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13U Fire Win MCYSA Flight 2
posted 06/25/2019

Congratulations to the Fire for winning MCYSA Spring 2019 Flight 2! The girls started the season 1-2 but then went on a 7-game winning streak to clinch the flight.

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12U Strikers Win MCYSA Flight 7
posted 06/25/2019

Congratulations to the 12U Strikers for winning MCYSA Spring 2019 Flight 7! The boys topped the 8-team flight with an 8-1-1 record, 51 goals scored and only 16 against. 

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CU Trip to NY Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids 8/31
by posted 06/01/2019

All Chatham United players and their families are invited to attend a club trip to the NY Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids on Saturday August 31 at 7pm at Red Bull Arena. As part of this trip, the first 50 players to purchase tickets will be on the field pre-game just a few feet from the Red Bulls team to watch warm-ups. Tickets are $27 and available for purchase on our website under Home>Shop Online.

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What to Expect your First Year of CHS Soccer
by posted 05/28/2019

We have recently received questions about the transition from Chatham United to Chatham High School soccer. We are therefore providing this information based on recent parent experiences. However, this information is not from Chatham High School and has not been reviewed by the Chatham High School Athletics Department or Soccer Coaches – things may or may not change for the upcoming or future seasons. Towards the end of the school year there is typically a communication from the CHS Athletics Department to Chatham 8th grade students informing them of a time to meet with the coaches who provide more details on the upcoming season.

High School soccer activities typically start with "Captain’s practices” that run two evenings a week starting mid to late June and continue through late July. These are not mandatory, however they are a good way to keep your skills sharp and to be exposed to the other players on the team. These also give you a chance to stand out and showcase your abilities. These are open to all players including incoming freshmen who have never participated on the team before.

Tryouts generally begin the second Monday in August. The two weeks prior to tryouts are generally free of any school events of any kind so parents can always know that those two weeks will be free. Tryouts last approximately a week. There can be a significant emphasis on fitness (e.g., two mile run or other) – players are expected to be in shape and ready to go from day one of tryouts.

In recent years there have been a lot of students trying out for the boys and girls HS teams. It is quite competitive and there may be a fair number of “cuts.” Students will be informed of their status by the HS coaches at some point after the conclusion of the tryout period. There may be opportunities to try out for other sports if your child has not made the team (the fall sports that are somewhat less popular and/or need more players such as cross country, field hockey, football, sailing or girl’s volleyball may be options).

The last few weeks of August will include daily weekday practices and possibly even Saturday practices for those that make the team. There will also be scrimmages against other high school teams. The scrimmages often appear on the CHS Athletics Schedule several months prior to August (https://www.nwjerseyac.com/public/genie/235/school/5/). Once school begins, practices and games are daily after school at Cougar Field (boys) or Haas Field (girls) and may include Saturdays also (typically not Sunday). The HS season includes a lot of games so there may be 2-3 per week (games are also often listed several months ahead of time on the CHS Athletics Schedule). Players are bused to all away games. The season typically ends in early November but it depends on how deep the team goes into county and state tournaments.   

This is the general framework for the season. There are many additional details that will be provided by the coaches and volunteer parents that assist with the team.


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What Summer Options are there for a CU Player?
by posted 05/24/2019

We are often asked what options there are for Chatham United players over the summer. We believe our players are best served by having a different soccer experience over the summer. Some club programs run nearly all year with the same group of players and the same trainer. We believe the summer is the perfect time to change up your child’s soccer experience. Camps and clinics that focus on individual skills are a great way to go. Your child will train with players of different ages and skill levels. They will also experience different trainers and coaches who will develop and challenge them in new ways. Attending a summer camp allows you to develop as a player faster – it will challenge you with new drills, against players you must adapt to. To become a better player your child needs more diversity in their soccer experiences. This diversity in experience allows your child to adapt to the various playing styles they will encounter. The more diversity you see in training the better you will be at playing with and against other players and teams.

There are many great local camps run by our training partners. Local day camps include the camps run by the Chatham High School coaches (Boys July 15-19 and Girls July 8-12) and the camp run by Drew University’s long-time head coach Lenny Armuth (Boys July 8-12). Our training partners at the New York Red Bulls, United Soccer Academy and Maestro Soccer provide many options every week throughout the summer to meet your needs. For advanced players the New York Red Bulls RDS programs provide a great experience to train with high level players and coaches. Many of our players participate in those programs including week-long residential programs over the summer. These residential programs are a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends with the same shared passion.

We maintain a page on our website with these options as well.

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