Finally, it seems safe to say that spring has arrived here in Randolph; although it seemed touch and go for a bit there. Between the field closures in Randolph (and many of the clubs in our part of the state) leading to delays in starting training and an usually large number of reschedules and MCYSA’s transition to a new software platform for league related tasks, it has been a challenging couple of weeks working on getting the spring season started. Thank you to all the parent coaches, managers, and assistant coaches for all of your efforts. Thank you to all of RSC’s families for your patience and flexibility as we continue to sort it all out for the 28 RSC teams playing this spring.
As mentioned in the fall message, the club conducted an anonymous on-line survey shortly after 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. Relative to prior years, the overall feedback was quite positive this time around. We heard you loud and clear about your unhappiness with white socks! For 2014-15, we are back to year one of RSC’s two year uniform cycle; so everyone will need to purchase new uniforms for next season. The new kit will include navy socks. We’ll also continue to work on our process for communicating team training plans for each season, as this was an area where there’s room for improvement based on feedback. Thank you to all those who took the time to respond; club leadership truly appreciates your feedback!
Club leadership discussed another topic over the course of the winter, namely the need for additional parent volunteerism. Moving forward, RSC will be asking families for an increased level of volunteerism as a way to help club leadership in their efforts to keep the club fee as stable as possible from year to year. The club fee we all pay only covers a portion of the actual per player cost each year. As with much else in life these days, the club’s operating costs continue to rise as the cost for training, equipment, and league related expenses increase each year. It has become increasingly challenging to keep the club fee stable over time. Shortly, you will see a communication kicking off one facet of this increased volunteerism, asking for help with various tasks in support of RSC’s Memorial Day Tournament this year. This tournament is the club’s primary fundraiser each year. Activities such as volunteering to help with the tournament enable the club to maximize the funds raised from the event, which in turn go to defraying operating costs. Looking toward next year, there will be opportunities to inject new life into RSC’s sponsorship program, as well as to broaden club fundraising efforts. Please give what you can of your time and talents as these volunteer opportunities arise. Thanks in advance for your support with these efforts!
As always, please feel free to contact any RSC Board members with feedback.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Memorial Day Tournament!
On behalf of the RSC Board,
Randolph Soccer Club
PS: Just a reminder that the Randolph Recreation Hotline number (used to check field status) has changed to 1-866-802-0837.