Soccer Camps and Clinics

Soccer Skills with NHS Boys Soccer Team – July 21, 22, 23 for boys grades 3-8. Details NHS Boys Camp.

Speed & Agility Training: Tues & Thurs.  - Now through July 31 Details.

Goalkeeper Camp – July 28-31 U10-U18  Keeper-Camp.pdf | Register online

Coerver Skills Camp in Norwalk Aug. 4 – Aug. 8

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  • Ages 4-16
  • Full Day Camp
  • Morning Day Camp
  • Mighty Mites 4-7 year olds
  • Focus on Individual Skills
    Register today!
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Norwalk Soccer Club Now Official Partner Club of Coerver Iowa

Norwalk Soccer Club has agreed to be an official Partner Club of Coerver Iowa.

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NSC is very excited to have an opportunity to offer additional skills training to each age group. This furthers NSC’s mission of focusing on player development. In addition, Coerver Iowa will provide coaching curriculum to all NSC coaches, lead coaching clinics to further educate NSC coaches, and setup access to videos for players to hone their skills anytime.

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

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For Under 8 age group, Coerver will lead 1 night of skills training at no extra charge. The ratio of Coerver coaches to players will be 12 to 15 players for each Coerver coach.

For Under 10 age group, Coerver will lead 1 night of skills training weekly at no extra charge. A second night will be offered for an additional fee of $35. Teams will practice with their volunteer coach an additional night as well. While NSC does not have the number of players to join the U10 Academy league, NSC feels training two nights with Coerver will help our kids develop their soccer skills and prepare them for a successful soccer playing experience for many years to come.

For Under 12 age group, Coerver will lead 1 night of skills training for an additional charge of $35. The ratio of Coerver coaches to players will be 12 to 15 players for each Coerver coach. This type of skills training is highly recommended for players that wish to play through high school and beyond.

For Under 14, Under 16, Under 19 age groups, Coerver will lead 1 night of skills training for an additional charge of $35. The ratio of Coerver coaches to players will be 12 to 15 players for each Coerver coach. This type of skills training is highly recommended for players that wish to play in high school and beyond.

Registration and payment for Coerver Training will be posted in early August.

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Tryout Dates for 2014-2015 Season

Tryout information for 2014-2015 season.

NSC will hold Level 1 & Level 2 tryouts for U11-U12 age groups and Level 2 tryouts for the U14+ age groups.

Click here for specific information about tryout dates and the process. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

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Soccer Skills with WDMSC Staff at McAninch Complex on Tuesday, May 20

As part of Norwalk Soccer’s agreement with West Des Moines Soccer Club, the staff coaches from WDMSC will be leading skills clinics that are open to all Norwalk Soccer Club players.

We will be using Field 18 at McAninch Complex for these skills sessions. If you have your normal practice on these days, NSC asks that you participate in these sessions instead. Coach Gareth Smith and his coaching staff are highly qualified and will bring a new perspective on skill development.

Any player is welcome to attend the session. There is NO cost.
Register here.

Session 3 Details:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
5:30pm-6:30pm U8-U10
6:30pm-7:30pm U12-U14

In the event of cancellation, please check the Norwalk Soccer Club Twitter account at www.twitter.com/norwalksoccer or the NSC Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/norwalksc/

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Soccer Skills with WDMSC Staff at McAninch Complex on Monday, May 5

As part of Norwalk Soccer’s agreement with West Des Moines Soccer Club, the staff coaches from WDMSC will be leading two skills clinics that are open to all Norwalk Soccer Club players.

We will be using Field 18 at McAninch Complex for these skills sessions. If you have your normal practice on these days, NSC asks that you participate in these sessions instead. Coach Gareth Smith and his coaching staff are highly qualified and will bring a new perspective on skill development.

Any player is welcome to attend the session. There is NO cost. Register here.

Session 2 Details: (new date – canceled 4/14 and 4/28 due to weather)

Monday, May 5, 2014.
5:30pm-6:30pm U8-U10
6:30pm-7:30pm U12-U14

In the event of cancellation, please check the Norwalk Soccer Club Twitter account at www.twitter.com/norwalksoccer or the NSC Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/norwalksc/

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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  http://www.iowasoccer.org/alliance_4_all/. 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
doc@norwalksoccer.org

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U10 Keeper Training – Thursdays at 7:00pm

Keeper training for U10 players on Thursdays at 7:00pm for next 4 weeks. First session is Thursday, April 10. 7:00-7:45pm. These sessions are free.

U10 players only please. The focus will be on the fundamental Goalkeeping skills including:

  • Hand position, catching technique
  • Catching and collecting balls at various heights.
  • Footwork and preparing for the shot
  • Body position in relation to the goal and the ball.
  • Distribution to teammates.

Email Mark Gavin at doc@norwalksoccer.org if your player is interested.

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Opening Weekend

Good luck to all the teams playing their first game this weekend! For those playing in Norwalk, parking will be challenge. There is a big baseball tournament at McAninch complex this weekend. Please plan accordingly.

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Field Setup Day

NSC Field Day – this Saturday (3/29) from 10am to ?.  It is time to setup the club fields for games and practice.  Anyone can help.  We need to paint lines, put up nets, install corner flags, and even put a new goal together.  Meet at the club shed at 10am.

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Soccer is finally here! Fields Open, Schedules Online

The fields are open tonight – Wednesday, March 26. However, the restrooms have not been opened. It may be a day or two until the City has turned the water on and opened the restrooms. Please have your kids plan ahead.

Team Schedules are online here. They are listed under your head coach’s name.

We look forward to seeing you all on the fields. Just a reminder, it is usually very windy and at least 5 degrees colder at the complex, so please ask your players to dress in layers!

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