Tuesday Night Deadline for SYSL Fall 2018 Registration

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON PLAYING SOCCER WITH US THIS FALL, NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER. 

There is an important deadline approaching tomorrow night for Somerville Youth Soccer League Fall 2018 registration:

REGULAR REGISTRATION FOR IN-TOWN (GRADE PRE-K TO GRADE 2) AND TODDLER (2T & 3T) SOCCER ENDS AT 11:59 PM ON TUESDAY, JULY 31. When the clock strikes midnight that evening and August officially begins, the price will increase to $98 for In-town and $82 for Toddler.

AN ADDITIONAL $25 PRICE INCREASE FOR TRAVEL WILL KICK IN AT MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY EVENING, RAISING THE PRICE TO $143 FOR THE FALL SEASON. Please note that we already are waitlisting players for Travel. Grade 5 and older players are very likely to be placed on teams off the waitlist, but the Grade 3/4 (U10) Boys and Girls waitlists nearly are at capacity.

Register here now to ensure your child’s spot in our league for the fall season.

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A Message from the President

To the SYSL community:

Hi, I’m Jake Wilson. I’m a coach and parent of Grade 2 and Pre-K players. And as of today, I’m your new SYSL President. It’s a daunting job that I would be reluctant to take on without a strong Board of Directors working with me. Fortunately, I feel great about the team we’ve put in place on the board for next year to lead this league forward.

I want to thank Andrew Platt and the outgoing board members for everything they have done for our league and its families and volunteers. From my work with the board over the past year, I know exactly how much time and energy they have given to keep SYSL running. Andrew in particular has worn so many hats this past year, serving as SYSL President, Registrar, Travel Fields Director, and a Girls U12 coach. We all owe him an immense debt of gratitude.

I hear consistently from parents that our league is well run by youth sports league standards, and that’s a massive credit to prior SYSL presidents and boards. Still, I believe there’s always room for improvement and innovation. I never stop looking for better, easier, smarter, and more efficient ways to do things, and that’s the approach I’m bringing to this role.

My background is in communications and social media. As the league’s Communications & Social Media Director this past year, I’ve striven to make better use of social media and sought to communicate earlier, more frequently, and more effectively with coaches and families. We’ll continue to look to improve our communications and social media presence this year. As part of that, we’re transitioning to a new, state-of-the-art website and introducing a mobile app. I expect this to be a game-changer for our league and make all our lives easier.

Above all, I want to see SYSL fully embrace a culture of respect. We’re a volunteer youth sports organization after all, so respect should be central to all we do — at every level and between everyone. I value our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and want to see us cultivate this relationship even further, adopting their core concepts. Our coaches will continue to participate in PCA Double-Goal Coach workshops at preseason coaches meetings, and we’ll be holding more PCA Second-Goal Parent workshops this year. I strongly encourage you to attend one of these parent events.

We’ve developed a new Parent Code of Conduct based on PCA materials that we now require parents to sign during registration. A new Coach Code of Conduct inspired by PCA principles is on the way, and we’re also working on our first-ever Player Codes of Conduct, tailored to kids of different ages. These are important documents that clearly map out expectations for all of us.

I also consider transparency to be a core principle of SYSL. We want everyone to understand what is happening at all levels of our league. In addition to communications best practices, this requires clear policies, protocols, and procedures that are followed by everyone: from the board to parents. We amended our by-laws in May to bring clarity to a number of areas, we created a New Travel Parent Orientation program that we held for the first time last month, and we’ll continue looking for ways to make SYSL more open and transparent.

This also means listening to you, our volunteers, coaches, players, and families. We’ll be continuing the new trend of surveying coaches and families after each season, but if you ever have a problem, compliment, complaint, suggestion, story, or question about anything to do with SYSL, I want to hear from you. Email me at president@somervillesoccer.us or leave me a message on the league’s voicemail at 617.684.5737.

Never forget that this is your league. We’re always looking for volunteers, so if you’ve got a particular skill you’d like to put to use for SYSL — or simply some time and energy to give — we’d love your help. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re not experienced enough with soccer or with our league to volunteer. As a parent of younger players and someone who didn’t grow up playing soccer, take it from me that we want and need everyone involved.

Thanks for entrusting me with this great responsibility — and here’s to an amazing 2018/19!

Jake Wilson
SYSL President

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SYSL Postseason recap

The Boys U10-1 team claimed the Boys U10 Division 1 Commissioner’s Cup

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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