ParkRidge Soccer Club November 2017 Newsletter

Hello Park Ridge Soccer Club Families

PRSC House and Travel soccer completed another successful season in early November. House had 104 teams and 1,063 players compete from the Kindergarten level to the high school level. On the Travel side, 430 players on 32 teams ranging from from Under 8 to Under 19 competed in the Young Sportsman Soccer League and the Illinois Women's Soccer League.

Highlights of outstanding Travel team performances:

2003/2004 Boys, 7-2-1, 3rd place in their division

2005 Select Boys, 5-2-3, 3rd place in their division

2007 Orange Boys, 7-2-1, 3rd place in their division

2008 White Boys, 7-2-1, 2nd place in their division

2009 White Boys, 8-1-1, 2nd place in their division

2010 Orange Boys, 9-1, 1st in their division

1999 Elite Girls, 6-3, 3rd in their division

2002 Elite Girls, 7-1-1, 1st in their division

2006 White Girls, 6-3, 2nd in their division

2007 White Girls, 7-2-1, 2nd in their division

2008 White Girls, 6-3-1, 2nd in their division

The Travel teams will move indoor in January and begin their Winter training schedules. Teams will train and scrimmage at the new LoVerde Recreation Center in Niles and also will participate in futsal training at Franklin Elementary School in Park Ridge. Many of the teams will compete in indoor leagues at Athletico Center in Glenview. The Spring season will begin the first week in April and finish at the beginning of June.

The House League will take the winter off and resume play at various fields in Park Ridge the second week in April. The online registration form for House will be available the first week of January.

For additional information on the Travel program, please reach out to PRSC Director of Coaching Chris Caudill at caudillprs@gmail.com. For additional information on the House program, please contact Ashley Crigler at ashley.crigler@yahoo.com.

Park Ridge Soccer Club Night at Maine South

Almost 100 House and Travel players enjoyed PRSC Night at the Maine South boys match against Evanston on October 3. The highlight of the evening was 8 and 9-year-old House and Travel players' participation in the player announcements prior to the game.

Throughout the season PRSC provided Maine South with ball boys for home matches. The goal for the Spring girls season is to provide ball girls for each match and also have a dedicated PRSC event at a match. Please stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months.

Travel Team Feature:

2010 Orange Boys

From Left to Right: Alexander Rosales, David Walenciak, William Currey, Gavin McGrath, Matthew Becker, Colin Ponchak, Salvador Macias, Joey Marrese, Tait Iverson. Not Pictured: Patrick Lebida. Back Row: Coach Tod Privett

The 2010 Orange Boys finished a successful Fall season with a 9-1 mark and won the Young Sportsmen Soccer League top division. Orange scored 58 goals while allowing only 14 goals and finished with 27 points, which was four more than Chicago City Blue. Orange also placed second in the season-opening Schaumburg Soccerfest in September.

After starting out with a 2-1 mark, Orange won seven consecutive matches. During this stretch Orange outscored its opponents 44-4. The boys lost 4-2 to the Lifezone Gladiators in the third week of the season, but defeated the Gladiators 3-0 in a rematch five weeks later.

"A talented group of boys who really enjoy playing," said trainer Tod Privett. "They are eager to learn and did a real nice job of implementing their tactical and technical development into game situations. A great start to a bright future."

According to Enda McGrath, father of Gavin, Orange is an example of how a group of players can develop from House players to successful players at a higher level.

"It's great to see the boys who stared together in K-Instructional, progress to Travel and have such immediate success," McGrath said. "Their start in House League laid the foundation of their development into a solid team. Travel was a natural progression for the boys and they have improved every week under the knowledge and patience of Coach Tod."

PRSC Training Spotlight:

Youth Academy

PRSC provides Youth Academy Training for those House players who are interested in playing for the Travel program. These sessions allow these players an opportunity to be instructed by PRSC's professional training staff. The Winter Academy session dates will be finalized in early December. Stay tuned for an email containing an online registration form.

Girls Winter Academy 2017

"Academy helps younger players learn proper technique and good habits from the start," PRSC Director of Coaching Chris Caudill said. "It is also a great chance for our staff to get to know the future travel players. Academy is very active and focuses on ball mastery, the foundation of player development."

Please reach out to Coach Caudill with any questions at caudillprs@gmail.com.

Trainer Spotlight:

Joel Adams

Playing Experience:

Played at North Texas State University (1980 - 1982).

Played at UW - Madison (1984 - 1985).

Selected Second Team All Big - East.

Coaching Experience:

Coached and played for Hooligans SC / adult club team (1990 - 2002), won numerous City League and State Championships, and won the Open Division of the Schwaben Soccer Tournament (2002).

Coached for Manhattan Kickers (2004 - 2005).

Coached for Green and White (2014 - 2015).

Coached for Team Evanston and Eleven United (2015 - 2017).

Coaching Philosophy – Soccer is basically a game of keep-away. You either have the ball or you are chasing it, and the real joy in the game is with possession of the ball. For that to be possible, sound technique is essential. My philosophy beyond that, is to stick together as a team, regardless of the circumstances, and to commit to and develop a love for working hard!

Licenses / Coaching Education – USSF National "C" License

Personal Bio – A professional jazz trombonist, a member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and have my own working band called the "Chicago Yestet."

TOPSoccer Update

The success of the PRSC TOPSoccer Program has been well documented in the past few years. Please enjoy this great letter from a mother whose son has benefitted greatly from the program.



It is with great honor and pride that I write you this letter. I am writing to first and foremost, recommend Ms. Alexa Narel as Top Soccer Buddy of the Year and share some other personal information about our unique family. I am a mother of four children, ages 14, 13, 11 and 9 and a former Special Education teacher. My son Brendan Burke, 11 years of age, has Chromosome Duplication 15q Syndrome coupled with Epilepsy. Early on when receiving Brendan's diagnosis, we were unfortunately told the many things he would not be able to accomplish in his lifetime. Our family has never focused on what he is not able to do, yet all of the amazing things Brendan is able to do which we refer to as "millions of mini-miracles." One of the those mini miracles is the blessing of Ms. Alexa Narel as Brendan's Top Soccer Buddy. Ms. Narel is not your typical volunteer and I must add that by being in the field of Education for a huge part of my life and then raising a child with special needs, I set the bar quite high for those who come in contact with my son Brendan.

Ms. Alexa Narel is kind, patient and loving on the field with Brendan. She greets him every time with a genuine and warm smile. You can see in her eyes she just downright cares. Brendan may be non-verbal, but it is clearly apparent that Brendan is thrilled to see her too because he does his little happy dance and quickly clings to her arm and is ready to play soccer. Brendan's actions and sparkle in his eyes speak louder than any words he someday may be able to vocalize how much compassion he senses from her. Alexa is by Brendan's side praising him for every little move he makes. Even Brendan resting his foot on the soccer ball and his overall happiness is the biggest accomplishment. She jogs with him, motivates him, assists with him interacting with other players and helping him score goals with such a caring and loving disposition. It is because of her kind spirit that Brendan has learned to enjoy the Top Soccer Program. Our family is blessed to have Alexa Narel in Brendan's life and her playing such an integral part of yet another mimi-miracle in Brendan's life! It is without hesitation that I respectfully and highly recommend Ms. Alexa Narel as Top Soccer Buddy of the year!

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

Ember Burke

Proud Top Soccer Mom of Brendan Burke


"Our program is very fortunate to so many dedicated volunteer Buddies that are making a huge difference in the lives of our TOPSoccer athletes," PRSC TOPSoccer Coordinator Moni Ruterschmidt-Ryczek said.

If you would like additional information about PRSC's TOPSoccer Program, please reach out to Ruterschmidt-Ryczek at prs.topsoccer@gmail.com.

Fall Travel Photos

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