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Fall 2016 President's Message

Hello Wilmington Youth Soccer Families,

It’s been some time since we’ve provided a “State of WYSA” update and with so many different activities currently taking place this seems to be the right spot.  The WYSA Board of Directors and its committee volunteers have been working hard over the summer on a number of items and we’ve also past a couple of key milestones that are important to recognize and celebrate.

To start, thank you to everyone who attended our fifth annual Field Day.  The weather certainly gave us a scare early on but everyone persevered and we ended up with a fantastic event that continues to grow every year.  As one example of the amazing participation levels we saw, over 60 teams participated in our 3v3 tournament which is an all-time high.  The committee and BOD will be meeting over the next month or so to see where some of the proceeds can best benefit WYSA and areas such as new kickbacks and other equipment appear to be high on the list.  We will share the results in future communications.  Special thanks as well to all the volunteers who made this day happen by planning and running all the different activities. 

A new and very exciting offering also started this fall with our Wilmington Futbal Club (WFC) program.  The third tier offering allows Wilmington players seeking fulltime professional coaching and a more competitive environment to attain that goal without being forced to travel outside of Wilmington and joining expensive club teams. In our inaugural year, we are running two teams (one boys and one girls) of players born in 2005 coached by our own DOC (Director of Coaching) Eric Redder. Depending on the feedback from this year, the BOD will look to grow the program further next year.  We are very excited about the potential this area provides our program after the years of ground work done to ensure a strong launch.

Speaking of our DOC, congratulations to Eric on his one year anniversary with WYSA.  We are lucky to have Eric and all the knowledge, excitement and energy he brings.  He has brought in fresh ideas that will grow the program and help meet the evolving needs of our players and coaches.  Hopefully everyone has had the opportunity to meet Eric at the fields but if you haven’t please take a moment over this fall season to say hello.

The travel placement process is always an area of great interest to many so I’d like to talk about some ongoing work to potentially alter the Travel Policy surrounding mixed-age teams.  Three years ago we adjusted the policy for the Grade 7 & 8 teams to allow either single-age or mixed-age teams depending on that upcoming season’s group of players.  After reviewing the last three years results we’ve seen that having this uncertainty of process from year to year is unsettling for players, coaches, parents and even the Board of Directors.  We are currently reviewing the policy and plan to have a new version in place well before next year’s placement cycle begins (which starts in May with Player Placement Evaluations). I expect the revised policy will contain either a move back to single-age or a plan/timeline to move to mixed-age teams.  Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the processes.   We are always trying t to do what is in the best interest of the children and your support and feedback is greatly appreciated.

We are also looking for new WYSA Board members for next year to fill our openings!  If you are interested in a Board Member spot or have questions regarding the specific roles, please contact president@wilmingtonyouthsoccer.org

Lastly, I’d like to take this space to thank everyone that gives their time and energy to our program in any capacity.  It’s amazing to reflect on how this program has grown from its start over 30 years ago.  I was a player when WYSA was first founded and feel privileged to be part of its community and continuing evolution still today.   This is a tremendous program that we should all be very proud of and it’s because of the volunteer efforts that this continues to be true.

Eric Flynn

WYSA President

by j s posted 09/20/2016
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There are NO dogs allowed on the fields at the Shawsheen School Fields or Woburn St. Fields.

This is a Town Ordinance that WYSA will enforce.

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