central pa clubs collaborate to put kids needs first!
Central PA Clubs Collaborate to Put Kids First!
On November 11th, key clubs in Central Pennsylvania came together to discuss ways of collaborating to take a kids first approach to the soccer decisions being made within their organization. CASA, Eagle FC, Keystone FC, PA Classics, Penn FC and Super Nova decided that the first issue they wanted to address was the tryout timeline for their players and teams.
Tryouts seem to be happening earlier and earlier each year and these clubs feel this trend needs to end if we are thinking about the kids and their development. These clubs want to allow kids to play and develop through the spring season. This will allow a stress-free environment unsolicited by adults and the pressure to try out for the current team or a new team.
As a result, this group of clubs have decided to sign a declaration stating they would not have tryouts, ID clinics, play days, or any type of activity where the purpose is to identify potential new players for their teams and club prior to Monday, May 4th, 2020.
It is great to see these clubs take the initiative and not wait on a mandate to help them make good choices for our youth in soccer. They decided to put kids first irrelevant of the implications of pushing tryouts back for their own self-interest for their club. By partnering together, it is a statement that they are all in agreement that what is in the best interest of the kids, is to allow them to develop and enjoy their spring season.