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Win a trip for 2 to see Chelsea FC

(4/24/2018)

Our Jack Walsh Memorial Tournament Sponsor YOKOHAMA is bringing 2 youth soccer players (13-18) to London to see a match, tour the field, and meet the @ChelseaFC players themselves! If this sounds like a dream come true, then enter today in the London VIP Soccer Experience!

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Hunter-Upper Dublin Soccer Partnership

(3/12/2018)

It is with great pleasure to announce that Hunter Soccer Club (HSC) and Upper Dublin Soccer Club (UDSC) have entered into a wide-ranging partnership agreement. For nearly two years, our two clubs have been collaborating on a variety of initiatives and, as a result, the leadership of both Clubs believe that their close working relationship and shared priorities should be formalized.

 

The partnership agreement between HSC and UDSC encompasses the following:

  • Continued co-hosting of the Jack Walsh Memorial Soccer Tournament.  Since the two Clubs began co-hosting the tournament in 2016, the Jack Walsh Memorial has grown from 225 participating teams to nearly 400, becoming the Philadelphia region's largest Columbus weekend youth soccer tournament.
  • Joint management of the Penn Alliance Select (PAS) soccer program. Now in its second year, PAS is a premier year-round youth soccer program for talented HSC and UDSC players at U14 and above. PAS brings these players together on combined teams which offer enhanced player skills development and exposure to high-level competition.
  • Inter-club collaboration in areas such as development of best practices, resource sharing, and group purchasing.
  • Development of a shared vision and joint leadership to grow and improve the game in our respective communities and playing areas

The HSC/UDSC partnership will be overseen by a new body called the Penn Alliance Advisory Board. The current seven (7) member Advisory Board consists of:

  • Bryan Pollack, President of Upper Dublin Soccer Club and Co-President of the Penn Alliance Advisory Board
  • Ralph Bocchino, Chairman of Hunter Soccer Club and Co-President of the Penn Alliance Advisory Board
  • Bill Manchester, President of Hunter Soccer Club
  • Daniel Moss, Vice President and Director of Travel Soccer at Upper Dublin Soccer Club
  • Adam Simmens, Director of Scheduling at Upper Dublin Soccer Club
  • Tommy Brauer, Director of Travel Soccer at Hunter Soccer Club
  • Simon Lindsay, President of the Penn Alliance Select Operational Committee

HSC President's Letter to Parents on Sportsmanship (11/13/2017)

Dear Hunter Families,

I want to bring to your attention some issues from several Hunter Travel and Intramural games over the past few weekends.  The common theme from what occurred deals with the topic of adults and sportsmanship.

We have received several emails stating that some parents have been berating the referees or in some instances they have been yelling at players.  These are all things being brought to my attention and I was not an eyewitness to the events, however I see the necessity to offer a friendly reminder about spectator’s code of conduct.

To the Hunter Soccer parents:

  • Do not yell at the referees. When you yell at a ref, you’re essentially trying to intimidate them. And in case you haven’t figured it out yet, there is a shortage of youth soccer referees. And you know why? Because no-one wants to ref in an environment of hostile coaches and parents. So as a Hunter Parent, I ask that you demonstrate good sportsmanship and always show respect to the game officials, even when you don’t agree with their decisions.
  • Openly display respect for the opponent at all times. This is not the National Team or the EPL or MLS. It’s YOUTH SOCCER. Making negative/disparaging remarks at players is completely unacceptable!

I also want to be clear that our coaches will be reminded of this conduct regarding their behavior on the sidelines as well.  It is not easy to get coaches to volunteer to work with so many kids.  Over the years as Hunter Soccer has grown we have worked to educate and license our coaches to address the code of conduct on the sidelines.  However sometimes, in the excitement of the game, this can be forgotten and it is our job to remind them.   Hunter has never had a major issue with our coaches as yet, but when an issue comes up we will address it.  In my experience with our coaches, they have always worked to better themselves for their team.

Regardless of whether you are an adult, player, coach or official this value is paramount since it suggests that you care about yourself and how others perceive you. Sportsmanship Builds Character– Regardless of the outcome.

I leave you with this. Hunter Soccer’s goal is to build on player skills at all ages and levels, develop middle and high school players and to build character through teamwork and sportsmanship- all within an environment that is safe, welcoming and fun. Seeing our youth players having fun, learning to love the game, and making new friends will always take priority over wins and trophies.


Sincerely,
Bill Manchester
President

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