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  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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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.

Mondays: 
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.

Tuesdays:
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. Registrar@norwalksoccer.org or doc@norwalksoccer.org.

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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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Soccer Registration Update

U12 and U14 registrations need to be in by tomorrow morning.  Team formation and rosters due to Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League next week.

U8 and U10 registration will continue until Feb. 10. After that date late fees will be assessed.

Register online.

Read about fees and scholarship options.

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Upcoming Soccer Training Options Begin in January

There are several options for your players to keep active this winter and sharpen their skills to get ready for the spring season! Click on the title links for details.
For all sessions please bring clean, non-marking shoes, shinguards and water.

Coerver Skills Clinic Session B. Ages 5-12 boys & girls.   Jan 17 – Feb. 21 
Saturday mornings at Ridge Sports Academy (South Ridge Mall)

Schedule Change:
Jan. 17 U6 & U8  9:00-10:00am
U10& U12 10:00-am-11:00am

Jan. 24 – Feb. 21  U6 & U8  10:00am-11:00am
U10 & U12 11:00am-12:00 Noon

Coerver Skills Mighty Mites. Ages 4-7 boys & girls.  Jan 9 – Feb. 13

Friday 6:30-7:30pm at Grandview University

NHS Girls Soccer Program.

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

U8 & U10 Girls – Sundays Feb. 1 – March 8  5:00-6:00pm Middle School Gym  Cost: $20 Sign up Now Check payable to Norwalk High School Girls Soccer

U12-U14 Girls – Sundays Feb. 1 – March 8 6:00-7:00pm Middle School Gym  Cost: $20 Sign up Now. Check payable to Norwalk High School Girls Soccer

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, Coach Wenger, 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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