Updates to SafeSport

Due to changes in the US Center for SafeSport and US Soccer Federation policy, athletes 18 or over who may interact with Minor Athletes, have more responsibilities to Milton Soccer/Mass Youth Soccer, under state and federal law than they had as a minor.

What does this mean?

  • Athletes that are 18 or will turn 18 during a current playing season and play on a team with minor athletes are required to take the SafeSport Core Abuse Prevention training in order to participate.  Players who are currently 17 years old may get a head start on this requirement and take the training with parental consent prior to their 18th birthday.
  • To Follow US Soccer policy, these athletes must be crosschecked against the Commonwealth of Mass SORI database, the US Soccer, and SafeSport Disqualification list once they turn 18th.  Mass Youth Soccer will conduct this activity.

Please use this link to access the SafeSport Adult Athlete Prevention Training Help Guide.  Detailed instructions on how to complete the required SafeSport Abuse Prevention Training. Also included in the help guide is the US Soccer access code that is needed to take the training for free.

2021 MLS Playoffs

Hey Milton Soccer Members, 

Thanks for being a part of Milton Soccer this fall season, It’s finally time for the MLS Playoffs!  Through our partnership with the New England Revolution, our community has been given access to an exclusive playoff link for discounted tickets!  As the Revolution progress, we will be offering each individual game that is hosted at Gillette Stadium through this link: www.revsgroups.com/MiltonPlayoffs  

The Revs have a first round bye so the Revs will host the MLS Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, 11/30 at 7:30pm vs. the winner of Atlanta United/NYCFC.  Tickets are expected to go fast. Our link will be the best way to get your playoff tickets with full inventory access, at the most discounted rate.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PLAYOFF TICKETS

The Revs have already won the Supporters’ Shield and enter the playoffs with the best points record EVER in the MLS. But now the real fun begins… Finally, feel free to share our link with family and friends throughout our community and have Milton Soccer represented in force.

Questions? Or want to organize your team to sit together - Contact Richard Powell, (774) 406-0484, [email protected]

Let’s GO REVS!

Coaching Courses in the Spring

Hello Coaches!

Congrats on a great season. One way we support you, our amazing volunteer coaches, is providing high-quality, easy-to-access coaching instruction. Here are a few ways to continue to advance your skills as a coach. Looking ahead to the spring, we highly recommend you take advantage of one of these opportunities. If you have never taken a soccer course before, you will need to log in and take a brief (~20 min), free, online Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module before signing up for any of the below courses. This link will take you directly there.

1. Sign up to attend a professional coaching course right here in Milton this spring. Milton Soccer is pleased to be hosting 4v4 and 9v9 blended (part virtual, part in-person) US Soccer coaching courses right here in Milton this coming Spring. These courses are run by professional coaches from MA Youth Soccer and are part of US Soccer’s Grassroots License Pathway described here. You will learn the basics of how to run an effective practice, how to teach skills and how to keep soccer fun. These are four-hour courses, two via zoom and two in-person, where coaches will learn about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the age group-specific characteristics of your players.  This is a perfect training opportunity for any new coaches, all K-2+ (4v4) and 5th-6th grade (9v9) coaches, and any coaches who would like to brush up on the basics.   

2. Attend other in-person coaching courses periodically hosted throughout the region. These include grassroots courses - 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 - and more advanced courses. Milton Soccer is also happy to reimburse you for these. Periodically check here for upcoming courses available throughout the region. 

 

3. Attend online coaching courses. All of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) are available online. If you cannot attend an in-person course, please consider signing up for an online version here.  Cost is $25 - Milton Soccer happy to reimburse you upon completion.

If you have any questions please contact Mike O'Hanlon at [email protected].  Thank you for coaching!!

Milton Soccer

Spring 2022 Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Click on “Register” above to sign up.  The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

PRE-K: Our Pre-K program is currently full for the Spring 2022 season.  If you are interested, please go ahead and register.  You won’t have to pay and you will be placed on a waitlist.  If a spot does becomes available you will be notified and can then log back in to pay.  This will also insure that you are included in all future communication from Milton Soccer.  

The Pre-K program is open to kids age 3 through 5.  The kids are engaged in fun themed sessions — Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Super Monsters, etc — conducted by professional instructors from Hermes Lima Soccer Academy and will run on Saturdays and Sundays. The kids learn some basic fundamentals, like dribbling, some passing and shooting, all in a fun environment and being a bit silly. There are no teams involved but rather a group of kids kicking, chasing and having fun with soccer balls. Registrants will be required to enter their preference of day which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  We have room for 320 players in our Spring 2022 season any players above the limit will be placed on a waitlist.

K-2+ LEAGUE:  The K-2+ program is open to kids in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade and is offered in the fall and spring.   This program runs on Saturdays or Sundays for 60 minutes.  Each week features a skills session followed by a controlled game.  All training is supervised with professional instruction.  K-2+ is open to all Milton residents and students of all Milton Schools.  You must register on time to have any player and coach requests considered (one player and coach request limit per player).  All games are played in Milton.  

TRAVEL LEAGUE: Grades 3-8, games on Saturdays (5 home and 5 away games), weekday practices in the fall and spring and play in the BAYS league.  Spring evaluations will be used to form two even competitive teams in grades 3 & 4; the other teams in these grades will be as balanced as possible.  In grades 5-8, teams will be leveled (placed based on external and coach evaluations).  

TOPSoccer LEAGUE: US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities.  The program strives to provide soccer opportunities for players to develop at their own pace in a safe, fun and supportive/inclusive environment.  TOPSoccer is played Sunday afternoons.

Congrats Milton Atletico!

All of us here at Milton Soccer want to acknowledge our appreciation of Boys 8th Grade Travel team Milton Atletico for their runners up placement and "Best Sportsmanship" award at this year's Natick Fall Classic!  Well done and congratulations to the team and coaches Chris Dangel, Jed Nosal, and Anand Sekhar.  What a wonderful way to represent Milton Soccer and the town of Milton on the tournament stage!

Runners Up Milton Atletico

     Best Sportsmanship - Milton Atletico

Every Kid Sports Pass

Mass Youth Soccer is excited to share with you the Every Kid Sports Pass which offers qualifying income-restricted families up to $150 per child towards their registration fees for youth sports activities up to four times a year.  In every town and program across the state, there are children who are unable to participate in sports programs for economic reasons.

To be eligible to receive a pre-paid visa to help cover registration fees, families need to provide Medicaid, SNAP, or WIC supporting documents containing the child’s name and show active effective dates (within 12 months).

Please note, the Every Kid Sports Pass is eligible only for Youth Recreational level programs (e.g. Town Travel / Intown / Recreational programs lasting longer than 4 week).  Clubs, travel, tournament, elite, personal training, camps, and programs that cost more than $500 do NOT qualify.

Mass Youth Soccer will be raising awareness of this incredible opportunity to our full membership and beyond in November as the majority of our member programs begin opening registration for the Spring soccer season and Winter programming. Please help us to raise awareness of the Every Kid Sports Pass program by using all available avenues to promote this opportunity to families in your community!

Please click on the link below to access additional information and promotional flyers for the Every Kid Sports Pass.

COVID Reminder

As a reminder to all Milton Soccer Coaches, we want to stay on our toes and minimize the spread of COVID within our teams. We would like to take this time to ask you to remind your players and parents of a few things…  

  • Ask your players’ parents to monitor their child’s health. If their child has any symptoms, even mild ones, do not send them to practice or a game 
  • Avoid spitting, nose clearing on the field or spitting on gloves
  • Minimize celebrations, hugs, handshakes, etc.
  • No sharing of food or drinks
  • Leave immediately after practice and games 

Milton Soccer follows MA Youth Soccer COVID GuidelinesPlease review the guidelines.  Please contact Milton Soccer’s COVID Coordinator, Jaime Levash with any questions or COVID positive players or coaches. Thank you for your diligence.

Women Coaches Wanted!

Milton Soccer needs more women coaches in all of our programs. Youth Sport - at all levels of sport - is disproportionally coached by men, despite growing numbers of female participants.  Women coaches are very valuable female role models for the kids in our community.  Please see Why Women Sport Coaches Matter.  

For the fall of 2021 in all of our programs we currently have 69 female and 114 male volunters.  In our Travel Soccer program we have 29 female and 75 male coaches.  And on our board we currently have 5 female and 19 male members.  We would love to see these numbers closer to equal.

Milton Soccer will reimburse you for Mass Youth Soccer coaching courses.  We are working hard to improve our coach development program as well.  As a volunteer coach with Milton Travel Soccer you get to pick the day and time for practice that works best for your schedule.  (I realize this is trickier in the spring when soccer competes with other sports for field space but you still get to decide when practice takes place.)  You can also request to have a co-coach who can help out and cover for you when needed.

Women can coach!  

We would love to answer questions or concerns you might have about coaching or if you need assistance signing up to coach through AdminSports.  Please feel free to reach out to myself by replying to this email or our other female board members; Jaime Levash at [email protected], Tahani Rivers at [email protected], Jaymee Mannix at [email protected] and Sophie Tobias at [email protected].

We hope to see more women coaches in the fall!

Travel Uniforms and the Team Shop

As the Milton Soccer Spring 2021 Travel season approaches, it is important that all new players order a travelBackpacks uniform.  It's advisable that all travel players dig out their current uniform to ensure it still fits!

The Milton Soccer Team Shop has uniforms and other Milton Soccer clothing and gear, so check it out!  Items include:

  • No Room for Racism shirts, hats, and masks
  • Adidas warm up jackets, shirts, and hoodies
  • Scarves
  • And the newest addition:  Adidas Milton Soccer backpacks.  Very durable and well up to the job of carrying school gear too!

Please click here or the "Team Shop" option from the main menu bar at the top of this page.  Milton Soccer's Team Shop is open year round.

No Room for Racism

No Room for Racism

Milton Soccer is committed to increasing player, coach, and board member diversity so that the program demographics accurately reflect that of our town. As an organization we stand behind and welcome all who wish to participate in Milton Soccer. By launching our ”No Room for Racism”  campaign, we want to show support for the families of Milton and renounce any racism they may have experienced in our town, schools, and sports. As a board we are making available No Room for Racism practice jerseys, beanies, and face masks that may be purchased in our Team Shop (available soon) and the voluntary wearing of these items.

We will also be displaying No Room for Racism banners at Milton Soccer Fields. We believe that the organization should be welcoming and actively anti-racist. Staying silent, especially now, shows acceptance of the status quo and our organization is committed to moving forward to a more welcoming and racially diverse program.

Milton soccer does not condone discrimination or bullying in any form. Practice jerseys, beanies, and masks will be available to parents who would like to purchase them, and it is a parental choice to have a player wear them.

Please click here if you would like to view and/or purchase these items from the store.  Thanks!

Sincerely,

Milton Soccer Board