The SYSA mission is to teach our youth the game of soccer through the development of individual skill, fitness, teamwork and fair play. This new site is our way of giving our members an easy way to access important information about the program and age-specific content.
For field closures, contact the Recreation Department Field hot line at 508-485-0710, option 8. For the Fay School Athletic Complex on Mill St, coaches and parents will be notified by email by their Age Group Coordinator.
The 2016 Spring Season will run for 10 consecutive weeks starting in April. We continue to offer U5 in the Spring and are now opening U16 for boys and girls as well.
In-Town (U5-U8): Registration will remain open up until the season starts. We strongly encourage you to sign up soon as it makes the team creation process and field assignment much easier for our volunteers.
Travel (U9-U16): Registration will close on November 30th. Any registrants after that date will be placed on the waitlist. If a player is accepted off the waitlist, there will be a $25 late fee assessed. There is no guarantee of admittance into the program if a player registers after November 30th.
We’re off to a great start to the season. The weather has been our friend and hopefully mother nature shines on us for the remainder. Now that we have reached the season mid-point (or so), I wanted to share some news and few thoughts….
- Spring Registration starts 10/25. We will be sending a separate email with a link on the first day or registration. As we have done in the past, Spring will include a U5 age group. Additionally, based on the level of interest in last Spring’s BU16 team, we will be co-sponsoring with Northborough Youth Soccer boys and girls U16 teams. Stay tuned for more on that next week.
- Board Openings. We have several Board openings that we are looking to fill including Director of Girls Travel, Director of Boys Travel and Equipment Director. A separate email will be sent next week with the details of those positions and the process.
- SYSA/Fay Turf Project. As we shared in a previous email, the turf field project has a critical meeting with the Southborough Zoning Board of Appeals at 8PM on Wednesday, October 28th. We have created an FAQ that covers important project information: SYSA/Fay Turf Field FAQ
- Sideline Behavior. In watching a number of games this season, it is great to see the support from parents cheering on the players. I also noticed a real awareness for zero tolerance as well (Zero Tolerance Policy).
One area that appears to be getting better but still in need of improvement is the amount of coaching from the sidelines parents are engaging in. While it may feel like you’re helping your children by instructing them while they’re playing, it is actually hindering their development. It can also frustrate coaches who devote their time to teaching common tenets and behaviors. It’s a very difficult reflex to control especially in the heat of the game. But what’s best for the players is to enable them to learn via their coaches and independent thinking while on the field or sidelines.
Check out this humorous but accurate slide show on this topic posted on the US Youth Soccer site: Parents Coaching from the Sideline
- Feedback for SYSA. We welcome your feedback on any topics related to SYSA—big or small, positive or improvement needs. A couple good ways to share is through our online, anonymous feedback form or via our member advocates Beth Alcock or Rob Feingold. Of course, you can always share your feedback with your coaches, age group coordinators or other board members too. Anything we can do to improve the experience for parents, coaches and especially the players is very welcome.
Thanks again for your support….see you out on the fields!
As many of you are aware, SYSA has been actively partnering with the Fay School to develop an artificial turf field at the Mill Street Field location. The project began three years ago with the goal of providing a durable surface that could serve as another field option primarily for SYSA and Fay youth soccer players. After numerous meetings and vetting, the project gained unanimous approval from Southborough’s Planning Committee and Conservation Commission. The project has also been publicly supported by community groups such as the Southborough Recreation Commission.
Following those committee approvals, an appeal was submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) by a small group of Stowe Road abutters. The first public hearing for the appeal will be held on Wednesday, Oct 28th at 8PM in the McAuliffe Hearing Room located upstairs at Southborough Town Hall. It is important for all who have an interest in this field becoming a reality to attend this meeting. The larger the outpouring of support, the greater the statement to the ZBA and all those following this project.
We also encourage you to bring your sons and daughters to the meeting wearing their SYSA uniforms. It is a great way for them to experience town government in action while showing their backing for the project and for the program. There is no need to speak at the meeting—just your presence is enough. It would be great to see the room filled with lots of maroon and white.