Lazers and Lightning to merge

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Lazers and Lightning to merge - AFC Lightning and Peachtree City Lazers are pleased to announce that they intend to merge select programs beginning in the 2009-10 seasonal year.
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and how many time over the years has this been tried? and how often has it been successful? too many chiefs (no pun intended) and not enough indians for this to be successful.

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Submitted by ptcmom678 on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 7:08am.

Some of the powers that be in PTCYSA have alienated players and parents due to high-handed actions and favoritism - to such an extent that this is a little bit of a desperation move. Part cost-cutting, part needing new blood. If the organization is smart, they'll keep "Brit Chris" Coach Chris Sewell on, because he has a great knack with the younger kids of keeping practice drills fun.

If they were REALLY smart, they'd get Coach Chris McDermott back since he is probably the best Boys's upper level coach they've ever had. It's tough to get the respect AND cooperation of that 14-16 age group to such an extent that they'd do anything for you on the playing field - but Coach Chris achieved it.

Submitted by momma on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 3:56pm.

I heard a terrible rumor that Coach Chris had to go back over the pond, any truth to that?

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 7:53pm.

He's not listed on the merged coaches list. I hope we haven't lost him, because he's really good. My daughter loves his practices - he keeps her entire team giggling half the practice, and her brother has considerable respect for his goalkeeping abilities. Chris McDermott is back up north, I think. We miss him - absolutely kick-butt coach with a nice tactical ability.

Submitted by Dondol on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:31am.

I can't speak on the select level but can say that on the rec. level its just Joke! My son is involved in the u14 rec. program and to tell you the truth I'm just not sure what the league provides. First of all I would like to say that his team has a great group of volunteer coaches that really care about the boys have a very good grasp on coaching at this level. As far as League support, it's a different story. They have played 9 of their 10 games of the season, of the 7 games played at home, the fields were ready for four of these (corner flags missing, goals not in place,etc.). At approximately half of these games have they had the correct amount of Referees, they should have 3, most of the time you only get 2 so then a parent has to be side judge. When your child reaches the u14 level the training from the league STOPS, you still pay the same amount as the rest of the league players but all of their effort is spent on the younger players (u12 gets 1 training session a year, that's 90 minutes). Also, we have had to buy new uniforms twice in the last 2 seasons because they couldn't make up their mind as to what color the rec. uniforms should be.
You would think that with adults making a living from running a youth soccer league you would get some sort of professionalism and equity towards all of the players (kids) in the league. As the question goes around the rec. parents, Why do 85% pay for 15%.
OK, I feel better now!

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