The Town will be holding two Special Meetings in the coming week to discuss the New Library Project. We encourage everyone who opposes the use of the Horse Field as the site for the New Library to come to these meetings and voice your opinion.
Board of Finance Special Meeting: Friday, Jan. 5th at 7:00pm, Town Hall Room 133
Special Town Meeting: Monday, Jan. 8th at 7:30pm, Town Hall Room 133
BSC Statement on New Library Project
The Brookfield Soccer Club has chosen to oppose the construction of a new town library on the existing soccer fields closest to Pocono Road (a.k.a. the Horse Field).
Each year, hundreds of children utilize the Horse Field for soccer. It is presently a constant juggling act to provide adequate field time for our teams’ practices and games, all while sharing space with the lacrosse and football programs. Eliminating this field would make scheduling field use even more difficult.
Since last summer, a Facilities Ad-Hoc Committee has been searching for properties to replace the fields. As of yet, no viable solutions have been found that do not negatively impact areas that our town has voted on in the past to keep as ‘open space’.
Furthermore, of the many conversations with concerned citizens we’ve had, there has been a general consensus that our schools, particularly Huckleberry, are in dire need of attention and a financial priority right now.
Drop-in Soccer Sessions with BHS Coach David Lavery
Starting Wednesday, Dec. 6th, BHS Boys Varsity Soccer Coach David Lavery will host soccer training sessions on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
No advanced sign-up required.
Just drop-in to any training sessions that fit your schedule.
Cost: $10.00 per session (Cash or check made payable to David Lavery) Location: Brookfield High School Small Gym Ages: U12, U13, U14 Time: 7:30-9:00pm Dates:
December - 6th, 8th, 13th, 20th
January - 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st
February - 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th
Players must wear shin guards and bring indoor shoes for playing on a gym floor.
US Soccer has announced the following 2 new major Player Development Initiatives for all US Youth Soccer programs and competitions:
Shift to calendar year for the age grouping of teams (effective Fall 2016)
New Small-Sided Standards for games (effective Fall 2017)
Please see the announcement below from US Youth Soccer for details on these changes.
Small-Sided Games will be mandated come August of 2017, with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. U.S. Soccer will encourage the adoption of Small-Sided Games best practices in August of 2016. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.
The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game.
Age Group Mandate from US Soccer
Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.
US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year.
Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; all other FIFA members go by the calendar year.
Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group.
Determining Birth Year
US Soccer explains that birth year registration should be calculated based on the year in which the season ENDS. For example, if a season begin in the fall of 2016 and ends in the summer of 2017 (ex: 2016-2017 season), the players would be registered based on their age in the year 2017.
To simplify determining the age group, just subtract the birth year from the year the season ends. For example: (Year Season Ends) - (Birth Year) = (Age Group):
2016-2017 - 2003 = U14
2016-2017 - 2007 = U10