am matches get cancelled, the 10:30 Jr. division and 11:30 Sr. division matches may still take place.  Each Division's Coordinator will be responsible for making any weather related decision about their Division's matches.  Our Division Coordinators are:

James Witmer - Beginning Division

Casey Unverzagt- Junior Division

Chris Washil - Senior Division

On Thursday's, practice, the majority of the time weather related decisions will be made at the field.  However, if we conclude early in the day that a practice or matches can not be held due to extreme weather, we will attempt to text everyone on or before 5:00pm.

Extreme weather related communications will take place via our Club Messages. If you haven't signed up for Club text message, please do so now. 

Additionally, 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. 

Finally, with the wide span of ages that attend MAYSA In-House practices and matches, we understand the youngest kids may not tolerate the cold and rain as well as the older players.  The final decision to play, practice or attend, especially with respects to the Beginning Level players, is a parent's prerogative, we'll understand.
 

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 way to receive important Club announcements and reminders. Simply text followmaysa to 84483.  We promise to respect your time and not overwhelm 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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Our first matches will take place this 
week on Saturday.  Schedules are below and will be posted on the Concession Stand (each week).


We still have a need for a second Concession Stand volunteer at 9:30 Saturday morning.  Please consider helping with our Concession Stand for 1 hour Saturday morning.

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Our "First Evening" of soccer is this Thursday, August 25th 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.

We understand that Kindergarten Orientation is the same evening.  Many parents stop by either just before 6:00 or before practices ends at 7:00-7:15.

Below are a few important 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):

1). The first three practice evenings and first match:
a. Thursday August 25th: (first practice a group practice)
b. Thursday September 1st: (first team practice)
c. Thursday September 8th and beyond: continue team practices
d. Saturday September 10th: 1st Match

*For all practices player are welcome to wear their MAYSA shirt but do not have to wear it for practice.

a).  1st Practice: August 25th, Thursday - Check-In, Shirts, Group Practice, Parent Meeting: Each year our first even of practice is conducted by either the Mercer High School Women's team.  The Women's team will set up a variety of practice Stations and the kids will visit multiple skill-n-drill stations every 10-15 minutes.  The Group Practice allows us to check-in everyone, hand out shirts, finalize Rosters, 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).  Please meet up near the Swimming Pool area (outside) according to the following schedule:

6:05 - Coaches

6:25 - Sr. and Jr. Division Parents

6:45 - Beginning Division Parents

Additional notes:
  • Upon arriving at the fields for the first evening, we ask all Parents/Guardians to check-in as they arrive.
  • Players may (but do not have to) wear their MAYSA shirt for these or any practices
  • Players do not need to wait in the registration/check-in line.  Players may go directly to the field to begin to play/practice. 
  • If you ordered a MAYSA playing shirt, you will be able to pick it up at the Check-in table. 
  • The Mercer Mustang women'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 and grade level updates we will email/text team information prior to the following Thursday's practice (September 1st's first team practice)
  • This year Mercer's Kindergarten Orientation is also on the August 25th.  Thus, we may experience some beginning players who come late or leave early so they can attend K-Orientation.  Some team's coaches may have to attend K-Orientation and miss a portion of the group practice.   This is one reason why the first evening is intentionally a "group" practice held by the high school team.  We ask for your patience and understanding as this evening can  seem a little confusing to those parents new to fall soccer.

b).  
2nd Practice: September 1st, Thursday - Individual Team Practices & Meet your coach and teammatesThe start of a team practice routine . . . on this evening players will meet their teammates, coaches and begin a practice routine that will last throughout the remainder of the season on Thursday evenings.  Practice begins at 6:00.

c).  3rd Practice: September 8, Thursday and all practice afterwards: team practices begin at 6:00 ends at 7:00 for Beginning division and 7:15 for Sr. and Jr. divisions.

d).  First Match - Saturday September 10th:  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

Practice and Match Day Reminders

2).  Not-a-Drop-Off:  MAYSA's Thursday even practices and Saturday 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.       

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 posted on the Concession Stand each week.  In short, we always play at the fields at Cool Spring Fitness (CSF).   Beginners alway 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).  WeatherOur fields were built with special drainage underneath and even after a great deal of rain we are often able to play. The kids (especially the older kids) don't mind the mild rain and mud, they seem to enjoy an occasional game in rain.  For the most part, soccer (and MAYSA) is played in the rain, but not in a torrential downpour and not if there is lightening present.  If during practice or matches there is lightening present, then we will ask everyone to leave the field, get in their cars and we may take a 25-30 minute break.  We will attempt to resume play and adjust the remaining day's schedules.

In general, we usually make practice and match day weather related decisions at the fields.  However, if we conclude early in the day that a practice or matches can not be held due to extreme weather, we will attempt to text everyone on or before 4:30pm (if you haven't signed up for Club text message, please do so now).  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. 

Finally, the a the span of ages that attend practices and matches, we understand the youngest kids may not tolerate the cold and rain as well as the older players.  The final decision to play, practice or attend, especially with respects to the Beginning Level players, is a parent's prerogative.
 

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 way to receive important Club announcements and reminders. Simply text followmaysa to 84483.  We promise to respect your time and not overwhelm you with needless messages.  At anytime you can suspend receiving message by simply texting stop to 84483.

Questions: EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org

Thanks everyone.  

Honor the game


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Parents,

Click on the roster link below to see this year's team rosters and team numbers.  Having your team number will help you and your child find their team on the fields during the first couple of weeks.  For the Beginner Division there will be cones with a team number at the field area closest to the concession stand.  There will be flags with a team number located in the middle field area for the Junior Division teams.  Senior Division teams will meet at the northern most end of the field.

               2016 Rosters

The link above will be accessible through Thursday's practice.  At that time the link will be removed from this website and the rosters will be posted at the check-in table and concession stand. 

Honor the game!

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Date: 8/19/16
Subj: Grade level & Call for coaches

Parents,

Good afternoon. Two important updates below:

First, we will shortly begin to create teams for the coming season.  If you did not update your child's grade level when registering this year, please take a moment to do so over the next day or so.  Having accurate grade level information is absolutely necessary in order to avoid roster changes after the first week or two.


Second, with respects to coaches and assistants we are almost there!  We can't do this with out ya, please consider helping out this year. 
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4:

1. 90 minutes of prep (via an online class)
2. 90 minutes of practice one evening of week
3. 90 minutes of Match play on Saturday mornings.
4. Most important, making sure the kids have fun!

Current need:
  • Sr. Division              2 assistants needed
  • Jr. Division              1 coach and 3 assistants needed
  • Beginning Division  1 coach and 4 assistants needed

Join the team... EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org

Thanks everyone.  Honor the game!



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Date: 8/17/16
Subj: Parent Update - SSG:

Almost every year we are asked the following questions: 

"Can we make the Beginner fields larger?" 
"Can we put more players on the Jr. field and make the Jr. field larger?" 


There is actually a great deal of thought behind each age group's field size, number of player, etc... If you are new to MAYSA, take a minute to read about the Small-Sided Game: 


"The Small-Sided Game 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 here
--> "Small-Sided" Game (SSG) or the image below.


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Date: 8/13/16
Subj: Call for Coaches

Parents,

MAYSA In-House soccer is a great program that relies heavily on the involvement of parents who are willing to donate a little time each week to help the kids enjoy the game of soccer.  Having sufficient volunteer parent-coaches and assistants allows us to keep team sizes reasonable and results in more play time for each child and more personal attention during practice.   Being an In-House coach or assistant requires little time (you probably be at the field anyways).  Further,  you will have a significant impact on our community's youth and insure MAYSA can continue to provide this program each year.

The first night of practice is a little over two weeks away, in order to conduct In-House this year, we are still in need of:
  • 7 additional Coaches: one Sr. Division, two Jr. Division, and four Beginning Division
  • 16 Assistant Coaches: all divisions

Many of MAYSA coaches and volunteers learned the game after becoming involved with In-house.  When I began coaching I questioned whether I would be of any help, but the following is absolutely true:
  • No previous experience is necessary 
  • MAYSA and PA West will provide all the training and practices drills you will need 
  • All equipment is provided by MAYSA
  • All communications (to Parents and teams) is carried out by MAYSA...just show up for practices and Match Days
  • Assistant coaches will be provided
  • Team sizes are kept small so each coach can work with small groups of 3, 4 or 5 kids at a time
  • Any other help a new coach may need will be provided
  • We practice Thursday evenings 6-7:15 and we play on Saturday mornings
  • Your child will play on your team
At this point, once again registration numbers are strong this year.  Each year, MAYSA's In-House program provides a great environment allowing many children the opportunity to became familiar with soccer, learn the basics, increase their soccer skills and just as importantly at this young age, have fun.  The success of MAYSA's In-House program depends on devoted, responsible adults, often those who are new to the game, in order to keep this wonderful program going.
 
MAYSA cannot conduct In-House without you! 

Please contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.

Parent-Coach Training Resources

posted Aug 2, 2016, 11:22 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 11:47 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 a season's worth of great practice and planning resources. Taking this online course
fulfills 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.  Upon completion please provide your certificate to your Division Coordinator or In-House Director.



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.

(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.  


Questions, contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org

Thanks again everyone!

Fall Soccer Registration Underway, Register Today!

posted Jun 7, 2016, 1:20 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 11:23 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 21st at 6:00pm.  Matches will begin September 6th.  

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 Travel registration will open shortly.

To learn more about Fall In-House or Travel soccer, click on the Fall Soccer Tab 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 Pickup Complete! Join Us Again Next Year!

posted May 24, 2016, 7:24 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 7:58 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 Thursday evenings!
  •  Who: Children K-2nd grade
  • When: Thursdays, June 2nd - June 23rd
  • 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.  
CLICK HERE to Register for Summer Pickup (K-2)

Honor the game!

Stay Informed! Club messages on your phone!

posted May 13, 2016, 6:56 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 7:08 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

Summer Pickup Soccer (K-2)

posted May 13, 2016, 6:55 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated May 13, 2016, 7:01 AM ]

Parents,  

Each year we put out a call to determine the level of interest in holding a Summer Pickup Soccer Session for children eligible for K and currently in 2nd grade.  

MAYSA's Summer Soccer is a recreational "pickup" style environment for children entering K (in the fall) through those currently in 2nd grade.  
The spirit of "pickup" is that of a much less structured environment.  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. 

In the recent past we have held Summer Pickup on Thursday evenings (4 sessions), 6:00 - 7:15 in June.

The pickup program is conducted during the same period in which many of our coaches are practicing and preparing teams for the PA West Edinboro Tournament.  As such the Summer Pickup K-2 program's available, each year, is largely determined by the number of parent volunteers that will help run, oversee and guide the pickup sessions.  You are not being asked to "coach", really.  We are asking for mature adults to help organized the evening, setup, and oversee the pickup games.  No experience is necessary, we'll show you what to do.

MAYSA may be unable to provide the Summer Pickup K-2 Program without at least 4-6 volunteers and someone to help coordinate volunteers.  If you can help out please contact us at
EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.

If we receive enough volunteers and interest, we will proceed and open Summer Pickup registration.  Please visit Summer Soccer tab above for further details.
 
Finally, we often hear that you would like to play, but are worried about other spring sporting conflicts.  MAYSA has always championed the idea that our young children are best served when involved in multiple activities (i.e., cross training).  Our youngest children will develop their strength and coordination well by participating in swimming, baseball, dance, soccer, etc. . .  Our youngest players have plenty of years before they need to be overly concerned about specializing.  

Thanks everyone.  

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

posted Jan 27, 2016, 8:24 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 7:27 AM ]

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 MF, Bethany Juergens
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.

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