Dear CYS Community,
We will have over 890 players participating in our Spring 2009 season a 15% increase since 2006 and the most players since the Spring of 2004. WAY TO GO! A special thanks to all of our coaches and volunteers who continue to work to make CYS better every year, to Susan Ruff, our tireless Director, and to all of our kids who keep on playing. I also want to give a special thanks to all the referees who were out there on Weekend One, in cold and wet conditions, on time and doing a great job. It has been an objective of CYS to improve the effectiveness of our referees and also to improve the climate that exists at every field: let the players play, the coaches coach, the parents cheer, and the referees officiate.
On our first weekend of April 11, I was up at 7:00 visiting fields and communicating with Susan Ruff to make the play or not-to-play decision. I then made my way to games all over Cambridge from Sennott Park, to Russell field, to Danehy and Glacken. And while the weather was uncooperative, the enthusiasm and level of play was a pleasure. I saw kids making moves, laughing, and having fun. I also saw kids working hard and digging deep to make the extra effort to support their teammates. By 2:30 I was home, my feet soaked, my body chilled, and my soccer soul refreshed.
For the Spring of 2009 we will be expanding our clinic offerings with both Mass Youth Soccer and Mass Premier Soccer as well as integrating professional players from the Boston Breakers in a co-promotion (for them) and development program (for us). Please also join us in supporting the Breakers at CYS Breakers Day at Harvard Stadium on May 17. (You can see all of our scheduled activities on our website, information tab, and then the calendar tab.)
- Established a new Kick-Start program for U6 players that has grown from 25 players Spring 2006 to over 100 players in the spring of 2009, and is based in East Cambridge in order to increase our outreach into this historically under-represented community
- Maintained registration fees that are at the low end of similar programs in the area and run a low cost winter program for 1st through 6th graders which had record attendance this past season
- Scheduled extensive training courses for all of our coaches to ensure they are skilled in coaching soccer, and focus on kids first
- Provided development, employment, and volunteer programs for 20 High School Students every season to referee, coach, co-coach or manage youth sports teams
- Sponsored 2-3 professionally run clinics open to all of our players at no extra cost every fall and spring season
- Revamped our playing experience to be in line with national youth soccer guidelines: U6 play 3v3, U8 play 4v4, U10 play 6v6, U12 play 8v8 and U14+ play 11v11
- Continued to offer an In-Town option for our U14 and U16 players where most towns offer travel only for these age groups
So, thanks again to all our players, coaches, volunteers and families for making Cambridge Youth Soccer a rewarding activity and an important part of our community.
Cambridge Youth Soccer