2019 Portage Celery Cup Divisions and Schedule Posted

The Celery Cup Tournament home webpage is located at:    
https://portagesoccer.com/portage-celery-cup/

Divisions

Schedule

The Portage Soccer Complex has over 500 parking spaces plus additional parking available at nearby facilities.  Parking at the Portage SC complex is free.  

Please note:  No smoking, alcohol, or pets are allowed at the field locations, Thank you for your cooperation.

We look forward to hosting your team!  Please feel free to email drice@edwardrose.com with any questions.  Please include your team name, age, and gender in all emails to help us better serve your needs.  

PSC Annual General Meeting - September 18th

The Portage Soccer Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00pm.

At the AGM, we will discuss the club's finances and current events.  We will also be voting for election of officers.

All are welcome to attend the AGM.  If you are interested in being considered for any of the board positions or desire additional information, please contact David Rice president@portagesoccer.com by Friday, September 13th.  

We are a friendly group who enjoy working together for the betterment of the club...YOUR Club. We'd love to see you get involved!

LOCATION:
Cornerstone Construction Management
450 W. Centre Avenue
Portage, MI 49024

2019 PSC Striker Camps

There were 23 campers at each camp and we had 4 to 1 players to coach ratio with the help of so many PSC coaches. We had at least 5 GKs and as many as 8 GK every session. In addition, we had at least 15 older PSC players who volunteered to help with the camps (shag balls, move goals, pickup cones, etc.).

PSC coaches participated at this year's PSC Striker Camps:

Davin Ojala, Allyssa Gapinski, Leann Gavigio, Jen Leone, John Power, John Twiehaus, Phil Kaczamarski, Baba Darajinoh, Russ Mitchell, Phil Killian, Jared Butler, Paul Knight.

2019 PSC Striker Camp 1

2019 PSC Striker Camp 1

2019 PSC Striker Camp 2

2019 PSC Striker Camp 2

Portage Soccer Club wins 3 MSPSP Spring Titles

The Michigan State Premier Soccer Program completed its Spring Season. Three Portage Soccer Club teams won their respective divisions and were awarded championship t-shirts to commemorate their titles. The 2000 Green Boys team won the Classic 1 division, and both 2005 Girls and Boys teams each won division titles in Premier 3.

Boys 2000 Green Team - Classic 1 Champions

Boys 2000 Green Team - Classic 1 Champions

Girls 2005 Green Team – Premier 3 Champions

Girls 2005 Green Team – Premier 3 Champions

Boys 2005 Green Team – Premier 3 Champions

Boys 2005 Green Team – Premier 3 Champions

PSC Player Chosen for ODP

Haylie Kinney who plays for PSC U13 Green - Premier was chosen to participate in the Michigan Olympic Development Program (ODP) 2007 birth year player pool at the July 2019 tryout.

The state team player pool trains through the winter and a final team is selected for competitive play and further advancement in the program in the early spring.

 It is exciting to see a PSC player enter the process.

 Congratulations and good luck wishes from your team mates, your coaches and the entire PSC.

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GOLF FOR KICKS - August 12, 2019

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We're quickly approaching our 2nd Annual Portage Soccer Club Golf Outing on August 12th. The event will take place at Gull Lakeview West Golf Course. Check-in will begin at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am. There will be a few games out of the course in addition to it being a 4-person scramble format. Sign up by July 17th and save $10 per person! After July 17th, the cost will be $90/person. We also have sponsorships available for $250 which includes a free round of golf at the outing.

After the round there will be live music by Scott Davis (local performer), food, an open bar and prizes! Please join us in raising funds for the Portage Soccer Club Scholarship Fund. Each year, scholarships are awarded to families who otherwise would not be able to afford Club soccer. Visit our website to register @ https://portagesoccer.com/golf-for-kicks. We hope to see you there!

Daniel Ehler
Director, Fundraising
Portage Soccer Club
708-653-1321

Volunteer Sign-Up for Super Y Weekend

Volunteer - Saturday, July 20, 2019 and Sunday, July 21, 2019

As we all know, Portage Soccer Club offers an outstanding soccer experience by providing excellent coaching, strong competition, and one of the best soccer complexes in the state.  In addition, we offer all of this at some of the lowest costs and fees in the area.  We provide an overall outstanding value for our families, and it’s important to remember what is at the core of our club philosophy, and what allows us to continue to offer what we have to our growing club – our volunteers!!

One of the ways we can keep our costs down is by allowing other groups and organizations to rent our fields for games.  This arrangement increases club revenue and offsets the costs associated with maintaining our facilities.  This summer we entered into an agreement with Super Y to rent our fields for their games.  In all, they will play more than 60 games at our facility over the weekend.  In addition to the field rental, we will also operate our concession stand for additional revenue and convenience.  In order for this to be a success for both PSC and Super Y, we are seeking volunteers to assist us in making sure these days run smoothly! 

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 20, 2019 and Sunday, July 21, 2019.  The above link will take you to the volunteer sign up for the weekend.  This is an excellent opportunity for students who need volunteer hours for school, or for our older teams to come together and give back volunteer hours for their club.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

Thank you!

Chery Kucharski
https://portagesoccer.com/

2019 Portage Celery Cup 8/23-8/25 - Registration OPEN

The Celery Cup Tournament home webpage is located at:    
https://portagesoccer.com/portage-celery-cup/

The Portage Soccer Complex has over 500 parking spaces plus additional parking available at nearby facilities.  Parking at the Portage SC complex is free.  

Please note:  No smoking, alcohol, or pets are allowed at the field locations, Thank you for your cooperation.

We look forward to hosting your team!  Please feel free to email drice@edwardrose.com with any questions.   Please include your team name, age, and gender in all emails to help us better serve your needs.  

LINDSAY TARPLEY TRAINING CAMP - 7/29 & 7/30

This summer the Portage Soccer Club will host two-time Olympic gold medal winner Lindsay Tarpley for a two-day girls and boys training camp, Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th.  The camp will run from 9am-12pm each morning at the Portage Soccer Complex for players in the U6-U12 age range, born in the years 2007 to 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER
https://portagesoccer.com/lindsay-tarpley-camp

PSC OPEN TRAINING 5/28, 5/29, & 5/30

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Portage Soccer Club to Host Open Training Tuesday May 28, Wednesday May 29th & Thursday May 30th 

Interested in learning more about a local all-volunteer soccer club, which owns and operates a best-in-class soccer complex, maintains its own separate exclusive training facility, and has over 700 member players?

Would you like to know more about an unparalleled financial value proposition and meet with our coaches and club leaders?

Click on one of the following links to identify the appropriate team/coach for your son/daughter and click on the coach name to email and arrange participation in team training sessions next week and learn about what the Portage Soccer Club might be able to offer your family for the 2019/2020 season.

PSC Boys Teams
PSC Girls Teams

Click Here for tryout information and to register for Club Tryouts June 15th

PSC 06 Green Boys Team - Community Volunteer Event

The PSC 06 Green Boys team volunteered time to pack 363 backpacks with kid friendly meals in record time!

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ABOUT POWER UP - https://www.facebook.com/PowerUpPacks/

Power Up Packs feeds local children on the weekends.

Power Up started in November of 2013 with eight kids from one Portage Elementary School. We have grown tremendously and are currently serving over 360 students in ten Portage Public Schools.

They send home kid friendly meals in backpacks on the weekends for kids who struggle to have enough to eat when they are not at school.

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PSC TEAMS - 2019 SPRING STATE CUP

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Congratulations to the following Portage Soccer Club teams that applied and were accepted into the 2019 MSYSA Spring State Cup and Junior State Cup Tournaments!

The MSYSA State Cup is the first level of competition in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Teams who win the State Cup earn the right to represent Michigan at regional and potentially national competitions.

JUNIOR STATE CUP (Ages U10-U12) - MSYSA Junior State Cup

STATE CUP (U13 Girls, U13-U19 Boys) - MSYSA Girls State Cup, MSYSA Boys State Cup

PSC 2019 STRIKER CAMPS

Attacking, Shooting and Finishing

This summer the Portage Soccer Club is hosting a Coed Striker Camp for travel soccer players ages 12 to 18. Players of all positions, defenders and attackers, are welcome to attend. PSC coaches will provide specialized instruction on shooting and accuracy, shooting with power, shooting with crosses and on breakaways, as well as volleying, free-kicks and penalties.

Camp #1 (ages 12-18): July 9-11, 2019  Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm-8:00pm
Camp #2 (ages 12-18): July 16-18, 2019  Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm-8:00pm

Cost: $120

Please visit https://portagesoccer.com/striker-camp/ for more information and registration.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT - PSC 00 Green Girls Team

The below photos are from a Fall tournament in Indianapolis where the team finished in 2nd place in the U19 gold division. The first photo is of the entire team. The second photo is of the players who joined the team in 2012-2013.

I thought I would share some interesting tidbits about the team as it exemplifies the PSC tradition that player development and success on the pitch takes time.  I had the pleasure of coaching this team for the past 7 years beginning in Fall 2012 when the team played in WMYSA U12 division.  The first year the team had a perfect record (winless that is going 0-8).  Either I improved my coaching or the ladies got better.  I prefer to give them the credit.  The following 2 seasons the team advanced from WMYSA to Elite earning promotion to MSPSP Premier in Fall 2015.  Over the next 4 seasons the team steadily advanced up the premier divisions finishing the Fall 2018 season in 2nd place in Premier 2.  Along the journey coach Nic Losiewski joined the team and played an integral role in its development and success.

The players represent 8 area high schools and all are playing on their respective varsity teams.  My congratulations to the ladies on a job well done and for the special memories they created for me. 

- David Rice

PSC 00 Green Girls Team

PSC 00 Green Girls Team

PSC 00 Green Girls Team - Players that joined team 2012-2013

PSC 00 Green Girls Team - Players that joined team 2012-2013

2019 PSC SOCCER BALL FUNDRAISER

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2019 Soccer Ball
Thursday, February 21st
6:00 to 10:00 PM
Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Downtown Kalamazoo

$100 per couple ($60 for singles). Your admission is your donation, with all proceeds going directly toward the scholarship program. Sign up today!

Entertainment provided by world-renowned magician and hypnotist Chuck King

https://portagesoccer.com/soccer-ball/

WMYSA College Scholarship Program - 1/11/19 DEADLINE

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In 2015, the Board of Directors of the West Michigan Youth Soccer Association ("WMYSA") established a college scholarship program to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors who have participated in the West Michigan Youth Soccer Association for at least five years.

WMYSA will again be awarding one $500 scholarship to the top male and female athlete as determined by an impartial committee based upon the evaluation of the scholarship applications; not the athletic ability of the player. Additional scholarships may be available if funding can be secured.

In order to be considered, seniors must have achieved a minimum Academic Average of 2.5 unweighted grade point average and anticipate attending an accredited college or trade school. In addition, consideration for an award includes each candidate's participation in voluntary and community service activities.

The deadline for the application will be January 11, 2019. All applications will remain confidential and will be reviewed by members of the scholarship committee only. Scholarship winners will be announced and awards presented at the 2019 WMYSA Annual Presidents dinner in February 2019.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.wmysa.org/college-scholarship.html

Ken Pope
WMYSA President