SYSL Postseason recap

The Boys U10-3 team with coaches Todd Easton and Gus Rego (Todd Easton photo)

This weekend saw five Somerville Youth Soccer League teams play in the postseason. The Boys U10-1, U10-3, U12-3 and U14-3 teams competed in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League (MYSL) Commissioner’s Cup, while the Boys U14-1 team played qualifiers for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC).

The Boys U10-1 team (6-2-1 regular season) claimed the Boys U10 Division 1 Commissioner’s Cup, winning their first two matches to clinch the trophy before dropping a meaningless finale on Sunday.

SYSL’s Boys U10-3 team (8-0-1 regular season) went 1-1-1 on the weekend, finishing runners up thanks to a head-to-head win over Everett in their third game on Sunday.

“Hard work all season paid off for a nucleus of kids that has been together for the past two years,” commented Boys U10-3 coach Todd Easton. “For many of them this was their first tournament experience. The competition was fierce. There were no weak teams. It was a great experience for all of them.”

After an 8-0-1 regular season campaign, the Boys U12-3 team won their first game of the Commissioner’s Cup before falling by narrow 1-0 scorelines in the next two to finish third in their division.

Following an unblemished regular season champion that saw them win all nine games while racking up an eye-popping +43 goal difference, the Boys U14-3 team played a high-scoring 3-3 draw before dropping close decisions in their final two matches of the Commissioner’s Cup.

Coach Ken Cole commented, “We finished 0-2-1 and out of the medal standings, but the games were close and intense and the kids gave everything they had. The kids, of course, have a lot of soccer left to play in their lifetimes and this riveting experience will remain a positive one in the future.”

The Boys U14-1 team qualified for the MTOC playoffs thanks to a 7-2-0 regular season that saw them enter as the playoffs as the top seed. They avenged a 4-0 regular season loss to Melrose’s top U14 team with a thrilling penalty shootout victory in the semifinal, setting up a showdown with regular season co-champions Stoneham. Somerville ultimately fell 2-0 in the playoff final.

“It was a bittersweet ending for these boys — some of whom have played in SYSL for many years and are now leaving for high school programs,” said Boys U14-1 coach Tom Lau. “We are immensely proud of their performances not only at the tournament and this season but for representing Somerville for so many years past and future.”

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SYSL teams in the postseason

Each spring the top teams in each Middlesex Youth Soccer League (MYSL) division move on to the postseason. Congratulations to all our SYSL teams who will be in postseason action this weekend — and good luck!

The following SYSL teams have qualified for the MYSL Commissioner’s Cup this weekend at Joyce Middle School in Woburn:

Boys U14-3
Record: 9-0-0 (1st, Division 4B)
Coach: Ken Cole
Assistant: William Scalise

Saturday, 10:15 AM vs. Stoneham 14-2
Saturday, 3:30 PM vs. Charlestown 14-2
Sunday, 12:15 PM vs. Waltham 14-4

Boys U12-3
Record: 8-0-1 (1st, Division 3B)
Coach: Felipe Montarroyos
Assistants: Erika Fellinger & Paul Simmons

Saturday, 8:30 AM vs. Wilmington 12-3
Sunday, 11:15 AM vs. Wilmington 12-2
Sunday, 5:00 PM vs. TBD

Boys U10-1
Record: 6-2-1 (1st, Division 1A)
Coach: Armand Hoxholli

Saturday, 8:00 AM vs. Wakefield Boys U10-1
Saturday, 2:30 PM vs. Lowell Boys U10-1
Sunday, 12:30 PM vs. Waltham Boys U10-1

Boys U10-3
Record: 8-0-1 (1st, Division 3B)
Coach: Todd Easton
Assistant: Gus Rego

Saturday, 8:30 AM vs. Charlestown Boys U10-1
Saturday, 1:45 PM vs. Lowell Boys U10-2
Sunday, 12:30 PM vs. Everett Boys U10-1

We also have a team playing a qualifier on Saturday at Joyce Middle School in Woburn for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions next weekend in Lancaster:

Boys U14-1
Record: 7-2-0 (1st, Division 1A)
Coach: Tom Lau
Assistants: Richard Baldwin & Melissa May

Saturday, 9:30 AM vs. Melrose U14-1

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Fall 2018 Registration is OPEN

Thank you for your patience while we worked out the kinks in a new registration system on our league’s new website provider, SportsEngine. We’re very excited to bring you a new website for next season with real-time schedules, text messaging capability, better targeted emailing capabilities to reduce unwanted emails, and a mobile app with push notifications and the ability for coaches, players, and families to communicate in real time.

Our move to the new website begins with registration for the Fall 2018 season, and you can do that here now.

Register by Monday, June 18 using discount code EARLY5 and save $5 off registrations.

NOTE: IN THIS NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM, ALL PLAYERS ARE CONSIDERED NEW PLAYERS. Even if your child has played with SYSL before, select the option of registering a new player at the beginning of the registration process.

It’s a slightly longer registration process than before, but this should be much quicker the next time around when players already are in the system.

Please read through the new Parent Code of Conduct adopted at the recent SYSL Annual Meeting. By agreeing to abide by this code, you’re affirming that you’ll be doing your part to make this a positive experience for everyone involved: players, parents, coaches, referees, opposing teams, opposing coaches — everyone.

If you require Financial Aid, please use our new online form for requesting that. Qualifying families will be emailed a discount code for online registration.

Please contact jakewilson@somervillesoccer.us if you have any questions or feedback about the registration process.

Thanks for playing soccer with SYSL!

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SYSL Goalkeeper Clinic

Currently registered SYSL players in Grades 3 to 8 are invited to attend a goalkeeping clinic with our roving instructor, Ellie Sharpe. The clinic will take place Thursday, June 7 and Thursday, June 14 at Capuano Field from 5 to 6 PM.

UPDATE: Registration for this clinic now is closed. Stay tuned for news on future clinics.

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Mass Youth Soccer Town Select League tryouts

Looking for an affordable alternative to club play for your child? Mass Youth Soccer’s Town Select League (TSL) is a great opportunity for players born between 2004 (15U) and 2009 (10U) to receive top coaching while playing alongside similarly skilled players during the 2018/19 fall and spring seasons.

There will be tryouts at Playstead Park in Medford on the evening of Tuesday, June 19, with Girls tryouts from 5 to 6:15 PM and Boys tryouts to follow from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. There are other tryouts the area if that date doesn’t work for you.

Click here to register

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2018 SYSL Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 23

Please join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM in the ONCE Lounge (156 Highland Avenue) for the 2018 SYSL Annual Meeting.

Who is invited?
All SYSL members in good standing. If you are the parent/guardian of a current SYSL players or a current SYSL volunteer, you are an SYSL member.

What will we be doing?
Electing the 2018/19 SYSL Board of Directors, discussing issues affecting our league, and holding a number of member votes.

Who is up for election to the Board of Directors?
*President: Jake Wilson
*Vice President: Elizabeth Shea
*Treasurer: Jason Lambert/Rob Odilon
*Clerk: Lucas Friedlaender
*Registrar: Andrew Platt
*Player Development Director: Christopher Love
*Coach Development Director: John Sanders
Equipment Director: Marco Vieira
Uniform Director: David Turin
CORI Director: Jason Evans
Fields Director: David Ahouse
Communications & Social Media Director: Ben Kauffman
Webmaster: Joseph McMahon
Ombudsman: Jonathan Calvert
Boys Travel Program Director: Elizabeth Shea
Girls Travel Program Director: Beth Balter
Grade 1/Grade 2 (U7/U8) Age Director: Natasha Reese-McLaughlin
Grade Pre-K/Grade K (U5/U6) Age Director: Ellenor Barish
Toddler Age Director: Kim Volz
Travel Referee Coordinator: Thomas Heinz
In-Town Referee Coordinator: Rhonda Corey

*Executive Committee

Are there any openings on the Board of Directors?
We curently are looking for volunteers for the following positions:
– MYSL Town Coordinator
– Community Relations Director

What are the issues that will be discussed?
We will give an update on the fields crisis affecting our Travel program and endangering our Grade 5/Grade 6 (U12) program specifically. This will include the latest on a the fields we use and future fields projects — and their potential impact on our league. We also will hold a discussion on how we can advocate most effectively for our kids.

We will quickly run through the recently amended SYSL by-laws, with changes that included:
– updating the board composition to reflect changes in terminology (Grade 1, not U7) and new roles, as well as upping the minimum number of board members from 3 to 10
– allowing for the compensation of volunteers for certain jobs
– spelling out processes for the board suspending or removing a member and for a removed member to appeal for reinstatement
– updating SYSL member rights
– changing the start of new board terms to July 1, instead of taking effect immediately at Annual Meeting
– specifying web colors for the SYSL logo and website
– updating technical language on our official seal (logo)
– updating and fixing obsolete language in general

We will have a member discussion on a number of issues, including MYSL, our In-Town Program, our Travel Program, volunteer/coach recruitment, outreach, sponsorship, and our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Aside from board elections, what will members be voting on?
1. an endorsement by the league of the rapid implementation of the city’s newly updated Fields Master Plan (FMP)
2. new Coach Code of Conduct
3. new Parent Code of Conduct

We hope to see you on Wednesday night!

Jake Wilson
Social Media & Communications Director
Somerville Youth Soccer
Facebook: @SomervilleYouthSoccer
Twitter: @somrvillesoccer
Instagram: @somervillesoccer

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Week 2 with Ellie

Our roving Challenger Sports instructor, Ellie Sharpe, continues to make her rounds at SYSL practices and games. She was back at Triangle Field last weekend, and shared another lesson plan from her work with our In-Town teams.

Link: Week 2: Shielding & Turning

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