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Frequently Asked Questions about New 2017 Gateway United

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Gateway United: Wenonah Soccer 2017 New Regional Soccer Program 


Will we be changing our uniforms? 
Yes. All existing and new teams will wear new uniforms for the Fall 2017 season. The new uniform will be navy blue but will carry a new logo representing Gateway United. We realize that many families have already purchased new uniforms over the past 1-2 seasons, so Gateway United will fund the cost of a new shirt for every current player. These players can continue to wear their existing shorts and socks. New players will need to purchase the full uniform kit.

What soccer fields will be used? 
By expanding the program, we now have access to multiple field locations in Wenonah, Woodbury Heights and Westville, which will help us significantly improve the conditions of our playing surfaces over time because we can “rest” fields for a season. We will also be able to better align locations with age and field size and reduce the need for “two way” fields that increase wear and tear.

Where will practices be held?
Practice schedules will be designed based primarily on team composition by town and the coach’s home location. While every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience, it is possible that residents of one town will need to transport their players to another town’s fields for practices. Luckily, all of the fields are within 15 minutes of each other.

Where will games be held?
Game locations will be established on a season by season basis as determined by field conditions, how many teams play in each age group, and which fields may be in “rest” mode.  It is likely that in a given season, teams will play all of their home games in one location, which could be in any of the 3 towns (Wenonah, Woodbury Heights or Westville.)

Will the cost of the program change?
No, the cost of the program will not be affected by this transition. For the seasonal year 2017-2018, registration will be $140 per player, which includes all league, referee, and insurance fees. It also includes a weekly professional training session.

Will the Micro and Clinic Program change?
While the Micro/Clinic program is not the primary focus of this initiative, we are exploring the sharing of “best practices” so that both programs may be improved. We are also looking at possible inter-town play that could occur each week or at certain limited times throughout the season. Any ideas we consider will be to improve the programs available to our younger players and encourage their love of soccer for years to come.

Who will coach the teams?
As always, we rely on our parents to step forward and volunteer their time as coaches.  Coaching can be an extremely rewarding activity; coaches can profoundly influence their players and shape them not only into good players but into great people. As we grow our program we will be actively recruiting coaches for each team from all participating towns. This is especially important for younger, newly formed teams. 

 
Is the Gateway United program open to players from any town?
Yes, Gateway United is an open club and will accept players from any neighboring town. 


Who can I contact for more information?
If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Chuck Patrick (WAA Soccer Commissioner), Deb Cline (WAA Soccer Program Coordinator), Ray Burow (President, WHAA), Mike Ledrich (President, Westville Soccer Inc.) or Bernadette Hohl (President, WAA). 

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