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MVLA Soccer Club Monthly Report For the month ended March 2011 Message from Chairman: Managers and Coaches, We have hired our Director of Coaching - Albertin Montoya. This is a key change and a pivotal role in how we plan to shape MVLA going forward. Albertin will lead monthly coaches meetings and is putting together programs like 5X5 on weekends to help all players build confidence and skills. As mentioned last month, the monthly Club meetings have a changed format. Below are the monthly reports, which are now going to be published for easier consumption. The new meeting format will separate the Board and Committee meetings from the Coaches forum that is now being conducted by the Director of Coaching – Albertin Montoya. NOTE: all Board Meeting dates will be listed on the website. They are the 1st Wednesday of every month. Board and Committee meetings can be attended by members seeking to participate or observe. This change will enable the participants to gain and contribute more value for themselves and others. We encourage your parents to actively participate in the development and future of the Club. Please remind parents to demonstrate good sportsmanship. Recently we have had two complaints in the past two weeks about parents making comments to players on other teams. This is not appropriate and it reflects very poorly on our club. If you see inappropriate behavior, please take the time to privately request it to stop. Let’s keep the game focused on the players versus making it about the parents. Make it a great soccer day. Pete Pazmany Chairman MVLA Soccer Club Updates from the Secretary: March minutes were presented and approved by the Board Updates from the Vice President: Worked with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to understand their program and partnership Discussed potential PCA partnership with Albertin to understand whether it fits his coaching philosophy I have a proposal put together for BOD approval and will present to BOD by tomorrow via email Worked in back up role with Ryan and Kim to work on a partnership proposal with the San Jose Earthquakes Updates from the Registrar: MVLA Player count currently stands at 608 -- 356 girls and 252 boys. We are still waiting for registration paperwork and club fees from our younger teams -- U8 and U9 girls, U8 - U10 boys -- so our numbers are low. Rosters have been imported to CCSL database from LeagueOne. The plan is to import from LeagueOne periodically so team managers do not need to manage rosters in CCSL. Roster changes for CCSL accepted until May 13. US Club player passes are taking longer to process. Please submit your player add requests at least one week in advance Updates from the Referee coordinator: Teams must check Arbiter to make sure their game is at the proper time and place. arbiter ID = MVLACoach@mvla.x password = password If an AR fails to show up for a game, please have a parent be the AR If a CR fails to show up for a game, an AR should step in If not refs show up for a game, call my cell phone, 415-265-6062 Updates from the Field coordinator: Still smoothing out some issues with fields for spring: Gardner Bullis - working with LLAL to ensure we can s hare the field and Crittenden: Issue with lost key need to secure another one from City of MV - Must change all combos this season to avoid some of the issues we have been having at several fields...will work with Field team to get this done. Practice slots - Completing practice slots for April and May Game Scheduling- Still some issues with game scheduling due to the state and association cup overlaps due to so many rainouts. D2 - provided the number of fields we can use for D2 cup to Rodney- need to confirm we will be hosting Jamboree - secured Los Altos HS grass, baseball and turf for Jamboree on May 28th - Rodney we need to start advertising Field Research - Have begun looking at adopting our Rest, Rotate and Respect Field policy by looking into how the best way to treat fields: There is some great info about how to ensure you keep your grass at its best.. I am hoping that Richard Lebakos, a landscape architect, MVLA parent of two in the program and has passion to work with fields, will take this role about working with city maintenance to ensure we are doing the best to get the best quality fields.. A study was done a while back and it states playing on grass for over 5 hours a day will wear it out no matter what you do ...It also shows that if you have over 100 practice slots a season, you will run the grass down... Therefore, there is definitely some credibility and evidence that us resting our fields is the right thing we do ... One field alone if we run it all week will yield 80 practices slots in just one month and we need these fields to last 4-5 months before really resting them... Academy: Running smoothly - we have sessions on Wednesday -10-15 kids, Thursday 15 kids and Friday -15 kids... with still more inquiries... Updates from the Marketing coordinator: Website update: Website is progressing - we should be in a position to share the proposed front page by the end of this week. We need to have a copy editor read all these and proof them... I have a person who is MVLA and will be giving this to her. We need to finalize the left navigation bar items and Nancy can start creating those. Content completed: 85% Coaches Bios MVLA Philosophy Parents Corner MVLA Academy History Why MVLA (several sub items under this) Development Clinics and Camps Field stuff - will be transported over MVLA Logo secured on Earthquakes Partner Banner MVLA / Earthquakes meeting next week to discuss marketing / partnering options. MVLA Academy has offered an auction item - 3 hours with Coach Ken - for Montclaire School auction. MVLA has offered a signed Earthquakes shirt for Montclaire School Auction. MVLA has placed a half page ad in Montclaire School auction catalog. Albertin press release produced, to be placed on MVLASC.org and to be sent to Town Crier Assuming the Montclaire trial goes well, I will build a process to allow MVLA to easily participate in other area school events - pre built ads, game ideas, banners, etc. Updates from the Director of Coaching: Started the 5v5 boys and girls program at LAHS. (Great feedback so far) Dave De Hart has joined MVLA as a coach Hank Leung flew in from Michigan and committed to coaching in MVLA if I can place him with three teams in the fall. Starting the Adidas program on April 30th please visit http://juniortrainingprogram.com/ for more information Working on integrating PCA into MVLA with Karl Motey Will travel to Nike headquarters on April 19th for the unveiling of U.S. Soccer Player Development Curriculum. The main focus of the summit is to present U.S. Soccer’s new Zone 1 Player Development Curriculum to a wide cross-section of youth coaches across the country. Updates from the Treasurer: none Updates from the League coordinator: none No CCSL/NorCal update, except maybe registration looming for Fall.
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