DEVELOPMENT & REP INDOOR TRAINING
Our training locations will range from Huntsville to Gravenhurst and anywhere in between. While MUFC strives to keep practices alternating between Huntsville and Bracebridge. We are subject to availability of spaces with in the TLDSB and SMCDSB. Please note, ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. MUFC admin is keeping a close eye on locations as they become available in every effort to keep players practicing closer to home, at least once per week. Schedules will only be updated on the website when new permits have been approved by the school board.
Week #1 - Beginning the week of January 8th, 2024
Week #2 - Beginning the week of January 15th, 2024.
All Indoor Training will run through the end of April. Outdoor training schedules will not be available until late winter to early spring. All games are arranged by the District. MUFC will make every effort to post schedules as soon as possible after obtaining information.
INDOOR TRAINING SCHEDULES
*Please note that, while MUFC strives to alternate practices between Huntsville and Bracebridge equally, we are subject to the schools boards gym availability. All gym schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the TLDSB and SMCDSB.
MUFC Admin will update the membership if there are cancellations.
Cancellation notices will be emailed as soon as possible and posted on social media.
1 X WEEKLY PRACTICE ALTERNATING TOWNS
REP 2 X WEEKLY, ALTERNATING TOWNS EACH PRACTICE
January 8-12 & 22-26
February 5-9 & 19- 23
March 4-8 & 18-22
April 1-5 , 15-19 & 29, 30
January 15-19 & 29 - February 2
February 12-16 & 26- March 1
March 11- 15 ( OFF FOR MARCH BREAK) & 25-29
April 8-12 , 22-26
U9 GIRLS (2015 ) COACH KATE BURGESS - MONDAYS 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (TEMPORARILY TRAINING WITH U10 GIRLS ON THURSDAY NIGHTS)
WEEK #1 HUNTSVILLE HIGHSCHOOL GYM C
WEEK #2 BRACEBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOL
We all share a love for the beautiful game of soccer - we watch it, we play it - have you ever considered officiating it? Refereeing is a wonderful way to stay involved in the sport and develop more of an appreciation for all that happens on the field and behind the scenes. Currently we have a fantastic group of seasoned veteran referees and a promising group of young referees. However there is always room for more, especially in the young adult age-group of 16 to 30-year-olds.
What is involved to become certified as a referee?
Ontario Soccer is the organization which does the training and education of referees. The process is a combination of on-demand video education, a live Zoom class and a practical on-field session (usually held in Simcoe County). There are tests and evaluations throughout the course to ensure that the material has been learned.
There are two options again in 2024 for new Match Officials as the clinics will continue to be offered in a hybrid online and in-person model.
The Entry Level Match Official Clinic is for those who would like to become an accredited Match Official for 9v9 and 11v11 games and are 14 years of age (by March 31st of the current year) and older. Successful graduates are automatically registered with Ontario Soccer and do not have to register again until the following year. For step-by-step instructions on how to register, please follow the 'Course Sign Up Guide' at OntarioSoccer.net
Small Sided Course
The Small Sided Course is for those who would like to become an accredited Match Official on 7v7 games and are 12 years of age (by March 31st of the current year) or older. Successful graduates are automatically registered with Ontario Soccer and do not have to register again until the following year. For step-by-step instructions on how to register, please follow the 'Course Sign Up Guide' at OntarioSoccer.net
Practical On-Field Sessions for entry level and small sided
As part of the new Match Official Education, a practical on-field session is needed in addition to the online portion of the course. The tentative locations for these in 2024 will be in Collingwood, Orillia and Barrie in the months of April and May. Ontario Soccer will have finalized dates and times when registration for courses opens and this information will be posted on Refcentre.
Upon graduation of a course, the new referee would register with a local area - in this case, Bracebridge or Huntsville as MUFC games will occur in both towns. Glen Duffield is the MUFC and Huntsville Head Referee and Nick Bianchi is the Bracebridge Head Referee - they would help you through the steps to complete your registration as well as familiarize yourself with the fields and procedures to officiate games here in Muskoka.
How much does a referee get paid?
$30-$75 a game depending on the age and/or level of play. This can be in the form of cash, e-transfer or cheque depending on the League.
What Support can I expect?
All of our current officials can be considered as “mentors” for new referees. Again, Glen and Nick would be the main contacts but help and assistance will be offered by everyone. As a bonus we support our referees by providing them with their first referee kit (This consists of a Prodigy referee shirt, shorts, socks, flags, ref game wallet, lanyard) and MUFC will reimburse the cost of training if the referee officiates in at least 5 matches in the season. (100% for 10 matches, 50% for 5 matches)
Registration is not yet open at Ontario Soccer, however follow the link to add your name to the contact list. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Glen or Nick. We endeavor to have informal referee educational sessions over the winter months - this is a great way to meet other referees as well as have your questions answered.
Glen Duffield - email@example.com or 705-706-374
Nick Bianchi - firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-706-3713
Links to local soccer websites:
Returning Officials who have not registered in the past few years
This year in particular, we are looking for experienced match officials who have taken a break but are now looking to return to the field.
If you have not registered in the previous 2 or 3 years, the OSA does NOT require you to retake an accreditation course. You must however complete the online Education Evaluation Test as a component of your registration. (this online test will be available in February 2024)
New Information on MUFC for 2024
- Why did BSC and HSC merge Development teams? (no more Huntsville Strikers or Bracebridge Storm)
As more and more competitive sports are offered in our community, both clubs are seeing a decrease in registration in the older age groups. This means that often BSC or HSC do not have enough players to form a team. At times, age groups are combined to form a team, however this is not what is in the best interest of the players’ development. Sometimes there are not enough players even with a combined age group and the club has no choice but to tell the families that there is not an opportunity for their player. By merging the development ages, the player pool increases and there is a higher probability that single age group teams will be able to be formed. This was the number one driving factor behind merging the development programs, after successfully merging the U13 and older teams.
We know that by the time the players reach age 13 there are not enough players to play in either Town independently and teams typically merge – this has been happening unofficially for years and officially more recently. We wanted to ensure that this process was governed by agreed upon objectives and policies. The sooner the players start practicing and playing together the sooner they can become a cohesive team and start bonding to create lifelong friendships.
In addition, organized sports take a great deal of time to arrange and offer little breaks throughout the year for volunteers. HSC, BSC and MUFC are run by volunteers, who willingly spend hours upon hours weekly and year-round, away from their own families, to ensure programming is not only running, but steadily and constantly improving. Often this happens with volunteers who no longer have children of their own in the organizations. For soccer in Muskoka to work going forward, we need a model that will allow volunteers to provide effective and efficient programming. As volunteer numbers constantly decrease, it is harder and harder for the small team of volunteers to run programming effectively and areas where duplication can be eliminated are required (ie. we can order uniforms once for MUFC, not once for MUFC, once for BSC and once for HSC, etc).
How does this affect Match Officials?
The assigning of games is done either directly by Ontario Soccer, HDSL or by Glen Duffield, MUFC Head Referee. This will be explained in greater detail after the candidate attains Match Official status.
In terms of House Leagues, in both Huntsville and Bracebride, and including both Youth House League as well as Adult Recreational Play, the assigning of the games will be completed either Glen or Nick through Refcentre.
We encourage you to consider this wonderful aspect to soccer that you might not have considered. There is nothing more exciting than to be in the heat of the action during a game, helping the game be fair for all and ensuring that the play is within the Laws of the Game. Being a Match Official means that you will never watch a game again the same way and that your understanding of the game, as a player, coach or spectator will be greatly enhanced. And you will get paid!
Looking forward to hearing your whistle or seeing you raise your flag in 2024!!!!!
Development or House League?
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NOTE: All MUFC registrants will receive 2 uniform kits as well as a backpack (provided you did not receive one last year)
Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.
Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Muskoka United Football Club experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently. SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.
Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.
In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat
Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.
Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.
Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.
Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.
Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.
Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.
Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!
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