Thunder Soccer Club

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.”

Thunder Soccer has provided a quality youth soccer program for the Leyden Community for the past 35 years. Thunder is not a Park District program but a Sports Affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park. Thunder is an all-volunteer program with parents & relatives becoming coaches and Board Members. Thunder Soccer is a proud member of the IYSA, Illinois Youth Soccer Association, and was recognized in 2009 as the Top Recreational Youth Soccer Club in the State of Illinois. 

Thunder Soccer conducts three soccer seasons, a fall, winter/ indoor and spring seasons for boys and girls from Kindergarten (Age 5 by first game) through 8th grade. Conventional program includes eight matches per season. Fall & Spring seasons feature two weekly one-hour training sessions at local parks and schools in the Leyden Area. Siblings guaranteed to train at the same fields. 

NOTE: Thunder Soccer will operate in accordance with the guidelines provided by Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA). State of Illinois health mandates will be followed at all times during the season. 

For information about the 2021 Fall season, contact Eric Krueger at (630) 337-9637

Vipers Baseball and Softball

Looking for an opportunity for your child to experience a unique team sport with excellent coaches and making new friends? Franklin Park Vipers provides a youth baseball and softball program for ages 5 through 16 years old for residents of Franklin Park and the surrounding communities.

The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over fifteen years. Our players have a unique opportunity to utilize an indoor training facility that Vipers players can use for free, once they are registered. The training facility has two batting cages, pitching section and an open area for throwing and other skill building exercises. Experienced players can focus on enhancing their pitching, hitting and game knowledge while newer players can focus on fundamentals.

Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to practice outside (April 1st). Our season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16-18 games.

In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, and Fall Ball. Our teams have won 1st – 3rd place in several divisions as well as placing 1st-3rd in local summer tournaments.

Our league is strengthened by our volunteers. Every season we look for ways of improving and with volunteer help, we can accomplish those goals. Registration for the 2022 season will be held online in November 2021. 

For more information, contact Tom Geiger at 708-707-8267 for Softball or Frank Bavone at 708-668-6673 for Baseball. 

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