Hello Soccer Families,
The purpose of this email is to provide important updateS on NCSA/Concord FC Soccer. To gain a better understanding, I encourage all parents with interest in the 2018 Spring/Summer TRAVEL season to reference my previous correspondence here before continuing. You will see important "next step" items in bolded green print, shortly in this correspondence. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at the end of this email, to help clarify any questions you may have, prior to contacting a coach.
With that said...
NCSA/Concord FC has been focusing on its identity. NCSA has had the unique benefit of having Brett W. Gould (our Director of Coaching) share with us from his experience as an organizational leadership and marketing consultant. Brett has encouraged our organization to focus on four main areas, to be able to best communicate our culture as a club.
WHO are we?
WHY do we exist?
WHAT do we believe?
HOW will we apply those core values?
NCSA (Our Parent Organization) President, Jake Wilkins, immediately envisioned the four points on a compass. This translates to how Concord FC has continued to evolve as a club, and helps us to define the strategic direction we are moving in. This type of thinking brought us to our mission and vision statements.
To provide an exceptional soccer organization appropriately structured to accommodate any level of play commensurate with our players' individual ability, potential, and interest, and to promote a positive youth sports culture that teaches life lessons for all players in the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association community.
The Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that:
As previously announced, NCSA/Concord FC applied to the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League in August 2017. As of January 19, 2018, the Concord FC committee is pleased to announce that Concord FC was accepted and will have teams in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League, in addition to the Southern Tier Travel Soccer League, for the 2018 Spring Season. These two leagues in conjunction, offer a comprehensive experience for our athletes.
Coaches have been selected, and have been assessing players, to place on teams. Concord FC is a competitive club and playing time and/or placement on a specific team is not guaranteed. These decisions are made based on several factors by members of the Concord FC staff. Factors such as, but not limited to, ability, attendance, punctuality, attitude, effort, behavior, social skills, emotional control, physical maturity, and focus will be considered in determining these decisions. An athlete’s placement and/or playing time will be constantly evaluated and may change throughout the entire season. These decisions are made in the best interest of the athlete and their development as a person and player.
Please refer to the table below to contact the coach of your child(s) age/gender if you have not registered your child, and they still have an interest in playing Spring/Summer Travel Soccer for Concord FC in 2018. The coach will advise you of current availability, and appropriate next steps. BWNYJSL teams will be created first, and remaining players will be placed on a STTSL waiting list. When and if there are enough players on a waiting list to enter that team, you will be notified. There will be no cost to be on a waiting list and no family will be required to register until their child is placed. Families who have already registered, will be refunded their money if their child is not placed on a team due to the unavoidable situation where there are not enough players to form a second team.
Please DO NOT proceed to registration until you receive word from a coach to do so. If you have already done so prior to receiving this correspondence, that is fine. We will be working to place your child on an appropriate team. In the event that the numbers do not support another team, we will reach out to you to communicate possible next steps. We will also reach out to neighboring soccer clubs to try to help your child find a soccer home for the next year if our club cannot place your child on a team due to low numbers.
As stated throughout the past year, it is our club's desire to find a place for every interested child to play competitive soccer as possible. You can be assured that the volunteers working on this process care deeply about your child, their development, and your overall experience as a family with our club. We will do our very best to honor our commitment to walk with you, for as long as you wish to walk with our club and support our mission and vision as an organization. We are very excited you are here!
We would like to share two important points that may impact your child's decision to want to participate in travel soccer. Part of fine-tuning the player experience and creating the healthiest environment for player development, is listening to the wisdom of many mentors.
That said, here are those points:
· Our NCSA HOUSE (formerly known as "Rec") League will be for Little Kickers (starting at age 3) through 12U.
· If a player plays travel soccer, they will "graduate" out of the house league. This "graduation" can occur at any age from Little Kickers through 12U. Ie...A 9 year old house league player could try-out for a travel team. If the child is offered a place on the team, they would "graduate" out of house league, and play travel soccer only. This approach will allow us to tailor our training experiences in both HOUSE and TRAVEL leagues to the most appropriate development levels for your children.
Thank you for your interest in NCSA/Concord FC!
Here are the coach contacts for TRAVEL SOCCER:
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Brett W. Gould
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FROM THE NCSA/CONCORD FC FAQ PAGE
WHAT IS CONCORD FC (CFC) TRAVEL?
Welcome to the Concord Futbol Club (CFC). CFC was established with the purpose of providing competitive travel soccer experiences to the youth of Northern Chautauqua County and the surrounding communities. CFC is the travel branch of the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association (NCSA). CFC provides an opportunity to teach, learn, develop, and display life skills. Individuals must give of themselves to make a team cohesive and successful. How a player reacts to positive and negative situations is the standard of measurement for both team and individual success. Players must realize that as a member of CFC they represent not only the soccer team, but also their parents, coaches, and community. Being a part of CFC is a demanding responsibility. It is the goal of CFC to provide a high quality developmental experience in a fun and safe manner for all the players participating in the program. As a volunteer organization, we look forward to your participation enabling our community’s success as we compete with clubs across Western New York.
HOW DO YOU GET ON A TRAVEL TEAM?
Travel team players are required to attend “try-outs” to be evaluated. “Try-outs” is a comprehensive evaluation system to assist coaches placing the child on a team appropriately. Note, you must attend at least one try-out to be considered for a CFC Travel team. The only exception to this rule is if a coach deems it necessary to place additional players on a roster that could not attend a try-out. In those instances, the coach's decision will be based on their knowledge of the player through having seen them play prior, or through coaching contacts of their choice, that support these decisions. The decision of the coach and club is final.
WHAT IS THE BUFFALO & WESTERN NEW YORK JUNIOR SOCCER LEAGUE (BWNYJSL)?
The Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League is the home of entry-level youth travel soccer for the Buffalo-Niagara Region. The BWNYJSL provides a playing venue for youth players in the 'Under 10' through 'Under 19' age groups. Each league age group will normally play regular league games on a standard weekday. Play will start no earlier than April 23rd of each playing season and will end no later than August 10th. The League shall draw up a schedule of games to be played in each Division at least two weeks before the start of their season.
WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK ARE THE BWNYJSL GAMES PLAYED?
*Note that these are subject to change year to year; based upon the assumption of the Buffalo Western New York Junior Soccer League (www.bwnyjsl.org)
• U8/U9/U10 age group (boys and girls) -- typically play on Friday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U11/U12 age group (girls) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U13/U14 age group (girls) -- typically play on Monday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U15/U16 age group (girls) -- typically play on Thursday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U17/U19 age group (girls) -- typically play on Wednesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U11/U12 age group (boys) -- typically play on Monday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U13/U14 age group (boys) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U15/U16 age group (boys) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• U17/U19 age group (boys) -- typically play on Wednesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
• players are typically expected to be at the field at 6:00/6:15pm for 6:45pm games.
WHERE DO THE BWNYJSL TEAMS/PLAYERS TRAVEL TO? WHERE DO THEY PLAY?
Many of the Spring Travel League games will be played in the Buffalo area. The games may be played at Niagara Falls, Hamburg, Clarence, Tonawanda, Amherst, Orchard Park, West Seneca, East Aurora, Lancaster or another town in that surrounding area, depending on what teams are in your team’s division.
Some games may be played at Holy Trinity, Dunkirk, when agreed upon by the Buffalo District coach.
WHAT IS THE SOUTHERN TIER TRAVEL SOCCER LEAGUE? (STTSL)
The Southern Tier Travel Soccer League offers entry-level travel soccer for boys and girls ages 9 through 18. League play usually begins the last weekend of April and continues through to the end of June/early July. Most league games for U15 and U18 are scheduled for Sunday. Most league games for U9, U11 and U13 are scheduled for Saturday evenings. Occasionally games are played other days.
The league encompasses the southern tier areas of Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties with teams also in the Southern Erie County NY, as well as Northwest, PA.
It is the expressed purpose of the league to provide equal opportunities to all boys and girls to advance their soccer skills and knowledge of the game, while still maintaining a fun and rewarding experience.
DO TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN TOURNAMENTS?
9U- Participates in one tournament
11U- Participates in 2 tournaments
13U-19U- Participates in 2-3 tournaments
Hello soccer families,
First off, I would like to thank all the volunteers who have put in long hours away from their families to bring soccer to all of us. I would like to also thank all of you for your patience and continued support for NCSA/Concord FC!
After being on the NCSA board as the Administrator of Programming since May of 2016, I was appointed the Director of Travel in December of 2016. Former Director Jim Enser had a desire to step down and focus more on coaching and mentoring the younger age groups as well as concentrating on serving as the Southern Tier District Commissioner for NYS West Soccer Association. We are very lucky as a club he hasn't stepped away completely. He, current and previous NCSA Board members, Concord FC travel committee members and other volunteers, have laid a solid foundation in which we will build off.
With the NCSA vision and mission statements in mind, the Concord FC committee is determined to better our club. Our goals are to provide quality player development through exceptional coaches and volunteers, promote a love of soccer in our community and a healthy lifestyle, and inspire pride and the highest level of sportsmanship and professionalism in our players, coaches and parents.
In the offseason, many aspects of the club were analyzed. Coach education, player safety and overall club efficiency were priorities. We ensured all coaches went through an extensive application process, and those that weren’t already, became USSF “F” licensed and were certified in the concussion protocol. NCSA implemented online registration and a more modern website through Demosphere Inc. and NCSA increased the use of social media to improve our communication.
After Donald Lang stepped down to focus on his family, NCSA Acting President Jake Wilkins searched for a highly qualified Director of Coaching and one that shared our vision. He found that in Brett Gould, a Fredonia High School Varsity Girls Soccer Coach with an extensive soccer background. Brett was subsequently approved by the NCSA Board and he has been a terrific addition to our organization. Under Brett’s leadership, Concord FC for the first time, had try-outs for the upcoming Spring season. Brett describes try-outs as “an all-encompassing piece to assess readiness and help our coaches build their teams” and “by having a beginning and an end assessment, players and their families can easily see where their strengths, and areas of potential improvement are.” We also couldn't be more grateful for the Fredonia University Men's Soccer Coach, Patrick Gondek, coaching two of our 2017 Spring teams and offering guidance with administrative decisions. Coach Gondek is an asset to this club with the credentials he possesses. In addition, we have Fredonia Central School's Modified Soccer Coach, Aaron Pietro, as our Concord FC Fall Travel Director and a Spring coach plus many other very qualified coaches such as Nick Keefe, Chris Piede, Jim Rush, the Fredonia High School Varsity Boys Soccer Coach and Joe Michalak, a Fredonia High School Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach. Furthermore, our other 3 seasons of play opportunities, Fall, Winter Futsal, and Summer Rec, bring additional coaches with extensive soccer experience and among them are from Dunkirk City School. Zazh Meadows, the Varsity soccer coach helps with Winter Futsal and Fall, Jessica Gifford, the Girls Modified Soccer Coach helps with Winter Futsal and Phil Cook, the Varsity Girls Soccer coach helps with Summer Rec. All seasons of NCSA play contribute greatly to our Spring athletes' talent.
Concord FC teams had many successes in this last Spring season including the 16U girls winning the Championship in the Clarence Classic and our 15U boys coming in Second Place in their Southern Tier division playoffs. Congratulations to coaches Brett Gould, Mark Maytum and Paul Sellari, another Fredonia High School Varsity girls soccer Coach!
Looking forward, the CFC committee is reviewing a comprehensive policy and procedures manual to have a fair and efficiently run club. It is necessary to document the policies under which this club will operate. The committee expects to have that finalized soon. Concord FC is applying to the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League in conjunction with the Southern Tier Travel Soccer League to give our athletes more opportunities for various levels of play. With assistance from Coaches Shawn Taylor, Bernie Feldmann, and Mark Taylor, our 19U Boys team entered the BWNYJSL as a partner with The Lakeshore Club. This initiated a great relationship with that league which will hopefully facilitate our acceptance. The 19U team additionally played in 5 tournaments including College Showcases.
Why should you choose NCSA/Concord FC this Spring? We provide quality coaching. We provide soccer to any level of athlete. We provide opportunities for your player to be successful in this club which will transfer to school sports and possibly a college soccer career. We instill leadership philosophies that each player could use to one day become coaches themselves and productive community members. We are going through changes yes, and changes are uncomfortable, but this will be a club you will want to commit to.
Registration for the 2018 Spring Season will remain open into the Spring of 2018. However, we highly encourage players to register as soon as possible. The earlier players are registered the sooner we can release rosters. So please go to myncsa716.net/register to register your player(s) for the 2018 season. Any player wishing to play for Concord FC, if they haven't participated already, will need to "try-out." For more information on try-outs, please check our website at www.myncsa716.net or contact me via email.
Any parent having any other questions, may feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for choosing Concord FC!
Director of Travel, Concord FC
Administrator of Programming, NCSA Board of Directors
Due to changes within Concord FC, we are registering 2017 Fall & 2018 Spring at the same time. As you navigate through the screens you can select Fall and/or Spring. There will be a total of 6 payments to help families financially. The link to registration is at the bottom of the email. Please read this email entirely as it has a lot of important information in it.
Fall Travel (Registration between 7/10/10-7/28/17)
NCSA Concord FC is now accepting online registrations for the Travel/Rec Fall Soccer league until July 28th, 2017. This opportunity is a nice option for those who want to take the next step after summer rec soccer. Teams feature a more competitive atmosphere while keeping equal playing time and a focus on skills development. Athletes will be expected to be at two practices per week (Tuesday/Thursday) and a double header of games on Saturdays. Travel is limited to the southern tier (Bemus, Falconer, Westfield, etc.). Our home/practice field is behind Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. The season begins at the end of August and runs through October.
Teams will be formed by grade level and there will be no move ups. All teams are coed. The younger division consists of grades three and four. Teams will be formed of about 10 players and the more that register the more teams we will create. The older division consists of grade four, five and six. Fourth graders will be placed in the older division based on coach evaluation and roster size.
Registration is $60 plus new uniform fees. The league created new Travel uniforms this Spring and these are the uniforms we will use for Fall. If your athlete played this Spring they do not need to buy a uniform. All others will need to buy the new uniform. Purple practice shirts are only required for athletes new to the program. They are the same purple shirts as last Fall. These uniforms will not change for two years.
If you have any questions please email them to the Director of Fall Soccer, Aaron Pietro at email@example.com
2018 Spring Travel
Concord FC Spring travel is going through a transition. The CFC Committee is committed to providing the best experience for players. Concord FC will be entering teams in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League (B&WNYJSL) and the Southern Tier Travel Soccer League (STTSL) for the 2018 season. The B&WNYJSL requires teams formed much sooner then the STTSL families are familar with. Therefore, we will be opening registration now. As alreading mentioned, we will be registering fall and/or spring at the same time and there will be 6 payments to help financially. We would encourage all families to be registered for Spring Travel by August 31, 2017. Please don't hesitate to register as late registrations cause logistical problems with team creation.
Thank you all for your patience during this time of transition. If you have any questions please email them to the Director of Travel, Chris Witkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord FC will be holding try-outs for our upcoming 2018 spring travel season.
Try-outs are an all encompassing piece to assess readiness and help our coaches build their teams.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
5:30pm - 7:00pm for ages 9U through 14U
7:00pm - 8:30pm for ages 15U through 19U
Soccer field behind the Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk, NY. (1032 Central Avenue)
Important Items of note:
We look forward to seeing familiar faces, and brand new ones.
We are very excited about all of the new things coming in our club, and we are sure you will be too!
Please feel free to share this invitation with any of your friends and family.
See you on July 11th!
Register here: http://myncsa716.net/register
Soccer doesn’t just happen . . . For most of our members, NCSA is just “what you do” during the summer, spring or fall. For others, it’s a hobby. For others, yet, it’s a lifestyle. For Betsy Dixon-Lang, it was a lifestyle. For those of you who don’t know, Betsy worked with Aspire, supporting developmentally disabled individuals in Western New York. If there was one theme in Betsy’s life, it was “service”. Betsy served through work and through her personal life too.
For many years before her passing, Betsy served our community through NCSA. In her last few years of service, she was instrumental in the changes you see today, from paper forms to an electronic registration system and the expansion of offerings to a fall travel season and partnership with the City of Dunkirk to offer winter futsal . . . even the sponsorships of local and national retailers.
How do you honor someone who did so much? Someone who gave so much of herself for us all? In truth, we can’t begin to. For the next two seasons, you'll see that NCSA will be honoring our former president, Betsy Dixon-Lang, by placing her initials on our crests. You'll see this change on our jerseys for house league, spring and fall travel.
If we all could give what she gave, what a wonderful place the world would be…
Steven Yunghans - Summer Recreation House League Logo
BSN Sports - Concord FC Logo
NCSA is dedicated to bringing soccer into the lives of any family who wants to participate, even in times of need. Star Media Group Promotions is providing an online merchandise store where apparel can be purchased and 15% is donated back to the NCSA financial aid fund. Please take a look at what there is to offer and get your NCSA and CONCORD FC apparel. As always, thank you for supporting Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association and thank you to Star Media Group Promotions!
NCSA is excited to announce a new soccer opportunity.
Registration for soccer clinics with Coach Gondek, Fredonia University's men's soccer coach, is now open. His first clinic will be May 19th, 2017 at Holy Trinity in Dunkirk. Clinics will be held according to age group. 9U-13U will be held between 5:30 PM and 7 PM focusing on Possession and Penetration Dribbling while 15U-19U will be held between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM focusing on Crossing, Shooting, & Finishing.
The cost of the clinic will be $25. Any questions email us at email@example.com.
Register at this link: http://myncsa716.net/register
NCSA is in desperate need of Executive Board members. We have vacancies in many positions. We strive to bring you the most efficient organization we can, but we need your help to do that! Please take a look at our Executive Board page to see if you have any interest. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.