Welcome to the Spring 2017 MASA Newsletter. See below for lots of information on spring registration and other important topics!


Spring Registration Reminder and Information


Remember to register for the Spring 2017 season by February 27 or a late fee will apply. You can register on-line at our website http://murrysvillesoccer.org. This is the first year for "fall only" and "spring only" registration so all players will need to register whether or not they played in the fall. All in-house age groups (U-6, U-8, U-10 Eagles) are open for registration. Doug Phillips is the In-House Program Director and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the Travel Program, age groups with openings this spring include U11 & U14 Girls and U14 & U15 Boys. Dave Paterline is the Travel Program Director and he can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A conversion chart showing age groups and the equivalent birth year is shown below. Starting with

the fall 2016 season the age group cutoffs are now based on birth year.

Age Group              U-6         U-8         U-10       U-11       U-12       U-14      U-15

Birth Year(s)          2011,      2009,      2007,      2006       2005       2003,      2002

                               2012       2010       2008                                     2004      


Foot Skills, Foot Skills, Foot Skills!

If your son or daughter is interested in improving their soccer skills over the winter (or anytime) the best thing they can do is work on foot skills. There are a number of organized training programs in the area that provide this type of training and it is also something that can be worked on at home by practicing around the house/yard for 20 or 30 minutes each day. For links to specific foot skills activities that can be practiced at home please see the below link:


Link: Foot Skills Videos


MASA also continues to offer the First Feet program during the spring season as a way to get professional foot skills training at a very affordable cost for players in the U-6 and U-8 age groups. For more information on Feet First and to register see the MASA website.


Referee Opportunities

MASA games for ages U10 and above are all played with referees. Referees are always in demand not only in MASA but for most area youth and adult leagues. Becoming a referee is an excellent way to build leadership and interpersonal skills while getting exercise and making some extra money. Interested teens (age 14+) and parents can contact the MASA Referee Assignor for more information on how to get started. Contact information is at:



FRHS Soccer Clinic Update

We are working with the Franklin Regional High School program to try and re-schedule the skills training clinic at the high school that was rained out last fall. Our goal is to find a time in March before the start of the outdoor season, as soon as we have more information we will pass it along.


Open Volunteer Opportunities

MASA has a number of open volunteer positions, descriptions are attached to this newsletter. MASA is an all-volunteer organization and it is critical that we have individuals willing to step up and contribute their time to benefit the youth of the Murrysville Community.

Position 1: Referee Assignor (start Spring 2017):

Position Summary

Responsible for scheduling referees for all MASA Travel and Eagles home games each week during the spring and fall seasons, communicating with referees and prospective referees on annual re-certification requirements and new referee training classes, serving as the primary contact with PA West referee committee, and providing Treasurer with weekly list of payments. Estimated time commitment 2-4 hours/per week with most work during spring and fall season. Soccer background helpful but not required. Training will be provided by current referee assignor.

Position 2: Secretary (start Spring 2017):

Position Summary

The Secretary is responsible for keeping a record of all meetings of the Board, special meetings of the membership, the Annual Meeting, and for distribution of all minutes to members of the Board and membership as required. This position takes 2-3 hours per month. Contact MASA president Larry McShea (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 412-527-3792) for more information.


Annual Meeting

The MASA Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Murrysville Community Center.