Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Soccer Starts Sunday September 10th!



Welcome back to the school year, cool weather and fall soccer.  I hope you all had an excellent summer break and you're ready to resume with reality.

The fall season starts on September 10th, just 1 week away.  We will run for 9 weeks, with our last game being November 5th.  We will play on Columbus Day weekend.

Teams are being finalized now.   You should get an email welcoming your child to her or his new team by Monday, September 4th.  If you don't get it by then, contact the league, as you may not be registered properly. Please check schedule each week as times do change. 

We always need volunteers for coaches and assistant coaches. This program only works with parent volunteers and we always need help. Each session we lose coaches as they move up with their kids to new age levels. Please consider helping out, your at the field anyway. There is no experience needed at this level. We do have training. If you played soccer or coached in the past that is just a bonus! 


THE SEASON
We will have a 9 game season this Fall.  All U7 games will be on Sunday mornings either 9:00-10:25 or 10:30-11:55. Time slot will be divided into a 40 minute skills/drills session and a 40 minute scrimmage/game, with a 5 minute break between practice and scrimmage.

THE BLOG
This Blog will be the primary source of information for schedules, cancellations, etc.  This link is always on the Malden Youth Soccer website as well. It is located on the left side of the home page, along with link to U5 and U9, if needed.


Cancellations due to weather will be posted to the blog... please check it within an hour of the start time on game-day morning.  If you do not have access to the internet on Sunday mornings, please let me know.



PARENTS WILL NEED TO SUPPLY...
1 If you already have the correct uniform color, please use it.  If not, the league will supply a shirt, shorts and socks on the first day
2 Appropriate shoes.  We'll play on real grass, cleats are recommended (but are not required) Sneakers are fine as well. 
3 Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.
4 Players must come to the game with their own size 3 ball with the players name on it
5 Long pants and long sleeved shirts may be worn under the team uniform if desired
6 Water - for frequent breaks
7 A snack for between the practice and game may be desired
8 Players must not wear any jewelry (earrings, watches, etc.) during the practice or game
9 Parents must remain at the field with their children during the entire session 


OUR PHILOSOPHY
At the U7 level we continue focusing on basic skills, and begin incorporating more of the basic rules into the experience.

Our primary focus remains providing a fun and healthy environment for the kids to discover their emerging soccer skills.  We do not focus on winning.  We don't keep official score, celebrate wins, or mourn losses.  We strive for every player to get equal playing time, and try to keep the number of players on the field small in order to maximize opportunities to play.  We reward skillful play, good attitudes and sportsmanship.

Adults, please try to keep this in mind.  If you see a player on a team opposing your child's team, and that player is exceptionally good...  please try to celebrate that skill as opposed to trying to suppress it.  All players develop at different rates, and at this age, some kids really stand out.  This is a good thing, try to not take offense by it.

Here are some additional notes about the U7 format:
1 For this outdoor session we will play 6v6 including a goalie.  We will use the bigger nets. Coaches may decide to change the structure as needed for a fun and fulfilling game depending on attendance.
2 Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.
3 Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes
4 We will play with throw-ins, goalie kicks and corner kicks.
5 The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game
6 After each goal, the team scored upon will start again by kicking-off at center.  A successful kick-off means that the ball needs to roll 1 revolution forward and be touched by another player
7 Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
8 No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
9 No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
10 No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
11 No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
12 No off-sides called
13 The coaches may decide to break for half-time

BASIC RULES FOR PARENTS
1 Players must play within their designated age group.
2 Players must play on the team they have been assigned to.  Requests for specific teams will be honored if availability permits.  Requests made close to the start of the season are often hard or impossible to accomodate for.
3 At least one adult supervisor must stay during the entire session and is responsible for watching kids if they wander away from play
4 Parent involvement is appreciated and encouraged when appropriate but please try not to interfere with the session
5 Due to insurance rules players who are not registered with the league cannot play
6 Players must not wear jewelry such as earrings, watches, necklaces, etc. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3 weeks left of Spring Soccer- lots of fun still remaining


Hi All,

There are 3 Soccer Sundays left in the U7 season.  This week, June 4, June 11 and June 18th.

We have some important announcements for you!

Annual Banquet is Monday, June 12
The annual U9 & U7 banquet will be Monday, June 12.  It will be at Anthony's in Malden at 105 Canal St 105 Canal St.  The doors will open at 5:30 and buffet dinner will be served at 6:00.

The cost of the banquet is...
U7 Players are free - But must be accompanied by a paid adult
U7 Coaches who are officially on the roster are free
Adults are $15 at the door (or $12 if purchased ahead of time)
Siblings are $12 at the door (or $10 if purchased ahead of time)
Children under 2 are free


Advanced discounted tickets will be available for purchase at this weekend's game


Players will receive custom-named trophies, and there will be a small award ceremony and some photo opportunities. This is open to any player that played during the year. If your child played during fall only and not spring, please let us know if they will be attending. We would like to make sure we have a trophy with their name on it.

Considerations for next year
Spring is the end of our annual year.  We do not have a summer session.  The 2017 / 2018 year begins in the fall.  Registration for fall starts tomorrow.

 You can register at:  http://www.maldenyouthsoccer.org/register.html 

Please remember, you can request a certain coach/team.  Please consider volunteering  to be coaches and assistant coaches. We NEED your help. No experience is needed. Malden Soccer can only work with enough volunteers to help make it happen. We would greatly appreciate it and so would the kids.  


You can register here:  http://www.maldenyouthsoccer.org/register.html

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Soccer Cancelled May 14th and Important dates coming up!

Hello Parents and Coaches,

Soccer is cancelled for tomorrow due to the weather we are supposed to get.

Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Here are a couple important dates coming up:


Annual Banquet will be in Mid-June

We will be holding our annual banquet in Mid-June.  The date will be announced shortly.

MYSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) (5/18):

Malden Youth Soccer's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Thursday May 18 at 8:00 PM at 4 Laurel Street.  We will accept nominations and elect board members for the 2017-2018 year and make any policy or constitutional changes.  There will be several important positions to fill.  Please contact your coordinator if you are interested in helping.

Let us know how things are going

I hope you are having a good season.  I would love to hear how things are going.  Send me an email to share your thoughts.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Picture Day May 7th

Hello Parents and Coaches, 

This Sunday is picture day at soccer. I have added the schedule for your child's picture time. This is not neccessarily the actual time they play so please double check the time of pictures and the time of play schedule. I tried to schedule so they mostly had a normal 1.5 hours of soccer as usual. 

I will have paper order forms that day but you can also pre-order ahead of time online. The link is here, along with some info from glossy finish:     https://www.glossyfinish.com/    

OPR is a pre-order service that allows parents to place their orders online prior to photo day ​​(Note: this link will expire at the end of your final photo day for this season, anyone wishing to order photos must do so on or before photo day and bring an e-ticket with that order to photo day).

OPR is the easiest way to order photos and offers families advantages that aren't available on our traditional forms, such as the option to "Build Your Own Package" and a discount if placing three or more orders. It will help cut down on possible errors and ensure a smoother photo day as more families will come prepared.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time so that the kids can line up. If your child is already at the field, the coaches will organize them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thansk,
Nicole
U7 Soccer Coordinator


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cash Calendars due April 30th

Hi Everyone,

Cash calendars are due Sunday April 30th. If you have not given them to your coach yet, please do so. If you won't be there the 30th, you can contact me to make arrangements for me to get them for you.

Thanks,
Nicole

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Week 1- Track Field Will Be Open

Hi Everyone,

Week 1 is finally here. It felt like it would never happen. Originally the Track Field at Pine Banks was going to be closed but I am told that it will be open for tomorrow. Please park in a marked parking spots and not on any grass.

Thanks!