We are trying to open up the teen soccer program to keep more kids active and enjoying soccer. This feat is difficult considering the increasing levels of competition the kids encounter as they ascend through our programs and school in general. In a school district as large as NA, competition is tough for the limited spots on school teams and demotivated kids often walk away from soccer. We also wrestle with the challenge of grouping the kids that do still play season after season onto teams that can compete with other clubs going through the same issues. The results have not always been great. Add to that the fact that many of our teen referees must choose between playing and reffing, and you can see how the current U15-U19 program needs some adjustments.
Our format is not set for this Fall, but I would like to keep all of the teams co-ed and if we have enough kids registered for 4 teams, we could potentially stay “in-house” with our games, even scheduling some on weeknights in lieu of a portion of the large scrimmages that we’ve used as the practice format for several years. We would keep the format more fun than physical and hope that the youth-group-like environment keeps more kids playing. The same 11 v. 11 format and standard soccer rules apply, but hopefully the hassles of distant games and differences in club programs go away. Once we see how many kids register by the end of July, we’ll lock-in the format and inform those registered by mid-August. If the format or timing or other conflict mean you’d like to withdraw, we can refund your fees.
So please register your child ASAP if you’re interested and feel free to pass this along to friends that may be interested as well. We’d like this to be an inclusive teen activity, not a hard-core soccer showcase.
Registration site: http://pa-nallegheny.affinitysoccer.com