Coerver Summer Camp in Norwalk

worlds-no1-col-logo-on-black_250webNorwalk Soccer Club is hosting a Summer Camp put on by Coerver Iowa the week of
August 3-7 at the Norwalk Sports Complex. It is a great opportunity for all of our Norwalk soccer kids!!

Our goals are to:

  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players.
  • Make the game fun to practice and play.
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all.
  • Value winning but not more than performance and character.
  • Utilize the latest methods and technologies.
  • Create a professional environment in which young players can develop.
  • Provide a safe and educational experience.

Many of you have seen the Coerver program in action this last year.  Many of our coaches say they can tell which kids are attending the skills sessions with Coerver Coaches.  It is a phenomenal program that will help guide and train our soccer players in all aspects of soccer! The Coerver programs are centered around ages 4-16. We even have a First Skills Program for players age 4-7, so our U6 players who do not get to experience Coerver this Spring can this Summer!
We also offer Half Day camps as well as Full Day Camps.
Check out Coerver and register for a camp at

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Why Sideline Screaming Can Stifle Your Child’s Game

By Mike Woitalla from AYSO’s PLAYSOCCER Magazine.

Imagine you’re undertaking a fairly difficult task: assembling a piece of furniture with hieroglyphic instructions, filling out IRS Form 4562 on April 14, or standing on the highest rungs of a ladder painting the crown moulding in your living room with 14-foot ceilings. Think it would help if someone yelled at you during the process? Of course not.

Yet when a child tries to control a bouncing ball in a crowd of other kids, adults often believe it’s perfectly acceptable to scream “advice.” The shouting at America’s soccer fields is so epidemic one wonders if adults ever reflect on their behavior. Adults who would never shout at children while they’re enjoying the playground, drawing in a coloring book, or rearranging their dollhouse, loudly instruct from the sidelines without hesitation.

When adults scream from the sidelines they’re not just invading the children’s playtime, they’re preventing children from learning the game of soccer in a natural manner. The shouting is detrimental to the children’s development as soccer players and at worst can turn them off to the sport entirely.

If parents want to help their children become better soccer players, they can offer to kick the ball around with them in the backyard. But sideline instructions deny children a chance to make their own decisions, it stifles their creative instincts, and all too often the instructions are misguided.

When a player has the ball there are generally three options: dribble, pass or shoot. In the long-term, the great players are the ones who choose wisely most of the time. But if, when they’re first learning the sport, that decision is being made for them with a scream from the sideline, how can we expect them to develop the soccer instincts they’ll need to make the split-second decisions that are so much a part of the game?

“We don’t want to turn the children into parrots waiting for someone to tell them what to do,” says John Ouellette, AYSO National Coach. “Soccer is a free-flowing game for children to enjoy and learn from playing. As an organization, we discourage sideline instruction not just from parents but also from coaches.”

During the first stage of soccer development it is essential that the children are allowed to discover the game on their own terms. High-level coaches constantly complain that players come through the ranks dependent on instructions because they’ve been bossed around in the early stages — being told where to run and when to pass. They also cite a dearth of truly creative players — the ones with the ability to make the unpredictable moves — blaming the lack of freedom children are afforded during their early years.

Much of the sideline screaming comes from ignorance about the stages of development. While most parents would know that addition and subtraction must be mastered before algebra is introduced, at the soccer field they often expect children to perform maneuvers they are simply not capable of.

AYSO Hall of Famer Sigi Schmid is a former youth coach who coached UCLA to an NCAA title before entering the MLS ranks and winning a crown with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He stresses that coaches and parents must appreciate how young players learn the game.

Schmid says, “The first thing is, ‘It’s me and the ball.’ The second is, ‘It’s me and the ball and where’s the opponent?’ Then it’s, ‘It’s me and the ball, and where’s the opponent, where’s my teammate?’ He’s taking on more information. That’s how he develops.”

The screams from the sideline interfere with this process — besides often being misguided and counterproductive. To take a few examples:

* “PASS IT! PASS IT!” Discouraging dribbling in the early years is like telling toddlers to shut up when they’re learning to speak. Young players should be encouraged to dribble — because dribbling is the first step to mastering all ball skills — and there are far better ways to introduce a passing game when children are ready to comprehend teamwork. The passing game enters soccer at the later stages and one will notice that the children themselves will ask each other for the ball.
* SPREAD OUT! Just because the first years of youth soccer look chaotic doesn’t mean the children aren’t learning. In fact, it’s perfectly fine that they all chase the ball in a swarm. Sooner or later they’ll figure out how to take advantage of time and space. They’ll comprehend positioning by exploring the field, not by being treated like chess pieces.
* SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! This usually comes from an ear-piercing parent-coach chorus as a child dribbles toward the goal and I have little doubt that were it eliminated from the soccer fields of America we’d see more goals in the youth game.

Even the youngest, most novice player knows they are supposed to shoot the ball to score. And can it possibly help a child perform the difficult task of striking the ball while running as fast as they can by being screamed at during the process?

Moreover, the “shoot” scream encourages players to pull the trigger earlier than they should. How do great players score on breakaways? They usually wait until they get close to the goalkeeper. It’s much harder for the keeper to save a shot from four yards away than from 15. There’s also the option of rounding the keeper, especially when a patient attacker forces the keeper to commit.

Shooting advice I often hear from high-level players is not to rush the shot — that players often have a little more time than they realize. As young players learn to cope with the high-pressure clear to young players which goal their team is aiming at. But what I’m talking about is the outrage that often greets a smart young player who retreats with the ball to move out of the bunch. Watch a game played by sophisticated players and you’ll find that they’re constantly moving the ball in all directions to find space and time.

Young players taking the ball away from the crowd are the clever ones. Will they sometimes put their team at risk? Maybe. But so what? Giving up a goal in a U-8 game isn’t nearly as important as allowing young players how to figure out how to keep possession.

“ATTACK THE BALL!” or “GO GET HIM!” is apparently meant to encourage a defending player to charge an opponent who has the ball at their feet. But in soccer, the defender wants to jockey into a good position to keep the attacker at bay. He wants to avoid over-committing and instead needs to figure out the right time to get a chance at the ball. It’s a matter of positioning and timing that players master by facing the situation over and over again — not by taking cues from the sideline.

Perhaps the inclination to scream instructions comes from a well-intentioned desire to help children “learn.” But when does screaming at children help educate them? When a child wanders toward a busy street, moves too close to a hot oven, or starts beating on little brother — OK, that might warrant a roar.

But does screaming at a child while you’re assisting him with math homework help? Very doubtful. And certainly children should be allowed to play soccer without getting yelled at. Then they’ll be able to pay attention to the best teacher of all: the game itself.

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Norwalk Fields at McAninch Complex are open today

Looks like a great day for soccer. There are baseball/softball games, so parking spaces may be limited.

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No Soccer Games in Norwalk Today – Sat. 4-25

No games in Norwalk today due to weather. Decision for Sunday games will be made tomorrow morning. Work on those foot skills inside! Find some soccer on TV.

Here’s a video showing some of the moves we want the kids to learn. Even Under 7 kids can learn these moves!

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Can Drive Details – April 18

Dear Families,

Our can drive fund raiser is just around the corner on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm. at Fareway grocery store.  Hopefully, your coach has mentioned this and has started getting volunteers lined up.

Your team will have a scheduled time to meet at Fareway, get maps and bags, then go to an assigned area of town to collect cans door to door from residents, neighbors, families and friends.  After collecting for about an hour your team will bring the cans back to Fareway where there will be more volunteers to sort them.  Some teams will be designated to just sort cans.

Schedule soccer can drive April 18 2015

This is a whole team effort. Please mention this to your team now to get them involved.  The more you can get to help, the more successful our fund raiser will be.  We are asking each team to have someone drive a truck or have a trailer for hauling the cans back to Fareway, at least 2-3 adults to help the kids walk door to door and as many players and kids as possible to ask for cans.

Please encourage your families and players to participate in this fund raiser.  This is the only spring fund raiser we will have.  Let’s spend a fun hour together raising money for your Norwalk soccer club organization. The money raised goes toward purchasing goals and equipment.
Thank you,
Tim and Sara Heim
Norwalk Soccer Club
Can Drive Fund Raiser Coordinators

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Supporting from the Sidelines

Parents/Guardians, Families and Friends,

First of all, thanks for all the support and time and effort to take your kids and their teammates to practices and games. We appreciate your support of the club! Thanks for cheering your child on during the games.

However, it is important to understand the best way to help your child and his/her coach have a successful, educational experience in soccer.

The game of soccer is a great natural teacher.

Things you Should Do:

  • Cheer for your child when he or she does something well. “Nice pass” , “great shot”, “Good hustle”

  • Encourage them when it doesn’t quite go their way. “Good effort, don’t worry, keep playing hard” “You’ll get it the next time”

  • Cheer positively for the rest of the players on your team. “Nice pass, Jon.” “Great save, Emily” “Nice shot, Will”.

What you Should Not Do:

  • Yell “instructions” to your child. Remember, being the parent, they are more likely to hear your voice and follow your advice and that may conflict with specific instructions from the coach. Let the coaches do the coaching. If you ever want to get into coaching, please contact us. We are always open to talking with parents that are interested in volunteer coaching.

    • Examples of “instructions” to avoid

      • “Boot it” – we don’t want the kids to always just kick it hard down field with no purpose or thought of where it is going. Let’s encourage passing with a purpose.

      • “Get over there and get the ball”. At the younger ages, coaches discuss the importance of spreading out and not getting “bunched up”. We need to allow them to learn to play their positions and back up their teammates accordingly. If our players spread out and use proper spacing and angles, they can have success possessing the ball,  finding gaps in the defense of the other team and ultimately lead to success on the field.

      • Telling your player to “pass it next time” after he/she misses a close range shot. While we want our players to share the ball and play as a team, we also want to develop players that will have the confidence to try and beat a player 1 vs 1 and get a shot on goal.

      • Don’t discourage them when they try a new move, turn or type of pass. Encouraging players to try new skills during a game, gives them the opportunity to implement and practice the skills in a game situation.

      • “Push them back”. We want our kids to play aggressive. Inevitably, there will be contact in soccer. However, we don’t want the kids to misunderstand playing aggressive and physical with fouls like pushing, tripping or shirt pulling, which are all against the rules.

    • Most kids bounce back from a loss or a “bad game” much faster than the parents and coaches do. It is not recommended to immediately go over the game in the car on the way home. If your player wants to talk about, he or she will initiate it. A recent study of high level athletes said that dealing with parents’ criticism immediately following the game was one of the worst parts of youth sports. Coaches can address areas of improvement and learning moments from the game at the next practice.

Criticize the referees. If our players hear parents and spectators constantly criticizing the referees, then they will be more likely to show disrespect on the field. This can lead to heated exchanges, yellow cards and even red cards (suspension from that game and the next game). Please review the Alliance 4 All program and videos Referees make mistakes, it is part of the game and learning to deal with decisions that we do not agree with is a great life lesson. If there is a serious incident or concern about a game or a referee, please email the Director of Referees and the President of NSC.
NSC is always looking for individuals that wish to become a licensed youth soccer referee. Not only are you giving back to the game, you can earn some extra money and get some exercise.

Thanks for supporting your player, team and coach in a positive manner.

Mark Gavin
Director of Coaching
Norwalk Soccer Club

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Coerver Skills Training Begins This Week

NSC is very excited to offer additional skills training to each age group. This furthers NSC’sworlds-no1-col-logo-on-black_250web mission of focusing on player development. In addition, Coerver Iowa provides coaching curriculum to all NSC coaches.

Coerver Coaching Curriculum focuses on individual skill development and small group play.

Schedule of Coerver Training this spring.

Under 10 Boys and Girls 5:30-6:30PM – complimentary
Under 14 Boys and Girls 6:30-7:30PM – only $35 for season- Register here.

Under 8 Boys and Girls 5:30-6:30PM – complimentary
Under 12 Boys and Girls 6:30-7:30pm – only $35 for season – Register here.

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Game Schedules for Spring Soccer

Schedules for U14 through U7 are now online at our Current Season page.

Practices have begun for some teams. Every team is practicing next week. If you have not heard from your coach, please contact us. or

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Upcoming Spring Season

The snow is melting and that means spring soccer is just around the corner. If you haven’t heard from your coach yet, you should soon via email.

In case you missed our Club Email Newsletter, Read it here.

What’s inside:

  • The week of first practice – March 23 or 30
  • Games begin April 11 & 12
  • Upcoming Can Drive April 18
  • Coerver Skills Training
  • Spring Break and Summer Camps
  • Referee Clinic for existing Youth Referees
  • NSC Gear for you and your players
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Soccer Skills with Norwalk Coaches

NHS Girls Soccer Program – Updated

Led by Coach Messer and Coach Bien-Aime, NHS Alumni and current HS players.

Sign up Now!

The first half of Skills camp will be held in the Middle School Gym on the following Sundays:  Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15.

u8 – u10 will be from 4:00-5:00pm
u12 – u14 will be from 5:00-6:00pm

The second half will also be on Sundays in the Middle School Gym with different times:
Feb. 22, March 1, March 8

u8 – u10 will be from 5:00-6:00pm
u12 – u14 will be from 6:00-7:00pm

U19 Girls Skills Camp – Saturdays Jan. 24 – March 14 7:00pm-8:30pm. Middle School Gym
Led by NSC Coach Aaron Jones and other NSC coaches. Sign up here.
Cost $30. Check payable to Norwalk Soccer Club.

Open Gym Sundays 7:00-8:00pm. FREE for HS Girls

NHS Boys Soccer Program – Updated

Led by Coach Kralik, NHS Alumni and current players

U14 Boys (6th-8th grade) – Sundays  Ongoing through Feb. 15th 2:00-3:00pm HS Gym Cost $20 Signup

U10-U12 Boys (3rd-5th Grade) – Sundays Jan. 18 – Feb. 22  1:00-2:00pm
Cost $20 – Register Now

U8 Boys (1st & 2nd Grade) – Wednesdays Jan. 21 – Feb. 25 7:00pm-8:00pm
Cost $20 – Register Now

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