News & Info
Youth Division Playing Rules
Free Concussion Baseline Testing Available
Athletes are recommended to have a baseline every year until age 13, then every two years after that.Youth Board Notes
March 10, 2014
-Denied an appeal by Joga Bonito an hearing finding them guilty of violating Youth Division Playing Rule 7.2 section 8.
-Reviewed the proposed changes and additions to the Youth Division Playing Rules for the 2014-15 season.
National League Qualifications Have Been Updated
US Youth Soccer has new qualifying requirements for teams seeking entry into the 2014-15 National League. The adjustments reward teams for their success in the regional leagues and championships.
Youth Board Notes
February 10, 2014
-Granted an exception request to allow the Kiski U12 Girls team to promote from Div 4 to Div 2 for the spring playing session.
-Granted an exception request by the Classic Division to move the beginning of the tryout period from after the completion of the Region 1 Championships to after the second weekend in June.
-Granted an exception for the Centre Soccer U14 Girls to move to Div 3.
Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Champion?
The 2014 State Cup is the standard by which all teams are judged. The competition determines our State Champs and who advances in the National Championship Series. Deadline to enter without a late fee is March 3, 2014. Registration, with a late fee, is open until 4:00 PM on March 26.
Open Tournament Registration Underway
Is your team heading to Edinboro this June? It's PA West Soccer's largest soccer tournament with a division for everyone! Registration is underway...there's plenty of housing on campus...so join the over 300 teams that will compete this year!
Youth Board Notes
January 13, 2014
-Approved affiliation of United FC and Hilltop AC.
-Approved the name change from McGuffey Soccer to Highlander FC
-Granted PFC's exception request to forgo relegation and remain in D2
Youth Board Notes
November 11, 2013
-Approved the 2014 State Cup Rules
-Approved the 2014 Open Tournament Rules
-Approved a $25.00 increase to the Open Tournament fee.
-Approved the membership of Hempfield Soccer
-Upheld Foothills appeal of State Cup fine.
PA West Soccer Announces Picture Project
Share your favorite soccer photos from 2013 with us. Our "Picture Project" is looking for a variety of pictures to publish in the January 2014 issue of Touchline. Action shots, team shots, 'action' away from the field...we're looking for shots of our teams, players, and administrators to create a photographic history of the past year in soccer.
To submit a photo or photos email them to Tim McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Players Permitted
PA West Soccer rules permit guest players to be added to game day rosters. Coaches should add the players to their game day roster before printing it; names written onto a game day roster will not be accepted. They must also present the player's pass from his/her other team in the club at the time of team check-in.
For instructions on how to add a guest player to the game day roster click here.
Printing Game Day Rosters
Click Here for step by step instructions for printing game day rosters.
Youth Sports Organizations Launch Sports Concussion Partnership
A number of the nation’s most prominent youth sports organizations, including US Youth Soccer, announced they will be partnering with concussion specialists, sports medicine professionals and leaders at other levels of sports to create an unprecedented coalition to combat concussions among young athletes.
The National Sports Concussion Coalition expects to be the most comprehensive alliance of its kind, with science and medical leaders in the fields of concussions, brain injury and sports medicine working directly with a cross-section of organizations and governing bodies that represent millions of athletes across major organized sports in the United States.The partnership will complement the safety initiatives of the individual organizations by sharing data and identifying best safety practices that can assist in coaching, playing and officiating across sports.
The founding youth sports and medical members of the coalition include the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS), Pop Warner Little Scholars, Sports Concussion Institute (SCI), US Lacrosse, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball, USA Basketball and the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. Coalition partners at the professional, college and foundation levels include the NCAA, NFLPA, NFL and National Football Foundation.
"US Youth Soccer views sport as a way to build confidence in our youth and provide lessons that will assist them throughout their lives on and off the field," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of US Youth Soccer. "We hope to play a valuable role on the team of organizations represented in the National Sports Concussion Coalition as we collectively hope to leave a positive imprint on sport."
"Sports have the power to change the lives of millions of young people in this country by encouraging a physically active lifestyle and by teaching lifelong lessons. We want to make sure no child loses that opportunity due to fear of injury," said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. "By coming together in this very important fight against concussions we believe our collective efforts will transcend our individual sports and benefit everyone."
"In my clinical practice and as a team physician, I see first-hand the difference that evidence-based best practices can make in preventing sports-related concussion," said William Dexter, M.D., president of the American College of Sports Medicine and Director of Sports Medicine at Maine Medical Center. "The National Sports Concussion Coalition will help millions of youth athletes participate more safely — a goal that brings together the diverse organizations that make up the coalition."
"The NCAA is committed to broad concussion education outreach, and to research that will identify objective biomarkers and sound management guidelines. We are excited about our partnership in this important alliance," said Brian Hainline, M.D., chief medical officer of the NCAA.
"As the union that represents professional football players, we have worked extremely hard to ensure our members benefit from the safest work environment possible," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. "This coalition brings together the right partners to help deliver an equal level of protection for athletes at all levels of sports."
Youth Board Positions And Committees Appointed
The Vice President-Youth Thilo Boensch made for appointments to the Youth Board at the September Youth Board meeting on September 9th. Chuck Bauer was appointed as the Hearings and Appeals Chair. Replacing Bauer as the Recreation Director is Matt Vidic. Brigid Polliard and Tim McCoy were re-appointed as the Open Tournament and State Cup Chairs respectively.
There were several committee chairs also appointed at the meeting Cheryl Mignogna was re-appointed as the State Registrar. Renamed as chair of the Kohl's American Cup was Chuck Bauer. Also re-appointed was the TOPSoccer chair Mike Spagnoletti and Mediation Chair Brigid Polliard. Appointed to co-chair the Region I Presidents Cup Committee was Thilo Boensch and Kelly Genard. Genard was also named chair of the Membership Committee. Christine Henderson was named as the Rules Committee Chair.
Region I Presidents Cup Comes To Western PA
PA West Soccer will host the Region I Presidents Cup in 2014 and 2015. The Region I Presidents voted at their summer meeting to award the Memorial Day weekend tournament to PA West Soccer. The annual competition sees its winners advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup.
Registration Fees For 2013-14 Season
In-house/Recreational - 9.50 per player
Div 4-6 - 14.50 per player (club registering inhouse and travel players with us)
Div 4-6 - 25.00 per team
Clubs registering travel teams only; except for clubs joining as travel-only clubs prior to 2012
Div 4-6 - 17.50 per player
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.
Historical in-house registration numbers will be used to confirm clubs meeting the requirements for lower travel player registration rate
New Rules Set For 2013-2014 Season
-Promotion/relegation to occur after each playing session.
-U12 classic play will be limited to eight (8) games per session.
-Training players are now permitted (registered with a club but not rostered with a team)
-U19 transfer window for classic players has been extended to April 30.
-Players U12 and younger in Divisions 5 and 6 must play at least half of each game.
-Any coach dismissed from two (2) matches in a season will face a hearing a one (1) year suspension.
-Teams in U14 and younger in Divisions 4, 5, and 6 can be formed/combined by two or more clubs.
-Players may play up unless restricted by their club. (State consent form no longer needed).
-Notification deadline has been shortened by two (2) weeks for clubs sponsoring teams from other clubs.
-Promotion into Division 3 has been automated (removal of recommendation/acceptance).
-Tryouts for teams competing in Divisions 1, 2, and 3 now begin after the completion of the Region I Championships.
-Team declaration deadline for Classic teams (Divisions 1, 2, and 3) has been re-established on March 1 and August 1.
National Club Directory Now Available On US Youth Soccer web site
The new, free national club directory provides 24-hour access to clubs in your area and is a great tool to connect with those looking for soccer clubs, leagues and associations
US Youth Soccer is launching the new service on USYouthSoccer.org in an effort to assist those seeking US Youth Soccer programs in their area or maybe an area that they’ll be moving to in the future.
Leaders don’t delay, be the first to register with USYouthSoccer.org and upload your club information today.
How do I add my organization to the directory?
Looking for Tournaments? Check out the US Youth Soccer Tournament Database
Heat Safety Tips For Soccer
Fruit juices, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, energy drinks.
Thirst Nausea Dry lips and tongue
Children should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Take breaks in the shade whenever possible. Always have a phone available and be familiar with emergency numbers. Keep ice and ice towels on hand in case of heat-related emergencies.
Please note: these are general guidelines and it is recommended you consult your club’s procedures for lightning for specific guidelines when dealing with weather related hazards.
Secured Goals And Safe Field Surface Provide Safe Practice And Games
Goal Post Safety:
PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines offer a sketch of proper safety practices; please consult your club’s specific guidelines to insure safe and fun practice and game fields.
How to Pick a Classic Team!
Here are suggested questions that enquiring parents should ask prospective clubs. It is also important to remember the 3 stages of player development as noted by Bruce Arena, former US Soccer Men’s National Team Coach. Essentially Bruce states that from 6 to 10 years of age children are in the “turn on” phase, from 10 to 14 years of age in the “technical development” phase and from 14 to 18 years of age in the “competitive learning” phase. Hence, as parents of an U11 child in the “golden age of motor learning,” finding an environment that prioritizes player development and focuses on teaching excellent soccer technique is paramount. Furthermore, during the U12 to U14 ages the team coach is often the most important element in this environment.
Q: Does the team/club have a written philosophy?
Q: Does the club/team offer skill development sessions in addition to normal team practices?
Q: What is the club/team’s position on roster stability?
Q: What is the U12 team coach’s philosophy?
Q: What are the coach’s credentials?
Q: Is the coach supportive of team players participating in PA West Soccer player development programs?
Q: How does the team/club handle player-coach issues?
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