The Middlebury Soccer Association is dedicated to providing an enjoyable soccer experience for every child in Middlebury that wants to play soccer.
Our mailing address is: Middlebury Soccer Associatio
PO Box 357
Middlebury, CT 06762
Middlebury Soccer wants all children who want to play to be able to play soccer. If the registration fee is a hardship for your family, please e-mail the club president through the 'Contact Us' section above on this website or speak to a board member. All conversations are confidential. Any player who qualifies for a hardship waiver of fees must be registered before the registration deadline or a hardship will not be granted.
Futbol Friends International is a non-profit organization based in Connecticut that works to improve the lives of kids in Africa through soccer. We have promoted this organization through a banner link on the Middlebury Soccer website for several years because of the amazing work they do. As you'll see if you go to the website though the link below, so much good can be done for very little money.
As many are considering year-end charitable donations, please consider making one to Futbol Friends International. Below is some info on donating copied from the Futbol Friends International website.
As noted below, many companies support employees with matching contributions, so if yours does, please make a request.
Your support will make a big difference for kids here and abroad.
Please go to the Futbol Friends Website to donate.
To donate by mail:
Send a check, made payable to Futbol Friends International, to:
9 Dresden Court East
Goshen, CT 06756
Or give by phone:
Call our Treasurer Ricky Berglund at 860-491-3414.
Double your donation, for free You can increase the size of your gift at no additional cost to you!
Many companies match donations by their employees, retirees, or employees' spouses. Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your gift is eligible to be matched.
FFI is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S., federal tax identification number 06-1632991. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Refunds for registration fees will only be granted prior to the start of the season minus a $25 administration for for in-house players (U4-U8) or a $50 administrative fee for travel players (U9 and above). All requests for refunds should be submitted to the club president by email.
No requests for refunds will be granted once the season begins. The season is defined as the first practice or game, whichever occurs first.
No refunds/discounts will be given for missed or canceled sessions. Make up sessions are at the discretion of Middlebury Soccer.
Playing time may be negatively impacted by a players' lack of attendance at practices or games. These decisions are at the discretion of team coaches. Lack of playing time due to failure to attend practices or games is not grounds for a refund.
No refunds will be given to players who are removed from the program due to their unsportsmanlike behavior or other conduct which fails to conform to proper player conduct or the commitment required to participate in a team sport. The decision to remove players from the program belongs to the Middlebury Soccer Board of Directors. Parent misconduct is also grounds for player dismissal without refund.
Middlebury Soccer Association Head Injury Protocol
NOTE: Very often a player may receive a serious head injury and it may have delayed symptoms. Also, the injured player will most likely not be able to articulate the seriousness of their injury so it is imperative that coaches, parents and players understand and recognize the hazards associated with a concussion so they can assist in getting the injured player immediate medical care. This document was developed to provide coaches and their parents with a review of current and relevant information regarding concussions and head injuries.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury or (TBI), "that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Even a "ding," or "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009).
Part I - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION - A concussion should be suspected if any one or more of the following signs or symptoms are present, OR if the evaluator is unsure.
1. Signs of a concussion may include (what the player looks like):
-Trouble resting/getting comfortable
- Lack of concentration
- Slow response/drowsiness
- Incoherent/ slurred speech
- Slow/clumsy movements
- Loss of consciousness
- Amnesia/memory problems
- Act silly/combative/aggressive
- Repeatedly ask same questions
- Dazed appearance
- Constant attempts to return to play
- Constant motion
- Disproportionate/inappropriate reactions
- Balance problems
2. Symptoms of a concussion may include (what the player reports):
- Headache or pressure in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to sound/light/touch
- Ringing in ears
- Concentration or memory problems
- Feeling foggy or groggy
If a concussion is suspected the player should be given immediate medical care from a licensed health care professional. (Note: Public Act No. 10-62 requires that a coach MUST immediately remove a student- player from participating in any intramural or interscholastic athletic activity who (A) is observed to exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion following a suspected blow to the head or body, or (B) is diagnosed with a concussion, regardless of when such concussion or head injury may have occurred).
Part II - RETURN TO PARTICIPATION (RTP)
- Currently, it is impossible to accurately predict how long concussions will last. There must be full recovery before someone is allowed to return to participation. Connecticut Law now requires that no player may resume participation until they have received written medical clearance from a licensed health care professional (Physician, Physician Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Athletic Trainer) trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
Concussion management requirements:
1. No player SHALL return to participation (RTP) on the same day of head injury or concussion.
2. Any loss of consciousness, vomiting or seizures the player MUST be immediately transported to the hospital.
3. Close observation of the player MUST continue following a concussion. This should be monitored for an appropriate amount of time following the injury to ensure that there is no escalation of symptoms.
4. Any player with signs or symptoms related to a concussion MUST be evaluated from a licensed health care professional (Physician, Physicians Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Athletic Trainer) trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
5. The player MUST obtain written clearance from one of the licensed health care professionals mentioned above directing them into a well defined RTP stepped protocol similar to one outlined below. If at any time signs or symptoms should return during the RTP progression the player should cease activity.*
6. After the RTP protocol has been successfully administered (no longer exhibits any signs or symptoms or behaviors consistent with concussions) , final written medical clearance is required by one of the licensed health care professionals mentioned above for them to fully return to unrestricted participation in practices and competitions.
Medical Clearance RTP protocol (Recommended one full day between steps)
Rehabilitation stage Functional exercise at each stage of rehabilitation/Objective of each stage
1. No activity Complete physical and cognitive rest until asymptomatic. School may need to be modified.
2. Light aerobic activity Walking, swimming or stationary cycling keeping intensity ,<70% of maximal exertion; no resistance training
Increase Heart Rate
3. Sport Specific Exercise Skating drills in ice hockey, running drills in soccer; no head impact activities
4. Non-contact Training drills Progression to more complex training drills, ie. passing drills in football and ice hockey; may start progressive resistance training
Exercise, coordination and cognitive load.
5. Full Contact Practice Following medical clearance, participate in normal training activities
Restore confidence and assess functional skills by coaching staff
*If at any time signs or symptoms should return during the RTP progression the player should stop activity that day. If the player's symptoms are gone the next day, s/he may resume the RTP progression as the last step completed in which no symptoms were present. If symptoms return and don't resolve, the player should be referred back to their medical provider.
Part III - HEAD INJURIES
- Injuries to the head includes:
Concussions: (See above information). There are several head injuries associated with concussions which can be severe in nature including:
a) Second impact Syndrome - Players who sustain a concussion, and return to play prior to being recovered from the concussion, are also at risk for Second Impact Syndrome (SIS), a rare but life-altering condition that can result in rapid brain swelling, permanent brain damage or death; and
b) Post Concussion Syndrome - A group of physical, cognitive, and emotional problems that can persist for weeks, months, or indefinitely after a concussion.
Scalp Injury: Most head injuries only damage the scalp (a cut, scrape, bruise or swelling)
Big lumps (bruises) can occur with minor injuries because there is a large blood supply to the scalp. For the same reason, small cuts on the head may bleed a lot. Bruises on the forehead sometimes cause black eyes 1 to 3 days later because the blood spreads downward by gravity;
Skull Fracture: Only 1% to 2% of children with head injuries will get a skull fracture. Usually there are no other symptoms except for a headache at the site where the head was hit. Most skull fractures occur without any injury to the brain and they heal easily;
Brain Injuries are rare but are recognized by the presence of the following symptoms: (1) difficult to awaken, or keep awake or (2) confused thinking and talking, or (3) slurred speech, or (4) weakness of arms or legs or (5) unsteady walking (American Academy of Pediatrics - Healthychildren, 2010).
With the soccer season coming soon, it's a good time to remind everyone that all players must wear properly fitting soccer cleats and shin guards to practice and games (U4 Dinomites players can wear cleats or sneakers) and always bring a properly inflated age appropriate soccer ball with their name written on it. This is critical as each player needs a ball to work on individual skill development and coaches likely won't have extra balls.
Here is a soccer ball guide. When you purchase a ball, please be sure that you check the package and ball for the correct size number for your child. Please also note that as your child gets older, they will need a larger ball so please note the age ranges below.
Middlebury Soccer is looking to expand the pool of certified referees to support our growing travel soccer program.
To become a certified referee, applicants must turn 13 by June 30, 2016, pass an on-line course and be evaluated at a field session. The on-field session serves as a learning session and an opportunity for referees to ask questions.
Field training sessions (typically 3-4 hours in length) are held around the state on a rotating bases.
For more info or to register, please visit www.ctreferee.net or click the link below.
We hope you will look into this opportunity and that we see you refereeing in town soon!
Just like here in the U.S., kids around the world love soccer. In fact, they’ll do anything to play it, including making soccer balls out of rags and playing barefoot.
Futbol Friends International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in Connecticut, with one goal: to connect soccer-loving kids and adults here in the U.S. to kids around the world, who lack the basic gear they need to play the beautiful game.
FFI connects with trusted partners such as The Peace Corps and others to identify local needs in villages and towns around the globe, and then helps kids in the U.S. raise funds for these projects.
To make the money go as far as possible, FFI generally buys the equipment locally, in the country where it is needed, rather than buying it here and paying to have it shipped. That said, FFI supports projects of all kinds.
Joining the FFI team is a win-win for everyone involved. Kids who take on a project receive an official record of their involvement, which is a great way to stand out on college applications and satisfy their school’s requirement for community service. They also get a picture of the kids that they helped, smiling with their new soccer gear! When you visit the Futbol Friends International website, you can view current open projects which can be adopted. There is also the option to make on-line donations.
The projects shown make excellent projects for soccer-minded young people or adults looking for volunteer opportunities to organize, get involved with or contribute to. As you will see on the website, a small donation can go a long way in many parts of the world and touch many young lives.
Please visit the Futbol Friends International website, http://www.ffiusa.org/ for more information on the organization and it's mission and consider getting involved in this worthy effort. You may also contact the organization through their website if you have questions or would like additional information.