Soccer opportunities continue in winterThanks to all for an excellent fall season. We had a number of successes on and off the pitch – one of which is the continued growth of our Grand Park Cup Labor Day Tournament. This event, with a lot of help from our amazing membership and volunteers, has grown from 180 teams in Year 1 to more than 270 this year! Thanks to all for helping to turn our event into a Midwestern power house.
As the fall season winds down, we turn our attention to our winter training and significant events on our calendars for 2016-2017. Below are some key dates to keep on your calendars:
Indiana Fire Juniors is pleased to support Friday Night Futsal at Jonathan Byrds Field House - the basketball/volleyball facility near Lot G in Grand Park. The Futsal league is a voluntary, fun way for friends and teams to get together and improve technique in a low stress environment. Get your team set up today. For registration and more information reach out to email@example.com. To register go to www.jbffutsal.com.
Fire and Ice Ball
IFJ will continue the fun tradition of hosting the Fire and Ice Ball. Last year’s ball raised $49,000 before expenses. The ball will be held Feb. 4 at 502 East Event Center on Carmel Drive. Wear your cocktail attire for dinner and dancing.
The Fire & Ice Ball is IFJ’s annual fundraiser that supports families going through financial difficulties. The IFJ Scholarship Fund enables players to participate in the great sport of soccer by paying for their kits, equipment, and travel expenses. The Scholarship Fund is funded in part by the live and silent auctions held during the event.
All IFJ Teams are required to put together a basket valued at $150. Items can be donated – last year many teams used donated gift cards to restaurants, golf courses, spas, salons, concerts, etc.
For questions on team baskets, contact Robin Speas at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For sponsorship opportunities and table sales, contact Phil Sever at email@example.com.
International Travel Opportunity
IFJ will offer a third opportunity for foreign travel and foreign competition this coming summer. We will depart Friday, June 30, and return Sunday, July 9. The trip is open to boys and girls in the 15U and above age groups. The basic agenda is below:
Technical Director Brian "BJ" Johnson
What is Futsal? Futsal based training is recommended for all clubs to help players improve awareness, comfort with the ball and confidence.
As we move into the winter training season, many families like to explore different playing opportunities. Some players may want to try a different sport, like basketball, while others enroll in special training classes to improve specific skills or their all-around game. Still others may want to take a break during the lighter winter training schedule and concentrate on school or family time. Here are a few questions that come up each year as families consider their off-season training options:
What is the club’s policy on playing another sport during the winter season? The club encourages participation in other outside activities. November-February are perfect times, as we are outside our competition windows for junior players at IFJ. If families find conflicts between their IFJ training schedule and other sports participation, please communicate this with your coach. We may be able to find another session you can participate in.
What about private training, whether individual or group? Does the club recommend speed, agility or other outside sport training? As winter approaches, we feel it's an excellent time to make up ground in opponents and even teammates. Therefore, any extra training you can receive is never frowned upon. The ability to take something away from every soccer experience is important to every player. Finding what works for your child as an individual, and piecing together different points from a variety of coaches, can create a well rounded player.
Can my player train with a coach from another club during the winter season? Yes. However, please make sure that the coach from outside IFJ does not attempt to promote his or her organization with either the player or parent. If this occurs, please let us know.
Can my player take private lessons from his or her club coach during the winter season? Players may take individual lessons from their current club coach if in turn it is open to all players on their roster and it is free of charge.
Can a player over train during the off season? What are risks of over training? What should players and parents watch for? Generally younger players have all the energy in the world. However, taking time off is a necessity in every walk of life, and that includes soccer. Over training can lead to injury and burnout. If your child complains about not wanting to attend training, is continuously complaining about physical aches and pains or just seems less than enthusiastic about attending during the winter months, allow them a few days off here and there.
What if a player wants to take a break over the winter, participating in only his or her scheduled team training? Is that enough to keep the player in shape for the spring? Yes, if the two sessions provided by the club are all that a young player is interested in doing, that is very much acceptable. However, it is our firm belief that the next four months is where an enormous amount of progress can be made on a technical side. Finding a way to knock a ball against a wall, working on dribbling, juggling and other skills will help when March rolls around. These are simple things that should be cost free that can help the player’s progression.
The weather cooperated for a beautiful Sunday of tournament games last weekend at Grand Park. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists in our season tournament:
U10B - Royal 1, Orange 0
U10G - Green 3, Royal 1
U12B - Yellow 2, Maroon 0
U12G - Orange 3, Maroon 2
U14 Coed - Royal 4, Maroon 3
U18 Coed - Royal 5, Maroon 1
Registration for the Spring Rec Soccer season opens online in December at http://www.indianafirejuniors.com/rec .
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