WCYSA May 2017 Newsletter 

Mark your calendars for JUNE 1st!

WCYSA Fall 2017 Recreational Season Registration begins June 1st at midnight

Log in to our website and register you child.  Fee increases $10 on July 15th
Click the image above to visit our webpage and get more info!
The 8 week season starts Sept. 9th and for more questions contact us at 
A message from Lance Calloway
WCYSA Executive Director
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By Lance Calloway, WCYSA Executive Director

I came across this article that had been reprinted from a year ago. This author has a very good perspective as to the direction as well as at the crossroads that youth soccer is in our country.  It is certainly worth a few minutes to read.  There are even aspects of this becoming more evident in our own local programs.

U.S. Soccer is trying to clarify the chaotic youth scene, but it has a long way to go.

By Beau Dure
Published 16 June 2016
“Parents just don’t understand,” said Will Smith and a whole lot of soccer coaches.
For years, the coaches may have been right. Parents typically didn’t play the game, and they didn’t have many resources to educate themselves. Show up with an accent and an embellished resume, and you can fool any parents to send their kids your way.
Not anymore. Youth soccer is losing players – down from 11.2 million in 2011 to 8.9 million in 2015,  according to Project Play.
Not coincidentally, parents are getting smarter every year. The ignorant parents telling the coach to just let their little Mia Hamm kick the ball hard make for great YouTube satire, but their numbers are shrinking.
Meridian Youth Classic 3v3
Soccer Tournament
June 2nd and 3rd,  2017

The Meridian Youth Soccer Club will be hosting their 11th annual tournament on June 2 & 3, 2017. It will be open to all recreational level players U6 – Middle School. We also have a competitive division for players U10- Middle School which can include Ranger/RDP players. All players need to be currently registered with Whatcom County Youth Soccer or the Ranger Program.

Bellingham United FC men’s players and the National Champion Western Washington Women will be one hand Sat noon to 1 pm for a 3v3 exhibition and fun with the teams!

  Tournament Information                  On-line Tournament Registration
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 Unified Development Program for Whatcom County Youth Soccer Recreational Programming

A Message from Marc Ronney
WCYSA-Development Director
 After several meetings between WCYSA/Hammers FC Academy's Technical Staff and the WFC Ranger's technical staff the two entities have brought forward an operational plan to increase their combined efforts to enhance both player and coaching development for WCYSA's younger recreational programs.  

The Rangers program has committed to have a greater number of their staff and coaches involved in recreational training sessions for both players and coaches. In addition they will work in conjunction with the Hammers FC Academy, who facilitate the WCYSA player development programs.

This spring the WFC Rangers hosted two U9 & U10 skills clinics for WCYSA recreational players.  This was a major success with both clinics filling up quickly with over 120 kids involved. Both the Rangers and Hammers FC Academy felt this was something that will be done a additional times for added age groups in the spring and fall seasons.

Beginning this summer, the H ammers FC Academy and WFC Rangers will team up to offer training and playing opportunities through  Whatcom FC Jr. Academy for Under 9-12 boys and girls.  The goal of this program will be to introduce players to more competitive soccer, to be instructed by higher level coaches, as well as participate in appropriate level tournaments. Players will be developing soccer skills and awareness with coaches from Whatcom FC Rangers and Hammers FC Academy.. 

Both Hammers FC Academy and WFC Rangers will be looking at additional opportunities and programs that can be offered to young soccer players, as well as to coaches, to enhance their development and enjoyment of playing.  
Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association 
would like to take a moment and thank all the sponsors of 
Phillips 66 Soccer Park in helping make
soccer affordable for our community.
Click the image below to learn more about these great partners!  


Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association (WCYSA) is pleased to offer two academic scholarship opportunities for students.
  • WCYSA Academic Scholarship – this $1500 scholarship (2 scholarships offered - $1,500 will be awarded to one boy & one girl) is offered directly from our association.  The scholarship philosophy outline, requirements and application are enclosed.
  • Mike Grimes Soccer Fest Scholarship – This year the Mike Grimes Soccer Fest will be donating $350 to the WCYSA Academic Scholarship ($175 per).  Bringing the total scholarship amount to $1,650 for each boy and girl!

Congrats Rangers GU04 Gold!

We wanted to take a moment and congratulate our Girls 2004 Gold squad as they won the WYS President's Cup on April 30!.  By winning the state championship, these ladies earned the right to play in the Region IV President's Cup Championship June 12-18 in Salt Lake City Utah!!!
Best of luck ladies!


 WFC Rangers Board is proud to announce that it successfully filled our recently vacated Technical Director position. Our new Technical Director is Derrick Ayers. Derrick officially starts on May 1. However, he may arrive to the area earlier, and, as a result, you may see him around the P66SP before May 1. Between now and his arrival, Derrick will make his way to Whatcom County from his present home in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. Derrick's full bio, photo, and contact information is found at the following link to our WFC Rangers website. Please introduce yourself to Derrick.

WFC Rangers promoted Noah Braun to Assistant Technical Director. Noah's work for our club in the last several months earned him this promotion. As our Interim Technical Assistant, Noah did a marvelous job of helping our club through the transition following Hubie's departure. As our Interim Technical Assistant, Noah was our RDP Director. With this promotion, Noah will maintain in that role. We are pleased that Noah will continue to be a huge asset to our club. Noah's full bio, photo, and contact information is found at the following link to our WFC Rangers website. If you do not already know Noah, please introduce yourself.

In speaking with Derrick and Noah over the last several days, both are excited for the challenge and the opportunity. Please, help them feel at home in our club and here in Whatcom County.

Noah Braun, WFC Rangers Assistant Technical Director

Youth Camps
Ages 5-12 years old
$110.00 before  June 19, 2017
$115.00 after June 19, 2017

Camp #1:
June 26–29, 9 am-noon

Camp #2:
July 17-20, 9 am-noon

Camp #3:
 Aug 7-10, 9 am-noon

Ages 8-12
$125.00 before June 19, 2017, $135.00 after June 19, 2017

July 17-20, 1-4 pm

 All camps held at 
Phillips 66 Soccer Park

All camps Include: Hammers FC Camp T-shirt,  Adidas Soccer Ball, and 12 hours of instruction & fun!

When you sign up your child to attend a Hammers FC Academy Summer Camp, the proceeds are reinvested back into Whatcom County’s Soccer Community facilities and programs.

2017 WFC Rangers Annual Golf Tournament is
just around the corner!
Bellingham United
2017 Evergreen Premier League Season Update!

There is plenty to be excited about for the 2017 Evergreen Premier League season. The Bellingham United has played three matches (1-1 in league play) so far with two of them being league matches and one exhibition match against the Seattle Sounders U23 club! 

This Sunday, May 14 United host the OlyTown Artesians with kickoff at 3 PM with  all WCYSA players RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION if they wear their club's team jersey!

The 2017 EPLWA season anticipation is a culmination of the momentum built from the Bellingham United’s most recent Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Championship indoor season, core players returning, and reinforcements that will make immediate impacts upon their arrival. See the entire BUFC Season Outlook article here