As we prepare for the spring season, please review all the Recent Club information below. As the season progresses this area will be a running list of Parent Reminders. We will text alert you when we post updates.
Spring Parent Reminders:
1. Spring Practice: will begin the week following Easter.
Coaches will provide specifics with respects to their team's practice days and times.
* April 7th (Tuesday) - April 10th (Friday): First week of practice. Practice 2 times a week. Coaches will contact parents with their team's practice days and times.
U10 only - The MAYSA Spring 2015 U10 Festival Tournament will be held at our home fields. Each year MAYSA hosts a spring kickoff tournament just prior to our Club's offical scheduled first set of matches. This year our U10 tournament will be held on Saturday, April 11th. For details, visit our Recent Announcements at www.MercerSoccer.org
* April 12th (Sunday afternoon):
First week of Matches. Official PA West schedule pending. We'll pass it along as soon as we receive the official schedules.
2. Spring "Travel" Player Uniforms & Equipment:
*During the year it is possible that practice or Match times may change due to weather or other needs. Parents will be notified as early as possible of any changes.
a. Player Jersey:
Every player should have or should have ordered as part of registration an MAYSA "travel" Columbia Blue jersey. A player's jersey number will stay with them throughout their time with MAYSA.
b. To complete the uniform each player must wear:
Black shorts, black soccer socks, shin guards (worn under the socks) and soccer cleats (i.e., no toe cleat - different from baseball and football cleats).
c. Finally, each player should bring a proper size ball to ever practice and game:
- U10 & U12 Players - Soccer ball size 4
- U14, U15, U16 and U18 - Soccer ball size 5
Previous Spring Parent Reminders:
1. Spring Practice Schedule: The snow is off the fields. We will start as soon as possible. Spring practice schedule will be announced shortly.
2. Spring Soccer First Timers: Players should arrive for spring practice and matches with all necessary equipment: shin pads, soccer cleats, water bottle and a ball (for practice). If you have any questions, EmailUs.
3. Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer Concludes: Winter Indoor Pickup is over. There will be no further indoor pickup matches for the younger players (grades 3-6).
4. New PA Child Protection Law: MAYSA coaches and assistant coaches have either already met the new PA Child Protection Law or are in the process of obtaining all necessary clearances. Each coach and assistant will submit their clearances to our governing organization (i.e., PA West, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer) through MAYSA's online system as required. Learn more here.
5. Coach Training: Parent should know that PA West, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer mandate all coaches and assistants be trained in coaching youths. MAYSA coaches and assistants were among the first participating in the new U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer training courses mandated for 2015. The objectives of the courses include:
- To help coaches better understand the PHYSIOLOGICAL as well as the PSYCHOLOGICAL development of youth-aged players.
- To prepare coaches for training players by expanding the players technical abilities through games and activities.
- To introduce attacking and defending tactics
. . . and much more.
All MAYSA coaches and assistants have already complied or are working towards meeting all their training requirements. Learn more here. 6. Team Rosters: You should have received a Team Roster document, if not EmailUs Updated 3/15/15:
1. Season Schedules: Match play begins April 12th. As soon as our District's detailed Match schedules are available we will let you know. All Matches are scheduled for Sunday afternoons. On very rare occasions a match may have to be rescheduled.
2. MAYSA Spring 2015 U10 Festival Tournament (April 11th): Each year MAYSA hosts a spring kickoff tournament just prior to our Club's offical scheduled first set of matches. This year our U10 tournament will be held on Saturday, April 11th. For details, visit our Recent Announcements at www.MercerSoccer.org
3. FollowMAYSA Text Messages: We encourage parents to take advantage of the most convenient way to receive all MAYSA league communications. Simply text the keyword followmaysa to 84483 (a five digit number) and you will receive an immediate confirmation. You can opt-out at any time.
Honor the game,
The MAYSA Spring Soccer Team
U.S. Soccer and our governing organization P.A. West continue to lead the way in terms of coaching education and training. During the fall season, PA West announced, that prior to August 31, 2015 all currently non-certified or non-licensed coaches and assistant-coaches must have completed one of the training options available.
During the fall soccer season many of our MAYSA coaches and assistants completed their requirement by obtaining their U.S. Youth Soccer Youth-Module (or Y-Module) Training Certification.
Thus, prior to August 31st of this year, all non-certified or non-licensed coaches and assistants must have completed either the appropriate U.S. Soccer Y-Module training certification or obtained a U.S. Soccer F- License. Please review the options below and choose what works best for your schedule. Click on the links below for further information about each training option.
U.S. Youth Soccer Training:
U.S. Soccer (national) Licensing:
(a) Youth Module 6-8
: 45 minutes online session and approximately 60-90 minute field session
As of now the most convenient option, for those who did not obtain their Y-Module in the fall, may be the National F-License as it does not require a field session. However, please review each option and get started. Please contact us as you proceed and we will insure your PA West account accurately reflects your certification or licensing.
Honor The Game.
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.
(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).
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 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.
Our annual spring soccer kickoff (U10) tournament will be held Saturday, April 11 at our home fields at Cool Spring Fitness. Matches will begin at 9:00AM.
The purpose of the tournament is to get our youngest players (U10) ready for the season and to help train newly certified (and young) referees. There will be referee assessors onsite to assist these new referees and to mentor them.
Your coach will have further details as April approaches.
Get MAYSA (text) Messages On Your Phone!
We encourage parents to take advantage of the most convenient way to receive important MAYSA Club announcements and reminders.
You can receive all Club Announcements by simply texting the keyword followmaysa to 84483 (a five digit number). You will receive an immediate confirmation and all future Club specific information and updates.
We promise to respect your time and not overwhelm your inbox 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.
The Mercer Area School Board recently appointed Chris Ellis as the new Mercer High School Men's Soccer coach. Chris had been the Men's High School team's assistant head coach as well as having been an integral part of MAYSA's leadership and coaching volunteers for thepast 10 years. Chris new role continues the close relationship MAYSA has shared with the Mercer Area School District's soccer programs. The area's high school and middle school coaches are very active within MAYSA and often help coach MAYSA teams.
Ryan Hoffman, former Mercer High School Men's Soccer coach and long-time MAYSA volunteer has accepted a new position as assistant coach for the Slippery Rock University's Division II Men's soccer program.
Jeff Reed played soccer for 15 years prior to becoming a place kicker. Jeff's love of soccer continues as he brings his soccer experience, a positive message about life's challenges designed for today's youth, his faith and a few stories from his NFL days.
CSF and MAYSA are finalizing the details to bring the former Steeler place kicker and holder of two Super Bowl rings here this July.
Jeff recently visited Cool Spring Fitness and met with CSF and MAYSA folks as part of the preparation for a summer Soccer Camp in July.
Keep an eye out for more further details.
To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above. The Spring Soccer registration deadline is February, 23rd.
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, please contact our Registrar, Lynn Long at LynnLongSoccer@gmail.com or 724-662-0745.
Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is intended for players in grades 3-6th who are seriously considering playing Spring Soccer. Younger players will be teamed with and play against older more experienced players. If you are Interested in registering for Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer, please contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.
- Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer started Saturday January 10, 2015.
- Each Saturday weekly session runs from 4pm-6pm.
- Teams created each week (pickup). Younger children will be playing with (and against) 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
- We play at the Mercer Area Elementary school gym.
- The spirit of Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is to provide a less structured pickup game competitive atmosphere. We believe that during this time of the year having fun, getting "touches" and simply playing will go a long way towards helping players maintain their skill set and prepare for Spring Soccer.
- Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer is free to those players who are already MAYSA Club members. Club membership constitutes having a paid registration for the 2014 Fall, Summer or Spring season.
- New players or non-club players must register and provide a $10 registration fee. Contact of details and to register, EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
Remember to sign up for Club Recent Announcements and Information on your phone by texting followmaysa to 84483. If you still have questions contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
- Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer runs until early-mid March.
Below are some of the "highlights" and recent Club Success Stories. Beyond the highlights below, and maybe more importantly, are the intangibles such as the value of lasting relationships, community involvement and all the recreational fitness provided. To everyone in the MAYSA family, thank you!
Soccer Program Participation:
- In 2014 MAYSA had 269 players participate in our soccer programs, making MAYSA the largest youth sports organization in Mercer.
- Registration numbers increased 20% from the previous year (2013).
- Soccer program now provided year-round: Fall Soccer (In-House and Travel), Winter Pickup (grade3-6), Spring Soccer (Travel U10-U18) and Summer Pickup (K-2, U14 & U18).
- We have several players playing at the State Cup level.
- MAYSA travel and high school player named District-10, Region-1A, 2014 high school player of the year.
- Several players have played and or plan to play at the College level.
- Former MAYSA player now coaching at the College level.
Youth Referee Program:
- MAYSA's Youth Referee Program had over 20 youth referee's participate.
- Youth (boys and girls) age 14 and older are trained and ref all across western PA.
- PA West's 2013-2014 State Youth Referee Of The Year came from our club for the third straight year - Katie Skidmore.
- Our past Certified Referee assignor was recently hired as the State Referee Administrator which the top administrative referee position in PA West.
- Had one of our parent volunteers become certified as a referee assignor and fill the position vacated by the previous assignor
- MAYSA has more than 50 volunteer coaches, many played for the club as youths.
- MAYSA coaches were the first in the western PA area to participate in new U.S. Youth Soccer's Coaching Certification Program.
- Fifteen (15) of our coaches completed and obtained their U.S. Youth U12, U10 and U6 certification.
- Pre-season Parent/Coach Clinic and resources (again) provided by MAYSA to all coaches.
- Our fields located at Cool Springs Fitness provide one of the top youth soccer facilities in Northwestern PA.
- With the in-ground drainage, games have never had to be cancelled due to unplayable fields and we are often the first on the field each spring.
- MAYSA's partnership with Cool Springs Fitness insures the long term availability of a high quality soccer expereience for the Mercer Area.
- The coaching staffs of all Mercer Area School District (school) teams are made up of past MAYSA players or past & current MAYSA coaches.
- High school and middle school coaches assist MAYSA's Player and Coaching Development programs.
- Mercer's boys and girls high school teams plus the middle school team finished the season with winning records.
- The Boy's Varsity team was undefeated during the regular season before losing in the District 10 semi-final match.
- Had 13 Varsity boys and girls players selected to the All Region Team.
- Had the Varsity boys Region Player of the Year.
- MAYSA is a 501c3 non-profit and operates separately from Cool Springs Fitness.
- MAYSA owns and operates its own Concession Trailer.
- MAYSA is solely responsible and manages all Field Maintenance (i.e., seeding, fertilizing, aeration, etc...).