All sporting activities have the risk of concussion and it is important parents and coaches take all precautions for the safety of the young atheletes. Please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html for more information and related documents.
Helpful Links, News and Updates on Everything Soccer
Please check back regularly for general news and information for parents and coaches on youth soccer. Specific information regarding the SPFSA is best found under General Information, Field Information or under one of the three program links; House, Inter-County or Travel.
Helpful Tips for All Parents
Brief Guide to Youth Soccer on 'Parents Information' Sidebar
Parents are urged to click on the homepage sidebar link for several short, but very informative guides to youth soccer. Key ’dos and don’ts’ are concisely covered and can help both parent and child best enjoy their soccer experience.
Please Practice Good Field Courtesy
Litter and Dogs are Consistent Offenses
The Municipalities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood and the BOE remind parents, players and coaches that dogs are absolutely prohibited from all fields and parks. They also request that all litter and water bottles be put in receptacles at the end of games and practices. Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is also strictly prohibited.
Medical Coordinator of MLS Addresses SPFSA
Travel Coaches Get Tips from Sports Medicine Expert
John Gallucci, medical coordinator for Major League Soccer and president of JAG physical therapy in West Orange, recently spoke to the SPFSA travel coaching staff on various topics affecting the health and welfare of young athletes. Gallucci, a soccer dad himself, emphatically endorsed the idea of coaches participating in some type of CPR/first aid course and of parents taking advantage of a free heart-screening program for children at St. Barnabas Hospital, Livingston. More information is available @ www.jagpt.com . Highlights of his comments include the following: