PYSA Upcoming Events

Questions or Concerns

If anyone has any questions/concerns/issues that they would like to be addressed by the PYSA, please contact one of the following board members:

Jeff Gliem, President (570) 640-9940 jeffg@racoal.com

Bob Stock, Vice President/ Treasurer (570) 617-0692 robert.j.stock2.mil@mail.mil

John Dalton, Advertising/Marketing(570) 527-0692 jdalton@empire.edu

 

2017 Registration

Please pay your 2017 Fall Registration fees!

E-mail pottsvillesoccer@yahoo.com if you have questions for the 2017 season.

 

Travel Team Tryouts

Contact Eric Alvarez with questions about forming or joining a travel team.

Meetings

PYSA Board Meetings

7/25/2017 @ 6:30 PM - Stadium

8/15/2017 @ 6:30 PM - Stadium

9/19/2017 @ 6:30 PM - Stadium

10/17/2017 @ 6:30 PM - Stadium

11/2/2017 @ 6:30 PM - Stadium

PYSA Club (coaches) Meetings

7/25/2017 @ 7:00 PM - Stadium

8/15/2017 @ 7:30 PM - Stadium

9/19/2017 @ 7:30 PM - Stadium

10/17/2017 @ 7:30 PM - Stadium

Schuylkill County Coach's Meeting

8/1/17 @ 6 PM - Schuylkill Haven School

 

2017 Registration Newsletter

Click here if you have misplaced the newsletter from registration.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I contact PYSA?
Who is eligible to play soccer in PYSA?
How can I register to play soccer?
What do I need to provide to PYSA to register my player?
What is the registration costs for playing soccer?
What is the PYSA refund policy?
Is there fundraising required?
Is there financial assistance?
Are players placed in divisions according to their school grade or their birth dates?
Where do we get uniforms?
What equipment is needed?
How do I tell the difference between soccer and baseball cleats?
Are the Coaches trained?
Can I coach my child's team?
When will I hear from my child's coach?
When are practices held?
When are the games played?
How will I know if practice or a game is canceled?
How do we get our team's schedule each season?
When are team pictures?
Is there a field maintenance day?
Who officiates the games in PYSA?

 

How do I contact PYSA?
Our contact information can be be found on this page.

Who is eligible to play soccer in PYSA?
Players must meet the minimum age requirements: 4 years old (by July 31st) to 15 years old.

Residency requirements: Pottsville Area and St. Clair Area School District residents are eligible. Non-residents are eligible with release from home soccer association and PYSA Board approval by individual rule.

PYSA sponsored Travel Teams must be Pottsville Area and St. Clair Area School District residents.

How can I register to play soccer?
Registration is required each season. Walk-In Registration sessions are usually offered each March and are held in the Cafeteria of the Pottsville Area DHHL Middle School.

These registration sessions are usually published along with the registration information for that season on the PYSA website homepage, in the local newspaper, and sent home in many schools.

To register after the official walk-in sessions, please contact Michael Peleschak at 570-640-7136 or email mjpeleschak@comcast.net Text or email is preferred.

What do I need to provide to PYSA to register my player?
All registrants (including past players!) MUST bring a COPY of their Birth Certificate (we will keep it) every year. Children playing on County-level teams (U9 teams and up) must also provide a wallet size picture to attach to the registration (including past players!) every year. Registration fees must be paid at the time of registration. The fund raising/donation may also be paid at the time of registration. Registrations WILL NOT be accepted without birth certificate and photo.


What is the registration costs for playing soccer?
Vist this page 2015 Registration Fees (for one season)

There is a $25 fee charged for all NSF checks written to PYSA. Child's name and birth date must be written on check.

What is the PYSA refund policy?
Registration fees are non-refundable. If fundraising/donation was paid at the time of registration, it can be refunded. Request for fundraising/donation refund must be made in writing.

Is there fundraising required?
Yes, there are three fundraising/donation options for the 2014 season:

Option 1: $25.00 donation at the time of registration (additional $20.00 for 2nd child, $15.00 for 3rd child, $0 for 4th child +)

Option 2: $25.00 donation at the time first practice session (additional $20.00 for 2nd child, $15.00 for 3rd child, $0 for 4th child +)

Option 3: Sell 20 Charlie's sub tickets ($3.50 each) with monies to be returned by last practice before games begin (additional $15 for 2nd child, $10 for 3rd child, $0 for 4th child +)

Option 4*:
Sell a banner (4’ x 6’) located on the Gordon Nagle Field complex for $250 and any of the above options participated in will be refunded. Click here for banner details.

*Only new, or first-time, banner advertisement sales will be applied towards fundraising. The $100 renewal for existing advertisements do not count towards fundraising.


Is there financial assistance?
At this time PYSA does not offer financial assistance. We are constantly seeking grants which would allow us to do so.


Are players placed in divisions according to their school grade or their birth dates?
Placement
Players are placed in age groups according their birth date. See the current Age Chart to determine your child's age division.

Playing Up
Players may request to play up one age division from their age appropriate division with a special request waiver form and approval from the Board. Players may not play down a division.


Where do we get uniforms?
U-6 through U-8 will receive shirts from PYSA. Shirts may be kept after the season. Players are required to provide their own black shorts, game socks, shin-guards (worn under socks), soccer cleats and soccer balls.

U-9 thourgh U-15 will receive shirts, shorts and socks through PYSA. Shirts and shorts must be returned at the end of the season. Players are required to provide their own shin-guards (worn under socks), soccer cleats and soccer balls.


What equipment is needed?
Each player needs the following for every game and practice:
Shin Guards (worn under socks)
Soccer cleats (sneakers are appropriate for U-6)
Soccer Ball: size 3 for U-5 through U-8; size 4 for U-9 through U-11; size 5 for U-13 and U-15
Water Bottle
Players who wear glasses will need a sports safety strap

How do I tell the difference between soccer and baseball cleats?
Cleats are designed to protect players from injury and provide the necessary stability on the soccer field or the baseball diamond.

Soccer cleats are designed to keep the player's center of gravity low in order to increase speed and make certain shots. The design of baseball cleats enables a player to use the toe to get a good grip on the dirt during running starts and stops.

Soccer shoes do not have a toe cleat, outsole or midsole. Baseball shoes have a cleat at the point of the toe, and come in various heights for better ankle support.

The bottom of a soccer shoe contains anywhere from eight to 15 round and stubby cleats. The cleats on the bottom of a baseball shoe are pointier and longer.

Dual sport players who can only afford to buy one type of shoe should purchase soccer shoes. Soccer referees will not allow players to wear baseball cleats during a game as the toe cleat can injure another player.

Players on county level teams (U-9 through U-15) will have their cleats inspected prior to each game. Players with non-soccer cleats will be prohibited to play until appropriate cleats are obtained.

Are the Coaches trained?
PYSA offers several coaches clinics to assist new and returning coaches. Our website hosts different practice drills and suggestions, as well as links to other websites, all to help our coaches be the best they can be. All of our coaches are volunteer, so they come to PYSA with varied levels of prior soccer knowledge and experience. Coaches can contact the PYSA Technical Director with any questions or for skills tips.

Can I coach my child's team?
PYSA, like most outdoor soccer associations, is a volunteer run organization. All teams are coached by a parent, aunt, uncle or friend of a player on the team. All volunteer coaches must pass a background check before interacting with the players.

When will I hear from my child's coach?
The coaches will contact the players by July 6th. Coaches will usually call players, or send letters or email, as soon as they have attended that season's coach meeting, received the roster and been assigned a practice field/time. If you have not heard from your coach by July 6th please contact Michael Peleschak at 570-640-7136 or email mjpeleschak@comcast.net Text or email is preferred. Please do not contact us prior to July 6th.

When are practices held?
Each coach sets the day and time of the practice thru a lottery at the coach meeting prior to contacting the rostered players. Be prepared for practice any day of the week.

NOTE: Any conflicts with practice times or days should be resolved between the player and the coach of the team on which the player is rostered. There will be no trading or swapping of players between teams due to practice conflicts.

When are the games played?

Games for the 2015 season will begin August 22nd & 23rd.

Saturday (9:00 AM to ?) Sunday (after 1:00 PM)
U-7 U-6
U-8 U-9 (boys/girls)
U-11 (boys/girls) U-15 (boys/girls)
U-13 (boys/girls)  


How will I know if practice or a game is canceled?
General Manager (GM) is responsible for determining whether a game must be canceled or postponed due to weather at any time up to the start of play.

With sudden change in weather the referee has the final authority to postpone, suspend or abandon a game due to bad weather or other circumstances he judges to be unsatisfactory or unsafe at or after the scheduled starting time for that game.

The PYSA subscribes to RainedOut.com for all coaches.

All coaches will receive a text and/or email whe the GM cancels practices/games. The notices will also be on the RainedOut.com PYSA site.

Coaches will need to register their email address/cell phone number each season.

How do we get our team's schedule each season?
Coaches will provide schedules to all players during the first few weeks of practice. Schedules will be posted on the webpage as soon as they become available.

When are team pictures?
Pictures will be taken in August, rain or shine, at the PASD Academic Center or DHHL Cafetieria. Your coach will let you know as soon as the schedule is available. The schedules will also be posted under the Events tab. There are various packages and prices available. All players are asked to be present, in uniform, for the team picture even if not purchasing an individual photo.

Is there a field maintenance day?
Yes, there are several days prior to the start of the season during which we welcome assistance in field clean-up. Please watch our homepage for announcements.

Who officiates the games in PYSA?
In-house teams are officiated by the team coaches. County level games are officiated by county paid, certified referees. If you are interested in becoming a certified referee, please contact Vanco Georgevic or visit http://www.epsarc.org/.