St. Marys Association always looking for volunteers
By Pat Payton
St. Marys and Area minor soccer is ready to kick into full swing in the next few weeks after completing their registration process earlier this week.
“What’s exciting about minor soccer is that we’ve had a resurgence of volunteers and interest,” association president Chris Gwyn told the Independent last week.
“Typically, it’s 150 to 200 kids involved each season, from four years old right up to 16 years old. It’s been a few years since we’ve had 18-year-olds playing in town.
“We won’t have final numbers until (this) week. We have to draw the line on registrations at some point because we have to order equipment and get teams organized. We have been advertising registration for the past eight weeks, and more recently via St. Marys Life Facebook group. Our objective is to make sure all kids who want to play soccer are playing soccer.”
Six travel teams
This summer, St. Marys minor soccer plans to have six travel teams, involving 70 to 80 players in a new Ontario Soccer sanctioned league. There will be a new U-10 girls team as well as U-12, U-14 and U-16 girls teams. In the boys ranks, there will be U-12 and U-14 travel teams.
“A lot of the coaches for the travelling teams have come forward, but we’re always looking for parents to help out,” Gwyn said.
Parents-volunteers are always needed to coach the U-7s and U-9s as well as the young Mites and Tykes (the 4, 5 and 6-year-olds) who play in town.
“We’re there to help out (the volunteers) with clinics in the spring,” the president said. “We supply all the training they may need.”
Meadowridge being used again
After a few years of not being used, St. Marys minor soccer will again play games at the Meadowridge soccer pitch off Southvale Road, Gwyn reports. The Westward field will again be used by the younger teams.
The travel teams will play the majority of their home games at Solis fields on the PRC grounds, plus Meadowridge.
Depending on field conditions, the president expects games to start the second week of May. “When people know soccer is coming, they know spring has arrived,” he added with a laugh.
Minor Soccer notes:
–Chris Gwyn has been president of the St. Marys & Area Minor Soccer Club since 2015. Nathan Brown is the new vice-president and coach coordinator. Tracey Treadway returns as treasurer, and Cate DeBlock as Mite/Tyke convener.
“A host of others have recently stepped forward to help at the executive level and to ensure a sustainable future for recreational and competitive soccer in St. Marys,” the president says. Some of the new people include: Mary Jane Littlejohn (Director at Large/Equipment Manager/Registration and Travel Team Convener), Judy Greig (Assistant Treasurer), Carrie McKichan (Website/Social Media), Ian McKichan (Referee Coordinator), Suzy Warmuth (Coach Coordinator) and Reg Clinton (Sponsorship).
–Gwyn would personally like to thank James Jantzi, who retired from the executive this year. His hard work over the years kept the travel program going. “Further thanks to the Town of St Marys for investing in and maintaining the fields.”
–For more information on minor soccer, contact Gwyn at: email@example.com. “We’re checking that email regularly these days to respond to questions,” he said.