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South Middleton Soccer Association

South Middleton Soccer Association

SMSA Special Open Forum

SMSA Families,

As a board, it is our mission to provide a safe, fun, and competitive learning environment and experience for all soccer players who wish to join our club, regardless of age or ability level.  To fulfill that mission, there are many factors which come into play every season that we do our best to account for and address in order to grow our young soccer players into individuals who not only can play the sport, but grow to love the sport as well.  It is very important to us that we foster this love of the game so the players not only succeed, but also learn the important lessons that only youth sports can really teach us. 

In support of this mission, it is the job of our board to not only look at short term problems and solutions as they arise, but also to address and account for the long term growth and direction of our club.  In an ever-increasingly competitive sports market, which pulls our kids in multiple directions to different clubs, sports, and activities, we need to ensure that we make concrete, specific steps to ensure the viability of our organization,so that our players will have a club to participate in.  The most difficult conversations we have as a board is to tell a group of kids we can’t field a team due to lack of players at a given age/skill level. 

With all of this in mind, the SMSA board would like to invite all past, present and future soccer families to a special Open Forum on Tuesday, October 22nd  to discuss the club, recent changes, and how we can continue to address the growth and sustainability of our club.  The board would like to present ideas that we have been discussing and to get feedback from parents and residents on these ideas.  We also would like to gain any insight or ideas from the community at large with regards to the club’s current operations and growth.  The overall purpose of this open forum is to allow the board to hear directly from you as to how we can continue to grow as a club and to discuss the challenges we face so that we can continue to move forward and succeed.

Specifically, the board will make a short presentation regarding the name of our organization.  As a club, we have the capability to allow players to participate from any area who desire to come play for SMSA.  This means non-residents of our township are always welcome to join! To promote this ideal, the club is considering looking at name changes which root us in the local area, but don’t promote the perception that players  must live in our township to play for our organization. Because our local area is relatively small compared to others, we want to discuss this as an option to open up marketing and recruiting opportunities to surrounding areas to pull more players in.  This will not be the sole focus of the meeting, but speaks to our overall desire as a board to come up with ideas to move us forward into the future.

We invite any and all residents, parents, or even players to attend the meeting to discuss their ideas, concerns, or plans.  We want to remind all who participate that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future direction of the club as a whole. The purpose will not be to air specific grievances based on coaches, team placement, etc.  If you have specific issues you’d like to discuss, please reach out to the club’s President, Jonathan Delcamp, to set up a separate time to discuss your specific issues.     

Thank you in advance, and we hope to see everyone at the meeting next Tuesday, Oct 22nd at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at Bethel Assembly of God located at 1412 Holly Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015.   Please enter in the back of the building by the carport.  


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Soccer Gear Swap

Hanging up your old Cleats?  Need some new soccer gear for the season?

Then join us for SMSA’s  SOCCER SWAP on Saturday, April 6th from 2-4pm at Lehman Fields!  

This event gives families the opportunity to donate  their child's clean, gently used soccer gear (cleats,shin guards, and soccer balls)and, based on availability,  get some “new to you” gear to prepare for the coming season.

Here's how it works:

Drop off your donations on March 22nd from 6-7pm or March 23rd from  9-10am at Spring Meadows Park at the Pavillion near the U9/U10 Soccer Fields. Please make sure that your used cleats are laced and CLEARLY SIZED.

Donations received will then be placed out for any SMSA families to come and shop the SWAP on April 6th!

This event works best if everyone adheres to the notion that donations of cleats and shin guards are in good enough condition that you would happily have your child spend the season in them.  (That is, if they fit.)

Any leftover soccer gear will be donated following the SWAP. 

SMSA cannot put on these types of events without volunteers like you!  For more information, or to volunteer to help make SMSA’s SWAP a success,  please contact Brid Kenyon at [email protected].

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11 reasons to play SMSA Soccer

Helps kids stay fit and healthy: Playing soccer is great exercise that improves cardiovascular health, increases coordination, improves strength and enhances flexibility.

Involves teamwork: Soccer players have to work together as a team in order be successful. Teamwork is a skill needed to be successful in school, work and family!

Improves gross motor skills: This is especially important for kids that are weak in this area. It helps strengthen core muscles which allows kids be more physically active thus more healthy!

Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem: Playing a sport, such as soccer, helps kids gain confidence in themselves. They become more comfortable learning new things and performing in front of a crowd. Of course scoring a goal helps too!

Increases social interactions: Since soccer is a team sport, it requires players to communicate through a variety of ways. Players also have to learn how to work together and communicate effectively in order to be successful.

Increases concentration and focus: Playing soccer involves a great deal of focus and attention in order to be successful. Players need to always be aware and alert throughout the game or they will miss important plays and opportunities.

Competition creates motivation and drive: When kids are motivated and driven, they become more successful students and adults.

Involves work ethic and responsibility: Being an athlete requires a certain level of responsibility to your team, your coaches and yourself. Playing sports also requires a good work ethic or success will not be within reach.

Promotes cognitive development: Playing soccer helps kids enhance their visual-spatial awareness as well as problem solving skills. The fast pace of soccer makes kids think quickly and respond. This improves cognitive flexibility.

Promotes friendship: Playing SMSA with other kids from the area helps build and strengthen friendships outside of the classrooms and schools. It also gives parents a chance to meet and bond over a shared experience.

It’s fun! It is so important for kids to LOVE the sport they play. Soccer is fun and exciting which is why it is one the most popular sport in the world!


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P.O. Box 482 
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007

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