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JOIN THE TEAM AT THE BRANFORD SOCCER CLUB

The new board at the Branford Soccer Club has now been in place for a year or so. We have really begun to gel as a group and are working together to provide the most positive experience possible to all the children involved in Branford Soccer. As a club, we aim to promote soccer in the town of branford and be as inclusive as possible for all children.
We are very thankful to the previous board who worked to build up Branford Soccer in the town of Branford and made numerous changes and contributions. The wonderful people who we took over from put an incredible number of hours in and remain available for us to call upon when needed. Thanks guys!!

We encourage and sincerely need as much help as possible to contribute to making Branford Soccer a great place for all the kids. Please get involved. And no, you don’t need to be a soccer aficionado to become involved. Does it help if you like the sport? Absolutely. But please don’t be afraid to get involved because your history is not in soccer. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn.
 

THE VOTED POSITIONS:
 
President (Cenk Sahin, )
The President is, no question, a busy person. He or she presides at all monthly board meetings, oversees the direction of the club, and even helps prepare the annual budget. Works with the coaching coordinator to ensure that the players are receiving the best instruction they can, and works to find and appoint coordinators.
 
Vice President (Gary Sharp, )
The Vice-President, of course, presides in the President’s absence, but also has taken on the role of chief advisor and often investigates any disputes or incidents (admittedly rare) that might take place during the season.
 
Registrars (Meredith Girard, Erin Spaulding, )
The Registrar ensures that all players are registered with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association and comply with all District rules, is responsible for obtaining player and coaching passes for travel teams, submitting rosters to district officials, and keeping a record of registered players (done primarily online now). The registrar also maintains birth certificate files of all players.
 
Treasurer (Gayle Wirtz, )
The Treasurer reconciles the Club’s two bank accounts and keeps detailed account of the income and expenditures of the Club. He or she reports the financial condition of the Club at each regular meeting, signs checks on behalf of the Club (to pay for referees, equipment, etc.), and works with the Club accountant.
 
Secretary (Pam Demaio, )
The Secretary keeps the minutes of monthly meetings and distributes minutes to board members and others. The Secretary is also responsible for procuring the Certificate of Insurance for the Club.
 
COORDINATORS (APPOINTED)
 
Webmaster (Paul Wirtz, )
The Webmaster is responsible for maintaining and updating the Club’s web site and in many ways acts as an assistant registrar. The Webmaster creates the online registration system for each season, creates the database of teams for each season, and notifies Club members about registration and Club news and events such as food drives or board meetings. The Webmaster also creates and distributes site passwords to coaches and managers for each team, maintains the integrity of the Club’s member database, updates the list of playing fields available on site, posts sponsor logos and weather-related bulletins, and coordinates (with the treasurer) online transactions for registration and merchandise.
 
Sponsor Coordinator (Open Position, Volunteer Needed!)
The Sponsor Coordinator is responsible for obtaining and organizing paying sponsors for each team in the Club’s in-house program (Li’l Kicks, Micros, Juniors). This includes recruiting area businesses to become team sponsors for each season, although there is little cold-calling as parents, when registering, often click to sponsor a team, and the Club has numerous recurring sponsors each season. The Sponsor Coordinator also ensures that each BSC team has a sponsor and assigns sponsors to individual teams and leagues, tracks sponsor requirements and requests, including ensuring that a sponsor’s child is on the correct team, and works with the Webmaster to include sponsor logos on the web site.
 
Uniform Coordinator (Anne Cordero,
The BSC Uniform Coordinator orders, organizes, and distributes uniforms each season for all BSC teams. The Uniform Coordinator works with the Registrar prior to each season to obtain an accurate count of players requiring uniforms, maintains records of previous uniform orders to ascertain the desired range of sizes for each team and age group, and attends Fall season tryouts (at end of Spring season) to collect uniform size information for travel players.
 
Merchandise Coordinator (Anne Cordero,
The Club’s Merchandise Coordinator is responsible for the order and sales of BSC-sanctioned merchandise, which the Club sells to raise funds. Included in the Merchandise Coordinator’s duties organizing volunteers to help with on-field merchandise sales during Fall and Spring seasons, tracking and recording on-field sales and expeditiously providing any monies collected via sales to the Club treasurer, and working with the Club’s chosen merchandise supplier(s) to maintain an accurate count of Club merchandise and order additional merchandise as needed.
 
Equipment Coordinator (Manola Schiavo, )
The Equipment Coordinator orders cones, balls, pinnies, and other soccer equipment and distributes them to the Club’s various team coaches and managers, and also works with Club officials to ensure that each team has what it needs.

Winter Soccer Coordinator (Manola Schiavo, )
The Winter Soccer Coordinator organizes the clubs indoor futsal by Everson Soccer Academy and soccer training by BSC coaches that takes place at the school gyms.
 
Undesignated: There are actually several other “jobs” that are done but do not have a coordinator’s title attached to them. Help with any of these would also be of great use. For instance, someone is needed to coordinate the semi-annual Picture Day, and to coordinate the professional training (with Everson Soccer) done in fall, winter, and spring.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY -- Believe it or not, that is true for most of the positions at the Branford Soccer Club. BSC is a volunteer organization, and our success is contingent upon how many parents are willing to give a little of their time to make their daughter or son’s experience a more positive one. But as you'll see from the list below, soccer expertise is not a requirement.

 
Please read the list to see what positions the club has, and hopefully you’ll find some spot for yourself. The more people who volunteer, the easier everyone's job becomes. If you do find something, please contact President Cenk Sahin ( thesahins@aol.com ). The club will appreciate it, but more importantly, your kids will appreciate it.
 
 
CLUB-WIDE VOLUNTEERS
 
  • Referee Coordinator – Recruits and assigns referees for all Branford home games; handles any issues related to refereeing during the season, including conduct of parents and players toward referees, and the conduct of referees themselves.
  • Asst. Referee Coordinator – assists the referee coordinator.
  • Asst Registrar – assists the club registrar, who is responsible for player sign-ups and collection of playing fees as well as submitting travel team rosters to the CJSA (state organization).
  • Field Coordinator -- Responsible for overall oversight of club soccer fields; works with individual league field coordinators to make sure fields are in playable condition and correctly lined.
  • Volunteer Coordinator -- Responsible for recruiting volunteers to work with the Branford Soccer Club.
  • Asst Volunteer Coordinator -- Assists the volunteer coordinator.
  • Fundraising Coordinator – Responsible for devising and instituting fundraisers for the club.
  • Fundraising Committee Members – Serve on the BSC fundraising committee to suggest and implement ideas for raising money.
  • Asst Sponsorship Coordinator -- Assists the sponsorship coordinator.
  • Publicity Coordinator – Responsible for gaining publicity for Branford Soccer via newspaper, web site, and whatever other avenues available. Works with Travel Publicity Coordinator to make sure game results appear in local newspapers; works with Webmaster and Fundraising Coordinator to gain publicity for fundraising events.
  • CJSA Representative – Attends monthly meeting of Connecticut Junior Soccer Association -- of which BSC is a member -- and votes on issues as directed by the BSC board.
  • High School Soccer Liaison – Acts as liaison between BSC and Branford High School; organizes ball boy/ball girl nights at the high school and half-time games played by BSC players.
INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS
 
Little Kicks (ages 4 &5)
  • Little Kicks Coordinator – Organizes the league, assuring each team has adequate coaching, that teams are balanced, and that the club’s guidelines for fair play and skills training are met; distributes equipment (cones, whistles, etc.) to team coaches.
  • Uniform Coordinator – Responsible for distributing uniforms to all teams in the league
  • Fields Coordinator – Responsible for setting up fields before games and that fields are in playable condition.
Micros (ages 6&7)
  • Micros Coordinator – Organizes the league, assuring each team has adequate coaching, that teams are balanced, and that the club’s guidelines for fair play and skills training are met; distributes equipment (cones, whistles, etc.) to team coaches.
  • Uniform Coordinator – Responsible for distributing uniforms to all teams in the league
  • Fields Coordinator – Responsible for setting up fields before games and that fields are in playable condition.
Junior Boys (ages 8&9)
  • Junior Boys Coordinator – Organizes the league, assuring each team has adequate coaching, that teams are balanced, and that the club’s guidelines for fair play and skills training are met; distributes equipment (cones, whistles, etc.) to team coaches.
  • Uniform Coordinator – Responsible for distributing uniforms to all teams in the league
  • Fields Coordinator – Responsible for setting up fields before games and that fields are in playable condition.
Junior Girls (ages 8&9)
  • Junior Girls Coordinator – Organizes the league, assuring each team has adequate coaching, that teams are balanced, and that the club’s guidelines for fair play and skills training are met; distributes equipment (cones, whistles, etc.) to team coaches.
  • Uniform Coordinator – Responsible for distributing uniforms to all teams in the league
  • Fields Coordinator – Responsible for setting up fields before games and that fields are in playable condition.
Travel (U-10, U-12, U-14)
  • Uniform Coordinator -- Responsible for distributing uniforms to all teams.
  • Travel Publicity Coordinator – Responsible for ensuring BSC travel team results are submitted to local media.
  • Teams Managers (for EACH team) – Parents from EACH team who work with team coaches and are responsible for contacting players/parents about any changes in schedules, whether practices or games.

We hope you found something you can help with. Thanks very much.

 

The Branford Soccer Club