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CCSA headed in wrong direction

June 16, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I feel the following poor decisions by the CCSA are leading to bad feelings in the community.

1. Players who have moved up an age division because of their skill level are currently denied a year of eligibility in their final year. When the National Soccer Organization was notified, they said these kids can play if they are age-eligible.

This, in my opinion, is comparable to a player being talented enough to play a high school sport as a freshman or sophomore, but then if he or she does play, he or she would forfeit his or her senior year of eligibility.

This rule is 100 percent backwards for an organization whose purpose is to promote soccer participation. I can't figure out how this rule was ever enacted.

2. Foreign exchange students can't play in the CCSA. These foreign exchange students should be encouraged to play and help our coaches (who did not grow up playing soccer, including myself) to help with skill development of their teammates. Again, I can't imagine how this rule was ever enacted.

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3. The draft of players does not create even teams. No team should be winning soccer games by 7 or 8 goals every year.

The CCSA needs to develop a "draft board" of coaches whose kids have just left that division the year prior to help develop the fairest teams possible.

4. The above three items have now caused an issue where kids have posted some "trash talk" on social media (Facebook). This has led to at least one child to be suspended for the entire year from the CCSA for a poor comment he made.

I hope the players, parents, coaches and the CCSA Board can get together to fix the poor decisions of the past. The kids of the Copper Country deserve better.

Brien Ricci




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