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Summer 2017 CU Newsletter
posted 07/20/2017

Dear Chatham United members:

We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer. Please click here for the Chatham United newsletter. 

Thank you.

Chatham United

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9U Boys Armada score 65 goals en route to flight win
posted 07/02/2017

Congratulations to the 9U Boys Armada for winning MCYSA Flight 3!   

The Armada team rebounded from a tough fall season to win their spring flight behind a 8-1-1 record. The boys used the skills they learned in their winter training session with trainer Joel White to win their first seven games of the season. The team combined to score 65 goals, while allowing 31. They were the No. 1 offense and defense in Flight 3, scoring at least three goals in every game. 

Thank you to trainer Joel White (pictured with the team). The boys learned a lot of foot skills during the season and really progressed from the fall. Thank you also to parent managers Kevin Grundy, Brian Shuster, Pam Grundy and Mary Beth Young.

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10U Girls Breakers repeat as MCYSA Flight 1 champs
posted 06/21/2017

This season the 10U Girls Breakers continued their winning streak by repeating as champions of MCYSA Flight 1 and closing the season with an undefeated record (7-0-3).  With multiple scorers, solid defense, and improved passing, the Breakers confirmed they are the 10U Girls "team to beat" in the MCYSA league.
A big thank you goes to their coach Jay Williams, who did an incredible job training the girls.  His main challenge this season was to keep the girls level headed after their win in the Fall, continue to improve on their technical skills and teamwork, and motivate them to work as hard as possible in practices and games.  
Congratulations to Jay and the girls on another fantastic season!
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10U Girls Dash clinch flight with a game to spare
posted 06/20/2017

Congratulations to the 10U Girls Dash for winning MCYSA Flight 4!  
As a result of the changes to birth-year registration this was the team's first year playing together.  After a solid Fall season, also in Flight 4, the Dash came out on fire in the Spring, and did not lose until their 8th game of the season.  They then clinched the Flight the next week, in their second-to-last game, with a tense 1-0 win against then-second place Mount Olive.

For the season, the team finished 8-1-1 with 34 goals for and only 10 against, including 4 shut outs. 
Thanks and congratulations to their trainer, Andy Hay (pictured with the team), who believed in the girls and brought out the best in each of them.  Their improvement from the fall to the spring, and even during the spring season itself, was incredible, and he's owed a ton of credit for that growth individually and as a team.
And many thanks to Cheryl Foertsch, Tracey Castellano, Nick Insua, and Rich Ivancich for their support as parent managers.
Congratulations, Dash!
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Registration for Fall 2017 Recreation soccer is now open
posted 06/08/2017

Registration for Fall 2017 Rec soccer is now open and will run through August 15, 2017. 

Registration for Rec soccer is by grade. All players who will be in Grades K-8 in 2017/18 are welcome to sign up. Instructions for registration are here. A tentative schedule is here. When registering for Rec please consider signing up as a parent coach. We can always use additional coaches since that allows us to create smaller teams. Enthusiasm is the only prerequisite. No prior soccer experience is necessary. More details on the town requirements for coaching are here


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Travel vs 8U TDP vs Recreation: What's the difference?
posted 03/07/2017

Chatham United runs three programs - Travel, 8U TDP and Recreation - and we recognize that the differences between them can sometimes be confusing. In this item we outline the major features of each program so that you can determine which is most appropriate for your player. 


  • Fall (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Apr-Jun) seasons.
  • 10 travel league games per season (typically in the Morris County Youth Soccer Association). Additional tournament and cup games (esp. in Fall) are also common.
  • Typically two ~90-minute practices per week in Fall and one ~90-minute practice per week in Spring. 
  • All practices coached by professional trainers.
  • Games coached by professional trainers and parent managers. (Any parent manager who coaches is required to have an NJ Youth Soccer "F" coaching license.)
  • Age groups are 9U-15U and are formed by "birth year". Players are eligible for 9U if they turn 8 during the calendar year that contains the start of the season (e.g. for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season the 9U age group is targeted at players born in 2009). Players remain eligible for Travel through 8th grade. 
  • Teams are formed for the entire year. Team formation is tryout-based. 
  • Registration is open early March to early April.
  • Tryouts are late April to early May. 
  • More details are under the Travel tab on our website. 

8U TDP (Technical Development Program)

  • Fall (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Apr-Jun) seasons.
  • Academy-style program in which different teams are formed from week to week (so that players get to play with a variety of different teammates). The goal of the TDP is to focus on soccer fundamentals in preparation for the start of Travel soccer at 9U.
  • 1 game per week in each season. Most games are in-town and against other players in the program. 1 or 2 games per season may be scheduled against similar programs in neighboring towns. 
  • Typically two ~90-minute practices per week in Fall and one ~90-minute practice per week in Spring.
  • All practices and games coached by professional trainers.
  • Players are eligible for the 8U TDP if they turn 7 during the calendar year that contains the start of the season (e.g. for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season the 8U TDP is open to players born in 2010).  
  • There are no tryouts for the 8U TDP. 
  • Registration is open early March to mid June. 
  • More details are under the 8U TDP tab on our website. 

Recreation Soccer

  • Fall (Sep-Nov) season only.
  • All players in grades K-8 are eligible. Teams are formed by grade.
  • One 60-minute Saturday game session per week against another team in the program. For the younger grades the start of each Saturday session involves skill drills. 
  • One 45-minute mid-week practice session per week for grades 1-8.
  • Mid-week practice sessions are coached by professional trainers. Saturday game sessions are coached by parents with assistance from professional trainers.  
  • There are no tryouts for Recreation soccer. 
  • Registration is open mid June to mid August. 
  • More details are under the Recreation tab on our website. 


Travel soccer and the 8U TDP require a greater time commitment than Recreation soccer. The "standard" progression for our most committed players would be Grade K Rec soccer followed by the 8U TDP and then 9U-15U Travel if they are old for their grade (i.e. born on or before December 31) or Grade K-1 Rec soccer followed by the 8U TDP and then 9U-14U Travel if they are young for their grade (i.e. born on or after January 1).  Players that do not wish to commit at quite the same level can replace any of the 8U TDP or Travel years with a year of Recreation soccer. 

Please note that Chatham United does not offer any formal winter or summer programs. However, we maintain a list of local winter/summer programs run by our training partners and so Chatham United players have many options if they wish to keep playing during those seasons. 

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Summer training opportunities
posted 03/06/2017

Chatham United does not offer any summer programs within the club. However, please click here to access a list of summer offerings (both tryout-based and non-tryout-based) from our training partners.

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