Summer 2015 Clinic Offerings

Our first offering, the LUSC “Kick-Off the Summer Clinic”, will begin in late June, with the LUSC July Clinic, and our annual August Pre-season Clinic to follow. Both the Kick-off the Summer Clinic and August Pre-Season Clinic will be run as gender specific clinics. We are in the process of arranging guest appearances from the Boston Breakers for our Kick-off the Summer Clinic. More details to come as they get finalized.

LUSC Clinics are:

  • Professionally staffed
  • Age appropriate
  • Fun
  • Open to players of all abilities

LUSC Clinics Focus on:

  • Ball Mastery
  • Individual Footwork
  • 1 st Touch Training
  • Decision Making

It is our intention to provide Lexington children with high-level clinics that have an outstanding staff at an affordable cost. The clinics will promote soccer in a fun atmosphere that emphasizes learning the game in a manner appropriate to each player’s needs.

LUSC Kick-Off The Summer Clinic:

Grades: 1st through 8 th
Date: Monday June 29 th through Thursday July 2 nd
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $120 per child

LUSC July Clinic:

Grades: 1 st through 8 th
Date: Monday July 13 th through Thursday July 16 th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $165 per child

LUSC Preseason Soccer Clinic:

Grades: 1st through 8 th
Date: Monday August 24 th through Thursday August 27 th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $120 per child

Camp Director: Brendan Donahue- LUSC Director of Coaching- On January 1 st , 2006 Brendan became the first full-time Director of Coaching for Lexington United Soccer Club. Prior to Lexington, Brendan, a graduate of Middlebury College, spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the DI and III levels. Coach Donahue’s previous youth experiences include, serving as The Boston Blast Technical Director, Head coaching in the MA Olympic Development Program and working as a MASS Youth Instructional Staff Coach and Coaching Course Instructor. Coach Donahue has had articles published nationally in the NSCAA Journal, US Youth Soccer’s Coaches Connection and his piece on “Maximizing Your Warm-up” was presented at the USYSA National Convention.

Coach Donahue’s Licensure:

  • US Soccer Federation, USSF “A” License
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America, NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • US Youth Soccer, National Youth License
  • Coerver Youth Diploma

Camp Coordinator: Tom Heimreid- LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching- Coach Heimreid became the LUSC Asssistant DOC on January 1 st 2013. Tommy holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Coach Heimreid previously held the positions of Director of Elite Futures Soccer Academy for Princeton Soccer Association (NJ) and Camp Director for Advanced Total Soccer Coaching, Bound Brook NJ. Tommy was a three time captain and four year starter at Northeastern University where he earned both All America East and All Rookie team honors.

I’m confident that the staff we will have committed will provide one of the best clinic options you’ll find anywhere for a one week soccer clinic.

Staff that has previously worked LUSC Clinics:

Renato Capobianco- Regis College Men’s Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, LPDA U17 Coach, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license.

John Frederick- New England Revolution Academy U16 Coach

Fred King- Rutgers University, Former MYSA Staff Development Coach

Lynn Gugliozza- MYSA Staff Development/Goalie Coach Academy Staff

Lauren Lukis- Head Women’s Coach Bentley College, LUSC Pro Coach

Laura Ray- GU16 LPDA Coach, Rivier University Head Coach, Former MYSA Instructional Staff

Andre Pelletier- Former Colorado Rapids Youth Coach, LUSC Skills Academy Staff

Christian Figueroa- UMASS-Lowell Head Coach, STARS FC, NSCAA All-Northeast Region (2004, 2005, 2006), 2003 NE-10 Freshman of the Year

Rob Holiday- Director of Coaching Wilmington Youth Soccer

Mike Caine- Strikers United Staff Coach, Former Stoke City Youth Academy Player, FA “C” license

Jaime Gilbert- National Champion at University of North Carolina and STARS FC, Head Coach at The Brooks School, North Andover and Stars FC

Chris Ethier- NSCAA High School All American and All New England Player at Beverly HS. Former Region 1 Team Member. Chris was named one of the top 100 freshmen in the country in 2006. Former LPDA BU12 Coach.

Ted Priestly- Former Holy Cross College Men’s Coach

We anticipate having a similar level of staff for the upcoming year. We will keep the clinician to coach ratio no more than 12 to 1.

LUSC Player Mentor Program – Mentors and Coaches apply by March 20th

Lexington United Soccer Club proudly announces the second season of the LUSC Player Mentor Program in which high school-age soccer players will have the opportunity to assist the coaching staff of an established LUSC team (U9 to U14) and serve as a mentor to young and developing soccer players in Lexington.

This program benefits Lexington soccer in many ways. Mentors benefit by having a chance to give back to the soccer community by serving in a leadership role that instills responsibility and commitment. Players benefit by seeing the technical and tactical level of older kids, by being motivated to continue their soccer careers, and by having more fun in practice. Coaches benefit by having technically qualified players demonstrate proper technique, and having an extra player to even up numbers and raise the level of the game. Finally, LUSC itself benefits by deepening the connections within the Lexington soccer community, and planting the seeds for future volunteer coaches.

Mentors will be asked to commit to one team practice per week and are encouraged to attend home games. Mentors will assist coaches, but not replace them. They will behave in a mature manner and serve as positive role models for their team sharing their soccer skill as well as love for the game.

Mentors may receive community service for their activity and are highly encouraged to take the MYSA “G” coaching course. Cost of the course will be covered by LUSC and participants will receive “G” certification allowing them to take later coaching courses. The course will be taught by Brendan Donahue on Sunday, March 22nd from 12:00 -4:00 at Diamond Middle School. The course description can be found at the following link: http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/g_license_course.aspx

Please contact Mary Trometer at register@lexingtonunited.org to register for the “G” course.

How to apply – Players (high school aged)

LUSC Player Mentor positions will be offered to boys and girls. Please complete the LUSC Player Mentor Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link below in their browser. Once complete, click Submit. All responses are confidential.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R870ph70bTLYg8yXdAGtVzb0wYw5pqROED_oVAQQde0/edit?usp=drive_web  

How to apply – Coaches (U9 to U14)

Coaches interested in requesting a Player Mentor for their team should complete the Coach’s Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link below in their browser. Once complete, click Submit. All responses are confidential

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13Jln9j_9UN1bmmKw0ss1dMYhlqSDQ1p92gbExESnzo8/edit?usp=drive_web

More information

The full policies and guideline for the program are provided here. http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players/

The full description of the MYSA coaches’ course is on the LUSC website here: http://lexingtonunited.org/mysa-g-and-f-coaching-course-offerings-for-lusc-coaches/

Ultimate pairings of coaches and mentors will depend on schedules, availability and the number of interested coaches and player-mentors.

We ask that you complete your applications by March 20th.

We hope you consider joining this exciting opportunity to mentor soccer youth, contribute to your community, learn the joys of coaching and grow as a citizen of soccer.

Coaches Meeting Monday March 23rd, Model Coaching Session April 4th, MYSA “G & F” Course Reminder

It’s amazing that another season is around the corner, but that’s the reality. First and foremost, thank you for volunteering to coach a team this Spring. The service that you, and the other coaches, provide LUSC with is so important for the success of our program. I wanted to make you aware of the upcoming LUSC Coaches Meeting, announce the Model Coaching Clinics Schedule, and offer a final reminder on the MYSA Coaching Courses we will be offering next weekend. I’d encourage all coaches to try to attend the Coaches Meeting if at all possible.

Field conditions permitting, limited space will be available on Lincoln fields for practices starting March 30. Games are scheduled to kickoff April 11. Pro practices will begin on 4/6.

Coaches Meeting Details:

Where: Hancock Church
When: Monday, March 23rd
6:00 to 7:00pm- In-town K through 2nd grade.
7:00 to 7:30pm- Social
7:30 to 8:30pm- All Travel & U9-10 In-town Coaches Meeting
*At the event we will be serving drinks (free soda/water) and appetizers.

The meeting will include a power point on how to be a great volunteer coach, provide recent updates made to the Coaches Website in an effort to make it more user friendly, announce *new* LUSC Heading Guidelines, and spring field availability. The meeting will also include discussion surrounding referee issues and programs the club is offering as well as general coaching philosophies of the club.

Note: Please let your Division Directory know as soon as possible of any equipment needs you have, so that the equipment can be delivered to the meeting.

Coaching Clinic Schedule held at Lincoln Field:

These clinics are free for all LUSC Coaches and don’t require any pre-registration. The clinics will be geared toward coaching 3rd grade and above. The goal of these sessions is to demonstrate a variety of coaching techniques and approaches, so that coaches can observe the structure and sequence of activities of a full practice session from start to finish.

Saturday 4/4
9:00am to 10:00am: 1v1 to 2v1 Progressions
10:00am to 11:00am: Gate Games “They’re not just for the little ones”.
11:00am to 12:00pm: Instilling Proper Defensive Habits

Mass Youth Soccer Association Coaching Courses: Prior to this Spring, LUSC will be hosting both a MYSA “G” and “F” course. I will be teaching both courses. I strongly endorse attending a coaching course whether you are a novice coach or on the more experienced end of the coaching spectrum. LUSC expects travel team coaches to hold at least an F license. Attending a course is a really worthwhile endeavor to further your coaching abilities and comfort level in interacting with your players in a meaningful way.    

G Course schedule (highly recommended for all K-2nd Coaches):
Sunday, March 22nd 
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Diamond Middle School
http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/g_license_course.aspx

F Course Schedule (highly recommended for all U9-10 Coaches):
Sunday, March 29th
8:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Diamond Middle School
http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/f_license_course.aspx

If you are interested in attending either or both courses, please send the following information to Mary Trometer at registrar@lexingtonunited.org with MYSA Coaching Course noted in the subject line.

Name:
Address:
Date of Birth:
Email:
Phone:

Note: You must complete the G license before attending the F course.

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd and working with you throughout the spring season!

All the Best,

Brendan Donahue

Grass fields remain CLOSED. Please remain off the grass fields.

LIMITED PRACTICES will begin on 3/30. View the schedule here. Each team can reserve one practice time during the week. If you would like a second practice on the weekend you may reserve one of the slots. Email Nina: admin@lexingtonunited.org to reserve times. Please also let me know what day/time you would like for your regular practice once grass fields open.

REMINDERS:
Model Coaching Session April 4th, MYSA “G & F” Course
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MYSA “G” and “F” Coaching Course Offerings for LUSC Coaches

Believe it or not, another spring is fast approaching and I’m excited to pass along information about upcoming Mass Youth Soccer Association Coaching Courses. First and foremost, thank you for volunteering to coach a team this spring. The service that you, and the other coaches, provide LUSC with is so important for the success of our program.

Mass Youth Soccer Association Coaching Courses: Prior to this Spring, LUSC will be hosting both a MYSA “G” and “F” course. I will be teaching both courses. I strongly endorse attending a coaching course whether you are a novice coach or on the more experienced end of the coaching spectrum. LUSC expects travel team coaches to hold at least an F license. Attending a course is a really worthwhile endeavor to further your coaching abilities and comfort level in interacting with your players in a meaningful way.   

10 Great Reasons to Attend a MYSA Coaching Course

  1. They help coaches better organize & structure their practices
  2. They educate coaches on the psychological considerations of coaching each specific age groups and gender
  3. Provide coaches with numerous activities to use with their teams.
  4. Offer ideas on how to deal with the various ability levels within a team.
  5. Offer ideas on how to deal with a disruptive player.
  6. They offer a great perspective on both development and enjoyment for the game of soccer.
  7. Offer ideas on injury prevention and how to create a safe environment for all participants.
  8. They provide excellent suggestions on parental communication both in the lead up to and during the season.
  9. They make you a better coach, and in turn make the players you coach receive a higher level of soccer education.
  10. They are fun! How often do you get to spend a full day with me!

LUSC covers the cost for all volunteer coaches who attend the courses.

G Course schedule (highly recommended for all K-2nd Coaches):

Date: Sunday, March 22nd
Time: 12:00 to 4:00p,
Location: Diamond Middle School
Course Description: http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/g_license_course.aspx

F Course Schedule (highly recommended for all U9-10 Coaches):

Date: Sunday, March 29th
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Diamond Middle School
Course Description: http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/f_license_course.aspx

If you are interested in attending either or both courses, please send the following information to Mary Trometer at registrar@lexingtonunited.org with MYSA Coaching Course noted in the Subject Line.

Name
Address
Course wishing to take
Birth date
Email
Phone

Note: You must complete the G license before attending the F course.

I hope you are getting excited about the upcoming season! As I enter my tenth season serving as the LUSC Director of Coaching, I want to say thank you and let you know it continues to be a privilege to work in such an outstanding community of people.  

All the Best,
Brendan Donahue
bdonahue@lexingtonunited.org

Free Referee Course for Lexington Adults

The Massachusetts Soccer Referee Committee (MSRC) is offering a free entry-level referee course for adults. We must have at least 10 adults signed up from Lexington to take advantage of this promotion. Please contact Genci Kutrolli, the LUSC referee coordinator, at lexrefereecoordinator@gmail.com if you’re interested or have any questions. Date and location will be determined once we get critical mass. General information on refereeing can be found at https://www.massref.net.

This is a great opportunity for adults to still be involved with the beautiful game of soccer. As coaches, players, or fans on the sideline, you always have an opinion but can’t do anything about it since you don’t have the whistle. Now is your opportunity to make those important decisions. The referee’s decision is crucial to the outcome of the game and therefore having experienced adult referees is very important for our program. More and more kids are playing the beautiful game now and the referee committee needs your help.

Free Referee Course for 12 and 13 year olds

Lexington United Soccer Club, together with Arlington Soccer Club, is offering a free referee course on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015. The course is three hours long and will focus on the laws of the game and referee mechanics. Once you have completed the course you will be eligible to referee Lexington in-town games (3rd and 4th graders). This course is only for 12 and 13 year old referees (born between 7/1/2001 and 2/28/2003).

This is a great opportunity to start as a soccer referee. These are easy games to referee, perfect for learning the mechanics of refereeing and building confidence. And don’t forget that in-town referees are paid $20 per game.

The course will be held 5:30-8:30pm in the Art Room at Harrington Elementary School in Lexington. Space is limited to 20 students from Lexington. Students who successfully complete the courose will be awarded a free shirt to be used for refereeing games. Please contact Genci Kutrolli, the LUSC referee coordinator, at lexrefereecoordinator@gmail.com if you’re interested, and include your full name and date of birth. Note that the Massachusetts State Referee Committee no longer certifies refs under age 14.

BU16 LPDA Royals Win BU16 Title in Indoor Program

BU16 LPDA Royals

The Lexington Royals reformed late in the fall to play in the Teamworks Acton indoor program. Picking up from where they left off, they won the BU16 Division 1 title. In the final game of the playoffs they won an exciting game against Arlington by a score of 3 – 2, with the winning goal coming in the last 3 minutes of play.  

Top Row L-to-R: Tim Carruthers (coach), Simon Carruthers, Nick Barbesino, Josh Lane, Michael Bove, Aram Havan, Alfred Joseph, Nick Havan (coach)
Front Row L-to-R: Sagan Patarroyo, Ian Corbett, Hagop Kouchakdji, Eric Shiple, Zach Chan.

BU16 LPDA Royals

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BU14 Boys Win At Winchester Veterans Day Tournament

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The BU14 Lexington United Team won its highly competitive group of 6 teams in the 2014 Winchester Veterans Day Soccer Tournament. The boys team, composed of BU14 players from the Lexington Thunder and the Lexington Coyotes, went 4-0 in the tournament and outscored opponents 10-2 over 4 games. The boys had fun and represented LUSC well with their play and sportsmanship!

Pictured players are:  (back row standing, left to right) Knut Lundstrom, Conor Murphy, Malte Steines, Coach Robin Charbit, Lenny Losen, Josh Fairman, Danny Nothaft, Andrew Zhang, Reign Charbit, Oliver Clackson, Yiming Zheng, Coach Steve Kaufman.
(front row kneeling, left to right) Sancho Maroto, Dan Winter, Barney Brandon, Charlie Mitchell, Kevin Chen, Oliver Rourke, Nate Sheehan, and fans Hugo Brandon and Milo Brandon.
(missing from photo) Coach Jack Lloyd, Robert Lloyd, Zach Kaufman

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photo by Nick Brandon

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