• The EPYSA Annual General Meeting was held on March 3rd in Reading, PA.  Registrar Mike Radle and President Dave Pender attended on behalf of the SYSA Board, as well as Club players, parents and volunteers.
    • EPYSA had a total of about 106,000 players in 2012.  SYSA had 270 registered and active players.  League partners Olmstead and Lower Dauphin had 180 and 483 players respectively.  This numbers include Travel programs which SYSA does not take part in.
    • To maintain accordance with state law, for 2013 and onward, ALL positions filled by someone over the age of 18 (Board members, Coaches, Assistants, Refs, General Volunteers…) will be subjected to a background check.  This is a policy change from previous years where only a sample of adults were randomly selected for background checks.  There is a cost associated with this increase in due diligence which is being passed on directly to the members.
    • EPYSA continues it’s vigilance when it comes to players who may suffer from a concussion during play.  New for 2013, it is now mandatory for all volunteers associated with the Association to take part in Concussion Awareness Training.  More details will follow on this, however, there will be no cost associated with the training and the time commitment will be minimal.  Discussion was had related to creating a short online course for volunteers to take part in at their convenience.  More details to follow.
    • The fee/fine schedule for 2013 remains unchanged for individual and team fees.  There are slight increases in other areas that will have only a minor impact on costs associated with registration.  The largest impact to registration fees is the mandatory background check fee associated with all coaches and over-18 volunteers.
  • The registration newsletter to be distributed by area schools is currently being finalized, look for this to come home with your child from school during the first or second week of April.  The newsletter will also be available via the Central Dauphin School District E-Backpack.
  • 2013 Registration Database – To coincide with newsletter distribution, work on the setup of the registration database for 2013 is now underway and will be ready to go for the April 15th opening.
  • 2013 Registration Costs – after the close of the EPYSA AGM, the Board was able to determine costs per-child for the 2013 season.  There was quite a bit of discussion on how to go about ensuring we keep soccer available to as many people as possible but maintain a positive financial position for the Association as a whole.  As a result of this discussion, the Board unanimously voted in favor of the following rates will be in effect for the 2013 season:
        • U6 Coed – $35
        • U8, U10, U12 – $60
    • While it’s always difficult to do something that will be unpopular, it was deemed necessary to raise fees by $5 per player to offset increased costs associated with registration database, insurance coverage (our second largest expense), background checks for all volunteers and expected equipment expenses over the next few years (new nets, goal frames, paint…).
    • It’s important to note that this increase in the registration cost restores fees to their 2009 level.  In 2010, the Board approved a reduction in fees by $5.  At the time, it was expected that the reduction would only last one year, however, due to the continued control of costs associated with running the season, the Board was able to continue this reduction for three years.
    • The Board also unanimously approved the continuation of the $10 sibling discount.  As in previous year, this will apply to additional players registered to the same parents/home address.  There is no limit on this discount – it extends to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on.