Nov 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 NE Rush U14 Girls
  • Parents Q&A – Erik Hoskins, who’s son plays for Nova Premier Soccer Club

AnchorExecutive Director News

The month of October and the first week of November have been extremely busy as we transition from the MAPLE League to the Northeast Soccer League (NSL). We are working on the legal process of the leagues name change. Our new office in Marlboro opened on November 1st and will be NSL’s new office address effective January 1st, 2017.

Our time securing sponsorships and partnerships has been a very successful endeavor. We are proud to be partners with WeGotSoccer, NIKE, G-Form, NSCAA, Mass Youth Soccer and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

We are putting the final touches on our new NSL Elite division with cross-over games with the CJSA (CT) premier league. The Elite division will be comprised of the best 4 teams in age groups 13U-18U. The teams will play 3 intra-state games and 4 inter-state games for a 7-game season starting Spring 2017.

Finally, we will unveil a website with a slightly different look for January 1st, 2017.

The new NSL logo and a red, white and blue color scheme will highlight the pages of the site. Also, a simpler, clearer way to navigate through the site will be available to our users.

I am excited about the future of the Northeast Soccer League!

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


AnchorTechnical Director News

I wanted to thank everyone involved with the league this fall and the many hours and effort put in by players, coaches, parents, team managers and club administrators. The DOC Advisory group has been working on several key issues to ensure the league’s continued development. We have confirmed the club standards and the registration process along with an exciting new structure for regional elite play. The dates for the spring season has also been confirmed with our first week of play scheduled to start on April 2nd.

As part of our continued emphasis on coach development and education there are some exciting opportunities in the coming months. On January 28th of 2017, Mass Youth Soccer will offer a day-long symposium filled with speakers and classroom sessions. Workshop Attendees are free to attend all classroom sessions at the workshop with information to address small sided games for 6U to 12U, the 11v11 game for coaches of 13U and above, and guidelines for administrators and soccer leaders and also parents. For more information on the event click on the following link

In addition to this event we have partnered again with the Soccer Champions Coaches’ Clinic which will take place on February 23 – 25, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. All coaches associated with our league can enter the code MAPLE at registration and receive a discounted price. Please note that there is the option at this event to take your USSF E License which is a minimum requirement for coaches in the league. This is an excellent event with some of the top coaches and soccer educators in the world.

We will continue to keep you updated with future development and opportunities and want to wish everyone involved with our league a wonderful thanksgiving period.

Nick Dunbar
Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorVideo: Coach & Players from NE Rush U14 Girls

Click below to watch an interview with coach Ricki Klein and players Sofia Dolan, Jordan Sheehan, and Nicole Calandra.

Q&A from Coach Ricki Klein
  • Q1.  What’s the topic of the training session?
    The topic is building out of the back to create more opportunity from the back to the front.
  • Q3.  How does the team perform in the training environment?
    It’s going really well, we are 4-2 and battling it out for second place in the division. We lost 1-0 in the finals of our Labor Day Tournament; the girls are having a lot of success on the field.
  • Q2.  How has the season been going?
    They perform really well. A lot of the girls have been with me, this is their fourth year now, they know what to expect and I like to create a fun atmosphere. They know they get to have fun while coming and also learn about the game. I think at this age they respond really well to that kind of environment and knowing that that’s the flavor of the team.
Q&A from Players
  • Player – Samantha Roman
    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: My favorite part is when we work on shooting and defensive drills because I play defense and I find it really helpful when I go into a game situation.

    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: My favorite activity that we play during practice is called, Barcelona. It works on team building and has lots of movement.

    Q: Why do you love soccer?
    A: My favorite thing is the competitive aspect of the game. It brings pressure but it makes you want that feeling of when you win.

    Q: Do you have a favorite team?
    A: U.S. Women’s National Team

    Q: Do you have a favorite player?
    A: My favorite player is Tobin Heath.

  • Player – Jordan Sheehan
    Jordan has been asked to tryout for the Rush National Select Team, tryouts are November 11th in Arizona.
    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I love training with my coach, Ricki, because she pushes me to do my best and my teammates always want me to play as hard as I possibly can.

    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like playing possession because I think it is a lot of movement of the ball and it gets you a lot of touches.

    Q: Why do you love soccer?
    A: I like it when you’re in the game and you make a lot of combinations at the top of the box and that feeling when the ball hits the back of the net; I love it.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I love Real Madrid and I love Gareth Bale quite a lot.

  • Player – Nicole Calandra
    This is Nicole’s first year with NE Rush
    Q: What was your previous club?
    A: Wakefield United

    Q: Why did you move to NE Rush?
    A: They didn’t have an age group at Wakefield United. We reached out to other teams and found NE Rush.

    Q: What do you like most about training?
    A: I like how we do a consistent warm-up and then we work on skills that relate directly to the game.

    Q: What is your favorite soccer activity?
    A: I like to scrimmage.

    Q: Why do you love soccer?
    A: I like the competition that it provides.

    Q: Do you have a favorite professional team and/or player?
    A: I like Cristiano Ronaldo; he’s really good and I admire his skills.

AnchorParents Q&A

Pioneer Valley Storm

What do you enjoy most about youth soccer?
A: The Family of our Team and Club.

What do you like least about youth soccer?
Screaming and yelling “joy stick” Coaches and Parents from other Clubs.

Q: What has been the best experience you have had as a soccer parent?
A: My boys having fun, and looking forward to the week end.

Q: Who is your favorite soccer team (youth or professional) and why?
Arsenal because of their attacking transition state of play.

Thanks for your responses Erik and best of luck to all of the Nova Premier S.C. teams this season!

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