Registration Information 

Springfield Soccer Club (SSC) provides an appropriate soccer environment for kids to make optimal developmental gains as soccer players. We strive to provide a fun, safe, teaching environment for all our kids to participate in.

We strive to develop players with mastery of fundamental soccer skills who have a solid foundation of basic soccer decision-making. Accomplishing this goal creates players with the foundation necessary to compete at the next level of play.

What makes us Different?

Typical Competitive Soccer Models across the heartland

  • Most clubs offer a Recreation, Academy, and Select level division. Recreation s their designed entry level. Problem is Recreation players go unnoticed, often times don’t progress and get bored and quit the game, before the next years tryouts begin.
  • For competitive teams tryouts are held once a year. Starting as young as U8 now.
  • Team development is prioritized. Meaning results matter.
  • Quickest ways to win – Top players more important
  • No rewards for the developing player – typically those players have to seek new teams the following year or new coaches to continue their pathway in soccer.
  • Cost are $800-$1,500.00 per player per year.
  • Teams are coached by paid coaches that are usually only required to have an F License.
  • Winning is how results are measured and promoted as a successful soccer development.

 

Springfield Soccer and the USSSA Alliance Model

  • Individual development prioritized
  • Player’s development over team development.
  • Players have pathways to progression.
  • Keeping cost in check is a priority.
  • Team records are not kept.
  • I.N. Training model used
    • “What’s Important Now”
    • Focus on building skill based soccer players. Not winning based teams.
    • The only results we are focused on is individual progression.

Why the Alliance Model?

  • Almost 80% of kid’s quite soccer before they are 13 years old today. Mostly it’s because they have become disconnected from the sport for a variety of reasons, but more often than not it’s because they lack the skills necessary to play the game.
  • They were always coached by coaches that prioritized team development over individual development.
  • They had no soccer progression from the time they started to the time they decided to exit.
  • Parents based their success on whether they were on the winning team or not.
  • Cost became a factor. (One of the biggest problems in the youth game today)

Soccer & the Pathways of progression

Little Legends (U5-6) – Designed to be the starting base for players to begin their careers. Little Legends is designed to give kids the opportunity to experience the game of soccer. We want kids to begin to learn basic soccer skills, play random gams that create fun environments for them and finish every training session off with mini games. Little Legends is a 5-6 week program with sessions once a week. As kids progress, some may be asked to participate in some games with organized teams throughout the season. We want to create a environment that isn’t negative or focused on forming team based soccer models. We don’t participate in any kind of league style models at this age. We want to mix kids up and just play soccer. Make them problem solve. Learn a new skill or two each week and apply them in the games at the end of the training session. Parent participation is encouraged, but not a requirement. Little Legends is a place where both players and parents can learn some of the basic foundation of what their player will build their soccer playing careers from.

Recreational Soccer (Fall 2019) (Currently, not offered at our club)

  • Teams formed randomly
  • Teams are coached by parents
  • Focus is on participation and enjoyment
  • Typically train once a week
  • Designed to be a starting point for the game.
  • Teams participate in a recreational league against other similar teams and clubs.

Alliance Soccer League and Training Model – (U7-12)

  • Currently, all kids that participated in the fall program last year are eligible to return to all Alliance Teams in the spring.
  • Individual Development is priority
  • All players develop
  • Roster movement throughout the year. Some players will be allowed to move up throughout the year when available to increase their personal challenge.
  • Training more important than games. (skill development)
  • I.N. training model and game models allow for optimal development for ages 7-12.
  • Training sessions are held two nights a week and on some weekends. Popular nights for training sessions are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Games are designed to be a teaching environment for the players, coaches and parents.
  • Play dates are scheduled among other Alliance Club Members throughout the season. 6-7 games are played each season. Some doubleheader weekends are possible.
  • Typically, games are played on Saturdays or Sundays. Occasionally, a weeknight might be needed especially, if there are multiple weather related cancelations or postponements.
  • Records are not kept.
  • Teams are encouraged to play in tournaments and festivals throughout each season to gain valuable competitive fundamentals and to help measure individual progression.
  • Tournaments and camps are extra cost, but highly encouraged.
  • Alliance Uniform Sets are required: Grey Shirt, Red Shirt, Grey Shorts, and Grey Socks are required. (Check out uniform order site for more details).
  • Players and families should understand that this program is to be part of a team structure. Therefore, commitment and attendance should reflect what it means to be a team member

High School Developmental Teams U13 and up (Spring of 2019).

  • Designed to prepare players for High school level of play with a focus that is more about the tactical part of the game.
  • 2 training sessions a week, individual sessions once a week. A goal of 5000 touches on the soccer ball each week per player is required. Training sessions and individual at home sessions will be needed to accomplish this.
  • Teams will be coached by Licensed Coaches.
  • Teams in the fall of 2019 will be formed based on Tryouts. Spring will be filled by players that register and or participated in the previous season’s program.
  • Player development will be more focused on the tactical game development and less on individual development during training sessions.
  • Teams will play in either a competitive league or tournaments in the spring and fall of 2019.
  • Players will be required to participate in W.I.N. Training camps that will be held in Kansas City and Omaha this year.
  • Players will be required to train on their own. (Individual camps, private coaching sessions, training sessions through soccer apps). This program is to help them progress to the next level of play. Individual Soccer Journals will be kept and evaluated.
  • Winter Soccer will be required. Futsal or indoor soccer will be a requirement in the winter of 2020.
  • Players will be required to attend training sessions and be active in those sessions. Typical training sessions will last an hour and half, two to three times a week.

 

Commitment Level

  • Players and families should understand that this program is to be part of a team structure. Therefore, commitment and attendance should reflect what it means to be a team member

OK, where excited about soccer, so what will we need to do next?

  • Choose the pathway that fits your player best. Currently, SSC offers Alliance Training opportunities for ages 5-12. Click the registration button to learn more about cost and requirements.

What will our players need?

All Players will need to have

  • Soccer Ball – Size 3 (Ages 5-8), Size 4, (Ages 9-12) or Size 5 (Ages 13 and up)
  • Water Bottle.
  • Shin Guards.
  • Soccer Cleats or Tennis Shoes.
  • Appropriate Soccer Uniform for their pathway. (Visit our site after registering to order uniforms)

Practices may begin the week of March 11, 2019 Weather Permitting

  • Rec teams will be allowed one training session a week at the complex.
  • Alliance Teams will train twice a week at the complex.

Each age group will practice as follows:

  • U5/U6 –TBD
  • U7 – TBD
  • U8 – TBD
  • U9 – TBD
  • U10 – TBD
  • U11 – TBD
  • U12 – TBD
  • U13 and Up -TBD

Alliance League Games begin on March 23, 2019, and are played at the following sites:

  • Springfield Soccer Complex
  • Council Bluffs Soccer Complex
  • Gretna Soccer Complex
  • Lincoln Speedway Village
  • Various Lincoln Elementary sites across the Lincoln area.
  • South Omaha

Alliance League Game Times

  • Game times on Saturdays will begin at 9:00am and go through 4:30pm
  • Game Times on Sundays will begin at 1:00pm and go through 5:30pm

 

Questions: Contact the Director of Coaching Kurt Schanou @ springfield.soccer.scc@gmail.com