In this issue.... 

Feet First Open to all U-6 and U-8 Players | Support Our Coaches | Field Updates | New Kick Wall | MASA Needs Volunteers | Annual Meeting

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Feet First Open to all U-6 and U-8 Players!

This spring we are opening the Feet First program to all U-6 and U-8 players that are registered for the spring season.  The Feet First program is run by professional coaches and focuses on the development of foot skills (ability to control the ball with the feet) which is the most critical aspect of development for young soccer players.  Sessions are Wednesdays (U-6) and Thursdays (U-8) from 6 to 7 pm on the middle fields. If your son or daughter cannot attend on the day scheduled you are welcome to attend on the other day.

Support Our Coaches

All MASA coaches are volunteers and they invest significant time in working to provide a positive experience for all of the children in the MASA program.  Do your part to be a good parent:

  • COMMUNICATE with them so they know who will show up at practices and games.  Let them know other things they should be aware of that can affect your child’s participation
  • ASK if there are things you can do to support them
  • pick up your children ON TIME after practices
  • say “THANK YOU” and let them know you appreciate what they do!

Focus on Good Sportsmanship

We wanted to take a moment to again stress the importance of good sportsmanship.  One of the biggest reasons kids stop playing youth sports is because of a bad experience that is a direct result of poor sportsmanship.  Here are a few simple reminders:

  • You are a role model for your child and the others players on the field – be a positive one!
  • Provide positive encouragement to your child and the other children during the games, regardless of whether they are on the yellow team or the blue team.   
  • Yelling at children generally doesn’t make them play any better and is a major reason they leave the sport, remember this is supposed to be fun.
  • Leave the coaching to the coaches – instead of telling your son/daughter what to do, cheer what they did!
  • Don’t yell at the refs.  MASA and PA West have a zero tolerance policy for referee abuse.  Almost all of our referees are high school age children of other Murrysville parents.  They will make mistakes. Step back and realize this is children playing a game and let it go.

Field Updates

We have been working with the Municipality to improve the conditions of the fields.  In summer 2017 an irrigation system was installed on the middle and upper fields, these fields were drought damaged in the summer of 2016 and the irrigation system is intended to restore the grass cover and try and prevent this in the future.  We have also requested that the Municipality work with us to address the poor drainage of the lower field either through installation of an all-weather surface or by having the field properly graded for drainage, more to come on this.

New Kick Walls

As part of an Eagle Scout project by a MASA U-16 player three kick walls were installed at MCP last summer, two on the middle field and one on the upper field.  The kick walls are designed to provide a bounce back surface so players can practice their kicking and ball receiving skills. So if your child wants to get out to the park and kick the ball around please make use of the new walls.

MASA Need Volunteers!

MASA has several important volunteer positions open (including Communications Director and Referee Assignor) and we need people to step up and fill these positions, especially from the group of parents with children in the younger age groups.  If you are interested in becoming part of the future of the organization please attend one of our monthly Board meetings to learn more. The meetings are typically held the second Monday of each month.  Contact Larry McShea, MASA President, for details on the time and location at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MASA Annual Meeting

The MASA annual meeting was held on January 22, 2018 at the FRHS cafeteria.  As part of the meeting revised By-Laws were approved by the membership and these and the meeting minutes are now available on the MASA website.