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Jul, 2018

Ballard Soccer Club Who we are

Ballard Soccer Club was formed over 25 years ago with the intent of providing an organized soccer option for kids in the central Iowa Ballard area.  Our mission has always been to grow the desire and love of the game of soccer in our youth.  We rely heavily on volunteers from the dedicated group who assist in running the business of the club, to the parent coaches of our various teams.  For several seasons now, we've been fortunate to find highly skilled individuals, who've played soccer collegiately, to augment our parent coaches.  We are a member of Iowa Soccer, our state governing body for youth and adult soccer.

We offer teams for ages 6 to 18, age groups labeled U8 through U19.  U8, for example, simply means players younger than 8 years.  Our club plays games in the fall (Sept/Oct) and spring (Apr/May).

It is important to note that we are primarily a level 3 club within Iowa Soccer.  Level 3 is also known as recreational soccer.  Youth soccer in Iowa is organized into 3 levels each with a different competitive level and cost commitment.

Level 1, Academy, $1500 per season or more, 20+ games per season, traveling tournaments.  Tryouts required.  Paid coach with qualified soccer coaching license will coach team.

Level 2, State League, $500+ per season, 15+ games per season, tournaments within Iowa.   Tryouts required.  Paid coach most likely provided.

Level 3, recreational soccer, <$500 per season, 7+ games, tournaments at discretion of coach/parents.  Parent coach unless parents elect a paid licensed coach, and one is available for the season. Tryouts are not allowed at this level.  The spirit of level 3 is to provide a place for youth to come to enjoy the game of soccer while learning how to play it regardless of ability.

We at Ballard Soccer see the value of training and seek opportunities to bring in coaches with a high level of soccer knowledge and ability to work with teams/parents interested at their request.

Fall season information
Ages 9 and under play games Saturday mornings in Sept and Oct with practices 2 times per week, typically on Tue/Thurs.
Home games played in Slater.

Ages 10 and up play as follows:
U11/U12, U15/U16/U19 typically 1 game per week on Sunday afternoons Sept/Oct, with 2 or 3 practices per week depending on age.
U13/U14 typically 1 game per week on Saturday afternoons Sept/Oct, with 2 or 3 practices per week.

All home games played in Slater and/or Huxley depending on age.

Hopefully this has been helpful, questions can be directed to [email protected]

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