A Message from the President
On behalf of the CSUFC Board of Directors and Soccer Operations, I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty to Coral Springs United FC. We know you have a choice where your child plays soccer and your confidence in CSUFC is greatly appreciated. Much has occurred over the past few months and can be best summarized by the following Walt Disney quote, "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
The purpose of this letter is to inform our families of recent improvements and more importantly, share our vision of CSUFC's future.
We recognize that the growth of a soccer player must start with the coach; therefore, we have worked extremely hard to provide qualified coaches for the 2016-2017 Season. CSUFC has retained a handful of coaches from the 2015-2016 Season while bringing 14 new coaches to the club. Many of the coaches have played at a professional level and most of the coaches played collegiately. Several of our coaches have coached at the college level. Providing coaches with this experience will enable all of our players to grow as individuals as well as a team. Please see the Coral Springs United Facebook page for bios of the CSUFC 2016-2017 Coaching Staff.
CSUFC Jr. Academy will provide age appropriate training focusing on the development of a player’s individual soccer skills from 4 through 11 years old. Players will be grouped by age and ability practicing twice a week in an environment that will focus on improving soccer skills. One new addition to the Jr. Academy for the upcoming season will be small sided "in-house" games providing Jr. Academy players the opportunity to use their newly learned soccer skills in a game.
This program will be broken into three sessions from August through May providing players the option to play the entire year or specific sessions.
CSUFC is excited to offer a new program next season, the Competitive U8 Program. This is a year-long competitive program for players under 8 years old. Practice will take place twice a week with additional Club training opportunities available to players on their "off-nights". This team does not normally participate in regular league play since most of the local leagues do not offer a league option younger than U9. Regular "in-house" small sided games and "friendly matches" or scrimmages against other competitively placed teams from local clubs will be played when the opportunity to offer further development warrants it. This team will also participate in selected local tournaments.
Competitive U9-U19 Program
As with past years, CSUFC will offer the Competitive U9-U19 Program with training sessions two to three times a week and additional Club training available weeknights for those seeking more. New for the 2016-2017 Season will be the Competitive U16-U19 teams training only once a week beginning in October and returning to the "regular" practice schedule in February. This will allow this age group to focus on high school play during these months and resume regular CSUFC travel soccer activities in February.
Tony Prospect will return as our Technical Skills Trainer for our U8-U12 players and newly hired Pablo Narvaez will conduct Skills Training for our U13-U19 players.
CSUFC will offer Goalkeeper Training for those who want to learn the technical and tactical elements of the position under the guidance of a professional goalkeeper coach. These sessions will typically occur during the first 45 minutes of team training.
Speed and Agility Training
CSUFC is dedicated to provide the new Speed and Agility Training sessions for all of our teams to improve foot speed, acceleration, cutting, changing direction, reaction and quickness. These training sessions will generally occur twice a week so every player will have an opportunity to take part in their night off from Team Training.
As many of you are aware, CSUFC completely overhauled the Club website. As with most endeavors of this caliber, it did not come without "hiccups"; however, we are committed to present the club with a modern, useful website that provides Club information and updates to our CSUFC families. Additionally, we encourage our families to submit photos during next season to post on our website, Facebook and Instagram sites in order to help create a strong internet presence throughout South Florida.
Not only has CSU been active on the soccer scene, but our membership has embraced causes that benefit others such as the Susan G Komen Foundation – Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Sock Campaign. Last year, our boys and girls teams purchased pink socks to wear throughout October raising $750 to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We received club-wide participation in this worthy charitable cause and will continue to work toward giving back to our community as an ongoing part of our club’s philosophy.
Finally, our goal will always be fiscal responsibility by keeping the per player registration fee as low as possible balanced by the need for enhanced player improvement opportunities. Please know we have made significant investments in our coaching staff with the hiring of 14 new coaches, the addition of a speed and agility component and a goalkeeper training curriculum. While these improvements have resulted in a slight increase to our player registration fees, (still keeping our club fees lower than the average for the area), the resulting benefits to our competitive players are immeasurable.
As the late Will Rogers once said, "Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there". The CSUFC Board of Directors & Soccer Operations team is indeed focused on the future.
Regardless if you are a player, parent, sponsor, volunteer, referee, coach, staff member, or patron – THANK YOU! Without you, Coral Springs United FC would not be possible. I close with one final thought from Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
Coral Springs United F.C.