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State Law Change Affects All Clubs
The PA Child Protective Services Law changed recently.  The change requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations to complete a State Police Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance.  For those individuals who have not resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years they must also complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.

PA West Soccer’s Risk Management Policy will be amended to comply with the changes in the law.  We will make the necessary adjustments to our online Risk Management system to help manage this change.  PA West Soccer is committed to providing every player with the safest experience possible and as soon as we have the necessary changes in place we will share them. 

Paid employees are immediately required to comply with the law.  While it's legally permissible for volunteers to wait until July 1, 2015 before completing the mandated clearances it is recommended that all individuals take the necessary steps to fulfill their obligation as soon as possible.

Special Election Results
Randy Lowden was elected as the President of the Executive Board on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Shaler High School.  Lowden fills the vacancy created when Natalie Schwoeble was elected the Region I Director. The position will be elected at the 2015 AGM in July.

Lowden was most recently a member of the Executive Board as a Member At-large.  He's also served as the GPSL Director and on the Youth Board.

Executive Board Notes
November 24, 2014
-Approved the minutes of the October 2014 meeting.
-Approved an education program with Come Ready Nutrition.
-Approved moving forward with a fundraising program with Come Ready Nutrition.
-Approved a contract with Paul Tamberino to serve as Referee Development Director pending final approval of the PA West Soccer attorney.​

Executive Board Notes

October 28, 2014
-Approved the minutes of the August 2014 meeting with amendment to remove notes from Executive Session.
-Tabled a motion to rescind the current Election Policy
-Voted to name Norm Hasbrouck to the PA West Soccer Hall of Fame for Meritious Recognition
-Approved the selection of Matt Vidic to chair a hearing on behalf of the Executive Board to hear a referee related issue.
-Voted to require the SRC's final contract with Paul Tamberino be approved by the Executive Board.
-Authorized a $500.00 donation be made to the Norm Hasbrouck Memorial Fund at Thiel College.

 
Executive Board Notes
August 25, 2014
-Ratified the online vote approving the purchase of the US Youth Soccer Online Youth Modules.
-Approved the affiliation of the White Oak Athletic Association.
-Ratified the online vote accepting the proposal from Pullen Insurance for the youth medical, liability, and excess liability insurance for the 2014-15 season at an increase of .07 per player.
-Denied the appeal of the AGM fine from South Side, Murraysville, and United FC.
-Voted to retain ABPT as the association accounting firm.
-Voted to close the Inhouse Development, Tournament Support, and SoccerStart funds and roll them into the General Fund.  
-Voted to appoint Mike Spagnoletti as the Referee Assault and Abuse chair.
-Voted to appoint Randy Lowden as the Field Committee Chair.
-Approve the SRC's pursuit of Paul Tamberino to fill a development role within our referee program.
-Scheduled Special Election for Sunday, January 11.  Time and location to be announced.
-Voted to appoint Norm Hasbrouck to lead Constitution and Bylaws Rewrite Committee.

Annual General Meeting News
The PA West Soccer AGM saw Thilo Boensch and Tom Beecher were re-elected as VP-Youth and Treasurer respectively.  Peter Smith and Mike Spagnoletti were elected to the Executive Board as Members At-large.  The 2014-15 budget was approved.  The state council also voted to form a committee to re-write the association governing documents. 

Sport Pins International
PA West Soccer has announced Sport Pins International Inc., as its Official Awards Supplier.  Under the terms of the partnership, Sport Pins International will provide medals, pins, coins and trophies for PA West Soccer programs, including PA West Soccer State Cup, PA West Soccer President's Cup, PA West Soccer Open and the Kohl’s American Cup.

"Sport Pins is excited to become an official partner of PA West Soccer," said Sport Pins Director of Sales, Jeff Bivens. "We have been proudly serving PA West Soccer for over 8 years and are excited to expand this relationship.  We look forward to helping each association, tournament, club and team anyway we can through our great products, outstanding graphic designs and customer service."

Founded by Connie Bivens in 1980, Sport Pins International has offered its customers the finest quality awards in the industry for more than 30 years. Sport Pins offers a full range of award and recognition products including pins, medals, coins, bag tags, plaques, trophies and a number of additional customizable products.

"We are very excited to welcome Sport Pins as a PA West Soccer sponsor," PA West Soccer President Natalie Schwoeble said. "Sport Pins has a great tradition and we look forward to the partnership as well as the quality product Sport Pins provides."

For more information on Sport Pins International, please visit www.sportpins.com/.

Executive Board Notes
March 24, 2014
-Review the 2012-13 audit.
-Approved the Whistleblower Policy.

Registration Fees For 2013-14 Season
    Player Fees
      In-house/Recreational - 9.50 per player
      Div 4-6 - 14.50 per player (club registering inhouse and travel players with us)
    Team Fees
      Div 4-6 - 25.00 per team

Clubs registering travel teams only; except for clubs joining as travel-onlly clubs prior to 2012
    Player Fees
      Div 4-6 - 17.50 per player
    Team Fees
      Div 4-6 - 50.00 per team

      Classic U11-U12 (8 v 8) - 350.00
      Div 1-Div 3...U12-U19 - 425.00 (per team if sponsoring 5 or more teams)
      Div 1-Div 3...U12-U19 - 500.00 (per team if sponsoring 2-4 teams)
      Div 1-Div 3...U12-U19 - 600.00 (if sponsoring only 1 team)

All player and team fee payments are due at time of registration with district or division registrar.  Fees are only payable by club check.  Checks must be payable PA West Soccer.

ABOUT THE PA WEST SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association (PA West) is the National State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United State Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and the United States Amateur Soccer Association (USASA).  It is a not-for-profit Pennsylvania corporation, allowing tax deductible donations and contributions to the fullest extent of the law. PA West State Soccer Association has a current membership of over 60,000 youth players, 2,000 amateur adult players, 7,000 active coaches, 2,300 referees and thousands of volunteers involved in its network of over 120 local member clubs (and growing) across the western half of the state of Pennsylvania.  The State Association's boundaries are the western border of Pennsylvania east to the eastern boundaries of  Potter, Clinton, Centre, Huntingdon, and Fulton counties. PA West Soccer Association is organized to provide non-profit, public, educational soccer development and competition.  Its leadership is comprised of a Board of Directors in which both the Youth Board and Amateur Board are represented.  The organization's offices are located in Monroeville, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, offering a full-time staff of five to assist its membership. PA West Soccer Association offers in-house programs for U5 to U19 and travel programs for U10 to U19.  The Classic Division is offered for U12 to U19 players seeking a higher level of play. TOPSoccer offers soccer programs designed for children with disabilities.  PA West State Olympic Teams identify players for regional and national team consideration.  Amateur leagues are available for the adult player and adult Amateur Select teams provide opportunities for regional and national tournament play.

PA West Soccer Association members receive numerous benefits and services to support their club activities.  The association offers coaching license programs, player development clinics, referee training and certification courses, referee development and assessment, a variety of tournaments, a State Association newspaper - Touchline, a video library, medical and liability insurance, and much more.