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US Youth Soccer (USYS) and NJ Youth Soccer (NJYS) have announced they will continue to following a Birth Calendar Year vs. the previous School Year Team Formation which was used for many years. Marlton SC will comply with these guidelines set forth by USYS and NJYS. Therefore this Spring's Tryouts we will not have the standard Under-XX age Groups, instead we will have our teams listed by Calendar Year (ex: 2003, 2004 etc). There have also been other major changes made by USYS, please see the link below for more information regarding the changes.
Players born between 2010 to 2005 will need to play birth year appropriate for Marlton SC, when registering for tryouts please select the Age Group for your child based on his/her birth year.
Players born from 2004 to 2002 will have the option to play birth year appropriate or up one additional year older (ex: 2004 can try out for a 2003 team). When registering your child please select the age group according to what level they wish to try out for. If they wish to play age appropriate please select their Birth Year, if they are trying to play up please select the year one year older than their Birth Year. If your child has decided to play up, please remember that they will possibly be playing with and against players who could be a year and a half older then players they are currently playing against.
For more information regarding the changes being implemented by USYS please click on the following link:
Steve Watson, youth coach
By Steve Watson, youth coach
Do you set a bad example for parents? By Steve Watson, youth coach
Shouting, screaming parents on the touchline take all the fun out of the game. It's a way of life as a coach to always have at least one parent who needs tranquillizing on match days.
He (or she) is the one that looks calm enough during the warm up, but as soon as the match starts is stalking up and down the touchline, yelling "advice".
They are too loud for comfort even if the game is going well but if, heaven forbid, their child makes a mistake they really get going.
"WHAT WERE YOU THINKING OF??!"
"GET STUCK IN!"
This is not only acutely embarrassing for their child, it distracts the rest of the team and gets you and your club a reputation you could do without.
You should have had a pre-season meeting where all your parents are issued with - and sign - a code of conduct that expressly forbids adult supporters from coaching from the touchline and criticizing players or officials.
If you haven't had that meeting yet, do it this week.
Carry the signed copies of the code with you and if Billy's dad (or his mum) starts playing up, take him or her to one side and remind them what they signed up to.
If that doesn't work, stronger action is required.
Point out the effect his behavior is having on his child and how uncomfortable it makes everyone feel. Tell him that he must stop shouting or he will not be allowed to come to matches any more.
I've used the expression "three strikes and you're out". It works...as long as you set a good example.
So don't try to coach your players while they are playing.
If you shout instructions:
your players probably won't hear you anyway;
if they do hear you, the moment has passed and your "advice" becomes confusing;
Your players always try their best. No child makes a mistake on purpose!
Publicly criticizing a young player will make them feel bad in front of their team-mates and parents.
And will it make make them play any better? No, it won't.
Your job is to support your players and make their soccer experience enjoyable. So if they make a mistake and need to know how to do something better, speak to them about it privately. Use the feedback sandwich - praise, constructive criticism, praise - followed by practical help.