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U12 Comp Girls team wins Clinton Tournament!!

The North Haven Soccer Club U12 Girls Comp Team won the Clinton Invitational Tournament. The girls played a fantastic 5 games beating other towns such as Southington, Branford and Haddam-Killingworth. They played spectacular defense and did not have a goal scored on them throughout the entire tournament. Congratulations!


by NHSC posted 05/29/2016
Information regarding changes to field size and players per game
Message to all NHSC Members Regarding Changes to Smaller Field Sizes and Numbers of Players in Games
 
The North Haven Soccer Club has made the change to smaller sized fields and less players in the games in all of the in town divisions in accordance with the new US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (see attachment) and with the unanimous support of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board and the Coaching Directors.  The changes are designed to significantly improve on the players' skill development, confidence and mental awareness as players.  The changes have been discussed and met with full approval at the monthly soccer club meetings this year, including the most recent meeting in April when it was decided to implement the change at the U10 Boys division. The club had intended to make the change in the U10 boys division next season.  Upon observing the success of the changes in the other divisions and observing the games in the U10 boys division over the first two weeks of this season, the decision was made to implement the change in the U10 boys division now for the benefit of the players.  
 
The rationale for having youth players play on smaller sized field and with less players in a game includes:
 
* The number of touches on the ball each player has during a game increases significantly.
 
* The players will develop a more skilled touch on the ball as they are encouraged to settle the ball and make more intelligent plays with the ball, including dribbling, passing, maneuvering by an opponent, shielding the ball and shooting.  
 
* By playing in a smaller space, the players will develop a better touch on the ball so as to not turn it over quickly to the opponent and to keep it in bounds.  On a the bigger sized field like the U10 teams had been playing on, the players rarely had to rely on a skilled touch to maintain possession of the ball.
 
* The players will learn to better utilize the available spaces on the field, including when they have the ball, when their teammates have the ball and when the opposing team has the ball. 
 
* Communication among teammates will be even more important to the team effort.
 
* The players will more quickly develop their abilities to be aware of their surroundings, thereby allowing them to make intelligent and quicker decisions both before they get the ball and when they have the ball. This includes learning to play with "their eyes up" when they have the ball.
 
* All of the players in the game are important to the team effort.  Too often, when youth soccer is played on larger fields, the players who have developed further in size and strength are able to more quickly dominate a game, but not necessarily through soccer skills.  By making these changes, all players' skill development is expected to benefit, as well as all players' appreciation for the sport.
 
While not a complete list, this will hopefully make more clear the reasoning for the changes that have been made.  You will also see more aspects of the new format being implemented such as no punting and, instead, encouraging the players to possess the ball as a team as they play out from the back.  At the same time, the opposing team will not be permitted to immediately press the team with the ball as they build out from the back. 
 
These changes should in no way be seen as a step back in the players' growth as soccer players.  To the contrary, the players should find the new format more challenging as it forces them to play more skillfully and more intelligently.  I ask that parents and coaches remind the players of the benefits of these changes and how, with continued practice and focus on both their individual play and that of their teams, they will soon see they are becoming more skilled, more intelligent and more confident soccer players.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any question or comments, including as the season progresses.  Thank you very much for your support to NHSC and your children's love for soccer.
 
Adam Acquarulo
President, North Haven Soccer Club
 

by NHSC posted 05/17/2016
CJSA Heading & Concussion Protocol

CJSA has adopted the US Soccer and US Youth Soccer recommendations regarding heading and the protocol for suspected concussions.   Compliance is mandatory for all CJSA members for all activities where CJSA insurance applies effective April 1, 2016.

This means that:

Heading Restrictions

       Players who are 10 and younger

  • No player who is 10 or younger may deliberately head the ball, regardless of the age group of the team they are playing on.  This includes all activities where CJSA insurance applies, such as practices, scrimmages, and competitions at all levels.    
  • No player on a U11 team or a combined team including the U11 Age Group, (e.g. U11/12), even if the player has turned 11, may head the ball deliberately.  

        This restriction will be enforced in competitions for teams U11 and younger (including combined age brackets including U11 and younger) by award of an indirect free kick for the opposing team.  Coaches and parents are responsible for applying this restriction for players who are 10 or younger and playing up.  
        
       Players who are 11-13.

  • Players who are age 11 to 13 and on teams for age groups U12 and older, are restricted to up to 30 minutes of practice heading the ball per week.  There is no restriction on the number of times these players can head the ball in a competition, unless the team is competing in a combined bracket that includes U11.  


Concussion Protocol

                Where a Health Care Professional (HCP) is Present at a Game or Practice

  • Any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be evaluated on the sideline by an on-site HCP engaged in this capacity for the competition who will perform applicable testing.
  • Any player suspected of suffering a concussion will not be allowed to return to play until he or she is cleared by the HCP.  Coaches, parents/guardians or players may not overrule the HCP.
  • If a coach seeks to allow a player to re-enter a game who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment and who has not been cleared to return to play by the on-site HCP, the referee shall issue a warning to the coach.  If a coach persists in seeking to allow such player to re-enter the game after having been issued a warning, the referee may take other disciplinary measures against the coach as are permitted under the rules applicable to the competition.
  • Unless an HCP determined that the player has not suffered a concussion and clears the player to return to play, the player will not be permitted to return to practice or play until the player has successfully completed the return to play protocol and has been cleared to return to play by a Physician.   

 
Where a Health Care Professional Engaged for the Event is Not Present at a Game or Practice

  • Where a HCP engaged for the event is not present at a game or practice, any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be removed from play and evaluated by an HCP before the player will be allowed to return to practice or play. 
  • No coach shall permit a player who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment to return to play until cleared to do so by an HCP. 
  • If a coach seeks to allow a player to re-enter a game who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment and who has not been cleared to return to play by the on-site HCP, the referee shall issue a warning to the coach.  If a coach persists in seeking to allow such player to re-enter the game after having been issued a warning, the referee may take other disciplinary measures against the coach as are permitted under the rules applicable to the competition.
  • Unless an HCP determined that the player has not suffered a concussion and clears the player to return to play, the player will not be permitted to return to practice or play until the player has successfully completed the return to play protocol and has been cleared to return to play by a Physician.  

 
Definition of Health Care Professional
Health Care Professional (HCP) are licensed professionals such as an Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) or Physician (MD/DO), with skills in emergency care, sports medicine injuries and experience related to concussion evaluation and management.
 
 
Compliance is mandatory for all CJSA members for all activities where CJSA insurance applies effective April 1, 2016.


by NHSC posted 04/26/2016
Tackling College Sports Podcasts

Members,

Below are links to the Tackling College Sports Podcasts which you and your child may find useful and interesting as they begin to consider playing sports at the college level.  The co-hosts for these podcasts are Mark Franco (parent, coach and former boys director for the NHSC) and Chris LeGates (son of Ray Legates - the man who started the NHSC back in 1971!)  Each link contains the same podcasts, they are just different streaming sites depending on whether you are on a computer, phone, ipod, etc.

We hope you enjoy these and find them useful!

 

Via I-tunes

Via Stitcher

TCS Website

 

 


by NHSC posted 05/19/2015
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