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Important Fall Update - June 29, 2020

We need your immediate help, please read. 

Covid-19 presents many challenges and unknowns as we head into the fall soccer season and it’s not a surprise that many parents have questions.  We’ve covered a variety of issues as they’ve arisen in various previous communications. However, to keep everyone in the loop, I’ve tried to pull together a FAQ list which represents our current understanding (see below).  Our overarching goal is to get the kids playing again in a fun, developmentally appropriate and safe (as possible) environment while relieving some of the financial stress families may be facing.  However, in order to achieve our goal, we need your immediate help by letting us know your intentions for the fall season.


We hope the following information helps answer any lingering questions you may have, but please reach out if you would like to further discuss any of the information we’ve provided.


1. Our league (OHTSL) is requiring us to declare our teams in early July, which is quickly approaching. We are asking that you help us meet this deadline by registering your player ASAP so we know how many teams to declare. Alternatively, if your player is not planning on joining us this fall, it would help us to understand if your decision was influenced by the current COVID situation. If you feel comfortable, we would also ask if you would share whether your decision was influenced by the current COVID situation by answering this brief survey.  (The more we understand, the better we can adjust our offerings).  FALL SURVEY CLICK HERE.


2. We understand that many players have not practiced for 2-3 months and some have not touched a soccer ball for 4-5 months. As we mentioned in the spring, we plan to continue with the same teams from this past year for the first half of the fall season, then hold tryouts mid-way through the fall season for the second half of fall and beyond. 


3. Recreational and/or new players need to be placed on Travel teams and can attend a skills assessment this Wednesday, July 1 at Shaker Middle School, from

5:30-6:30pm.  We’ve been holding skills assessments over the past few weeks and this Wednesday will be our final offering.  


4. Our program will comply with Ohio Board of Health regulations, which currently allow for contact sports.  If the Ohio Board alters the policy between now and the start of the fall season, we will act responsibly, similar to how we operated in the spring, by offering refunds for fall fees and/or programs.


5. We’ve built a financial aid fund to help our families (Financial Aid) and are only asking families to register for the fall at this time thus dramatically reducing your fall

commitment. (In the past, families registered for both fall and spring at the same time.)


6. If you have questions about the travel program, you can reach out to our board Travel Coordinator,  You can also reach contact our Technical Director of Coaching, Yasser Hussein, about placement/teams at and to about registration/financial aid, etc.


7. This is a perfect year to consider Travel versus Recreational soccer due to the

unbundling of fees (families can register for fall and spring seasons separately).   The main differences between the programs are as follows.  Recreational soccer is a 7 week fall program with 1x per week practice and every other week skills session, 7 games primarily played in Shaker/Beachwood and is volunteer coached.  Travel soccer is an 11 week fall program with 2x per week 1:15 (or 1:30 for older age groups) minute weekly practice, every other week skills clinic, an early August pre-season soccer camp and 8 weeks of games, 4 played in Shaker and 4 primarily played against other eastside communities (such as Mayfield, Solon, Hudson) and is professionally coached with volunteer support.  In addition, Travel players will receive goalkeeper training.


I hope this provides context and answers questions in this time of uncertainty.  We have a great program (check out our STAFF, I am convinced it is the best community program staff in the state) and we’re excited about the fall.




Craig Cimoroni

President, SYSA-pfc

THANK YOU - June 16, 2020

From the Coaches: 

Hello SYSA Families,

The coaching staff and I are extremely grateful to all of you for generously donating some of your spring refunds to us.  While the money is very helpful, it is even more important to us spiritually and represents the bond we have as a club. It shows us that the time we’ve spent teaching, motivating, and supporting our players and parents is valuable and appreciated.  I feel that all of us - coaches, parents, players, administrators, and board members - are one big SYSA family, and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Thank you again,

Yasser Hussein, Technical Director

& The SYSA Coaching Staff


From the Board:

Thanks so much to all of you who donated refunds back to the club.  This has been so helpful not only to our coaches, but also in keeping the club operational and enabling more children to play soccer in the future.  We are grateful for every one of you, and look forward to seeing you at the soccer field soon!

The SYSA Board of Directors


Please look for an individual donation acknowledgement in your email in the coming weeks.  

If you have not yet completed the survey to request a refund for spring or elect to make a donation, the survey is here

For planning purposes,the approximate refund available for those who had paid in full is: Travel U10 and under: $190, Travel U11 and over: $315, Shaker Heights Recreation: $100, High School Spring: $350


A Message From Our President - May 23, 2020

Hello Soccer Families,

Happy Memorial Day! Unfortunately, we’re all not riding along in a Memorial Day Parade filled with over 100 SYSA players in a Jeep caravan but the good news is there is movement on training restrictions AND we have an incredible program and line-up for SYSA and Beachwood Soccer Academy for this fall. This letter is jam packed (with some length) with lots of useful information for this summer, your teams for next year, programming and other information. So, please be patient. I will cover the following:

  1. Fields and Summer Camps
  2. 2020/2021 Programming
  3. 2020/2021 Fees
  4. Personnel Updates and Travel Coach Team Announcements
  5. Tryouts/Fall Teams
  6. Financial Aid
  7.  Notable Dates/Communication


Fields and Summer Camps: Recently US Club Soccer lifted their national ban leaving restart decisions up to local leagues, clubs and authorities. The State of Ohio also eased contact sport training restrictions. The state’s school closure until June 30 drove the decision to close school and city fields (which we hear may move up). We have defined camp training compliance restrictions and coach training but local field access remains an unresolved factor. Beachwood and Shaker are working to find a way to open fields, we have been investigating the use of private fields and we hope to provide skills training this starting in just a few weeks. Our training will be compliant with CDC, State of Ohio and Ohio Youth Soccer Association North guidance. Tentative training (Save the Date) is scheduled as follows:


SYSA Camps: June 13-July 11th (except July 4th) coached by Yasser Hussein, Paul Driesen and other SYSA Staff Coaches

Boys (Travel & Rec)- Mondays & Wednesdays

  • K-2- 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • U8, U9, U10- 5:10pm-6:10pm
  • U11, U12- 6:20pm-7:20pm
  • U13, U14- 7:30pm-8:30pm

Girls (Travel & Rec)- Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • K-2- 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • U8, U9, U10- 5:10pm-6:10pm
  • U11, U12- 6:20pm-7:20pm
  • U13, U14- 7:30pm-8:30pm

Co-ed Shooting Skills (Travel & Rec)- Saturdays

  • K-2- 9:30am-10:30am
  • U8, U9, U10- 10:40am-11:40am
  • U11, U12-11:50am-12:50pm
  • U13, U14- 1:00pm-2:00pm

Camp Cost:        

  • All sessions (12)- $150
  • 8 sessions- $120
  • 4 sessions- $60
  • *Campers will be able to choose a session they can attend with the 8 & 4 session price option to provide more flexibility.


Total Soccer Academy Camp (We are trying to continue for this to be Dutch coached, TBD. If not Dutch coaches from Holland, the camp will be staffed with local paid professional coaches)

July 6-10

  • Half day camp 9:00am-1:00pm

July 13-17

  • Finishing-camp 6:00-7:30pm

July 20-24

  • Half day camp 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Finishing-camp 6:00-7:30pm

Registration for both camps will be made available as soon as we confirm field availability.


2020/2021 Programming: We have great news to share. We plan to make several program enhancements for next year and they include the following:

  • Complimentary camp U8-U15 the week of August 3rd, times 5-8, more details to follow.
  • The first indoor session will include a second age group skills session for both recreational and travel players. 
  • Recreational Soccer will end the spring season with a World Cup Competition and Travel will host an intra-club competition
  •  Complimentary goal-keeper training offered 1x per week during the fall/spring by a professional goalkeeper trainer. (details on our website under coaches, also see below)
  • Bridge program U9/U10, consistent with age groups U11 and above, will move to a full-time staff/paid coach
  • Complimentary indoor camp for travel players in March, ahead of spring season competition
  •  We are investing in the recreational program by hiring a Director of Recreational Programs
  • Club picnic


2020/2021 Fees: All yearly fees will remain the same, with the exception of the following:

  • U9/U10 fees will increase $50 per player, from $385 to $435 for fall and spring combined, to partially offset the cost of adding a staff coach at every game and practice (as opposed[CC2]  to every other game and practice, as in prior years). We view this as an investment in this age group. (Indoor fees will remain the same.) 
  • K-2 team fee will increase from $200 to $250 per team to cover insurance, which was previously billed individually.
  • Important: We recognize the COVID situation is fluid. We will divide the yearly SYSA travel and recreational fee into a fall and spring component (again the yearly fee will remain the same). Fee Changes are as follows:

SYSA Recreation

  • Fall $120
  • Spring $80
  • Total $200

SYSA Travel U11+

  • Fall $375
  • Spring $260
  • Total $635

SYSA Travel U9-U10

  • Fall $260
  • Spring $175
  • Total $435


  • Fall $230
  • Spring $155
  • Total $385

Beachwood and Shaker City programs, K-2 League and High School programs fee cadence remains unchanged. Shaker yearly field fee of $25 will be applied in the fall.


Personnel Updates and Travel Coach Team Announcements: We moved the club to a stronger volunteer-oriented model by increasing board operational responsibilities and moving more administrative work to the administrator/board and coaching to functional roles with a smaller administrative component. We announce the following directors:

  • Yasser Hussein – Technical Director. Many of you already know Yasser, who has been with the Club for the past several years. What you may not know is that Yasser was technical director for Real Madrid in Egypt. Yasser will be in charge of our coaching philosophy, curriculum, player development, travel coach evaluation, player evaluation/feedback, and tryout assessment/team formation. Our new curriculum will be shared with members soon!


  • Paul Driesen – Director of High School Programs. Paul has been instrumental in SYSA’s development and he has been the face of the organization in many respects. He has developed great contacts throughout NE Ohio, and running our high school programs takes local connections and coaching skill to train high-level high school performers. We believe a focused effort here will result in program growth. Paul will also be a key part of SYSA’s travel coaching staff by coaching four teams next year, and will continue to run his renowned Dutch soccer camps under the TSA umbrella. Thank you coach Paul!


  • Jason Kubbins – Goalkeeper Technical Trainer. Jason is new to our organization and we are excited to bring him onboard this fall. Jason has a USSF C license and a National level 3 Goalkeeping diploma, is a United Soccer Coaches Association Goalkeeping Staff Coach, and a NSCAA National Diploma. He played locally at Walsh High School and has been the head coach for Ursuline College for the past 13 years. Formal Goalkeeper training will dramatically enhance our program. Welcome Jason.


  • We also plan to hire a Director of Recreational Programs to work with our volunteer coaches in the program. We hope to make this announcement over the coming month.



  • Ashley Jones – SYSA Administrator. Ashley grew up playing soccer and played for the Carmel United Soccer Club Cyclones as a youth where they won a US National Championship and they were a 2x Region 2 runner-up. They were also an 8x Indiana State Champion. She furthered her soccer career at Wisconsin where she played for the Badgers and was a 4-year letter winner and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner. She went on to focus on sports administration in various areas. Ashley was the assistant director for Ohio State University’s Buckeye Sports Camps which served 15,000 campers annually. Ashley oversaw the effort from marketing to the hiring and supervision of staff. She was the Academy Coordinator for the Columbus Crew, as well as a coach. Before this, she was the Associate Director for Athletic Compliance at the University of Minnesota and the Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance at Ohio State University. Ashley will oversee club operations, with an emphasis on travel and recreational soccer.  I’d like to welcome Ashley Jones to the organization as the new SYSA administrator. 


  • Aaron Steinmetz – SYSA Administrator High School Programs. We would like to welcome Aaron back for next year. Almost everyone knows Aaron as he was the club administrator a few years ago. Aaron has helped back-up our administrator in the past and he has been the administrator in charge of our high school programs. Aaron graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with an MBA and has a background in Finance and Accounting. He’s worked domestically and internationally for several Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, United Airlines, YUM Brands, and BHP Billiton in functional and managerial/leadership capacities over the past two decades. Aaron brings a lot of passion for the job and helped us get organized a few years ago. He’s a local Shaker resident and it’s great to have him back. Thank you Aaron!


  • Andreas Sobisch – Referee Trainer. Andreas is a political science professor with John Carroll University (recently promoted to Department Head – congrats!) and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University and degree or program experience with Georgia College, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hamburg Germany. He has served as board president for many years and has been our referee trainer and runs a USSF accredited referee training program right here in Shaker. Welcome back Andreas for another year this fall.


Coach Staff Announcements – We are excited to announce our coaching staff for next year. They are amazing! Please visit our coaches pages for full bios (it is an impressive line-up).

Important: Based on current teams and player counts, we expect to field teams from U8 through U15 boys and U8 through U14 girls. If you don’t see a team for you or are interested and have questions, please contact us at

  • U8 – Mark Henning
  • BU9 Black – Yasser Hussein
  • BU9 Red – Dmitroy Isakov
  • BU10 Black and Red – Paul Driesen
  • BU11 Black – Iulian Bulucea
  • BU11 Red – Javier Kauffman
  • BU12 Black and Red – Ryko Marich
  • BU13 Black and Red – Yasser Hussein
  • BU14/15 Black – Iulian Bulucea
  • BU14/15 Red – Ryko Marich
  • GU9 & GU10 age groups – Lana Dewitt
  • GU11 Paul Driesen
  • GU12 Paul Driesen
  • GU13 age group April Hurle
  • GU14 Yasser Hussein


Shaker skills clinics Fall/Spring – led by Paul Driesen and Ryko Marich.  Additional recreational coach program announcements coming soon.


Shaker Heights High School Call Out – I want to call out that Coach Yasser and Paul will coach the girls HS team and coach Lana will coach the girls JV team. I want to thank Don Readance for considering our coaches as part of the independent evaluation process. Integrating the HS and youth program from a coaching philosophy and consistency standpoint will help develop the Shaker HS program longer-term as we are excited to be working closely on the girls side of the program. We are also optimistic that Scott Lindsay, SHHS Boy varsity coach, will participate with SYSA after the fall season. This is all great news!


Travel Tryouts/Fall Teams – OHTSL requires team declarations by July 12th. At this point, many players have not practiced for 2-3 months and some have not touched a soccer ball for 4-5 months. At the same time, parents have varying levels of comfort with return to play protocols in addition to unclear and undefined field availability. As a result, we plan to continue with the same teams from this past year for the first half of the fall season, then hold tryouts mid-way through the fall season for the second half of fall and beyond. We believe in our development paradigm to optimize player progress, which includes a proper amount of repetitions, great coaching, players playing together and against opponents of like stage of development. 


New Travel Players: If you are new to travel or new to the club and want to play with SYSA this summer/fall, please email us at with your name, experience, and your brief soccer history and we’ll be back to you on thoughts for the fall placement. We will integrate you into one of our camps this summer.


Complimentary Travel Camp: We want to get everyone on the field to play again and we plan to hold a complimentary summer camp during the week of August 3rd and start practices the week of August 10th for OHTSL games that start on August 16th. 

  • 5:30-6:30pm U8-U10
  • 6:30-7:30pm U11-U12
  • 7:30-8:30pm U13+

You will receive information on registration in an upcoming email.


Financial Aid

We developed a financial aid fund and we encourage you to use it. You can find out details at[CC3] 


Notable Dates/Communication

  • Fall soccer registration due by June 22nd
  •  Complimentary SYSA Travel Camp week of August 3rd
  • Start of OHTSL practice August 10th
  • First OHTSL games August 16th
  • Beachwood and Shaker Recreational Soccer Registration in August
  • First day of Recreational Soccer Beachwood and Shaker is Sept 14th (7 week season)
  • K-2 League to start Sept 12th (6 week season)


·  Summer Camp Registration Material

·Travel players will receive information on and registration material for fall soccer

·You will continue to receive other important club information, including return to play guidance and training activities


CDC Guidance - These are trying times, we have great faith, a great community and an amazing group of people in our communities that are interested in doing the right thing. Before we take the field, we will ensure our staff is properly trained, will follow guidelines and do our part to be safe and help humanity close the book on this virus.

As always, please call or email with questions, be well, and Happy Memorial Day


Craig Cimoroni

SYSA – PFC, President