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PA West Position on Fall Sports - 8/7/2020

posted Aug 8, 2020, 5:43 AM by Maysa   [ updated Aug 8, 2020, 5:49 AM ]

TO:  All Clubs
DT:  August 7, 2020
RE:  Re-affirm Fall Playing Session
 
PA West Soccer’s Leadership Team convened a meeting on Friday evening to discuss Governor Wolf’s recommendation on the postponement of youth sports.  The adjustment to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidance via the Department of Health and Department of Education indicates the Governor and Department of Health “strongly recommend” and not order or mandate the postponement of youth recreational sports.  The directive has left the decision up to local authorities.   After thoughtful consideration, the leadership team reaffirmed PA West Soccer’s position allowing youth soccer activities for the Fall Playing Session. 
 
The Commonwealth’s current Green Phase permits full activity and the most recent directive provides, “the organizations and teams may only conduct in-person operations if they are able to do so in accordance with all applicable guidance.” 
 
PA West Soccer, using the guidance from PA Department of Health, the CDC, US Soccer, USYS, and USOPC, has created a Return To Play document:


that allows our soccer community to safely continue playing in compliance with the Commonwealth’s most recent directive.  We believe this process has permitted us to meet the requirement to conduct in-person activity per all applicable PA guidance.
 
We continue to advise you that there are still risks and possible exposure to COVID-19.  Should the Governor mandate a postponement or suspension we will comply.  Until such a time, we must continue practicing the necessary mitigation strategies that include wearing a mask, physical distancing, and minimizing spectators.  We also share that participation in sport can be a positive contribution to the well-being, physically, psychologically, and socially, of our members.

We encourage each of member club and leagues to revisit their Return To Play plan and redouble efforts to education each of your members on your plans and protocols for a safe return to play.  The safety of those players and their coaches always comes first.  In addition, we have held the position that anyone uncomfortable with returning to play may sit out and return when they are ready.  Each individual and organization must assess the risk and make their own determination. 

Again, we believe our Return To Play plan is strong allowing us to proceed with play this fall.  Should the circumstances change we notify you of the change.  We recommend you communicate with your membership regularly as well.  Open communication is important to continuing safely through the fall. 
 
All important changes will be posted on the Covid-19 Info page of our web site at: 

 
Best regards,
Tim McCoy
Executive Director
PAWest Soccer
412-856-8011
www.pawest-soccer.org

Fall Registration Closed

posted Mar 14, 2020, 7:47 AM by Maysa   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 4:38 PM ]

Travel Soccer:

- The first Sunday Games will be on September 13th

- The last day of Sunday Games will be on November 1st


In-House Soccer:

- The first practices are planned for the following week (September 1st & 3rd)

- The first Saturday of games will be September 12th

- The last Saturday of games will be October 31st

- In order to limit the number of people at the field and provide extra space for teams to spread out, practice days will be split between Beginners on Tuesdays, and Juniors and Seniors on Thursdays.

Return to Play Protocol (RTP)

posted Jul 24, 2019, 8:30 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 4:37 PM by Maysa ]

MAYSA 2020 FALL Return to Play Guidelines

PLAYERS

o Bring and only use their own drink & equipment

o Use hand sanitizer before entering the practice or game area.

o Keep equipment out of the field of play and at least 6’ away from other players equipment

o No handshakes, high-5’s or group celebrations

o Do not touch anyone else’s soccer ball with their bare hands.


PARENTS:

o Ensure your child is healthy and their personal equipment is sanitized before coming to activities.

o Notify a coach or administrator immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and contact your health care provider for guidance.

o Face coverings – over the mouth and nose:

REQUIRED FOR PARENTS & ANY SPECTATORS OVER 2 YEARS OLD AT ALL TIMES

Required for all players when entering and exiting the field area, and anytime not actively engaged in training or properly distanced around the outside of the field.

NOT required for the kids during training sessions or when playing in games.

o In-House Soccer: 

Use the gravel parking area adjacent to the paved gym parking lot.

‘Check-In’ your child near the concession stand (temperature check must be < 100.4o) and accompany your player to their team area. 

Pick a location around the practice area at least 6 ft. away from anyone not in your household.

Be available throughout practice in case the coach wants your child to go to you during breaks as a way of distancing from other kids.


COACHES & OTHER VOLUNTEERS:

o Use hand sanitizer before entering the field and do not touch player equipment during practice.

o Check in with your child (temperature check and answer any questions)

o Handle all movable equipment (cones, pugs, etc…) without help from players

o Wear a face covering AT ALL TIMES.

o Do not re-use any scrimmage vests worn by a player unless sanitized.

o Avoid running drills where the kids need to stand close together waiting their turn to participate.

o Provide a location for each player to go during breaks that keeps them >6ft. away from other kids.


FACILITIES

o All activities at Coolspring Fitness Center Fields

o Hand sanitizer provided at field entrance(s) & bathroom

o Single occupant bathroom located near south field

o Disinfect bathroom after each training using spray disinfectant

o Beginner fields – closest to the concession stand

o Junior Fields – Closest to the concession stand

o Senior Field – South part of the large field area


COVID Positive Response

o Coach or administrator will notify the group the player has been in contact with through the Affinity system without giving the name of the ill individual.

o Those notified should avoid further training until guidance from local or state health authority’s is followed. 

o Club administrator will contact local PA Department of Health for guidance.

o Sanitize any common areas before returning other participants to training (i.e bathroom).


Parents, Volunteers and Coaches:

posted Jun 11, 2019, 8:42 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 4:32 AM by Maysa ]



Welcome Volunteers!  Every year, the success of our program is overwhelmingly dependent on having volunteers available in a number of capacities, but mainly to run practices and games.  More volunteers means smaller teams and more time on the field for each player. 
 
U.S. Soccer, PA West and MAYSA continue to lead the way in Youth Sports Safety and Training.  This season's Parent/Volunteer/Coach training includes a new volunteer online training video/class designed to provide child safety guidance to all volunteers in addition to standard clearances.  Additionally, resources for parents are also available through PA West's initiative with the U.S. Center for SAFESPORT.


Parents:
The U.S. Center for SAFESPORT has made The Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport module available, for parents/guardians, on athletesafey.org.  The module is designed for parents/guardians of youth athletes of all ages.  It explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.

Additionally, we also recommend parents and player take a few minutes to watch each of the short educational videos provided by Sport Safety International:




Volunteers & Coaches:
As coaches we are (and should be) held to a higher standard.  In addition to being the leader in youth safety, U.S. Soccer, PA West and MAYSA continue to lead the way in providing coaching education and training for both the beginning parent coach and those licensed at the highest levels.  The 5 easy steps to coaching soccer are shown below.  MAYSA will waive the cost of registration for the first child of anyone who volunteers and completes the training and clearance activities outlined below.  Please take a few minutes to review the Volunteer 5 Steps.pdf (below) or jump right in and begin your 5 Step process using the links provide below.  

note: When setting up your SAFESPORT and U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center account, please use the same email and full name as you did in setting up your affinity account.




1.  SAFESPORT Training
         Initial Training = use access code YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
    Register
    Complete the course
    Save the certificate at the end

Refresher - 20 minutes  (if you already did the full course) required annually:
    Log in using your username & password
    Select 'Refresher'
    Save the certificate at the end

2. FBI Check OR Volunteer Affidavit:
(a1) Volunteer Affidavit (living in PA GREATER than 10 years - must be notorized) 
         or
(a2) FBI Backgroup Check (living in PA LESS than 10 years)


3. PA Child Abuse History


4(a). PA State Police Background Check

4(b). Upload SAFESPORT Certificate and ALL CLEARANCES to PA WEST


5. U.S. Soccer's Digital Coaching Center (DCC): 

Additional Optional video training resources from U.S. Soccers Recognize to Recover comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program 





If you have any questions along the way, we are here to help, emailus@MercerSoccer.org


Fall 2019 Soccer: Closed

posted May 24, 2019, 6:42 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 25, 2020, 7:40 AM by Maysa ]


Gearing up for another season? Check out AmazonSMILE!

posted Jul 25, 2018, 6:33 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 26, 2019, 10:10 AM ]


Through Amazon's AmazonSmile foundation, Amazon will make a donation to a charity of your choice each time you shop with Amazon.  It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you already know, same products, same prices, 
   same exact service.

2. Amazon donates 0.5% of all purchases to your favorite charity.  There are many good charitable causes.  We encourage you to use AmazonSmile weather or not MAYSA is one of your charitable organizations.  The AmazonSmile program is a free program in Amazon donates a portion of any purchases to the charity of choice. 

3. Start today!  If you choose to support MAYSA you can do so by clicking on the image below: 
 
http://smile.amazon.com
When you first visit AmazonSmile you will be prompted to select a charitable organization, select 'Mercer Area Youth Soccer Association' and then go shopping.  That's it!  

Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation and makes the donations.  
Your costs are zero.

When you shop via
 AmazonSmile Amazon, through its charitable foundation, will make a donation to the charitable organization you select. 'Mercer Area Youth Soccer Association' is a registered charitable organization of the AmazonSmile program.  By selecting 'Mercer Area Youth Soccer Association' you not only receive all the normal benefits of shopping with Amazon, but Amazon will make a donation to our local community's youth soccer program. 

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program.    To get started shopping, simply on the banner above or 

Spring Soccer: Thanks for another great season!

posted Jul 25, 2018, 6:26 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 26, 2019, 10:12 AM ]


Spring Soccer registration is open.  PA West require MAYSA to declare its Spring Teams early, thus Spring Soccer
register will close February 25th!  Register today!

To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above.  The Spring Soccer registration deadline is February (tbd).

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

The PA West Open Tournament at Edinboro University!

posted Jun 5, 2018, 8:28 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated May 24, 2019, 6:28 AM ]


Registration closing soon


Each year MAYSA takes several teams up to Edinboro University to participate in the largest western PA Youth Soccer Tournament.  It is a wonderful experience!  

This year's schedule is below:U12 Travel Soccer PA West 2015 Edinboro Tournament
  • U19 Boys & U14 Boys:   June 14-16
  • U19 Girls, U14 Girls, and all U12 teams:   June 21-23

The tournament is often a great weekend with the MAYSA community setting up in an area with grills, food, and fun.  If you would like to learn more about the tournament details, click here.  

If you are interested, you will need to register soon.  The tournament deadline is approaching quickly.  In that past, occassionally, PA West has extended the deadline but there is no guarantee that it will be extended.   Once teams are formed, further information and tournament schedules will be available from each team's coach.  



Summer Pickup Soccer K-2

posted May 8, 2018, 1:10 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 12:23 PM ]


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: Wednesday in June (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th)
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm
  • Where: MAYSA soccer fields at Cool Spring Fitness
  • Registration online

  • Cost:  $5 for new Club members.  Existing Club members pay no fee, however, everyone must register online.    
Click here to Register.   Or learn more here:  Summer Soccer

Honor the game!

Fall In-House soccer begins Aug. 30.  In-House 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.  

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.
 

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!


Fall InHouse Registration

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:07 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 12:21 PM ]



Fall Travel soccer registration is closed. Fall Travel 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 closes (early), 7/30 in order to delcare Travel teams to our parent organization PA West.  Register today!

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