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New Travel Uniforms Coming This Fall! Check'm out!

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


Gearing up for Soccer season, consider AmazonSmile!

posted Jul 25, 2018, 6:26 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 6:47 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 

Fall In-House practice begins Aug. 30th. Register for Fall In-hosue today!

posted Jun 5, 2018, 8:28 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 23, 2018, 9:03 AM ]

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 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!

PA West Open Tournament at Edinboro University!

posted May 8, 2018, 1:10 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 6:24 AM ]


Registration Is Open


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 15-17
  • U19 Girls, U14 Girls, and all U12 teams:   June 22-24

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 (K through 2nd): Sign up today!

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:07 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 6:29 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 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!

5th Annual Mercer Soccer Golf Scramble

posted Mar 25, 2018, 4:49 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Mar 25, 2018, 4:49 PM ]

Dear Friends of Mercer Soccer,

The MAYSA and Mercer Mustang Soccer Boosters together, are organizing the 5th Annual Mercer Area Soccer Golf Scramble to be held on May 12th 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 invite you to enter your own team or we can put find a team for you.  If you can help us by connecting with companies and individuals you know to become 'hole sponsors' for this event, that would be great!  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.

Thank you.

MAYSA & Boosters

AmazonSmile->You Shop. Amazon Gives

posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:13 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 7:17 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 Registration Is Underway

posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:14 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:02 AM ]

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, Kami Dubiel, at Registration@MercerSoccer.org or (724) 992-8122 


Winter Indoor Pickup (3rd-6th grade): See ya next winter!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:08 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:05 AM ]

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.    


Program Details:
  • Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer started Saturday January 6, 2018.
  • Each Saturday weekly session runs from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
  • 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 2017 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 
  • Winter Indoor Pickup Soccer runs until early-mid March.
 If you still have questions contact us at EmailUs@MercerSoccer.org

Parent/Coach Training Resources

posted Sep 6, 2017, 3:22 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:22 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 great practice and planning resources.  Taking this online course would 
fulfill 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.  



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.

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 again everyone! 

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