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GSSA – BLUE ASH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – Monday May 26th, 2014


Parents and Coaches,

This year, GSSA has been selected to participate in the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th.    We are really excited about our selection and hope to have a great representation of our players, parents and coaches.

The parade starts at 10:15 AM (though we have to be at the staging area by 9:15 AM at the very latest).  The route is an easy one (1) mile.  It starts at Reed Hartman and Cooper Road and ending at the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park on Blue Ash Towne Square.  What a perfect way to start off your Memorial Day!!!!

Our participation involves your child-athletes wearing their GSSA jersey (and your uniform socks and shorts if you want to) and walking in the parade (don’t wear cleats).   If you have other children who are not playing soccer this spring, but have played in the past, include them!  Simply have them wear one of their GSSA soccer jerseys from a prior season.  If you have younger kids, put them in the jog stroller or a wagon and bring them along!  Coaches, we’d like you to wear your coaching shirt if possible.  We will have bouncy mini-soccer balls for the kids to distribute to the parade watchers along the route.   (we’ll give you enough balls so each child gets to keep one at the end of the parade.)

We need your help in making this a fun and successful event.  First of all, we are going to ask the coaches to be the team leaders to garner interest and get head counts.  Coaches, if you could get a tentative headcount and send that to Jeff Bieber at jbgo46556@gmail.com by Thursday, May 22nd he would appreciate it.  That way we’ll know what to expect in terms of participants, we can tell the parade coordinators what to expect, and how many mini-soccer balls we need to bring. 

Parents, we need your help in: 

1) acting as chaperones for your kids and their teammates, and 

2) getting the kids on time to the staging area no later than 9:15 AM and connecting them with your appointed chaperone .  

The drop off point is Plainfield School located on Cooper.  There are road closures and one-way directional traffic routes so plan ahead on your timing (see map).   This is not a “drop your child off and return in an hour”.  We need a ratio of 4:1, one parent/coach for every four kids.  And if you are not walking in the parade, you need to meet your child at the end of the parade in Blue Ash Towne Square.  The earliest we would arrive there would be 11:00 AM – but it is dependent upon our slot in the actual parade.

The links include( /Portals/1059/docs/General participants Info Letter 2014 (redacted).pdf ,/Portals/1059/docs/MAY12-_Memorial_Day_Parade.pdf, & /Portals/1059/docs/memorial day participant map (highlighted).pdf) the parade staging map along with the instruction letter from the City of Blue Ash (see map and participant letter).    I have redacted the information that does not apply to us – thus the letter looks incomplete – but don’t worry, it has everything you need.  Also attached is the general parade information on Blue Ash's website.  If you have questions, please funnel them through your coaches so we don’t inundate Blue Ash.  This is our first go at this, so we all have questions, but the end result is for our kids to have a great time and march in a parade!  We hope to see you there!      - THE GSSA BOARD.

GSSA Uniform Drive a Success! 

Tom Kyle's Girls Minors Team won the contest with the most donations - 17 bags!  Congratulations, girls!

In all, 131 bags of donations were collected for the Zaka Community in Zimbabwe.
2nd Place went to John Heppler's Boys Kickers team which donated 13 bags.
3rd Place was awarded to Trevor Minton's Boys Srikers team for 7 bags of donations.

All donations have been shipped to Africa by Fairai Bere and A Big Family, Inc.  Please check out the website at www.worldbigfamily.org for more information about the organization and soccer league in Zimbabwe.  

Posted April 20, 2014 

Jack Hermans OSYSA/Soccer Unlimited Camps


GSSA Soccer Camps 2014 (For ages 5-17 year olds)
 

Where & When:        

            July 21-25, 2014        6:00 PM – 9:00 PM               Bob Meyer Park (Kenwood)

            August 4-8, 2014       9:00 AM - 12 Noon               Weller Park (Montgomery)

Cost:   $89 per participant (ask about a 10% discount for 2 or more siblings)    

For online registration and more information about local OSYSA/Soccer Unlimited Camps, visit:

http://www.osysa.com/camps/soccerunlimited.htm

Posted MARCH, 17, 2014
GSSA Uniform Drive


Bring your gently used soccer jerseys, shorts, socks, cleats, shin guards and balls to the GSSA Uniform Drive at Pioneer Park during picture week  April 14-17th.  All donations will be shipped to the Zaka community in Zimbabwe, Africa.  The GSSA team that donates the most items will earn a team pizza party to celebrate their soccer season and generosity to this year’s uniform drive!

 

Posted: MARCH 4, 2014
JACK HERMANS SPRING 2014 SOCCER ACADEMY  - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Register NOW for the Jack Hermans Soccer Academy on Sunday evenings this spring at Weller Park!  This seven week program from March 30 - May 18th is the best deal around, priced at $60 for GSSA players.
 
The online registration is first come first served with a deadline of Friday, March 28th.  Every season this camp sells out and we have to turn kids away.  Only the first 15 kids per age group (5-7 yrs and 8 - 10 yrs) can participate, and we expect to fill up quickly, so don't delay.
The camp starts on Sunday, March 30th and ends on Sunday, May 18th.  (There are no sessions on Easter Sunday)  Kids ages 5-7 will play from 5:00 - 6:00 PM and kids ages 8-10 will play from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 
To register, just log in at www.gssasoccer.com and select your child's profile.  Then select the Jack Hermans Spring 2014 Soccer Academy and complete the registration online.  Your child will need to bring a soccer ball, water, shin guards and the GSSA medical release form to the first session.

Please contact Lisa Zimmermann at lz@fuse.net with any questions.
 
 
Posted: JANUARY 14, 2014
Posted: JANUARY 14, 2014


 

REFEREE TRAINING:

Interest level in our referee class has been remarkable.  Consequently, we can no longer accept new applications.  In the near future, Rick Brizzolara will send detailed information on the class, e.g., course pre-work, to those who have enrolled.  Thank you for your interest!

As a reminder to those who will participate, the classes will be held on the following days:

First Session (must attend one):  Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5;  6:00-8:30 pm Sycamore HS Room 233.

Second Session (must attend one):  Monday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 12;  6:00-8:30 pm Sycamore HS Room 233.

This entry level class is designed to train referees for Instructional (U6), Passers (U8), and Wings (U10) soccer.    Attendance is by reservation only.  You must attend one of the first session classes AND one of the second session classes.  Either day is acceptable for each session, but you must attend ONE first and ONE second class.  Candidates must also participate in an outdoor session in early April.

Participants must turn 12 years of age by September 8 to be eligible.  However, one must be 12 years old by April 1 to officiate spring matches, or 12 years of age by September 8 to officiate fall games.

Thank you!

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Now Offering Rec Plus to Wings, Strikers, and Kickers!

Posted: Ongoing
The concept of Rec Plus is simple. Our more highly skilled players will have the opportunity to play more “competitive” soccer in a Cincinnati SAY sponsored “Rec Plus” League, while still playing with their regular “recreational” GSSA Team...

Jan. 20 is the deadline for Spring soccer to avoid late fee!

Posted: Jan. 14, 2014
Please register asap if you plan to play this Spring.

Go to gssasoccer.com and hit the red button labeled "Register" in the upper right hand corner.  If you registered this spring, the process will be a breeze.  If you are a new registrant, personal information will only be required the first time.

Thanks

GSSA

Updates/Field Status/Player Forms

The fall season is fast approaching!  Please note these key dates:

* Coaches meetings will be held on Monday, July 28 at Swaim Park in Montgomery.  Passers and Instructional coaches will meet from 6:00-7:00 PM.  Wings-Seniors coaches will meet from 7:15-8:15.

* Free clinics for first-time coaches will be held at Weller Park on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 10.  All coaches are welcome, but new coaches are required to attend one of the sessions.  Details will be shared at the coaches meetings.

* Practices will start on Monday, August 11.

* Games for Instructional, Passers, and Wings will start on Saturday, August 24.

* The regular season will conclude Sunday, October 26.

* GSSA in-house and SAY North postseason tourneys will be held November 1 & 2.  State participants will play on November 8, 9, 15, & 16.

Player Forms

NFHS Online Concussion Course:  http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000

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