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Spring Travel Season Cancelled


                                     1 May 2020

Dear SMSA Travel Families-   

We understand that this is a time of great uncertainty and as with many other things, the status of soccer continues to evolve with the changing timeline of restrictions related to Covid-19. Our goal at SMSA is to continue to provide you with open communication and updates as we are able. Please read the below information thoroughly for updates on the Spring season and plans for the 2020-21 soccer year and tryouts.

Spring 2020 Season Cancellation & Refunds

Our governing body, Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (CPYSL) has decided to cancel the Spring Travel Season. The current Covid-19 pandemic and government restrictions made it difficult for us to have a safe and effective abbreviated season for our players. We know this is the best thing to do to keep our players and families healthy and safe, but we are disappointed that we will not be together this spring. 

SMSA will be issuing a full refund to you through our Sports Connect Registration System. We are currently awaiting updates from Sports Connect as we understand that they are diligently working to create system improvements and enhancements to allow clubs to issue refunds through the registration system due to the Covid-19 crisis. They have informed us that this crucial update will be completed shortly. Once completed, we will begin to issue your refund via the system back to your original form of payment to occur in the month of May. We will continue to update you, as appropriate, on the status of the refunds and when they have been completed.  

May Tryout Dates Postponed

Tryouts will not be held next week (May 4-7) as initially planned. The SMSA Board is currently evaluating a wide range of options related to tryouts for the Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 seasons. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the timeline of current restrictions being lifted, and the impact on tryouts, we need your help!

We have extended the deadline to register for tryouts. If your player wants to play for SMSA for the next soccer year (Fall 2020/Spring 2021), please register them for tryouts today (or as soon as possible)!  Registration is free and it let’s us know that your player is interested in playing for SMSA. We are hopeful that we may be able to hold a summer clinic sometime in June, however given the uncertainty of when we will be able to get on the fields again, it is imperative that your player is registered should those plans change. You can register for tryouts at www.smsoccer.com. Registration for everyone will close on May 31st.

Fall Registration Fees & Hardship Fund

We are aware that some of our families have been hit with hardship during this Covid-19 pandemic.   SMSA will be offering multiple payment plan options for families to choose from to pay Fall travel registration fees. If you are concerned about paying for the Fall Season, please reach out to us or apply for a hardship scholarship. You can apply for a scholarship from the hardship fund by clicking here.  If you are interested in donating to the SMSA Hardship Fund, please reach out to SMSA Treasurer, Sean Kenyon, at [email protected].

So What’s Next?

The SMSA board is developing multiple plans for when we can be on the fields again. Vice President, Brian Murphy, and President, Jonathan Delcamp, have reached out to your teams’ coaches and are working with them to create plans to provide training, friendly competitions and comradey for all teams on SMSA’s FlipGrid page. We will be sharing this information with you shortly. We are excited to start this online chapter with you and our coaches. We are also developing plans for summer kick-arounds and free training clinics to strengthen and develop ball skills and game knowledge for the Fall Season and beyond.

We genuinely appreciate all the support and patience you are showing us as we navigate this uncharted territory. We believe that sports play a significant role in uniting communities and in the development of our youth. While we are grieving the loss of the Spring season, we hope you take advantage of our FlipGrid page and have some fun with us until we are able to see you in person on the fields again.

In Soccer,

The SMSA Board

Next Steps' Spring Season Cancelled



         1 May 2020
Dear Next Step Families,

Today, we are emailing you with some disappointing and sad news. As a result of the continuing Covid-19 government restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel SMSA’s Next Steps Spring Soccer Season. Unfortunately, the timing has evolved to a point where it is no longer possible to have an effective, or even abbreviated, season for the players that is worthy of your registration fees,

SMSA will be providing a full refund for all player registration fees paid for the Next Steps program. The plan is to issue all refunds through the Sports Connect registration system (the system that you registered your player) directly back to your original form of payment in the month of May. Our goal is to process all refunds as soon as possible, and we appreciate your patience as our system vendor, Sports Connect, works diligently to implement some system enhancements that will allow SMSA and other clubs to manage this process more efficiently and effectively as a result of Covid-19. We will continue to update you, as appropriate, on the status of the refunds and when they have been completed.  

While our #1 priority is always the health and safety of our players and their families, we cannot help to feel the sadness of not seeing our players learn to love the game and develop their soccer skills this season. We know that some players, it would have been their last season playing for U8 before “graduating” to U9 for the coming Fall.

Please know, the SMSA board is developing multiple plans for when we can be on the fields again. Vice President Brian Murphy and President Jonathan Delcamp have reached out to Travel and Next Step coaches and are working with them to create plans to provide training, friendly competitions and comradery for all teams on SMSA’s FlipGrid page. We will be sharing this information with you shortly. We are excited to start this online chapter with you and our coaches. We are also developing plans for summer kick-a-rounds and free training clinics to strengthen and develop ball skills and game knowledge for the Fall Season and beyond. The SMSA Board is also evaluating a wide range of options related to fall tryout evaluations for those players born in 2012-2004. 

Fall 2020 Options for Next Step Players:

Players born in 2013 will be eligible for Next Steps for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 seasons.  SMSA plans to be offering Next Steps to those players, who are interested in participating in a transitional program to better prepare them for playing at the next level (U9 travel. Please watch for more information and registration to open early this summer for the Fall season!

Players born in 2012 will be moving up to U9 for Fall 2020/Spring 2021! It is important for you to know that unlike the U8 programs, the U9 and above programs require your child to tryout if they want to play soccer for SMSA in the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 seasons. More information about our travel program can be found on our website under programs. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Now, we are uncertain of if or when SMSA will be able to hold player evaluations and what they will look like. The SMSA Board is considering all possible avenues to hold fair and safe evaluations for all players all while keeping in line with government health guidelines. We are asking if your player wants to continue to play soccer for SMSA, that you register them today to allow us to start planning out our U9 teams for the Fall Season.

Travel tryout registration is free and only commits you to tryout.  You can register to tryout at www.smsoccer.com. Registration for tryouts will close on May 31st. We are hoping to hold summer clinics and evaluations starting in June.

We are aware that some of our families have been hit with hardship during this Covid-19 pandemic.   If you are concerned about paying for the Fall Season, please reach out to us or apply for a hardship scholarship. SMSA will be offering multiple payment plans and you can apply for a scholarship from our hardship fund at https://forms.gle/X4CX4NnjYX53Y56v7  .  If you are interested in donating to the SMSA Hardship Fund, please reach out to SMSA Treasurer, Sean Kenyon, at [email protected]

We genuinely appreciate all the support and patience you are showing us. We believe that sports play a significant role in uniting communities and in the development of our youth. The ongoing pandemic has forced us to reckon with a world without the joyous sounds of kids playing a game they love. We want very much to hear those sounds again.

We hope to see you participate on our FlipGrid and to see you in person on the fields this summer and in the fall.

In Soccer,

SMSA Board

U6 and U8 Rec Programs

                                                                                                                                                                               10 April 2020

Dear U6 & U8 Rec Soccer Families,

Today, we are emailing you with some disappointing and sad news. As a result of the Covid-19 government restrictions and PA school closures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel SMSA’s U6 & U8 Spring Recreation Soccer Season. Unfortunately, the timing has evolved to a point where it is no longer possible to have an effective, or even abbreviated, season for the players that is worthy of your registration fees. This currently does not include our Next Steps and Travel teams.

SMSA will be providing a full refund for all player registration fees paid for the U6 & U8 spring rec program. The plan is to issue all refunds through the Sports Connect registration system (the system that you registered your player) directly back to your original form of payment in the month of May. Our goal is to process all refunds as soon as possible, and we appreciate your patience as our system vendor, Sports Connect, works diligently to implement some system enhancements that will allow SMSA and other clubs to manage this process more efficiently and effectively as a result of Covid-19. We will continue to update you, as appropriate, on the status of the refunds and when they have been completed.

While our #1 priority is always the health and safety of our players and their families, we can’t help to feel the sadness of not seeing our youngest players learn to love the game and develop their soccer skills this season. We know that some players were anxiously awaiting their first soccer season and for others, it would have been their last season playing for U8 before “graduating” to U9 for the coming Fall. Plans are already underway for next season and we invite all of our players to return for the Fall 2020 season!

Fall 2020 Tryouts & Registration
Players born in 2012 will be moving up to U9 for Fall 2020!It is important for you to know that unlike the U8 programs, the U9 and above programs require your child to tryout if they want to play soccer for SMSA in the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 seasons.Registration for tryouts is OPEN and everyone must pre-register. There is no cost to tryout! Please visit our website for more information, for tryout dates and times (subject to change given Covid-19), and to register!

Players born in 2013 to 2016 will be eligible for appropriate U6 & U8 programs in the Fall 2020 season based on their birth year. SMSA plans to offer the Next Steps program again in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 seasons for players born in 2013, who are interested in participating in a transitional program to better prepare them for playing at the next level (U9 travel).More information about this program can be found on our website www.smsoccer.com under programs. Please watch for more information and registration to open early this summer for the Fall season!

Please follow SMSA on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest news and happenings. We hope to be able to organize a few free opportunities for the U6 & U8 players once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted!

We truly hope you all remain healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.

In Soccer,

SMSA Board

 



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Dear South Middleton Soccer (SMSA) Families:

I’m writing to you with difficult news. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, our oversight body, has suspended all sanctioned youth soccer activities until April 5, 2020. Therefore, all SMSA activities (practices, games, training and so on) are here by postponed until after the date listed above.

Their decision reflects the desire to take the safest course of action available in the effort to best protect both our players, and our community at large.

This decision has the most impact on our Spring Travel Teams. We know many of you were looking forward to the spring travel season starting on April 4th. We are hopefully that the season will still start with a delayed and/or modified schedule.

SMSA’s spring recreation season for U6 and U8 is still not impacted by this announcement, though this could still change.  The SMSA board will continue to reevaluate plans based on the available information from our local and state governing bodies, as the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops.   

In the interim,we would like to encourage all our players to get touches on the ball in their backyard. Practice juggling, dribbling and passing the ball to a family member to keep your skills sharp.  

We also encourage players and families to follow the guidelines for health and safety as provided by public health professionals. 

We will continue to inform all families of any announcement, plans and information as they come available via email, social media and on our website. 

Please stay safe and healthy during this time. 

In Soccer,

Jonathan Delcamp

SMSA President

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South Middleton Soccer Association (SMSA) Families-

Most of you are aware of the rapidly evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SMSA is following the situation closely and will abide by guidance from Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (CPYSL, our oversight bodies), South Middleton School District (SMSD), and state and local governments.

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, just announced the closing of all Pennsylvania schools districts for the next 10 work days. SMSD has closed all campuses starting Saturday, March 14th. SMSA will abide by this and will be postponing all winter training (goalkeeper and U6/U8) and all spring travel practices until SMSD resumes operations. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will communicate any plans and necessary adjustments to you as soon as possible.

As of right now, CPYSL league play (Travel) is not being suspended because games are not scheduled to begin until April 4th.  We anticipate that this could change. CPYSL is monitoring the situation and they will not be releasing a schedule for the time being as they continue to monitor the virus and listen to the health experts’ recommendations to minimize the health risks for all participants. They will decide within the next few weeks as the virus pandemic unfolds as to the actual start of the season, the number of games to be played, and any allowances to be made because of this concern.

In line with CPYSL, SMSA will not be delaying our U6/U8 Recreation programs as their start date is the second week of April. Again, this may change. The SMSA Board will make a determination about the recreation season within the next few weeks and will closely follow the recommendations made at the state and local levels and by EPYSA and CPYSL.

We know that this is just not a soccer decision but a public health decision.  Our Club’s priority is and always has been to ensure the health and welfare of our membership.  Please continue to monitor our website at www.smsoccer.com for updates and for a list of resources.  We will continue to assess the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and provide updates when they become available.  

Thank you and stay safe and healthy.   

 

Respectfully,

Brian Murphy

SMSA Vice President


For more information and updates, please access the following resources to obtain the latest data regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

School and Health Organization Links:

South Middleton School District:

http://www.smsd.us/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_resources

Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH):

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

The World Health Organization (WHO):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Soccer Organization Links:

USYS

https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/

US Club Soccer

https://www.usclubsoccer.org/

EPYSA

https://www.epysa.org/

CPYSL

http://www.cpysl.net/

 

 

 





January 15, 2020
Hello SMSA Families and Community Members-


Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter holidays and break.  SMSA is excited to be gearing up for Winter Sessions and Spring Soccer! As we enter into 2020, I wanted to take a moment to share the personal goals that I have for the coming season and year for the club.. 


My first goal is to focus on providing more opportunities to continue to educate our coaching staff. I want to encourage our coaching staff to continue to grow and sharpen their skills, and continue to expand their knowledge base. We are encouraging and paying for all coaches to continue their coaching education thru US Soccer. Better and smarter coaching is paramount to growing our club to be competitive in all levels. I will be encouraging and facilitating our coaching staff to lean on each other and work as a team to help develop our players across all teams. Sharing collective knowledge and skills and learning new things is important in growing as a coach.  We couldn’t have a program without our dedicated coaching staff. I would like to be more intentional about showing gratitude towards our coaching staff in the coming seasons as well. 


My second goal is to continue to improve the skill levels of our players. I will be working with the SMSA board to develop more training activities and fun community events, like the kick arounds for our players and community members. I would like to see  players set goals for themselves. It could be learning a new move, passing the ball more, or blocking a number of goals. I want them to share their goals with their coaches and have them work together to master them. I truly believe that setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guide a player’s focus, and helps sustain that momentum in learning the game (and translates to life). Goals also help align focus and promote a sense of self-mastery.


 In order to heIp with goal setting, I would like to introduce the President Challenge. I am challenging all of SMSA’s Spring 2020 players to one of the following:

  • Juggle a soccer ball with feet 15 times

  • Juggle a soccer ball with thighs 15 times

  • Juggle a soccer ball with a combo of feet and things-25 times. 

Once a player has mastered one of the above skills, they will need to set up a time to show me in person. (Parents- my email and phone number are listed on our website for you to arrange a time.) I will reward any player who can do it with a gift card for an ice cream treat at Sugar Shack. 


I hope by sharing  my goals for the club, it demonstrates that  I am dedicated to growing and improving the quality of the club as a whole for our community. This year I want to bring more focus to certain areas for our club in 2020 and beyond- education and skill levels being the two main components. However, I can’t do it alone!  I need you to get involved. Please consider coming to a meeting or an event to chat with myself or one of the board members. I welcome anyone in the club or community that would like to see the club grow and get stronger!


Creating and building more involvement in our organization is my final goal for 2020. SMSA is growing. It is important for more  positions on the board to be filled in order to further grow and develop SMSA and ultimately get more kids playing and loving soccer.  More involvement and support of our club translates to better programs and training sessions for our coaches and players. Please watch for open board positions to be posted on our website. 


Our next board meeting is Tuesday, Jan 28 at 7pm at Bethel Church. I hope to see you there. 


I hope everyone has a great year and season. I can’t wait to hear about our coaches and players accomplishing their goals. 


Best Wishes,

Jonathan Delcamp

SMSA President 


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.  

Respectfully,  

South Middleton Soccer Board


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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!

 

Adapted  from a blog post available at https://mommyuniversitynj.com/2014/07/03/benefits-of-playing-soccer/


 

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