UPDATE - May 1:
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
- 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.
Help us reach more families. If you know of any families new to the area or with young children, consider passing this email along. Thanks.
Honor the game!
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 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.
Dear Friends of Mercer Soccer,
The Mercer Area Soccer Helpers (MASH a.k.a. school soccer boosters program) and MAYSA, together, are organizing the 2nd Annual Mercer Area Soccer Golf Scramble
to be held on May 16th at Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer. This event is a fund raiser for Mercer Area Soccer (both our youth program and the school's programs).
The fund raiser helps provide new uniforms for the high school teams and will also assist in offsetting the costs of MAYSA groundskeeping and equipment needs.
We are inviting you to attend the golf scramble with your own team or, we can put you in a team. We encourage you to assist us by connecting with companies and individuals you know to become 'hole sponsors' for this event. Your participation and involvement allows us to continue to keep Mercer soccer programs strong.
We have attached the flyer for this year's event which can be used to register a team or sponsor a hole. Please consider printing it off to giving to potential sponsors and golfers.
You can learn more about MASH by visiting their website
Mercer Area Soccer Helpers (M.A.S.H.) and
Mercer Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA)
Spring Soccer Parent Reminders and Checklist:
1. Spring Practice: All practices are held from 6:00-7:30PM at Cool Spring Fitness unless otherwise indicated by your team's coach.
a. U15 & U18 Boys: Tuesdays & Fridays
b. All other teams: Wednesdays & Fridays
2. Season Schedules and Season Schedule App: Season matches start Sunday, April 12th. Updated PA West schedule is below. Always consult with your team's coach to verify any late Match time or venue changes.
a. Spring Match Schedules
b. Download PA West's Mobile Schedule Mobile here - After you download the app, click on 2015 Spring PA West District 7 - Lake option. You will see Schedule options for our U10, U12, U15, etc…This app includes the schedule for the spring season. The app is handy and currently has the Match dates, opponent and home/away information. The PA West App does not yet have the final start times for each match. Again, check with your coach for final Match times.
(1). The mobile app has a better easier-to-use presentation than the PA West website.
(2) If you use PA West's mobile app or their online schedules, please do so as a season planning tool. Always check with your coach with regards to weekly match times, place and weather conditions (see below for more on weather policy).
3. Spring "Travel" Player Uniforms & Equipment:
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. 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) are required. Finally, each player should bring a proper size ball to ever practice and game:
U10 & U12 Players use a SIZE 4 soccer ball
U14, U15, U16 and U18 use a SIZE 5 soccer ball
Soccer is played and practiced in the rain, but not if lightening is present. For the most part, the kids don't mind a little rain and mud, they seem to enjoy an occasional Match in rain. Most of the time, 99%, we make weather related decisions at the fields. If you do not received a text or email, please plan on getting to the fields. On evenings in which in-climate weather is predicted, please do not "drop off" your children. If practice is cancelled, you'll need to be there.
5. Field Safety (Parking & Crosswalk):
During the season, 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 (closest to the fitness center). 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.
6. Field Conduct:
MAYSA soccer is an instructional recreational 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. Help us maintain an environment in which our players can play, learn and grow.
7. U10 Tournament this Saturday April 11th:
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
8. New PA Child Protection Law:
MAYSA coaches and assistant coaches have either already met or are in the process of obtaining all the new PA Child Protection Law 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.
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
To receive the latest Club updates and information via MAYSA's Text Message Alerts, simply text followmaysa to 84483. You should receive an immediate confirmation. If not, let us know at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org
All MAYSA coaches and assistants have already complied or are working towards meeting all their training requirements. Learn more here
10. Team Rosters: If you haven't received a Team Roster, please EmailUs
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.
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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.