Fall Travel Season Preview
Park Ridge Soccer Club convened its 41st season of travel soccer last week with its annual preseason camp at Woodland Park. There were 421 players on 31 teams working with their professional trainers in preparation for the beginning of the season this weekend at the Schaumburg Soccerfest at Olympic Park. Last season PRSC had four tournament champions and three runners up in Schaumburg.
The Soccerfest provides each team with a barometer on the upcoming season. Our teams will return to train for two more weeks before the league seasons begins on September 9. Our boys teams will participate in the Young Sportsmen Soccer League (YSSL) and our girls teams will participate in the Illinois Women's Soccer League (IWSL). The 10-match season ends the first weekend in November.
Congratulations to the 2004 Premier Select Boys who won the DuPage Preseason Invitational over the weekend. Take a bow gentlemen.
During the season, PRSC offers four Pre-Travel Academy sessions with our professional training staff. Each one of our trainers has professional licenses that require hours of coursework and field training to attain. Academy sessions are geared toward PRSC House players who are interested in making the step to PRSC Travel. However, we welcome all players who are interested in improving their skills.
Please keep an eye out for registration information for our upcoming Academy session which begins on September 15. In the interim, don't hesitate to reach out to PRSC Director of Coaching Chris Caudill at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the PRSC Travel Program.
Good luck to all PRSC teams in the upcoming season.
Director of Coaching, PRSC Travel
Playing Experience – I played professionally for Jackson Chargers of the USISL.
Coaching Experience – I started coaching with PRSC in 1999. I was Varsity Head Coach at Notre Dame College Prep for three seasons. I coached for two years with Jackson Futbol Club in Jackson, MS.
Licenses / Coaching Education – National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, United States Soccer Federation National "C" License, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma, Coerver Youth Diploma, Young Sportsmen Soccer League Executive Committee member.
Personal Bio – I live in Chicago with my wife Motria and daughters Tess and Vika. Soccer has allowed me to make great friends and travel to many places. I fully enjoy teaching others the game that has brought me so many benefits. My favorite team is any PRSC team followed by Manchester United.
More than 500 players participated in evaluations at Emerson over the weekend. Travel trainer staff members ran the players through various drills and rated each player. The purpose of the evaluation sessions is to make sure each team in the House League is competitively balanced.
Rosters will be finalized and available to the coaches at Thursday's coaches meeting. Practices will begin on Monday and the season commences on September 9.
The Park Ridge Soccer club hosted this year’s TOPSoccer Summerfest at Maine South High School on August 5. The event was a huge success with more than 100 attendees and several dozen Park Ridge Soccer Club players and Maine South High School student volunteers assisting with games and activities.
TOPSoccer is a program of Illinois Youth Soccer™ and is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. TOPSoccer Summerfest is an annual event dedicated to introducing the game of soccer and the organization to young athletes with disabilities.
The free event included a 20-foot inflatable slide, a visit from the Chicago Fire’s mascot, "Sparky," soccer-related games and a mini soccer game involving the attendees at the end of the festival.
“For many children, this is their first opportunity to play a physical activity — it makes a huge difference in their lives to be able to play a sport and interact with others on a team,” said Moni Ruterschmidt- Ryczek, Director of Park Ridge TOPSoccer and a PRSC Travel trainer. “A lot of parents of children with disabilities aren’t even aware of this resource and opportunity for their children and what we’re trying to do is show them a fun, beautiful game in which their children can participate.”
This profound impact is not lost on those who volunteer to work with the participants.
"This has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. To get the chance to work with really great kids and teach them about the game I love so much has been awesome," said Samantha Olson. "I can't wait for it to start back up this fall. Thanks again to Coach Moni for giving me the chance to work with her and these awesome kids at TOPS soccer."
"Volunteering means helping other kids reach their fullest potential as athletes while making new friendships," Grace Beckman added.
Beckman and Olson are both members of the PRSC 2003/04 Premier Elite Girls team which plays in the top division of the Illinois Women's Soccer League.
To find out more about TOPSoccer, visit illinoisyouthsoccer.org/topsoccer or prsoccer.com/topsoccer