WMYSA 2017 Scholarship Winners
The WMYSA 2017 Scholarship winners were recognized at the Feb President's Dinner.
Josie Herman was the female 2017 WMYSA College Scholarship recipient. She attends Marshall High School and will be attending Michigan State University in the fall. She played her travel soccer with both Marshall and most recently Battle Creek.
Nolan Hadder was the male 2017 WMYSA College Scholarship recipient. He attends Mattawan High School and will be attending and playing soccer at Calvin College in fall. He played his travel soccer with Midwest United FC Kalamazoo.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH
WMYSA Sponsoring TOP Soccer
WMYSA is sponsoring a Top Soccer pilot program in the Fall 2016 in Berrien County with the SWM Kickers soccer club. It opens up the game of soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. It started small, as a grassroots effort by parents with a wonderful vision. Then US Youth Soccer nurtured it. It goes right along with US Youth Soccer’s mission “to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels.”
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Soccer Goal Safety Is Critical
Safety of players is very is a high priority priority for WMYSA. It is critical that Clubs, Coaches, Referees, and Parents are aware and diligent about Goal Safety. Before each game please monitor the goals to assure that they are properly secured. If not secured please find a means to secure before the match is played. Go to the WMYSA Club Administrator page for details and a video everyone should watch. Click Here
WMYSA Soccer Camp (15th Annual) --- Fantastic Camp Experience for all who attended!
WMYSA had 180 campers ... higher numbers then 2015. Thanks to all of you who registered. The campers not only got a great training experience but also received a 15th Annual WMYSA dry-fit tee shirt. Hopefully you will see this shirt through out the year.
Battle Creek Camp 53 campers; Kalamazoo Camp 80 campers; St Joe Camp 47 campers
Risk Management Update:
A. MSYSA is now requiring it to be submitted annually. The cost is $7.50. If the coach/manager did their RM before Aug 1, 2015 then their RM will be good for two years. They will not need to renew until the summer before the 2017/18 season.
B. WMYSA will not provide vouchers beginning April 1, 2016.
WMYSA Season Starts Saturday September 10th
Schedules will be finalized soon
Key WMYSA Upcoming Events:
- Aug 10th: Fall WMYSA Registration DUE DATE
- Aug 12th: Fall MSPSP Team Packets Available
- Aug 24th: WMYSA Packet Distribution
- Sept 10th: WMYSA Fall Season Begins
- Oct 30th: WMYSA Fall Season Ends
- Dec 26th: 2016 Spring MSPSP Team Regr Due to WMYSA
- Jan 5th: 2016 Spring WMYSA Commitments Due
WMYSA Recently Approved Rule Changes related to US Soccer Mandates
Rule Change A: WMYSA will implement the offside rule for U9-U10 divisions beginning in Fall 2016. It will not increase the number of required referees as it views this as a transition period. Furthermore, WMYSA will reach out to the referee associations to explain our position.
Rule Change B: Effective immediately, purposeful heading will no longer be allowed at the U11 or younger age group levels. This rule is to protect players 10 years old and younger regardless of what age group are playing in. A purposeful heading will result in an indirect free kick for opposing team.
Rule Change C: Beginning Fall of 2016, WMYSA will do away with trapped players and now offer a U14/U15 combined age division for both Fall and Spring and we will continue to offer U15/U16 division seasonally. U15 players have a choice of which team they want to play on for each season.
Rule Change D: Beginning Fall 2016, WMYSA will strictly go by the age of the player rather than school grade. For example, U15 Freshman who don’t have or make a high school team would now be able to play in the combined U14/U15 Division.
Rule Verification E: WMYSA will not extend the age division to include U20. It will remain an Academy & U9-U19 age ranges.
Rule Verification F: WMYSA will not allow U7 players to play in U9 division
Rule Verification G: For safety reasons, WMYSA will continue to enforce the maximum two year play-up until age 15.
Rule Change H: WMYSA, for 2016-2017 season will waive the $25 transfer fee for U15 players who play in their off season on a U15 Team playing in U14/U15 division and wants to transfer to the older team playing in the combined U15/U16 division.
The WMYSA Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate both Sarah McCoy and Bailey Snyder for being selected as our Fall 2016 $500 WMYSA College Scholarship award recipients. For more details click here
US Youth Soccer 2015 Year in Review
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