2015 Season Wrap-up and Highlights

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:50 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 7:53 AM ]

Parents,

Not much left to say except, thanks.   

As we wrap-up another year of Mercer Soccer, below are a few final year-end reminders and highlights.  The most important "highlights" are possibly the things we do not calculate and can not be included 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.  
 

2015 Highlights:

Soccer (In-House and Travel) Participation:
  • We celebrated our 26th year anniversary.
  • Our 2015 Fall and Spring Soccer registration numbers again increased over the previous year.     
  • For the 2015 season, approximately 270 players participated in our Fall  and Spring Soccer programs, which I believe makes MAYSA the largest youth sports organization in Mercer.
  • 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 several 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 at least one previous player now coaching at the College level
Youth Referee Program:
  • MAYSA's Youth Referee Program again had over 15 youth referee's participate.  Youth (boys and girls) age 14 and older are trained and ref all across western PA.  
  • 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.
I could go on with the list, but these are the high points.

I encourage any parent interested in helping MAYSA continue to provide In-House programming 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 we are always looking for a few folks who may like to get more involved, take on a slightly larger role and commit to helping us bring soccer to the community over the next couple of years, however, 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.