Dec 2016

This NSL monthly newsletter summarizes the month’s news and notes from various league constituents. In this edition:

  • Executive Director News
  • Technical Director News
  • Video – Coach & Player Interviews from Galway Rovers U14 Team
  • Parents Q&A – Alex Tollis, father to Tia Tollis from the Pioneer Valley Storm

AnchorExecutive Director News

Ralph Ferrigno, Director of Boston Soccer Academy, to be Inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame

Many congratulations to one of our own from the ranks of MAPLE soccer. I have known Ralph for many years and respect his professionalism in our game. I applaud the Hall of Fame Committee for inducting Ralph this year. I offer my congratulations and hope that Ralph stays in the game for years to come!
I am excited about the future of the Northeast Soccer League!

I would like to wish the Northeast Soccer League membership the warmest of wishes for the Christmas season!

Tom Goodman, Executive Director
Tom Goodman, M.Ed.
Executive Director Maple Soccer
USSF A License, USSF National Staff Coach
ExecutiveDirector@maplesoccer.com

 


AnchorTechnical Director News

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our clubs and their members a healthy and happy holiday season and a new year filled of great soccer memories and events. We have some fantastic events coming up in the new year for coach education with the MA Youth Soccer workshop on Saturday January 28th followed by the Champions Coaches Clinic at the Mohegan Sun on February 23rd to 25th. We are also speaking with the NSCAA and MA Youth Soccer on the best date to host a DOC Diploma before the spring season with news to follow.

For the end of the fall season Sandy Tsakirgis our Ethics Chairperson created a report from the many game reports we receive each week. It makes for some interesting reading and gives you an overview of some of the challenges over the fall season we were dealing with. As part of our continued push towards the highest club standards for the league we will continue to work with the group that provides us with match officials to share input and ideas on how we can develop stronger relationships and better understanding for the upcoming spring season.

Some other discussion points that the DOC Advisory Group will be working on include looking into the Club Pass program across the younger age groups, discussion on should it be limited at the younger age groups, analysis of all clubs and if they meet NSL League standards and a plan for scheduling games at neutral locations that are beyond a certain driving distance.

Nick Dunbar
Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer
TechnicalDirector@maplesoccer.com

 


AnchorVideo: Coach & Player Interviews from Galway Rovers

Click below to watch interviews with Guy Reynolds, a coach and a NSL Commission & Advisory Group member, as well as four team captains from Galway Rovers U14 Girls team; Samantha Roman, Gracyn Lord, Brooke Pierotti, and Sydney Washburn.

Q&A from Coach Video
  • Q1.  What are the challenges of having a large club?
    Answer:
    Well, we all face the same problems and I think it’s a combination of a couple things: 1) you’ve got parents, who are your customers and the players. So you’ve got parents and players, multiple different age groups and multiple different teams. We try to do two teams at each age group from 10-U and above, a premier team and an elite team. One of the challenges is identifying players at a younger age and getting them into the right program. Our youth academy and our juniors program has been vital to our success. Right now, we have a little over 150 kids in our youth academy and our juniors program is just under a hundred with about 90 kids. That’s not including our 9-Us and 10-Us. Before they even get to our 9-U program, we’ve got about 190 players in the two age groups, and on top of that, we got down as young as two and three year-olds, which is our little kickers. Which is everyday in the morning for an hour, we have about 42 kids in that program. We have around 232 players in our program before you get to 9-U for us. So the challenge for us being able to manage the expectations of the players and expectations of the parents and I think that’s an important balance. Setting the expectations of what to expect and getting them introduced to the club itself is a big challenge.
  • Q2.  What types of successes have you experienced?
    Answer:
    For us, with all those challenges, we’ve had good success. This is the 14th year that we’ve owned and operated the club, the club has been around for about 35 years. Martin Faherty who started the club, started it with one team, in its hay-day had ten teams. Currently, today we have 24 teams in Maple, plus we have the 232 players that are not even on a team yet. Our success now has been this complex here [Cohasset Sports Complex], we build this complex about six year ago; 25,000 sq. ft. indoor training space and an outdoor training field with lights and turf, allows us to train until 8:30 every evening, which is great. Great success, we just added another pitch on the back of the building too, which is an outdoor boarded facility. Teams have done well, we’ve have had great success and looking forward to our high schools teams joining us in a few weeks, which will be fantastic.
Q&A from Players
  • Player – Samantha Roman – Right Wing – G14-U Elite
    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like doing possession games.

    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I like spending time with my team and working hard to get better and train for the next game.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I like the U.S. Women’s National Team and my favorite player is probably Megan Rapinoe.

    Q: What do you like most about soccer?
    A: I’m very competitive so I like the competition part, I also like being able to do stuff with my friends and I like the hard work that we have to put into it.

  • Player – Gracyn Lord – Center Forward/Mid – G14-U Elite
    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like the four-corner drill we usually warm up with. Two people pass, then you shoot, and then go in the net.

    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I like setting goals with the rest of my friends so it’s nice to have teammates that you’re friendly with and can work with.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I don’t know if I have a certain player that I like the best, but obviously I root for the U.S. Women’s National Team, but I like watching the Breakers and some local teams as well.

    Q: What do you like most about soccer?
    A: I don’t play any other team sports, so this is a good time for me to learn to, not only, work with other people, but practice what I love to do.

  • Player – Brooke Pierotti – Center Defense – G14-U Elite
    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like doing passing drills and shooting drills and scrimmages.

    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I like playing with my team because we’re all friends.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I like U.S. Women’s National Team; my favorite player is Alex Morgan.

    Q: What do you like most about soccer?
    A: I like everything about playing soccer. I also like the team part and having friends that you also play with.

  • Player – Sydney Washburn – Center Defense – G14-U Elite

    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like scrimmaging and doing shooting exercises.

    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I like how there’s fun stuff incorporated with work at the same time. You get a good workout and get better, while having fun.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I like the U.S. National Women’s Team and I have three favorite players, Julie Johnston, Alex Morgan, and Tobin Heath.

    Q: What do you like most about soccer?
    A: I like everything.


AnchorParents Q&A

In this month’s edition of “Parents Q&A”, we asked parent Alex Tollis, the father of Tia Tollis who plays for the U12 Elite Pioneer Valley Storm, a series of quick fire questions.

Q: What do you enjoy most about youth soccer?
A: Having fun and learning with Coach Dave. Games are exciting, the girls have positive attitudes going into games and I enjoy the overall development.

Q: What do you like least about youth soccer?
A: The long travelling, it comes with the game and it’s the only thing bad.

Q: What has been the best experience you have had as a soccer parent?
A: Seeing the girls win CFC Cup Tournament Columbus Day weekend. The girls came together, played hard, in bad weather and was a joy to watch.

Thanks for your responses Alex and best of luck to all of the Pioneer Valley teams this season!

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