Weston Soccer Club
Letter from the President
Dear Weston Soccer Families,
Our Board has been very active in recent months reimagining what a great town soccer club looks like, and I’m excited to share our conclusions with you. Please take a look below for the latest developments from the Club and to see how you can help us make playing for the WSC a better experience for your family.
Kids are dropping out of youth sports in droves these days. It’s complicated, and there are many reasons we can’t control, but the research tells us there’s one reason that we CAN affect: the kids aren’t having fun.
When you’re running a soccer club it can be easy to focus on teaching soccer. But we’re upping our game, and re-emphasizing fun.
Our 3rd-6thGrade Structure
It’s important to ask ourselves regularly how we’re doing and whether we could do better for our young players. This fall, the Board undertook a series of conversations to ask ourselves questions like:
In response to these conversations, you’ll see players in each age group from 3rd-6thgrade train once a week with their team and once a week with all of the teams from that age group in the same place at the same time. Our Director of Coaching will plan and supervise all of these sessions, working closely with the coaches from all of the teams. Some days the teams will train separately, some days they’ll train together, and on some days the session will offer multiple stations working on different skills or concepts and players will be grouped by the things they need to work on rather than by team.
Scrimmages on this day can be by team, or players can be mixed from different teams.
Benefits of this structure include:
In summary, we think this structure improves Player Development, Coach Development, the Player Placement process and Fun!! We’re excited about the change and look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Speaking of your thoughts...we want to know what you think of the WSC and want from it. We know that life has changed substantially over the years, from the rise of social media and video games to the rise of club soccer, other year-round sports and many other activities. We know that the way that families consume the WSC has evolved.
We’ll be putting together a survey to seek your thoughts, but surveys are by nature broad and simplified – so please consider this your invitation to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org tell me anything you want us to know about how we could be better and give you more of what you want from town soccer.
Please be aware of 2 policies from BAYS that we are bound to support and which are consistent with our philosophies as a club:
Zero Tolerance (ZT)– none of us (coaches, administrators, parents) may speak to or harass the ref. Unfortunately, we’ve had an uptick in recent seasons of ZT violations from Weston parents.
From a practical standpoint, the attrition rate among referees is astronomical and that’s because they get sick of the stick they get from fans. From a philosophical standpoint, we teach our coaches not to be yellers because yelling sets a bad example and doesn’t simply distract players, it upsets them. We need our parents to adopt the same peaceful attitude toward the game and the referee.
So there are many good reasons to leave the ref alone and enjoy your young player’s performance!! Please know that the coach is responsible for the behavior of the team’s parents, and let’s help make your young player’s coach’s life easy. Coach and player will both love us for it!!
Running Up the Score– BAYS believes, and we concur, that good sportsmanship at this age and level of competition precludes continuing to score against clearly overmatched competition. BAYS prefers to keep margins of victory to 5 goals or fewer.
We recognize that managing to a specific level is an imprecise science, especially with young players. And we know that our coaches are good people who don’t set out to be unsportsmanlike!! But it’s worth keeping in mind that we keep score to see which team is better, and that once that question is no longer in doubt there are things we can do to create a better experience for both teams. Lee will be working with coaches this spring on ways to manage blowouts in ways that are developmentally positive for both teams. We wanted you to be aware of this in case you notice a sudden change in the trajectory of one of your young player’s games.
That’s it for now –have a wonderful Spring 2019 season and we’ll see you on the field!!
Weston Soccer Club