Griffith Youth Soccer Program teaches life lessons

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By: Diane Poulton

August 20th, 2014
NWI Times

Participation in youth soccer teaches players the essential life skills of leadership, confidence, creativity and competition, Dan Perez, president of the Griffith Soccer Club says.

“Soccer is a fine balance of technical individual skills and tactical team skills happening at a very fast pace where every player is put in the leadership role,” Perez says. “Good young players develop and use both effectively. In other words, they know when to take charge and when to use support and never allow one to dominate at the expense of the other. This is a valuable leadership quality.”

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Soccer Board Nominations @ November Meeting

board_membersElection nomination are due this November for the 2015-2016 term.

This election is particularly important as many of our current board members will be moving on soon even if the positions are unfilled. As part of a healthy transition, members should be involved even if they do not hold positions so knowledge can be shared. With all board positions ending in December 2014, we need for a new group to get involved especially from our In-House parents. You are the future of the club. Please work with your teams, discuss and organize before the experienced group moves on. Some existing board members are planning to run, but I’m sure they would be willing to support a transition or shadow the new officers if someone wants to step up.

Elected Club Positions
Those interested in an elected position should be nominated during the November 13th meeting. The ballot will be during the December 11th meeting.

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Northwest Player Rep

Appointed Positions (President Nominated and New Board Approved)
Those interested in an appointed position should make their intentions know to anyone running for an elected position so they can be considered for nomination and approval during the January Meeting.

  • In-House Rep
  • In-House Co-Rep
  • Media Director
  • Team Parents NWISL
  • Team Parents In-House
  • SpiritWear Manager
  • Field Manager
  • Co-Field Manager
  • Equipment Manager
  • Concession Manager

Descriptions, duties and election protocol can be found in the ByLaws.

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Griffith Girls Soccer Game on WJOB

1384603888The Chesterton Trojans (11-2-2) travel to the new field turf at the Panther Den to take on Griffith (8-3-1) in a nonconference girls soccer match. Join Mike Knezevich and Kent Rosenbaum for pregame coverage at 6:15 PM CT, with kickoff to follow at 6:30 PM CT, live on 1230 AM WJOB and live and archived on

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Travel Schedules Posted

SchedulesNWISL schedules are now available on the Schedules Page. You will find team links to the NWISL website. Please remember that travel schedules are managed by the Northwest Indiana Soccer League and not the Griffith Soccer Club. Always check with your coach if you have any questions.

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NIGHT OUT Fundraiser Sept 6th

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Lightning Policy – SAY Soccer

StormcloudIn SAY the safety of players and participants is of utmost importance.  Soccer fields can be a dangerous place during severe weather.

  • You are in danger if you can see lightning.
  • You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder.
  • Lightning often travels sideways as far as 10 miles and can strike away from any rainfall even when skies are blue.

In event of a storm, games and/or practices must be stopped and suspended until the danger has passed using the following minimum criteria:

(1) The sighting of a lightning flash or the hearing of the sound of thunder shall be reason enough to stop and suspend a game or a practice session;

• Do not wait until it rains
• Do not try to reach the end of a quarter or the end of a game.

(2) Coaches shall take their players to a safe location upon suspension of a game and/or a practice session;

(3) Following suspension of a game, the referees shall promptly leave the field to a safe location;

(4) Play and/or practice shall not be resumed prior to 30-minutes after the last sighting of lightning or the last sound of thunder heard.


For a complete list of SAY policies, visit SAY Soccer Playing Laws

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High School Game – Youth Day

Youth Day - Fall2014


  • Field is ready and game will be played
  • A JV Game was added so feel free to come at 5 p.m.
  • One Goal Club (soccer booster) is going to provide a FREE hot dog to every player who comes through gate in uniform.

All Griffith Soccer Club players are invited to YOUTH DAY at Griffith High School on Monday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Come out to the New Turf Field* at Griffith High School and support the Griffith Varsity Boys teams as they take on Morton. Be sure to show to Griffith Soccer Club pride by wearing your uniform and get in free.

Hot Dogs and hamburgers will be available through the Griffith Soccer One Goal Club.

Please support Griffith Soccer.

** Subject To Change if the new field is not ready. If there is a cancellation, details will be posted here at

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In-House Game Schedules Posted

SchedulesLooking for game schedules for In-house teams? Check out the Schedules Page for the most current version.

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Picture Date is August 27th

2689542258d9fb851c22547aa3c699c958eafdd2We learned that some information may have been distributed that did not reflect a change in the picture date. Team parents and coaches were notified of the change, but just in case you have something that states otherwise, please note The correct picture date is August 27th. Your understanding is appreciated.

For the most current information, including changes, please check the Calendar.


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PCA Coaching Video

As we prepare for the Fall 2014 season it’s a good time to review how we can make this a positive experience for our players and parents. All coaches and parents are encourage to view this video presentation that has been added to the Coaches Page.

PCA_circle_webDouble-Goal Coach: to win and to teach life lessons - This on-line video presented by the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance). In this course you’ll learn about the two goals of the Double-Goal Coach: to win and to teach life lessons. You’ll learn the three main principles behind Positive Coaching–and you’ll see practical ways to use these principles with your team.


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