GI Heartland Soccer: Welcome

Monday, August 18
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 Registration Update:  All divisions are full and we are unable to  accept any further registrations.  Thank you.
 
 
 
Dear Heartland parents and coaches,

The 2014/2015 Heartland soccer season is fast approaching and we are excited for the new season to get started! Currently with a few days left to register we have surpassed last year with over 300 kids registered to play soccer. There will be a lot of communication over the next couple of weeks via email, Facebook, and this website.

With that said, once registration is over we will immediately begin the process to create teams. It is very important for us to create competitive balance for our youth. To do so we will be holding a “Player Assessment” on August 19th and 20th at the Veterans Soccer Complex. We ask that you make arrangements to bring your child/player to this on one of the 2 nights along with a soccer ball. Again, this is a crucial step in the process of making sure our teams are balanced!!! Please check below for times for when your child’s(boy or girl) evaluation will take place.

August 19th or 20th

Pre Kindergarten/ Kindergarten division (BIRTHDATE 8/1/08 AND AFTER): 5:30pm-6pm.

U-8 division (BIRTHDATE 8/1/06 TO 7/31/08): 6:15pm-6:45pm.

U-10 division (BIRTHDATE 8/1/04 TO 7/31/06): 7pm-7:45pm.

U12 & U-15 (8/1/99 TO 7/31/04) division: 8pm-8:30pm.

Thank you!

James Panowicz

 


Dear Heartland Soccer Club,

 

We are excited for the 2014-2015 season to begin!  We recently made a few changes to our format of play and we want to provide some brief clarifications:      

                1.    Why are we changing from grade based divisions to age based? 

The board made the decision to tighten up the ages of which young kids are playing against each other.  For example, in our K-1 division we allowed pre-school kids to play.  This resulted in some 4 year olds playing vs. some 7 year olds, and there was a huge physical  gap between these participants.  By expanding from 3 divisions to 5 (assuming continued growth in our participation numbers), we hope to be able to do a better job of grouping players of the same ages together creating a better competitive balance.  This was not done to be a first step toward taking our program from a rec program to a state league travel program.


2.   Will Heartland Soccer Club turn into a “TRAVEL PROGRAM”? 

The focus of the Heartland Soccer Club is to provide a high quality recreational experience for all of our participants, while continually increasing the quality of play and skill development of our participants.  We are very sensitive about keeping our teams together here locally and offer a high quality product for this great game.  With that said, beginning in Fall of 2015, we are considering having the establishment of a state league team in certain age divisions that would run in conjunction with our rec program.  Players would be allowed to try-out for these teams, but would still play on their primary rec division teams, spread out within the rec league, to maintain high quality play.  We will NOT begin “cherry picking” advanced players from the rec program and taking them completely out of our current program.  If selected, players would play rec games on Saturdays, and play on the select team on certain Sundays in the Nebraska State Soccer League.  One additional point to add, we encourage everyone to participate in unsanctioned events like 3on3 tournaments, Cornhusker State Games, etc. when appropriate.  Put a small team together, go have some fun during the summer, and enjoy playing with friends abroad!

     

 3.  Is there going to be a Co-ed division? 

YES.  However, it will have a slight change.  In the past 2 years, we have had a small handful of girls on each team.  While it worked well, we heard overwhelmingly that girls wanted to play with other girls, and it certainly is better for their development when transitioning to the high school teams.  The change we are going to institute is having all girls teams, no Co-ed, but unless numbers swell at that age group for the girls to where we can form at least 4 teams, those ALL GIRLS teams in the u-13/u15 division will play games vs. all boys teams.  At this point, there will be no travel team for the u13/u15 girls, and the games will be played here locally.  Coaching of these teams will be facilitated by coaches from our local girls high school teams. 


HELP US OUT!!! ENCOURAGE MORE GIRLS TO SIGN UP!!!

 


Respectfully,


 


JAMES PANOWICZ

 

Club Coach


GRAND ISLAND HEARTLAND SOCCER  

 

 REGISTRATION is Open July 1, 2014

Go to the REGISTRATION tab – REGISTER ONLINE

Here are the age divisions we will be using starting Fall 2014: 
Pre-School/Kindergarten Girls Must be age 4 by 12/31/14)
Pre-School/Kindergarten Boys Must be age 4 by 12/31/14)
U7-U8 Girls - Birthdate 8/1/06 thru 7/31/08
U7-U8 Boys -Birthdate 8/1/06 thru 7/31/08
U9-U10 Girls Birthdate 8/1/04 thru 7/31/06
U9-U10 Boys Birthdate 8/1/04 thru 7/31/06
U11-U12 Girls Birthdate 8/1/02 thru 7/31/04
U11-U12 Boys Birthdate 8/1/02 thru 7/31/04
 
U13-U15 Boys/Girls (Coed) or the Girls have another opportunity to join the travel team with HSC -Birthdates 8/1/1999-7/31/2002
 
U13-U15 Girls will be playing on a HSC -GI United - to get registered for the Travel Team call -
                                                                                       Raquel Stoltzfus at 308-850-8100
                                                                                       Debora Carpenter at 308-379-0551

Great Soccer Value

With the Annual fee players receive a full uniform, which they get to keep, two seasons of soccer (Fall and Spring).  Soccer games will be played at the Veterans Soccer complex in Grand Island. Our Fall games will start on September 13th and run through October 18th.  GI Heartland Soccer is our local youth league.  We will not be traveling to other cities.  The Heartland Soccer Club will continue to have and encourage the competitive travel teams for the Grand Island area. 

Quality Coaching – Club Coach

Heartland Soccer Club Coach, James Panowicz will be working with Coaches to create a Coaching Development program.  Coaches are encouraged to check out the Nebraska State Soccer Association’s site for age-appropriate articles and training sessions. 

You can find the site at:         http://www.nebraskastatesoccer.org/education/coachhome.aspx

Referees

Heartland Soccer Club is working towards developing all areas of our sport.  As we grow, we will need to have more referees to assist with supervising games.  Anyone interested must be at least 13-years old at the time of the certification course.  If you are interested please contact our Referee Coordinator David Stolz at dastolz@hamilton.net or by phone (308)380-7610. 

Being a referee for a game is a great way to make Money$$ - We can start interested referees in our Basic Training at $12.00/game.  Once a referee is certified they will make $20.00 to be a side line referee and $25.00 to center a game.  There is terrific opportunity with our referee program.  It also allows our players and coaches to better learn the rules of the game. 

Volunteers Welcome!

Every organization is need of Terrific Volunteers like you!  Please contact us if you would like to be involved in planning, organizing, being on a committee or helping us in any way.  We can use the help of good motivated people to make this a well-organized and educational experience for all of our kids.  Contact Debora Carpenter at debora@gidevelopment.com or (308)379-0551.



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