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posted Aug 16, 2015, 6:15 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 12:14 PM ]

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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

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! 

SOCCERonTV

posted Aug 3, 2015, 8:43 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 8:57 AM ]



The English Premier League and Major League Soccer (MLS) seasons are both underway.  Watch a match on TV!   Below for a list of upcoming or recent matches that are available for viewing.  If you are new to the sport, watching a match may help you better understand and learn from some of the best.

For a full list of upcoming matches and where to watch in your area, click on the schedules below.

http://www.nbcsports.com/live-extra-schedule

     Replay anytime thru 9/7  NBCSN      New Castle v Arsenal

     Replay anytime thru 9/7  NBCSN      Man City v Watford


    For a complete schedule of upcoming games, visit
http://www.mlssoccer.com/tv/2015/espn

     9/13    5:00PM      ESPN 2        Toronto v New England

     9/20    5:00PM      ESPN          Portland v N.Y. Red Bulls


     For a complete schedule of upcoming games, visit
     MLS on TV

Stay Informed! Get Club Announcements On Your Phone!

posted Jul 30, 2015, 6:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 6:26 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

Fall Soccer Starts in August, In-House Registration Open!

posted Jul 27, 2015, 11:39 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 3, 2015, 8:40 AM ]

Registration for the 2015 Fall Soccer Season is underway!  Fall Soccer begins in August, so sign up today!  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. 

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!

U.S. Youth Soccer announces partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance

posted Jul 19, 2015, 8:31 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 21, 2015, 6:14 AM ]

U.S. Youth Soccer is pleased to announce its partnership with 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 left. 

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.                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                   
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Online Registration Update . . .

posted Jun 1, 2015, 10:21 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 3, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

If you have experienced any problems while attempting to register recently, please read the following:  Although online registration is proceeding well, there have been a few reports of registration sessions ending halfway through the process or certain drop-down menu options not be available.  If you have experienced any trouble registering or been unable to register, please contact us at Registration@MercerSoccer.org or EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org and we will get you registered.
  

MAYSA's registration system is provided by Affinity Sports through an agreement with our parent organization PA West Soccer.  The online registration system has worked very well over the past few years.  In the past the registration system was designed to work with desktop and laptop computers.  With the increasing number of mobile devices Affinity Sports recently optimized the registration process website to enable registration via all mobile devices.

While Affinity Sports was optimizing the system over the past couple of months, some folks may have experienced trouble registering.  Any troubles related to the optimization for mobile devices should have been corrected and should be a thing of the past.

However, one problem some folks continue to experience is when the system "times out" or starts over in the middle of the registration process.  This is actually a security measure designed into the Affinity Sports system.  Due to the sensitive nature of the information being entered during registration and with access to the system (now) often being via public wi-fi areas, temporary wi-fi areas, etc..., the system will "time-out" if information is not entered in a timely manner.  

Thus, Affinity Sports recommends having all the necessary information available prior to beginning the online registration process.

Therefore, prior to registering online for the first time it may be helpful to have all the information necessary before beginning.  The information needed to complete registration includes:
  • A child's medical/Dr contact information
  • Copy of birth certificated (you will only have to enter this once)
  • Parent or guardian contact information
  • Recent photo (for player's PA West card)
  • Payment information
We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during Affinity Sports recent optimization of the registration system.  Again if you continue to have any troubles contact us at Registration@MercerSoccer.org or EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org and we will make sure to get you registered.

BTW:  Fall Travel Soccer registration deadline is July 29th.   
            Fall In-House registration will continue through mid-August.  
            Contact us with any questions for troubles.

Former Steeler Jeff Reed, MAYSA and CSF team up!

posted Jun 1, 2015, 10:20 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 1:36 PM ]

Jeff Reed, Cool Springs Fitness and MAYSA are teaming up to bring a great soccer experience to the area on July 18th!  Former Steeler place kicker Jeff played soccer for 15 years before becoming a 2 time Super Bowl winning NFL place kicker.  Today Jeff hosts his weekly radio show, however, on Saturday July 18th, Jeff will bring his love of soccer, soccer experience, a positive faith-based message about life's challenges and a few NFL stories to the Mercer Area for a great day of soccer, fun, a little football talk and more!

All proceeds from the day's events will benefit Mercer Area Soccer Youth Association (MAYSA).  

Thank you in advance for your support!  

Register today via MAYSA's website --> Jeff Reed's Summer Soccer Registration

http://pawest-mercer.sportsaffinity.com/eventmanager/public/event.asp?calid=7062527&sessionguid=5A5FF133-1E28-4FF6-A607-6171A98D3FDE

What:    Jeff Reed's Summer Soccer Clinic 

When:   Saturday, July 18th Where:  Soccer Fields @ Cool Spring Fitness

Cost:     $10 per person - General Admission
                                         
               Online registration only.  Register 
               today and  pick up your wristband(s)
               at the fields on the day of the event. 

Schedule:                Gates open at 9:30am                                  Morning Session:
                           - Jeff's Youth Soccer clinic for 
                              kids K-6th grade: 10am-11:30
                           - Jeff talks with kids: 11:30am                   Afternoon Session:
                          - Jeff's Middle/High School
                            skills competition: 12:30pm-
                            2:00pm 
                          - Jeff's motivational talk with
                             young adults: 2:00pm
                
                 Late Afternoon:
                          - Kick against Jeff: 3:00pm 
 

Register today via MAYSA's website --> Jeff Reed's Summer Soccer Registration

On the day of the event when you arrive you will be asked to claim your wrist band(s) which are
to be worn the day of the event. 

We want to thank our partner Cool Springs Fitness for making this event possible 
and their ongoing support of local area youth soccer.  

http://www.coolspringsfitness.com

Summer Pickup Soccer (k-2nd grade) begins this Thursday (June 4th)!

posted Apr 23, 2015, 8:28 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 6:12 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 5th - June 26th
  • 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.  
To register for Summer Pickup Soccer click on the Registration tab above.

Honor the game!

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April 23rd:

Parents,  

We have again been hearing from folks asking about Summer Pickup Soccer.  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.  Instead of coaches there are adult supervisors that oversee the play.
 There are no set teams, instead teams are determined each week depending on who shows up that particular week. 
 
Our ability to provide Summer Pickup Soccer has always been dependent on the level of interest and adult volunteers willing to help with overseeing the action for one or two of the four weeks.  We would like to have two adult coordinators per game.  Adult coordinators will be there to help organize the evening, keep a particular game moving along, keep the play on the field and encourage a pick-up atmosphere.  
 
If you can commit to being an adult coordinator, please let us know EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
 
If you are seriously interested in having your child play Summer Pickup Soccer and can commit to at least half the weeks in which we play, please let us know EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
 
If we receive enough interest and committed for adult coordinators, we will proceed and open registration.
 


Proposed Spring Pickup Soccer Program:
  • Children entering K (this coming fall) through those already enrolled in 2nd grade
  • Summer Soccer is FREE to those already a MAYSA Club member (participated during the past year). 
  • New to MAYSA?  There is a $10 registration/insurance fee.
  • If there is enough interest, Spring Pickup Soccer will run 4 weeks.  It will begin Thursday, June 4th and run through Thursday, June 25th.  
  • The time will be 6:00-7:15 PM at the Cool Spring Fitness/MAYSA soccer fields.
  • We ask that you do your best to commit to a majority of the evenings and reply only if you are seriously interested.
  • The children will be split up into different teams each week based on skill, size, and age.
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. . .  Even MAYSA's spring (travel) teams accommodate players involved in multiple activities.  Our youngest players have plenty of years before they need to be overly concerned about specializing.  

Thanks everyone.  

Volunteers: PA Child Protection Clearance Law (Risk Management)

posted Apr 6, 2015, 12:07 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 15, 2015, 6:06 AM ]

Coaches, Assistants and Referees:

Every MAYSA coach, assistant and referee (over 18) must comply with the new PA Child Protective Services law.  Below is a step-by-step process to insure you meet all requirements of the law.  Depending on your particular circumstances you may need to take action immediately in order to insure your availability as a coach this season.  If your current employment requires the clearances below, you can use a copy of your current clearances.  You will still have to upload your clarence information to PA West's Risk Management System to complete this process (see details below). 

What does the new PA Child Protective Service Law mean for you?

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.

Lastly,

(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.  

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.  

Thanks everyone for your continued commitment to our youth, community and MAYSA.

For further details on the changes in the law, here's a link to PA West's Risk Management page of their website:  PA West Risk Management

Honor the game.

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