July 2014 Newsletter
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Great Player and Cause
This fall, through OYSA's Play Hard, Play Fair fundraiser, young soccer players across the state have the chance to eat, chat and PLAY SOCCER (!!) with Abby Wambach. Funds raised will benefit TOPSoccer, a soccer outreach program for those with developmental or physical disabilities. It's a great chance to meet one of the best players in U.S. history and raise funds for a terrific program at the same time.
Calling all U6-7, HSers
Registration for fall soccer remains open for Kick and Chase and High School players. The registration deadline for U8-14 players was June 15, and late registration remains open on a space-available basis only. We currently do have space available in a few age groups. All players are encouraged to REGISTER now if they want to play. 
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Last month's World Cup provided some entertaining soccer played by some of the world's greatest players. It also provided object lessons in how NOT to respond to suspected on-field concussions. seems like a good time to revisit the issue of concussions in youth soccer, and to remind ourselves what effective concussion management should look like.


At Milltown, our coaches are trained in a "Recognize, Remove, Refer" management protocol that emphasizes recognition of the signs and symptoms of concussion, removal from play of any player suspected of sustaining a concussion, and referral to a qualified health care provider prior to return to play. In no case will a coach allow a player to return to play on the day of a suspected concussion, and/or without clearance from a health care provider. 


The success of this protocol depends not only on our coaches, but on players and spectators as well. Coaches can't see everything (although they need to try). It is imperative that parents and players review the signs and symptoms of concussion, which can be found on our Concussion Information page. Knowing these signs and symptoms will help players and parents communicate with coaches, and this is something coaches NEED and WANT them to do. Those who are interested can also review our Concussion Training page, and may want to complete the brief online video training. 


Of course, we also need to look at evidence-based risk reduction strategies, and research is currently underway that should help us in this area. But in the meantime, let's do what we can to recognize concussions when they happen, and to respond appropriately. As we head into the season, I encourage all our members to take an active part in helping us get this right. Few, if any, things are more important this season. 


Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, and I look forward to seeing you out on the pitch.



Mike Reese
President, Milltown United Soccer Club
Summer Coaching Clinics

Milltown has a complete schedule of COACHING CLINICS on the calendar this summer, including a coach training session on August 2nd with the youth coaching staff of the Portland Timbers. These FREE clinics are open to everyone--head coaches, assistant coaches, and interested parents--and are designed to help both new and experienced coaches improve their coaching skills. 

UK Soccer Night Continues

Some people are saying that UK SOCCER NIGHT is the best soccer deal in town. Between us: we think they're probably right. These sessions provide a great soccer experience, and operate on a drop-in basis to provide flexibility to busy families. We are excited to announce that we've convinced the UK Int'l coaches to stay through the fall, so sessions will continue into late October. Check our website for the current schedule.  

U9-10 Development Option

Registration for Milltown's DEVELOPMENT SOCCER OPTION is now open. This is an add-on option for 3rd and 4th graders playing with a recreational team this fall, and provides interested players with a bit more training and the chance to compete in development league games on Sundays.