Practice Field Assignments

Hi coaches and division directors,

If you are a division director please forward this notice to all your coaches to make sure all spring coaches have the opportunity to request a second practice. If we have all coaches requests in prior to the coaches meeting on the 26th I will be able to complete the practice schedule by the coaches meeting on the 26th.

To request a time, email Nina, at admin@lexingtonunited.org with:

  1. age group (example BU9):
  2. head coach names:
  3. requested practice day:
  4. requested practice time:

Thanks,

Nina

 

Field Status

Last update: 4/17, 1:45 PM
L2, L3, Grass Fields*: OPEN

Lincoln 1, *Center: CLOSED

4/17, 1:45 PM: Grass Fields (except Center) are open. Please stay off any wet areas of the open grass fields. PRACTICES: Thursday practices on Lincoln 1 please move to Diamond Field.

Don’t see your team on the schedule? Email: admin@lexingtonunited.org.

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MYSA “G” and “F” Coaching Course Offerings for LUSC Coaches

Hi 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)

Saturday March 22nd
12:30pm to 4:30pm
Lexington Christian Academy
http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/g_license_course.aspx

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

Sunday March 23
8:00am to 5:00pm
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 hope you are getting excited about the upcoming season! As I enter my eight 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

 

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.

Reminder About Trash Pick-up

The following is an important reminder from the town;

I want to remind all of you about picking up all trash at the end of your practices and games. The appearance of our parks and athletic facilities is very important to the Recreation Department. It has been brought to my attention and I have also noticed that water bottles and other items are being left behind on the fields at Lincoln Park and other parks around town. Everyone needs to pick up after themselves. Each organization should police itself and make sure that it leaves the facility in better condition than it was found. If a trash barrel happens to be full on the weekend, you should still place the trash next to the barrel and DPW will take care of it on Monday morning. Please don’t leave trash on the fields.

Thank you,
Peter Coleman
Town Recreation Department

LUSC Player Mentor Program

Lexington United Soccer Club proudly announces the inaugural 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 and serve as a mentor to young and developing soccer players in Lexington. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2014.

This program will benefit 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 March 22nd from 12:30 -4:30 at Lexington Christian Academy, or may be taken On-Line.

How to Apply – Players

LUSC Player Mentor positions will be offered to up to 10 boys and 10 girls.  We ask those who are interested to complete the LUSC Player Mentor Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link 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

Coaches interested in potentially having a Player Mentor for their team should complete the Coach’s Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link 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 guidelines for the program are provided here:
http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players/

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

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.

LUSC Kick-Off the Summer, July Clinic, and August Pre-Season Clinic

Registration is Now Open!

Hi Families,

I wanted to take a moment to announce the dates for our LUSC Summer Clinic programs.  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.  The August Pre-Season Clinic will be run as a gender specific clinic.

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

Date: Monday June 30th through Thursday July 3rd 
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Diamond Middle School
Grades:
1st through 8th
Cost:
$120 per child

LUSC July Clinic

Date: Monday July 14th through Thursday July 17th
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Diamond Middle School   
Grades:
1st through 8th
Cost:
$160 per child

LUSC Preseason Soccer Clinic

Date: Monday August 18th through Thursday August 21st
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

Spring 2014 Thursday Skills Clinics

Hi Families,

I wanted to take a moment to announce our LUSC Thursday Skills Clinic offerings. It is our intention to provide the LUSC children with a high-level learning environment that is both enjoyable and developmentally appropriate.

1st and 2nd grade Skills Clinic

This skills program will be directed by Paul Mallen, LUSC Pro Coach, LPDA GU14 Coach and former MLS Camp Staff member.  LUSC Director of Coaching Brendan Donahue will prepare the curriculum for each week’s session. Coach Donahue holds his USSF “A” license, National Youth License, Coerver Youth Diploma and NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Dates: Thursday April 17th through Thursday June 12th (no program on 4/24)
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:  $110 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 DOC, Brendan Donahue will lead the sessions and be assisted by LUSC Assistant DOC, Tom Heimreid. Coach Heimreid holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Dates: Thursday April 17th through Thursday June 12th (no program on 4/24
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: $110 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.
REGISTER >

All the Best,

Brendan Donahue
LUSC Director of Coaching

LUSC 2014 April Vacation Clinic Open for Registration

Hi Families,

I wanted to take a moment to announce the dates and committed staff for our LUSC April Vacation Clinic.  The April Clinic has historically been our most popular clinic and with such a great demand we make a point to secure a top flight staff for the week.  After positive feedback from a year ago, we will continue to offer a two hour Kindergarten program for our U6 players.

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 April Vacation Clinic:

Grades: 1st through 8th
Date:
Tuesday April 22nd through Friday April 25th   
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Diamond Middle School   
Cost:
$120 per child

* Goalie training will be available each day for 3rd grade and up.

Grade:   Kindergarten
Date: Tuesday April 22nd through Friday April 25th
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (2 hour program)
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $90 per child

The April clinic will serve Lexington players of all abilities.  We will group players with friends to create the most enjoyable learning experience possible and if our numbers permit hold the game segment by gender.  The information to register is located on the club website.  http://lexingtonunited.org/.  I’m confident that the staff that we have committed will provide one of the best clinic options you’ll find anywhere for a one week soccer clinic.

About our Staff:

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 1st 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.

Coordinator Kindergarten Program: 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. 

Other Committed Staff for the LUSC 2014 April Vacation Clinic:

  • Lauren Lukis- Bentley College Women’s Head Coach, NSCAA National Diploma, Former MA ODP and Region 1 player.  Train Boston Instructor.
  • James Greenslit- Wheaton College Assistant Men’s Coach, Boston Bolts FC, LUSC Pro Coach, 3 Time NCAA DIII All-American
  • Christian Figueroa- UMass- Lowell Head Coach, 2011 NE 10 Coach of the Year, Stars FC U18 Coach and State Cup Champion, NSCAA All-Northeast Region (2004, 2005, 2006), 2003 NE-10 Freshman of the Year
  • Danielle Clifford- Bentley College Women’s Assistant Head Coach, 2-Time All New England Selection, 2011 MASCAC Player of the Year, AC Milan Coach
  • Sergio Tabadora-Boston Victory DOC, Beaver Country Day Coach, LUSC Pro Coach
  • Abigail DeAngelo- PASA FC, NSCAA Level 1 & 2 Goal Keeper License.
  • Sami Elahardi- Lexington High School Boy’s Varity Coach, USSF “B” license, Sachems FC Coach

 

All the Best,
Brendan Donahue