U7-U12 Player Development Program

Ames Soccer Club is very excited to announce a brand new Player Development Program for the fall season where players can supplement their regular training sessions by learning moves, tricks and turns just like the pros! 

Keiron Roberts, former English Premier League Academy player and current semi-professional player in the Welsh Premier League, has been hired by the club from Challenger Sports to run the program as well as working with some of our older teams.

The program will run every Friday evening from September 5th to October 24th.

  • U7-U8 5:00 -6:00 p.m.
  • U9-U10 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • U11-U12 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Players receive a T-shirt and soccer ball.  Cost is $65.

To register for the program click HERE!

If you have any questions please contact either Keiron or Gary.

Fall Cleat Exchange

Each season, we hold a free Cleat Exchange, hosted at JAX Outdoor Gear.  Bring your old outgrown cleats and trade them in for a pair or a more appropriate size.  If you don't find a pair, you can pick up a discount certificate for a new pair from JAX.  If you don't have a new pair to donate, you can still pick up a used pair...and just consider making a small donation to our financial aid pool.

For the Fall, our cleat exchange will be August 8th (4:00-7:00 pm) and August 9th (10:00 am to 3:00 pm).

JAX is located at 4723 West Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50014

(515) 292-2276
info@jaxmercantile.com

Normal hours at JAX are:

  • M-F 9am - 8pm
  • Sat 9am - 6pm
  • Sun 10am - 6pm

Julie Sen (our New Cleat Exchange Guru) is in need a few people to sit and watch and help a bit.  No experience needed!  She or the folks at JAX can tell you what to do.  Click here to volunteer for an hour or two!

 

 

World Cup Camp

World Cup Festival Camp

Over forty players participated in the club’s World Cup Festival Camp July 14-17th.  Players were broken into three training groups and competed in various scrimmage type activities to give them experience at applying their technical skills within game situations.  At the end of each session the players from all three groups joined together and competed in a World Cup game culminating in final play-off games on the Thursday...and the 1st place final game that everybody wanted to see in the real World Cup – Brazil vs. Argentina did not disappoint as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie.  Not wanting to put the spotlight on one player who would be ridiculed in the world media we decided to crown joint Champions:

Meanwhile the Wooden Spoon game (7th vs. 8th place) was just as hotly contested with Costa Rica outscoring France 5 – 4.  The players are pictured celebrating with the coveted Wooden Spoon and are obviously happy despite their 7th place finish.

 

Full results of the final play-off games:

  • 1st place = Brazil 2 France 2
  • 3rd Place = Belgium 5 Germany 4
  • 5th Place = Colombia 6 Netherlands 3
  • 7th Place = Costa Rica 5 France 4

 

World Cup Champs!

World Cup Champs!

Wooden Spoon Winners

Wooden Spoon Winners

  

Coaching Education for Parent Coaches

Iowa Soccer and USSF put on Coaching Training sessions throughout the summer for coaches working with teams age 9 and older called the E-license and the D-license.  The former is a one-weekend course and the latter is a two-weekend course that requires that you hold the E-license already.  The Ames Soccer Club supports coach training and will reimburse parent coaches for the cost of the courses.  The most convenient E-license location will be a course in Gilbert from August 8-10.  More information on the courses is available at this link.

If you are interested in attending one of these courses, please contact Gary Eyles at garykix@mchsi.com.

World Cup Festival June 22

Join us for an afternoon of soccer brought to you by the Ames Soccer Club and Wilson Toyota!

 

 

4 on 4 tournament open to all (No charge! At HYSC)

Damien Corrieri will contact the entrants directly with the schedule.

Celebrity PK Shootout at 2:30 p.m. — Team Corrieri vs Team Eyles (at HYSC)

OK, so we failed to book David Beckham, but he's missed a couple and has gotten old anyway.  But you never know what other great PK-takers might turn up!

Watch the USA/Portugal game at 5:00 at Olde Main (316 Main Street)

Come watch the game with your Soccer Club pals. We have a huge space reserved for the gang!

Halftime will see a Kindle Fire HD given away as a door prize.

 

Silent Auction at the Olde Main Game Watch

Bidding will be open until halftime.  We have several items, but please feel free to contact Damien if you've got something you'd like to donate!

Current items include ISU Football Tickets, Hoiberg autograph poster, Sporting KC tickets and an autographed ball, Sporting KC Jersey, Coaching Kit from Championship Productions, and a Cooler from Coke.

ASC Hires Damien Corrieri as Assistant Director of Coaching

The Ames Soccer Club has hired Damien Corrieri as its new Assistant Director of Coaching.  Corrieri has previously coached with the Club as both a volunteer in the recreational program and as a professional coach in the premier competitive program.   Corrieri’s responsibilities include coaching competitive teams, summer camp instruction, winter training programs, and assisting with general player and program development.  In addition, Corrieri will be responsible for development and outreach activities.  “I am fortunate to be able to serve in a role that allows me to share my passion for soccer” said Corrieri. “I look forward to working with Gary Eyles and the Board of Directors towards improving the soccer experience for the children and youth of our community.”

Corrieri holds a National D license from the United States Soccer Federation, Level 1 & 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and State of Iowa High School Coaching authorization.   He also served two seasons as head coach of the Ankeny Centennial freshman soccer program and one season as head coach for the Iowa State University Women’s Club team.

Gary Eyles is pleased to have Corrieri in this full-time role.  “Damien is a dynamic young man who brings new perspectives and has already hit the ground running and begun work on initiatives that will help elevate the soccer experience for current and future players.  He is very enthusiastic about coaching and teaching our younger players the proper way to play, and his own thirst for gaining knowledge and experience is contagious,” says Eyles. 

Corrieri lives in Ames with his family.  His wife, Amber, is Director of Development at Mainstream Living.  They have two children; Jordan (11) and Isabella (7).  In addition to his professional work, he is an active member of the Ames community.  He has served as co-chair for the United Way of Story County’s Day of Caring (2009 & 2010) and Young Leaders Society (2012 & 2013) and was an Ames Jaycees Board member (2008).  Corrieri has also been involved with the Octagon Center for the Arts, is a past member of the Young Professionals of Ames, and remains active in the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

Tryout Information for U11-U18 FALL 2014 Teams

Tryout information is now available for Fall 2104 teams for the U11-U19 age groups.  They will take place from June 4 - June 9.  Players who were in the U10 level for the 2013-2014 academic/soccer year will need to participate to be placed on appropriate teams.  (Players from the U9 age group may also try out to "play up".)  Players from current U11-U14 teams will not need to participate in a formal tryout; they will simply need to indicate that they wish to play.  High school aged players will all need to try out to establish teams.

Players who did not participate with Ames Soccer Club in the 2013-2014 year are more than welcome to join us for 2014.  Current U11-U14 players with clubs other than Ames should contact Gary Eyles to arrange for a tryout.

Sign up for tryouts using the form below, which has the detailed schedule.  Tryout fees are $15 before May 23 and $20 thereafter.

Click here for the tryout information and registration form.

Story County Youth Philanthropy Awards Grant to ASC

Story County Youth Philanthropy made a generous grant to Ames Soccer Club to be used to help purchase goals for new practice fields that that we have been developing at HYSC. Shown are former ASC player Sarah Wohlsdorf making the award and Assistant Director of Coaching Damien Corrieri receiving the gift on behalf of the club.

Thanks to the SCYP!  We are very excited about the ability to preserve our fields and expand our membership with the additional field space that will come on line shortly.

Volunteer Disclosure form for Coaches and Volunteers

All parent-coaches, staff coaches, board members, and other volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer disclosure form.  In short, this is a means for ISA to ensure that we do not have people with inappropriate records working with our children.  We thank you for helping with the club and for your cooperation in filling out the mandatory form.

Click here to fill out the disclosure form.

Spring Season Free Cleat Exchange March 21-22

Each season, we hold a free Cleat Exchange, hosted at JAX Outdoor gear.  Bring your old outgrown cleats and trade them in for a pair or a more appropriate size.  If you don't find a pair, you can pick up a discount certificate for a new pair from JAX.  If you don't have a new pair to donate, you can still pick up a used pair...and just consider making a small donation to our financial aid form.

For the Fall, our cleat exchange will be March 21 (4:00-7:00 pm) and March 22 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

JAX is located at 4723 West Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50014
(515) 292-2276
info@jaxmercantile.com

Normal hours at JAX are:
M-F 9am - 8pm
Sat 9am - 6pm
Sun 10am - 6pm

So that one person doesn't have to sit there for two days, we need a few people to sit and watch and help a bit.  No experience needed!  Cynthia or the folks at JAX can tell you what to do.

 Please click here to volunteer for a shift or two! 

New Referee Certification Clinic March 7-8 (updated Feb 14)

A New Referee (Grade 8) Certification clinic will be held at Nevada High School March 7-8.  This is a great opportunity for our players to get training to participate in this important part of the game (which can turn into a nice little part time income if you choose to referee a lot). ASC supports both player and referee development, and will reimburse half the fee for the course for our players and parents if you notify Gary Eyles you took the course.  The recommended minimum age is 12, but there is no official cutoff.  The fee is $50.  

A Grade 8 referee is consider a “full” referee.  Grade 8 referees are not limited to a certain type or age of game.  They are able to officiate any level of game the assignor is comfortable putting them on.  This is a good course for the teenage referee (who typically starts with younger games), college age referee, and adult referee that are willing to do some of the older games (such as in the fall). 

Thanks to the Nevada Soccer Club for hosting this event.  The course is split up over two days and participants must attend both days.  Friday 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 4 :00 pm.

Registration link:  https://www.thereflink.com/phpEventCalendar/eventdisplay.php?id=200893

Manual Registration Instructions:  Go to www.iowareferees.org and click on the “Calendar" tab…go to March 7 and click on “Entry Level Clinic - Nevada”.  

More information:  Jeremy Williamson, williamsonelectric07@gmail.com, (515) 291-9473