Haverhill Youth Soccer is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization dedicated to the task of promoting and enhancing the culture of soccer in the city of Haverhill. Established in 1961 as Haverhill PAL (Parents Athletic League), we continue to grow and improve our offerings thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Board of Directors and many adult volunteers.
- We strive to develop players at all levels of play – recreational and travel – by building and improving their skills, confidence, fitness, initiative and sense of teamwork.
- We promote and encourage high standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
- We are committed to educating our volunteer coaches through sponsored instructional programs.
|Mark Stemmler||Vice-President, Webmaster, In-Town Referee Assignor|
|Bill Clark||Secretary, Travel Program Director|
|Justin Walters||Treasurer, Finance Director|
|Board of Directors|
|Al Barney||In-Town Program Director|
|Kristofer Lindonen||Communications Director, Registrar|
|Tom Petrillo||Board Member|
|Mike Peugh||Boys & Girls Coordinator (In-Town Program)|
|Dave Picanso||Past President|
|Board||All board members|
|Travel||Travel Program questions and issues|
|In-Town||In-Town Program questions and issues|
|Registrar||Registration questions and issues|
|Webmaster||Website questions and issues|
|Referee||In-Town referee assignor|
Haverhill Youth Soccer believes that the best way for children to have an enjoyable soccer experience is to have access to well-trained, enthusiastic coaches. Our coaches should be people who believe that fun and safety are top priorities, while winning results from skill development, learning to make good decisions on the field, and getting lots of touches on the ball. We encourage our coaches to run well-organized, fun-filled practices where lots of games are the norm and lectures and laps are a thing of the past! To facilitate this, Haverhill Youth Soccer provides numerous training opportunities for new and experienced coaches alike. The in-town coach's packet provides a good overview of the website, policies and our program
Each year, Haverhill Youth Soccer offers training, free of charge, ranging from 2-hour workshops to the more involved MYSA licensing clinics. We also provide a detailed coaching manual to all coaches, as well as inform coaches of workshops being conducted in surrounding towns. We urge all coaches to take advantage of these resources, which in turn will enhance player enthusiasm, turn-out at practices and games, skill development and parent participation.
As an added incentive for people to volunteer to coach and for retention of trained, experienced coaches, Haverhill Youth Soccer offers fee waivers for players whose parents have coached for 2 consecutive seasons and have at least 4 hours of age-appropriate training. When selecting travel coaches we give preference to licensed coaches who have demonstrated a commitment to the game and program, and who have adhered to our Zero Tolerance Policy.
An excellent guide for coaches is the MYSA Statewide Curriculum U6 –U12. This guide highlights skill priorities and typical characteristics for the various age groups. It also describes fun games to use in practice which help players develop specific skills for their age group.
If you have any questions regarding coaching development or training, or if you would like information on how to get started as a coach for Haverhill Youth Soccer, please contact our Player/Coach Development Coordinator.
Let's face it, refereeing at any level, even youth soccer, is much harder than anyone who hasn't done it thinks. So why do it? Because its also more fun than anyone who hasn't done it thinks! Truth is, people referee for many different reasons.
- Help sustain the sport and the organization
- Learn the game from a different perspective
- Become a more knowlegable coach, player or spectator
- Meet new people
- Great pay and great excercise
- Flexible locations
- Flexible schedule that you control
But the most important reason is that without referees, as is true of coaches and players, there would be no game.
Who can become a referee?
In short, anyone 12 or older can referee youth soccer at some level.
Grade 9 (certified primarily for U10 travel and intown games)
- You are at least 12 years old but not yet 16 years old
- Have completed the mandatory certification course including written test
Grade 8 (certified for all age levels)
- You are at least 16 years old OR you have been a Grade 9 Referee for at least 1 year and your age plus your years of experience is greater than 16
- Have completed the mandatory certification course including written test.
If you have an active Grade 9 certification or higher and wish to referee In-Town games, send an email to the Referee Coordinator.
How do I become a referee?
All of the information to become a youth soccer referee in Massachusetts can be found here.
We need referees! We need you! See you on the fields!