MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS:
Nov. 14, 7 pm, YMCA
Dec. 12, 7 pm, YMCA
Support Youth Soccer!
Your tax deductible donations go to the kids in the form of "soccerships" to ensure all kids can play, plus equipment, coaches education and field maintenance. Friends of Vineyard Soccer is a 501(c)3 organization. Friends Click here to support youth soccer on the Vineyard!
Thanks to Airport Mini Storage for providing us with a dry, safe and convenient location to store our equipment. 508-693-4084.
Now is the time to get your Mass Youth Soccer G License! This course is now available on-line - click here.
Visit the Coach's Corner for Drills and other information!
REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2014 TRAVEL TEAMS IS NOW OPEN. CLICK ON "REGISTER" TO BEGIN THE PROCESS.
Change in our fee schedule: Because of rising transportation costs and underfunding of the travel program for the past several years, we have had to raise our fees for the 2014 season to $350, payable Dec. 1 in whole or payable in 4 installments of $90 with the first installment due Dec. 1. Currently the travel program costs us a little more than $5000 per team. These costs include all transportation ($1800/team), league and state registration ($365/team), field rental and maintenance ($550/team), uniforms and equipment ($300/team), referee fees ($350/team), indoor training facilities from Jan.-Mar.($300/team), indoor tournament allowance ($500/team), advertising ($150/team), financial aid ($700 - equivalent to two players/team), and coach licensing courses (all of our coaches now have state coaching licenses at level E or higher). We apologize for the increase in fees, but at last year's rate we were losing more than $10,000 - a clearly unsustainable financial model!
MV SOCCER ACADEMY AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAM
The aims of MV Youth Soccer are to develop players and coaches in an environment that is fun for all. In keeping with this philosophy, and after a full year of careful study, research and discussions with leaders of the State Youth Soccer Association and other successful local youth soccer associations, we have decided to institute an academy format in which players participate within an age group and may move back and forth between groups acording to their progress and development. In making this move, we are hoping to introduce to the island the best practices that are used throughout the country and recommended by all state, national and international soccer organizations.
The major objectives of the Academy are to create a more positive environment for player development and coaches' education. For players, the emphasis will be on improving each player's skill and technique. Games will be small-sided, where young players will be allowed to show their abilities in a competitive environment, learn to make on-field decisions without fear and increase their technical development by getting more touches on the ball. There will be no sitting on the bench in this format! We now have a trained core of licensed coaches who will use the Academy to mentor and develop new or less experienced coaches by introducing them to the latest and most effective drills and coaching techniques. Above all, the focus will be on the kids - this is a player-centered, not a coach- or spectator-centered environment, and we will do all we can to promote each player's development and to increase his or her enjoyment of the sport.
The program for the younger players (U-6, U-8 and U-10) will now be under the direction of coordinators whose job will be to present the curriculum and to guide, assist and support the coaches who will be teaching the players. We also hope to limit the ratio of players to coaches to make the training sessions more manageable and productive, and less overwhelming to our volunteers.
In response to suggestions we received last Fall, we have modified the Academy program for the older players (grades 5-8). All Academy players will be divided into balanced teams in an on-island league. All will train together on Thursdays, with matches on Tuesdays. The emphasis will be on equal playing time for all, but scores and standings will be kept, followed by a playoff/championship at the end of the season.
Academy players will also have the added option of joining full-sided teams that will play home and away games on Saturdays in the Cranberry League on Cape Cod. Unlike the Spring travel teams, there will be no tryouts for these teams - they are open to all who want to join. Participation in the Cranberry League is not required - those who do not want to travel will still be included in the on-island league - but we encourage any player who is interested in testing the waters of travel soccer to participate.
For further information, contact us at the link at the top of the page.
Let us know - we have a number of opportunities...fundraising, registration, snack table, etc. We need your help! Thanks.
Coaches Take a Look: Mass Youth Soccer Curriculum
Travel Soccer Schedules are posted on the
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