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 on: Today at 02:00:15 PM 
Started by PacNW Soccer Club - Last post by PacNW Soccer Club
Thank you @lastplanet!

Appreciate you taking the time to write out this response.  We've heard from others about trying to schedule more of the HS age teams at Starfire so as to consolidate the college coaches in one venue.  We want to make it as easy as possible for coaches to scout players, and having them drive from Bellevue (Robinswood) to Seatac (Valley Ridge) can certainly be a challenge.

Thanks again for the feedback.

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 on: Today at 10:12:37 AM 
Started by PacNW Soccer Club - Last post by lastplanet
Positives
* The tournament was really well organized and communication great. 
* The number of coaches and range of local coaches including the community colleges was a huge plus. 
* Our team had great competition for all our bracket games (tied for 1st and didn't make it through on tie-breaker, alas).   
* We were very impressed with the refereeing.  We are in HS boys division and that can get rough, but all the centers called good games.
* Sunshine in January!

We are looking forward to playing in the Winter Classic again next year!

Negatives
There was really only one big one.  The scheduling software was underwhelming.  Going down on Sunday was just the thing that capped it off.  Here is what made it bad:
* Super slow to load.  I just timed it. 45 seconds to load the schedule page on my laptop on fast internet!
* Had to go to each day separately to see schedule and with slow load and flakey loads, it could be hard to get the info you needed.
* Mobile version wasn't well formatted for many people's phones.
* Downloading an app is often not an option or people didn't want to do that.

I've had the best experience (speaking as manager and parent) with GotSport.  Not ideal but the best I've used.  Demosphere is fine, but doesn't have the nice bells and whistles that GotSport offers.

Things that would have been nice, but not really a 'negative' per se
We had a game at the same time as the college info session so our players could not attend.   Would be great to schedule more of these throughout the tournament and for different levels.  DI/DII, DIII, NAIA.  For players targeting community colleges, the info they need or questions that would ask would be really different than for players targeting DI/DII.

Also I would think that you might be able to partner with a person/company that helps with college recruiting and let them run a supplemental college recruiting info session for $.  Just a thought.  I've puzzled why showcases don't do that.  Seems like an untapped product to offer.

For the showcase weekend, prioritize Starfire fields for the HS ages that college coaches want to see. Lots more players at Girls U15-17 and Boys U17-18 trying to get seen than Boys U15. 

Finally, I hate 'Stay and Play'.  Hate.  It didn't affect us because we were local, but we've been **** so many times by that. Soccer is expensive enough without gouging teams from out of town and making manager's hotel-scheduling task pure misery.

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 on: Today at 09:32:54 AM 
Started by lastplanet - Last post by lastplanet
PacNW Winter Showcase was this weekend and that is a key tournament for the rankings since it brings together teams from all the leagues (RCL, NPSL, PSPL, + handful of OR teams).  However they switched to a new scheduling software and I cannot scrape the scores from that.  They have to be entered by hand which is slow.  So...if you want your team's PacNW scores in sooner than later, you can give me a hand by sending me the score file for your team's age group.  Do all the games in both the divisions.  So Premier and Premier 2.  No need to do FWRL as those are listed on a different website which I can scrape.

http://lastplanetranking.blogspot.com/

The format I need is below.  You can PM to me or send to lastplanetranking@gmail.com

date, home.team, home.score, away.team, away.score, venue
2018-01-12, MRFC B99 Blue (Maloy/Flint), 2, Kent United B00 Green, 3, PacNW Winter Challenge 99/00 Premier
2018-01-12, ISC Gunners B99/00A, 1, PASS Academy B99,1,PacNW Winter Challenge 99/00 Premier
2018-01-12, PSA B00 Force_Huestis, 0, Eastside FC B99 White, 2, PacNW Winter Challenge 99/00 Premier
2018-01-15, PacNW B99 White C, 0, Crossfire B01 A, 5, PacNW Winter Challenge 99/00 Premier 2
2018-01-15, Crossfire Select Button B00, 0, Crossfire B01 A, 0, PacNW Winter Challenge 99/00 Premier 2

 4 
 on: Today at 08:27:10 AM 
Started by PacNW Soccer Club - Last post by PacNW Soccer Club
Thank you @Crush! This is helpful feedback and duly noted. 

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 on: Today at 07:42:10 AM 
Started by a2m7a2r6 - Last post by soccerlifenwn
Meh. That stuff happens in ALL clubs and workplaces. No, it's not ok, but the offenders were non-paid parents, and they are gone now (board member was removed, parent was talked to and certainly wouldn't be traveling with the team again). Did you figure that out this morning, and so you edited the post? I'm not sure how you can blame the club for parents that behave badly. I also wonder sometimes how the club is still around, but then I go about my day and I don't jump on the computer to randomly bully the few exhausted coaches, board members and parents that they have left over there. Move on. 

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 on: January 16, 2018, 08:38:52 PM 
Started by a2m7a2r6 - Last post by a2m7a2r6


How is this club still operating?

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 on: January 16, 2018, 06:06:18 PM 
Started by PacNW Soccer Club - Last post by Crush
I thought the tournament was well organized, communication was great and weather was exceptional.  Overall a great tournament and will definitely be back.

I might offer the following:

I realize that schedule that many games is difficult.  I would make sure travel teams play on Fridays - no exception.  I realize this is a challenge for some but it creates an unfair advantage for those that play on Friday.  Our group had 8 teams with 6 playing on Friday.  My team had to play 4 games in 44 hours including first game Saturday at 2:30 PM and two 8:30 PM starts that were delayed until 9 PM with a semifinal the next morning.  By the time semifinals came around there wasn't enough recovery time.  The teams that made finals all had Friday games and no late games Saturday. 

Playing at fields other then Starfire was fine but might suggest finding more turf time.  The time between games was so limited that any schedule recovery was not an option and many of the fields had no warm up space aside from track area.

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 on: January 16, 2018, 02:55:06 PM 
Started by PacNW Soccer Club - Last post by PacNW Soccer Club
Did you attend the 2018 PacNW Winter Classic Tournament on either of the two weekends?

If so, we'd love to hear from you! We are always grateful to receive feedback - good, bad, or otherwise.

What would you like to see done differently? What worked well?

A few caveats:

**We don't control parking fees at Starfire. That is handled entirely by them.
**We are aware that the game schedule app/website went down for a few hours on Sunday night, 1/15
**In a perfect world we would have everyone play all games at Starfire.  But the tournament has grown to such a level that we need to use various parks, schools, etc. for game fields.

Thanks for any feedback!

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 on: January 13, 2018, 07:11:01 PM 
Started by Foxes - Last post by onetouchsoccer
   :(

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 on: January 13, 2018, 02:09:08 PM 
Started by Foxes - Last post by EWSurf
Looks official now - From Goalnation:

http://goalnation.com/surf-sc-expands-adding-eastern-washington-surf/

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