Kindergarten Program Fall 2014

Hi Parents of Rising Kindergartners,
 
LUSC has extended its Kindergarten soccer registration deadline until August 18th so that families planning fall activities now will not have to pay a late registration fee.  The LUSC Kindergarten program has reached full capacity each of the last several years and we expect the same this year, so don’t wait and come join the more than 175 Kindergarten boys and girls who learn to love playing the game of soccer with LUSC each fall.
 
If you plan to register for the Kindergarten program or have already registered, we encourage all Moms and Dads to seriously consider signing up to be volunteer coaches.  LUSC puts a high priority on making volunteer coaching as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.  Coaching and/or soccer experience is definitely not required to be an effective coach at this age.
 
Below is an overview of the Kindergarten program, including how LUSC supports its volunteer coaches, as well as some feedback parents took the time to share with us about the Kindergarten program.
 
Apologies to those recipients who have already registered or do not currently have Kindergartners.  In-town programs for U7-U10 (1st-4th grade) remain open and some spots are still available for those programs.
 
Best regards,
LUSC
 
 
 LUSC KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  • Saturday mornings at Diamond Middle School Field; 
  • 8 sessions between 9/13 and 11/8 (no program on 10/4 Yom Kippur)
  • 8:45am – 10:00am
  • 1 1/4 hours each session (30 minutes activities, 45 minutes game)
  • Players eligible for a Kindergarten school program may participate in the U6 soccer program
Each Saturday, parent volunteer coaches follow a practice plan developed by the LUSC Director of Coaching in conjunction with US Youth Soccer.  Professional staff coaches run a demonstration for all volunteer coaches prior to the daily program and remain available to assist throughout the session. The major soccer focus at the Kindergarten age is to develop a comfort level and coordination with the soccer ball.  And although the ball is the main focus of our training, we hope to enhance the child’s overall learning experience by:
  • interacting comfortably with one’s peers
  • respecting teammates and opponents
  • introducing, accepting and obeying the rules of the game
Here’s how teams are formed:
  • Girls and boys play on separate teams
  • Each child is on a team with 3-4 children from his/her school, when possible
  • Within reason and only when feasible, requests to play on the same team with 1-2 friends are accommodated, but is not guaranteed
  • Team coaches will contact player parents approximately a week prior to the start of the season
  • New team rosters and coaching assignments are made prior to each new season
Here’s what LUSC Kindergarten parents shared with us about their experiences with the LUSC Kindergarten program:
  • It’s a great program!
  • Quality people = quality program and programming. A great value. Thank you.
  • My daughter had an awesome first soccer experience this fall. I would say the two major contributing elements were the excellent coaching team and the improved girls only program.
  • This is a really well run program and we really enjoy it!
  • I love the fact the kids are always moving, whether in drills or the game. LUSC is a great organization teaching soccer the right way.
  • This was the first year for my 5-year old son. It was a great experience. The coaches made it fun!
  • So great for the girls to get to know each other and bond as a team and as new Kindergarten classmates! Great placement strategy!!!
  • At this age, K, our son was more interested in the social aspects of the experience rather than increasing skills. I don’t know whether this is typical or not, but our son very much enjoyed the experience.
  • Our coaching team was amazing. All three were SO positive, cheerful, encouraging and focused on the right things – having fun and improving ball skills.
  • Soccer was great. I thought the volunteer coaches did a great job and my son loved it. It was fun meeting our neighbors and their kids. :)
  • I thought the U6 program was a great successful especially considering the large number of kids. It was very well organized and I thought the volunteer coaches were great.
  • LUSC is a highly professional and great group to have here in Lexington.
  • Awesome program, well run and terrific volunteer coaches.
 

 

LUSC Thursday Skills Clinics

New Offering!! Kindergarten Skills Clinic

This skills program will be directed by Paul Mallen, LUSC Co-Youth Development Coordinator, LPDA BU12 Coach and former MLS Camp Staff member. Games will be designed to improve a player’s motor skills and coordination with the ball. There will be a heavy emphasis of learning through the game, but under professional supervision.

Dates: Thursday September 11th through Thursday November 6th
*no program on 9/25 due to Rosh Hashanah
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Field#2
Cost: $115 per child

1st and 2nd grade Skills Clinic

LUSC Director of Coaching Brendan Donahue will prepare the curriculum and lead each week’s session. Coach Donahue holds his USSF “A” license, National Youth License, Coerver Youth Diploma and NSCAA Premier Diploma. Training exercises will largely follow Horst Wein, “FUNino” program. FUNino is designed to promote both technical mastery and developing game intelligence through small sided activities.  

Dates: Thursday September 11th through Thursday November 6th
*no program on 9/25 due to Rosh Hashanah
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (all 1st graders), 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (all 2nd graders)
Location: Lincoln Field#2
Cost: $115 per child

3rd through 5th grade Ball Mastery & Soccer Speed Clinic

This program will focus on Individual Skill development and Speed with the ball. The program will follow a Coerver type curriculum with Ball Mastery, Speed training and 1v1 as the core elements. LUSC Assistant DOC, Tom Heimreid will lead this program. Coach Heimreid holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Dates: Thursday September 11th through Thursday November 6th
*no program on 9/25 due to Rosh Hashanah
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (all 3rd graders), 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (all 4th & 5th graders)
Location: Lincoln Field#2
Cost: $115 per child

These clinics will be limited to a 12 to 1 player to coach ratio so space is limited.

The clinics will accommodate players of all abilities.

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Fall 2014 Pre-K “Early Kickers” Clinic

In the fall of 2013, LUSC’s introduced a Pre-K “Early Kickers” program, geared to 4 and 5 year old children. Feedback was extremely positive for the program, so we’ve decided to make the Early Kickers Program a core offering. For 6 Tuesdays LUSC will offer an introduction to soccer for Lexington 4 and 5 year old children.

Program Focus:

  • Having Fun!
  • Developing a basic coordination level with and without the ball
  • Individual & Small group activities
  • Small sided games.

LUSC Pre-K “Early Kickers” Coaching Staff:

This program will be directed by LUSC Director of Coaching Brendan Donahue. Coach Donahue holds his USSF “A” license, US Youth Soccer National Youth License, Coerver Youth Diploma and NSCAA Premier Diploma. Brendan will be assisted by LUSC Assistant DOC, Tom Heimreid and Paul Mallen. Coach Heimreid holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Coach Mallen, LUSC Co-Youth Development Coordinator, has been a LUSC Pro Coach for many years and is the current LPDA BU12 Coach. Paul formerly worked on the MLS Camp Staff.

Dates: Sept. 9th – Oct. 14th
Who’s Eligible? Lexington 4 and 5 year old children
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Field #2
Cost: $95 per child

These clinics will be limited to a 10 to 1 player to coach ratio so space is limited.

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Field Status

Last update: 6/14, 6:50 AM
LINCOLN FIELDS: OPEN
GRASS FIELDS: OPEN


UPCOMING EVENTS/PROGRAMS

PRE-SEASON Field Availability (no reservations-preseason is for all LUSC teams)
Sat., 8/23: L2 12:00-2:00 and 4:00-6:00, L3 12:00-2:00
Sun., 8/24: Center Track 12:00-4:00, Diamond 4:00-6:00
Sat., 8/30: L2 10:30-6:00
Sun., 8/31: L2 12:00-6:00

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August Pre-Season Clinic

Registration is Now Open!

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 Preseason Soccer Clinic

Date: Monday August 18th through Thursday August 21st, 2014
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Diamond Middle School
Grades:
1st through 8th
Cost: $120 per child

All clinics will serve Lexington players of all abilities.

Camp Director:  Brendan Donahue- LUSC Director of Coaching- On January 1st, 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.  Brendan is currently a member of the MYSA Cultural and Player Development Committee, a group with a mission to enhance the development and enjoyment of all soccer players throughout the state.

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 3rd through 8th Grade: Tom Heimreid- LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching- Coach Heimreid became the LUSC Asssistant DOC on January 1st 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.

Camp Coordinator 1st and 2nd Grade: Paul Mallen- LUSC Co-Coordinator for Youth Development.  Coach Mallen holds his FA 1 & 2 Badges as well the FA First Aid and Child Protection Course Diploma.  Paul came to Lexington after having served on the MLS Camps Coaching Staff.  Paul has become a central figure in the Lexington Soccer Community and is a significant contributor to the LUSC player development curriculum.  Paul is currently progressing through the USSF Licensing courses.

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

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

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.  Current LPDA BU12 Coach.

Ted Priestly- Former Holy Cross College Men’s Coach

Sami Elhardi- Lexington HS Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, USSF “B” License.

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.

All the Best,
Brendan Donahue

Rovers Win BU12 Division 3 President’s Cup Tournament

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The BU12 Rovers won 4 games in their Division 3 bracket to win the tournament. The final game was won [4-3] with the winning goal in the last minute. It was a very competitive and exciting game. The Rover’s would score and the Wellesley Strikers would equalize. The Rovers played the best game they played all season with the Strikers playing their heads off.

Rovers

Front Row, L to R, Griffin Hamilton, Tora Dohi, Arjun Delity, Ashish Puri, Sam Clough
Back Row, L to R, David Warren (AC), Vinny Pisculli (AC), Jack McGaraghan, Emin Abrahamian, Rohan Purandare, Joseph Pimlott, Greg Pisculli, Gray Warren, Ian Richter, Brent Richter (C)

LUSC 2014 Annual Soccerfest

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The Lexington United Soccer Club held its annual SoccerFest on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at Center Field in Lexington. There were a variety of soccer related activities to celebrate the conclusion of another successful year for LUSC.

A highlight of the day was the visit of New England Revolution player Kelyn Rowe, and Boston Breakers players Mollie Pathman and Jami Kranich. The players recounted their road to becoming professional soccer players, all starting before Kindergarten, but including many other sports along the way. Kelyn shared the advice that his father (and coach) gave him: have fun, be creative, and don’t ever let the next guy outwork you. A long line of children formed afterward to get the players’ autographs.

The clock-your-shot-speed-shooting activity ran non-stop as kids ranging in age from 5 to 50 tried to set their personal best and to break their age group record. Club honors again went to ninth grader James Bruce who matched his speed from last year of 63mph. Here are the records in miles-per-hour for all the age groups:

 

Mollie Pathman showing her freestyle skills, with Kelyn Rowe looking on.

Mollie Pathman showing her freestyle skills, with Kelyn Rowe looking on.

GRADE GIRLS BOYS
K 25 19
1 24 32
2 37 36
3 - 46
4 41 46
5 32 47
6 - 50
7 43 52
8 43 42
adult - 63

 

 

Pros Mollie Patham hit 53 and Kelyn Rowe hit 67mph. The pros later dazzled us with their juggling, and joined in a friendly game of soccer with the kids.

The volunteers in the face painting booth drew dozens of soccer balls on children’s’ faces, as well as sharks, spiders, rainbows, flowers, and butterflies.

LUSC gives a big thank you to all the volunteers at SoccerFest and to co-organizers Nick Clarke, Maura Penzone, and Joanne Shorter.

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Pros and adults versus kids.

Fall 2014 Registration is Open

Hi Lexington Parents,

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Fall 2014 season is now open. Whether your player is just beginning, more experienced, or somewhere in between, come join the close to 1,400 Lexington children who play soccer with LUSC each Fall season at all different ages and levels.

TRAVEL SOCCER: Grades 4-8

  • Fall Travel Program for Grades 4-8/U10-U14 (Saturday games and 2 weeknight practices, 10 weeks, 9/7-11/9) – $145
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, June 2nd
  • Travel Program Late Fee – $30
  • Travel Jersey $25

Any players who will be in 4th-8th grade in September 2014 and who are considering participating in the Travel Soccer program in the Fall 2014 and/or the Spring 2015 seasons should attend upcoming Travel Evaluations. Players who will be in 3rd grade in September 2014 are not eligible for the Travel Soccer program and do not need to attend Travel Evaluations this spring. Look for more information on the Travel Evaluations schedule this coming week.

IN-TOWN SOCCER: Grades K-4, 9-12

  • In-Town for Kindergarten/U6 (Saturdays, 8:45-10am, 9 weeks, 9/13-11/8*) – $100
  • In-Town for Grade 1/U7 (Saturdays, 10:30am-12noon, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $120
  • In-Town for Grade 2/U8 (Saturdays, 8:30-10am, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $120
  • In-Town for Grades 3-4 (Saturday games and 2 weeknight practices, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $125
  • Co-ed High School Pickup Soccer (Sundays, 7 weeks, 9/14-11/2, no program 10/12 Columbus Day weekend) – $40
  • Registration Deadline:  Thursday, June 26th
  • In-Town Program Late Fee – $30.00 (no late fee for the High School program)
  • Reversible Mesh Jersey K-2 – $20 (available directly from Tricon Sports)
  • Shirts provided for U9-12

*No In-Town program will be held on 10/4 in honor of Yom Kippur.

Note:  In addition to the late fee noted above, LUSC cannot guarantee placement on a team for registrations received after the deadlines. Programs will remain open after the due date until they are at maximum capacity.

SUMMER CLINICS

Also, we want to remind you about LUSC’s Summer clinics taking place:

  • LUSC Kick-Off the Summer Clinic: June 30th – July 3rd
  • LUSC July Clinic: July 14th – July 17th
  • LUSC Preseason Clinic: August 18th – 21st

REGISTER NOW >>

 

Former LUSC President Leads Donation Effort in Nicaragua

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DSC01903 Former LUSC President, Tom Boreiko, recently traveled to Granada, Nicaragua to, among other things, help deliver donated gently-used soccer equipment to children there. Many of the items were donated by LUSC families. The donations were distributed in conjunction with a charity called Carita Feliz (Little Happy Face), which provides cultural, educational and sports opportunities to low income families and children in Nicaragua.

Boreiko shared:

“Prior to the arrival of the donations, many kids simply weren’t able to play because they didn’t have anything even remotely resembling soccer footwear. We had kids come to soccer clinics in their flip flops and even in their bare feet. It was very gratifying to be able to put actual soccer cleats on these kids feet. This would not have happened without the generous support of LUSC. Thank you!”

On behalf of the LUSC Board, we also thank those LUSC families who kindly donated their used equipment as part of this important effort.