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Stylish Places to Stay, Sensational Shopping & Entertainment

The vibrant pieces of Downtown West Palm Beach are joined by free trolleys, effortlessly making sure your visit is exciting and memorable.

You can park your car, stay in the heart of West Palm Beach and never miss a thing. Start your Palm Beaches adventure with a stay at national brand or boutique style hotel, such as the West Palm Beach MarriottHyatt West Palm Beach Downtown or soon to open Hilton West Palm Beach. Located just steps outside your hotel lobby, are CityPlace and Clematis Street, with their elite boutiques, fashionable martini bars, trendy nightclubs and fine dining establishments. Free transportation on the West Palm Beach trolley system can take you to more things to do and even more shopping. Hop aboard and appease your cultural side with a tour through the amazing Arts & Entertainment District or take a trip to the new, high-end shopping mecca – the Palm Beach Outlets.

West Palm Activities & Attractions

West Palm Beach doesn’t disappoint when it comes to special events and festivals. Take a seat along the waterfront the first week in May at SunFest, a 5-day music and art extravaganza, or catch regularly scheduled movies or live entertainment by the fountain. Grab your camera and take a drive through Lion Country Safari, where the animals are free to roam about, and you are inside (your car that is). If you are looking for that winning excitement, be sure to stop by the Palm Beach Kennel Club with spectacular greyhound racing, an all-new poker room and tempting casual and fine dining. And for those looking for family-fun or just unforgettable fun, why not take a visit to the  Palm Beach Zoo or West Palm Beach’s own South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

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There isn’t a whole lot that comes free anymore, but, we have something FREE to help make your trip planning to The Palm Beaches easy. Fill out the form below and you’ll receive an Official Discover The Palm Beaches Visitors Guide. In no time you’ll be an expert on happening events, yummy restaurants, incredible eco adventures, outstanding arts, and comfortable lodgings for every budget. Start exploring the Best Way to Experience Florida.

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Soccer Showcase Series

NCAA states that only the top 5.7 percent of student athletes that play in high school will continue on to play in college.*

Our Worldwide Soccer Showcase and Tournament Series offers Students the opportunity to compete against top teams nationwide and to connect with college recruiters.  Our National ID network of soccer showcases reaches 50,000+ soccer decision makers. Recognized specifically for elite soccer tournaments across the Nation by the great soccer minds.

We use our long standing relationships within the soccer community to recruit competitive teams for each showcase tournament.  With over 12 years experience in developing elite sporting events, we know what it takes to draw the right teams for each event. The Worldwide College ID Soccer Showcase Series has a great reputation at the College level. We bring together the top teams and University programs to one location for the ultimate recruiting experience.

RATED SPORTS GROUP IS THE NATIONS 
#1 SPORTS MANAGEMENT TEAM


Why we stand above the competition:

  • Top Rated Competition – Limited Elite Teams Accepted per age group
  • Top Rated Fields – One Location – makes it easier for College coaches to recruit talent
  • Top Rated Referees – Offer teams best quality of play
  • Top Rated Organization – Best customer service to all teams leading to each event
  • Top Rated Recruiting – Over 150+ College Coaches expected to be at each event

 

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Future Stars of Soccer

The federation is asking youth leagues around the nation to eliminate heading for players 10 and younger and restrict heading for players between the ages of 11 and 13, in the hopes of reducing the risk for concussions.

According to a Statement from US Soccer:

“These are recommendations for youth members because some of the youth members joining in the initiative do not have direct authority at the local level to require the adaption of the rules. Although these are only recommendations, they are based on the advice of the U.S. Soccer medical committee, and therefore U.S. Soccer strongly urges that they be followed.”

The recommendation comes as a result of a lawsuit against US Soccer, which will also be rolling out a new safety campaign in the months to come.

Top Rated Officials

Where provided, U.S. Soccer expects Florida State Referees, Inc. to establish requirements that best support the needs of the local competitions and the referees servicing them. This means that State Referee Associations are expected to work collaboratively with State Association(s) FSSA/FYSA leaders and local competition authorities.

Specific to requirements associated with grade…(Read More)

Our New Referee Coach/Mentor Program

After a year in development you are invited to look at our new Referee Coaching and Mentoring Program. This new program will address both aspects of referee development; group coaching and individual one-on-one mentoring.

The program’s purpose is to identify young referees, assist them in developing their knowledge, skill and experience and prepare them, upon attaining legal age, to qualify for and enter our already successfull Referee Academy Program.

Our recently appointed State Director of Coaching and Mentoring, Tim Geis, presented the Program during the FSR 2015 AGM, in Sunrise Florida. You may view his presentation…(Here)

New Look For Florida State Referees

During this administration, Florida was one of the first states to consider and implement “Online Registration” to be followed by “Online Course Scheduling” and now “Online Education” for all members. We have come a long way since the old times, listening to you and the sport we serve in an attempt to constantly improve our services and make the delivery of annual in-service requirements much easier.

Please feel free to explore our web site by using the menu on the left. You will be able to find all kinds of information from how to “Become A Referee”, getting the name of your local Referee Administrator, what is the “Referee Academy” and most important of all, how you are going to become a referee and how to meet your “Annual Recertification” requirements.

In our quest to always be on the forefront of our sport, FSR has entered into a number of cooperative relationships with other states willing and able to cooperate with us in implementing our constantly evolving vision. This change in policy has already proven successful. A few years back FSR changed its appearance and the way we will be implementing our referee development and providing services to the sport.

First, you will notice by visiting our home page at http://www.fsr-inc.com that it has a new look and feel. A constantly evolving dynamic page, it is intended as your “Gateway” to everything FSR has to offer. We will be constantly improving on that as we are planning some more changes to make this page friendlier.

The menu button titled “Member Login to the Secure Server” highlights our intent to maintain the outmost security and protection for our data. We have accomplished that in partnership with LeagueGM. This is your secure portal for updating your personal information, registering for all courses, both physical and virtual (online) and for accessing your personal record within FSR.

There are many more improvements to come. Until then, thank you for supporting FSR and our sport.

The Student Athlete

Prepare, Reach Out and Reach Your Goals

Student athletes prepare to reach their goals to play beyond high school

The NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly called the NCAA Clearinghouse) checks every athlete who want to play sports in college to make sure they’re eligible (except at the NAIA and junior college levels). The NCAA Eligibility Center needs 4 THINGS from you.

1. Good Grades in Core Cummulative Classes
They have a specific sliding scale of what makes the grade and what doesn’t, and a list of classes that every student athlete must have taken in order to compete. Click here for more details about the academic requirements for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
2. Amateurism Status
What’s amateurism? Basically, it means you’ve never gotten paid to play sports, so you’re qualified to play in college.

Student-Athlete list of things that can potentially disqualify you from competing in the NCAA:
1. Contracts with a professional team
2. Salary for participating in athletics
3. Prize money
4. Playing with professionals
5. Trying out, practicing or competing with a professional team
6. Receiving benefits from an agent or prospective agent
7. Agreeing to be represented by an agent
8. Delaying initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
9. Getting financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation

3. Following the rules

Besides grades and amateurism, there’s a whole list of rules the NCAA Eligibility Center has for student-athletes.  The Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete. You can see or download the latest version of this guide by clicking here. It’s a must-read if you want to play sports in college.

4. Register
Contact the NCAA Eligibility Center and register so they can verify your eligibility.

Contact The Eligibility Center:
Online: www.eligibilitycenter.org
By phone:
877-262-1492 (if you live in the U.S.)
317-223-0700 (if you don’t live in the U.S.)

By mail:
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certifications Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

 Campus Life

Compile a list of schools that you are interested in attending. Keep in mind your academic level, athletic talent, and school preferences.

Finding out what you want to be in the future involves knowing who you are today. A self-inventory can help you plan for college and a career. READ MORE HERE

More than $185 billion in financial aid is available. Financial aid comes from many sources:

  • Federal government grants, loans and other aid: 73%
  • College grants/ scholarships: 18%
  • State government grants/scholarships: 5%
  • Private and employer grants/scholarships: 4%

Read Financial Aid Can Help You Afford College

SOURCE: COLLEGE BOARD

STUDENT ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIPS

NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship

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  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b) ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Math only)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All materials must be postmarked to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state (select your state below to see due date and liaison contact information) no later than your states due date CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS