Melrose Youth Soccer


Parent Guide 2007-2008










Compiled by: 

Melrose Youth Soccer Board of Directors

A message from the Melrose Youth Soccer Board of Directors


The Melrose Youth Soccer Board of Directors takes great pleasure in welcoming parents and children into the soccer community of Melrose. We believe that youth soccer offers unique learning opportunities to developing players of all ages, and we are dedicated to creating a sound and positive environment for your children to enjoy and learn the great game of soccer. 


These are the goals of Melrose Youth Soccer: 


·        Ensure that our coaches are educated in the best teaching practices for the sport of soccer.

·        Develop the athletic potential of each child so that he or she becomes the best player possible.

·        Create a positive soccer culture in the community.


The old adage “It takes a village” is the cornerstone to these goals.  We encourage you, as parents, to support the attitude that coaching is in fact teaching.  The field is indeed a classroom, the athletes are students and as such the coach is a teacher.  It is in that spirit that we hope to lead Melrose Youth Soccer in a direction where not only will we develop outstanding soccer players but also instill good sportsmanship in our soccer players. 


As a parent, you are the most important teacher in your child’s life - please help foster the classroom environment by being supportive to your child, your child’s coach, his/her teammates and to the referees who officiate the games.  Always be positive and remember to keep the games in perspective. All of us need reminders that youth sports are played by and for children – there are no professionals involved!


Finally, take the time to say hello and introduce yourself to the coaches and to the Board of Directors as you see them around the fields. All of these people are volunteers who give of their time in order to provide the children of this city with a safe, fun environment where they can make new friends and learn new skills as young athletes. They need and appreciate your support!


Melrose Youth Soccer Board of Directors



Board Position

Rich Altonaga


Bill DeSimone


Ron Pesaturo


Gary Smith


Heather McSween


Dennis McCarthy

Fields Coordinator

Heather McSween

Fields Scheduler

Trish McElligott

Fields Manager

Stephen Finley

Referee Coordinator

Bill DeSimone

Equipment Coordinator

Dave Foulser

Website administrator

Gary Smith

Munchkin Coordinator

Sean O'Brien

U-8 City Coordinator

Steve Silveira

U-10 City Coordinator

Rich Altonaga

Travel Coordinator

Beth Fantozzi

Travel Administrator

Tom Russell

Communications Director

Chris Lippert

Board Member

In order to reach board members, visit us on the web at:

Melrose Youth Soccer Parental Code of Conduct

Whether or not you are one of our parent coaches, your positive participation is crucial to the success of our program. Parents and guardians of those children who participate in Melrose Youth Soccer (MYS) are fully expected to review and abide by the following guidelines:


1.      Encourage your child as they play on the field. Your child looks to you for encouragement and approval.  Let their coach provide the corrections and direction.

2.      Respect officials and accept all their decisions as final.

3.      Support your child’s coach, team and Melrose Youth Soccer as a whole. Discuss issues about your child in a constructive manner with the coach at a mutually agreed upon time and never immediately prior to, during or after any game. Your coach is a volunteer and is giving of his/her time to teach and encourage your child.  Be a help!


How To Be A Great Soccer Parent:

·        Familiarize yourself with the rules of soccer – it’s a great game, but each age group has its own version, and its own goals. Go to our website and get to know them.

·        Play with your child!  Soccer is a really simple game to play, but learning to play it correctly takes practice. Help your kid improve!

·        Make a commitment to the team. Bring your child to practices and games on time. Soccer is a team sport and every time a player misses, it creates a hole in that team.

·        Volunteer your services and talents to the team and MYS whenever possible.

o       Offer to make phone calls – some coaches have a LOT going on, and you can easily help lighten the load.

o       Organize an end of season pizza party for the team

o       Offer to bring popsicles on a hot day – coach and kids will love you!

o       Come to a soccer board meeting – we meet the third Monday of each month at the Melrose Public Library.

o       Offer to help the organization – we need people to line fields, deliver fliers, collect equipment, you name it – bringing soccer to a thousand kids is a huge job!

·        Register on time. We register a season ahead of time so that we can make sure that all of our adult volunteers are thoroughly screened and that all of our players are insured.  Check our website for information about registrations.


Recommended Websites:

Melrose Youth Soccer                                        

National Soccer Coaches Association of America

United States Soccer Federation                         

American Youth Soccer Organization      


National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials of America

Womens Soccer World                                      

New England Revolution                                     

College Soccer Ratings                           


Soccer New England                                          

Soccer Information Systems                                


Keeper Stop                                                      

US Futsal Federation                                          


Recommended Soccer TV


GOL TV            

Soccer TV Guide

ESPN Soccer     



About our Coaches:


Coaches for Melrose Youth Soccer form the backbone of our organization. It is their dedication, sense of fun, love for kids and the game that make youth soccer in Melrose the great program that it is. MYS encourages all of its coaches to attend seminars by Mass. Youth Soccer and by the NCSAA, and will pay for any courses which coaches complete successfully. If you enjoy working with kids, MYS will provide all of the training you need to become a soccer coach – no European or South American heritage is required – although these are more than welcome!


The following code of ethics has been developed by the NCSAA, the National Soccer Coaching Association of America, and Melrose Youth expects its coaches to understand and support it.


Melrose Youth Soccer Code of Ethics (as outlined by the NSCAA)

1.      Soccer is the player’s game.  The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players.

2.      Coaches bear responsibility for teaching players to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the laws of the game, and the highest levels of sportsmanship

3.      Coaches shall treat officials with respect and shall teach their players to do the same

4.      Our opponents are worthy of being treated with respect.  Coaches will model such respect for opponents and expect their players to do the same.

5.      The coach shall model grace, dignity and composure in both victory and defeat. 

6.      Coaches shall model inclusive behavior; actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination including (but not limited to) racism and sexism at all levels of the game

7.      Coaches are responsible for taking an active role in education about prevention and treatment of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse both in their lives and in the lives of their players.

8.      Coaches shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport; violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect, and violations of the laws of the game and rules governing competition.