Letter from the Director – Upcoming Changes Coming to CFC

Hello CFC Members –

Soccer continues to change, and our club continues to grow. We have two pieces of information that we would like to announce as we continue to serve you through soccer.

CFC Hires New Director of Coaching

I am very excited to announce that Jared Rust is coming on to our administrative staff this month as our new Director of Coaching. Jared comes to us after coaching with Simpson University’s men’s program. He has a wide variety of experience at both the collegiate and youth levels, and was a CFC staff coach from 2008-2013. He was also an assistant coach at Corban University for one year, as well as Willamette University men’s first assistant for three years and Sprague High School head coach for two years. Jared holds his NSCAA National Diploma and his Coerver Youth Diploma. Jared moves back to Salem with his wife, Morgan, and their two dogs.

Jared’s role with the club will be to support our competitive coaches and help to implement our club way of playing.

Please welcome Jared warmly back to the CFC family. We are more than a soccer club, and look forward to being more effective in our mission to make Salem better through better soccer.

Birth Year Changes Coming To Oregon Soccer

The landscape of soccer in our nation and in our state continues to change and progress. Earlier this fall, U.S. Soccer announced a new initiative to move to birth-year registration. US Soccer states:

Birth-year registration calendars will now align with the start of the calendar year and run from January to December, rather than August to July as it had previously…Birth-year registration applies to all player age groups and not just players age 12 and younger.

You can read the rest of the article and watch a video about the reason behind the shift by visiting this website.

In a recent meeting of Oregon Club Coaching Directors, OYSA confirmed that they would adopt US Soccer Initiatives starting with the fall 2016 season. This means that teams will be formed to align with OYSA’s leagues in May of 2016.

There are still some question marks from OYSA and US Soccer that we are waiting on answers for. For example, at the U15 age (2002), players with birthdates from January to August will be headed to High School and will have a conflicting fall season with High School Sports, whereas players with August to December birthdates will have no such conflict. OYSA has still yet to decide what the fall league will look like for these players.

Many of you are wondering how this will affect your son or daughter’s team for next year. Our board and staff are working through the details right now so that we can have a concrete plan to announce by early spring. We have several reasons for waiting:

  1. We need to wait on OYSA for clarification on several practical applications of this initiative (as previously mentioned).
  2. We would like to have clear coaching assignments and a good idea of what roster changes may occur in May 2016. We are currently looking through lists of registered players and conferring with coaches to come up with a blueprint for what next year could look like. We want our new Director of Coaching to be involved with this process.
  3. We are taking another look at our “Playing Up” policy at this time to see how things will mesh with the initiatives and at what age groups it will take place.
  4. We also are working out how this initiative may or may not affect our recreational programs.

Thank you for understanding. We ask that you please be patient as we finalize how we will be instituting these changes next spring. Although change is often difficult and uncomfortable, I strongly believe we can use this as an opportunity to make our club an even better place for our kids to play in the future.

Collin Box
Executive Director
Capital Futbol Club

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