WCYSA January 2017 Newsletter 
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Fee increases $10 on February 15th
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Spring 2017 Soccer Season registration is in Full Swing!
Hurry and register you child before February 15th and save $10!  Fees are U6/7 - $65 and U8 & up - $70  
(starting Feb.15th $75 & $80)
The best way to register is to visit our website by clicking HERE
The 8 week season starts March 25th and for more questions contact us at  360-255-5013
A message from Lance
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Congratulations Peterson Family!
By Lance Calloway, WCYSA Executive Director

Peterson Family Represents Whatcom County Referees
At Regional Championships!

Congratulation to two of our local Whatcom County referees who were selected to attend the USYSA Region IV ODP Championships the January 5th-8th weekend in Phoenix AZ.

Jozlin Peterson and Mark Peterson were 2 of 25 referees selected (out of 5,200 referees statewide) to referee and represent WA at Region IV ODP Championships. Jozlin earned the opportunity to be assigned as a assistant referee for a semi final match (attached photo). For Jozlin this is a significant accomplishment and is rare one for someone's first trip to the ODP event - especially at her age. Well done Jozlin!

Mark commented "It was a great experience and an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best referees from the 12 Western states. We are looking forward to sharing that knowledge with our referees here in Whatcom County."
Great job Mark and Jozlin and way to represent Whatcom County and Washington! In the first picture Jozlin is on the far left in the yellow kits. In the second picture Mark is second from the right in the green kit

New Referees Clinic March 4th and New Increase
in Referee’s Pay

The Whatcom County Soccer Referees Association (WCSRA) will be conducting a new referee clinic March 4th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Phillips 66 Soccer Park.  The Entry Grade 8 clinics are 8 hour clinics for those 12 and older.  The clinic provide a black badge and allows for officiating you and adult matches. The written test is a 50 question test.  

Additional information on the clinic is available here: March 4th Referee Clinic.  Course fee is $15.00. On line registration is required to participate in the clinic, you can register for the March 4th Referee Clinic here  

Referee Payments Increased! 
WCYSA has increased the fees paid to WCSRA Referees beginning this spring season.  Working in conjunction with the WCSRA, WCYSA supported an increase in the amount paid to our referees for each match.  
A message from Marc
WCYSA-Development Director
New Coaches Training and Meetings
New Coaches Meeting is currently scheduled for March 8th at Phillips 66 Soccer Park 6-7pm
In House Coaches Training will follow 7-8pm.
For more information or to sign up contact us at 360-676-1919
Hammers FC Academy WCYSA Team Trainings on the way!
March 13th HFCA will begin their team trainings.  The Academy will reach out to clubs for training dates and locations.
If you're interested in a training reach out to your club
(for club contact info click HERE)
and let them know to put your team on the list.  Space and dates are limited. For more information or to register your team, simply click the image below or contact the Sportsplex office at 360-676-1919
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  WCYSA Provides NSCAA Coaching Education Courses: FREE TO WCYSA COACHES

WCYSA is bringing in a National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaching clinic for WCYSA coaches on March 11 from 8 AM-6 PM at the Phillips 66 Soccer Park.  This coaches education clinic will focus on the fundamental development for our U8-12 age groups.  This combined course for the next level of coaching is a nine hour in-person course focused on the 8-12 year old player. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.  This will be a great clinic for coaches in these age groups to game some great information and to learn new activities to engage your players!

To register to participate in this coaches clinic please email Marc Ronney. The registration deadline is March 7th.   

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 Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope 2017 is off to a great start!

In December, this newsletter gave me the opportunity to provide some general information about the WFC Rangers program.  I spoke about the WFC Rangers Mission Statement and what a typical year of WFC Rangers activities encompasses.

As I briefly mentioned last time, being the Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association’s elite soccer club, WFC Rangers creates its teams through a selection process.  Players presently on a team are constantly being evaluated, and WFC Rangers is slowly moving away from the “tryout model” in the way it selects its teams, but there are always new players to the area, which requires some need for tryouts.

Most of our teams are selected in May of each year.  However, boys high school soccer is played in the spring, and those seasons do not end until May.  Since our club is made up of boys from all the county high schools, it is impossible to arrange tryouts for our WFC Rangers boys high school-age teams when the boys are engrossed in their separate high school seasons.  This is not just a problem in Whatcom County.  It is a problem state-wide, and Washington Youth soccer (the State’s youth soccer governing body) requires that boys high school-age select soccer teams hold try-outs in February.


Dear Mom and Dad,
I wanted to start this letter by saying I love you, and I know you mean well. I appreciate all the time and energy you put into taking me to my games and practices, and I know you sacrifice a lot to do it. I also appreciate when you try to help me get better by pointing out the things I do wrong because I know you know a lot about soccer. But we really need to talk about the ride home after games.

Yesterday’s soccer game was amazing I thought. We had a great first half and scored three goals, and the other team had a great second half and tied it up. When we came back and won 4-3 in overtime, it was awesome. It was one of the most exciting games ever. I have never yelled so loudly when a goal went in.
Did you see my teammates and I after in the big pile on?
Did you see coach throwing around hugs and high fives?
Did you see me smiling and laughing with my friends?

Then I saw dad...

Come Indoors With
Bellingham United FC

Bellingham United FC find themselves in first place in the Western Indoor Soccer League standings with 18 pts with only two game left in the regular season.  The United's next home game will be Friday Feb. 11th as they host the Sporting Everett.  The Hammers playoff run will start on the Saturday February 18th at home and if the United win, the Championship will be held on Saturday, February 25th!

Come out and support your Hammers!