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Jul, 2020

NJYS Hosts TOPSoccer Webinar Presented by RWJBarnabas Health

East Windsor, N.J. (July 16, 2020) - On Friday, July 10th, NJ Youth Soccer hosted a webinar presented by RWJBarnabas Health to engage its member TOPSoccer programs. The State Association utilized this opportunity to communicate about Return to Play guidelines, share best practices and highlight NJYS member benefits.

The webinar was led by Carol Cordiner (NJYS TOPSoccer Chair), Evan Dabby (NJYS Executive Director), Rick Meana (NJYS Director of Coaching), Lou Mignone (NJYS Coaching Schools Instructor) and Auke Wiersma (NJYS Coaching School Instructor, former US Youth Soccer Region 1 TOPSoccer Chair). 

“NJYS TOPSoccer clubs managing their programs during the COVID-19 pandemic are confronting new and unique operational challenges,” said Meana. “This webinar provided some much-needed guidance, tips and best practices for the administrators.”

More than 30 individuals participated, representing many of the member TOPSoccer programs in New Jersey: Champions Soccer Club, Chatham United, Club Dreams, Cranford SC, East Brunswick SC, Franklin Township Soccer Club, Glen Rock Shooting Stars, Harrison SC, Howell Soccer Club, Maple Shade Soccer - Moorestown Rec, Montclair United SC, Morris United, Mt Laurel United Soccer, Oaklyn Soccer Club, Point Pleasant SC, Roselle Park TOPSoccer, Teaneck Junior SC, Toms River FC, Torpedoes SC, Watchung Hills SC, West Morris Soccer Club and West Orange United FC.

As part of the webinar, Doon Wintz of West Morris Soccer Club (WMSC) TOPSoccer shared details about TOPZoom, a live virtual alternative to the in-person TOPSoccer programs that were interrupted by COVID-19. Over 10 weeks from April through June 25th, WMSC youth volunteers engaged with 20 special needs players over Zoom to keep the community and fun flowing.

“It is encouraging to see how NJYS TOPSoccer has responded to COVID-19 obstacles and challenges by leading the way with helpful Return to Play suggestions and creative solutions such as TOPZoom that serve the special needs community,” said Wintz.

Alex Hoberman, a student volunteer with NJ Youth Soccer this summer, assisted in preparing the webinar content.

“I love soccer and could not think of a better program to support than TOPSoccer because it creates a welcoming environment of inclusion and community, regardless of an athlete’s ability or disability,” said Hoberman, who plays with STA and is also on the varsity team at West Morris Central High School.

For more information about NJYS TOPSoccer or if you are interested in starting a program in your area, please contact [email protected].

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