The spring travel season for the competitive branch of the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association (NCSA) will kick off soon. The travel club known as Concord FC, which is sponsored by DFT Communications competes in the Southern Tier Travel Soccer League (STTSL). This year the club will field teams in the U-10 co-ed, U-12, U-14 and U17- boys and girls divisions.
NCSA will offer three additional opportunities for players to sign up. The next player registration will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from noon to 3 p.m., in the Fredonia Middle School cafeteria. If you are unable to attend on Saturday, registration will also be on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dunkirk Recreation Center at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.
Registration fees are $80 for the U-10 co-ed division, $90 for the U-12 division, $100 for the U-14 division and $110 for the U-17 divisions. The uniform fee is separate from the registration fee. New this year, only a deposit and the uniform fee are due at the time of registration. Need-based scholarships are available on a limited basis. Forms are available online at www.myncsa.com.
Pictured is the 2013 U-14 Boys’ squad that finished the league season with a perfect 11-0 record, claiming both the conference and playoff championships. Overall, the team’s record was 15-1. A 1-0 loss to Ken Ton in the championship final at the Clarence Soccer Tournament was the only blemish. Kneeling from left to right are Philip Narraway, Jack Gaken, Marco Vega, Antonio Robles, Michael Sturniolo, Luis Vega-Hernandez, Korey Gee and Patrick Yunghans. Standing are Maxwell Condoyannis, Bryan Dempsey, Keyton Taylor, Derek Catalano, Matt Newman, Noah Fleckenstein, Christian Michalski, Coach Jim Enser and Team Manager Steven Yunghans. Not pictured is Assistant Coach Shawn Taylor.
New players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to in-person registration. Anyone unable to attend in-person registration can mail completed registration and uniform order forms and payment, to NCSA, P.O. Box 331, Fredonia, NY 14063. Make check payable to "NCSA." Mail-in registrants must email a copy of the player's birth certificate and facial photo to Vice President of Travel, Jim Enser at email@example.com. Some teams have limited openings, so early registration is highly recommended.
Bi-weekly practices for travel soccer begin in March. Games are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, beginning April 26-27 and concluding at the end of June. Plans are underway for U-12, U-14 and U-17 teams to compete in the Clarence Tournament in mid-July.
Highlights of the STTSL include the STAR program, in which a patch is awarded to one player per team each game for the star qualities of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect. STAR patch recipients are selected by their opponents at the end of each game. In addition, the league has created a zero tolerance policy for players, coaches and spectators, in order to promote positive interactions with officials. To learn more about the STTSL visit www.sttsl.org.
Questions about Concord FC should be directed to Vice President of Travel, Jim Enser at firstname.lastname@example.org.