The Seymour Soccer Association (SSA) would like to thank all of the families that took the time to participate in our fall soccer survey. As most of you are aware, SSA made some program changes this past fall, therefore your input was extremely important. Your comments will greatly assist us in designing future offerings.
The following is a summary of the feedback from families with children in Divisions 1, 2, and/or 3. 65% of the total survey responses were from these three recreation program divisions. The majority of respondents were generally pleased with the number of practices, playing time, and number of professional training sessions. It should be noted, however, that there were families that would like to see more team practice time with the assigned coaches and less time with professional trainers.
The SSA travel program experienced the biggest change this past fall. SSA contracted with Everson Soccer, Inc. to bring in professional coaches to work in tandem with SSA parent coaches. The improvement in each of the four SSA travel teams was both visible and exciting. In past years SSA travel teams struggled to consistently compete against surrounding town soccer teams. This year a SSA competition travel team and a SSA recreation travel team each finished in first place within their Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) divisions. The SSA family is proud of the players that worked so well together and with their coaches. Congratulations!
The other fall SSA travel teams also fared very well finishing in second and third places, respectively, in their CJSA divisions. With regard to some survey respondents’ concerns about SSA volunteer coaches not having the training needed to assist players in the development of their abilities, SSA will be partnering with Academica Futebol Club (AFC) to provide a coach curriculum and a systematic approach to build coaching capacity and skill development for the children who participate in our soccer club. To that end, SSA will have a framework of support for coaches in place for the fall and begin the exciting new partnership with AFC this spring to best meet the needs of the children and families that we serve.
SSA appreciates the time and effort that all of our present and past coaches have invested in SSA’s teams. For that, SSA is forever grateful. Without such coach volunteers there would not be a successful soccer program in Seymour. The SSA Board is presently considering all of your responses regarding professional training, the amount of games, and practice time with coaches. Your valuable comments will assist SSA in shaping the upcoming 2010-2011 programs.
As you know, the SSA program is dependent on all of our soccer families as volunteers. Please consider volunteering in some capacity in the future. We would love to have you be a part of the SSA team and the fastest growing sport in Seymour!
Finally, SSA’s main goal is, and always will be, for Seymour’s children to have fun and allow them to develop to the best of their own ability. Healthy competition, discipline, and team work are skills that children will need to be successful in life. With every decision the SSA Board makes, it keeps these most important goals and overall vision squarely in focus.
Again, thank you for your input. The SSA Board looks forward to working with our families and to keep Seymour Soccer “growing” in the right direction!