Monthly Newsletter from your Portage Soccer Club

President's Message
by David Rice

There is an old saying “if you don’t like Michigan weather wait a day”.  That could certainly describe our Michigan winter this year.  Here we are in mid-March and it doesn't even feel like we've had a winter yet.  The spring season is upon us, though.  The spring soccer season begins April 15th and runs through June 4th.  When you return to the PSC fields this spring, you will be entering a construction zone.  Please be careful around the building addition project and supervise your children.  Like any home improvement project, accidents can happen and we certainly don’t want any at the Portage Soccer Complex.
 
The spring season finds 32 PSC teams in action at the select, elite, and premier levels.  That translates into 175 home games just for travel soccer.  Add in the many games that the AYSO Region 74 plays and the complex will be very busy.  Please follow all posted rules...particularly, no pets and remember to lock your vehicle and stow valuables out of sight.
 
Following the league season we have a busy June with the 31st annual Portage Soccer Classic the weekend of June 9-11th.  The Classic is the PSC’s largest fundraiser and every PSC family volunteers to help make that weekend a success.  We look forward to welcoming many out of town teams.
2017 tryouts for ALL teams, levels, players, and ages will be held on
Saturday June 17th at the Portage Soccer Complex.

Please mark your calendars! Information on tryout times and coaches will be
posted at www.portagesoccer.com/tryouts as soon as they are available.
BIG THANKS FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!
We recently received the following letter - Thanks for making a difference PSC!

Last year, we reached out to the Portage Soccer Club for used soccer clothing, shoes, and equipment and you were gracious enough to lend us a hand.  I’m happy to inform you that today, thanks to your kind contributions, we are at a far more developed stage than when we started.   We have moved from being a volunteer group to a formal, not-for-profit agency called Aspiras.  Last year, we were able to help support 8 clubs and over 600 aspiring players in the Dominican Republic.  
In the coming months, our Western Michigan University branch will be organizing another collection.  Just as you did last year, we would be honored to have your support again in collecting used clothing, shoes, and equipment.  If you would put out the word so that members will start setting items aside for this purpose, we'd appreciate it.  Thank you for your help and support in helping to impact and bring smiles to Dominican players.
Sincerely,
Federico Tavarez
President and Founder

Aspiras Foundation

PSC will provide additional information as it is available if you are interested in helping again this year.
 
BEHIND THE SCENES:
SHEILA MEYLE

The PSC is blessed to have committed, diverse, and talented volunteers serving on its Board of Directors, Portage Classic Committee, and at the Portage Soccer Complex.  It’s not unusual for volunteers to continue serving long after their children have grown and moved on.  It is unusual, however, to have volunteers remain when their child stops playing soccer and takes up new activities.  The PSC has several in that situation.  Sheila and Kevin Meyle came to the PSC in 2013 looking for a club where their daughter Kyla could play at a competitive level.  What attracted them to the PSC?  In Sheila's own words “we chose PSC based on the outstanding reputation of its coaches…we made terrific friends and truly felt that the PSC was an extension of our family”.  In September 2013 Sheila joined the Board as a parent representative and served until June 2015.  That’s when Kyla stopped playing soccer.  When that happens, most volunteers move on and understandably so.  But Sheila stayed.  That September she was elected Secretary and in 2016, she joined the Classic Committee as Tournament Treasurer.  She is employed by the W.E. Upjohn Institute as an accountant and human resources specialist.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, photography, and scrapbooking in addition to her children’s activities.  A big PSC thank you goes out to Sheila for the many hours she gives to our club!
 
SOCCER BALL RECAP
The 3rd annual Soccer Ball scholarship fundraiser was held on Saturday, February 18th at Niko’s Landing.  Though attendance was down from the prior year you couldn’t tell from the enthusiasm of the crowd.  Highlights of the evening were the silent and live auctions, dancing, camaraderie, and just plain fun.  What a night it was!
Over $4,000 was raised this year and all the proceeds from the Soccer Ball benefit the PSC scholarship fund.  Over the past two years $9,400 was raised which funded 45 scholarships.  Many of the scholarship recipients would not have been able to afford even the PSC’s incredibly low player fees.  The scholarship fund is a tangible sign of all that the PSC stands for.  
Planning, managing, and delivering an event like the Soccer Ball requires many hours of hard work and talented people.  A special thank you to Amy Areaux, Chairperson, Jen Kitchen, Sheila Meyle, Kim Babcock, Ashley Williams, Toyin Daranijoh, Rick Beam, Mike Hensley, Jay Hoffman, and Tom Mellinger for a job well done.  Planning for the 4th annual Soccer Ball starts soon.  If you have any ideas, comments, or would like to serve please contact Amy at areauxpac@hotmail.com.
Coming August 2017: The BUILD OUT LINE
A new US Soccer Player Development Initiative for 7v7

In 2016, US Soccer announced a new set of Player Development Initiatives designed to grow and improve the game. Through these initiatives, U.S. Soccer aims to develop players with more individual skill, intelligence, creativity, and confidence. These changes also provide a consistent approach across the country.

The first set of structural changes included registering players according to a January 1 to December 31 time frame.  PSC adopted and implemented the birth year registration guidelines in August 2016.  

In August of 2017, more changes will take place in an effort to impact development philosophy and player standards for players 12 and under (4v4, 7v7, and 9v9).  Our news article on www.portagesoccer.com will will discuss the “BUILD OUT LINE” to be incorporated into 7v7 small-sided games for the u9 and u10 age groups. 

 
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
 

Construction of the multi-purpose storage building and covered area began on schedule in mid-November.  The site north of the concession stand was cleared and graded.  Concrete footings, foundation walls, and backfill was then completed.  We intended to pour the concrete slab, but an early winter snow scuttled that plan.
 
Construction will resume in mid to late March and completion is scheduled for the second week of June.  Special thanks to Gordon Groves of Cornerstone Construction Management and Verne Genisio for managing the project.
 
The construction budget is $110,000 and to date $6,500 has been raised.  Please consider a donation or pledge to fund this important project.  The Portage Soccer Club is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for charitable contributions.
ABOUT PORTAGE SOCCER CLUB
The Portage Soccer Club offers an outstanding soccer experience within our Academy, Select, Elite, Premier and MRL programs. The philosophy of the Club is to emphasize player development. We believe that consistent achievement at the highest level possible is a goal that is reached through development and not by coaching to simply win games in the short term.  Additionally, PSC provides excellent coaching and strong competition at one of the best soccer complexes in the region.
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