Corte Madera FC Families,
The fields at Town Park will be quiet this week for the first time since the beginning of August! Congratulations to all of our teams on a great season, especially those teams that played in State Cup semi-finals and finals this past week. As most of you know, this was my first season with Corte Madera FC. I have worked with many other clubs in Marin and was struck by the community feel and camaraderie at this club. As the season comes to a close, I wanted to take time to thank this amazing soccer community. We could not run this club without the help of our Board, our team managers, and our parent community.
Thanks to all that filled out the end-of-season survey. The information we have been gathering is helpful. As we’ve read through the feedback, it has come to our attention that the two biggest areas of concern are the quality of our fields and the quality/level of competition that some of our teams faced this year. In recent weeks, we have had promising conversations with Corte Madera Parks and Recreation about potentially turfing the East Field. This would allow us to have year-round access to a quality field. We will be reaching out to you in the coming months for support of this important project as things hopefully progress. Each year, Corte Madera FC’s competitive committee works hard to place teams into the appropriate level of Norcal. This is based on the history and the development needs of the team. This year it was a bit more challenging to place our teams, due to the fact that our teams did not play last season because of the COVID shutdown. With a complete season behind us, we will be able to make better decisions around league placement next season. Teams that performed well this year will likely be promoted to a higher level league next year.
We are looking forward to the off-season. Spring clinics will be back in full force and will run Mondays through Thursdays over a six-week session starting March 14th. Players can come for as many or as few days as they are able to. Our competitive trainers will help players improve individual skills, understanding of the game, and fitness. Scrimmages and small sided games will facilitate touches on the ball, decision-making, and FUN! Register here (course 5023 for competitive).
A big shout-out to Hailey Sellers, a member of the U13 Girls’ team who was invited to the Norcal Region 5 Player Development Program. Hailey was ultimately selected for the Region 5 2009 Girls team. She and her PDP team just competed against Region 6 earlier this week! Congrats Hailey!
I am excited about the future of Corte Madera FC. Next year we will continue to phase in our club-wide curriculum, methodology and philosophy across more teams and age groups. This work will be supported by our new Veo brand camera system. Recording and viewing games will allow coaches to analyze and reflect on training sessions and games. Veo also has the capability to send individual clips to players. Additionally, we will also be able to live stream games to parents and/or grandparents who are unable to be on the sidelines.
Every season has its fun challenges but these challenges wouldn’t be solved if it weren’t for the hard work of all the team managers and the board members working behind the scenes. If you happen to bump into Cindy, Mark, Frank, Sarah, Lindsay, Kevin, Jill or Clarke please show them some gratitude for all of the work they put in this season.
All the best,