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Coopersburg, PA

what the heck has happened to kids sports in southern leh...

Thank you JJ, i feel the same way.  (Nov 21, 2012 | post #19)

Coopersburg, PA

what the heck has happened to kids sports in southern leh...

Watcher (do you have a name?) - The Storm was founded by four families. All Southern Lehigh based. I am the President of the Storm and one of the founding members. We have never hid who the founders are or why we have created the organization. Please feel free to reach out to me at the club's address - [email protected] mail.com if you would like any further information. As a reminder, you would need to be a resident of Southern Lehigh School District for your child to be eligible for the Storm. We don't develop future hornets, falcons, canaries, huskies, or pirates. - Bill Schaninger  (Nov 16, 2012 | post #16)

Coopersburg, PA

what the heck has happened to kids sports in southern leh...

This thread started over 2.5 years ago - that is remarkable. Sad, but remarkable. The Storm was created purely and simply because we had a different vision of what a dedicated youth football program ought to look like. In three years, it has grown dramatically - all while we only accept SL kids. Clearly there was demand for an experience like this or we wouldn't have the numbers we have today. We have gone out of our way to not engage in any of the public mud slinging. This is in spite of the fact that since our founding we have been on the receiving end of a defamation website (we had to sue to bring that one down), the original blog post listed above (my employer made it into that one), multiple thumbs down entries in Penny Power, a presentation to the Suburban League (at this point SLYFA was in the LVYFL) asking them not to grant us entry into the league, and protest to the School Board regarding our use of school facilities & our desire to buy the Freshman team a scoreboard. If you ever wondered where some of the lingering hard feelings come from - it might be related to these events. Now the ideal would be that this all ends and our town (which is a tiny AAA school) fielded one team and one program. We have explored this at length twice: Once before the second mass exodus from SLYFA in 2011, and once again early this year. In both cases the conversations did not go much past exploratory because there was limited interest in addressing two of our biggest differences - residency requirements (SLYFA takes anyone, we are exclusively for Southern Lehigh)as well as governance (in particular by-laws - we would prefer a limited set of by laws with all parents having voting rights provided they have a child in the program;; SLYFA by laws are more restrictive and graduated in terms of when a parent can participate as a general member and board voting). I suspect the reality is these programs will remain apart. Like it or not, this means we will be compared annually. In a positive sense, this raises the bar for each program to put forth the best experience possible for the kids and families. We enjoy this challenge and the responsibility we have to the community to grow tomorrow's spartans today. My hope is that in the foreseeable future we wish the members of each club well, and just let this go.  (Nov 16, 2012 | post #15)