Spring 2015 Playing Opportunities for High School Girls in the Valley

The Holidays are fast upon us and many FSC teams have had their season set-up meetings. Many of you may wonder why there has been silence for the high school girl age team meetings. Team formation for girls and boys teams in the Flathead Valley has become challenging the last few season. So many of our soccer players are multiple sport athletes, and to get a teenager to commit to a spring season after just finishing a fall season can be challenging. Internally, it has also challenged FSC to look at the quality of the product we offer, and look at ways we can improve our soccer offering.

Shortly after October’s spring tryouts FSC looked at our numbers in the high school programs. Enrollment for boys was strong, Enrollment for girls was anemic. At that point, FSC engaged high school coaches and The Rapids to try and recruit numbers and improve opportunity to play. When comparing numbers with the Rapids, we discovered a mirror image of enrollment. The Rapids enrollment was extremely strong in girls (specifically u16s, 28 players) and anemic in boys numbers. That created a natural fit for the spring 2015 season to direct high school boys to the FSC and Girls to the Rapids. The sharing or pooling of high players was approved by both boards in November. We will collectively review this sharing of players between clubs at the end of 2015 spring season. Please don’t assume we plan to send boys to Kalispell and girls to Whitefish each spring, it was only the fit for this spring based on numbers.

The U18 girls program is unique in that many of your daughters are participating in winter and spring sport as well as preparing for college exams. This makes availability for play each weekend difficult; this means we believe we need 18 – 22 players to field a team of 14 each weekend. FSC has approximately 10 U18 players interested. The Rapids have another 10 – 12 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls interested in playing. In addition, Polson has contacted us with another 2- 6 U18 players looking for a place to play. Ideally we could have a large pool that may lead to two U18 teams playing on some weekends. In addition there  are some very talented U16s registered with FSC and the Rapids who will receive serious consideration for the U18 roster.

The U18 team(s) will be a Rapids Team, but coached by long time FSC coaches Phil Lodien and Jess Lodien. The positive for soccer families is that the Rapids provide team uniform for players, so no one needs to buy a new uniform for the spring season. The U18 girls’ numbers are unique in our Rapids/FSC collaboration in that player numbers are very equal from each club. As such, outdoor practices for U18 girls will be equally scheduled between Kalispell and Smith Fields in Whitefish. The U18 Girls registration will cover the three traditional tournaments 3Blind Ref, Hot Shots & State Tournament (June 19 – 21).  The Rapids and FSC will work together at the scheduling meeting to secure one home match in Kalispell and one home match in Whitefish for all high school age teams (boys & girls).

The U16s girls, who do not make the U18 squad, will have a spot on a Rapids U16 team. Due to the strength in the Rapids U16 enrollment (much like FSCs high school boys teams) equal practice location between Kalispell and Whitefish has not been offered for family convenience. FSC has looked at the opportunity for a few U15s to play down on FSC U14 teams where competitiveness is appropriate, however that has become more prohibitive because USYS (US youth soccer) has mandated a reduction in play downs and the MYSA competition chair will be managing play downs very black and white.

At this point, I am sure there are many families who are unsure they wish to participate. We want to make it easy to at least give this a try. Indoor training at the Kalipell Fairground Expo building begins Monday January 12th for the high school girls from 5:30 – 6:30. The full pool of u16 & u18 girls in the valley will train together each Monday until we are outside. It is a good opportunity for each player to dip a toe in and decide if this a good soccer fit for them. If your player only attends one or two indoor sessions and decides there is not a fit for them that is fine. If they just decide to train during indoor and not join a team once we go outdoor for practice we will ask for $35 to cover indoor use and coach’s time. When teams are formed for spring season, all players will need to register with the Rapids for the season rate of $450, scholarships will be considered and potentially practice player rates may be offered if appropriate. FSC and Rapids representative will be present at most indoors sessions to answer question. We will also have a parent meeting early in January.

Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Spring Tryouts for FSC

High School Tryouts, earlier start

U16 & U18 tryout on Wednesday 11/5 moved up to 3:30 – 5:15 PM due to daylight savings time. Still okay if your player can make it at 4:00 PM, we will integrate them in. Winter indoor tryouts will still be available for players unable to make Wednesday. Please contact coach to reserve indoor tryout spot”

Competitive Spring team formation

We had several players tryout for u12 & u14s on 11/19. We have delayed team formation for several reasons. Foremost is the opportunity to do indoor tryouts with players unable to attend on 11/19. At this point, it appears we have enough players for two teams in the U14 age groups (boys & girls). We will attempt to have one u14 team meeting for each gender (boys & girls)with both coaches attending prior to indoor beginning in January. On the U12 side we have enough players for one team per gender.  We hope that numbers can grow to two teams per gender. There were several strong U11 girl players who tried out for U12s. We will place those girls on a u11 roster for now. We will make adjustments based on ability and numbers during the indoor training.

If you have not signed your player up for this spring, please do. It is important for team formation and giving each player the best opportunity to play. At this point, no age groups are closed.

Referees

Referee Clinics Announced!

Nov 15-16
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2015 (TENTATIVE)

Mar 28-29, 2015 (TENTATIVE)

Participants will be required to register for a clinic on the montanaref.org and also to complete about 5 hrs of online educational modules, and then take & pass an online test on the Laws of the Game.

Prospective referees, please visit the above link for all information on how to register and complete your pre-course study and testing material. Thank you for wanting to become a ref!

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Visit the Montana Soccer Referee Association

Contact FSC Referee Assignor Rixon Rice at: dixandmitzi@yahoo.com

Referees not registered in the previous year:

Any referee who was not registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation the previous year may be certified at the grade previously held after taking and passing the written qualifying examination, fitness test, and assessments. The following policy applies to referees who were previously certified and registered with the Federation:

1. Grade 8 referees who miss 1-2 consecutive years of registration can be re-registered as a grade 8 after completing a Referee Re-certification clinic.

2. Grade 8 referees who miss 3-4 consecutive years of registration can be re-registered after taking the Referee Bridge (Grade 9 to Grade 8) Course or the entire Entry Level Referee Training Course.

3. Grade 8 referees who miss 5 or more consecutive years must re-take the entire Entry Level Referee Training Course.

4. Grade 7 Referees and Higher – Referees can only be registered at the grade they qualify for. Referees who were Grade 7 or higher should be downgraded a minimum of one (1) grade, as per current policy (as long as they have met the criteria for that grade). Once they retake the appropriate course as listed above for grade 8 referees and have completed all the requirements for the previously held grade, they may be upgraded.

5. Grade 9 Referees who miss one or two years of registration may be re-certified after fulfilling all re-certification requirements for that grade. A Grade 9 Referee who misses two years of registration can be eligible to take the Bridge Course (9-8) after he or she has met the requirements to be re-certified as Grade 9.

6. US Soccer Federation Referee Instructors who wish to re-certify as a referee after a lapse in referee registration may be registered as a grade 8 referee upon meeting current recertification requirements, no matter how long it has been since they last registered as a referee, if they are currently registered as a US Soccer instructor and have taught, at a minimum, one entry-level referee training course in the last two years.

3v3 Champs!

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The Warriors won the U11-U12 Boys Division at the 1st Annual Three Amigos 3v3 Soccer Tournament hosted by the Flathead Soccer Club on Aug 2nd.  The Warriors were 5-0 at the tournament.

Top row:  Braden Nitschelm, Eli Mildren, Blake Marlow.
Bottom row: Diego Mendoza and Zane Elliott.

Congratulations, boys!