This year, Thunder Soccer is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a specially designed Anniversary logo on all uniforms. Thirty years is a significant milestone for any youth organization and the Thunder Board is proud to be able to continue to provide a quality recreational youth soccer program for kids in the Leyden community.
The Thunder Soccer Club was established in 1983 and is conducted primarily by parents as volunteers that become coaches and Board Members. Thunder Soccer Club is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. IYSA is associated with US Youth Soccer . In March 2009, Thunder Soccer was recognized by IYSA and its 375 member clubs as the 2008 - State of Illinois, “Youth Soccer Club of the Year.”
Registration for Thunder Soccer’s Fall season will be held on two dates: Saturdays, August 24 and August 31 (10 AM –2 PM) at the FP Community Center. Fall practices will begin on Tuesday, September 10th. The program includes twice-weekly practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at various parks and schools in the Leyden area. Games are played on Sundays at West Leyden H.S., 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake. This season’s first games will be played on Sunday, September 15th. The final games will be played on Sunday, November 3rd.
Participants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013. The program is intended for boys and girls in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Each participant receives a uniform (shirt and socks) participants provide shin guards and black (pull on) gym shorts. Soccer shoes or cleats are not required. Gym shoes are acceptable for practice and game play. Thunder sponsors a “Shoe Exchange” for our players to donate old used soccer shoes to the program and players may “borrow” a pair to use for the season and to return them to the Thunder “Shoe Exchange” at the end of the season. In accordance with IYSA rules, Players must wear protective goggles. Eye glasses are not allowed to be worn in practices or in games.
Registration fee is $65 per player, with discounts for siblings. Your registration fee includes, Two one-hour weekly practices and one game per week (weather permitting), Supplemental Liability Insurance through IYSA, Team Photo package, Game award and Trophies for each player.
Thunder sponsors a group outing to see the Chicago Fire professional soccer team once, each season (spring & fall). These group tickets are sold at a discount to our club members. Dates and details are disclosed to our participants during the season. The “Fall Fire Outing” is Chicago Fire vs. DC United at Toyota Park on Saturday, October 27th at 3:00 PM.
For more information, contact Wayne Bernacki 847.671.0330 or Miguel Valdez at 847.233.9176
Volunteer Coaches are needed to work with our players on skills development in weekly practices and Sunday games. Training for Coaches is available. An early-season Coaches Clinic will be provided for all volunteer coaches. This is a great opportunity for parents, new to the game of soccer or new to coaching to learn about the game while helping teach skills and conduct drills during weekly practices. Volunteers may contact our Coach Coordinator, Esther Rodriguez 847.260.5733 about coaching opportunities. Parents, don’t miss the chance to enjoy some fun time together with your child.
Thunder Soccer Travel Teams compete against other suburban teams in the area and play in the Young Sportsman’s Soccer League (YSSL) or the Women’s Illinois Soccer League (WISL). For information about the program and tryouts contact Miguel Valdez at 847.233.9176. Tryouts (dates TBA) for the fall traveling teams will be coordinated by Coach Valdez.