2014 -2014 BFC Coaching Staff
BU10 Black: James Charette
BU10 Red: Steve Seddon
BU10 White: Mustafa Rony
BU11 Black: Luke Comstock
BU11 Red: Derek Martinez
BU12 Black: Steve Schmidt
BU13 Black: James Charette
BU14 Black: Kyle Jones
BU16 Black: Kyle Jones, Rosendo Silva
BU19 Black: David Cross
GU10 Black: Steve Schmidt
GU10 Red: Ian Connell
GU11 Black: Justin Meyer
GU12 Black: Justin Meyer
GU13 Red: Christopher Ed
GU14 Black: Kurt Gress, Kenny Turner
GU15 Black: Kurt Gress
GU16 Black: David Cross, Sasha Dini
GU17 Black: Kyle Jones
On a Roll! Labor Day Cup Champs!
U16 Boys win again!
Another Champion at RiverJam
Way to go U12 Black Girls!
Thank You Parents and Players!
For a great 2014 Picnic!
Outstanding U10 Black Girls!
U10 White Team - Well Done!
Way to go U16 Boys!
Sounders FC Cup CHAMPS!
Maya Forrester at the Reign Match
Maya Forrester Inspires Seattle Reign Players, Fans With Her Singing
By Gail Wood
She sang, without flaw, the National Anthem, bringing soccer fans and players at the Seattle Reign's playoff game last weekend to their feet, cheering.
"She's just amazing," said Dave Forrester, Maya's father and biggest fan. "She was born to it. You have it. Or you don't."
Clearly, the sweet-smiling Maya has that "it" factor. Over the summer, Maya, now a seventh grader at Washington Middle School, sang the Nation Anthem at seven professional soccer matches, six of them in Seattle with the Reign or the Seattle Sounders.
Maya admits she was a little nervous singing that first one in June. With the song's wide range, it's a difficult song to sing alone. Add 5,000 people and the difficulty factor goes through the roof.
"I honestly do get nervous," Maya said. "But when I start singing my nerves go down and I have fun with it. It's not as nerve wracking when I start singing."
But Maya isn't just a singer. She's also got game. She's a starting midfielder on the Blackhills FC U12 club team. She started playing soccer when she was three and played on the South Sound YMCA soccer team when she was five.
"She works pretty hard at it," said Scott Kee, president of the Blackhills FC. "She's one of the best soccer players for her age in the county. And she's one of the best singers for any age."
Maya didn't show up to the Reign's playoff game against Kansas City in a 2-1 loss and sing. Her dad said she has a three-hour warmup, stretching, singing and doing improv to loosen her up. Over her seven performances this summer, she didn't forget a word. Once, last weekend, she paused, as her voice instructor told her to do, to let the crowd roar with their approval.
"I was in awe," Dave said. "Not just because I'm her dad."
Dave, a counselor at Olympia High School, was impressed by his daughter's improvement over the summer in singing the National Anthem.
"The amazing thing was watching her grow as a singer," Dave said.
For Dave, the summer's highlight came when his daughter brought the crowd and players to their feet in last weekend's playoff game. She paused, as her voice teacher, Jessica Blinn instructed, told her to do.
"Maya just nailed it," Dave said. "She connected with the crowd. It was a special, magical moment."
Maya had gone from just singing the song, trying to get through it, to raising the emotional roof.
"She took it to another level by the end of the summer," Dave said. "She was connecting with the crowd, which is what a more advanced singer would do."
Maya plays the piano and writes music. She started singing when she was five, but she said she didn't find her range until she began voice lessons.
"I never started sounding good until I was about 10," Maya said with a giggle. "I started taking singing lessons about then. I loved it so much that we decided to take it to the next level."
Dave emailed the Sounders and the Reign last winter, asking them if they'd be interested in having his daughter sing the National Anthem before their games. They were. That opportunity first came when the U-23 Sounders played Portland at Tumwater Stadium. She did so well that led to more invites.
While she loves playing soccer, she admits she'd rather sing than score a goal.
"I love them both so much," Maya said. "Soccer is one of my fun sports. I love it very, very much. But singing I adore. So, singing the National Anthem is going to have to be the winner."
James Charrette, the director of coaches for the Blackhills FC, is impressed with how Maya can balance school, soccer and music - and all at such a high level.
"It's impressive," Charrette said. "I'm trying to figure out when she sleeps."
Maya wasn't the only "fortunate fan" from Black Hills FC attending the Reign's playoff game against Kansas City. There were 34 others. There were 22 Blackhills players who escorted the Reign onto the field prior to the game. And there were 12 who were ball kids. Kee, the president of the Blackhills FC for the past three years, said his club got an invite for the playoffs because they had done it earlier this season. And because it was a playoff game this time around, everyone who went - parents and kids - had to buy a ticket.
But Kee wasn't complaining. His kids experienced a memorable moment.
"These players are going to be the ones who play in the World Cup in Canada next summer," Kee said. "It was a special moment."
Kee was impressed with Maya's singing.
"Her singing ability is kind of off the charts," Kee said. "She has such a great voice. They're a great family and Maya is a well-rounded kid - very polite, very with it."
BFC Skills Training Center
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Ages: 9 - 17
Fee: $50 per month
Questions: Kyle Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
BFC Player Development Program
Allows a child to train with our teams while being able to play on a team outside Blackhills FC.
Questions: James Charette email@example.com
BFC RCL Jr. Academy
Jr. Academy Evaluation Date: July 28 and 30
Registration Contact: Kyle Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jr. Academy begins August 18th
Training Nights Monday (training) and every other Wednesday (game nights), 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Blackhills Community Soccer Complex
The Junior Academy is designed to compliment recreational programs, and offer recreational players and additional opportunity to develop their technical abilities, gain game experience, player enjoyment and coach development.
The state's implementation of the RCL Junior program is following the guidance of Claudio Reyna, former U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, who is encouraging developmental programs to start at earlier ages across the country. "We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with these young players at such an important time in their development" says Reyna.
Blackhills FC will form a training pool of players. The benefits of not having players assigned to a Team are that we have free movement of players and can foster the idea of developing a community of players and create appropriate playing environments. This program does not form teams for league play.
Training and Coaching
Coaches will be from Blackhills FC. We encourage Youth Soccer Coaches to participate in this program for Coach Development. Contact Kyle Jones if interested email@example.com
Kyle Jones: Blackhills FC Youth Director, US Soccer "C" License and US Soccer National Youth License will lead this program
James Charette: Blackhills FC Technical Director, US Soccer "A" License and Washington State Youth Soccer and US Soccer Staff Instructor will over see this program
Ages: 6 - 9 year old boys and girls
Dates: August 17th through early November
Evaluation Day: July 28th and 30th. This is not a tryout. All players of age will be accepted into the program.
Times:7:00 - 8:00 pm
Game Format: 6v6 (5 field players and 1 GK)
Training and Game Days: Training Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Game Days every other Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 pm, and 3 RCL games on weekend (2 away 1 home).
Training and Game Day Location: Blackhills Community Soccer Complex with 2 travel games against other RCL teams.
Cost: $150 (includes: t shirt, fields, training, and games)
Questions: For registration questions email Beth Munn firstname.lastname@example.org. For program questions please email Kyle Jones email@example.com.
PO Box 7293
Olympia, WA 98507
James Charette (360) 943-8233