HAVE FUN, EARN SOME MONEY…BECOME A REFEREE!
The Arlington Soccer Club and the Lexington United Soccer Club are once again co-hosting an In-Town Referee course.
The In-Town Referee course is open to ONLY 7th or 8th graders who will be 12 or 13 years old as of April 1, 2019. Participants will be eligible to officiate ASC In-Town games (Grades 2, 3 and 4) this Spring. Those who are older and would like to become certified to officiate BAYS games can do so by following the steps on the Arlington Soccer Club website.
WHAT: Arlington/Lexington Soccer Clubs In-Town Referee Course
WHEN: Monday March 4, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Please arrive at 6:15pm to check in.
WHERE: Arlington Senior Center, 2nd floor main room
27 Maple Street, Arlington
COST: $10 (collected at course and includes In-Town Referee T-shirt which will be distributed at second meeting later in March)
MATERIALS: Bring a notebook and pencil/pen
In addition to this course on March 4th, all ASC In-Town Referees will be expected to attend the Spring Pre-Season Referee Meeting at the end of March. Date and time for this meeting will be announced by email and on the ASC website.
Before registering your child for this course, please ask them if they are interested in officiating games. Space is limited and we would like to be sure that those who sign up are interested in refereeing for ASC.
When entering the T-shirt size for your child, please consider that it will have to be worn over clothes when it is cold and fit your child for a year. The size you order will be the size your child receives so please be accurate!
Register for the 2019 In-Town Referee Course here.
As part of the Arlington Soccer Club’s Youth Partnership with the New England Revolution, special 2019 Ticket Holiday Packs are now available for holiday gift giving.
To order a Holiday Pack, contact our NE Revolution Account Executive Kyle Lindsay at 508-549-0256 or [email protected]. ASC families who order a holiday pack through Kyle will also receive field passes for one of the games they attend.
The Holiday Packs offer discounted seats, the ability to choose all your matches without having one pre-determined, and to personally select your seats before tickets go on sale to the general public.
2019 Holiday Pack Pricing:
Each Holiday Pack also includes Revs merchandise (scarf, winter hat, or water bottle) to select as an extra item to give as a gift for the holidays.
Spring season start dates:
April 6 – Kindergarten, Grade 3 through 8
April 7 – Grade 1, Grade 2
April 28 – PreK, Grade 10 and 12
THERE WILL BE NO GAMES SCHEDULED OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! (this is a new feature)
The season will end the weekend of June 15-16.
The Late Registration period for PreK through Grade 8 began on November 15.
All registrations, for Grade 2 and above, are now assessed a $50 late fee and space on a team is not guaranteed.
Please use your EXISTING family account so that we retain your player’s history – if you create a new account and player record(s) then your player’s history is lost.
Coaches – all returning coaches should register to volunteer in AdminSports at the time of player registration. We cannot add you to a roster unless you are registered.
Registration for the spring high school teams will open in January 2019.
We are proud to announce that our Challenger trainers (Paige Forster, Brogan Marshalsey, Darrel Hayes and Tom Mitchinson) were the recipients of Challenger Sports “Team of the Year” award at their annual awards event. The competition for this title is for teams working in soccer organizations throughout New England and we are proud to proclaim we have the pick of the bunch. Our team has worked with every age group within the Arlington Soccer Club and we hope you have been able to take advantage of their work, which was recognized by the Challenger Academy as being of outstanding excellence. Well done team!
The ASC had 19 (!) teams participate in the Natick Tournament this past weekend. In addition to being honored with not one, but two Sportsmanship Awards, 6 Arlington teams competed in the finals.
The boys grade 8 Aces (BAYS Division 1A) won the tournament in the Boys U14 Alpha group, with the girls grade 5 Wolverines (BAYS Division 3E)winning the Girls U11 Gamma group. Congratulations to all teams on a successful tournament weekend!
Two ASC teams were recipients of the Sportsmanship Award at the Natick Tournament over Columbus Day weekend. The boys grade 5 Coyotes and the girls 3 Jaguars were honored with this award. The Coyotes compete in BAYS Division 2A and went 1-1-1 in the tournament. The Jaguars compete in BAYS Division 2A.
The tournament director personally passed along praise to the Town of Arlington for this accomplishment. There were nominations for 6-8 different Arlington teams when discussing the Sportsmanship Award, and he indicated “it seems like it’s in the coaching/program DNA to teach these types of life lessons along with the actual gameplay. Really well done.”
Boston Children’s Hospital Affiliate Program
Arlington Soccer Club is a proud to announce it is a Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine affiliate. As an affiliate, members of the Arlington Soccer Club have access to the following benefits:
- A sports medicine priority phone line available Monday through Friday, 7:30am– 4:30pm.
- Access to a Saturday Urgent Sports Medicine Clinic at 319 Longwood Avenue, 6th floor, Boston, offered 9am-3pm September through May.
- Access to FasTrac, a free phone app that provides fast and direct phone and email access to Boston Children’s world-renowned experts when you need a sports medicine appointment.
To learn more about Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine programs and injury prevention please visit bostonchildrens.org/sportsmed.
HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Priority and urgent appointments 857-218-5093
Urgent Sports Medicine Clinic 617-834-3098
Concussion Clinic 781-216-1328 or 617-355-3501
Radiology Scheduling 617-919-SCAN
The Michel Center for Sports Injury Prevention 781-373-2760
With locations in Boston, Lexington, Peabody, Waltham and Weymouth, specialized care is always within reach.
Thanks to the efforts of long-time ASC intown coach, Steve McHugh, a town in Zambia recently received a shipment of donated ASC equipment and uniforms. The message from the coordinator on the ground indicated…”the school cancelled classes and it was quite a morning…the soccer games, 3 of them… went on for hours. It turned into a field day for the kids; younger kids were playing games like tag, with sock balls and plastic bag balls. Most of the kids kicked off their shoes and played in socks or barefoot on grassy dirt with stones, etc. The girls played at the level of JV teams – fun to watch!”
The Arlington Soccer Club promotes Paige Forster to newly appointed Director of Coaching Position
ARLINGTON, MA – June 08, 2018 – The Arlington Soccer Club (ASC) recently created a full-time Director of Coaching (DOC) position to oversee the development of all youth soccer players and volunteer soccer coaches in the Arlington community. The ASC is delighted to announce that Paige Forster has been promoted to this newly created position. In the DOC role, Paige will continue to develop and implement a broad program to enhance the development of Arlington children as soccer players.
“Paige’s experience as a professional soccer player combined with her considerable training and track record of coaching abroad – and here in Arlington – will be an invaluable asset to our program,” said Michael Girioni, President of The Arlington Soccer Club. “The ASC Board and community are thrilled to recognize Paige for this well-deserved promotion.”
Paige brings to this position an extensive soccer resume. She received a Coaching for Performance in Football degree from Anglia Ruskin University and holds advanced coaching licenses from both the English Football Association and the US Soccer Federation. Paige has coached in the UK and Sweden and formerly played with the Liverpool and Everton women’s teams in England. In the US, Paige has served as the Head Football Coach for Challenger Sports and has been a Lead Coach for the ASC over the past three years.
In her new role, Paige will work closely with the ASC Board to enhance the soccer program with the advancement of training and lesson opportunities for coaches and players. She will also collaborate with other local soccer programs and the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association to ensure that Arlington maintains a soccer program that best serves the community. Paige’s great energy, enthusiasm and passion for both Arlington and soccer has garnered her strong positive reviews from players and coaches alike.
The mission of the ASC is to provide a fun environment for children to play the game of soccer while promoting good sportsmanship and the skill development of all players. The appointment of a full-time DOC is an important next step in fulfilling this mission.
Established in 1973, the ASC has grown to more than 2,100 registered youth soccer players annually and 350 volunteer coaches. As DOC, Paige will help to develop a long term strategic plan for the soccer club. Central to this plan, is improving our player and coach development programs. The soccer program, under Forster’s leadership, will focus on the development of individual technical skills as the foundation for success in soccer. This is consistent with the ASC philosophy that player development, participation, and enthusiasm for the sport of soccer is more important than the outcome of any game. In addition, the player development program will support the ASC value of coaching children as people through good sportsmanship and teamwork. The ASC is dedicated to the ongoing training of volunteer coaches to improve the quality of the experience for the children and supports the continued growth of a thriving soccer community within Arlington.
Please join us in congratulating Paige on this well-deserved promotion!
Registration for soccer programs for Fall 2018 is now open, and further information can be found at the Arlington Soccer Club web-site:
Interviewed by Paige Forster (Arlington Soccer Club Director Of Coaching)
“I had great coaches growing up, they supported me and they were always positive”
Playing in the best league in the world…
Natasha Dowie, born 30th June 1988, is an English professional football player. She has played for club and country throughout her career at the top flight, netting 5 in 14 Senior appearances for England. She has won the F.A Women’s Super League twice in 2013 & 2014 with Liverpool Ladies. She is now the front force for local team Boston Breakers where she hopes for the same success. Dowies professional career started at Watford Ladies (London) in 2004 and went on to play for 6 other English teams. In 2016 she crossed the pond where she signed for Boston Breakers and hasn’t looked back since.
Quick, strong and lethal in the air, it is no mystery why Dowie is a defenders nightmare. Dowie finished the 2017 season as the top goal-scorer for the Breakers with 7 goals. She also captained the side on two occasions.
In an exclusive interview with Paige Forster, the on form striker discussed who her biggest inspiration is, how important coach motivation is and her secrets to performing at her best.
At what age did you start playing football competitively?
I always play competitively 😉 I was 15 when I played open age for Watford Ladies FC.
Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and why?
My dad was. He played at a good level and was a great coach. He has always been my biggest supporter and has coached me from the start and traveled all over the world to watch me play.
Growing up do you think watching soccer helped you become a better player?
Very much so. When you have a favorite team and player you study the way they play collectively and individually and try to look at what you can bring to your own game to become better.
How important do you think the coach is in motivating you to play as well as you can?
Extremely. I had great coaches growing up, who supported me and they were always positive and enthusiastic about the game. They just let me play without a care in the world. The older I got my dad made sure I was always competitive which was never a problem. I hated losing at anything.
If you were to give any advice to any young soccer players what would it be?
Enjoy playing. Work hard. Practise practise practise. Always believe in yourself no matter what. Ask lots of questions to help your game. Watch the game as much as possible live and on TV. Then the older you get it becomes your life! Everything you do should be to help you be the best player you can be. Eating hydration recovery/sleep.
I know you have had some coaching experience in between your playing career with youth players, so as a coach what advice would you give to our volunteers who are working with our youth players?
Be enthusiastic. Positive body language and talk. Encourage them if they make mistakes – it will help them to get better. No one is perfect. Team spirit. Make sure everyone is a good teammate.
How important do you think rest and recovery is and what do you do to make sure your body recovers well enough to always perform to your best?
Straight after a game I ice bath. Get good food in me and fluid straight away.
During the week I try to get a massage every day if I can or at least every other day to flush my legs out.
Foam roll and stretch daily. Get as much sleep as possible. Nap during the day.
Other activities I enjoy doing are Yoga and swimming.
What do you eat the day before a match and the morning of a match?
Breakfast – smashed avocado poached eggs on toast with grilled tomatoes and halloumi cheese with fresh orange juice.
Lunch – fruit ( bananas strawberries blueberries raspberries with yogurt- nuts sprinkled on top.
Dinner- chicken pasta with mushrooms and peppers.
Drink water throughout the day.
2/3 cups of tea and a chai latte 😊
Morning of match- porridge with blueberries on top.
At your current team does the manager still keep the training sessions fun? If so how? And do you think this is a vital part of learning?
Not as much as I would like. I try to not let it feel like a job but it’s hard when it is and your managers job is on the line! It’s a results business.
Normally we play rondos before the session starts which is when you can be a bit light-hearted.
One last question before you go, what made you decide to come and play for Boston Breakers?
I wasn’t happy at Doncaster Belles and was looking to leave but wasn’t allowed to sign for anyone in the UK. Matt Beard approached my agent. I had always wanted to play in America. It’s the best league in the world so it was a win win for me.