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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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