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Table of Contents General Tryout Information Dates & Times………………...………………..…………………….

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Location & Map………………………………………………………

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Coaching Staff………………………………...………………………. 3 Field Assignment……………………………………………………… 4 Team Information………………………………….…………………. 4 Guidelines………………...……...……………..……………………... 4 Sign-up information……………………...………….………………..

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Bring……………………….………..…………….…………………..

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After Tryouts………………………………………………………….. 8 Fees…………………………………………………………………….. 9 Acceptable Payment Methods…………………………...…………… 9 New Uniforms for the Club………………...………………………… 9 About Us Club History…………………………..………………………………. 11 Mission……………………………..………………………………….. 12 PSC Experience……………………………………………………….. 12 Levels Of Competition……..…………………………….…………………..

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Academy Program……………………………………………………………. 15 Alumni………………………………………………………………………… 17

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Premier Girls 96 Green

Premier Boys 97 Green & 98

Elite/Select Girls

Elite/Select Boys

June 17, 2012

June 17, 2012

June 19th 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

June 20th 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

June 21st 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

June 21st 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Portage Soccer Complex

Portage Soccer Complex

Portage Soccer Complex

Portage Soccer Complex

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2012 – 2013 Coaching Staff Birth Date Range

Age

Team

August 1, 2004 – July 31, 2006

U7 – U8

Academy

August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004

U9

Portage SC 04

August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003

U10

Boys Coach

Mark Murry Wayne Harpenau

Portage SC 03 – Green

U11

Debbi Kreps Pat Norman

Frank Rodin Portage SC 03 - White

August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002

Girls Coach

Portage SC 02 - Green

Russ Mitchell John Twiehaus

Portage SC 02 - White

Wayne Harpenau Wayne Harpenau

August 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001

U12

Portage SC 01

August 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000

U13

Portage SC 00

August 1, 1998 – July 31, 1999

U14

Portage SC 99

Vu Le

David Rice

August 1, 1997 – July 31, 1998

U15

Portage SC 98

**David Rice

Jerry Orwin

August 1, 1996 – July 31, 1997

Portage SC 97 - Green

**Vu Le

U16 Portage SC 97 - White

Jim Kelly

August 1, 1995 – July 31, 1996

August 1, 1993 – July 31, 1995

Mark Murry

David Rice Paul Knight

Paul Knight Portage SC 96

**Vu Le

U17 Portage SC 94 – Green

Brian Lam David Rice

U18/19 Portage SC 94 - White

Brian Lam

**Premier Teams

Visit our website to see the bio’s on our coaching staff for this upcoming year.

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2012 – 2013 Tryout Field Assignment Birth Date Range

Age

August 1, 2004 – July 31, 2006

U7 – U8

August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004

U9

August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003

U10

Team

Boys

Academy Portage SC 04

Do not attend 7 South

Portage SC 03 – Green

U11

7 North 7 South

7 North Portage SC 03 - White

August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002

Girls

7 South

Portage SC 02 - Green

5

5

Portage SC 02 - White

5

5

August 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001

U12

Portage SC 01

9

9 North

August 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000

U13

Portage SC 00

6 South

6 North

August 1, 1998 – July 31, 1999

U14

Portage SC 99

6 North

9 South

August 1, 1997 – July 31, 1998

U15

**Portage SC 98

**4

4

August 1, 1996 – July 31, 1997

**Portage SC 97 - Green

**5

U16

6 South Portage SC 97 - White

August 1, 1995 – July 31, 1996

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**Portage SC 96 – Green U17

**5 2 North

Portage SC 96 - White August 1, 1993 – July 31, 1995

8 North

Portage SC 94 - Green U18/19

2 South

8 South

Portage SC 94 - White **These are Premier tryouts on Sunday afternoon

Guidelines 

Tryouts are open and free to anyone interested in playing competitive soccer.

Players are expected to participate in both nights of their age group tryout.

Players who cannot make the scheduled tryout times should contact Dana Pope BEFORE tryouts for further information.

Parents will not be allowed at the fields during the tryouts. After signing in the player, all parents must return to the parking lot or concession area until the conclusion of the tryout.

Some help may be required to collect data; however, parents may not volunteer for the age group which includes their child.

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Players may try out at an advanced age group only if they meet the criteria as set forth in the Club policy which can be found on our website.

Important information also available on the PSC policy page, includes notification of results after tryouts. It is very important you enter the parent/contact phone number and email addresses in the on-line signup. If you're going to be out of town after tryouts, leave alternate contact info on a written note and submit it at tryouts.

The PSC Code of Conduct will be followed by all players, parents, and coaches!

Sign-Up Information Thank you for your interest in Portage Soccer Club. In order to sign-up for our tryouts, you need click on the following link: Online Tryout player signup. The opening page will ask you to either login to an existing account or to register a new account. If you currently play for Portage SC, an account already exists. If you don’t remember your login information, be sure to use the Player Password Lookup to get use your verified GotSoccer account. If the system doesn’t allow a look up, you may contact registrar, Dana Pope at pscregistrar@att.net - 269.743.7177. She will need the player’s name and date of birth. If you played for another club, you will need to create a new account. You can use the same email address but will need to choose a unique user ID.

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The second step will ask for player data (birth date, address, phone, parents, etc.) When asking for team age, choose the team age your child is currently playing. This step also requests you to read and check off you’ve read some simple statements about playing competitive soccer with Portage SC.

The next page asks you to check acknowledging there is no fee

The next step will bring up a page where you need to check box an agreement and “sign” your name understanding this is a tryout process only and does not guarantee team placement. You will need to click on Finish & Submit Application to complete the sign up process.

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The final page lets you know you have completed and submitted the sign up application. You can click on the Next Step – Your Player Account to go into your account and update information.

Once at your player profile you can go in and update your photo and/or birth certificate documentation.

If you have any questions about the registration process, feel free to contact Dana. She will be happy to assist you.

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Bring 

Shin guards, water, and a ball

Either upload, email or bring a recent "head & shoulder" picture of player.

For new players to PSC: either upload or bring a copy of the player's birth certificate. (Be sure to redact any social security numbers.)

Please wear a white t-shirt (no PSC, TKO, ODP, club name soccer jerseys)

A free numbered t-shirt will be supplied for the tryout. Players will need to wear same shirt for both tryouts and get to keep it.

After Tryouts Players will be notified of the result of their tryout no later than 1 week following the conclusion of the tryouts. Results typically are emailed to the address supplied during the online signup. Once a player is offered a position on a team, he/she will be asked to accept or decline the position by email no later than 48 hours following notification of the tryout result. Players and parents are reminded other players on the team are counting on each other's commitment to follow through on whatever he/she commits, as are other players are turned away. Consideration of others who also want to play soccer is expected. All players accepting an offer to play on a team are expected to attend our Club Registration meeting held at the Portage Soccer Complex. The girls will be meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00 and the boys will be meeting on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00. More details will come with your coach's email after tryouts have been completed.

For any questions please contact Dana Pope, PSC Registrar at 743-7177 or pscregistrar@att.net.

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Fees 

Academy Program (Fall and Spring): $60.

Elite and Select teams (Fall and Spring): $225.

High School (Fall or Spring): $170.

High School Premier (Fall or Spring): $230.

One time uniform purchase (~$132) from Back of the Net includes complete Puma kit with two shorts, two jerseys, and two pair of socks.

The fee collected from each player covers the following for all Select, Elite and Premier players: all MSYSA/MSPSP/WMYSA fees, league games and practice costs such as field rental, referee fees, insurance fees and coaching stipends. The fee collected from each player does not cover the following: uniforms, tournament fees or tournament travel reimbursement for non-parent coaches. The fee collected from each Academy player covers the following: all WMYSA fees, t-shirts, Jamborees, field rental, referee fees, insurance fees and coaching stipends.

Acceptable Methods of Payment We now accept online payments via PayPal or credit cards. Payment may also be made by check, money order or cashier’s check. Payment should be made payable to PSC with Player Name and Team Name in the memo section. There is a $30. service charge for any returned checks due to non-sufficient funds. Specific information is included to players who are selected to play on a team.

Uniforms PSC proudly wears PUMA. With the 2012 -2013 season, all players will sport a new look. Most uniform companies produce its kits for a small window of time. We have now completed a 2 year cycle with the Puma Lyon and now move on to wearing the Puma PowerCat 3.12.

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Uniforms will need to be ordered through Back of the Net. Orders may be purchased either online with SoccerZone/Back of the Net or stopping into the store conveniently located inside the SoccerZone on Sprinkle Road. Everyone will need to order the new kit which costs about $132. The kit includes: green jersey, white jersey, black shorts, white shorts and 2 pair of white socks.

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Club History The Portage Soccer Club (PSC) began in 1985 and gained status as an incorporated non-profit organization in February 1991. Starting with only four boys’ teams playing in the West Michigan Youth Soccer Association (WMYSA), today PSC is one of the largest clubs in WMYSA, fielding a combination of 21 boys and girls teams playing from U9 all the way to U19. Although PSC has changed in size over the years, our philosophy of emphasizing player development over winning has remained and our teams have performed very well on the field in terms of both skill and results. Our belief is players, parents, the club, and the community will always "win through development" supporting youth to their maximum potential. PSC owns and maintains the Portage Soccer Complex at 4422 Bishop Road (east of Sprinkle and south of Bishop/Romence) where home games are played. This nine field complex opened in 2002 and is now recognized as one of the foremost soccer complexes in Michigan. In 2008, the PSC with a donation from Pfizer, opened an eight field practice facility which also includes two training grids. This allows teams plenty of space and at least one goal to shoot on at a time which is convenient for the team. The practice facility also enables other development activities such as common goalkeeper training. The Club annually hosts the Portage Soccer Classic tournament the second weekend in June. The club is now preparing for the next tournament which is now in its 26th year. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, 142 teams competed at ages U9 to U19.

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Club Mission The mission of the PSC is to promote the development of amateur soccer players. The PSC will accomplish this mission by: A.

Providing quality coaching, clinics and team play;

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Providing competitive opportunities through participation in the West Michigan Youth Soccer Association (WMYSA), the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA);

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Promoting and sponsoring MSYSA and USYSA sanctioned tournaments;

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Supporting recreational and developmental soccer programs in the community;

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Working cooperatively with other recreational and developmental sports programs; and

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Supporting the development and maintenance of soccer fields for PSC teams, for tournament play and for community use.

The PSC Experience PSC offers an outstanding soccer experience within the Academy, Select, Elite and Premier programs. Additionally, as an all volunteer program, the Club represents an outstanding value (one of the lowest in the state) by providing excellent coaching and strong competition at one of the nicest soccer complexes in the state. The philosophy of the Club is to emphasize player development. We believe that consistent achievement at the highest level possible is a goal that is reached through development and not by coaching to simply win games in the short term.

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By focusing on development the Club also strives to keep players enjoying the game, and we seek to avoid the burnout that sometimes occurs when travel time becomes excessive, or when pressure to perform may exceed age-appropriate levels. PSC offers a very good experience that many outstanding high school players have benefited from. Most teams practice twice a week, and typically play an average of 8 league games each season on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. The Fall Season typically runs from mid August to the end of October, and the Spring Season usually starts in mid April and lasts until mid June. Half of the games are played away (typically within an hour drive) while home games are played at the Portage Soccer Complex conveniently located here in town. Teams usually play two or three tournaments per year, which may include Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends. All teams are also required to play in the Portage Soccer Classic in June - we are the host organization. PSC teams playing in WMYSA (select division) compete within the Portage, Kalamazoo, River Oaks, Marshall, Mattawan Stevensville and Plainwell area. Those playing in the Elite division play in the Portage, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and St. Joseph area. Those playing in the premier divisions may have games anywhere in the State; however, they typically are focused in the Detroit area for away games. The goal of PSC is to place each team in a league which maximizes the number of closely contested games. By doing so, this helps make it fun and helps foster player development by exposure to good competition with coaches who keep winning in perspective.

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To better understand the differences in levels of competition, we will highlight how the divisions of play work within the East and West sides of the state. The East side of the state has the greatest number of players and leagues within MSYSA. Depending upon the area you are in, they offer a wide range of competitive levels of play starting at the recreational leagues. Travel play begins at the select levels of play, and progresses through the competitive pyramid. The West side of the state travel programs is predominantly made up of WMYSA, GVSA and CASL. Each of these leagues offer travel at select level of play (some age groups are large enough to allow both A and B divisions). Elite, which consists of interleague play between the top teams within these 3leagues and premier, MRL and national level of play is also available in this side of the state. Although Premier level play is statewide, the greatest concentration of teams is based in the Detroit area. This is simply based on the population. As a result, this means that half of your games are played within the Detroit area.

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Elite level play is based in the West side of the state. This is predominantly made up of players who prefer not to travel the distance to the Detroit area. The Elite division does not offer different levels of play so the caliber of competition varies and can range from being comparable to a Premier Classic 2 team up to the lower end teams within Premier 1. MRL is a Midwest Regional League program comprised of teams from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. Games are played in mini tournament fashion (3 games in a two day period), but the travel is obviously more extensive.

A Philosophy of Long Term Development and Continuous Growth The WMYSA Academy was designed to enhance the development of U8/U7 age players. It is intended for those young players interested in advanced training and getting a better introductory understanding of the travel soccer experience. This style of training is strongly encouraged by the USSF and US Youth Soccer as being the best for player development. Academy programs allow young players to grow into the game in a fun way with the freedom to experience and develop at an age appropriate pace. This contrasts with the traditional team format where much importance is placed on game score. Academy programs allow an innovative learning environment which includes multi-club interaction. At this age it’s not about wins and losses, it’s about player development. According to The US Soccer Coaching Education Department, at this age, the most fundamental skill is individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it. The academy program works hand and hand with recreational soccer programs. It offers those players the extra training they may desire without interfering in the recreation program. This provides them with an atmosphere to continually advance in skill level by providing more touches on the ball in a low pressure environment where they have the time needed to try new things and develop ball mastery skills.

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For most players, this is the best environment for them to grow. Other clubs may offer league play rather than an academy program. However, you need to remember; the greater the level of competition, the less time the player has to develop that creativity. The greater the level of competition, the more pressure parents put on their children. With greater levels of competition, coaches tend to shift the focus to winning rather than development of players. Think of it this way. Some players are more athletic at younger ages than others. When those players are moved up to early, they are forced to rely on their athletic ability to survive; not their soccer skills. That skill development is hindered due to the pace of the game. At age 13 they still posses that athletic ability, but struggle to compete with those who have caught up to them athletically, yet had time to develop their technical skills. Some leagues offer a U8 division for competitive play rather than an academy environment. WMYSA doesn’t, because we have strong recreational programs (AYSO) which other areas may not have. We provide the development that U8 Travel soccer leagues simply don’t.

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PSC is proud of the accomplishments of our players. Many players have developed skills to achieve honors at high school, college, state and beyond. Former PSC players include: BJ Snow, Jacob Peterson, Eric Alexander and Lindsay Tarpley. BJ Snow • A four-year starter on defense at Indiana University from 1996-99. • Four-straight Big Ten titles, back-to-back national championships • Coached PCHS • Currently athletic director and head coach of the Women’s Soccer Program for UCLA. • Served as an assistant coach with the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team. Jacob Peterson • Played college soccer at Indiana University • Two seasons in the USL Premier Development League, • Drafted in the second round of the 2006 MLS Super Draft by Colorado Rapids. • Also played for Toronto FC and San Jose • Currently playing MLS with Sporting Kansas City. Lindsay Tarpley • At University of North Carolina received several national awards. • Began her US National Team career with the U-16 Girls National Team. • She appeared in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, winning a Gold Medal in each trip. • Played in the W-League prior to the creation of the Women’s Professional Soccer League. • WPS with Chicago Red Stars, Saint Louis Athletica, Boston Breakers; now Magic Jack Eric Alexander • Played college soccer at Indiana University • Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team • Named to the All-Big Ten first-team and the NSCAA/Adidas Great Lakes All-Region second-team as a sophomore and a junior • Drafted in 3rd round of MLS Super Draft by FC Dallas • Currently playing MLS for the Portland Timbers

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2012 Portage Soccer Club Tryouts  

Information on how to sign up for Portage Soccer Club tryouts in June as well as general travel

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