Message from Brookfield Soccer Club Board of Directors
Brookfield Soccer Club is a volunteer run organization. BSC’s mission and commitment is to youth soccer and the development of youth programs in the town of Brookfield, and the support of Brookfield’s middle school and high school soccer teams.
In the January 29, 2018 monthly open meeting of the Brookfield Soccer Club, the board adopted the position that BSC is opposed to the building of the library on the soccer field (aka Horse Field) at Town Hall. The board did not take a position about the overall library project, only the project on the current proposed location on the Horse Field.
If the library proposal passes, BSC is appreciative of the $300,000 appropriated during the January Board of Selectmen meeting. However, none of the locations proposed by the ad-hoc committee appear to be viable for the relocation of a full-size, multi-purpose field.
The proposed site behind town hall was determined not to be a viable location for the library due to size, parking considerations, and how the driveway would access the road. These reasons are the same reasons why it would not be a viable location for a soccer field. This proposed site would also place the soccer field in close proximity to Pocono Road, and create other safety concerns.
The residents bordering the proposed site off Nabby Road have already voiced their opposition to the development of a soccer field in their neighborhood.
The town purchased Happy Landings Farm in 1999 to preserve the property as “permanent, protected, open space”. By a 3:1 margin the town voted against the property being zoned for “mixed-use”. A town vote would be required to change the zoning of the property at Happy Landings for the site to be a viable option for a soccer field.
The anticipated announcement regarding the development of the property on Junction Road (aka Schmidt Field or Corn Field), means Brookfield will be losing another multi-purpose field in the near future. This loss of fields would not only negatively impact Brookfield’s youth soccer programs, but also the programs at Brookfield High School and Whisconier Middle School as those teams also rely on these resources.
BSC has always enjoyed a good relationship with the town and town officials. The board is appreciative of the long standing support from the town as we create and manage soccer programs for kids of all ages in Brookfield. We are proud of the positive efforts of our club volunteers, and the relationships they have worked to develop with respect since the club’s inception in 1985.
Brookfield Soccer Club Board of Directors
Dated: February 23, 2018
US Soccer has announced the following 2 new major Player Development Initiatives for all US Youth Soccer programs and competitions:
Shift to calendar year for the age grouping of teams (effective Fall 2016)
New Small-Sided Standards for games (effective Fall 2017)
Please see the announcement below from US Youth Soccer for details on these changes.
Small-Sided Games will be mandated come August of 2017, with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. U.S. Soccer will encourage the adoption of Small-Sided Games best practices in August of 2016. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.
The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game.
Age Group Mandate from US Soccer
Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.
US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year.
Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; all other FIFA members go by the calendar year.
Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group.
Determining Birth Year
US Soccer explains that birth year registration should be calculated based on the year in which the season ENDS. For example, if a season begin in the fall of 2016 and ends in the summer of 2017 (ex: 2016-2017 season), the players would be registered based on their age in the year 2017.
To simplify determining the age group, just subtract the birth year from the year the season ends. For example: (Year Season Ends) - (Birth Year) = (Age Group):
2016-2017 - 2003 = U14
2016-2017 - 2007 = U10