WCYSA Spring 2016 Newsletter 

Fall 2016 Season Registration Opens June 1st!
Mark your Calendars!

Fencing up - looking East from outside offices

The construction of the two artificial turf fields with lighting and scoreboard at Phillips 66 Soccer Park began Tuesday April 19 th!  The two fields installed will be of the newest artificial turf surface from FieldTurf with the Revolution Series turf.  This is the same turf that was just installed at Century Link Stadium this past February.  The project contractor, FieldTurf Northwest, has provided a construction timeline with estimated completion date of June 23 rd .

Below is a picture of the construction area that will be fenced off during the construction phase and providing for  construction staging, which will temporarily take up parking near the northwest corner of the facility. 
  This project has been made possible as Whatcom Sports & Recreation, who has developed and operated the soccer park for the past 30 years, received $2 Million in funding allocated to the soccer park in the 2015-17 Washington State budget combined with a $700,000 donation from Phillips 66 and working with Whatcom County Parks for a 20 year lease extension to Whatcom Sports & Recreation allowing for the construction of the two artificial turf fields, with lights and scoreboard.
Another shot looking NE from the offices
Looking West from the far side of the new fields.
2016 Fall Recreational Season 
Sept. 10th - Oct. 29th! 

Registration begins June 1st at Midnight!
Be sure to register early and before Aug 1st when the fee increases.
Fees:  Register before Aug 1st - $66 |  After Aug 1st - $76
Use our on-line registration system to register your child  with the appropriate recreational soccer cl ub.  If you are unsure what club to register your child with,  please check the list on our website or contact  WCYSA staff.

If you have any questions about registration contact
WCYSA Registrar John Ayre | 
360-676-1919 x 104   johna@whatcomsoccer.com
                                                          WE NEED YOU TO REFEREE!  
Whatcom County Entry Level Referees Clinic

Whatcom County Youth Soccer needs you to referee youth soccer matches.  

For more information about upcoming clinics or opportunities visit 
Whatcom County Soccer Referees Association 

Lance head shot
Lance Calloway, WCYSA Executive Director

Conversations are constantly happening between  the coach  and the player about the demands of  the game , technical adjustments, tactical teaching and more. The majority of conversations do not and should not involve parents. However, when the conversations are about the player's development, the coach's expectations, or stressful situations such as playing time or positional choices - involving a parent in the discussion will make the discussion most effective  (unless the parent is being a Crazy Soccer Parent)

To read the entire article either click the image above or CLICK HERE                                                                               

This was a great message from England's Grassroots Football!  A great perspective to have when we all go out to our child's games on Saturdays.

W ould you treat me like this if I refereed wearing my school uniform instead of a referee uniform??
Grassroots has given me the platform to speak anonymously so please listen to what I have to say. 

To "THAT" coach who questioned every single decision 

I made until I doubted my own decisions. 

To "THAT" dad who told his child "it's pointless son, he's not going to give you anything"

To "THAT" spectator who is always  1 yard on the pitch despite repeatedly being told "Please can you get off the pitch"

To "THAT" parent who won't move so the kids can take a throw in or a corner. 

To "THAT" coach who does nothing when others abuse me.

To "THAT" parent who does nothing when others abuse me. 

To"THAT" spectator who does nothing when others abuse me. 

Please remember that I am learning how to be a referee, 
please remember that I am a school child also but most importantly
please remember without a referee you have no game. Please accept that there will be decisions I get wrong, some of these decisions might even be against you, but don't over analyse these decisions and think it's a huge conspiracy I have against your team or club, 
I don't even know you.
Please don't judge me like a premier league referee who has had years of experience, 2 professional linesman, a fourth official, goal line technology and cameras covering the whole pitch....and still gets decisions wrong!!!!
I love this game and I want your son or daughter to love this game. 
Respect for all Referees everywhere.
Marc Ronney head shot
Upcoming Coaches Training and Meetings
WCYSA Technical Director - Marc Ronney

Spring is in the Air -
The spring recreational season is in full swing and it's great to see everyone out at the fields on Saturdays.  

I want to thank all of our clubs and coaches for the incredible turnout and scheduling of our Hammers FC Academy's trainings.  This season the Hammers hosted more trainings than any year in the past.

The new coaches and coaches clinics held at the Sportsplex were well attended and I'd like to thank everyone who attended for their time and efforts coaching this season  
Speaking of camps & trainings,
Hammers FC Academy has 
announced its dates for its
2016 Summer Camps!

Our camps are designed to teach the fundamental  skills  in soccer while having fun in big camp games  and small group instruction. 
Staff include current and former college players  who have experience in both coaching and  playing at very high levels.

For more information call: (360) 676-1919
Or just click the image to register!


Whatcom FC Rangers 

Are you ready to raise your game to the next level?  If you are
Whatcom FC Rangers Tryouts are around the corner

The Whatcom FC Rangers is Whatcom County's Premier Soccer Club playing in the top leagues in Washington State.  For players with birthdates 2006 and older the Rangers have teams that can meet your competitive challenges.  

The Rangers will select competitive squads formed to play in the WYS Regional Club Leagues (RCL) and the North Puget Sound League. For the 2005/06 birth years the Rangers Development Program (RDP) is the in house development program preparing for the premier level squads at the older age groups.  Tryouts begin May 4 and run through May 17 for the various age groups and programs.  For more information on the tryouts, schedules and registration, please check out the WFC Rangers Tryout Page .

Thank you!
We could not maintain and develop our facilities and programs without our great sponsors.   Thank you all for your support!!
Get your Friends Together and Jump on the Bus!
Join Bellingham United FC players,  families, and friend as they make the trip to Seattle to support the Sounders FC!
$55 includes match ticket and round trip transportation to the game and back on a charter bus!  

All you have to do is relax and have fun

Seattle Sounders  
San Jose Earthquakes
May 7th @ Century Link Field!

Simply click on image to the left to get your tickets on line or contact the Hammers office at 360-676-1919.
Bus departs Bellingham Sportsplex at 4 pm / returns around 11:30 pm. 
Whatcom FC Rangers 
Hubert Busby Jr.; Technical Director 

The  Rangers 2015/16 season is drawing to a close. Once again our players provided us with some great games filled with excitement and quality soccer
Each Spring sees our club host "Rangers Night" This evening of club celebration, is held in order for us to honor the fantastic achievements of our players. Most notably, our senior graduating class. Our U18 boys had an exceptional season, finishing second in the State. However, what we are truly proud of, is that our players are heading off to post-secondary institutions to continue their education and in some cases play soccer at their respective universities.

Next month sees our club host its first Golf Tournament at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club. This fundraiser, is another opportunity for our club to come together. This great day out, truly exemplifies the values our club are trying to promote; Community. It goes without saying that without great volunteers, parents, coaches and a progressive minded board, this event simply is not possible.

Last month the club conducted a "free" skills clinic for 2006 aged born players. This clinic was open to all Rec players within the Whatcom community. To ensure a quality experience, the clinic was limited to only sixty players. The was to ensure the coach-to-player ration was in line with our development philosophy. Our other goal was to bring players from different clubs in the community together in order for them to learn new skills from licensed coaches, while making new friends. We plan on working with the Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association again in the future to host more.

The 2016/17 soccer season will see some new changes to the soccer landscape. We are embracing change, and looking forward to another great season of soccer.

Keep the ball rolling....


Hubert Busby Jr,
Technical Director
Whatcom FC Rangers
Whatcom Sports & Recreation would like to thank 
Wilson Motors &  Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery
for their Signature Sponsorships of NWSP Summer Tournaments!

Wilson Motors Baker Blast
June 24-26
Phillips 66 Rimland Challenge
August 12-14, 2016

Washington Youth Soccer's 
50th Anniversary!

Washington Youth Soccer is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2016! Formed by a few passionate volunteers working out of their garage in 1966, Washington Youth Soccer has grown to one of the largest Soccer State Associations in the US. It has taken a passionate and dedicated TEAM to bring organized soccer to every corner of Washington.

We are honored to celebrate every youth player, coach, referee, family, staff member and volunteer across the state that have been a part of the past 50 years of Washington Youth Soccer.

The WYS Team will be on site Saturday May 7 at the Northwest Soccer Park during our Saturday recreational games to celebrate the 50 years of soccer in Washington!


Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association
2016 Academic Scholarship Applications
Are Being Accepted Now!

Scholarship applications have been sent out to all Whatcom County High Schools.  You can to get the 2016 Scholarship packet as well.  Each year WCYSA awards one senior boy & one senior girl each to help pay their college costs. This year the scholarship has increased to $1500.00 for the recipients.
T his year we also have received a donation of $300 ($150 per award) which will add to each scholarship from the Mike Grimes Soccer Fest.  Each scholarship recipient will receive $1650!

Deadline is May 16th!
If you have questions about the scholarship or need assistance, please contact John Ayre at johna@whacomsoccer.com
Mark Your Calendars
June 3 & 4, 2016
Meridian 3v3
Meridian HS
Details Coming Soon!

Great offers to WCYSA Soccer Community 
from Bellingham United

Plus all fans the purchase a 2016 Season 
ticket will receive free, one of these Limited Edition
2016 Bellingham United Scarves!

Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association | 360-676-1919 | www.whatcomsoccer.com