Dear Players, Parents, Coaches and Officials,
Hello to all MHYSC soccer families:
Thank you for being part of Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club. My name is Mark Fonovic and as MHYSC president, I would like to welcome all players, volunteers, match officials, parents and all other family members to our club.
Whether you are a first-time visitor, or you are a regular to our website, we invite you to surf each and every page to learn more about everything we have to offer families throughout the year. It’s an exciting time of the year with soccer starting up and getting back into our spring and summer routines.
Our club’s number one priority is to provide a fun, safe and rewarding soccer experience for everyone.
At MHYSC we take pride in developing our own players from within. We want to create a genuine sense of club loyalty, extreme pride in what it means to “wear the badge” and we strive to help each player achieve success at his or her appropriate competition level. At the same time we maintain a club culture founded on serving others and giving back to our community through volunteerism, scholarship, and community service. These are just a few of the characteristics which help us define who we are and how we differ from other soccer programs available to you.
Parents have talents too, so let’s put them to work! Don’t be afraid to step up, volunteer and help out with any organizing of any events throughout the year! We are always looking for coaches who are enthusiastic and want to ensure our players have a great time playing soccer. If you’re not sure you have enough experience, don’t worry, we have mentor coaches to assist our coaches from the U3 to U12 age groups.
There’s a few points the board of directors would like to communicate with you for the following 2019 season. We want to remind all parents, friends, and family attending games to continue to be respectful to the referees who will officiate our games this season. Your conduct has been mostly excellent in the past. It is important we keep it that way.
Young referees especially, get discouraged if they are reprimanded from the parent sidelines. Please accept that there will be some bad calls (or non-calls) this season. The very best International refs miss many calls. There are times when a foul is missed and verbally expressing feelings from the sidelines comes without thinking. But, as sideline spectators, we need to allow the referees to do their job and not interfere with the game. Referees should be held accountable if the game becomes unsafe. But the coaches are better at handling these situations.
Our club's reputation is based on our coaches and players conduct and sportsmanship when out on the field. The example our parents set is an equally important part of our clubs’ character and our standing in the soccer community.
Here’s a simple mind set to approach each game:
- The Referees job is to officiate the game as best as they can.
- The Players job is to play hard, play as a team and have fun.
- The Coaches job is to manage the game, players and encourage his or her team.
- The Parents job is to cheer and support the team with encouragement and not to coach or referee from the other sideline.
Give your kids a chance to show what new things they have learned. It is always fun to see them develop as the season progresses.
Our soccer programming is as diverse as our membership and indeed, there are many faces of MHYSC. To each of our division sponsors, our team sponsors and most importantly, to our parents and players, and match officials we thank you for your continued confidence and support. It is our pleasure to serve you and yours. Community United Since 1964.
Yours in Youth Soccer,
Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club
Mission Statement & Strategic Plan
We are committed to developing the game of soccer and inspiring the Greater Hamilton community to strive for lifelong active and inclusive team play. We will provide a safe and healthy environment and engage our membership to enable players, coaches, staff and officials to achieve their desired goals. We promise to foster the values and ethics of true sportsmanship through ongoing skill development, training, and encouragement of players, coaches, staff and officials.
In the spring of 1964 a group of boys in a Mountain neighbourhood were interested in playing soccer together. There were enough of them to form 2 teams. The teams played under the name "Linden Park". Cliff Marshall was one of the coaches. At the end of the first season the Hamilton & District Soccer association appointed Chairman of the "club".
In the early years an exchange tournament with the Palatine Celtic Soccer Club was arranged. Palatine is a suburb of Chicago. The tournament gave the players of both clubs an opportunity to travel and to experience life in the community of the other team as the players were billeted with a family during their visit. This tournament carried on for 27 years.
Player registrations increased with each passing year. Players came from across the Mountain. "Linden Park" was renamed as the Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club to reflect the geographical base of the club. Club colours and a club logo were adopted to identify the larger club. The logo has been updated as deemed necessary since then.
Today Mount Hamilton has over 3000 players who are aged from four years of age and up. The Club also offers teams for Women 19 years of age and over. There are over 200 teams. Players may play either recreational (house league) soccer, where there is also an opportunity to play Select Soccer, or a more competitive (Rep) soccer. Players play in various age groups that are gender specific except in the youngest house league age divisions where boys and girls play on the same team. Most of the Club's players play recreational (or house league) soccer. Games are played on mini-fields up to (and including) the 10 & Under divisions. Players advance to full field soccer beginning with the 12 & Under divisions.
Each year the Club publishes a Season Guide that is distributed to all coaches and players. In addition the Club has its own website, www.mhysc.org . Further information about the Club can be obtained from either the Season Guide or the website.
The tremendous growth of the Club has been due to the many supporters of the Club who are involved with the Club in many different capacities, whether as members of the Executive, as sponsors and advertisers, as coaches, as referees, as parents and as players. The love of the game of soccer together with their commitment and dedication to soccer and the Club has allowed the Club to become what it is today: Hamilton's largest and finest Soccer Club.
In recognition of the commitment and dedication of Cliff Marshall to the sport of soccer, to the Hamilton Mountain community and to the Club, the Cliff Marshall Memorial Tournament is run each year. All teams of the Club participate in this tournament with each teams opponents determined in the traditional soccer fashion.
Carl HortonClub Position: Technical Director & General Manager
Carl Horton brings experience from all levels of youth soccer: Regional Manager of Player Development, Technical Director, Club Head Coach, National Coaching Certification Program Learning Facilitator, Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator. Carl has created and facilitated curriculum at the Provincial and Club Levels, created Long-Term Player Development Resources, Webinars, Grassroots Workshops and created components for the Technical Directors course which was launched in February 2016 by Ontario Soccer.
Canada Soccer National A License
Canada Soccer National Children’s License
United States Youth Soccer Youth License
Ontario Soccer Technical Directors Diploma
FIFA Grassroots Coaching Diploma
What makes MHYSC special to you:
It is a pleasure and honour to be rejoining MHYSC as Technical Director and General Manager. I previously enjoyed six magnificent years at the club building programs for players and coaches, creating a foundation for all to enjoy their soccer experience here in Hamilton. Having the opportunity to return to MHYSC is exciting for my family and myself. My stepson Jordan played at the club for 15 years and it’s here where I met my wife Nicole.
Email me at: [email protected]
Marg CavalluzzoClub Position: Administrative Manager
Years with the Club: 10 Years
What makes MHYSC special to you: MHYSC is special to me because my sons play soccer at a competitive level and they both started playing at Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club at the age of 5. As a family, we love soccer and have made so many life long friends through the sport!