Northwest Iowa Soccer Club

2017 Spring Soccer

Northwest Iowa Soccer League

NWISL has been formed by a group of communities in Northwest Iowa that want to play recreational level soccer at the U12 and U14 levels.

Northwest Iowa Soccer Club

Galaxy competitive soccer was formed in 2006 for players who need more than recreational soccer and want to take their game to the next level.

Northwest Iowa Soccer Club

Weather-Related Announcement

With the winter weather that we continue to get, there will not be any rec games this Saturday, April 21st. We will be rescheduling these games for Sunday, April 29th in the afternoon. Please give us a day or two to get these changes made on the website schedules.

Below is what the rest of the season looks like moving forward:
  • April 28th: normal games as scheduled (Locker Room Open House)
  • April 29th: games from April 21st rescheduled
  • May 5th: double headers; games as normal scheduled and games from April 14th rescheduled
  • May 12th: normal games as scheduled
  • May 19th: games from April 7th rescheduled

We will also make these changes on the volunteer sign-ups for concession stands and courtesy cart. Please look at your child’s game schedule and sign up for a shift.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on dealing with the weather and making a plan to get all the games in this spring.

Locker Room Open House

The NWISC Board of Directors would like to invite you to the come-and-go Open House of the brand new State Bank   Insurance Locker Rooms

When: April 28th, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Next to the Premier Field at the Community State Bank Soccer Complex

Tour the new facility and enjoy refreshments!

A few individual locker sponsorships are still available for purchase. For more information, contact Abbey Miller at abbey@nwisoccer.com

Spring 2018 Recreational Soccer


Schedules

  • Practices start the week of March 25th
  • Games start April 7th April 14th April 21st

We are working on the schedules and plan to have them out by the end of this week September 1st or 2nd. We work with area communities and it takes some time to get all the info.


Communication

Please keep in touch with your coaches. They spend a lot of time getting ready for practices and if they do not hear from you…they expect your child to be there. Please let coaches know if you know that your son/daughter cannot make it to a practice or a game in a timely manner. It is hard to have a team practice or games when only half the kids show up.


Be on Time

Coaches are busy too…please arrive on time when dropping off and picking up. That way, no one is missing part of the practice or taking away from family time after practice. Coaches will do the same…end practice on time.


Equipment

Players should bring shin-guards, water bottle, and the correct size ball that is inflated to practices and games.

  • U6 – size 3 ball
  • U8 – size 3 ball
  • U10 – size 4 ball
  • U12 – size 4 ball
  • U14 – size 5 ball

Coaches do not have extra gear or soccer balls so having the players bring their gear to practice helps greatly.

Players should never wear jewelry of any kind to practices or games. Earrings especially are not allowed as this is a safety hazard.


Soccer Complex

The soccer complex is "our" complex and is maintained by NWISC and not by the city of Spencer or the Spencer schools. We ask that you take the utmost care of the fields as maintenance and repair costs are paid for by the registration fees that everyone pays. To keep costs down we need everyone to be to acting “greens keeper” and take care of complex.


Volunteer

It takes a lot of great volunteers to put soccer on in Spencer and care for the complex. Please respond and help out...we offer a lot of opportunities that can fit just about anyone's schedule.


Games

All games are played for fun, so no score is kept or win/losses tracked. We do not host end of season tournaments or awards as our rec program is about player development and introducing the kids and coaches to the game of soccer in a friendly low-pressure environment.

NWISC does provide a certified referee at all games and we ask that you respect their decisions. Bad calls will be made and indecision will occur as our young referees are learning just as much as the kids. At the U12 and U14 games, we try to get three referees consisting two assistant referees (AR) and one center referee.


Schedule Guideline

  • U6 Thru U10 – Games are played Saturday mornings (8:30 to 12:00)
  • U12 thru U14 – Games are played Saturday afternoons (12:30 to 3:30)
  • U12 & U14 teams travel to surrounding communities

Weather

Weather can be an issue and NWISC will make every attempt to play all scheduled games. Meaning light rain, cold or breezy wet conditions, we will not cancel games. Severe weather and heavy rainfall can delay games and if the fields become unplayable, we will then cancel the games.

In case of lighting, all games will be stopped and teams sent off the fields. Games will resume after 30 minutes of the last reported sight of lighting. Games in progress will be stopped by the referee and will resume if they had not started the second half. If they game was in the second half when the game was called due to weather the game will be considered completed. Games in the first half will start in the second half and play out that half.

We will announce delays or cancellations via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nwisoccer) and the web site. Delays and cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page. The NWISC director will work with your coaches regarding delays and cancellations. Please visit our website or contact your coach for the latest info.

Remember that the temperature at the fields is often colder than at home, and it is often more windy at the fields. Dress accordingly.



Cheering

Cheer the players from the sidelines, but do not coach! Let the players think for themselves. Soccer is a creative game, let them develop their creativity. If you yell out commands, you may be working against what the coach has been emphasizing. For instance, you may holler “shoot it!” but they are maybe working on passing or more team play.

Cheer positively! Set an example of good sportsmanship! Respect all players, coaches, and referees!

USA Soccer Changes

Parents & Coaches,

US Soccer is making a few changes that will put our program more in line with how the rest of the world organizes and manages their soccer programs.

These new coaching initiatives take place August 1, 2016 and can be split into two major categories:

Birth Year Registration

US Soccer has removed the policy of age groups being decided based on a birth date before August 1st or after August 1st. A player's age group will now be determined based solely on their birth year.


When registering, note that your child needs to have been born in 2012 to play this season in our youngest U6 age group.

NWISC will be offering a Recreational program through 8th grade which will likely be a combined U13-U15 age group (12,13,14 year olds who are in 7th & 8th grade).

The new age group registration is based on calendar year. The new cut-off dates will be January 1 through December 31 of any given year. This is consistent with the other 208 FIFA countries that register youth players by their year of birth. Players born between January 1 and December 31 in a year will now play on the same team — unless a player is “playing up” in an older age group.

Player Development Initiatives

A resource for parents, coaches, and referees supporting the growth and improvement of grassroots soccer


For additional information, follow the link to Iowa Soccer Association.

Thank You to our Volunteer Coaches

Coaches,

We know it goes without saying the importance of the role you play for our kids and our organization. We thank you for answering the call to volunteer to coach soccer to our youth. We thank you for stepping forward when many stepped back. We thank you for putting aside your job and family, and investing your personal time to coach our kids so that they can experience that team spirit and the thrill of playing the game.

We thank you for creating the laughter and joy we hear on a Saturday morning when 350 kids converge onto our painted grass fields just to kick a ball around so they can hear their parents cheer them on and make them feel proud of them of what they have learned from you…coach.

Without you that would could not happen, and Spencer would have another 30 acres of corn and a community without the game.

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