We've concluded our initial period of registering players that are interested in joining our NEFC-CH Premier Teams for the 2020/2021 season. We've begun the process of assigning players to teams. We will leave registration open for late registration and add players to our rosters on a first come first serve basis.
A lot of uncertainty remains about what the summer, fall, winter, and spring soccer seasons will look like in 2020/2021. Despite these uncertainties, the CHSC remains vigilant but optimistic and will move forward with plans to form 2020/2021 NEFC-CH Premier Teams. We are prepared to offer training and competitive opportunities through all four seasons when allowed under health regulations.
Here is our four-step process for forming 2020/2021 NEFC-CH Premier Teams:
#1 - No tryouts. Instead, new and returning players are asked to register their interest in playing with us during the 2020/2021 seasons. Deadline to register is 6/28. Registration is free from any payments or commitments.
#2 - On 6/29 we'll begin grouping registered players into teams. Our preference, as always, is to group players with their peers. When appropriate we will utilize recommendations and other forms of player assessments to optimize player placements.
#3 - We’ll ask families to make a $50 deposit to accept roster spots on our 2020/2021 teams. Returning players can use their 2019/2020 credit to pay this deposit.
#4 - Going forward, we’ll only collect player fees when we know we can safely execute specific (summer, fall, winter, spring) portions of our program. Returning players can use their 2019/2020 credit to pay for future player fees.
It is likely that we’ll have a turbulent year ahead of us. Together, we’ll get through this period of time. The CHSC remains dedicated to player development. We will adapt to COVID-19 conditions by requiring sensible financial commitments from our players and by adhering to health department regulations to keep our players and their loved ones safe.
The CHSC Premier Team Program utilizes a holistic approach to player development. Although the primary goal is to produce varsity-level, high school soccer players, the CHSC also aims to support the academic, social and psychological development of its players. The CHSC recognizes the complex and busy schedules of high school athletes and their families. To decrease the demands on the family unit, the CHSC attempts, wherever possible, to avoid extremes when it comes to cost, travel and time commitment. The CHSC believes that high schoolers can continue to develop as soccer players without having to sacrifice other important aspects of their lives or the lives of their family members.
Unique philosophies and features of the CHSC Premier Team Program:
Partnership: As part of its ongoing effort to provide the highest quality soccer programs to communities in Boston, Brookline, and Newton, the Chestnut Hill Sports Club (CHSC) has partnered with the New England Futbol Club (NEFC). CHSC Premier Teams compete as NEFC - Chestnut Hill in the New England Premiership (NEP) and in other regional tournaments.
Age Groups: The CHSC does not have teams younger than U15 (9th Grade). The CHSC feels that, in the presence of quality coaching, local travel soccer teams are effective and efficient in their development of U9-U14 players. Players can play for their town travel teams and receive all the instruction and competition needed for proper development. By playing for town travel teams the CHSC believes that players also benefit from the psycho/social development that is associated with playing soccer with peers from within their local and scholastic community.
New US Soccer rules adopted in 2016 have changed club team age groups from school year dates to calendar year dates. As a “community based club” the CHSC feels that it is appropriate to keep our players grouped with their classmates. Therefor, the CHSC bases its Premier Teams with players from the same School Grade. To conform with US Soccer rules our School Grade teams will play in calendar year divisions equal to the oldest players in each grade.
Field Locations: All CHSC practices and home games take place within the Western Boston, Brookline and Newton communities. The CHSC understands that our players and their families have busy schedules. Local practices and home games equate to fewer hours lost each season commuting to soccer events. This means more time for rest, school work, family dinners, spring high school sports and other non-athletic enrichment activities.
Community: The CHSC is a community based club. This means that our premier teams look to draw players from Western Boston, Brookline and Newton. As was already mentioned, this cuts down on the commute time for CHSC players but it also lends itself to carpooling and other cooperative transportation arrangements. Having players that live in proximity to one another also helps foster off-the-field social interactions. Players often find that they share more in common than just soccer.
Multi-Sport Athletes: The CHSC supports multi-sport high school athletes. High school varsity soccer teams have become so competitive that its difficult for players to keep up with their peers if they don’t play club soccer in the spring. The CHSC structures its Premier Team schedules so that it is possible for athletes to play both club soccer and a winter or spring high school sport. Weekday practices will start after 6:30 giving players time to transition from high school practices to their CHSC practice. When possible the CHSC will schedule Saturday team practices to further avoid weekday, high school sport conflicts.
Showcase Tournaments: The CHSC Premier Teams enter showcase tournaments that are located within New England. Showcases offer developmental opportunities to our players, allow our teams to compete against new opponents and allow our players to be scouted by college coaches. The CHSC recognizes that showcases outside of New England create increase demands on players and families due to the expense and time required to travel outside the region.
College Soccer: The CHSC educates its players and their families about college soccer. Players that understand the benefits and tradeoffs, as well as the ins and outs of the recruitment process, will be in the best position to make choices that best suit their goals and lifestyles. Once a player has decided that they wish to play college soccer, the CHSC Coaches and Staff will guide and support the player throughout the recruitment process. Players will also have access to NEFC’s educational nights, College Fitfinder software, and ID showcases.
Girls 2000 Team - 2017 GPS Memorial Day Showcase Campions
2016 CHSC GU15 - NEFC PreSeason Showcase Finalist
Girls 2000 Team - 2018 GPS Memorial Day Showcase Campions
2016 CHSC BU15 - NEFC PreSeason Showcase Campions
CHSC Premier Team programing includes the following: