WELCOME TO SWM Kickers!
Southwest Michigan's Premier Soccer Club
Winter Training and Futsal
We've got a GREAT opportunity to keep all players in shape over the winter and ready for Spring. SWM is offering both Winter Training and Futsal for the months of January and February. Please register below.
Winter Training: www.gotsport.com/asp/application/easyreg/?ProgramID=54660
INDOOR SOCCER SEASON BEGINS!
The indoor soccer season at Kickers began this week. SWM has 21 teams participating in the 1st Session of indoor from Ages 6 to 17. Good luck to all the teams!
Please check the SJK Web Page frequently as game times may change. The indoor facility at Kickers is also open most nights even during inclement weather (snow!!!).
Please also be watching or web page for Training Opportunities during the 2nd Session of Indoor!
We are excited to introduce FUTSAL into our SWM player development program. Our Directors of Coaching have scheduled FUTSAL training and games to be held at Upton Middle School after the first of the year. Two age groupings will participate in the pilot program. There will be a limit of 28 players per age group. There will be a training element at the beginning of each session with games following the training. Please look for future announcements and registration details on our web page and emails.
TopSoccer Program Pilot
Many thanks to Carrie Ogonowski for her successful promotion of the WMYSA/SWM Kickers pilot of the TopSoccer Program and to the volunteers who helped with coaching and being a buddy!
The Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Program (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. The goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
Carrie led the program this past fall and had 16 young people participate in the program. We will be continuing the program next spring and hope to get more people involved and consistent volunteers and coaches. Want to know how to participate? Please contact us through the WWW.SWMKICKERS.ORG Web Site.
PLAYER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
SWM’s annual budget contains a line item to support players that may be challenged financially and offers a means to give them a hand and the opportunity to play in our club. Scholarships are funded through a variety of means: Many coaches give their stipend to the fund; Teams have taken donations to support one of their players; a portion of training fees are designated; SWM members donate specifically to the fund. The typical scholarship award is 50% of player fees (not including a uniform kit) and full scholarships are available with Board approval. The scholarship program and forms are found on our Web page.
FREE SHIPPING FROM GAZELLE’s IN NOVEMBER
Gazelle Sports is offering free shipping during the month of November. If families need to get some items for gifts or add some uniform pieces, now is a great time to do that. Spirit wear make a great gift idea and is available on the Gazelle Web Site as well! The website is www.teamgazelle.com -If needed, the password is 'kickers16' New boys High School spring teams or players are encouraged to order uniform items during November to avoid shipping fees.
NEW FISCAL YEAR
Our Treasurer Wendy Mitchell has successfully changed SWM’s fiscal year to align with player registrations. The New Fiscal year will start June 1 and end May 31. Tryouts and player registrations occur primarily in June and July and the new fiscal year better matches when fees are received and costs for player registrations, equipment purchases, tournament fees, etc. are made. This will make monthly budget monitoring more accurate and provide us with a better understanding of where we are with relation to our financial position.
NEW UNIFORMS – FALL 2017
A committee of parents and coaches under the leadership of Julie Samuel met to review our options associated with uniform purchases. 4 different providers were considered in the process. The committee recommended, and the Board approved, we switch to an Under Armour® uniform kit starting in the fall of 2017. The new uniform Kits are of high quality and will be supported by Under Armour® for 4 years which provides for less cost to our members. The new kit will also be ~10% less expensive than our current kit while having the same elements (2 Jerseys, 1 pair shorts, 2 pair socks). They still sport the SWM blue and white colors! Ordering will also be simplified for those having multiple children in the program as there is a “CART” that is used and parents can order multiple kits without having to do a specific order for each child. Further details are expected to be available for our June 2017 Tryouts.
The SWM Annual meeting was held in October and the following people have volunteered to serve you for the upcoming year.
SWM Board Members
President: Paul Carteaux, USSF D Licensed
Vice-President Team Administration: Kelly Jeske
Registrar: Pattie Warren
Treasurer: Wendy Mitchell
Director of Coaching (U13 & Up): Brian Samuel, USSF E Licensed
Director of Coaching (U12 & Under): Jayme Cox, USSF D Licensed
Secretary: Doug Bornas
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator Kirsten VanderBurg
Parent Representative Jeff Baldwin
Facility and Field Coordinator Tom Isbrecht, USSF E Licensed
Fundraising Coordinator Kim Fordham
Uniform Coordinator: Julie Samuel
At-Large Members (non-voting) Shawn DeLaforet
SWM Board member contact email addresses are available on our Web Page @ www.swmkickers.org
SWM Boys HS supplemental tryouts:
When: Tuesday Nov 8th
Where: Kickers Club
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM - Select
For all boys in HS (birth year 2002-1999)
Premier Tryouts (immediately following Select): 5:30-6:30 PM (2001/2002)
SWM Kickers Annual Board Meeting & Elections
What: SWM Kickers Annual Meeting, Board Elections
When: Monday October 24, 2016s Starting @ 6:30pm
Where: St. Joe Kickers Banquet Room
Parents and Coaches please join us in the SJK Banquet Room for the Annual Meeting and Elections @ 6:30pm. We will also have food and open the bar at SJK to keep the meeting spirited.
Congratulations SWM Kickers
Interested in Coaching the soccer stars of tomorrow?
Want to make an impact on today’s youth?
SWM-Kickers is looking for Youth Coaches, Academy (U8) through U19 girls and boys. If you love the world’s game and want to teach young players how to become great technical and tactical players, please fill out our Coaching Interest Form.
SWM Kickers wants to increase its pool of talented coaches for Spring 2015 and beyond. We are looking for enthusiastic adults that: care about kids, are excited to develop as a coach, and want to make an impact in our youth’s lives.
Thank you for considering our SWM Kickers family!
Michigan State Youth Soccer requires coaches to have concussion training. It is the responsibility of the coaches, parents, players, and spectators to protect the long-term well being of our youth athletes. SWM appreciates the role of everyone in this matter. You may find any additional information regarding concussions using the resources below.
Southwest Michigan Soccer Club Inc., PO Box 494, Stevensville, MI 49127