After another messy winter, we are finally creeping into spring. Thank you in advance to everyone for your patience and flexibility as we continue to sort out field access for training and games for the 29 RSC teams playing this spring.
As mentioned in the fall message, the club conducted an anonymous on-line survey toward the end of the fall season. This year was our highest response rate so far. Club leadership spent time over the winter reviewing responses and the specific comments shared. Again, the general overall feedback was positive. For the few teams for whom there was feedback indicating a concern, team meetings have been held to discuss and work through any issues. In an effort to address some of the general concerns expressed with regard to training and communication with trainers, the Y-Academy has been tweaked for the spring in ways to enhance continuity between Y-Academy training sessions and players’ game day experiences [click here to read RSC’s DOC Spring Training newsletter]. There will also be changes that facilitate more opportunities for parent communication with the trainers. For all ages, trainers will have a bit more flexibility to run team specific training sessions with themes tailored to what happened at recent games a couple of times over the course of the spring season. Click on the age that follows in order to see the Spring 2015 Youth Academy training play for that age: U8; U9; U10. As usual, you should receive your team’s spring training plan before April is done. Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to the survey; club leadership truly appreciates your feedback!
RSC’s Memorial Day Tournament preparations are in full swing. Thanks to everyone in advance for your support for this event, the club’s primary fundraiser. Additional information on volunteer opportunities for the tournament will be disseminated over the next couple of weeks. Please help out in any way you can to make the tournament a success, as the funds raised are used to help defray club operating costs which are otherwise covered by the club fee we all pay.
A recurring theme you’ll hear more about is the need for additional referees in our area. For a variety of reasons, there’s a shortage of officials in our part of New Jersey. We all need to work on getting some new officials into the certification pipeline. Please share news of the need with anyone you know who might be interested in getting certified to become a travel soccer official. We can help answer questions about becoming an referee as needed.
Finally, a big “thank you” goes out to all RSC parent coaches and managers who volunteer so much of their time and talent! RSC teams wouldn’t exist without their efforts.
As always, please feel free to contact any RSC Board members with feedback.
We look forward to seeing everyone on fields this spring!
On behalf of the entire RSC Board,
Randolph Soccer Club