2019 WMYSA Presidents Award Dinner
On Friday, February 22, 2019 WMYSA held it’s annual awards dinner at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University. Both Elise VanSparrentak and Ryan Bare were recognized, This year we had the most applicants we have ever had.
Represented at the dinner for clubs was: Allegan, BC Fire, Force, Kalamazoo, Kingdom, Midwest United, Portage, RASC & SWM. Clubs Absent were: Athletic Jaier, DBSS Sting, Marshall, Michiana Storm & Sturgis.
WMYSA Wants Your Help – Share Your Social Media Photos
We need help in collecting photos of games-practices and activities your teams and clubs are taking part in. Photos will be randomly selected and shared on our Website & Facebook Page. All you need to do is to include #wmysasocccer with your tweets and instagram.
These photos will also be used at the annual awards dinner held in February of each year. Once completed it will also be posted to the website.
MSYSA Hall of Fame:
Congratulations to David Rice of Portage Soccer Club. Tonight he was inducted into the Michigan Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame. His dedication over the years has helped grow the development and love of soccer for many in our community! Even after 20 years, he continues to be a strong supporter and role model for coaches and players alike! #WMYSASoccer#PortageSoccerClub#MSYSA
MSYSA TopSoccer Buddy of the Year
Congratulations to Carrie Ogonowski as being named the Michigan Youth Soccer Association TopSoccer Buddy of the Year! We at WMYSA are excited of your return to St. Joe & SWM Kickers and the fantastic devotion you have to the TopSoccer program. With your enthusiasm, we expect to see this program grow through the whole league! Thank you!! #WMYSA#SWMKickers#MSYSA#TopSoccer
2018 WMYSA College Scholarship Winners
On Friday, February 23rd WMYSA held it’s annual Presidents Award Dinner at Food Dance in downtown Kalamazoo. Despite the massive flooding we had a tremendous turnout. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of scholarships to both Kathryn Sullivan and Stephanie Leugers.
Kathryn Sullivan plans to major in Biology. Currently she is trying to decide between attending the University of Michigan.
Stephanie Leugers will be attending Jackson College in the fall and plans on pursuing a career in Nursing.
Fall 2017 Division Champions
Please join us in congratulating those players and coaches for winning their Fall 2017 Division championships. This season we had twenty four teams that placed 1st in their division.
To the best of our knowledge this is the 1st time WMYSA had to cancel an entire weekend due to weather. Yesterday, many fields were unusable and an all day thunderstorm predicted. For safety reasons this resulted in the cancelling of all games. Rain has continued and is predicted to last until mid afternoon today. In fact, between 8pm last night and 8am this morning Kalamazoo had received an addition 2 inches bringing the total to approximately 6 inches in a 24 hour period. With today’s forecast being more rain and wind gusts up to 45 mph and more than 70% of fields closed or unusable we canceled today’s games as well.
Due to cancelling of October 14th & 15th games we will be moving the entire weekend of lost games back to November 4th and 5th…. It was either that or we switch from soccer match to swim meets…………
WMYSA is excited to launch their new and improved website! This is the third phase of our strategic communication plan where the goal of this project is to streamline information and make it easier for the end user: coaches, parents, players and club administrators. We have also added a Home pagecontent rotator which will highlight new information and once clicked will link you directly to that information. On our News page we hope to list division winners, provide feedback on our camps and clinics. We will also post information provided by the clubs on what they are doing in the community.
Welcome to the Newest WMYSA Board Members
On Thursday, July 20th Juan Mendez was elected as Treasurer, Carl Deering was elected as Secretary, Jayme Cox was elected as the Disciplinary Chair, Aaron Rogers was elected to the Clinic Coordinator and Steve DeVries was elected to the open At large position. Holding a position on the WMYSA board is a serious time commitment on top of other activities these individuals already do for their clubs. Thank you in advance for your leadership and dedication to the growth and development of the youth in our communities.
A special thanks goes out to both David Rice and Gil Urban. Davidserved on the WMYSA Board since 2005 in various positions. He recently stepped down from the clinic coordinator position in order to spend more time on new projects with the Portage Soccer Club where he has served as president for many, many years now. Gil Urban also recently stepped down from WMYSA where he served as an Administrator reporting to the board. He also began in 2005 with David as a board member. He served as a volunteer until we expanded the administrator’s responsibilities in 2008, when he switched from being a volunteer to an employee. Both their experience and leadership will be missed.
To see all the Spring 2017 Season winners click on the image above.