WCYSA Winter 2016 Newsletter 
WCYSA Spring 2016 Registration Opens 
January 1st 2017!
Mark your calendars for January 1st 2017!  Log in to our website beginning at midnight and register your child early. 
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A message from Lance
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By Lance Calloway, WCYSA Executive Director

If you have been out on the fields for the past few WCYSA seasons you likely have noticed shortages of youth soccer referees.  Historically a large number of our referees who cover the WCYSA youth matches often are youth ages 11-16 years old.  Unfortunately, we have had a significant decline in the number of youth referees signing up to take the referee courses or to sign up to referee matches the past few seasons.

Our local referee association, Whatcom Co. Soccer Referees Association (WCSRA), has the challenge of continually recruiting and training youth soccer referees for over 1000 recreational youth soccer matches each season.  Historically WCSRA has done an outstanding job on organizing a great group of youth referees to cover these matches for our programs.  WCSRA has been a leader in Washington in youth referee development and they still are working hard to develop great referees for our soccer community
There are several reasons that have been sited that have led to the declining numbers of referees for our programs.  A large majority of the issues we, as adults, can work to make it more appealing to these youth referees to make themselves available to officiate our children’s matches. 
A message from Marc
Holiday Classic Indoor Tournament
December 26th - 31st
Register Now!
WCYSA teams U10 and up, get yourselves registered in this incredibly fun Annual Event
Games start December 26th and continue all week.  Each team is guaranteed three -24 minute games (2/12 min. halves) and the format will be round robin. 
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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Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association 
Would like to take a moment and thank all our
sponsors  for their continued support.  
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Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association Families,

Happy Holidays!  I hope you are having a great holiday season!

My name is Brad Swanson.  I am the president of WFC Rangers.

Many of you have been involved in our club Rangers or are looking forward to being involved in our Rangers in the next few years.  For those of you who are not familiar with WFC Rangers, the club is the Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association’s (WCYSA) club authorized to provide elite soccer for WCYSA’s players.  This is consistent with our Mission Statement, which states:

Foster growth of elite soccer players in Whatcom County by providing a holistic approach to player development.

On behalf of the club, I wanted to give our WCYSA families an end of the year summary of the Ranger program.   Tryouts for our teams occurred in May.  We were able to create 34 premier and select teams and 8 RDP teams (4 girls teams and 4 boys teams).
  Fun is Subjective – Why Finding Fun is Important

So many times I hear from the parents of players of all ages  “I just want him/her to have fun.”  What is often forgotten is that what is fun for one child may look very different to another. Just as it does for adults.

What is FUN?
Take for example that super competitive adult friend (we all have one) who finds nothing more exciting and fun than pushing herself as hard as she can. Striving not only to be her best, but to be better than everyone else. She may train at a frequency and intensity to reach that goal that others do not understand, but she loves it. She thrives in an environment where she continually pushes herself and is pushed and challenged by teammates. An environment where performance and ability drive opportunity and playing time.
Now consider the friend who loves to play and the camaraderie that comes from being on a team. She rarely trains on her own but usually makes regularly scheduled pick-up sessions or games. On this team everyone plays and team activities are often followed by social events, coffee or an EPL viewing at the local bar.  Which one is more fun?
8 Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

In 2002, I received a phone call from Patrick, a former high school player I had coached. He had graduated college and was applying to medical school. “Coach,” he said, “I just wanted to let you know that I am studying for my medical school exams, and it is really hard. But every time I want to put down my books, or if I am in the gym working out, I think of you coaching our team. I picture you telling us “Is that the best you can do? Can’t you do one more? Can’t you do it a bit better?’ and I keep going.”

“Really?” I said. “You still remember that?”

“I think of it every day,” he said. “Your words and your coaching really have made a huge impact on me, and many of my teammates. So I just wanted to say thanks.”


Come Indoors With
Bellingham United FC

Bellingham United FC have kicked off their 2016/17 indoor season campaign in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Bellingham United enter this season as the defending champions.  This will be the seventh season for semi professional indoor soccer in Bellingham between the Rapids and now BUFC.  United fans will see a lot of familiar faces on the indoor pitch as a large core of the championship squad returns with Chris Jepson, Richard Henderson, Nick Cashmere, Brendan Quilici, Behr Iberra, Kurtis Pederson, Connor Moe and Riley Liddle.  Quilici will be in his second year serving the squad as a player/coach.  United has added some strength to the squad with WWU defender Brady Ulen joining the squad along with former WCYSA and WWU midfielder Matt Sanchez. 

Come out and support your Hammers!

Congrats to WCYSA's Travis Connell, Claire Morgan, Jamie Arthurs & all the Western Ladies on their
NCAA National Championship!

Also, let us not forget WCYSA & Sehome HS graduate, Emily Webster!
This season Emily earned the NSCAA All-American Second Team honors. Webster, a Sehome graduate, is a former player growing up and playing for Southside Soccer Club and WFC Rangers.  Webster has been a three year starter in the midfield for Western Washington University and scored the
GAME WINNING GOAL this past Saturday night as she helped the team secure the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship!

Congratulations Emily and all the WWU Ladies Soccer team!