We look forward to hosting all of our Bolts families, players & coaches at our club event. The Bolts 24 Hour Soccer Marathon benefitting Mass General Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Clinic kicks off in 2 weeks. We are thrilled YOU have raised over $23,000 so far!!
The 2007 ECNL team continues to lead the pack with the 06DA, 08DA, 05DA, 06 ECNL, 07 East not far behind!
This week, 2005DA player Quinn Pappendick is atop the leader board and will receive a Bolts New Balance sweatshirt!
Last year, we introduced the Basket Raffle to the event which was very popular. We have some great baskets & items donated so far:
  • Bolts New Balance baskets
  • Wine Basket (2004 ECNL)
  • Scratch tickets (2007DA)
  • Wild Nick's basket (2006DA)
  • Coaches & staff have donated 1on1 sessions
We will have representatives from Mass General Hospital at the event
We will be selling some special items --Bolts sweatshirts (hoodie and crew neck) and much more!
New From The Pitch
Check out this great article from New England Soccer Journal last week.
Boys DA: Boston Bolts takeaways midway through the 2019-20 season
New England Soccer Journal
January 8, 2020
At its core, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is focused on elevating young talents from prospects into complete players who are prepared to make an impact at the next level, wherever that may be.
To reach that point, the 10-month season places a premium on technique, tactics and soccer IQ. But there are also broader takeaways that transcend the sport, and one certainly applies to this year’s Boston Bolts U-17 team.
Primarily comprised of 2004s who were part of a Bolts U-15 side that finished third in the Northeast Division last year, they haven’t encountered quite the same smooth sailing at the 2019-20 season’s midway point. Now U-17s, positive results often proved elusive in league and Winter Cup action.
“The majority are playing up an age group, and in previous years they’ve found success, had the reinforcement of winning a bunch,” said head coach  Andy Dorman . “This year, it’s the other side where you’re dealing with what you do after you lose a game. You have to keep working hard in training when things aren’t going to plan.”
That approach, Dorman said, should lead to improved results this spring, especially after going 2-1 at the Winter Showcase and with quality players on the roster.
Influential defender  Henri Richter  (Newton, Mass.) returns after spending the fall at Milton Academy, and 2003s like goalkeeper  Jack Doogue  (Weymouth, Mass.), Columbia commit/defender  Ludovico Rollo  (Boston, Mass.), defender/midfielder  Alexander Basulto (Revere, Mass.) and forward  Triton Beauvois  (Malden, Mass.) have all left their mark.
For 2004s,  Alexzander Sansiveri  (Newton, Mass.),  Lucas Vallejo Tato  (Cambridge, Mass.),  Marc Hiranandani  (Newton, Mass.),  Noah Goldstein  (Needham, Mass.) and goalkeeper  Zachary Freedman  (Brookline, Mass.) are all important building blocks in enduring the ups and downs.
“It’s part of that process where they’re still young,” said Dorman, previously a midfielder at Boston University and for the New England Revolution. “They were very successful as U-15s, and now they’re finding it harder this year. It’s part of the learning process, and we come out the other end and start getting the results, they’ll get the reinforcement back. Next year they’ll be physically stronger, mentally more developed.”
There’s a similar mix of birth years at the U-19 level, and there’s optimism about what impact returning prep school players could have. From Nobles, Brown commit  Michael Balleani  (Woburn, Mass.) and Princeton commit  Harry Roberts  (Wellesley, Mass.) are back, while there’s also the Belmont Hill duo of Cornell commit  Matthew Goncalves  (Everett, Mass.) and  Cole Matthews  (Wellesley, Mass.).
Roberts, Balleani and Goncalves should all offer a significant boost in the final third, helping Class of 2021 standouts  Lyndon Hu (Acton, Mass.) and  Iain Gregory Maclean  (Walpole, Mass.), as well as Bryant commit  David Medeiros  (South Attleboro, Mass.), after their standout play.
Still a relatively-young group, they’ll look to starting stringing positive results together.
“The end goal is to get to the playoffs and improve every week, which we have been doing,” Dorman said. “So we just have to keep applying ourselves and that comes from training, doing what you can do to get right for the game on the weekend.”
At the U-15 level, there’s a mixed bag of takeaways for a roster full of 2005s. Many are in eighth or ninth grade, and that naturally leads to inconsistencies in terms of results, like a 5-0 win over Oakwood that was followed by a 5-4 loss against the same club.
The Boston Bolts U-17 team in a pre-game huddle. (Evan Scales/New England Soccer Journal)
It’s largely a new group, but some holdovers that provide stability are  Alexi Karalis  (Belmont, Mass.),  Matthew Bergquist  (Shrewsbury, Mass.),  Ellis Denby  (Salem, Mass.) and  Joseph Perrotta  (Sudbury, Mass.). There are also bright attacking pieces like  Alex St. John  (Needham, Mass.) and  Samson Kpardeh  (Worcester, Mass.), who was previously at NEFC.
“By the end of the fall I was quite happy with where it was going,” said head coach Dan Colwell. “The winter break came too early, because we were putting performances together and we're coming together, so you wish you had three or four games to see if you really turn the corner.”
Together, they’re three teams that speak to the long-term trajectory for DA players. There’s often a desire to experience positive results immediately, but the path forward requires patience and commitment.
The Bolts are experiencing that across their U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams in 2019-20, as top players at their respective birth years work towards a broader aim.
“We’re going to make a push for the playoffs in this second half,” Colwell said. “We have a lot of work ahead.”
SOCCER PARENTING ASSOCIATION
Their mission is to inspire players by empowering parents. Check out their site and become an active member of this community.

We believe that youth soccer parents will be difference makers when it comes to improving the game. It is our VALUES that DRIVE our personal decisions and ACTIONS. 

With that in mind, the  Soccer Parent Value Statements  are an essential resource for youth soccer parents! Read, reflect and share your thoughts on these.
Bolts Jersey Sponsorship
Do you know a business or have a friend with a business who may be interested? We are offering a great opportunity to have their company name on the front (or back or sleeve) of our shirts. We would like to give Bolts members exclusive first option to have your company name and logo on the Bolts uniforms before we open this up.
Contact Brian for more details.
Regional Future Elite Programs
For Boys & Girls ages 4 to 9

The main goal of Boston Bolts is developing youth players. Experts agree that the most impactful soccer development begins before the age of 10. Many kids under 10 don’t receive proper instruction from qualified coaches. For this reason, our Future Elite Programming is dedicated to properly educating and developing very young players.
An age-appropriate learning environment is key in developing our next generation of Bolts athletes. Our professional staff ensures that players learn the proper fundamentals using fun games, drills and activities to ignite a passion for this great game!
All players are welcome and will train in small groups broken up by age and ability so they may learn at their own pace. 
These clinics are offered at several locations throughout the area at $75 per session.

BOSTON REGION - at UMASS Mount Ida Gym 777 Dedham St. NEWTON
Saturdays 8-9AM
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 8, 15, 22, 29

New Location! Starts MONDAY!
EAST REGION - at William Seach School 770 Middle St. WEYMOUTH
Mondays 630-730PM
Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 2nd

CENTRAL REGION - at St. Mark's School 25 Marlboro Rd. SOUTHBORO
Sundays 11AM - 12PM
Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Please contact Coach Andy Mason with any questions
Looking to stay 'soccer ready' this winter?

Bolts Director of Performance, Aidan Byrne , will organize athletic development sessions for individuals or small groups. Sessions will focus on building functional strength; increasing speed, agility and quickness; and performance development. Also there will be an emphasis on basic actions and basic movements to help with injury prevention.

Aidan has multiple years experience as a Soccer and Performance coach. He has spent time in the MLS as a performance coach for NYCFC and as the Head of Fitness for the New England Revolution. He is currently an assistant coach with the Bolts DA U17 and U19 groups and the Head Coach of the USL2 Bolts team.

He has worked with multiple world class players including David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge.
For more information contact Aidan at  aidanbyrne@bostonbolts.com
Bolts Throwback
This picture was shared with us recently and shows the Bolts 1994 Regional Champions team. Its hard to see but, pictured here is John Willett , our former Bolts President grinning from ear to ear, alongside this great bun ch of players! This is prior to our 20 year relationship with Nike for all our uniform apparel - t-shirts were the uniform at the time!!
BOLTS CALENDAR

24 Hour Soccer Marathon
Dates: Jan 31st-Feb 1st
Who: All Bolts Players, Coaches, Staff
Location: Mount ida Campus of UMASS in the Gym

Bolts College Showcase
Date: Saturday April 11th
Who: for all Bolts players U15-19 NEP & ECNL
Location: Mount Ida Campus at UMASS turf field

Bolts Shore Cup
Dates:Memorial Day weekend May 22-25th
Location: 16 grass fields at URI Kingston, RI
Who: for all Bolts players U13 to U19

Residential Camp (watch for official announcement with more details next week)
Dates: Sunday July 26th to Wednesday July 29th
Location: at Roger Williams in Bristol, RI
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