Oregon Youth Soccer September 2015

Oregon Youth Soccer 2015 Resource Guide

The links and information you need to make the 2015-16 season a success!


WELCOME TO THE START OF THE NEW SOCCER SEASON!

For everyone involved in youth soccer, there is no more exciting month of the year than September. Families are returning from their summer vacations and heading back to school, and soccer fields across the state are filled with young, eager players excitedly catching up with teammates and coaches, showing off the new skills they’ve learned over the summer, and preparing for the season ahead.

It’s a time when we can truly appreciate the reasons our children love the game of soccer -- fun, family, fitness, and friendship. Almost every child starts playing soccer for one of these four reasons — as parents, coaches, referees and administrators, let’s keep that in mind in everything we do this season, and create a safe, fair, and most important – FUN! – atmosphere in which our players can grow and learn.

If you're new to the youth soccer scene, you might be asking, "Who is Oregon Youth Soccer?" With over xx,000 players, Oregon Youth Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in Oregon, and is the state's affiliate for US Youth Soccer, which is the largest sports organization in the United States and part of a direct developmental pathway to U.S. Soccer and regional and national team programs.

If you are receiving the quarterly Goal Lines newsletter, you are registered as a member of an Oregon Youth Soccer Club or Association — either as a parent, coach, administrator, referee or volunteer. Welcome!

Regardless of your role within our game, there is always room for improvement. To help you navigate through the 2015-16 season, Oregon Youth Soccer offers numerous resources, both through its website, OregonYouthSoccer.org, or its social media pages (Oregon Youth Soccer Association on Facebook, @ORYouthSoccer on Twitter) and elsewhere.

Whether a first-time coach or parent, or an experienced soccer veteran, you’re certain to find something in the resources listed below that will prove useful to you in the year ahead. It is Oregon Youth Soccer’s mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Oregon's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. Working together, we can use the season ahead a success, and foster a lifelong love of the game in our young players.

FOR PARENTS

Looking for Oregon Youth Soccer programs in your area? Oregon Youth Soccer's Online Club Directory features a sortable database of clubs statewide — sort clubs by zip code, then browse the Oregon Youth Soccer Association on Facebook websites of clubs near you to find the club that is the best match for your child's specific soccer goals.

Oregon Youth Soccer also offers numerous special offers exclusively to its members — from discounted tickets to Timbers FC and Portland Thorns games, to special savings at local retailers, Oregon Youth Soccer members have dozens of opportunities each year to save big! Like the social media pages above and check Goal Lines quarterly to stay in touch with the latest deals!

FOR COACHES

The Coaches tab at OregonYouthSoccer.org includes an abundance of valuable resources for coaches of all ages and skill levels — schedules and descriptions of upcoming coaching courses, plus articles and resources on age-, gender- and position-specific development and more.

And, for the first-time parent-coach, the "Coaching Resources" page provides detailed curriculum for boys' and girls' teams from U6 all the way up to U12, created by the coaching staffs of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns. These sessions, which include 10 weeks' worth of lessons, are a treasure trove of information for new coaches, as well as experienced coaches looking to improve their team's skills in the year ahead.

Oregon Youth Soccer also provides numerous resources for club and association administrators (including links to important forms for medical insurance, risk management and more) plus an FAQ with further information about background checks, registration and more.

Check out the links above and bookmark OregonYouthSoccer.org for updates to the resources and online calendars. Then, follow Oregon Youth Soccer on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to the latest news, special offers and more.

And most importantly — have fun!