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CHS Boys Soccer Information Night

Coach Muirhead is hosting a meeting for all players and families on Thursday, March 7, at 7pm in the auditorium. Current players and 8th graders planning to try out over the summer should attend.

The coaching staff will review details of the upcoming season and will be taking questions. Before attending, please review this document.

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Tryout Guidance and Summer Dates From Coach Muirhead

Coach Muirhead has shared his annual letter for players intending to try out for boys soccer at Columbia in August.

Please read carefully as there will be significant changes to tryouts this year. Some important dates:

  • Blackout Dates: No organized team activities from July 27 to Aug. 4, which makes this the best time for vacations
  • Middle School Camp: The week of Aug. 5 for rising 7th and 8th graders
  • High School Camp: The week of Aug. 12 for rising 9th through 12th graders
  • Tryouts start Monday, Aug. 19

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Merch Store Is Live!

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The 2023 CHS Soccer Store is now open!

We have lots of great options to choose from, and a percentage of each sale goes directly to the Boosters.

The store will be open through Sunday, Sept 24, and orders will be distributed directly to players at practice the week of Oct. 15. Thank you for your support and Go Cougars!

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Red Bull Fundraiser is Oct. 7

CHS boys soccer night at Red Bull Arena is Saturday, Oct. 7, as New York takes on Toronto at 7:30. Tickets are $47 each, and $10 from each sale goes to the boosters. Get your tickets here or follow the QR code on the flyer below.

This is a great team-building event, and all five coaches will also be there. Please share this link with family, neighbors and friends. Anyone who wants to support the team is welcome.

Twenty of our players will get the chance to be in the tunnel as the players head back to the field after halftime. All seniors are guaranteed a chance to participate; we’ll fill in the rest of the spots with other CHS players.

And it’s also fan appreciation night, with a scarf giveaway and fireworks after the game!

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How to Watch Games on Veo

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Here’s how to watch live and recorded varsity games this season:

  1. Install the VEO Live app on your smartphone (iOS or Android).
  2. The first time you open the app, you’ll be instructed to Create a Veo account. If you already have a Veo account, simply click on Sign In.
  3. Search for “Columbia Cougars” and look for the school crest.
  4. Click “Follow” and the club will be added to your list.
  5. After you follow Columbia, you will receive notifications whenever a live stream begins.
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Welcome to the New Season!

Here’s what our Columbia soccer families need to know for the 2023 season.

Annual Membership Dues

Following on Coach Muirhead’s parent orientation meeting, we are kicking off our request for annual player dues. The $175 per player goes toward covering some of the following costs:

  • Two practice jerseys for all players
  • Attendance for each player and one guest at the end-of-year gathering
  • Festivities honoring the athletic achievements and teamwork of the seniors at the annual Senior Night game

While we do ask any family who can cover the annual dues per player to do so, all players will receive the benefits of the Booster Club whether or not they or their families contribute.

Any donation you make above the dues will be fully tax deductible and will help pay for team extras and for families who cannot afford the dues. A tax receipt for the donation amount over $175 will automatically be emailed to you when you complete the form.

Last year, thanks to your generosity, we were able to buy a Veo camera to record games so players and coaches can study game film and create highlight reels. Donations also helped subsidize the summer training programs and the summer league at Montclair State.

For 2023 and beyond, we have a longer term goal of working with Coach Muirhead to fund additional coaching.

If you’re in a position to donate more than $175, please consider doing so – the money will definitely be put to good use! If you’d prefer to pitch in by helping us get creative with general fundraising efforts, just shoot us a note at [email protected].

Thank you for your support of the team and the CHS Boys Soccer Boosters. We’re looking forward to a great season!

Team Schedules

All team schedules are available on the Super Essex Conference website. This view shows all games for varsity, JV and freshman teams. Check it regularly as the details sometimes change.

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Our online store for CHS soccer gear will be live soon!

Schedule Your Banner Photo Shoot

Talented local photographer Yasmeen Anderson will once again be shooting banner photos. The cost for seniors will be covered by the CHS Boys Soccer Boosters.

Yasmeen is also offering the option for any non-senior to purchase a photo for $39. You’ll receive a photo shoot (3 different images) and get to select one digital image to keep.

The photo session will be Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 3:30PM, location TBD. Players will receive more information on which uniform to bring.

Seniors and other interested players should enter their information on this Google form. Non-seniors can pay Yasmeen on the day of the shoot.

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Tryout Details

In case you missed the email, here are the tryout details from Coach Muirhead:

Hello Cougar Soccer Families,

I just wanted to send you all an email highlighting our tryout and preseason period as I know even though I have shared this information with your son(s), it may not have made it back to you yet. Below is our schedule for the week of August 21st and how things work. Additionally, a quick note regarding medical clearances – I know some of you have been CC’ing me on emails to our athletic trainer regarding player clearance, the clearance list has remained largely unchanged for the past month due to Vanessa not being a 12 month employee, however, with football now underway, she is back and working on the medical paperwork – please keep an eye on your emails in case she reaches out regarding a missing form/signature. I will post updated clearance lists on our Google classroom and Group Me as they begin to accumulate.

Monday 8/21

AM Fitness (2 Mile Run)

  • 9:00am Seniors
  • 9:15am Juniors
  • 9:30am Sophomores
  • 9:45am Freshman

The run takes place on the track up at Underhill, please make sure you are in sneakers, headphones, music, pacing devices are all fine to use during the run.

The posted time above is when your son should be there to check in, the run will start 10 mins after check in time.

Our target time is 12 minutes, the run will be terminated after 15 minutes

After each grade level completes their run, they are free to go until we come back for the evening session.

Evening Session

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Freshman Evaluation (Underhill Turf)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm UpperClassmen Evaluation (Underhill Turf)

Tuesday 8/22

UpperClassmen Have a Double Session

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm Upperclassmen Evaluation – Session 1 (Underhill Turf)
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Freshman Evaluation (Underhill Turf)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Upperclassmen Evaluation – Session 2 (Underhill Turf)

Wednesday 8/23

AM Fitness

  • 8:30am Freshman
  • 9:00am Sophomores
  • 9:30am Juniors
  • 10:00am Seniors

This morning fitness will take place on RITZER FIELD (behind CHS)

The posted time above is the START time for the fitness evaluation

This evaluation measures push ups, broad jump, shuttle run time, sprint time and timed dribbles through cones.

After each grade level completes their assessment, they are free to go until the evening evaluation period.

Evening Session

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Freshman Evaluation (Underhill Turf)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm UpperClassmen Evaluation (Underhill Turf)

What comes next…

By 10:30pm on Wednesday night every player will receive an email to their student email address, the email will either say congratulations, we are offering you a spot in the program this season, practice is at this time and this place tomorrow – or the other email that will go out is that unfortunately we are not able to offer you a spot this year, if you are interested in being a manager for the team (helps coaches with practices, participates in practice when the opportunity arises and helps coaches with stats during games) please let us know, additionally we encourage players to reach out and to set up a meeting with the coaching staff the following week so that we can provide a more in depth overview of their evaluation and how they can improve.

Why the email method – this was adopted as a recommendation from the athletic department leading into the covid period (in lieu of posting names on a board or calling the kids in one at a time), this coupled with the growth in the soccer program (we have 98 players who gave me their name for tryouts this fall) plus a condensed preseason schedule courtesy of the njsiaa (more on that shortly) has made it almost impossible to sit down with 30-40 players one at a time immediately following the final tryout. Additionally, making reductions is the worst part of this job and having been cut before myself (high school basketball) I know it’s never easy to digest from the player’s side either, which is why we recommend the meeting the following week for players who want to follow up on their evaluation.

The Preseason…

Practices for all levels begin the next day so there will be practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The NJSIAA requires 6 practices and a day of rest before a player is eligible to participate in a scrimmage. Our first scrimmage is the following Monday 8/28 so a player must be at all 3 days of tryouts, plus the following three days of practices to be eligible to play on Monday. For those of you trying to plan one last get away before school starts, our schedule for the end of August looks like this:

  • 8/28 – Scrimmage
  • 8/29 – Practice
  • 8/30 – Scrimmage
  • 8/31 – Practice
  • 9/1 – Scrimmage
  • 9/2 – Off Day
  • 9/3 – Off Day
  • 9/4 – Morning Practice
  • 9/5 – Scrimmage
  • 9/6 – Practice
  • 9/7 – First Game of the Regular Season

…. Pretty crazy, but with the four scrimmages and days off, we only get 7 days of practices between the last day of tryouts and the first game of the regular season. Everything moves very very quickly once we are underway.

There will be a player and parent meeting on the evening of Friday August 25th, location TBD (pending access to the high school) where we will discuss more and answer any questions, but hopefully this email should take care of most of the pressing issues.

-Coach Muirhead

Columbia High School
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Registration Open for Columbia Soccer Camp

Coach Muirhead and the Columbia High School coaching staff will run two soccer camps in August.

The first, from Aug. 7-10, will be for rising 8th and 9th graders. The second, from Aug. 14-17, will be for rising 10th-12th graders.

Both camps will run 9am to 1pm Monday to Thursday on Ritzer Field, and the fee is $280 with a 50% discount for siblings.

Follow the links below to learn more and register.

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8th Grade Information Night

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Interested in playing boys soccer at Columbia High School next year? If so, come out and meet the coaches and our booster organization on the evening of March 14. The coaching staff will share everything you need to know about the high school program. If you have questions, please submit them through this Google form before the meeting.

Who: Any 8th grader (and parents) interested in playing Boys Soccer at CHS next year. Seventh graders who are interested in what’s to come are equally welcome to join.

When: Tuesday, March 14, 7:15pm

Where: The Black Box Theater at Columbia High School

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Summer Training With Sammy Adjei

Sammy Adjei is once again running a summer training program that will focus on ball mastery, speed and agility. This year’s program will go from July 10 to August 10 and is open to any player who will be trying out for boys or girls soccer at Columbia in August.

The training sessions will be Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:15pm at Underhill. For details, pricing and registration, and to learn more about Sammy, go to sammyadjei.com.