As some of you may be aware, the City of Bristol is currently investigating the installation of an all-weather (turf) field in the city. There are currently two approaches being considered, as outlined in the letter below, penned by John Stavens. We would like to encourage all our families to read the letter pasted below so that they can be educated about the options the city is considering. If you feel as we do, and that more fields make more sense, especially when there would be no additional cost, please consider following the link and signing the petition at the end.
Thank you in advance,
The Bristol Soccer Club
Many years before we became involved in Bristol youth athletics there was a persistent problem in Bristol; access to field space for programs. Over the years little has been accomplished to solve this problem yet much has been written and many meetings, committees and groups have weighed in on the issue. As my own children were born and growing there was excitement over the possibility of the Roberts Property becoming the answer to many of the city’s needs regarding field space for all programs. As we all know, that plan fell victim to a small group of people and the land is still unused.
Since that time there have been two plans trying to gain steam. One plan calls for a single turf stadium either at the downtown mall site, Roberts property, or a yet to be determined alternative. The other plan calls for three fields in town; one at Bristol Eastern, one at Bristol Central and a third at either the Bristol Soccer Club, Casey Field, or Chippens Hill Middle School. Those two plans will cost approximately the same amount of money. As one of my sons put it, “why build one when you can have three for the same money?” Unfortunately, the one-field plan has more connected backing due to the seeming divide between city property and school property.
The benefits of having multiple fields as previously mentioned will benefit significantly more people in town than a single-field stadium. The Bristol Soccer Club, Bristol Youth Lacrosse and the Bristol Bulldogs would all benefit from the increased use that an all-weather surface allows. Each of the K-8, Middle School and High School students would benefit from the increased use that an all-weather surface allows. At some point or another these would all be the same kids anyway. The all-weather surface would allow for play to occur even on the heaviest of rainy days. Access could be managed easily with coordination between the Parks and Recreation Director and the Director of Athletics for Bristol Public Schools. A single-field stadium would require busing by all school groups and be very difficult for all the aforementioned groups to access with any regularity.
Most communities in our region have appealed to the State of Connecticut with great success to help fund half or all of their all-weather surface projects. These include but aren’t limited to; Plainville, Farmington, West Hartford, East Hartford, Torrington, Cheshire, etc. Why isn’t Bristol next? Better yet, why hasn’t this already happened? We need coordination between our local and state elected officials to advocate for this city. Enough money has been spent downtown or in the West End. The entirety of the city deserves attention in the matter of youth sports and field access/availability.
In the coming weeks and months I hope you will contact your local City Councilor or the Mayor to voice your support for having multiple fields in town. I also hope this is a conversation starter between the various groups in town who would immediately be impacted by a three field gain.
2015 Spring Registration is now open!! **Revised Open Date**
Welcome to Bristol Soccer Club!
We are currently accepting registrations for the 2015 Spring season beginning Saturday, 11/08/14. Be one of the first to register and be entered to receive a $50.00 spring registration credit.
There is a link on the left hand side to 'Register Online'.
You may continue to use your same User Account to register your children.
If you have forgotten your password, there is a link on the logon page where you can have it sent to you or reset.
Registration fees are as follows...
DinoMites U04 $ 75
DinoMites U06 $ 80 *
Development U08 $ 85 *
Development U09-U15 $ 90 *
Travel U09-U14 $155 *
Travel U15-U19 $155 *
Prices above reflect the early registration discount.
** Registrations received after 3/1/15 will be subject to standard pricing ( prices listed above plus $20.00)
Registrations received 3/17 and after will be added to a waitlist and only added to teams needing additional players.
**Register Early! You may register now and post date your check to 3/11/15 to take advantage of the early bird rates. Mail your check now to the PO box listed below. It will not be cashed until 3/17, and your child is guaranteed a place on a team.
We will do our best to accommodate special requestsentered on registrations dated 11/14 thru 3/1/15 in the U06 and U08 Divisions, however cannot guarantee that we can honor all of them. We will be creating our teams based on the number of children registered as of end of day on 3/16, and will be building balanced teams to the best of our ability, to encourage competitive games.
IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE : Travel registration: 11/5 thru 11/30
Early Bird Discount ends 1/1/15
All payments by check must be received by: 4/6
We also have a mandatory Candy Fundraiser and funds raised help to maintain the fields and replace equipment. Each FAMILY is asked to either sell two boxes of Hershey's brand candy (52 bars per box) for a total of $104 (paid at candy pickup, and recouped when candy is sold), OR to take the buyout at $52 (for those who do not wish to sell any candy (cost to you is $52)). Candy Pickup Dates are 1/31/15 and 2/28/15 from 9am -12pm. Payment of $104 is made at time of pickup, if not done online by credit card, although you may postdate your check to 4/6/2015 to give you a chance to sell the candy before we cash your check. (Travel players aged U15 and older, who do not have younger siblings registered, are not required to participate in the fundraiser.)
*** All Coaches and Assistant Coaches should enter their Volunteer info into the Online Registration system ASAP to be considered for a Coaching position this season. Please do not assume that we know that you are interested in continuing to Coach a team. You cannot be added to a team as a Coach or Assistant Coach without the Volunteer info in the system. Background checks must also be completed. Once both are complete, we are able to assign you to a team.
Payments can be made by Credit/Debit online, or you may mail in a check or money order to -
Bristol Soccer Club, PO Box 392, Bristol, CT 06011
We are located at:Our Mailing address is:
Bristol Soccer Club Bristol Soccer Club
441 Emmett St. PO Box #392
Bristol, CT 06010 Bristol, CT 06011
Any cancelations due to weather or field conditions for any practice, clinic or game will be decided by Bristol Soccer Club, and posted on the scrolling marquee at the top of the page, as soon as the decision is made. If, at the time of registration, you selected to be notified by email or text message, you will also receive that cancelation notification for each team or clinic your child is participating in. Any practice that is to be held with a UK trainer along with your coach, will only be canceled by BSC. (The older children often still play in light rain.) For heavier rain, lightning, etc, BSC reserves the right to cancel all practices no matter the location.)