Coming off a successful weekend at the GUFC Friendlies, the 96 MYSA Lunachicks G, Mebane’s Under-14 Girls Travel Team, headed to Archdale in February for the annual Jack Frost Soccer Tournament. Facing off against teams from the Triad and Charlotte area, the Lunachicks finished the weekend with a 3-0-1 record, winning the U14 Girls division in an exciting 2-1 final match at Trinty High School. Congratulations ladies!
With Spring in the air, school soccer seasons are getting ready to start. Most schools have completed tryouts and started practices. The HS teams will start playing matches very soon.
With so many current and past MYSA players participating on our local school teams, we wanted to put together a collection of information about all of our area school teams. So be sure to check our School Soccer page often for updates on how the school teams are doing and when they are playing. If you can find the time, be sure to attend a few matches as well and cheer on the players!
Coaches – if you have any updated information for your school team, let us know at [email protected]!
We could not have asked for a better weekend to kick off the MYSA spring season, and we hope that all of you had a great time at the games. I wanted to pass on a few things to keep in mind as we go forward in the season…
Nets and Goals: PLEASE do not let your children climb on or swing from the goals or nets! Not only is this a serious safety risk but it also causes undue wear and tear on the equipment. The same applies to the fences around field 3.
Litter: PLEASE help us keep the complex clean by picking up your bottles, wrappers, etc. after games and/or as you’re leaving. Trash cans and recycling bins are located throughout the complex.
Concessions: Our concessions stand is staffed by volunteers from teams and we always need more volunteers! If the concessions stand isn’t open, its because no volunteers were willing to staff it at that time. PLEASE consider volunteering for an hour or two through the season to help keep the concessions open. We never expect parents to volunteer during their child’s game, but if everyone gave an hour before or after a game or during practice throughout the season, the concessions stand would never be unmanned. If you are willing to get involved, please contact George and Tammy McGonagle at [email protected]
Coaches Cards: Please keep an eye out for times this week when registrars will be available at the fields to prepare your coaches cards. Remember, you’ll need a 1×1 color headshot photo with no hats or sunglasses for this, and please wear yours when you are at the complex. Cards for new coaches are expected this week, but the state office is experiencing a significant backup in getting these to clubs…we’ll let you know when they’ve arrived.
Finally, as you are coming or going through the complex, please be mindful of the field lines and games/practices that are going on as you make your way around. PLEASE don’t walk through fields where games or practices are taking place as this is a significant safety risk for the players and a distraction to coaches. In particular, the narrow space between Fields 2C and 2D is for coaches and players only during games and practices and is NOT a walkthrough to the MACC parking lot.
One of our travel coaches sent this link in and it highlights a common issue – coaching from the parent sidelines. This can be a huge problem for coaches and players alike. Encouraging players to ‘kick the ball’ is NOT helping them. Anyone can kick a ball – but can they possess it under pressure? You may see coaches teaching things that on the surface don’t make sense – but long term we are trying to teach the players and develop them into solid 11v11 players when they get older. So cheer your children and encourage them – but please leave the coaching to the coaches!
Parents, who do not understand our method of teaching, tend to be tense and anxious while watching their child play. They also tend to be supportive of actions on the field that the XL Coaches are working on eliminating or are shouting for their child to take an action directly opposite of our instructions. For this reason, please do not shout for your child to “kick, boot or clear” the ball or to “charge” the opponent, and do not support those type of actions with clapping and cheering when they do occur.
When watching your child’s game, there are distinct things that you can look and cheer for but we want you to know that the one thing not to focus on is entirely on the score.
To help prepare for the upcoming season, nine of the MYSA’s travel teams traveled to Greensboro to participate in the Guilford United/Omega Sports Spring Kickoff Feb 5th and 6th. We were excited to send such a large contingent of our teams to play against teams from GUFC, TCYSA, GYS, GUFC, CUFC, and more. When a significant rain storm rolled through the area Thursday and Friday, it looked like the event would be canceled due to soggy field conditions, but GUFC worked through the day and night to obtain indoor/artificial turf field space and realign the schedules so all teams could play their games.
In an effort to keep fees and expenses to a minimum and to further our commitment to improving our programs and facilities for our players and their families, MYSA will kick off its first ever fundraising campaign during the 2011 Spring soccer season!
We have partnered with Entertainment Fundraising and will be offering Saving Spree savings booklets representing many local area merchants. This is not your normal coupon book! These booklets include coupons, a loyalty card you can use repeatedly at select merchants, and exclusive online access to additional nationwide discounts and promotions.
We are particularly exicted about this opportunity as it will benefit individual teams in addition to the league as a whole. Recreational teams will have the opportunity to earn MYSA apparel, end of season mementos (trophies/medals, etc), and team celebration subsidies as rewards for their sales efforts. Travel teams will keep a sizable percentage of funds they raise to be used for league approved team expenses (tournament fees, team equipment, etc). Individual players will be rewarded for their sales efforts with additional incentives.
This is a very exciting opportunity for MYSA. Your support through this event will allow for MYSA’s continued efforts in providing quality soccer programs while keeping costs low.
This fundraiser will kick off in March, so watch for additional updates!
Good afternoon Coaches!
We have our Spring Season upon us and right around the corner, we have games starting up! At the beginning of each season, we like to have a coaches meeting to make sure all of the coaches are calibrated with the MYSA Coaching philosophy and to offer some support to some of our newer coaches.
This weekend, we will be holding two sessions and we would like you to attend one of the two sessions. The sessions will be Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm-5:30pm. We are planning on having age group specific drills and coaching suggestions on both days. We will divide the groups up and there will be a Licensed Tenured coach running each group. This should be a very informative session. We will have handouts for you to take home and to take notes on (please bring a pen). Also, please wear soccer type clothes, as we will need volunteers for each group to participate in the drills.
If you would please reply to [email protected] to confirm which session you will be at, that will help us determine the number of POD’s to have. Please also include the age group you are coaching. If you cannot make it, please let me know that as well, and I will work out a time to get you the information. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Team Manager Workshops to be held February 17th and February 21st
If you are a newly assigned team manager or think you may be interested in managing a team in the future, the league will be holding Team Manager Workshops on February 17th and February 21st from 7-8pm at IT Xpress at the corner of Third and Clay streets downtown. You only need to attend ONE session, not both. Attending one of these informative sessions does NOT commit you to managing a team, but will give you an overview of the manager’s responsibilities.
New managers are required to attend one of these workshops.
For more information about managing a team, contact MYSA’s Director of Managers:
or review the Team Manager Handbook: http://mebanesoccer.us/files/MYSAManagerHandbookREC2.pdf
Thanks to all Team Managers for volunteering your operational support to the league, your team’s coaching staff, and our players!
The Recreation rosters for the Spring 2011 season have been released. Coaches should start contacting their teams ASAP. Parents – login to your MYSA account and you will see your child’s assigned team and links to the paperwork they need to bring to practice. Note – the birth certificate information is out of date, so if you’ve already turned one in – you are good.
Coaches will call asking for preferred practice days/times, but please remember we are scheduling 100+ teams this season and field space is at a premium. If you find your child’s team practices at a time you cannot make – don’t drop out! Contact your coach and ask them to tell their division coordinator that your child needs to be on a team that practices on which ever day works better. If you don’t hear from a coach in the next week, let us know!
The unusual winter weather we’ve had, coupled with Easter being very late, has compacted our schedule this season. Matches will begin two weeks after practices start, so please have patience as some teams may not have uniforms done by the first game, etc. and please try to get your paperwork turned in at the first practice!
We’re looking forward to our best season yet!
The Fall 2010 Recreation Tournament was our league’s largest Rec tournament so far, with six divisions. It also represented our league’s goal of moving away from single elimination brackets to more exciting group play or double elimination formats. This ensured each team would play at least two matches in the tournament and have plenty of chances to show off all they had learned during the season. Coaches – if you have team pictures of your championship or finalist team (or blurbs about your experience), please send them in so we can add them! Send them to us at [email protected].
The 92 MYSA Inferno got an early start to their Spring 2011 season, participating in two preseason tournaments. Their first event in late November took them to Mooresville, NC to participate in the Lake Norman Classic where they won the U18 Boys division. After the holiday break and January winter weather, they traveled even farther west to Knoxville, TN for the Southeast College Showcase. Participating in the U18/U19 Boys Division, they went undefeated (3-0-0), beating teams from Tennessee and Ohio, to win their division. The Inferno hope to build on this early success as they prepare for their upcoming season and the Colonial Virginia Soccer Shootout in March. Congratulations to the 92 MYSA Inferno!
The 94 MYSA Storm, Mebane’s first Division 1 Classic Team, has had a strong start in their preseason as they prepare for their Spring 2011 season. The Storm traveled to Raleigh to participate in the CASL Boys College Showcase in late November. The Storm topped all three opponents with an overall goal differential of +6. After the holiday break, the Storm traveled to Fayetteville for the TFC Friendlies. Facing off against a flight of very strong teams, the Storm finished 2-1-0 with every match a one point affair including a victory over a Premier level team. C. Staton was also selected to participate in the TFC Friendly All Star Game. This pre-season bodes well for the Storm as they begin their quest this season to earn promotion into the NC Premier division.
Three Storm players, L. Barker, K. Knodel, and D. Crowe, also earned spots on NC ODP tournament teams.
The 00 MYSA Hurricanes G, Mebane’s U10 Girls travel team coached by Rod Snyder, put together a very successful season in the Triad Challenge league this Fall. Playing against teams from across the Piedmont Triad, the Hurricanes compiled a 7-1-0 record finishing in 2nd Place in the TCL U10 Girls Division. To wrap up the season, the Hurricanes headed to Greensboro on an unusually warm November weekend to participate in the Greensboro Challenge Clash. Held at beautiful Bryan Park, the Hurricanes blew through the competition with a 4-0 record to win the U10 Girls Division. The final was very exciting with the Hurricanes emerging with a 3-2 victory while many MYSA parents from other teams cheered them on. Great job ladies!
The ’00 MYSA Dynamo, MYSA’s U10 Travel Team, has had a season to remember this Fall! Coached by Jeff Michalski and Robert Jackson, the Dynamo have participated in multiple tournaments along with their regular season in the Triad Challenge League.
The Dynamo kicked things off at the RBC Fall Classic, sponsored by Triangle United. The Dynamo played teams from EWSA and CASL to win their group and advance to the U10 Boys Gold Division Championship. In an exciting final, the Dynamo beat their Triangle United opponent 4-3 in overtime.
Here is a synopsis from Coach Ski:
The ’00 MYSA Challenge Dynamo Won 4th Annual RBC Classic Gold Group. The Dynamo finished with the #1 ranking in Gold Group Flight A with a Win over the CASL Diablos (10-5) and a tie with the EWSA Dynamite (3-3). In the semi’s, we faced the # 2 ranked team from the B Flight, the CASL Vipers. We beat the CASL Vipers (9-5) in the Semi’s. In the final, we faced the Triangle United’s very own Real Madrid. Tied at the end of regulation, we scored to win in the first five minute sudden death overtime. All players were excellent, but E. McCallum lead the way with three goals in the final to win the MVP. Outstanding Offensive players included J. Velez, C. Michalski, and L. Hawks. Defensive standouts were D. Meyers, I. Jackson, C. Michalski and J. Dykes. Strong contributions were made by J. Buck and T. Lee. Playing well in goal were A. Burke and M. Lawrence.
The 96 MYSA Lunachicks, coming off an undefeated season in the U13 Girls Triad Challenge League this Spring (7-0-2), participated in the NCYSA Challenge State Cup in Raleigh to wrap up their season. Facing teams from CASL and North Meck, the Lunachicks won their preliminary group with a 2-1 record and were the only U13 Girls TCL team to advance to the NCYSA Challenge Cup Final Four. The NCYSA Final Four weekend sees teams from across North Carolina playing to win the State Cup for their level and age, so it was exciting to play this match while almost a dozen other semifinal matches were underway across Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC.
The Lunachicks faced off against the CASL Rockets G on a cool grey morning at beautiful Bryan Park. Both teams mounted numerous attacks on goal, with neither team leading by more than a point. As regulation drew to a close, the game was tied 2-2 and overtime seemed likely. However, the CASL team setup a far field attack off a throw in in the final minute of play and snuck the ball just inside the left post to win the game in the final minute of play. While the Lunachicks were disappointed at not advancing to the championship match, they held their heads high knowing they were the first MYSA team to advance to an NCYSA Cup Final Four and had such an exciting and close match against the eventual Challenge Cup champions from CASL.
The Spring 2010 Rec Tournament was exciting as always with dozens of teams playing in six divisions. Complete results can be found on the main tournament webpage. Two championships went to shootouts while another was decided by one point. Congratulations to all the teams who participated and made this such an exciting event.
We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and the offseason! This weekends weather was a sure sign Spring Soccer is just around the corner! Here is an update on where we are and what’s coming up this season
- Team rosters are actively being worked on. We hope to release them to the coaches this week and to parents by the weekend.
- Travel teams are already practicing and Rec practices are set to begin February 14th. Until then, the soccer complex is CLOSED except for any early travel matches.
- Rec matches will start Feb 26th. We understand this gives teams only two weeks of practice, but given how late Easter is and other soccer calendar oddities – we need to do this.
- Our old mailing list system has been permanently decommissioned and we’re switching over to mailing lists hosted by Google. However, Google will not allow us to add everyone in bulk, so parents will have to join the list. The parent list is used to send league wide emails about registration, weather cancellations, and other important information. PLEASE sign up for the new list ASAP. It’s EASY! Simply send an email to [email protected] from the email address you want added. You can put anything in the subject and body (Subscribe, add me, etc).
- We will also be trying to use our new website more along with Facebook and Twitter to send out announcements and also other information we might not send to the mailing list. So be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter.
We have a lot of exciting things planned for this season, so stay tuned!
A number of our parents have bellsouth.net email addresses. This month they stopped working, likely since BellSouth doesn’t really exist any more. If your parent account is still linked to a bellsouth.net email address, please try to update it so you’ll continue to receive important league updates. Or try creating a Google Gmail account so you’ll have an email address you can use with any ISP.
Due to the recent storm and more storms on the way, all MYSA activities scheduled for Thursday August 5th are CANCELED
Parents and Coaches,
As August begins, we’re busy working to assign a record number of players to teams across 12 Recreational divisions. We’ve adjusted our dates a bit:
Week of Aug 10th: Rosters out, coaches contact teams
August 16th: Rec Practices Start
September 10th: Rec Matches Start
Coach and Team Manager workshops will be held in mid August (dates coming soon)
We still need coaches at a number of age groups to ensure everyone gets a chance to play this season. At the younger age groups, if you are good with kids, you can coach. We will provide training and equipment for you. At the older age groups – we really need some experienced coaches to consider coaching a team their child is not on, or some assistant coaches to finally make the jump to head coaching.
U5 Boys: need 1-2 more
U5 Girls: need 1-2 more
U6 Boys: need 6 more
U6 Girls: need 3 more
U7 Boys: need 1 more
U7 Girls: OK
U8 Boys: OK
U8 Girls: need 1 more
U10 Coed: need 4-5 more
U12 Coed: need 3-4 more
U14 Coed: OK
HS Coed: need 1 more
[Take your child’s age on July 31st, add one and put a U in front to get their ‘soccer age’ like ‘U’nder 5 or ‘U’nder 12 (includes U11)]
Please contact Alan Huffman at [email protected] if you are interested in coaching or have questions. He will get you in touch with the proper division coordinator as well as our Director of Coaching who can help you with preparing for your team. If you coached last year – don’t assume we know you plan to continue coaching. If you aren’t listed here: http://soccersys.mebanesoccer.us/teams.php then let Alan know you still want to coach!
As you can see, we need a LOT of coaches. It can be a scary prospect to agree to take a team, but it can also be a very rewarding experience. We’ve managed not to turn any players away for 8 years now and would like to keep that streak alive – so consider volunteering today!
We expect to have over 95 Recreational teams this season. Every one of those teams will need a team manager. Once teams are announced, if you think you can help your coach with team administration, please let them know. The league provides an extensive handbook to help you manage a team: http://mebanesoccer.us/files/2008/10/MYSATeamManagerHandbook_v1_3.pdf
Due to a number of factors (coed split in U5-U8, U8 (1yr) to U10 (2yr), coaches aging up or retiring, etc) this Fall will see *significant* upheaval in terms of team rosters. So there is a VERY strong chance your child may not play for a team they’ve been on for a few years or if they are, the team may be very different. This is not a bad thing. It will allow us to re-balance and ensure all divisions are made up of competitive teams. This means some more effort is required as we assign coaches, identify sponsors, and so on. So we appreciate your patience.
Once rosters are assigned, links to paperwork will appear in your online parent accounts. Complete that paperwork and bring it to your first practice along with your $30 registration fee.
We also are facing a significant issue with field space this year. The soccer complex was in rough shape after the Spring season, so we’ve decided to keep it closed until after Labor Day to allow the turf as much recovery time as possible. This means all practices will be at alternative locations (Mebane Baseball Fields, the Eurosport Soccer Center near Buckhorn Rd, etc) in August. So for the first three weeks, most Rec teams will likely only have ONE practice a week. When the complex opens in September, we should be able to provide teams with a 2nd practice slot like always. However, we will still be utilizing other facilities throughout the Fall. So if your team does not practice at the main complex, don’t take it as some type of ‘hardship’. The turf at the baseball fields is in great shape and the Eurosport Soccer Center is a fantastic facility. Our league is growing and the days of everything being located at one facility are coming to an end, so please be prepared for that.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you on the fields soon!