Spring has sprung and that means it is almost time for
Fall 2017 SCYSC youth soccer registration to open!!!!
Keep on reading, there is lots of news and dates to share below!
Here at SCYSC we have been busy working towards making Fall 2017 another great year of soccer for the kids and families in our community. So here are the latest dates to remember and put on your calendars:
ASAP- Registration for local REFEREE CLINIC to be held May 13th in Skagit County. Open to ages 12 and up. Look for email sent to you from Skagit Valley Youth Soccer for more details.
April 19th- General Meeting open to all parents, players and coaches. Wednesday night at 6:30 pm @ Tidelands Church. We encourage anyone with question, concerns or input they would like us to hear to come join us. Any new or returning coaches will also be given the opportunity to get registered ahead of the players so we can start forming teams as soon as possible.
May 1 - July 15th - Registration for FALL 2017 YOUTH SOCCER opens on Bonzi. ***** Please remember if your child played "up" an age bracket last year due to the birth year rule changes, you MUST complete and submit another PLAY UP REQUEST FORM. For insurance purposes this has to be done each year they play "up" in age group. Our registrar WILL NOT automatically place any child above their birth year group based on any previouse years team assignments, we must have the written request submitted. Forms to request playing up can be found under "FORMS" tab on this website.
Coaches Meeting- August 12th time and location posted soon.
August 15th -SOCCER BEGINS!!! Coaches should be contacting players and practices will begin at this time. Please keep in mind all coaches are volunteers and have vacation as well as work schedules to work around so they will begin as soon as able but not all will be available right on the 15th. Also be aware practice locations and times are based on coach and field availability.
September 9th - Games will begin on this weekend. The season will run until the end of October and into the beginning of November for some teams depending on playoff qualifications.
There will also be 2 potential Stanwood based referee clinics held this summer, as well as 3 chances for Walk in Registration dates and locations coming soon.
Now on to our other big news!
For many many years SCYSC has been part of Skagit Valley Youth Soccer Association with our older, recreational league (u9 and older) playing against teams within this associations such as Burlington, LaConner and San Juan Island. Over the last many years, SCYSC has come to represent nearly 40% of the total teams in the league and we often have found our teams playing a large portion of their season against other SCYSC teams. While this isn't terrible it is also not ideal for growth and development. We also have found that our older players, those in middle school and high school who wish to play recreational soccer, end up without a sufficient number of players or adequate teams to play against. In an effort to provide a more diverse offering of teams, more competition and development for our players the board has made the decision to move to North County Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) effective now and for the 2017 season.
So what does this mean? For our MICRO PLAYER'S (ages 4-U8) nothing changes, all teams and games are local and held Saturdays at Heritage Park as always. For our RECREATIONAL LEAGUE (U9 and older) this means our travel will head south against teams such as those in Arlington, Marysville, Everett, Lake Steven's and Monroe. This league offers more training opportunities for our coaches, tiered teams for more equal competition and a larger pool of teams so there will be a more diverse number of teams on our schedules. Much still remains the same, we still use Bonzi for registration, coaches, practices and teams are local, and the season runs the same with practices beginning mid to late August, games beginning in September ending early November and yes there will still be referee challenges.
We look forward to this new partnership and watching soccer in our region continue to grow and prosper for all our boys and girls.
We know there may be questions and concerns about this big change and we want to do our best to provide you all with the best information possible. In order to do this we will be holding a General Meeting open to the public.
SCYSC GENERAL MEETING
WED APRIL 19TH 6:30PM
TIDELAND CHURCH, STANWOOD WA, 98292
Please feel free to spread the word and attend our general meeting on the 19th with any questions and concerns.
We are looking forward to another great year of SCYSC soccer!
Thank you, SCYSC
If you have watched your child's match and had to watch the coaches act as the referees, it is because we need more referees. If you are interested in becoming a referee, registration is now open for our clinic on May 13th.
We do not have a defined "minimum age". However, we prefer that kids be at least 12 years old. This is primarily due to the reading level of the Laws of the Game and the written exam at the end of the class. We would also love to have more adult-age referees. This is a great opportunity for a "parent and child" bonding experience.
If interested, please register for the clinic on the WASRC website right away. This clinic is now posted and available for registration to anyone statewide and class space is limited.
Skagit Valley Soccer Referees Assn.
REFEREE CLINIC INFORMATION:
Location: Skagit P.U.D. #1, 1415 Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon, WA. 98273
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 Time: 8:45am – 5:30 pm
***Preregistration is required for this clinic***
What To Do Right Now: If you have not already done so, please register with our local Referee website: www.skagitrefs.org . Toward the middle of the home page, click on the link for the “Registration” form. Then, fill in the appropriate information (the USSF ID, Grade, and UBI spaces can be left blank). The Next Step: Registering With WASRC Please get registered with the Washington State Referee Committee (WASRC). After establishing your profile, Please get registered for this clinic. The clinic number is: 1W-0517-N08-0311 Please do this right away as space is limited and this clinic is displayed and available to anyone statewide.
To Register With WASRC: 1. Go to the Washington State Referee Committee (WASRC) website: www.wareferees.org . On the header bar, click on: Instruction > Clinic & Events Schedule 2. Click on the drop down menu and select: Entry - Never been a USSF Referee 3. Find our clinic (1W-0517-N08-0311) from the list provided. a) On the far right, click on “Register with WA Referees” 4. Follow all instructions. Write down your user ID and Password. You will need this in the future.
If you are having trouble navigating the WASRC site to get registered, here is a link to our “tutorial” for help: https://www.skagitrefs.org/files/WASRC%20ELC%20Registration%20Tutorial.pdf
After Registering With WASRC: 1. Complete all of the on-line training modules on the WASRC website. This may take as long as eight hours, based on the student's familiarity of the Laws of the Game (most students only need 2 to 3 hours). All modules do not have to be completed in one session. However, once you start a module, you must complete it to receive credit. If you stop a module before finishing, you will have to re-take the entire module. (Do NOT take the training modules via the USSF website. If you do, you will not receive credit for them.) 2. If you need instructions for completing the on-line modules, visit the following link: http://www.skagitrefs.org/files/Instructions for Online ELC Course.pdf
The On-Line Modules MUST be completed 3 days in advance (BY May 10th, at 8pm!!) in order to attend the classroom clinic!! Waiting for the “last minute” is NOT advised. If you wait too long and there is a glitch/problem with your scores posting to the WASRC site, there may not be enough time to get things fixed before the clinic. Your scores must be posted to the WASRC site before the classroom clinic. This is an automated process and we do not have any local ability to control/modify this. So...Complete the on-line training right away to avoid problems.
Cost and Fee Information: $65.00 – Paid on-line when you register at wareferees.org ($50 for 1st year USSF registration fee +$15 Clinic Fee).
In the months to come keep an eye out for some additional local opportunities to become a paid Referee. This is open to anyone ages 12 and older, is an chance to earn some cash both locally and in the surrounding areas, become more familiar with the full rules, penalties and guidelines and get a workout while getting paid.
SCYSC strongly encourages coaches of all age levels to invest the time to take this course as it will provide you with much needed knowledge and familiarity with the rules of the game and important aspects to train your players on.
SCYSC is a not for profit organization.
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