The U11 and U12 club teams are first introduced to the State led Iowa Premier Soccer League (IPSL) in an 8v8 environment, competing against other Eastern Iowa Club teams at these ages. Our developmental approach to training is enhanced by the philosophy of IPSL. IPSL allows coaches to place teams in appropriate developmental divisions, determined by ability, not age. This is critical as this age (pre-pubescent) sees varying growth spurts, maturity and athleticism within these years. At these crucial ages, we utilize our 'pod' system to create multiple levels of play within an age group to challenge every level of player, without creating defined A and B teams. The natural desire of players to win, will be much more prevalent at this age and we should encourage them to strive to achieve this, however, it should not be their primary goal.
While our coaches teach players to compete; to play hard; to train to be the best they can be; they should not have winning as the sole measure of our success. As a club, we encourage involvement in the I.P.S.L. for a balanced, competitive season and truly believe that it is not in the best interest of “player development” to have a schedule where the sole purpose for participation is winning.
Individual/team development and improvement should be the measure of success, rather than winning or losing. Each season, the Director of Coaching reviews all teams results and then makes adjustments to divisions, to try and create an environment where teams face a potential 50/50 season of wins and losses. This environment means that every game is challenging and meaningful in the teams/players development.
Coaches and parents must be unified in our commitment to player development. We must all understand that to sacrifice developmental opportunities for players, for the sole purpose of trying to win a specific match, is shortsighted and counter productive to our philosophy. We believe that a more rounded approach, that focuses on the four pillars of soccer, technical, tactical, physical and psychological development, coupled with a curriculum that fosters age appropriate training to maximize both their enjoyment and potential, will ultimately help our youngsters to become more successful.
U11-U12 Training Objectives;
Dates: Spring season: April-June. Fall season: August-November Winter season: December-March
Time: Sessions are set prior to the beginning of each season. Games are on Saturdays
Location: Coralville Youth Sports Park: 2480 Dempster Dr. Coralville, IA 52241
Price: Club fees: $900 for the full year. Team fees: Visit Registration fees tab