Welcome to Greenhaven Soccer!

Important Information!

GHSC Families: The neighbors that live on the streets surrounding our home fields graciously endure increased traffic and congestion on game days. It is imperative that we be good neighbors and show respect by not parking in front of driveways, by driving in a safe and cautious manner and by picking up all trash after each game and practice.

Parking Enforcement will continue to patrol in the areas surrounding all of our park home fields; with particular emphasis at Renfree. Warnings and citations will be issued.

Please be respectful, courteous neighbors and park appropriately near our home fields. GHSC also suggests that teams utilize car pools to reduce congestion. This message will also be sent to the other clubs in our playing league. Please know that continued problems may lead to the revocation of our playing permits by the City.

NEW Rules Regarding “Playing Up”

New for the 2017 playing season: all U8 players, birth year of 2010, may play up one age group. All U7 players, birth year of 2011, are strongly discouraged from playing up one age group, but requests will be taken on a case by case basis. U6 players, birth years of 2012 and 2013, may NOT play up in an older age group.

USSF Player Development Initiatives:

What They Are and What They Mean for GHSC

As many of you are aware, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has issued player development initiatives designed to improve youth soccer. The main goal of the USSF initiatives is to provide a consistent landscape for youth soccer across the United States. The two major components of the mandates are a move to birth year registration for all age groups, and small sided games for younger players (U6-U12). USSF hopes to shift the focus of youth soccer from team success to player development. These ideas have been used in Europe with much success.

These initiatives are true mandates, and every soccer organization in the US is required to implement these changes by 2017.

Please note that GHSC fully supports the theory behind these changes. There is no doubt that they will result in improved soccer development, as well as more enjoyment for the players. Smaller sided games means players touch the ball more frequently, are more engaged in the game and have more fun.

There are challenges associated with change, and this situation is no different. However, I am very confident that the GHSC community will continue to work together to provide our children with the best soccer experience possible.

Relevant documents:
For the full text of the USSF Player Development Initiatives, please click here.

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