The Soccer Youth Program was established in 1981 by a few families with the help of the men and women of Huntertown Lions Club. In the 35 years the program started as a hand full of teams that played against each other that grew to the recreational league it is today.
The program has been cared for and exchanged many hands that have always looked out for the best interest of the athletes and the community. These volunteer coaches and board members from the community are what have kept this Recreational League going through the years.
"Try to do the right thing:
It's not the act of doing the absolute right thing, this is WAR, as if it were an acronym (We Are Right)!
But what is right should need adjustments, allow for changes and is not absolute!
Therefore, 'try to do the right thing' is what should be judged as just and true. Volunteer to try to do the right thing, you cannot fail if you keep trying, adjusting and you will always be successful at trying to do the right thing!"
All Positions are VOLUNTEER
DIRECTOR OF operations:
john (JACK) RYAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS:
DIRECTOR OF COACHES
RECORDER OF OPERATIONS:
PUBLIC RELATIONS LEADER:
BUSINESS & VOLUNTEER LEADER:
UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT LEADER:
FIELDS & GROUNDS LEADER:
BRIAN GARDT & JEFF MARTIN & MIKE STOCKEL
FIELD PAINTERS, FIELD MARSHALS & COACHING OPPORTUNITIES
BRIAN GARDT - DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS
TARA FEAGLER - CLUB COMMUNICATOR
JEREMY ORMISTON - SPONSORS
CHRIS MYERS - SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES
SONYA RYAN - SPIRIT WEAR
SONYA RYAN - TROPHIES & AWARDS
VACANT - BALL BOYS & GIRLS, HS GAMES
VACANT- TOURNAMENT CONCESSIONS
VACANT- COLLECTING INFORMATION ONGRANTS, COMPANY & PRIVATE SPONSORSHIPS
VACANT - WRITING GRANTS, COMPANY & PRIVATE SPONSORSHIPS
MARKETING & ADVERTISING:
BRIAN GARDT - ADS / YARD SIGNS
TARA FEAGLER - SPONSOR'S BANNER
CHRIS MYERS - WEB DESIGN & UPLOAD SPONSOR'S LOGO TO WEBSITE
VACANT - BANNER ADVERTISEMENTS
VACANT - MEDIA ADVERTISEMENTS
VACANT- NEWS ADS
BUSINESS DEVELOPEMENT & GROWTH
BRIAN GARDT - BUSINESS PLAN
JACK RYAN - PROGRAM EXPENSES
VACANT- LONG TERM GROWTH
VACANT - SHORT TERM DEVELOPEMENT
BUDGET OF PROJECT TEAMS
JACK RYAN - OVERALL PROJECTS
JACK RYAN - SELECT
BRIAN GARDT - DEVELOPEMENT & GROWTH
SONYA RYAN - SKILLS & TOURNAMENT DAY
TARA FEAGLER - PUBLIC RELATIONS
EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS:
MICHELLE DEMPSEY - SEASON ORDER
SONYA RYAN - ORGAINZER & HAND OUT
VACANT - ORGAINZER & HAND OUT
FIELD & GROUNDS:
COORDINATOR FOR NESSL RELATIONS:
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Huntertown Lions Soccer
Athletes are Randomized on to volunteer Coach's teams, from 3yo-13yo (5U-14U)before the Fall Season. We use the NEW BIRTH YEAR age grouping. (In example, for the Fall 2018 through Spring of 2019 an athlete's birth year of 2012 is a 7U age group, a birth year of 2007 is a 12U age group, a birth year of 2002 is a 17U age group). Age groups go from Fall - Spring. The formula rather Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, use 2019 minus Birth Year equals Age Group.
(ie. 2019 - 2004 = 15U) For Fall 2018 the Formula is 2019 minus Birth Year equals Age Division.
Depending on how many athlete register will dictate the grouping of the age groups into divisions and if we will have Coed or Girls divisions or if we will have to Combine Age Divisions. This is the same for Age 13-18yo, as this age division is the toughest to fill we combine 15U-18.U If more older athletes registered, then we would be able to combine the younger athletes with more appropriate age groupings.
There is a NO REFUND policy, as we incur fees for each athlete at the moment of the ONLINE registration.
Our Lil Cubs 6week program is for 3-4yo (5U) and is held on Saturday mornings. The time includes Academy Style Practice & Game time. Games have no substitutions, so formations vary on participants, there are also no goalies and games are about 30minutes. 15x20yd Fields (Fields are labeled alphanumeric A, B, C and D)
Our Lil Strikers 6week program is for 4-5yo (6U) and is held on Saturday mornings. The time includes Academy Style Practices, short practice time with their coach & Game time. Games are 5v5 formation, with goalies and last about 40minutes. 15x20yd Fields (Fields are labeled alphanumeric A, B, C and D)
Our 6-18yo (8U-18U) boy's/girl's divisions is a 6week regular games on Saturday morning. Games are scheduled between 9:00-1:45pm, depending on how many teams our in each division. (ie. 6 teams = 3 games, 9am start, 12:30pm stop time). They also will have tournament games on the 7th week or the last weekend of the season. Tournament day usually lasts from 9-2:30pm.
Our 6-7yo (7U-8U) boy's/girl's divisions is a 6week regular games on Saturday morning. The game time includes 4 quarters within 1hr of game time. This division will have 30minute games for the tournament on the 7th week or the last weekend of the season. These athletes will have a 45min-1hr mid-week practice, that our VOLUNTEER coaches decide on their day/time of practice, usually the week prior to the beginning of the season by email from the coach. Games 6v6 or 7v7 formation including goalies. 30x40yd Fields #4 and #5.
Our 8-10yo (9U-10U) boy's/girl's divisions is a 6week regular games on Saturday morning. The game time includes 2 halves within 1hr of game time. This division will have 45min games for the tournament on the 7th week or last weekend of the season. These athletes will have at least 1hr mid-week practice, that our VOLUNTEER coaches decide on their day/time of practice, usually announced the week prior to the beginning of season by email from the coach. Games are 6v6 or 7v7 formation including goalies. 40x60yd Fields, #6 and #7)
Our 10-11yo (11U-12U) boy's/girl's division is a 6week, regular games on Saturday morning. The game time includes 2 halves within 1hr of game time. This division will have 1hr games for the tournament on the 7th week or last weekend of the season. These athletes will have at least 1hr mid-week practice, that our VOLUNTEER coaches decide on their day/time of practice, usually announced the week prior to the beginning of the season by email from the coach. Games are 7v7 or 8v8 including goalies. 40x60yd Field #6 and #7.
Our 12-13yo (12U-14U) Coed division is a 6week, regular games on Saturday morning. The game time includes 2 halves within 1hr of game time. This division will have 1hr games for the tournament on the 7th week or last weekend of the season. These athletes will have at least 1hr mid-week practice, that our VOLUNTEER coaches decide on their day/time of practice, usually announced the week prior to the beginning of the season by email from the coach. Games are 9v9 or 11v11 including goalies. 50x100yd Field #1.
Our 14-18yo (15U-18U) Coed division is a 6wk, regular games on Saturday morning. The game time includes 2 halves within 1hr of game time. This division will have 2, 1hr tournament games the 7th week or last weekend of the season. One game will be on Friday night and the second game on Saturday. These athletes will have 1hr mid-week practice, that teams will be divided up at practice for Saturday game. Our VOLUNTEER coaches decide on their day/time of practice, usually announced the week prior to the beginning of the season by email from the coach. Games are 9v9 or 11v11 with goalies. 50x100yd Field #1.
SELECT is a separate Program from the Recreational Program with a separate Registration. There are NO TRYOUTS, but a First come / First Serve. If a team is full you will have to wait for a Coach and athletes to form another Team.
SELECT is a more competitive, introductory to travel league. Athletes have the possibility to be entered into 1 tournament each season against other clubs. They will get games throughout the season against the other clubs in the area (furthest travel is at the most 1hr30mins).
Athletes will need to register for a House Rec team and practice with that Coach/team each week through the season. We divide the SELECT athletes up onto House Rec teams so they challenge each other in Rec games, if they have a SELECT tournament or game in conflict with their Rec Saturday games, their House Rec team will still be able to have the game without them.
They will also register separately for the SELECT team, once a volunteer Coach is assigned and they will practice with that Coach/team each week. All Huntertown Soccer athletes have the option to attend the Academy Practice each week. SELECT athletes are highly recommended to attend Academy practice each week. Therefore, a SELECT athlete will have 3 practices per week and potentially 2 games per week.
SELECT teams are encouraged to stay together each season and are given options to play as a team in off season events at their own cost. House Rec athletes are Randomized on to teams in the Fall season, but also in the Spring depending on registration of returning/new athletes.
Time vs Money commitment, base registration for SELECT is $35, not including registration for the House Recreational program, $65. However, we ask our SELECT families to Fundraise for the Club. We want both the athletes and parents to be committed to the team! Therefore, we ask for a Time commitment of the family and the athlete. Depending how well the Fundraising goes will determine the supplement of tournaments, development training in the off season for the team or entering more tournaments in a season. We ask for a flexibility of Time for practices and games! Athletes and Coaches are not Contracted with Huntertown Soccer, it takes the team (Coach, manager, parents & athlete) to work their schedules out together to make practices and games successful, but athletes and coaches are not penalized for missing either practice or game, and parents maybe asked to fill in for a practice or game for their Coach that has prior commitments or they will be canceled. Again, we ask for a Time Commitment, if you or your athlete are not able to commit time to the team then our SELECT Program is not the appropriate program for you.
Increased Dexterity Skillsets
Improve foot-eye coordination and footwork through these drills.
Better Ball Handling
Every coaching session includes ball handling fundamentals.
Improved Flexibility & Range of Motion
Stretching is a critical part of any athletic routine. We know that.
Correct Footwork Application
We'll help your player apply proper footwork to his/her complete game.
Improved Decision Making Abilities
Brain teasers and strategy are a part of any game, including soccer.
Academy Style Practices
One main Coach directing other coaches and athletes in practice working on individual skills.
5U-6U have Academy Style Practices Saturday Mornings prior to their game & OPTIONAL Monday Academy.
8U-14U may attend an OPTIONAL Academy Style Practice on Monday from 6-7PM. Registration for this is FREE and is on the "Sign Up" tab.
Rec, SELECT and Academy Practices
Athletes will automatically have a House Rec Coach practices and Optional Academy practice by a different Coach, then to challenge them even more ask us about our SELECT program that will give them one more practice a week by another coach. Therefore, with SELECT your athlete could have up to 3 practices per week.
Coach's Academy & Coaches Corner
Our Volunteer coaches can add to their Coaches toolbox by attending and helping out at the Academy practices. Also, suggested content and information for each of our coaches is shared on the Coaches Corner tab. Parents new to coaching soccer can quickly learn the game of Soccer through our helpful and caring Coaching staff and methods.
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