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Welcome to the Simsbury Soccer Club

The Simsbury Soccer Club (SSC) exists to promote player's appreciation of soccer, to develop player's skills necessary for team play, to provide equal opportunity for the development of individual players, and to accommodate every Simsbury youth who wants to play, regardless of ability level.

 

The SSC philosophy stresses the development of player's physical fitness and fundamental soccer skills, but equal emphasis is placed on good sportsmanship, building lasting friendships, and the sheer fun of participation. 

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TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT DATES FOR 2017/2018 SEASON
04/24/2017
Tryout registration will open on May 1 and close May 15, the day...
Pending Concussion Legislation
04/20/2017
There are two proposed bills under consideration before the CT Legislature....
Open Board Positions
03/11/2017
Open Board Positions   The Simsbury Soccer Club has...
Connecticut Cup Finals
03/11/2017
Connecticut Cup Finals The Simsbury Soccer Club is pleased to...
New Heading & Concussion Guidelines
04/02/2016
New Heading & Concussion Guidelines CJSA has adopted the...
New Heat Guidelines
04/02/2016
New Heat Guidelines U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Soccer...
 
TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT DATES FOR 2017/2018 SEASON
Tryout registration will open on May 1 and close May 15, the day prior to the first date of tryouts.  This year U9 - U12 will follow the calendar age range and players in U13 - U15 can tryout "up" if they so choose.  Players do have to choose one level to tryout. The tryout fee is $10, and must be paid at the time of registration.  YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO TRYOUT!!

Tryout Dates 2017:

Tuesday, May 16:  

4:30 - 6:30 U13 G & B (only session)

6:30 - 8:00 U12 G & B (first session)

 

Thursday, May 18:

4:30 - 6:00  U11 G & B (first session)

6:00 - 8:00  U14/15 Girls (only session)

 

Sunday, May 21:  

12:00 - 1:00 U10 G & B (first session)

1:15 - 2:15 U9 G & B (first session)

 

Monday, May 22:  

4:30 - 6:00  U11 G & B (second session)

6:15 - 7:45 U12 G & B (second session)

 

Tuesday, May 23:

4:30 - 6:30 U14/15 Boys (only session)

 

Sunday, June  4:  

12:00 - 1:00 U9 G & B (second session)

1:15 - 2:15 U10 G & B (second session)

 


by posted 04/24/2017
Pending Concussion Legislation

There are two proposed bills under consideration before the CT Legislature.  One, House Bill 7048, is headed to the General Assembly for voting at any time, and a second very similar proposal, Senate Bill 769, that has just been passed along to the House and Senate for potential action.  Both could have a devastating impact on youth sports as we know it.  The Simsbury Soccer Club, along with CJSA, puts player safety first and in no way do we want to imply that the bills are not well intended.  However, the way the current bills are written, they expose our volunteer coaches, who are mostly the parents of our players, to civil penalties which is unnecessarily punitive. It will make attracting and retaining volunteer parent coaches much more difficult.

 

CJSA and all its member clubs have adopted the US Youth Soccer Concussion Policy.  For example, the Simsbury Soccer Club has:

 

  • Adopted the US Youth Soccer Concussion Policy,
  • Posted the Concussion Guidelines on our webpage,
  • Requires all families, when registering, to acknowledge that they have read the concussion awareness information,
  • Reviews the Concussion Guidelines at all pre-season coach’s meetings,
  • Requires all travel coaches to take the CDC Concussion Awareness online course,
  • Requires a player to be removed from play immediately if a concussion is suspected, and
  • The player cannot return to play until they have a release from a medical professional.

 

The bills mandate concussion education for any individual coaching a youth athlete as young a seven years old (note: US Youth Soccer already prohibits players 10 or younger from heading the ball and for players 11 – 13 they limit heading practice to 30 minutes per week).   The bills require Club’s to obtain signatures from parents or legal guardians of players under 18 and from players over 18 years old attesting to the fact that they have received a copy of the concussion information on paper consent forms. Administering and collecting paper consent forms will place an additional burden on the Clubs since virtually all clubs do online registration.

 

The South Windsor Soccer Club has started a Change.Org petition on the proposed concussion legislation.  The petition is going to a very large audience within the State Legislature.  If you don’t have time to write a personal letter to John Hampton or Kevin Witkos, please take a minute to sign the petition using the link below:

 

https://www.change.org/p/timothy-larson-save-youth-sports-in-ct?recruiter=631344332&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

 

Thank you,

 

Tom Hayden, President

Simsbury Soccer Club 


by Tom Hayden posted 04/20/2017
Open Board Positions

Open Board Positions

 

The Simsbury Soccer Club has the following open Board Positions:

Recreation Director (opening in the fall of 2017 - the SSC would like to ID a candidate now so they can shadow Christine Peterson, the current Rec. Director, this spring): Recruit and train Division Directors, manage Divisions without a director, ensure all Club policies are followed, answer emails/phone calls concerning instructional soccer, coordinate training programs with the Director of Coaching (DOC), act as a liaison between parent coaches and the DOC in regards to SSC Instructional programs, work with SSC’s uniform coordinator to coordinate uniform orders and distribution to teams, and  create the game schedule for U7 and U8 divisions.

Referee Development: The role of the Referee Director is to: Act as a role model for all referees, mentor youth referees by observe games and providing feedback to the referees (both positive and areas for improvement), mentor coaches & parents regarding referee respect and abuse, and coordinating in Town referee classes with the CT State Referee Association.

Registrar: This position requires getting all travel teams registered with CJSA. This involves preparing team rosters, player passes, making sure birth dates are correct and verified by birth certificate, ensuring that all coaches have completed background checks, and collecting registration payments.  The Club Registrar position also involves helping parents with any registration issues they may have.

Volunteer Coordinator: Recruit and encourage volunteer involvement in the SSC.  Help identify candidates for open Board positions and volunteers for SSC sponsored events.  Encourage participation and involvement of parents/members of the community in the SSC.

If you are interested in one of the above positions, please email Tom Hayden at: .


by SSC posted 03/11/2017
Connecticut Cup Finals

Connecticut Cup Finals

The Simsbury Soccer Club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Connecticut Cup Finals on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Curtiss Park. 


by SSC posted 03/11/2017
New Heading & Concussion Guidelines

New Heading & Concussion Guidelines

CJSA has adopted the US Soccer and US Youth Soccer recommendations regarding heading and the protocol for suspected concussions. Compliance is mandatory for all CJSA members for all activities where CJSA insurance applies effective April 1, 2016 and strongly recommended to be applied immediately. This means that:

Heading Restrictions

Players who are 10 and younger:

 

  • No player who is 10 or younger may deliberately head the ball, regardless of the age group of the team they are playing on. This includes all activities where CJSA insurance applies, such as practices, scrimmages, and competitions at all levels.
  • No player on a U11 team or a combined team including the U11 Age Group, (e.g. U11/12), even if the player has turned 11, may head the ball deliberately.

 

This restriction will be enforced in competitions for teams U11 and younger (including combined age brackets including U11 and younger) by award of an indirect free kick for the opposing team. Coaches and parents are responsible for applying this restriction for players who are 10 or younger and playing up.

 

Players who are 11-13:

 

  • Players who are age 11 to 13 and on teams for age groups U12 and older, are restricted to up to 30 minutes of practice heading the ball per week. There is no restriction on the number of times these players can head the ball in a competition, unless the team is competing in a combined bracket that includes U11.

Concussion Guidelines

The Simsbury Soccer Club has created a Concussion Awareness page on the Club’s Website.  The Concussion Awareness page that is based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.  The page contains sections on how to recognize a concussion and concussion facts for coaches, parents and players.  The Club encourages everyone to read and become familiar with the concussion page.  Below are new concussion protocols from CJSA: 

 

CJSA Concussion Protocol

 

Where a Health Care Professional (HCP) is Present at a Game or Practice

 

  • Any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be evaluated on the sideline by an on-site HCP engaged in this capacity for the competition who will perform applicable testing.
  • Any player suspected of suffering a concussion will not be allowed to return to play until he or she is cleared by the HCP. Coaches, parents/guardians or players may not overrule the HCP.
  • If a coach seeks to allow a player to re-enter a game who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment and who has not been cleared to return to play by the on-site HCP, the referee shall issue a warning to the coach. If a coach persists in seeking to allow such player to re-enter the game after having been issued a warning, the referee may take other disciplinary measures against the coach as are permitted under the rules applicable to the competition.
  • Unless an HCP determined that the player has not suffered a concussion and clears the player to return to play, the player will not be permitted to return to practice or play until the player has successfully completed the return to play protocol and has been cleared to return to play by a Physician.

 

Where a Health Care Professional Engaged for the Event is Not Present at a Game or Practice

 

  • Where a HCP engaged for the event is not present at a game or practice, any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be removed from play and evaluated by an HCP before the player will be allowed to return to practice or play.
  • No coach shall permit a player who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment to return to play until cleared to do so by an HCP.
  • If a coach seeks to allow a player to re-enter a game who has been removed from a game for a concussion assessment and who has not been cleared to return to play by the on-site HCP, the referee shall issue a warning to the coach. If a coach persists in seeking to allow such player to re-enter the game after having been issued a warning, the referee may take other disciplinary measures against the coach as are permitted under the rules applicable to the competition.
  • Unless an HCP determined that the player has not suffered a concussion and clears the player to return to play, the player will not be permitted to return to practice or play until the player has successfully completed the return to play protocol and has been cleared to return to play by a Physician.

 

Definition of Health Care Professional

 

Health Care Professional (HCP) are licensed professionals such as an Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) or Physician (MD/DO), with skills in emergency care, sports medicine injuries and experience related to concussion evaluation and management.

 

The Simsbury Soccer Club has not engaged a HCP to be at practices or games so when a player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion will be removed from the practice or game by the coach.  Once a player has been removed from play a player cannot return to play until they have been evaluated the player’s doctor or by an HCP and have written approval from the doctor or HCP to return to practice or play.


by posted 04/02/2016
New Heat Guidelines

New Heat Guidelines

U.S. Soccer Federation

Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines

Quick Tips for Parents, Coaches and Young Athletes

 

Youth soccer participation is at an all-time high, with nearly 14 million young athletes under the age of 18 playing soccer at elite and recreational levels in the United States'. To alert parents, coaches and young athletes about the dangers of dehydration and help prevent heat illness among young athletes, the U.S. Soccer Federation offers the following recommendations to parents, coaches and young soccer players.

 

It is important these groups follow these recommendations in light of recent heat illness incidents across a variety of sports and because children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults when active in hot, humid conditions.

 

G.O.A.L.

 

To help make the recommendations easy to remember, the U.S. Soccer Federation has developed the acronym G.O.A.L., which stands for:

 

  • Get acclimated - bodies need time to gradually adapt to increased exposure to high temperatures and humidity (especially young athletes).
  • On schedule drinking- Youth athletes should be encouraged to drink on a schedule before they become thirsty, and should drink before, during and after practice and games.
  • Always bring a sports drink- replacing electrolytes and providing energy is crucial to keeping kids safe and performing at their best.
  • Leam the signs - if someone becomes unusually fatigued, dizzy, and nauseous or has a headache during exercise in the heat, have them stop, rest and drink fluids.

 

YOUTH FLUID GUIDELINES

 

Before Activity

  • Young players should be well hydrated
    • You can insure young athletes are properly hydrated by checking the color of their urine.
    • Dark, apple-juice like urine indicates that you need more fluid, whereas light, lemonade like urine indicates good hydration status.
  • During Activity
    • Drink early - even slight dehydration can compromise performance and increase the risk for heat-related illnesses.
    • Young players should consume 5 to 9 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes while active.
    • Sports drinks like Gatorade are preferred to water because research shows a young athlete will drink 90% more and stay better hydrated.
    • Fluids with salt (sodium chloride), such as sports drinks, are also beneficial because they increase thirst and maintain voluntary ftuid intake and help replace sodium lost through sweat.
    • Keeping beverages cool at temperatures of 50 to 59 degrees is recommended.

 

Fluids to Avoid During Practice or Games

  • During active occasions, carbonated beverages, such as soft drinks, can reduce voluntary drinking due to stomach fullness and throat burn when gulping.
  • Caffeinated beverages have a mild diuretic effect and therefore could promote dehydration by increasing urine production during active occasions.
  • Energy drinks should be avoided because many contain caffeine and have a high carbohydrate concentration, which slows fluid absorption.
  • Fruit juices can slow fluid absorption and cause upset stomach during activity.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SOCCER SAFETY IN THE HEAT

 

Acclimation is the Key

Help young players adjust to high temperatures and humidity by taking steps to acclimate them to the heat. Young athletes should have around 8 to 10 short exposures to the hotter conditions (at 45 to 60 minutes each) to acclimate sufficiently.

 

Avoid Unusually Hot Temperatures

If confronted with extreme temperature and humidity conditions, it's important to hold practices and games at cooler times in the day such as morning or dusk.

 

Make Fluids Part of the Game Plan

Before, during and after practice and games, be sure young athletes consume adequate amounts of fluid. Research shows a 6% carbohydrate sports drink, like Gatorade, can be absorbed as rapidly as water and can provide energy to help delay fatigue and improve performance.

 

Clothes Should be Cool

Children should wear clothing that is light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting to keep cool.

 

Use the Shade

Parents and coaches should encourage young players to take breaks in shaded areas whenever possible especially during tournaments, multi-game and multi-practice days.

 

Know the Warning Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration during activity is a common problem and can place young athletes at risk for serious heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. That's why it's important to know the warning signs:

  • Noticeable Thirst • Headache
  • Decreased performance • Muscle cramping
  • Fatigue • Dark yellow urine (or no desire to urinate)
  • Weakness • Lightheaded feeling or dizziness
  • Nausea • Difficulty paying attention

 

If a young player becomes disoriented or unconscious, seek medical attention immediately.

 

Be Prepared for an Emergency

 

Always have a phone available and be familiar with emergency numbers. Keep ice and iced towels on hand in case of heat-related emergencies.


by posted 04/02/2016
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