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Information About the Fall 2020 Season

By John Power, 07/14/20, 5:00PM EDT

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Registration and Scheduling

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Season

 

This season is unlike any other in our history, and there is much you should understand before you decide to register.

With that in mind, you will see 2 sections below:

  • a detailed schedule by grade; please review to make sure the soccer schedule and your child's schedule align.
  • a detailed description of the Fall 2020 program and the public health rules that we must follow.  It's new; please review.
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Once you have reviewed all of these treasures, then and only then will you find The Registration Button.  Click it to register.

We've missed you, Weston.  Welcome back to soccer.

FALL 2020 SCHEDULE NOTES

  • This information is subject to revision due to the uncertainty surrounding youth sports and COVID19 - we will update this website whenever we learn something new.
  • Scheduling for our 3rd-8th Grade Program will be at the discretion/availability of the coaches for each team/grade.  We are working with our coaches now and will share schedules for each team/grade as soon as they are available.

Fall 2020 Schedule

CURRENT GRADE

COST

TIME COMMITMENT

UNIFORM

FORMAT

START DATE

Pre - K

$110

6 weekday Clinics 

Tuesdays - 2.15pm - 3.15pm (Alphabet Field)

WSC reversible pinnie required; you MAY use old pinnies.  Purchase new pinnies from WeGotSoccer here: https://www.wegotsoccer.com/weston

Weekday skills-based clinics taught by professional coaches.

Practice Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13

 

Kindergarten

$200


7 weekday clinics

5 Sunday Game Days

 

 

Weekday Clinics:


Girls:
Wednesdays - 4:50 to 5:50 pm (Alphabet Field)

 

Boys:
Wednesdays -  3:30 to 4:30 pm (Alphabet Field)

 WSC reversible pinnie required; you MAY use old pinnies.  Purchase new pinnies from WeGotSoccer here: https://www.wegotsoccer.com/weston

 

Weekday skills-based clinics taught by professional coaches.


Sunday Game Days to begin season as 2nd training session with pro coaches; progression to small game format with volunteer parent coaches to be determined.

Kindergarten Practice Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21

 

 

Game Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11

 

Game times Kindergarten:1-2 pm

 

1st & 2nd Grade

$210

7 weekday clinics
+
5 Sunday Game Days

 


Clinic Days:

1st grade girls:

Tuesdays - 3:30 to 4:30 pm (Alphabet Field)

2nd grade girls:

Mondays - 4:50 to 5:50 pm (Alphabet Field)

1st grade boys:

Tuesdays - 4:50 to 5:50 pm (Alphabet Field)

2nd grade boys:

Mondays - 3:30 to 4:30 pm (Alphabet Field)

WSC reversible pinnie required; you MAY use old pinnies.  Purchase new pinnies from WeGotSoccer here: https://www.wegotsoccer.com/weston

Weekday skills-based clinics taught by professional coaches.


Sunday Game Days to begin season as 2nd training session with pro coaches; progression to small game format with volunteer parent coaches to be determined.

1st Grade Practice Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6,10/13, 10/20

 

 

2nd Grade Practice Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

 

Game Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11

 

Game times: 1st Grade 2:20-3:20

 

2nd Grade 3:40-4:40

 

3rd - 6th Grade

$220

10 weeks:
1 team-based practice & 1 grade-based practice a week
+
10 Saturday games  

 

 

 

Official WSC uniform, sold separately.  Purchase new uniforms from WeGotSoccer here:  https://www.wegotsoccer.com/weston

In-town program involving balanced team competition within grades and curated competition between grades

In-town games scheduled start:

Saturday, September 19th 2020

 

 

7th & 8th Grade

$220

10 weeks:
Team based-practices vary by team, coach and player availability.  

10 Saturday games
(5 home and 5 away games)

Official WSC uniform, sold separately.  Purchase new uniforms from WeGotSoccer here:  https://www.wegotsoccer.com/weston

In-town program involving balanced team competition within grades and curated competition between grades

In-town games scheduled start:

Saturday, September 12th 2020

 

 

 

Fall 2020 is Different - Read the Details Here

Team,

Fall 2020 is fast approaching...and we're getting ready to play...but the season will look different from anything we've experienced together before.  First we'll describe our plans for the program; then we'll tell you about the public health rules that will affect the players on the field.

3rd-8th Grade Program

After much deliberation, and after consulting families via a survey, the Board decided on 21 August to withdraw from inter-town travel soccer and run our 3rd-8th grade program in-town this fall.

Each age group (grade/gender) will be organized slightly differently based on numbers, but the basic principles will remain the same across all age groups:

  • safe, fun development - we're grateful to be able to play with friends again, and we will improve as players this season
  • creative ways to practice and play - we'll have high school players as guest coaches, we'll play teams from other grades, we'll do things we've never had the chance to do before in a normal competitive season
  • balanced competition - scrimmages and games within grades will use balanced teams so everyone will have a chance to contribute and everyone will be challenged

We're excited about the program that we and our creative, committed volunteer coaches can put together for our young players.  We're up for the challenge of making this a wonderfully memorable Fall 2020 and hope that our families and players are as well.

 

Pre-K thru 2nd Grade Program

Since our PK-2 program is already an in-town production, there are no major adjustments to the overall structure of the program; each age group will still train 1 day/week during the school week, and K-2 will each have a 1-hour session on Sunday afternoons.

So what's different?  The rules, which we review below, will change some of the training that we would normally do with our youngest players.  We'll be cautious about how well they adapt to distancing requirements when there's a ball involved, and we'll communicate with families about any possible moves toward game play.

Our caution means that at the beginning of the season, Sunday Game Day will actually be a 2nd training session, at least for a week or two.  Sundays will see boys and girls within a grade training at the same time, so we'll be looking to supplement our professional coaches from Proformance with volunteer coaches.  Players from the high school team will be involved, and we invite parents to complete required Safe Sport certification and join in the fun.

This is a fabulous opportunity to use a new structure to do something we would not normally have the chance to do - there is likely a time in your future when your young players won't want you in the same zip code as the field on which they're playing, but they will LOVE having you involved now.  Get it while it's hot, it won't last forever ;-).

As is true with the 3rd-8th grade program...some of this is new.  We're learning the true meaning of the word "flexibility" in real time...but it doesn't have to hurt!!  We can promise:

  • a safe environment for your young players...for your children
  • a relentless focus on fun
  • a communicative and collaborative approach to figuring out what our young players are ready for and what makes them and you feel safe as they and the public health environment develop.

This is going to be different...in a good way...and we hope you'll join the fun.

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Rules for Safe Soccer

On 13 August the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) released updated rules for youth sports this fall.  Here is the link to the full document:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1/download

I'll call your attention to 3 main decisions that appear to affect the contours of play the most. 

 

Modify Restarts

This means that throw-ins become kick-ins, corner kicks turn into short passes to restart play to avoid groups clustered in front of goals.  We don't expect this measure to have a meaningful impact on the quality of the game as we know it.

 

Mask Requirement

Players are to wear masks looped around their ears at all times on the field and have the discretion to raise and lower them as the situation requires.  For example, a player making a long run in abundant space could lower her mask, but a player would be expected to raise his mask to cover his face as he approached teammates or opponents.

 

Direct Contact

Players must eliminate "deliberate close contact", which is defined as (but not limited to) "collisions, body checking and...blocking".   The best description I've heard of this policy is that they can challenge for the ball from in front but not from the side or behind.  Feedback from many coaches involved in summer play by these rules suggests that players have adapted quickly and successfully.

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Registration is open for the whole program at this point - the Pre-K thru 2nd Grade Program is in its initial registration phase, and our move to an in-town format for 3rd-8th grade allows us to accept late registrations for those grades. 

You can find access to registration for each of those programs on the left side of the home page of our website, www.westonsoccer.org.

It's a process, Weston...things remain fluid, so expect and embrace change.  We'll communicate often, adapt as necessary, welcome your feedback about what matters to you this fall and will always do our best to keep your children safe.

It's gonna be fun!!

JP

President, Weston Soccer Club

jpower11@me.com

(781)-290-7295