Letter from the President-Fall 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 season, Randolph Soccer Club families!

We are at the start of another great travel soccer year for RSC.  From 8U-13U, we are fielding 16 full year teams in all for boys and girls this season.  Thank you to all those dedicated volunteers who have stepped up to help with team leadership for this year.

As has now become the norm, please continue to monitor your player’s health regularly, making responsible choices about whether to send him/her to an RSC activity.  Please err on the side of being extra safe and stay home if there is any question about possible illness.  Thank you to RSC’s Director of Coaching and our dedicated staff for their ongoing work to help RSC players develop while keeping them as safe as possible.

For anyone interested in getting involved with the club, we are always looking for new volunteers.  Parent volunteerism is essential for club activities to take place.  Please reach out to any Board member for additional information on ways to get involved.  Click HERE to view the current RSC Board Member listing.

RSC’s 50-50 raffle is back again this fall, as the club’s fundraising needs continue to exist.  The club fee paid by each player does not cover the actual per player cost for the season.  All players on full-year teams will be required to sell a set number of raffle tickets.  The raffle draw will take place on Wednesday, November 8th.  Stay tuned for additional information in October.  

As we’ve done for the past several years, toward the end of the fall season, RSC will conduct an anonymous on-line survey that will be sent to all of our families.  Please take the time to respond when you receive the email as the feedback provided is a valuable source of information and insight for those of us dedicated to managing the Randolph Soccer Club.

Finally, just a reminder about expectations for spectator behavior:  support your whole team, refrain from coaching (remove action verbs from your cheering), and understand that making decisions on the field, which will include making plenty of mistakes, is the optimal way for players to develop.  The league in which RSC teams play continues to emphasize the importance of all adults at youth soccer games modeling appropriate behavior. . . when winning, when losing, and all the ups and downs in between that come with competing.  Referee availability continues to be a challenge.  Youth travel soccer games cannot take place without officials; and poor spectator/player/coach behavior makes it harder to find and retain officials.

Please check out the new Soccer Parenting Resource tab on our homepage.  RSC has partnered with Soccer Parenting in conjunction with their relationship with NJ Youth Soccer to provide access to resources for parents, players and coaches covering topics such as nutrition, athlete mental health, how to support your player, among many others.

Best wishes to all for a fun, developmentally productive season on the pitch!

On behalf of the entire RSC Board,

Tammy McConnell

Randolph Soccer Club