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ESTABLISHED IN 1986 AS A TRAVEL SOCCER CLUB IN SOLON, OHIO
Solon Soccer Club competes in the Ohio Travel Soccer League. Click the logo below for league information. Click here for OTSL schedules.
Solon Soccer Club Updates
Indoor Schedules are Up
The Force just posted the schedules for the second indoor session. Go to http://force-indoor-sports.ezleagues.ezfacility.com/leagues.aspx to see them. Many teams have their first games on Saturday and Sunday.
January SSC Practice Schedule
Welcome back from the holidays. We start practicing again on Tuesday, January 7. For those who signed up for Friday practices, these will start again on January 10.
SSC Club Update
Hello to All SSC Families:
As we have just wrapped up the 2013 Fall outdoor season we wanted to give everyone an update on the club. Well done to all the boys for competing in the new OHTSL league and the initial Ohio Travel Cup. It was really great to see our boys work so hard and to achieve success on the individual and team level.
Throughout the fall we had some mixed results from a win/loss perspective but we encourage everyone, especially at the younger age groups U8, U9 and U10, to focus more on the individual player development than wins and losses. When the boys are playing good, fundamentally sound soccer, the results get better and better. This takes time to develop. Throughout the SSC organization we want the players and teams to be comfortable playing possession based soccer – our training focuses on this as well as individual skill development.
Mid- season we held the first ever SSC Coaches Clinic. All SSC coaches were invited and as a group we met with Gaz Gilmour, a former soccer pro from Scotland and current Director of Technical Training at The Force. We discussed and agreed upon common language for players and coaches, formations, in-game coaching strategy and tactics. We plan to have another session with Gaz in the spring.
Over the years we have seen many players and teams improve dramatically from the fall to the spring. To aid this development during the long winter season we have entered three additional teams. These teams are at the U9, U10 and U12 levels and each week will be rostered differently. This will give players the chance to play up an age group. For example, the U9 team is composed of U8’s and U9’s, the U10 team is a mix of U9’s and U10’s and the U12 team is composed of U11’s and U12’s. It will give the boys a chance to play with other players in the program and receive guidance from other coaches. Chris and I will be at many of these games, either coaching or observing. We believe the benefit of playing additional games and getting to play with new teammates will be helpful for the boys, their development and the program.
Now that our practices have gone indoors, we have a slightly different structure. This past week and for the next two weeks, we will be focused on defending. This will take the form of individual and group drills as well as stopping the play when there are teaching moments (when we play a short game at the end of practice for example). The week of 11/12 we will move to attacking drills in a similar format. The boys are really enjoying these practices and I hope they all can attend.
As we play through the indoor season, I encourage you all to remain positive on the sidelines and encourage all of the players on your team. It is often exciting for parents to see their son score a goal, but there is as much beauty in the pass from midfield that finds the forward and the tough tackle from a defender who then releases a team mate or the goalkeeper who makes a save which stops a shot that looks like an inevitable goal! For us to be successful all of these activities need to happen during the game. It makes all of us coaches proud when it all comes together.
Tonight we held our drawing for our first Solon Soccer Club Raffle. Thanks to all who sold and bought tickets. Our top three sellers drew the winning names & the Loeb family won the TV, the Gantman family won the Apple iPad Mini and Deborah Pye won the Apple iPod touch. The club raised an amazing $7,320.00 and these funds will be spent on various items for the club such as much needed additional equipment for the teams, tournament fees, additional coaching opportunities and player development. Thanks to Jeff Rosen for leading this charge!
Finally we mentioned the Ohio Travel Cup. We had three teams make it to the final of their age groups. Our U8’s were runners up and should be congratulated for a great team effort in their first ever travel season. This team is going to have great success as they continue to train and progress together. Our U11 Blue and U12 Blue teams both won their divisions. It’s important to note that these teams have come a long way. Neither of these teams started out winning all of their games at the younger age groups. Over the past couple of years, the players have continued to develop and the teams are now benefitting from years of training and playing together. We are confident with the right dedication, effort and attitude, all the SSC teams can achieve similar results in the years to come.
Thanks as always for all of your support for your player(s) and the club.
Matthew and Chris
And the winners are...
Tonight Zachary Baldwin, Nathan Noguera and Aden Pickus pulled our three winning raffle tickets. Zachary, Nathan and Aden were the raffle ticket top sellers with 74, 47 and 47 tickets each.
Deborah Pye won the Apple iPod Touch 16GB.
Yelena Gantman won the Apple iPad Mini 16GB.
Judy Loeb won the 50-Inch Toshiba LED Flat Screen 1080P Television
Congratulations to all of the winners. This was a total club effort. The boys sold 1,464 tickets and raised $7,320. Thank you to everyone for a job well done!
Indoor Schedules are Now Available
The indoor leagues start on Saturday. The link can be found here. http://force-indoor-sports.ezleagues.ezfacility.com/leagues.aspx Please note that we have game at both the Richmond and Northfield Force locations. Please plan on arriving before games at least 15 minutes prior to games.
New this year, we have entered three extra teams: Solon Red for the U10, U11 and U12 leagues. This team will be mix of players from multiple teams. The U10 team will be a blend of U8, U9 and U10 players. The U11 team will be a mix of U9, U10 and U11 players. The U12 team will be a mix of U10, U11 and U12 players. Watch for emails from your team manager and coach with information about the game location and time. We are doing this to maximize playing time for our players and to allow them to play with other players each week.
Indoor Practice is on Tuesdays each Week
SSC indoor practice is on Tuesday night at the Force Richmond Road location at the following times:
U8/U9 6pm- 7pm
U10/U11 7pm- 8pm
U12/13/14 8pm - 9pm
Please make sure your son is there before practice is due to start, with a properly inflated ball and a positive attitude. Please pick up your son on time.
For those who have signed up for Friday practices, this moves to The Force, Northfield from 6-7pm beginning on October 25.
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