April 6th Meeting Minutes
Members present: Pat Stearns, Gary Austin, Cheryl Hollinger, Kathleen Cochran,Marc O'Meara, Ian Kersley, Bob Stall, Quinn Canfield, Steve Bast, Gerry Portante, Brenda Riordan, Jenna Brownson, and Dave Kiley
Pat Stearns called the meeting to order at 7:35.
The previous meeting's minutes were approved unanimously.
The Park and Rec. operating funds are approximately $39k. There is $13785k in the booster accountafter $4055.00 bill for coach’s shirts. There is a bill forthcoming in the amount $782.00 for a net replaced at Koerper field. A donation for a full size set of nets for the middle school field approx cost $2k was approved.
In Town Report
Pee Wee– There will be12 teams for the spring season. Change in field venue this season pw’s play on the track fields at Russell st
U6– All Set
U8 – Nothing new to report
All set just awaiting word on when fields will open
All teams submitted, a few boys roster changes (post-submission), but league approved rosters have all been returned to Ian.
Gary attended the league meeting
No other known issues.
Nothing new to report
19 new referees this season and 55 referees overall for the season
Need to purchase new nets for the U10’s.
All fields will be lined by Saturday 4/9 for the season. All coaches are set with their practice fields and opening of the fields are day to day.
Snack Shack is ready for the start of the season. This season sweatshirts and warm up suits will be on display available for order.
Approved to donated a free registration as part of a raffle basket at school
0 people as of yet have signed up for the coaching “F” course license
In the process of putting together the summer soccer camp list. “BEST” soccer camp comes highly recommended
New Business Game management strategies – in town
Discussion centered on making the PW through U8 age groups focus less on game competitions and become more skills based.
The idea is that on Saturday’s each age group would have an instructional session planned out by the age coordinators and lead by 3-4 coaches. This would insure that all players are receiving equal level of learning on the same skills each week, which would be beneficial as the players progress though the system so that they would all have the same basic skills when they reach the travel league. Each player would be issued a reversible penny at the start of the season and in the last 15-20 minutes of each session the players would be broken out into groups to scrimmage.
This would be a phased in approach starting with PW’s and progressing each season until all in town players are participating in this instructional league.
The above approach was adopted to begin in the fall with PW’s and U6. Part of the recommendation is to look for someone to run the clinics. Brenda and Jenna will review 3-4 proposals and present to the board, next meeting if possible, the top 2-3 proposals.