Dear Pacesetter Family,
First and foremost, I hope this message finds you all happy and healthy. There is little soccer to be played, so I am sure you are all enjoying a bit of free time and the summer sun. Behind the scenes, the PSC staff has been hard at work and I wanted to let you know of some changes we have made to our full-time staff as we look ahead to the fall season.
I am excited to announce that we have decided to bring in Chris Black to be the new Youth Director here at Pacesetter Soccer Club. He will oversee our U7 to U11 Boys and Girls. Chris is local to the area and brings with him a wealth of experience from all levels of the game. He has coached younger players at the club soccer level with TFA, GTFC, and served as Head Coach at St Ursula Academy. Chris holds his USC Advanced National license, his USC National license, and served as a coach educator for USSF. He also coached for the regional ODP system.
Chris commented “I’m looking forward to working with Danny, Greg, and Kirk to make sure I and the rest of our Youth coaches understand the expectations for our players when they exit our Youth system and enter Greg and Kirk’s U-12 age groups. We can’t wait to get started with our youth players to prepare them for success in our program and beyond.” Chris has also worked for BCSN as a commentator and co-host of Sidekicks. Chris went to school at Southview (2000-2004) and played College soccer at Siena Heights. We are very excited to welcome Chris, his wife Amy, and their four children to Pacesetter SC.
We would like to thank Dan Evans for his efforts here at the club. We wish him well as he moves on to his next venture. Additionally, we also thank Carl Francazio for his time here at Pacesetter Soccer Club. He has moved back to Virginia to be closer to family.
This is an especially exciting time here at the Club. With the new personnel in place, acceptance into the Girls ECNL regional league and a little extra time to try to make our product even better for you, I cannot wait for the fall season to kick off. Soon we will be back to hitting the pitch and we will continue to do all that we can to make PSC the best club that we can.
Chris will be starting his role at Pacesetter July 8th
The time has finally come for the nations strongest girls competitive league to come to Northwest Ohio! Pacesetter is honored and proud to become a Girls ECNL Regional League Club. For more information please click on the link below:
Elite Clubs National League – Regional Leagues are operated and managed by the ECNL to insure professionalism, standards, and exceptional experience .
RICHMOND, VA (May 11, 2020) – The Elite Clubs National League Girls is excited to announce the addition of three new clubs to the ECNL Girls Regional League – Ohio Valley for the upcoming 2020-2021 season: Cleveland Force, Kings Hammer Soccer Club and Pacesetter Soccer Club.
“We are excited to welcome Cleveland Force, Kings Hammer and Pacesetter SC to the ECNL Regional League – Ohio Valley,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The ECNL Regional League platform is an important expansion of the league, providing a true proving ground in competition and encouraging player development.”
Pacesetter Soccer Club has proudly offered a grassroots soccer pathway to the Northwest Ohio youth soccer community since 1980. Fielding teams in each age group that compete at the state, regional and national levels, Pacesetter Soccer Club has developed into – and proudly identifies as – a 10-time Ohio North Club of the year that has won over 50+ Ohio North State Championships. “Pacesetter Soccer Club is absolutely ecstatic for the opportunity to be a part of the ECNL Regional League and its outstanding competition, programming and experience. We fully understand how much of an honor it is to compete at this level and highly value the unique development platform that the ECNL offers to our club and players, said Girls Director of Coaching, Kirk Brazeau.” The recent changes across the national soccer landscape further highlight how unique and extraordinary the ECNL is, and we can’t express enough how thankful we are to have our girls program be a part of what we know is the strongest and most well rounded competition in the country. The ECNL now becomes the apex of our club competitive structure and offerings for both our girls and boys programs, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer this opportunity and exposure for our club members and all players throughout the Northwest Ohio soccer community.”
Each year, top performing teams in ECNL Girls Regional Leagues earn the opportunity to compete in the Open Cup Division of the ECNL Playoffs at the U15, U16 and U17 ages, where they will match up against other Regional League winners, as well as teams from member clubs of the ECNL.
The following clubs will be participating in the ECNL Regional League – Ohio Valley in the 2020-21 season:
|Cleveland Force||FC Pride||Indiana Fire Juniors|
|Internationals SC||Kings Hammer||NWSL Louisville Academy|
|Ohio Elite SA||Ohio Premier||Pacesetter Soccer Club|
|Pittsburgh Riverhounds||Tennessee Soccer Club||Western New York Flash|
Additional information on qualification and participating conferences for the 2020-21 Season will be released in the coming months.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League Girls: The Elite Clubs National League Girls (ECNL Girls) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL Girls is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
Facebook: /theECNL | Instagram: @theECNL | Twitter: @theECNL
We hope that you and your family are staying safe during these uncertain times. The club is pleased to announce we have released our tryout registration link for 2020/21 season. As we are all aware at this point, we cannot go outside and coach/play the game we love but we are all hopeful this will change soon. If you are interested in playing and learning more about Pacesetter SC in the 2020/21 season, please fill out the registration link below. Once the State Association have made a decision regarding when we can hold tryouts, we will release these dates via email, website and social media. We are very excited about this upcoming year with new programs, returning coaches and new coaches coming to the club. The 2020/21 coaching assignments will be released shortly in the club brochure.
Stay tuned on social media for more updates on programs at Pacesetter SC.
The Pacesetter Soccer Club
5400 W. Central Ave
Toledo, OH 43615
Dear Pacesetter Families,
First and foremost, I hope this message finds you well. I think we would all agree that these are unprecedented times. As we wait for the President and the Governor to update us on various protocols, we still must maintain some sort of day to day routine. This is challenging to say the least.
The reality is, however, that we will get back to school. We will get back to work. We will get back to church. We will get back to sports. It will just take time.
We want you all to know that The Board of Directors here at Pacesetter Soccer Club is working diligently to navigate this Pandemic in a fiscally responsible manner. Every Board Member is a parent and a soccer enthusiast. Every board member also has the additional responsibility to try to help the Club through this unique time.
The Board is looking to see what kind of equitable resolution we can determine with respect to all of the members who have spent their hard earned money on a product that has been on hold. With the likelihood that the entire spring season will be cancelled, there are a number of variables that the Board is waiting on before it can make any decision moving forward. Be assured that we take this responsibility seriously. The frustrating thing is that we must rely on multiple organizations to make multiple decisions before we can make any decisions ourselves.
At this time every league, save one, has cancelled their entire spring season. Similarly, almost every tournament that we typically go to has been cancelled. Sadly, we too have made the difficult decision to cancel the Pacesetter Soccer Invitational tournament. This decision does not come lightly as this tournament has a huge financial impact on our club as well as our community.
As May approaches, please be assured that we will communicate with you as soon as we can with respect to how the Club will move forward. Know that this will include both playing decisions and fiscal decisions. We must exercise our due diligence once more information is gathered. As I said we take this responsibility very seriously and are looking to make the most informed decision as possible. We appreciate your patience and your continued trust with your children and their soccer education.
PSC Board of Directors
As we continue to weather these unprecedented times, we have received another update from US Youth Soccer. Please see the link below.
The original date of April 15th has now been moved back to May 1st. This is obviously disappointing, but the right decision based on where we currently are. The board and I will be meeting via video conference early next week to talk about the current situation and how different scenarios play out. I will also be talking to Ohio North to see what their vision is for getting in some of the spring season when we can eventually start soccer again.
We don’t have all the answers at this point and we are trying get to through this difficult time and as a staff trying to work out plans for when we do get to play again to get in the most soccer we possibly can for our members.
Everyone’s main priority is to stay healthy and safe. I will continue to update you as I get information from the soccer authorities and governing bodies.
Please stay safe and we will do everything we can to get some soccer this spring.
We just wanted to provide you with a quick update, obviously we still can't train or play games and the date for US Youth Soccer is still April 15th so fingers crossed we are back playing then. As information is made available we will send this out to our members
Your coach and DOCs are sending information on activities your child can do at home ranging from technical ,physical to game analysis work. Please make sure your child follows these so when we can go outside we are ready to play at a moments notice. We may only get 1 or 2 sessions in before games start.
Its great to see some of the videos on our social media pages, this is a great way to stay connected and have some fun at the same time. Please continue to raise the bar on these challenges !
So far we have around 87 games that need rescheduling, once the all clear is given we can start looking at dates etc for games to be played. We are going to need some flexibility with these.
Nationals cancelled - Teams have been notified as to where they will be going instead
Blue Chip - Cancelled for April and moved to end of May and June. We are working on to see if we can still send teams here based on State Cup schedules.
Boys ECNL SC - Cancelled
FC Pride - Still on as it stands
Please continue to follow government and state guidelines so we can beat this virus and get back to playing soccer and some sort of normality. Those of you who are out there fighting this virus on the frontline we thank you for this and stay safe.
The health and safety of our players, parents, coaches, etc are of upmost importance. The club will follow the recommendations of the CDC, State, and the appropriate leagues or tournaments. As of now, Pacesetter practices and games are proceeding as scheduled. Since the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, we will update parents of any changes through email and social media. The Executive Director, DOC's will continue to monitor the situation and send out communication as we receive it. As always, please practice good hygiene habits. US Youth Soccer has issued health and travel guidelines at https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/usys-health-and-travel-update/. The webpage has helpful tips and contains links to the CDC, WHO and other trusted sources.