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Fall Soccer Registration Underway, Register Today!

posted May 28, 2014, 7:41 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 7:24 PM ]

Registration

Registration for the 2014 Fall In-House and Travel Soccer is underway!  

To begin the registration process, click on the Registration Tab above.  

Fall In-House soccer is for children eligible for K-6th grade.  Players are assigned a team, coach, practice on Thursdays and play each Saturday.  This year's practices will begin Thursday, August 21st at 6:00pm.  Matches will be played on Saturdays beginning September 6th.  

To learn more about Fall In-House soccer or to view our complete list of FAQs, click on the In-House 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 MAYSA.InHouse@gmail.com.  There will be a Coaching Clinic on August 14th at 6:00pm.  The clinic will be held at our soccer fields fields at Cool Springs Fitness.

The Fall Travel program gives our players the chance to learn more about the game through additional instruction, skill development, travel team competition and the responsibility and pride of representing our community as they travel.  

If you have any questions about registration, please contact our Registrar, Lynn Long at LynnLongSoccer@gmail.com or 724-662-0745.
ponsibility and pride of representing our community as they travel. Travel soccer asks for a greater commitment from both the player and parents.

Small-Sided Games (SSG)

posted May 13, 2014, 10:38 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 7:12 PM ]

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 Small-Sided Games and will implement such games as part of introducing our youngest players to soccer.  Generally, used for our K-1st grade level players, Small Sided Games can be used at any level.  

Although, entry level soccer may appear to be simply allowing the kids to play and run around in a small area, there is actually very serious thought behind Small Sided Games.  The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and U.S. Youth Soccer both endorse the approach of 'staying small-sided longer' after studying its successful application in the top European clubs and national teams (e.g., Spain, Holland, Germany) where emphasizing player development and long-term competitiveness have been traditional hallmarks.  

What is a Small Sided Game?

Small Sided Games are soccer games with fewer players playing on smaller sized fields.  These are fun games that involve each player more because there are fewer players.  Small Sided Games have a definite developmental impact on our players.  At this young age playing on a larger field generally results in one or two athletically advanced children sprinting ahead of everyone.  This limits touches for all players, but also eliminates the development of footwork (even for the athletically advanced). Because on the larger field the children tend to kick the ball far ahead and chase it instead of developing footwork in close-courters.  

Additional benefits of a Small Sided Game:

1. We want our young soccer players to touch the ball more often and become more skillful with it! (i.e., Individual Technical Development)

2. We want our youngest players to make more, less complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical Development)

3. We want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in!  (Reduced Field Size)

4. We want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! (Fall In-House)  Less players on the field and on the team will guarantee this!  (Our youngest children all have a need to feel worthy and need to feel important as part of a team)

5. We want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game!  (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents).

6. We want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball!  (More exposure to offense  defensive situations)

7. We want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals!  (It's just fun!)

These are the reasons why MAYSA, US Youth Soccer and USSF all support "Small-Sided Games".  The "Small-Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players.  It's a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.

It just makes sense, doesn't it?  If you have further questions about Small Sided Games contact us.

Please Slow Down and Watch For Children Crossing!

posted Apr 23, 2014, 7:53 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated May 6, 2014, 8:37 AM ]

Cool Springs Fitness has added a CROSSWALK between the two gravel parking lots.  We ask that everyone use the new crosswalk when entering or leaving the fields.  Please, take 5 seconds and learn more about crosswalk safety guidelines:

Pedestrians:
1. Always cross at the (new) crosswalk.
2. If a vehicle is approaching, make eye contact with the drive to make sure they see you before crossing.


Drivers:
1. Slow down and be prepared to stop.
2. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
3. Be alert for children running to and from the fields.

During practices and game days we will be posting caution signs to remind us all to slow down when coming to or leaving the fields and facility.

Thank you in advance for your help and attention to this important matter.

Get MAYSA Club News On Your Phone!

posted Apr 2, 2014, 7:03 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 10:17 AM ]


MAYSA Text Messages!  

We encourage Parents to take advantage of the most convenient way to receive all MAYSA Club communications.  

Simply text the keyword followmaysa to 84483 (a five digit number) and you will receive an immediate confirmation and all future Club information and updates.


Summer Pickup Soccer Registration Open!

posted Mar 31, 2014, 12:54 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 10:16 AM ]


Summer Pickup Soccer


Summer Pickup Soccer is intended for children (K-2).  The spirit of our Summer Pickup Soccer program is to provide a less structured pickup game atmosphere for our youngest soccer players (i.e., entering K-2nd). 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 develop a love of the game.

To Register-->Click Here

To view our Frequently Asked Questions Flyer, click--> Pickup FAQs

  • Who:  Children eligible for K (in the Fall) through currently in 2nd grade
  • When:  June 5th - June 26th, Thursday evenings, from 6:00pm - 7:15pm
  • Where:  MAYSA soccer fields at Cool Springs Fitness
  • Cost:  Free for previous In-House players. New players $10 to cover insurance and PA West registration.
  • Players will be split into different teams each week based on skill, age, and size.
  • Pickup is an informal series of games, however, in order for it to work we ask that participants try to commit to a majority of the evenings.  

2014 Festival U10 Tournament, April 5th

posted Mar 31, 2014, 11:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 9:04 AM ]



Join us Saturday, April 5th to kickoff the Spring Travel season.  Our U10 Travel Teams will host 13 travel teams from around the area in our U10 Festival Tournament.  The action begins at 9:00am and will continue past noon as each team will play three (3) games.

The purpose of this early season tournament, beside to get the kids playing, is to help train newly certified PA West young referees. 

Come cheer on the kids and encourage our new referees Saturday, 9:00am at our fields located at Cool Spring Fitness.

Field Prep Volunteers

posted Mar 31, 2014, 10:59 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 11:14 AM ]




































Calling all volunteers!  We will be preparing the fields on March 31st @ 5:00.  We've purchased new nets for all the goals.  The fields will be marked and painted.  The Concession Trailer will be moved into place and readied for the coming weekend's tournament.  
If you can help out, we will see  you at the fields.

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