My my My my
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to SMYO's home on the web!

Home of SMYO Soccer, SMYO Flag Football and the SMYO Baseball MUSTANGS!

SMYO has been serving the youth of Charles County since 1971. 

We currently offer programs in soccer and baseball, and Flag Football!  Our Soccer Program has been growing each and every season.  Our Baseball Programs offer a Recreational League as well as a Brand New Travel League.  We also offer FREE Fitness and Fundamentals Clinics for each sport at the beginning of the Spring and Fall Sporting Seasons.  Our facilities in Pomfret, Maryland offer players and their families a concessions stand, Clubhouse, Playground, three batting cages, four baseball fields, five soccer fields and 2 flag football fields.  Come check us out. 

All Players Welcome!

 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @s_m_y_o  and on Facebook

2015 SPRING Registration

    2015 SPRING REGISTRATION

DECEMBER 1, 2014 - MARCH 7, 2015! 

SOCCER Registration is CLOSED. Limited spots available. Late fee for registration is $25 per family. Please contact the Soccer Commissioner for open spots - smyosoccer@gmail.com


We offer baseball, flag football, soccer, and 14U & up travel baseball. 
For program details, select a left button.  We offer ON-LINE, or WALK-IN registration.

ON-LINE Registration - click on the Green REGISTER NOW button located at the right and above.

Walk-in Registration Extended

SATURDAYS

February 28 and March 7

Flag Football and Baseball

9am-2pm

Registration Costs & Fundraiser - ALL SPORTS

Registration is $125 per player (this includes the $25 fundraiser fee). 
If you register more than one child, the 2nd child is $125 but the 3rd or more registration is $100.

NOTE - if you register a child in more than one sport, the system will track the 3rd, 4th, etc. registration and not charge a fundraiser fee.

Fundraiser drawing - Opening Day

SMYO Clubhouse on Route 227 in Pomfret.
Directions & map located under FIELD LOCATIONS (left tab buttons) & select first facility SMYO.


Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once a player has been placed on a roster.

  *****  SMYO DOES NOT GUARANTEE  requests for specific coaches, teams, or practice nights.  Due to volunteer coach's schedules, roster availability and field availability.  *****

It is SMYO policy to try and keep previous season's teams together. 
However, it is not always possible.



MANAGING OR COACHING - For anyone interested in managing or coaching who did not coach & complete this in the spring, please download the SMYO Volunteer Form.  


   SOCCER

 
SOCCER REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Please contact the Soccer Commissioner for open spots.

smyosoccer@gmail.com


 For Soccer, please review the following age brackets.   If you have program questions, we provide program information for each age group, select the left soccer button for more drop-down buttons or email the Soccer Commissioners at .
 

U18 CO-ED August 1, 1996 - July 31, 2000
U14 August 1, 2000 - July 31, 2002
U12 August 1, 2002 - July 31, 2005
U9 August 1, 2005 - July 31, 2007
U7 August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2009
PeeWee August 1, 2009 - Feb 28, 2011
*must be 4 years old before March 1


Soccer requires a birth certificate copy for all new members.


BASEBALL

SMYO proudly offers baseball for youth in 6U/T-Ball, 8U Coach Pitch, 10U, and 12U.  Additionally, we will offer tryouts to travel teams 14U and up.  If you have any questions, please email .

4 Year Olds turning 4 by April 30, 2014 are accepted in our 6U/Tee Ball program

6U/Tee Ball - Ages 4-7 (Depending on Skill Level)

8U/Coach Pitch - Ages 7-8 (6 Yr Olds can play up if evaluated by SMYO Staff)

10U - Ages 8-10 (Depending on Skill Level)

12U - Ages 11-13

 

FLAG FOOTBALL


- Ages 4 to 17 years
- Spring Season March - June
- Each player can play soccer and flag football or baseball and flag football with minimal  to no conflict
- Each player will get NFL jersey, shorts, and socks
- All games will be played at SMYO
- Practices areas to be determined on the amount of teams

Contact SMYO Flag Football Commissioner at smyoflagfootball@gmail.com



 


by posted 10/31/2014
Park Rules

SMYO Facility Rules and Policies

The SMYO Board of Directors welcome you to our facility and hope you enjoy your visit.  To keep our facility safe and a
fun place to play baseball, soccer, and flag football we have the following rules:

NO
Pets

Smoking
Alcohol
Barefeet
Bicycles
Littering
Rollerblades
Skateboards
Large Coolers
Grills
Outside Food
Glass
Tobacco Products (Smoking, Chewing, Dipping or Vaping)

We operate a fully functioning concessions, NO outside food, grills, and large coolers are permitted. 

For the safety of our members and guests, we do not allow PETS and barefeet. If there is a pet found at the facility, we will ask you to remove the Pet. We do not have areas available to kennel your Pet. Please leave them at home.

Shirts and shoes are required at all times. 

We offer a Smoking Area next to the dumpsters in the parking area.

SMYO is a recycling facility and please place your plastic bottles and items in our conveniently marked recycle bins
placed throughout the facility next to a trash can.

Safety is our top priorty, please watch for foul balls around the baseball fields.  Parents must supervise their children
at the playground.  Remember, our wooded areas surrounding the fields have dangers such as snakes, ticks, poison
oak and ivy.  If you should need assistance or have an emergency, please go to the concessions or send another adult.


by posted 10/30/2014
SMYO Fundraiser Green Turtle La Plata

SMYO Green Turtle Fundraiser!

Come celebrate St. Patty's Day and support SMYO!

Print and Bring the Flyer ... http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/9612/62783.pdf

 

 


by posted 10/29/2014
SMYO Playground Donation Match

Greetings Fellow SMYO Members:

               I am board member Matt Falkenstein, and I was elected to the board last summer.  As you probably know, SMYO was in dire need for a new playground. The current one was getting pretty old, and really needed to be replaced. You probably noticed at the concession stand a red bucket asking for donations towards the new playground.

               The labor for building the new playground was completed by a local Scout Troop for a community service project. We were able to complete the playground but we need your help to off-set he cost because we are a bit short of funds for the materials. We are not far from meeting the funding goal but we could use a little more help. I have put my money where my mouth is and will MATCH any donations up to a total of $200. I’m happy to do that – SMYO is a great place for my kid, and everyone’s kid, to learn team spirit and sportsmanship.  I believe in SMYO.

               If you can help, please contact me or another board member. If you would like to donate, please mail your check to:

               Southern Maryland Youth Organization

               ATTN: Playground Fund

               P.O. Box 95

               Pomfret, MD 20675

 

Thanks!

Matt Falkenstein

SMYO Baseball Commissioner

smyobaseball@gmail.com


by posted 10/29/2014
SMYO Flag Football


by posted 10/21/2014
SMYO Soccer

2015 SPRING Soccer Season!
 
If you would like more information about SMYO Soccer, click the links on the left under Soccer.


Soccer Registration is CLOSED. Please contact the Soccer Commissioner for open spots. Late registration 8-14 February - Fee $25


Hello Coaches, Parents, and Players,

 

Welcome to our Spring Soccer season!  We have many important dates for you and information to pass along.  Most of the coaches have rosters so they should be contacting you soon but please be patient for that contact.  There are a few minor changes to be made for a couple of teams.

 

Practices begin the week of 9 March, weather permitting. I stress weather permitting due to the excess of snow/rain we have had late in Feb and into March.

 

Please remember our coaches and all SMYO Board Members are volunteers.  They've agreed to help provide a fun and safe place for your child to learn and play soccer.  Help when you can.

 

IMPORTANT! We still need coaches for many teams - PW, U7, U9, and U12. If you received the email that a coach was needed and you are willing to volunteer, please contact me soonest. I will be at SMYO this Saturday, 28 Feb, if you would like to talk.

 

MARK YOUR Calendars!!

 

Soccer Parent and Coaches Meeting - Friday, 6 March 6-8pm; Saturday, 7 March 2-4pm; Sunday, 8 March 2-4pm at SMYO Clubhouse. As our clubhouse is small, please leave your player at home if at all possible. It is mandatory that Coaches attend one session. The content of each meeting is the same. We will discuss the continued mission and vision of our program, talk through required safety items, work through practice plans/game laws/guidelines then open to questions.

 

Soccer Field Prep - Saturday, 7 March 9 until ?? completed; WEATHER PERMITTING

All coaches/parents please attend to help line fields, set goals, and put equipment/ball bags together

 

Uniforms - Coaches will give out uniforms prior to the first game

Game Schedules - Ready the week of the first game

 

First Soccer Games - Saturday, 28 March  

Team Pictures - TBA

 

Equipment & Uniforms

Each player must have shin guards, cleats, and soccer socks that cover the shin guards, and a water bottle.  Coaches can not let a child practice unless they have proper gear and water.   SMYO provides game uniforms (jersey, shorts, and socks).  These are mandatory uniforms for all games and coaches will not play a child in a game if they are not in proper uniform.

 

Soccer Skills Nights

Skills nights will be incorporated into the game schedule for each age group. These training sessions will emphasize on the fundamentals of soccer.

 

Coaches Online Training - NYSCA Online Training - If you didn’t not complete this course, please let me know.

 

Practice Locations

    U7, U9, U12 (few) practice at SMYO

    U12 practices at Craik Elementary

    U14 & U18 practices at Bensville Park and Wade Elementary School

 

SMYO Soccer Fields

We will again be hosting U9 and U12 County games at our fields. We will have 2 intermediate fields, one PW and one U7 field this season.

 

Game Locations for U12, U14 and U18 (maps are located on the SMYO web site, select tab on the left for Field Locations):    SMYO Intermediate Field (U12) - Continuing Spring 2015Bensville Park on Route 229Pomonkey Annex in Bryans Road (behind JC Parks Elementary) Pisgah Park on Mason Springs Road - Closed for Spring;  White Plains Park on St. Charles Parkway;  Bryantown Complex on Route 5 south of Waldorf; Laurel Springs Park on Radio Station Road in LaPlata

 

Program Updates - Lights on the Soccer Fields!!! Portable TORCHES that light up a swath of 60’ will be set on our fields for evening activities. These must be disassembled and stored in the soccer shed.


Spring Age Groups

U18 August 1, 1996 - July 31, 2000

U14 August 1, 2000– July 31, 2002

U12 August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2005

U9 August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2007

U7 August 1, 2007 – July 31, 2009

PeeWee Soccer – August 1 2009 - February 28, 2011

(must be 4 yrs by March 1st)


Contact SMYO Soccer Commissiner smyosoccer@gmail.com

 

SMYO Policy: Parents may not request coaches, practice nights/times, or practice/games locations.
SMYO Policy: No refunds after a player has been placed on a team.


 
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) E License Course

All E License courses are closed.

Go to www.msysa.org
Click Coaches Education to find the information for the E License Course

or any other State Soccer License
 

Entry Level Referee Course Information
Click Here

 
 
National Alliance for Youth Sports Online Clinics
 
Mandatory for all SOCCER Coaches for Spring 2014
http://www.nays.org/nyscaonline/preview/coaching-youth-sports.cfm

The videos also features great commentary and personal experiences shared by well-known and highly respected professional and collegiate coaches, as well as insights from some of the nation's leading youth sports educators.
 
Board Meetings
1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month @ 6:30pm
 
SOCCER SEASONS

Spring March-June
Registration for Spring - December through mid-February

Fall September-October
Registration for Fall - June through mid-July

 
 

by posted 09/02/2014
Bucking Station Wagon Syndrome

Bucking Station Wagon Syndrome | US Youth Soccer

buildthemup

For some kids playing soccer, their biggest battle doesn’t occur on the field, but rather in the backseat of the car on the way home, as one or both parents give their minute-by-minute recap of the game. They cover why Johnny has no business starting at forward and how Jason playing on the right as opposed to the left is a travesty.

This situation was identified as “station wagon syndrome” by University of Missouri School of Law professor Douglas Abrams, and the name alone should suggest that this isn’t a new revelation, but rather an issue that has been around for a couple of decades. Abrams describes station wagon syndrome occurring when “The youngsters are a captive audience in the back seat on the way home, but they deserve to ride in peace without being unwilling victims of their parents” (Abrams 2002).

For US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, the conversation after a match or training session should be short and sweet.

“The only things parents need to say is, ‘I love watching you play,’ end of story,” Snow said. “I know it sounds overly simple, and it is harder to actually carry out.”

Coaches can have enough issues trying to portray a consistent message to their players while parents attempt to coach from the sidelines — a situation in which coaches have at least some control. However, their jurisdiction ends when the kids enter the car.

“Parents want to be sure that they are not coaching, whether it is on the sideline or afterward in the car,” Snow said. “If you do that then you could intentionally or unintentionally contradict what the coach is saying, and that is only going to confuse the player.”

Snow explains that this is prevalent on the entire spectrum of youth soccer ranging from 5-year-old recreational players to 17-year-olds playing in the most competitive environment. The range of soccer knowledge a parent has is also vast, but both of these should be irrelevant in regards to a parent coaching a player.

“Parents have to keep it in the forefront of their minds that this is their child’s game and not theirs, whether the parents are a former player or not,” Snow said. “While there happens to be spectators at the match, this isn’t for the spectators. It is for the kids.”

At some point, it is inevitable that a parent is going to disagree with what a coach is doing, and in this situation, Snow simply recommends the parent makes an appointment as opposed to voicing concerns right after a match or training session.

“You don’t want to voice your concerns right after a match or training session because emotions are going to be high. You wouldn’t go complain to your child’s teacher immediately after the exam in the middle of the day, would you?” Snow said. “It is the same thing with a soccer coach, and if you wait 24 hours to schedule an appointment then a discussion can occur.”

While Snow is a strong advocate of parents not contradicting their child’s coach with or without the coach present, he insists it is imperative that parents represent a support system, especially if the player begins to play in more competitive environments.

“If a player gets older and decides to commit more effort to start playing at a higher level, he or she is going to need more of a commitment from the entire family,” Snow said. “There are going to be a lot of highs and lows associated with playing at a higher level, and it is very important for a player to have an emotional safety net.”

Ultimately, it comes down to the mindset parents have in approaching their child playing soccer, and for that Snow references a friend and colleague Andy Coutts, Director of Education for Minnesota Youth Soccer Association.

“You ask the parents if they are looking at their child playing soccer as an investment or a gift. If it is an investment, then you are looking for a return on investment whether it is a college scholarship or pro contract, but I tell them that will only end in heartache and you are better off putting that money into a financial service to pay for college,” Snow said. “However, if you look at it as a gift and you don’t expect anything in return like a birthday present, then the world is open for them, and both the kids and parent can enjoy it for as long as they want.”

 

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/bucking_station_wagon_syndrome/

 


by posted 09/01/2014
2015 BASEBALL

Welcome to SMYO's Baseball Program!

 

Please remember our coaches and all SMYO Board Members are volunteers.  They've agreed to help provide a fun and safe place for your child to learn and play baseball.  Our coaches are taught to solicit parents to help out during games and practices.  Please help them when you can and it will be appreciated.

Safety

Our priority at SMYO is to have a safe place for our children to learn and play sports.  If you see something wrong, say or do something.  Keep in mind that the woods have dangerous things such as snakes, ticks, and wild animals (we have seen a Fox).  Please watch your children play around the fields and at the playground.  We also remind everyone of the Rules for the SMYO fields:  No Pets, No Alcohol, No Bare Feet, No Cursing, and ASOLUTELY No Violence (threats or physical violence).

 

Equipment & Uniforms

Each player must have a glove, cleats, and plenty of water or Gatorade.  SMYO provides game uniforms (jersey, pants, belt, hat and socks).  These are mandatory uniforms for all games.

 

Skills Nights

Skills nights will be incorporated into the game schedule for each age group. These training sessions will emphasize on the fundamentals of baseball.  These sessions will be FREE and open to anyone who wants extra time on the field working with different coaches. 

 

SKILLS TRAINING

 

Friday Nights at 6PM-8PM

April 24, 2015 - June 5, 2015

 

SMYO Field Prep

All parents, players and coaches are urged to help out.  Saturday, March 7th, 9AM until ?? completed More Information to follow.

   

Practice Locations

6U, 8U, 10U, 14U & 16U will practice at SMYO and at local schools in Charles County.  The school fields are permitted for use.  Your coach will have a permit provided by SMYO for these facilities.  So, make sure you know where your practices are to be held.  The coaches will give out this information.

 

SMYO Fields

Please monitor your children for safety while sitting, playing or enjoying our fields.  FOUL BALLS do leave the fields of play.  This can be painful if you are not paying attention.  Please BE ALERT!

 

Game Locations for Baseball :

To Be Determined

 

Schedules - Ready the week of the first game.  First games are to be scheduled for April 18th.

 

Uniforms - Coaches will give out uniforms prior to the first game

First Baseball Games - Saturday, April 18th

 

Season Ends - Saturday, June 13th

Team Pictures - To Be Determined

I try every season to see each team play a game.  If you have any questions or concerns during the season, please talk to your Coach first.  If you do not get the issue resolved, Matt Falkenstein is your Baseball Commissioner.  He can be reached at .    If you feel the issue was not resolved, you can email our President, Kris Parnes at or you can text her at 202-607-9540.  Our goal is for everyone to enjoy playing sports.  One key way for us to succeed is through Open Communication.

Thank you for choosing SMYO (www.smyo.org) and we hope you and your player have a great season!


by posted 03/03/2014
Calendar is loading...
Field Status
SMYO - Pomfret TBD (3/4) 
SMYO 1 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO 2 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO 3 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO 4 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Batting Cage 1 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Batting Cage 2 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Batting Cage 3 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Clubhouse - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Concessions - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Football Field 1 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Football Field 2 - Pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
SMYO Soccer PeeWee - Pomfret TBD (3/4) 
SMYO Soccer U7 Field 1 - Pomfret TBD (3/4) 
SMYO Soccer U7 Field 2 - Pomfret TBD (3/4) 
SMYO Soccer U9 Field 1 - Pomfret TBD (3/4) 
Soccer-Bensville Park - White Plains OPEN (3/4) 
Soccer-Craik Elementary - pomfret OPEN (3/4) 
Loading Weather...
Sponsorship/Donations
Help SMYO by making a donation or being a sponsor.  We accept donations from individuals and offer sponsorship levels for businesses.  Please help SMYO continue for another 40 years providing a learning, fun, and safe environment for soccer and baseball.  We are the only non-profit youth sports organization in Charles County that own their own property and we offer two sport programs for all players.   If you want to sponsor a specific activity or item (for example, field light replacement, new digital sign by the road), please contact us at smyosponsor@gmail.com.
Board Of Directors
SMYO Board of Directors
 
Kris Parnes
President
 (smyopresident@yahoo.com)
Baseball Umpire-In-Chief

 
Emily Long
Vice President (smyovicepresident@gmail.com)

Dee Griffith
Treasurer

Marquita Queen-Foxworth
Secretary

Melissa Blondell
Board Member

Soccer Commissioner
(smyosoccer@gmail.com)

Glen Vinson
Flag Football Commissioner
(smyoflagfootball@gmail.com)

Stephanie Stanton
Concession Manager
Board Member

Nick Mammano
(The Man) Baseball Clinic Chairman
Board Member
 
Bobby Hudler
Flag Football Commissioner
(smyoflagfootball@gmail.com)
Board Member

Joe Moniz
Board Member

Naima Vinson
Board Member
 
Matt Falkenstein
Baseball Commissioner
Board Member
 
Jodi Brill
Board Member
 
Joyce Dinello
Advisor/Member at Large

If you are interested in being considered for a Board of Directors position, please contact smyovicepresident@gmail.com

Board Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.  From March-October Board Meetings are held on 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month at 4:30pm.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. During the season, we move meeting to the following Saturday to accommodate Board Member that are also Coaches.
 
For General information or inquiries, email smyoinfo@gmail.com