LaGrange Soccer is proud to share all of the new and exciting changes that have taken place within our club in the last couple of years.
To The LaGrange Soccer Members and Community,
LaGrange Soccer is proud to share all of the new and exciting changes that have taken place within our club in the last couple of years. First and foremost LaGrange has updated its M ission Statement to read:
~LSC strives to foster a positive environment at all levels of play from U5 to U23. The goals of our program include providing a structure where all participants have the opportunity to develop not only technical and tactical skills but also include development of citizenship, friendship, teamwork, lifetime mental & physical fitness habits.
~To create an environment where fun, sportsmanship, respect, integrity, honesty and fair play are the foundation of the program, and where player development is placed ahead of winning.
~Where coaches are given the opportunity to continue their coaching education both internally within the program and through USSF, NSCAA and other programs so that they can provide the leadership needed to ensure the goals of LSC are being realized.
~To continuously look at ways where the program can be improved for the betterment of the players.
LaGrange Soccer adopts the mission of USSF soccer for youth players. The youth soccer player is defined as any child from preschool through adolescence. US soccer takes the approach that the game within each child is at the center of all belief, decisions and actions taken by the child, coach and organization. It is the ultimate goal of youth soccer development within the United States to unlock the game within children to reach their full soccer potential.
LaGrange Soccer Club’s Commitment to Developing our Youth Players
Beginning in the Fall season of 2013 LaGrange will adopt the Coerver Coaching Method for the U5-U6 program. As in the past the program will rely on the support of our volunteer coaches supplemented by some of our more experienced coaches. This is designed to be the foundation of our program by fostering a healthy love of soccer while using the development of players as the primary goal. In addition to group clinics young players will still have the opportunity to play games in a fun and low pressure environment. More information about this program will be distributed at the Fall pre-season coaches meeting.
LaGrange Soccer Club’s Commitment to Developing our Coaches LaGrange
strives to keep our coaches developing by regularly offering learning opportunities. We offer coaching clinics, including goalkeeping and opportunities for coaches to earn licenses through either ENYYSA or NSCAA. All coaches are requires to obtain a coaching license within 18 months of becoming a coach in LaGrange. CPR/AED certification training is also offered once or twice throughout the year as each team is required to have at least one certified coach.
Travel Development Program
In the fall of 2011 LaGrange began offering a U8 Travel Development Program to our members. This program includes weekly training by travel level coaches and higher. The goal is to ease our young players into the more competitive travel environment without the added pressure. This program fosters the development of players who wish to compete at the travel level in the future. Players remain on their regular intramural teams while participating in this program and it is free to LaGrange Soccer members (with the exception of a nominal fee for indoor winter training space). Tryouts for the U9 team are held in the spring of their U8 year. Players who are accepted to the new travel team are placed on a U9/10 intramural team for the fall season only. Training for the travel team begins with the indoor season and league travel games are played in the spring of their U9 season.
New Opportunities for LaGrange Travel Teams In the fall of 2012 our governing organization, East Hudson Youth Soccer Club, for the first time allowed travel teams to pursue playing opportunities in other neighboring leagues to provide an increased level of competition to our more competitive travel teams. As a result we are able to offer our players a premier level playing experience without the additional cost associated with many premier clubs. LaGrange currently has 17 travel teams with a handful playing at the premier level.
TOPS Soccer (formerly known as Special Needs Soccer)
We are very proud to provide and support US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to take the values of this program to make our current Special Needs program even stronger and to enable the young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
LaGrange Soccer Club’s Commitment to our fields
LaGrange Soccer is fortunate to have the beautiful Stringham Park for our use. Much care and commitment goes into the maintenance of the fields as our greatest physical asset. Organizations from all over the state request the use of our fields for high level tournaments including ENYYS State Cup, US Club Regional Finals and East Hudson Invitational.
Occasionally outside organizations request the use of our fields. Decisions are made according to field availability, field conditions and potential wear and tear of our complex.
LaGrange Soccer has no affiliation with any outside organizations. We are an independently run, largely volunteer based organization. We primarily rely on our volunteer Board of Directors, Director of Coaching, volunteer coaches and families to ensure the Club is able to carry out our mission successfully.
We thank our membership and volunteers for your time and commitment which makes our club a FUN, SAFE and developmentally appropriate place for our children to form friendships, learn sportsmanship and foster the love of our great sport.
LaGrange Board of Directors