Mountain Top Youth Soccer: My Site News

Friday, March 27
Second MYSA Soccer Registration Saturday, March 28

Our final soccer registration for the fall season on April 7th in the Crestwood High School cafeteria from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Please bring a birth certificate or a copy of a birth certificate if you are registering a new player, or a player who did not participate last season.  Registration forms are available on the PLAYER INFORMATION page.  Hope to see you there!



New this year: MYSA is hosting a referee class this coming spring. If you or your child (14 years or older as of the date of the class) is interested in participating in this class, you can register for it at the same time you register your child for the fall soccer season.

Referee Class: $100 registration fee. Referee supplies and uniform are an additional cost.

Class times: Friday April 10: 6:30pm – 9pm
                   Saturday April 11: 9am – 3pm
                   Sunday April 12: 8:30am – 12:30pm 

Open the link and fill out the registration form online:  

Print two copies of the completed form and bring them along with the registration fee. Tammy Velehoski will be at registration to process you application. There is limited space available so signing as soon as possible is recommended. 

Friday, February 27
MYSA Fall Registration Dates Announced!

Be sure to mark your calendar for these important date:

The Last Registration for fall soccer (at the Crestwood High School Cafeteria) will be held on

April 7 (6 to 8 pm)

We look forward to seeing you there. Please remember that if you're registering a player who didn't participate last year, you'll need to bring that child's birth certificate - or a photocopy of it.

Also, Mountain Top Youth Soccer will host a referee course on April 10-12, for anyone 14 years of age or older. If any of your youngsters or if anyone you know is interested, please contact Tammy Velehoski for more details. She can be reached at 570-479-3219 or email to

Thanks again for being a part of our exciting program!

Registrations forms are available on the PLAYER INFORMATION page. 


Thursday, February 26
MYSA Board Meeting Minutes 1/14/15
MYSA. 1/14/15 Penny Powley Ken Powley Carrie Kline Tammy Velehoski Diane Wimphimer Denise Stein Christine Lake Jill Doughtery ****See sign in of coaches/parents**** Minutes from December read Motioned to approve made by Penny and passed Team creation discussion opened Jon Huber head coach Began with a question as to why we are looking to change team creation Problem starts with U8 and U9 Suggested score the kids and then place on teams according to scores Wants league to leave 10 and up teams as is Ken responded with the statement that some kids are having bad experiences due to teams Stated that clubs deal with it in different ways to do things (draft, our system, looking at how to address the teams who are entering the season with teams that never win) Roy Said there is a problem with coaching Suggested that we offer coaches who know what they are doing team up with coaches who do not know what they are doing Said if teams are broken we risk losing the coaches Said that coaches will leave and go to travel Asked if we could pay a trainer Bill a new coach reported that he has worked hard as a coach All in agreement that rec is for fun Mary Hoda As kids get older kids begin to drop out and she has had to beg parents to be a coach Then certain teams never get growth because there aren't set coaches for certain teams Suggested having a trainer to go out and help coaches and teams who are not doing well Wants people to tag onto the teams who have coaches who are not as invested (Existing coaches, high school students) Roll over with the coaches makes teams poorer John Tinner Wanted to go "on record" as saying that Carrie suggested he stacked teams Carrie revisited that he, as coordinator, took an assistant coach and made him head coach and then took a head coach and made him his assistant leaving a team without an available head coach and his team with three registered and MYSA paid for assistant coaches Jon Said that it's the players too that are not as good being signed up because parents just want them to play a sport Jill Daughtery Suggested we get HS soccer players to help with the teams Asked about a try out Tammy Velehoski pointed out it might be difficult to get HS players to help because it's the same season Addressed the coaches and asked if they would be interested a mentoring type of idea Michael Freiman Discussed beginning at U9 creating a team and then leaving them alone Michael Johnson Training of coaches as well as skills clinic for the kids is a good idea Denise Stein Offered reimbursing the EPYSA coach licensing for the coaches Thought about forming U5 team with one boy coach and one girl coach Have refs report a score Mark Freudi Wants to ask WVYSA what they think of skill level team creating Bill Zigler Stated that it would make it hard to get into all the games States the kids who are having fun will promote the kids to continue Wants coaches clinic in the local papers Discussed having Saturday clinics on Saturdays U5-U8 but play during the week to assist in growing the coaches and the kids can then be ranked Dave Onfer Discussed WVYSA and their travel discussions Also brought up how some coaches run up scores Suggested we Add question to registration about travel, dome Bill Dessoye Stated we need a solution to generate more coaches Have independent volunteer to score the players U8 and below Jake Searfoss Break them up at U8 boy and girls Look into the possibility with WVYSA Try to schedule the same age groups together, share a field so they can train together Discussed problems with the Dorrance field being unsafe Christine Lake Reminded the coaches clinics offered by us and by WVYSA (free) Penny Powley Back mountain at U6 hires a trainer ($2,000) Discussed hiring a trainer If we find a high school student or a grad student would be cheaper Discussed how Back Mountain creates team Does a skills session, grades the children, and create the teams with just a number system Soccerplex Suggestion was made to have an open session time at the complex Pick up game time Was brought up Jon and Tammy created a scrimmage schedule Treasure Check from Penguins for $88 Bill to pay for risk management $488 New business Futsal tournament U10-U12 girls March 7th At Wilkes University Mike Davitt Ref report Class discussion working on getting mountain top people signed up first Uniform report Samples will be in next month from Score Online catalogue from Challenger We will decide who to go with Discussed sponsor Denise will talk to Vinnie from Kings Building report: We perked on the hill Punch list will be checked by Penny tomorrow Alarm system will be turned on soon WVYSA Presented Groupnet for registration Wants all clubs to use It would be $750 a year Discussed "square" as a payment option New business Penny nominated Brian Biddinger for field coordinator Seconded by Denise (Vote to be held next month) Tammy nominates Jill Seconded by Penny Jill Daughtery will co-coordinate of concession Registration dates March 21st & 28th. April 7th (Tuesday) New player fun day Have a sign up Tammy said Key Club might be able to provide people to help Meeting adjourned 9:35

Thursday, August 15
MYSA Announces Plans to Construct New SoccerPlex Concession

In 2002, Mountain Top Youth Soccer Association acquired their new 50-acre site on Church Road. Over the next 7 years, they held fundraisers, applied for grants, interviewed contractors, and completed construction of four full-size soccer fields, complete with irrigation, along with a 200 car parking area, and a pair of on-site stormwater management basins.

Now MYSA plans to put the finishing touches on the SoccerPlex with a brand new Concession Building. Funded in part by the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the new building will house vehicles and equipment (including goals, nets, balls, corner flags, and all the other paraphernalia needed to run a 700+ member soccer club) along with a picnic pavillion and a take-out food service for families and players attending games and tournaments at the venue.

Architectural plans for the new building were completed last month, and bids for the new construction will be sought between now and early September. Construction is expected to begin this Fall. Anyone interested in bidding on the job can contact Penny Powley (474-5463) or Jon Huber (417-7787).

The MYSA SoccerPlex features some of the finest soccer fields in Luzerne County, and was made possible by grants from DCNR, DEP, Luzerne County, and a host of local sponsors like Burger King, PNC Bank, Ziegler Orthodontics, Lewith & Freeman, Pennstar Bank, Whitewater Challengers, First Federal Bank, the Luzerne Foundation, US Soccer Foundation, Century 21, Welcome Wagon, Mountain Top Rotary, MacDonald Foundation, Pepsico, A&R Building Supply, and countless Mountain Top families and individuals. MYSA extends a hearty thank you to all who have helped move this project forward over the past decade.

Tuesday, May 1
Costs and Uses
MYSA is a non-profit, charitable, 501(C)3 organization, dedicated to providing the equipment, facilities and services needed for its youth soccer program here in Mountain Top, PA.

Our goal is to fund our programs and facilities through a combination or registration fees and fund-raisers.

Our fund raiser allows several options for each family:

1.) Purchase 12 raffle tickets from MYSA for $60, sell them for $5 each, keep the proceeds and thereby break even.

2.) Purchase 24 raffle tickets from MYSA for $90, sell them for $5 each, keep the proceeds and thereby earn $30 (in effect reducing the out-of-pocket registration cost from $50 to $20).

3.) Opt out of the fund raiser entirely by paying to MYSA an opt-out fee of $30.

We are sometimes asked what our registration and fund raiser fees are used for. Here are some, but probably not all, of the expenses MYSA incurs each year:


Uniforms for each player, including shirt, shorts and socks

Soccer goals

Soccer nets

Paint lining machines

Paint to line fields

Soccer Complex

     Property and liability insurance

Turf maintenance (mowing, seeding, fertilizing)

Road maintenance

Irrigation system maintenance

Electrical service bills


Referee fees

Registration and insurance fees paid to EPYSA and to Wyoming Valley Rec League