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2016 Year End Highlights

posted Oct 25, 2016, 7:07 AM by Site Administrator

Parents,

Not much left to say except, thanks.   

Below are a few year-end highlights.  As one of our past MAYSA Presidents said, "the most important highlights are possibly the things we do not calculate and do not include in any list: the value of lasting relationships, community involvement, mentoring youth and providing a positive recreational and competitive environments for the youth of the area, these things would be hard to calculate."  
 
2016 Season Highlights:

Soccer (In-House and Travel) Participation:
  • MAYSA celebrated its 27th year anniversary.
  • The 2016 Fall and Spring Soccer registration numbers again increased over the previous year.     
  • For the 2016 Spring (Travel) Summer Pickup, and Fall season (In-House and Travel), approximately 275* players participated in our Fall  and Spring Soccer programs, which makes MAYSA the largest youth sports organization in the area. *Exact participation number will be calculated shortly.
  • MAYSA participates this year came from 5 surrounding school districts.
  • MAYSA provides soccer essentially year-round to children and youth of the Mercer Area: Fall Soccer (In-House and Travel), Winter Pickup (grade3-6), Spring Soccer (Travel U10-U18) and Summer Pickup (K-2, U14 & U18).
  • MAYSA has had and currently has players playing at the State Cup level
  • MAYSA has several players who have played and or plan to play at the College level
  • MAYSA has previous players and coaches who went on to coach at the College level
Youth Referee Program:
  • In-House Referees: There were 12 middle school and U12 age referee volunteers this year.
  • MAYSA's Youth Referee Program (minimum age 14):  This year MAYSA's youth referee's program had 10 participants who trained and ref all across western PA.  
  • In the recent past, PA West's 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 State Youth Referee Of The Year came from MAYSA Youth Referee Program.
Volunteers/Coaches/Concessions:
  • Our coaching, assistant and adult volunteers again exceeded 50 volunteers.  More than a few adult volunteers participated in MAYSA as a youth.
  • Pre-season Parent/Coach Clinic and resources (again) provided by MAYSA to all coaches
  • Over the past two seasons MAYSA coaches rank among the most "licensed" coaching corps in the western PA area and have participated more than any other PA West organization in the various U.S. Youth Soccer's Coaching Certification Program.
Partnerships (with High School and Cool Springs Fitness):
  • The coaching staffs of all Mercer Area School District (school) teams are made up of past MAYSA players or past & current MAYSA coaches.
  • High school and middle school coaches assist MAYSA's Player and coaching development.
  • The Mens Varsity team again this year has continued its local dominance.
  • Mercer Men's Varsity team is will again vying for a Regional Title and hopefully a District-10 Championship bid.
  • MAYSA is it a 501c3 non-profit and operates completely separately from our partner Cool Springs Fitness.
  • MAYSA is solely responsible and manages the fields, equipment and all field maintenance (i.e., seeding, fertilizing, aeration, etc…).
  • MAYSA owns and operates its own Concession Trailer.
We could go on with the list, but these are the high points.

P.s.,
I encourage any parent interested in helping MAYSA continue to provide Soccer programs (both In-House and Travel) to attend our Year-End wrap up meeting held in late November.  It is a good time to meet all the folks involved in MAYSA, learn more and have any questions about MAYSA answered.   Of course, like all youth organizations, MAYSA is always looking for a few folks who may like to get more involved, take on a slightly larger role and commit to helping us continue to bring soccer to the community over the next couple of years.  By attending the wrap-up meeting you are not committing to anything but simply learning more about MAYSA.  We'll have a date for the meeting in the near future.  EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org if you are interested in attending.

MAYSA reaches Ghana

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

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

MAYSA reaches Ghana



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

Part of providing a soccer experience for our community's youth includes inspecting, repairing, replacing and upgrading our equipment on a regular basis.  As part of MAYSA's ongoing equipment replacement and upgrade practices the organization has replaced parts for our field paint machine, ball bags, 100+ soccer balls, kickback nets, goal (weight bags), additional Pop Up Goals (PUGs) and more. 

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

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

posted Sep 26, 2016, 7:13 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 7:19 AM ]

During the 2015 season, U.S. Youth Soccer announced 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 right.

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

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: Lost-n-Found, Team Photos, ...

posted Aug 11, 2016, 8:09 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 7:20 AM ]

(1) Lost-n-Found Items:

Below is a picture of the current Lost-n-Found Items.  Please stop by the Concessions Stand to pickup the items.  At the end of the season any remaining Lost-n-Found items will be donate to a worthy cause.

Thank you.



(2) Swimming Pool Enclosure Area at the fields: 

Over the past two weeks there has been a certain attraction, by some of the kids, to the swimming pool enclosure area.  Unfortunately, while people are taking a swim class, some of the kids have been pushing on the screens, talking or making noises through the screens, and their ball(s) have hit the windows and screens of the enclosure.  Also, there's been some trash left behind on the grounds and the picnic tables. 

Please help us out by making sure the kids are not visiting or playing next to the swimming pool enclosure area.  There is a lot of open space at the fields and we will need to work together and insure the windows and screens of the swimming enclosure are not damaged.  After practice and matches we will be checking that area for any trash left behind. 

Thanks for your help.

(3) Team Pictures

(Parents) We are asking one of you, one each team, to help out your coach by volunteering to take/arrange for a team picture and share it with everyone on the team.  The team or individual pictures can be copies, made into magnets, coffee mugs or keychains at the local Rite Aid, County Market, or www.Shutterfly.com.  When you have a team photo or any action photos, please share it via email with us and we'll add it the MAYSA website.  In fact, check out the latest photos on the homepage.

Last season we began foregoing professional team photos.   MAYSA's board understands this decision has the possibility of disappointing some parents.  There are tradeoffs between the high-quality professional photos versus the quick-n-easy, do-it-yourself approach.  We understand that some folks enjoy the professional player/team photos.  On the other hand, some feel pressured to purchase their child's photos.  Many think purchasing the photos helps out MAYSA.  The photos do not provide any financial benefit to MAYSA.  Today, unlike 5-10 years ago, every team has someone with a phone that can take a reasonable team and/or player pictures. 

We will again listen and learn from parents this season as to the preferred approach going forward.  If you or any of your team's parents that would like to share their thoughts, please contact me at the fields or  EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org.



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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

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