Oct 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 – Advisory Committee Role
  • Coaches Spotlight – Roger Caramelo
  • Parents Q&A – Michael DeFlorio
  • Club Spotlight – DreamTeam FCA
AnchorExecutive Director News

Welcome MAPLE/NSL members to the first edition of the NSL Newsletter.  At the MAPLE Annual General meeting on Monday, October 17th, 2016, your Maple representatives overwhelming voted to change the name of the MAPLE league to the Northeast Soccer League (NSL), effective January 1st, 2017.  As your Executive Director, I am excited about the change…new name, new logo, new structure, new programming!

Your club representatives also voted for 4 open Commission seats, as well as the Commission Treasurer position.  John Barata and Tony Luongo were re-elected for another term; Eric Redder and Mariana Sousa were elected to 2 vacated seats; and Jeff Vellucci was voted in as Treasurer.  These elections increased the Commission to its full capacity of 11 members.

Enjoy the New Newsletter!

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


AnchorTechnical Director News

Many thanks to everyone involved with the league for your efforts over the 2016 fall season.  We wanted to thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with the transition to the USSF initiatives for small sided games and birth year.  During the fall our U9 and U10 program has continued to grow and our first jamboree at MA Youth Soccer’s Lancaster Complex was a massive success.  There are also some very exciting events in the schedule for coach education to watch out for and new developments for our league structure.

Our DOC Advisory group has been involved in meetings over the fall season and we have been addressing important topics related to the league.  These include revised club standards for ALL member clubs, registration process for the spring and beyond, development of the NSL league structure and the addition of regional competition.

The continued role and responsibility of this group will be to make decisions regarding soccer developments that will then be passed on to MAPLE Executive Director for confirmation and delivery to commission.  We hope that all our member clubs feel they now have a process to provide input to the development of our league as we move onwards and upwards!

All the best for the remainder of the fall season with your club and looking forward to a great 2017!

Nick Dunbar
Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorVideo: Advisory Committee Roles & Responsibilities

Click below to watch an interview with Nick Dunbar, Technical Director Maple Soccer, on the role of the league’s Advisory Committee.

Q&A from Video
  • Q1.  What is the Advisory Committee?

    The Advisory Committee is a group of DOCs (Directors of Coaching) from eight member clubs that range from small clubs with only one or two teams all the way up to large organizations with up to thirty teams and programs. In addition to the eight DOCs, we also have a representative from Mass Youth Soccer, Ian Mulliner, who is the Technical Director of Mass Youth Soccer. Ian Mulliner is to provide us with some input on the new U.S. guidelines and initiatives that are happening across the leagues.One of the major reasons we did this is to try to look at an advisory group that could provide input on the league and what needs to happen. A motto we came up with is it’s by the clubs, for the clubs, and with the clubs. The reason for using the Directors of Coaching was specifically because they have a better understanding of what is needed at the club level and what is happening on a day-to-day level with those club and our member organizations.

    So far we’ve had a couple of meetings, we’ve been discussing several elements of the league and what needs to change and what we could do to make a development. For example, one of the things we’ve talked about is minimum roster size, registration process and how we could change that and make it more effective, rule changes that need to be made, such as the new USFF initiatives and how we could help with that. Other things we’ve looked at is club standards and how we could implement those in the process we use to make the league even stronger with out member organization and looking at those member organizations and seeing what we could do to help assist in their development.

  • Q2.  What are the roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Committee?
    The roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Committee are to meet once a month to talk about the major elements that affect us on a day-to-day basis in the league. The business side of the league is held by the Commission and they look towards that in their Commission meetings to decide how we go together as a business. In terms of the Advisory Committee, we’re looking at what happens on the field and how we could affect that. Some of the elements include club standards, working with the referee association, and protocol for parents, players, coaches, and administrators. We’ve also looked at some of the development ideas in how we can improve the clubs within Maple. For example, educational resources that we could attach ourselves to, whether it’s Mass Youth Soccer workshops or Champions Coaches Clinic. We’ve been looking at all those elements and say, how could we use those to help our member clubs develop to the level they need to.The best thing about having the Advisory Committee with us and their involvement in the league and their work with the commission is that we’re really taking input from the member clubs and the organizations that we work with. Getting their input on what needs to happen on a day-to-day basis with clubs and our members has been invaluable. It’s allowing us to move forward in a faster pace than ever before, it’s allowed us to implement new changes and new developments quicker than we ever did before and it’s going to be one of the best things about this league as we move forward. We have a ready-made communication pathway from our clubs, to our commission, to decide what needs to happen to help make this league the best premier organization in the region.


AnchorCoaches Corner

Taunton Sports ClubIn this month’s “Coaches Corner”, we asked coach Roger Caramelo from Taunton Sports Club a series of quick fire questions.

Q1: Who is your club/team/age group?
I currently coach two age groups: U14G and U16B.

Q2: Which soccer team (professional or youth) do you like to watch and why?
Benfica. This is my family’s club. We’re actual members.

Q3: Which coach (any sport) do you most admire and why?
I like Brad Stevens from the Celtics. I like his demeanor and how he gets the most out of his players.

Q4: What is your coaching philosophy?
Coach in practice not games. Development first.

Q6: What has been your best coaching experience?
Two seasons ago with my boys when we overachieved.

Thanks for your responses Roger and good luck with the fall season!

Click here if you’d like to feauture in our next edition of “Coaches Corner.”

AnchorParents Q&A

Pioneer Valley Storm

Q1: What age group does your daughter play for?
U12 Girls (2005).

Q2: What do you enjoy most about youth soccer?
Competition. Watching my daughter do what she loves and learning how to be part of a team, developing her skills each day.

Q3: What do you like least about youth soccer?
Travel. Wish there were more teams in her league in the Western part of Massachusetts rather than NH or Eastern Massachusetts.

Q4: What has been the best experience you have had as a soccer parent?
My daughter developing an understanding of sportsmanship, win or lose.

Q5: Who is your favorite soccer team (youth or professional) and why?
United States Women’s National Team because of the effort they have made and the success achieved.

Thanks for your responses Michael and best of luck to all of the Pioneer Valley teams in the fall season!

Click here if you’d like to feauture in our next edition of “Parents Q&A.”

AnchorClub Spotlight

DreamTeam FCAThis month’s club spotlight shines a well deserved light on DreamTeam Football Club of the Americas (DreamTeam FCA).  Their program is focused on helping underprivilged children who may not be able to afford the costs of playing competitive soccer.  Their unique approach of never holding tryouts or actively recruiting players provides a welcoming environment for any player who wants to play soccer.

Their players train in four different locations and never train as team due to the low numbers of players in each location.  They meet up on a Sunday to play as a team, which makes their successes even more impressive!

Click here to read more about the great work the club is doing and about their recent success at the tournement of FC Boston.

DreamTeam Football Club of the Americas