3 Ways to Stay Connected this Weekend

The Hempfield Adidas Fall Classic is officially here and there is a ton of fun stuff you don't want to miss! Special Player Appearance, Contests, Prizes, Raffles, Coupons & Giveaways from our Sponsors to name a few. Here are three ways to stay connected this weekend:

1) Download the Fall Classic App to access your game schedule, standings, venue maps/directions, and more. Search for: Hempfield Fall Classic

2) Follow @FallClassicNews on Twitter for live updates

3) Follow @HempfieldFallClassic on Facebook and Instagram for news, shared photos, and more

Make sure to tag us in your photos this weekend and use #HAFC2017 - we are happy to re-post, retweet, and share!

Philadelphia Union's Anthony Fontana to Appear at HAFC

Philadelphia Union's Anthony Fontana will make a player appearance at the Hempfield Adidas Fall Classic Tournament from 1-3pm on Saturday, November 18th. During that time, tournament participants may attend for autographs and photos. Along with the Philadelphia Union Mobile Tour, their associate club Bethlehem Steel FC will set up at the East Petersburg (EP) Venue from 12-3pm.

ABOUT ANTHONY FONTANA

- PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE -

2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Fontana officially signed with the Union on July 17, 2017, with his deal set to take effect January 1, 2018, at which point he will be added to the active roster ... he appeared for the Union First Team in the friendly against Swansea City (July 14), playing 14 minutes in a substitute's role ... additionally, Fontana made 11 appearances for Bethlehem Steel FC (seven starts) in 2017 ... he made substitute appearances at St. Louis FC (June 11) and at NYRB II (June 16) ... registered his first start of the year at Harrisburg (June 20) ... continued in the starting lineup vs. Richmond (July 1) and vs. NYRB II (July 9) ... made his fourth start of the season in the match at Richmond (July 22), his first appearance since being signed by the Union ... made additional Steel FC starts vs. Charlotte (July 29), at Ottawa (August 5) and at Charlotte (August 16) ... came on as a substitute vs. Louisville (August 20) and at Pittsburgh (August 26) ... was in the matchday 18 at Orlando (August 31).

2016 (Bethlehem): Prior to signing as a professional, Fontana made eight appearances for Steel FC in their inaugural 2016 campaign.

- INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE -

Fontana has been called into United States Youth National Team camps with the U-18s, most recently at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He has appeared in friendlies for the U.S. U-18s.

- YOUTH EXPERIENCE -

A Union Academy graduate, he also previously played for Penn Fusion, West Chester, and Kirkwood SC in his youth.

- ACQUIRED -

Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on July 17, 2017, with the signing effective January 1, 2018

Name: Anthony Fontana Position: Midfielder Height: 5’8”

Weight: 150

Born: October 14, 1999 in Newark, DE

Hometown: Newark, DE

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on July 17, 2017, with the signing effective January 1, 2018

- PERSONAL -

Growing up, Fontana's soccer role model was Pavel Nedved, who he describes as a hard worker and great with both feet. Fontana's favorite food is pasta. He's wanted to be a professional soccer player since he was six. His favorite vacation is going to Disney World with his family. He is a huge Breaking Bad fan and also likes listening to rap music in his spare time.

50/50 Raffle this Weekend

Be part of Penn Legacy's 50/50 Raffle this weekend! Tickets are sold at the following Hempfield Adidas Fall Classic Venues: Landisville Middle School (LV), Manor Middle School (MM) & East Petersburg Elementary (EP). View Maps/Directions HERE>

The Drawing will take place at 5pm on Saturday, November 18th. The raffle will support the Penn Legacy U14 boys team and part of the proceeds benefit Penn State Health Children's Hospital and Four Diamonds Fund. Buy your tickets on Saturday for a chance to win!

2017 Rec Indoor Soccer

PENN LEGACY REC INDOOR LEAGUE

This is a great opportunity to keep your children active and having fun over the winter months.  

Winter Program for Rec Players born in 2003 to 2009.

Note: Starting in the fall of 2016 the Penn Legacy Soccer Club is following the new US Youth Soccer Guidelines for grouping players by year of birth, rather than school year. This is new for ALL soccer clubs across the USA.

Games only, no practices.
Rec players only! No travel players.
Registration fee: $80

Preliminary* Game Dates & Times:
Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Jan 6 only: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Jan 6, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 (No games Jan 13, 2018)
Fields 2 & 3

U10 (YOB 2008 & 2009), U12 (YOB 2006 & 2007) & U15 (YOB 2003, 2004, & 2005)

* Specific Rec League game times will be provided after teams are finalized and schedules are available.
(approximately 12/15-12/20, and will be linked at the top of this page)

Winter Rec League Rules


WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY
- Withdrawals made by November 15, 2017 will be refunded 100% (less a $5 processing fee).
- Withdrawals made by December 1, 2017 will result in refund of 50% of registration fee.
- Withdrawals made after December 1, 2017 will NOT be refunded.

EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS
Please check your junk email for communications from your coach or the club if you have a spam filter.
Be sure to allow emails from the following addresses, or you might not receive important messages:

Required Risk Management and Background Checks/Clearances and Documentation to Submit to Penn Legacy

  • Required Risk Management and Background Checks/Clearances and Documentation to Submit to Penn Legacy
    Beginning July 1, 2015, an adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children will need background clearances.
    Click here for information about this recent change in the state law.

  • You must also submit a Risk Management application through EPYSA. Please be sure to select Penn Legacy as the club. 
    Click here to open the 2017-18 EPYSA Risk Management Application.


Winter Programs for Futures Players born in 2010 - 2013 is also available.  Please click here for more information.

2017 Futures Indoor Soccer

 

WINTER PROGRAM FOR PENN LEGACY FUTURES

This is a great opportunity to keep your children active and having fun over the winter months.

Winter Program for Futures Players born in 2010 to 2013.
Note: Starting in the fall, 2016 the Penn Legacy Soccer Club is following the new US Youth Soccer Guidelines for grouping players by year of birth, rather than school year. This is new for ALL soccer clubs across the USA. 

Fun skills sessions with Rossi and Penn Legacy staff. 
For kids of all skill levels. 
Registration fee: $75 per session; $140 for both sessions


Session #1 - Lanco Fieldhouse (Field 1)

Saturdays - Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018     

Under 5 (YOB 2013): 9:00 am -10:00 am
Under 6 (YOB 2012): 10:00 am -11:00 am
Under 7 (YOB 2011): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Under 8 (YOB 2010) : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Session #2 - Lanco Fieldhouse (Field 1)

Saturdays - Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018

Under 5 (YOB 2013): 9:00 am -10:00 am
Under 6 (YOB 2012): 10:00 am -11:00 am
Under 7 (YOB 2011): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Under 8 (YOB 2010) : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


 WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY
- Withdrawals made by November 15, 2017 will be refunded 100% (less a $5 processing fee). 
- Withdrawals made by December 1, 2017 will result in refund of 50% of registration fee.
- Withdrawals made after December 1, 2017 will NOT be refunded.

EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS
You should check your junk mail folder for communications from your coach or the club if you have a spam filter.
Be sure to you allow emails from the following addresses, or you might not receive important messages:

  • Futures@pennlegacy.org (Steve Rempala, Futures Registrar)
  • Rossi@pennlegacy.org (Gary Ross, Futures Director)
  • fuzzyminivan@yahoo.com (Ray Keene, VP of Futures)

Required Risk Management and Background Checks/Clearances and Documentation to Submit to Penn Legacy

  • As of July 1, 2015, an adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children will need background clearances.  
    Click here for information about this recent change in the state law.
  • You must also submit a Risk Management application through EPYSA. Please be sure to select Penn Legacy as the club. 

     Click here to open the 2017-18 EPYSA Risk Management Application.


A Winter Indoor League for Rec Players born in 2003-2009 is also available. Please click here for more information.  

A Small Tribute to a Beautiful Life...

What is the best part about being a coach?  For sure it is so very great to be connected to the game when we are too old to play it anymore (or at least play it as well as you used to!).  But by far and away the best part about being a coach is that we get to meet so many great kids.  We get to help these kids in small, tiny ways, and (when we pay close enough attention) we get to see the world through their eyes.  We are coaches for sure, but we really are just helping kids through, reinforcing what they learn at home and at school, and helping them along their way.  We are the lucky ones, we get to see up close as they grow and learn.  We have a front row seat as they succeed and fail; as they encounter all sorts of situations for the first time and we watch as they figure out solutions, always there to guide them along as needed.  We are in their world, and we must always remember that.  When we do so, then every game, every practice is a blessing.

This past weekend we were given a tragic reminder of how precious a young life is.  We will go on as a club, and as coaches.  But we will remember Maria.  We were so lucky to have her as part of this club.  We thank her for bringing that smile to every game, practice, school of xcellence and futsal session.  Our heart breaks for her family and we pray that they will find comfort.  We will remember why it is so great to be a coach, even though we do it with heavy hearts today.

Seamus.

(on behalf of all Penn Legacy coaches, especially those that worked with Maria over the years).

*all Penn Legacy teams will be holding a moment of reflection at their practices this week in honor of the memory of Maria Fisher.

** Hempfield High School have created T-shirts in honor of Maria and they are available to buy at the school and at Caruso’s. All proceeds will benefit a charity that is being set up in Maria’s name.

***There will be a viewing from 2-4pm and a service at 5pm on Saturday at Snyder’s Funeral Home (3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, Pa). 

****A gofundme page has been created for donations to scholarship funds in memory of Maria. 

Week 4 of Youth Soccer Month

 
THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT FITNESS
 
It is week 4 of Youth Soccer Month, and the theme is fitness with a focus on keeping yourself physically and mentally in shape for the game. Read More>
 
In honor of this week's theme, Penn Legacy players are encouraged to share a photo/video of a fitness related activity that they enjoy doing in order to stay physically & mentally fit for the beautiful game. Tag @PennLegacySoccer on Facebook & Instagram and we will repost. Use: #PennLegacy #YSM2017
 

ENTER THE BAG BUNDLE CONTEST: Comment with a video showing your juggling skills for a chance to win! The more creative, the better. Winner revealed Sept 28 #YSM2017

Must like US Youth Soccer Facebook Page to be eligible. Contest also open on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow Youth Soccer Month: Official WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter | #YSM2017

The business of "playing out of the back"

When US Soccer introduced their new Player Development Initiatives last year it was with the clear intent of improving the quality of play across youth soccer.  They clearly stated their objectives which I am listing again below:

  • to develop improved skills on the ball
  • to improve comfort and confidence
  • to develop intelligence with and without the ball
  • to promote faster decisions and better awareness
  • to develop partnerships within the team (connecting with players in other positions)

In the same announcement US Soccer talked about the need to change the mindset of youth sports, about "the long-term development of players being the top priority", how "there is too much emphasis on the result of the game" and that there are "no shortcuts" and the need to "have patience" to allow players to improve their skills.

I think it is safe to say that all rational parents of a youth soccer player would wholeheartedly agree with everything mentioned above as they read this blog in isolation.  However, it can be quite a different story on a Saturday afternoon when their child's team is losing and it feels like they give up a goal or a goalscoring opportunity every time the team's goalie starts play with a short pass out to a central defender.  The other team rushes in, the ball is coughed up, and bang!, another goal against.  Why oh why do we insist on this "building out of the back" business?  Why not just kick the ball down the pitch and away from our goal, so that, even if possession is lost, it is at least away from danger?

The simple answer is that if we are to stay true to following the objectives listed above then we MUST build through the thirds of the pitch (defensive, middle, and attacking).  Simply "booting" the ball forward in the direction of the opponent's goal does not fit in with trying to develop the young player.  The "kick ball" method that seems so effective at the younger age age groups is rendered completely inadequate by teams and players who are trained with the above objectives as a core part of their team's philosophy and curriculum.  But to reach that point, there will be harsh lessons and lots of mistakes to be made.  That is where (for me) the key phrase of the whole US Soccer document on their new Player Development Initiatives comes into play, that "players must be put into the best possible environment to succeed".  Not "to win", but to succeed in improving their skills, comfort, and confidence on the ball, their game intelligence and awareness, and their ability to connect with their teammates.

When we watch young children play we need to remember that we are watching them learn.  Many experiences are completely new to them.  Mistakes are commonplace; even the most dominant teams at the younger ages make a ton of them, (they are often just better at capitalising on the other team's mistakes).  And that is okay.  It can be frustrating, but it is okay.  Coaches tend to know that, and parents need to try to better understand that.  Coaches are looking for signs of improvement, signs that the above objectives are starting to take root.  Recognizing these signs is infinitely more important than any single result or league standing.  The environment we create is the single most important thing.  If players are afraid to fail then no learning can take place.  We all want to win, and no one I know likes to lose.  But sport is sport.  The game itself must provide the competition and the pressure, not the coach or the parents.

Thank you for reading,

Seamus.

2017 Make Your Own Ball Day

MAKE YOUR OWN BALL DAY
 
Youth Soccer Month is working with Make Your Own Ball Day to create the National MYOBD on September 21, 2017. "The mission of Make Your Own Ball Day is to use a ball to help kids create, connect, give, appreciate, and play. MYOBD promotes and supports the passions of kids for sport and uses soccer as a platform for change. We envision a world where every kid—regardless of living conditions—has the tools and power to play." - MYOBD.
 
The steps are simple!

1. Make a ball
2. Donate a ball
3. Find friends
4. Play soccer

Learn More Here!

What is Make Your Own Ball Day? [PDF]

Learn more about how you can participate [PDF]

How do I let parents and players know about the event? [PDF]

Follow Youth Soccer Month: Official WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter | #YSM2017 #YSMMYOBD

Week 3 of Youth Soccer Month

 
THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS
 
It is week 3 of Youth Soccer Month, and we are celebrating the relationships developed through our involvement in soccer.
 
In honor of this month's theme, Penn Legacy players are encouraged to share a photo of the friendships they've made through playing the sport we all love.  It can be a photo before/after practice, at a game, a fun memory, etc. Tag @PennLegacySoccer on Facebook & Instagram and we will make sure to re-post. 
 
Follow Youth Soccer Month: Official WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter | #YSM2017