PCSC Winter 2021 Update
Dear PCSC Families,
Though you may be out playing in the snow without a thought of soccer in your mind, we here at PCSC are getting back to work on prep for the fall. We are optimistic that we will be able to resume our normal timeline and format with competitive play in the NNESL:
Late March through early May : Registration
Late May (5/21-23 tentative): Evaluations (U11 -U15)
June: Team formation, planning and invitations
Week of 7/12 (tentative): Clipper Camp with Eric Martens, Varsity Boys Coach PHS
Week of 8/2 (tentative): Soccer Sphere Camp, Marc Hubbard UNH
Mid – August: Pre-season practices
Late August: Pre-Season Tournament
Mid October: Columbus Day Tournament
Sep – November: 2021 Season
NEW PCSC WEBSITE!
Keep an eye out for our new PCSC Website which is in the works. We will send out an email when it goes live. March/April Launch
ANNUAL OPEN BOARD MEETING:
The annual open board meeting will be held on March 17th via Zoom. This is your opportunity to learn more about the board, the PCSC program and ask questions. We will include a link and time in an email and post on our site.
A personal note:
Our annual open board meeting marks the beginning of the PCSC planning year. It also marks the beginning and close of terms for our officers and members.
This year, the March meeting will mark the retirement of four of our members including myself. When I accepted the call to join the special community of Portsmouth youth sports and volunteer with PCSC almost eight years ago, I had a little volunteer experience under my belt but had never served on a board and certainly could never have imagined taking on a leadership role. It has been an incredible experience. It is time for me to move on and I will retire as of the March 17th meeting. I am thankful to have worked alongside such richly talented and committed board members, coaches, and parents. It has been a joy to deepen PCSC’s mission, expand its reach and enhance its reputation in service of the Seacoast’s youth. With that I would also like to recognize and thank the following board members for their service:
Mark Weaver – Vice President, Field Manager, Coach: 17 years
Mike Myers – Coaching Coordinator, PMS Program Coordinator, Coach: 7 years
Heather Barr – Equipment Manager, DA Coordinator: 6 years
As we have noted in many of our updates, the PCSC BOD is inviting you to consider lending your time and talents to our organization for the upcoming season and beyond.
This appeal has never been more imperative. We are looking to the next generation of parent volunteers to steer the future of this club and the success of this upcoming season will rely heavily on your response to this appeal. As the age old saying goes, many hands make light work! Not to mention, new people bring fresh perspectives and new ideas - which is wonderful for the Club!
Again, as of our March open meeting, we will have four board members retiring from service. We have a strong core but to keep this club thriving we need new members on the board. We welcome you to join as a member at large or consider one of the open positions listed below.
Website manager (our president currently handles both positions)
Treasurer (our registrar currently handles both positions)
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me...via email at email@example.com, phone (603.512.1381) or in person . I'd be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have. If you know someone else on the Board, feel free to chat with them too if you'd like. Below are answers to a few FAQ’s. There will also be role descriptions posted on our current website (portsmouthcitysoccer.org) in the next few days.
Please consider lending your time to this amazing organization.
Thank you for your support!
What does it entail?
The PCSC board has done a great job of spreading out specific duties to members so it's pretty organized in terms of who does what. For instance, one person handles equipment and uniforms, someone else takes the meeting notes every month, another person handles sponsorship, another person is a coach coordinator, another person is the PCSC representative at the monthly league (NNESL) meetings, etc. There are also opportunities for members to join as a Member at Large. During the meetings we run through our monthly agenda, review items from the League as well as Club items of focus.
How often does the Board meet?
The Board meets once a month on a weeknight typically for 1-1.5 hours from Jan - Nov at the Elks Club in Portsmouth (again pre-COVID). This year was a bit different due to COVID so, like many other things in 2020, we met via Zoom and times varied as we worked to figure out how to get players on the field.
Outside of monthly meetings, what is the commitment?
The answer to this can vary depending on the role that you play on the board. For instance, outside of the months when one is working on equipment or uniforms just before the season starts, there isn’t much to do outside of attending the meetings. Then before the season begins, it can range from 2-4 (or more) hours per month and meetings may go a little longer to 2 hours or so depending on what needs to be done.
What if I don't know much about soccer?
No worries, soccer knowledge is not required to join the board! I have only ever been a spectator of soccer...to be honest, that is why I joined the Board. I wanted to give back to the program that my kids are part of.
What does joining the Board do for you?
This is a personal answer and probably different for everyone. But for me, I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know some wonderful people in our community that I wouldn't have otherwise met. I have also learned a lot about soccer and what goes into building a great organization.
by: Amy Quigley