We are looking to open our 2023 Registration in Mid Janurary. Notice to follow.
There have been some significant changes coming for the 2023 season.
First off, the Huron Soccer League has folded and all centres are joining the Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association(EMSA) and will be playing out of the Elgin Middlesex District Soccer League(EMDSL). With St. Columban moving to this league last year and South Huron deciding to move to the same league this coming season, Goderich, Wingham and us were forced to join or we wouldn’t have enough teams to make our own league this summer.
However, we were only given 1 month to go about doing this. This proved to be an insufficient amount of time to get everything needed to complete the application process. Therefore, for this upcoming season we will pair with St. Columban and register our U9 and up travel teams through them. We will remain to be called Clinton and will play all of our home games in Clinton, our teams with just be registered with EMSA and EMDSL through St. Columban.
With this new league the positives(beside just having a league) will be a larger selection of teams to play against. The draw backs will be some extra travel. Besides playing our normal centres of Wingham, Goderich, South Huron and St. Columban(not last year) we will be playing against centres such as St. Marys, Lucan, Grand Bend and Ilderton.
Some other changes will be that there are no playoffs. Each team will play between 12-14 games between mid-May to late-August. All games will be scheduled before the beginning of the season, with only cancelled games(due to weather-if any) needing to be rescheduled. There will be a chance to go in tournaments for any teams that are interested.
Finally, with entrance to this new league we will fall under the Ontario Soccer Guidelines, which means our coaches will need to start taking a course to be a qualified coach. It is hard enough to get coaches for teams and it has been our worry that this will make it even harder to find coaches. Without coaches we will not be able to run teams. The courses to become a certified coach are now online with a 4 hr on field component. St. Columban will be offering the on-field component in May this Spring. Clinton Minor Soccer will cover all cost for these courses.
We will continue to run our House League as normal, and coaches will not be required to be certified this season, but will need to be beyond this season. For that reason we hope some people will be interested to become certified coaches this season.
As always we are in need of members to join our executive and will need a full executive by the end of the season when we look to join this new league under our own Clinton Minor Soccer name. If you are interested in finding out more about open positions in our executive please make sure to email [email protected] with your interest.
Thanks, have a great Holiday Season and watch for information about our registration in January.