New Youth Development Platform For U8 & U9 Age Groups
Crew SC partners with Classics Eagles, Ohio Premier SC
 
CREW SC PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TO PARTNER WITH CLASSICS EAGLES, OHIO PREMIER SC IN FORMING NEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
Local youth soccer organizations to collaborate, form a unique “Zone 1” player development model for Under-8 & Under-9 boys and girls in a 7-v-7 format

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2015
Contact: Tim Miller, 614-447-4176 or Ryan Schwepfinger, 614-447-4203

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC Player Development, the organization’s youth development program, today announced that in conjunction with local youth soccer organizations Classics Eagles and Ohio Premier SC, a new local player development platform for Under-8 and Under-9 boys and girls is being formed in the Columbus area for Spring 2015. This progressive platform is a collaborative partnership created by all three organizations.

Founded with shared values and aspirations of creating a truly player-centric environment focused on technical development, style of play, sportsmanship, high coaching and parental behavioral standards, the three organizations are coming together to form a unique platform that will serve Central Ohio.

"The Ohio Premier coaching staff is looking forward to this spring as we look to mirror what is going on in other youth soccer communities throughout the country," said Chris Baer, Ohio Premier SC's Executive Director. "Providing this environment for the U-8 and U-9 players in our club allows us to establish a strong foundation from which to build into the team building and competition phases."

The unique setup and partnership between the three organizations aims to mirror U.S. Soccer's standards in order to form a player-centric environment. According to U.S. Soccer, the measurement of success in Zone 1 is “improvement of ball skills, understanding of the rules of the game, playing fairly and learning general game principles.”

“This is certainly a positive development from a few perspectives,” said Andrew Arthurs, Crew SC Senior VP of Soccer Business Development. “The collaborative nature involved in working alongside local soccer leaders to help craft a unique player focused environment is a top priority. That this environment’s focus will be on mirroring U.S. Soccer’s specific recommendations for Zone 1 is exciting and will really benefit our soccer community for many years to come.”

In addition to the priority of current and future alignment with U.S. Soccer’s guidelines and standards, a critical founding philosophy is to build an inclusive platform to serve like-minded clubs and leaders across Central Ohio moving forward.

“The new platform will enable the clubs to implement a more consistent and effective youth soccer player development model, which is especially important at the younger age groups," said Mike Lentz, Classics Eagles Executive Director. "It’s essential that the training environment and game-day experiences be aligned across the clubs so all participants (players, coaches, spectators and referees) contribute in a positive and consistent way to each player’s individual skill development, game understanding and passion for the game of soccer. The Classics Eagles leadership and coaching staff are excited to move this model forward in cooperation with clubs that support these concepts."


NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA COVERING COLUMBUS CREW SC
When discussing the organization and the team, please reference the club as “Columbus Crew SC” on first reference as “Crew SC” is an appropriate secondary reference. Both references are singular subjects, while the tertiary reference “Black & Gold,” with the ampersand, is plural. Please note: we no longer use “Columbus Crew” or “The Crew” in our terminology of the club and “The Crew SC” is also not applicable. If you have brand terminology or badge questions – or need the updated badge and word mark for your archives – please reach out to a member of Crew SC Communications.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC |Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Google+: +columbuscrewsc

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and 2015 is the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2015 is Crew SC’s 17th season at historic Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.
New Youth Development Platform For U8 & U9 Age Groups
 
CREW SC PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TO PARTNER WITH CLASSICS EAGLES, OHIO PREMIER SC IN FORMING NEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
Local youth soccer organizations to collaborate, form a unique “Zone 1” player development model for Under-8 & Under-9 boys and girls in a 7-v-7 format

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2015
Contact: Tim Miller, 614-447-4176 or Ryan Schwepfinger, 614-447-4203

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC Player Development, the organization’s youth development program, today announced that in conjunction with local youth soccer organizations Classics Eagles and Ohio Premier SC, a new local player development platform for Under-8 and Under-9 boys and girls is being formed in the Columbus area for Spring 2015. This progressive platform is a collaborative partnership created by all three organizations.

Founded with shared values and aspirations of creating a truly player-centric environment focused on technical development, style of play, sportsmanship, high coaching and parental behavioral standards, the three organizations are coming together to form a unique platform that will serve Central Ohio.

"The Ohio Premier coaching staff is looking forward to this spring as we look to mirror what is going on in other youth soccer communities throughout the country," said Chris Baer, Ohio Premier SC's Executive Director. "Providing this environment for the U-8 and U-9 players in our club allows us to establish a strong foundation from which to build into the team building and competition phases."

The unique setup and partnership between the three organizations aims to mirror U.S. Soccer's standards in order to form a player-centric environment. According to U.S. Soccer, the measurement of success in Zone 1 is “improvement of ball skills, understanding of the rules of the game, playing fairly and learning general game principles.”

“This is certainly a positive development from a few perspectives,” said Andrew Arthurs, Crew SC Senior VP of Soccer Business Development. “The collaborative nature involved in working alongside local soccer leaders to help craft a unique player focused environment is a top priority. That this environment’s focus will be on mirroring U.S. Soccer’s specific recommendations for Zone 1 is exciting and will really benefit our soccer community for many years to come.”

In addition to the priority of current and future alignment with U.S. Soccer’s guidelines and standards, a critical founding philosophy is to build an inclusive platform to serve like-minded clubs and leaders across Central Ohio moving forward.

“The new platform will enable the clubs to implement a more consistent and effective youth soccer player development model, which is especially important at the younger age groups," said Mike Lentz, Classics Eagles Executive Director. "It’s essential that the training environment and game-day experiences be aligned across the clubs so all participants (players, coaches, spectators and referees) contribute in a positive and consistent way to each player’s individual skill development, game understanding and passion for the game of soccer. The Classics Eagles leadership and coaching staff are excited to move this model forward in cooperation with clubs that support these concepts."


NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA COVERING COLUMBUS CREW SC
When discussing the organization and the team, please reference the club as “Columbus Crew SC” on first reference as “Crew SC” is an appropriate secondary reference. Both references are singular subjects, while the tertiary reference “Black & Gold,” with the ampersand, is plural. Please note: we no longer use “Columbus Crew” or “The Crew” in our terminology of the club and “The Crew SC” is also not applicable. If you have brand terminology or badge questions – or need the updated badge and word mark for your archives – please reach out to a member of Crew SC Communications.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC |Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Google+: +columbuscrewsc

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and 2015 is the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2015 is Crew SC’s 17th season at historic Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.
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Kelly Mock - Administrator of the Year

 

We would like to congratulate Kelly Mock for being awarded the 2014 Ohio South Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year. The award goes to the individual who exceeds expectations in the role of supporting and coordinating for each team within the club's region.

 Kelly began as an intern for Crew Juniors three years ago before accepting a position within the youth model. Kelly has been involved in many different areas and pulled in many different directions, most recently as the West Administrator and Crew Youth Retail Coordinator. She has done a tremendous job keeping everything organized, working with team administrators and being personable with many parents. Congrats Kelly, well deserved.

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