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Feb, 2024

EYSA and ESSL Updates

Dear Eastwood Community,

As the Spring 2024 season is about to get underway, we wanted to share with all of you some updates regarding the Eastwood Youth Soccer Association Board and the ESSL.

Team Tiering 

At the February 18, 2024 ESSL board meeting, it was decided to not tier teams (beginner/intermediate/advanced). Many factors went into this decision. With the implemented Fall 2023 Play Down Rule, tiering should no longer be needed. Additionally, each district had their own interpretation of tiering, resulting in teams with different skill levels playing in inappropriate tiers. 

Team Drafting

The EYSA board recently met to reflect on last year and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Through these discussions, we decided to go back to drafting teams rather than continuing with core teams. There are pros and cons to both methods and there isn't one answer that works for everyone in our program. Many things are simply out of our control depending on what other districts do or what the ESSL decides to do. Ultimately, we are trying to do what we think is in the best interest of the majority within our program. 

We were informed that some coaches are receiving questions from parents as well as hearing frustration that this information wasn't shared before registration. To be frank, we recognize this would have been preferable, but we didn't know this information before registration. We are volunteers too and doing the best we can. Emails to our board account are always welcome from anyone who has questions, comments, and/or feedback.

Board Members

EYSA is lucky to have 9 community members who dedicate their time to serving on our soccer board. Below is a list of our board members and the positions they hold on our EYSA board. 

President – Kristy Williams

Vice President/Treasurer – Open position

Secretary – Tabatha Elson

Web Coordinator/Registration – Pam Connell

4U/6U Coordinator – Jamie Henline

Referee Coordinator – Laura Strong

Coach Coordinator – Kyle Wright

Uniform & Inventory – Danielle Covarrubias

Field Coordinator – Joe Finfera

Members at Large - Diane Burtchin & Andrea Sibbersen 

If you are interested in getting involved with our soccer program in some way or simply have a question or comment to share, please reach out via email at [email protected]

Thank you,

Eastwood Youth Soccer Association Board

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