Memorial Day Tournaments
Team coaches will choose a suitable tournament for teams to enter during the Memorial Day weekend.
Mass Youth Soccer has established Player Priority Guidelines, http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/about/Player_priority_guidelines.aspx
: Note Memorial Day Tournaments are given priority to the clubs and Columbus Day Tournaments to the town teams.
Following our club policy, we don’t interfere during Columbus Day and we ask full cooperation for Memorial Day. Please be sensitive to all your teams’ families as your team admin and coach are searching for a suitable Memorial Day Tournament to enter your team into.
Region 1 League
Congratulations to our BU14, BU16 and BU17 teams for being accepted into the Region 1 NorthEast league. Also accepted was our BU13 team but due to lack of teams to form a Northern Division we have decided not to participate in the Colonial Division since travel distances were much longer. www.region1.com
Our partnership with Seacoast United has given us the opportunity and choice to place our teams in different leagues to enhance the development of our players.
Starting the 2013 spring season some teams will continue to play in MAPLE
, while others will play in the New England Premiership league.
Lengthy discussions with our coaches and Technical Staff and careful considerations and reasons went behind the decisions in which league each of our teams will participate.
Your coaches will expand further in which league your team will be playing in the spring
Spring Pre-Season Tournaments
Spring 2013 Pre-Season Tournaments:
U15-U18 Boys : SUSC Spring Showcase : March 2-3, 2013
U15-U18 Girls : SUSC Spring Showcase : March 9-10, 2013
U11-U14 Girls : Premier Invitational : March 16-17, 2013
U11-U14 Boys : Premier Invitational : March 23-24, 2013
U10 Boys and Girls : Premier Tune-Up Games : Dates TBA
At our last coaches’ meeting, all the coaches and Technical Staff agree that it’s beneficial for our teams to participate in a pre-season tournament for preparation and to showcase our older players to college coaches. Our partnership with Seacoast has provided us with this opportunity and Benfica will commit all our teams to the tournaments, per above schedule.
"In House" College Showcase Day
January 26, 2013 at
Breakaway Sports World-Dracut
Our top participant will be Manfred Schellscheidt: Former Seton Hall men’s coach, BU14 National Team coach, Region 1 ODP Head Coach, USA Olympic Coach and USA Men’s National Team Coach. Manfred will probably lead some sessions as well as other coaches if it does not conflict with NCAA rules and regulations.
We have confirmed participation from Seton Hall-men’s & women’s; American University-men’s & women’s (if a new coach is in place by then); Princeton University-men’s & women’s; UMass/Lowell-men’s & women’s; Lesley College-men’s & women’s; Emerson College-men’s & women’s; Ana Maria College-men’s & women’s; Dean’s College-men’s & women’s; Philips Academy coaches and many more are in the process of confirming.
Dr. Dina Gentile, our own Technical Advisor and Clinician, will have a 15-20 minute Q&A session prior to each
team’s start. Please arrive early and prepared to ask questions. To help you prepare, please read the article Dina has written on the subject, http://www.korrio.com/parenting-lifestyle/college-decision-time-for-athletes/ and included in our January newsletter.
This is unique opportunity for our players and a first in any club offerings. All the coaches will be focusing and watching our players without having to shuffle back and forth to different fields and catch hundreds of kids playing.
Our players might not make a good fit for their program or our players might not have any interest in the colleges at hand. However their input could prove to be valuable to other college coaches in their extensive network circles. For example, coach Schellscheidt is well known and respected in the soccer communities and his opinion carries a lot of weight. If he says, “this young man/woman will make a great fit into your program”, it’s like a done deal for any college coach.
Your coaches and team admins will be putting together a player’s profile packet to be handed out to the college coaches. Please assist in their efforts.
Parents and players of the younger teams are invited to drop in at anytime.