We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. We know that most of you are not thinking about school and the start of soccer season yet, but unfortunately before we know it, August will be here. So we wanted to get some important dates out so when you start planning for August you know the SSC Schedule and can plan accordingly. There is a lot of important information below, so please make sure to read all the information below and mark your calendars for some of the important dates below.
SSC FALL PRACTICES:
We will start practicing the week of August 6th. First practices will be Tuesday August 7th & Wednesday August 8th at Glenwillow Fields as follows:
6:00 - 7:15 pm 2011 (U8) - 2009 (U10)
7:15 - 8:30 pm 2008 (U11) - 2005/2004 (U15)
Practices will be outdoors for the Fall season every Tuesday and Wednesday through mid October. We will need to adjust start and end times as we head through the season and we lose daylight. So we will send out weekly practice updates with any changes. The practice schedule has been added to our online calendars as well as team calendars on our website as well as the Sports Engine App.
Kyle will be running goalie training during the Fall for all those players interested during the first hour on Wednesdays. So for U8-U10, they will need to decide what they want to do for that hour. A suggestion for those who do want some goalie training is to either do goalie training every Wednesday and regular practice every Tuesday; or alternate Wednesdays between goalie and regular training. For the older boys who want goalie training they can do goalie training on Wednesdays for the 1st hour and then follow that with their regular practice.
SSC KICK-OFF MEETING:
We will hold our annual SSC Kick-off meeting for players and parents on Wednesday August 15th at the Solon High School Lecture Hall at 7pm. For those families new to SSC this is a great introduction to our club and the upcoming season. We will discuss details about training, tournaments, expectations, communication, ball boys for high school games and many other important things regarding the 2018-2019 season. So please plan on attending. We will also be awarding team trophies as well as most improved player awards. Many of our parent coaches and team managers will be there so it is also an opportunity for you to get to meet your son’s coach and/or team manager.
The outdoor season will kick off with the 1st games on Sunday August 19th. The schedule will likely be available about a week before and we will post it as soon as it is available. But its likely most, if not all teams will have a game sometime on Sunday August 19th, so please mark your calendars now. Fall games will mostly be on Sundays (but may be some weekdays or Saturdays if needed) and will run through Sunday October 21st (or 28th if games need to be rescheduled for any reason).
SPORTS ENGINE APP
For those new families please download the Sports Engine (SE) App available in your app store. You will be able to access your teams schedule, roster and also be able to communicate with parents on your team and RSVP for games. For returning families please make sure to select your son's team for the 2018-2019 season as all teams switched to new team pages. You won't be able to access 2018-2019 schedules if you do not select this years team. Just search for your son's 2018-2019 team, mark it as a favorite and you will have access to all the new schedules, rosters and information for the 2018-2019 season. If anyone has questions, regarding the SE app please let us know.
Other Important Dates to make note of:
- SSC Night @ the Comets will be on Friday August 17th. The high school Varsity and JV team kick off their season with a Friday night home game vs Twinsburg on August 17th. JV plays at 4pm at Arthur Road and Varsity will play at 8pm at the high school stadium. The Lady Comets will also be playing Twinsburg at 6pm at the high school stadium before the boys. Twinsburg is a big rival for Solon and the games are always good ones to watch. So we have decided to make this SSC Night. The high schools teams are hoping to have food trucks as well and really want to see a big support from SSC families. So please mark your calendars now and come out and support our Comets. Most of our current JV and Varsity players began playing soccer in SSC and we have a few high school players with siblings still in the SSC program. All SSC players should come in their SSC blue game jersey and they will be introduced on the field at half time. Should be a great evening of soccer to watch and a fun evening to be part of the Solon community.
- The SSC High School combined practice will be on Saturday August 25th 9am-12 pm. Every year we have one joint practice with the high school players. This is always a lot of fun for both SSC players and the high school boys. The boys will practice with the high school coaches and players for about 2 hours and then we will provide the boys with pizza and drinks for the boys.
We will be sending out a detailed email about our ball boy program in the next few days. So look out for that. It will contain information about the program for those new families and will have a link to the online sign up sheet for SSC players to sign up to ball boy a high school JV or Varsity game. The high school season kicks off with scrimmages in early August and the 1st home game is Friday August 17th. So we have lots of opportunities for ball boys in August and we will be looking for boys to fill spots ASAP for ball boys for August 7th, 9th, 17th and 23rd. More information to follow soon.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and let us know if you have any questions.
Solon Soccer Club.