Minutes - 2018
Club Meeting -- November 8,
President TJ Turner presented the slate of officers for 2018-2019.
- President: TJ Turner
- Vice President/ SCSL Director: Ginger Croom
- Secretary: Becky Kirk
- Treasurer/CORI: Tom Lacey
- Registrar: Rob Ryan
- Coaching Director: Rich Corner
- Equipment Manager: OPEN
- Fundraising Manager: Cheryl Gregory
- Referee Assignor: Frank Mastriano
- Field Manager: Anna Michel
1. Lauren Warburton volunteered for the Equipment manager position.
2. There were questions about term limits and how long each current member
of the board had served. There was a comment that the Board should better
represent families with children currently in the program.
3. There were also questions about how coaches/parents would know when
vacancies were going to occur and the procedure for showing interest in
a position. Candidates do not have to be present at the Annual meeting
in order to be elected but would need to notify the board of their wish
to be considered ahead of the Annual Meeting.
4. Coaches and parents are invited to all monthly meetings. The dates
for these meetings are posted on the website. Descriptions of the duties
of each officer are also posted there.
5. It was suggested that people interested in positions could “intern”
for a year or some period of time to learn the job. TJ suggested that
potential candidates should reach out to the officer who currently holds
the position in which they are interested.
6. The slate was approved.
TJ explained and answered questions about the proposed ByLaw change saying
that it would tighten up the process for changing bylaws and make the
standard higher but also allow changes to go into effect sooner. Since
the current bylaws allow the board to make this change, no vote was required.
Vice President’s Report:
FSC had 9 teams playing this fall.
4/7 who were eligible for playoffs made playoffs - 2 boys and 2 girls
SCSL team declarations for the Spring 2019 season are due in early December.
The board will be reviewing numbers of registered players as some groups
may need to be combined. Both 2007 and 2008 girls need additional players.
Registrations are ongoing for 2010 (9U), 2009 (10U), and 2008 (11U)
Rob identified the older teams that still need players.
Younger players and high school players (no tryouts) began registering
November 1 at Uniform and Registration night.
In light of lower participation numbers, especially on the girl’s
side, suggestions were made to improve recruiting. 1. Attend Rec games
and talk to rec coaches. 2. Invite players to clinics on a targeted and
limited basis. This might require an additional insurance waiver which
the board will look into. 3. Girls don’t tend to come to clinics
and perhaps the club could run some girl only events to encourage participation.
Coaching Director’s Report
The club is still looking for coaches for the following D2 teams - 2009G,
2008G, 2009B, 2008B and 2005B. The board will contact parents who have
children on these teams to see if any are interested in coaching. Rich
reported that fewer players attended the fall clinics this season. This
could have been because of field and weather problems. Girl’s are
typically underrepresented and Rich will look into holding some girl’s
only sessions. Winter clinic planning is underway.
Sara Turner said that the club is overall in good financial shape; some
money is in a money market CD and increased expenses for player training
will be balanced by an increase in player fees this year. Sara will be
working with Tom Lacey to ensure a smooth transition of the position.
Field Manager’s Report
Coaches expressed that they do not want to line fields. Several ideas
1. Coaches can ask a parent or parents to do it for them. 2. The club
could pay someone. 3. The club could form a Field lining team of parents
who want to volunteer but cannot commit to some of the more time consuming
jobs. They would be assigned fields/dates on a rotating basis much like
coaches are now.
Equipment Manager’s Report
Uniform and registration night was held Thursday November 1. Falmouth
Sports Exchange was on hand for fittings and help with ordering.
Referee Assignor/ Tryout Coordinator’s
The Club received $500 from the Falmouth Road Race for volunteering.
The board is discussing the possibility of moving our tryouts from June
to the fall and requested ideas and comments from the group.
Frank Mastriano gave a comprehensive overview of the goals and the process
of FSC tryouts, which has evolved over time based on feedback from parents
and coaches, and ongoing efforts to make it as fair as possible. There
are now a number of ways that players are evaluated including tryouts,
coach rankings, and observation during spring game situations by coaches,
board members and referees. Creating successful teams (D1 teams that qualify
for MTOC and D2 teams that make play-offs) is the primary goal. As a club
we are affiliated with USSF (national), MYS (state) and SCSL (league)
meaning that certain expectations must be met. 1. Spring is the main season.
2. The seasonal year runs from September 1 - August 31. (Fall-spring)
and 3. Insurance coincides with the season.
There are several options under consideration:
A. Status quo - leave tryouts in June.
Consider 1. Moving some or all indoors to avoid weather issues of 2018
tryouts 2. Holding 1 day of tryouts on a weekday to avoid conflicts with
and family vacations. 3. Continuing fall season for MTOC eligible teams
and perhaps add D2 teams at those age groups. Younger groups would play
rec. Clinics would be offered.
B. Move the tryouts to fall and drop the fall season. Focus on the spring
season. Younger players would be encouraged to play rec. Clinics would
be offered. Coaches could take their teams to indoor or tournament play.
C. Move the tryouts to fall and keep fall season.
Problems would be 1. Team size and insurance would not carry over from
spring to the following fall. 2. We do not currently have the resources
to create and register teams twice each soccer year. 3. Spring games are
important to the evaluation process. 4. Children really like to play games
but that may not be the best way to develop players for their spring season.
An informal show of hands indicated that those present favored keeping
and perhaps expanding the fall season for 11U-14U aged teams. Many teams
in SCSL have fall tryouts and play the fall season. Understanding their
tryout and registration processes might yield solutions and the board
will seek more information.
The Soccer Club will participate in the Falmouth
Christmas parade Sunday December 9th.
Becky Kirk, Secretary
Club Meeting -- October 11,
• Annual meeting will hopefully be November 15th. This date is not
• Changes to tryouts - considering moving to fall.
1. Closer to main season (spring)
2. Might attract players who only want to commit to spring season
3. Avoid conflicts with spring sports and other activities (suggestion
1. Would require a second round of registration to field fall teams. (Official
Soccer year is
Fall to spring)
2. Players may change team size after spring - potentially a second set
• Changes to fall season - ideas, comments and suggestions for discussion
1. No fall FSC teams. Younger players can play rec. Older players can
clinics, tournaments, short sided leagues, Lawrence School team.
2. Younger players play rec. 11u and 12u teams division 1 and 2 play SCSL
These teams could be based on spring tryouts or through some sign-up process
if tryouts are moved to fall. (This would still require a second registration
3. Players prefer games to clinics and practices, although games may not
be the best
way to develop players.
4. Several expressed the importance of providing opportunities for fall
play that are more
challenging than rec or school games.
5. The club would benefit from a stronger rec program and at least younger
should be encouraged to play. FSC coaches and players could support the
• Changes to team format - fielding double age teams (10u, 12u,
14u, 16u )
1. To create more competitive teams
2. Double age, birth year teams would encompass three grade levels ( with
from 2 different schools ) and might be hard on youngest group
• A sports pilot message will go out announcing
the annual meeting and outlining these
• Flyers will go out this week for spring registration
• Players are asked to wear their uniform jerseys to school to promote
Vice President Report
• Fall playoffs weekend of November 3rd.
• League has been discussing blowouts. When teams are up 5-0, coaches
supposed to take measures to limit scoring. The league will probably deal
blowouts more strongly in the spring.
Coaching Director Report
• Weekly clinics for non-D1 players
• GPS working with coaches every week
• D2 Coaching Slate: still needed - 2009G, 2008G, 2009B, 2008B,
Field Manager Report
Coaches are asked to stay on top of their field lining obligations.
Equipment Manager Report
Uniform and registration night 11/1 at the Rec Center for 2008-10, 2007G
Referee Assignor Report
Received $500 from Falmouth Road Race for volunteering.
• Parents may not be aware of the process for getting teams registered
with the league
and the lead time required for team formation and registration. Rob Ryan
explain the process and timeline at the annual meeting.
• Player registration is a consistent problem. FSC cannot declare
teams unless players are
actually registered. The idea of asking parents to register their child
at tryouts was raised.
• Teams can be reimbursed for travel to MV and Nantucket. Ideally
the club would write a
check after the trip when the actual number traveling is known (the actual
cost). There are
directions for arranging island travel in the coaching handbook.
Club Meeting -- September 13,
President - T.J. Turner
VP/SCSL - Ginger Croom
Secretary - Becky Kirk
Treasurer/CORI - Tom Lacey
Registrar - Rob Ryan
Coaching Dir - Rich Corner
Fundraising Mgr - Cheryl Gregory
Referee Assignor - Frank Mastriano
The slate was proposed but not put up for vote
due to lack of required quorum. The club is looking for an Equipment Manager.
Coaches were notified that the board is working on Bylaw updates, specifically
relating to changing from Grades to u’s to designate age groups,
change and clarify the mechanism for changing and updating bylaws, and
the relationship between the Field Mgr and Vice President and their functions
as members of the board.
Vice-President/Field Manager Report
- Coaches who purchase Team Snap for use in the
fall will be reimbursed by the club.
- The Rec program will start Saturday 9/15 so
there will be less Trotting Park practice time available for FSC. Morse
Pond and 151 fields will be used. 7v7 games will sometimes be played
at 151 also.
- Field lining schedule.
- Field flexibility – The club is working
closely with Rec and DPW. All issues and concerns of FSC coaches should
go through the club (VP and/or field manager) and not directly to Rec
- Fall play-offs will be in early Nov, probably
the weekend of November 3 (details to follow).
- The league will be cracking down on blowouts
where one team beats another by more than 5 goals.
- CORI credentials will be required at all games
in the spring.
D2 players need to register to participate in
the Friday clinics and to finalize spring teams.
Coaching Director Report
- New weekly clinics for non-D1 players start
9/14. These are specifically intended for registered FSC players who
are not playing in the fall, but are open to all FSC players. The clinics
will be divided into three time slots 4:30 - 3rd and 4th grade, 5:30
- 5th and 6th grade, 6:30 - 7th and 8th grade.
- GPS will be working with coaches and individual
teams every week.
- D2 coaching slate: need 2009G, 2008G, 2007G,
2009B, 2008B, 2005B
Equipment Manager Report
- Coaches should have 2 game balls for each home
- Uniform issues go to Kelly Crocker at Falmouth
- Uniform and Registration Night in November
(maybe 11/01) for 2010 players and 2006+.
Parents attended the meeting to express a number
- Players who are interested in playing in the
fall but not the spring.
- Unavailability of fall teams for players who
tried out and registered.
- The need for more fields to allow FSC to grow
and include more children.
- The tryout process, specifically having all
tryouts on one weekend at a busy time of year and more flexibility in
moving players between teams for maximum participation.
Potential ideas and solutions:
- Look into using fields at Otis
- Have FSC better support rec soccer to make
it more appealing to D2 and other players not on fall teams.
- Put more pressure on the Selectmen to prioritize
the creation of recreational fields in Falmouth.
- Board continues to reevaluate the tryout process
- timing and format.
10/11 Club meeting
11/1 Uniform and Registration Night (tentative)
Club Meeting -- August 16,
Coaches whose CORI will expire before the end of
the 2018-19 season will be notified directly by MA Youth Soccer. If you
do not receive an email from MYS, your CORI is up to date for the coming
A Kid Safe program (online training) will be coming soon and like the
concussion training will be required for coaching once it is available.
TJ urged coaches to assign team communication to a parent or assistant
Coaches present voted to allow TJ to send emails without using BCC. Coaches
will now have access to each other's email addresses.
Younger FSC players should be strongly encouraged to play Rec soccer in
addition to travel soccer. They will get additional practice and playing
Vice President’s Report
Because of the transition to birth year age groups,
all Falmouth teams have been registered D2 for the fall. SCSL will require
all teams to be based on birth year for the spring season but not necessarily
The SCSL fall schedule will be released 8/20.
Ginger took requests for fall practice days and time. 7 & 8 graders
(2005) can practice at Trotting Park. Younger teams will use Morse Pond
or 151. 7v7 teams might also play games at 151. All other games will be
at Trotting Park.
Fields will need to be lined in the next couple of weeks. Paying someone
to mark them off was discussed and options will be investigated.
In order to have all players eligible for play by the first game (9/08),
Rob Ryan will need to have all missing documents (pictures and birth certificates)
in the next week.
Equipment Manager’s Report
Coaches are urged to address uniform issues now,
especially for younger teams. Kelly Crocker has a 2-week turnaround time
for uniform jerseys. Requiring players to wear their full uniform to an
early practice can help players make sure they have all parts that still
Coaches who need equipment should contact Tom Lacey.
Coaching Director’s Report
D2 clinics will begin in September. Players MUST
be registered to participate.
Coaches do not need to keep attendance for the fall season.
GPS trainers will be working with coaches and teams during the fall season.
Each team needs an assistant coach. Once identified, these assistants
must be registered and CORI’d if they are not already.
Referee Assignor’s Report
KICK CANCER COOKOUT - Saturday 8/18. Informal games, food and fun. Donations
benefit Dana Farber.
Ginger reported that FSC could purchase the Team Snap App for the 9 fall
teams (for 1 year) for less than $500. Coaches who have purchased this
app for themselves found it easy and effective to use. The club can get
a group discount which is preferable to reimbursing coaches who buy it
individually. There was discussion of using a similar system provided
by Got Soccer which is not available in the fall but will hopefully be
available in the spring. Its advantage is that FSC team information will
already be entered into Got Soccer and it could also be used to report
scores. There was some concern about whether teams would want to switch
systems between fall and spring seasons. The Board will confirm details
before making a final decision.
Next Coaches Meeting 9/13/2018
Club Meeting -- June 14,
The meeting was called to order at 7 pm.
From Tom Lacey, Equipment Manager - Coaches who
do not plan to coach next year are asked to bring balls and equipment
to tryouts to be turned in.
Playoffs - The Grade 7 girls team will participate
in playoffs at Mariner Saturday June 16. Grade 9 boys and Grade 12 girls
also made playoffs but lost in the first round.
President TJ Turner asked for general feedback
about the season.
- Morse Pond may not be suitable for practices
because of its condition.
- Coaches requested more consistent mowing of
the Trotting Park fields. The DPW is stretched thin because of winter
storms and shortage of personnel and equipment. The Recreation Committee
will be making a proposal to the selectmen and FSC will try to support
this effort. Letters to the editor in the Enterprise and discussions
with Town Committee members regarding resources for field maintenance
- Kudos to Anna Michel (field manager) for a
job well done in her first year
- Regular goalie clinics were missed. Sessions
offered by GPS were helpful especially after they were divided into
2 age groups. Coaches requested continued, consistent support for development
of goalie skills.
- A request was made that the club cover the
cost of ferry travel for teams going to Nantucket. The board will discuss.
- Some coaches have been using Team Snap to communicate
with players and families. FSC is planning to transition from Sports
Pilot to Got Soccer for next year. Got Soccer will provide a similar
app for coaches.
- SCSL will be considering a Build Out line for
goal kicks for 7v7 teams. Coaches and Board members at the meeting were
in favor of this rule change.
- On June 4th SCSL voted to change from Grade
to birth years as the basis for team formation.
- Players born in 2004 will not be playing in
the fall. Players born in 2009 will try out. Flyers will go out to elementary
schools and Morse Pond early this week and an extra Sports Pilot message
will be sent to 2004 and 2009 players because of the change in format.
- It is FSC policy that all players try out at
their actual age groups.
- 2 year age groups are allowed but Falmouth has
no plans to go to that.
- Coaches should get the evaluations of their
teams to Frank as soon as possible. This is an important part of placing
players on the appropriate team.
- Coaches should sign up to help at tryouts and
choose a group to evaluate that is different from the group you have/
plan to coach i.e. same age, different gender.
- The idea of signing up ahead of time for tryouts
was discussed but it was decided that it would not be helpful at this
- A SportsPilot message to all current players
will give tryout information again and have as attachments all required
documents (MYSA, Code of Conduct, Player Commitment)
Becky Kirk, Secretary
Club Meeting -- May 10,
President’s Report -
The Joe Kirk Tournament netted $1099 this year. TJ has leftover tournament
t-shirts. Please contact him if any of your players did not get one. The
board is still looking for recipient candidates for this year.
Vice President’s Report -
• The season ends Sunday 6/03. ALL GAMES, INCLUDING MAKE-UP GAMES
MUST BE COMPLETED AND REPORTED BY THE EVENING OF JUNE 3rd.
• League policy on numbers of teams that
make the playoffs:
4-5 teams, 2 teams make playoffs
6-7 teams, 3 teams make playoffs
8-10 teams, 4 teams make playoffs
11-15 teams, 6 teams make playoffs
16+ teams, 8 teams make playoffs
• 6/04-15 Preliminary round of playoffs
6/16-17 SCSL semi-finals and finals
Field Manager’s Report -
Please contact Anna when you have completed your field lining responsibility
so she doesn’t have to go check the fields multiple times each week.
There are many Friday night make-up games scheduled so please try to line
before 5 Friday evening.
Treasurer’s Report -
The treasurer is still collecting payments. If you receive a check from
one of your players, notify TJ. He and Sara have been communicating with
the small number of families who still need to pay.
Coaching Director’s Report -
• Rich continues to request feedback about Friday night clinics
and individual team coaching sessions.
• Rob will add grades 2-4 to the Sports Pilot emails regarding the
Friday night clinics. If needed, the group could be divided in to 2 age
• Rich will arrange goalie training requested by coaches.
Tryout Coordinator’s Report -
• FSC tryouts 6/23-24. There are no scheduled make-ups. Please start
reminding parents now to insure maximum participation. Flyers will be
going home from the public schools. Notice of the tryouts will also be
in the Enterprise.
• In-game evaluations are on-going. Coaches will be asked to observe
a game to help identify “bubble” players on both D1 and D2
• FSC coaches will do the evaluations at tryouts but not for their
own teams’s age/gender group.
• Coaches will be asked to submit a written evaluation of their
own players which is very important in fairly and accurately placing players
for next year.
Club Meeting -- February 8,
This spring, FSC will be using all fields at Trotting
Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Morse Pond is also available Monday
- Friday and there is an additional practice field at Teaticket School
for 7v7 teams. Time slots are 4:30-6 and 6-7:30. Coaches present at the
meeting signed up for outdoor spring practice times.
The club is still looking for a Field Manager to help with field lining
Joe Kirk Season Kick-off Tournament Saturday March
3 at the Rec Center. Age group time slots will be posted on the website
soon. Younger age teams will play early. Volunteers are still needed.
Some teams will have games Easter weekend (3/31-4/01)
although the season officially begins the first weekend in April (4/07).
Teams may also have games on one or both of the school vacation weekends.
The league schedule will be posted on GotSoccer in the next couple of
weeks. Ginger will send coach login information.
All players will need the new style jersey. Please
check with players to make sure they have ordered one.
Field lining - 3/10 and/or 3/17. Every team must
send a representative.
The next FSC coaches meeting will be April 12
Club-sponsored Friday free clinic 2/16 at TJO
Club Meeting -- January 11,
The following slate of officers was approved:
President - TJ Turner
Vice President - Ginger Croom
Secretary - Becky Kirk
Treasurer - Sara Turner
Registrar - Rob Ryan
Coaching Director - Rich Corner
Equipment Manager - Tom Lacey
Fundraising Manager - Cheryl Gregory
Referee Assignor - Frank Mastriano
From the VP/ Field Manager:
Teams from Grades 5 and up are beginning indoor practices at Falmouth
Academy and Morse Pond. There are still time slots open for those two
schools. Anyone interested in reserving a practice time should contact
Ginger. Morse Pond is free. The cost at FA is $60/hour for the full gym.
Coaches are responsible for collecting money from their players and turning
it in to the board in March.
Midweek practice times may open up at other schools
after basketball ends mid-February. The spring practice schedule will
be very tight this year because 2/3 of Trotting Park will be closed for
repair. There was discussion of possible alternatives such as the 151
field, Falmouth Heights and Morse Pond. Other non-town owned fields may
be explored as well.
The 2018 season will officially begin 4/07/2018
but some teams may have games scheduled the previous weekend (3/31-4/01/2018)
which is Easter Weekend. THE LEAGUE WILL HAVE GAMES BOTH WEEKENDS OF THE
APRIL VACATION, but not all teams will be scheduled to play on both. Ginger
will work with coaches once the official schedule is published.
Season ends - 6/03/18
SCSL playoffs - 6/16-17
MTOC - 6/22-24
From the Coaching Director:
The club is still looking for a coach for the Grade 2 boys. Beginning
this Friday January 19th, a free clinic will be offered at TJO Sports
for all FSC players. A flyer has been sent via Sports Pilot. 5:00-6:00
Grades 2-4. 6:00-7:00 Grades 5&6, 7:00-8:00 Grades 7&8. GPS will
be working with individual coaches and teams again this spring. Head coaches
need to find an assistant coach if they do not already have one. Assistants
should contact Rob Ryan to get registered as quickly as possible. Rich
will look into finding some goalie training.
From the Equipment Manager:
All players must order the new style jersey for spring. Coaches should
reach out to their players to make sure they have done so. The Equipment
order form will go out soon. Equipment will be handed out in March.
From the Fundraising
The 10th annual Joe Kirk Tournament will be held Saturday March 3rd at
the Rec Center. Cheryl will be looking for parents to provide baked goods
for the event. Donations of Raffle items are also needed. Ideally coaches
will be able to bring their teams to the tournament but all players should
be encouraged to attend even if the coach is not available.
2/8 Next meeting at the Rec Center
3/3 The Joe Kirk Tournament
3/10, 3/17?? (Weather dependent ). Field Lining
6/22-24 FSC Tryouts for the 2018-19 season