SHOULD MY CHILD JOIN ALLIANCE FC?
Are you thinking about joining Alliance FC but don’t know if it’s right for you…or more importantly…your child? Before making any drastic decisions, first ask yourself these THREE questions:
1.) Did my child have FUN playing on his/her team last season?
2.) Did my child like his/her Coach last season, and was his/her Coach “nice/fair” to all the players on the team?
3.) Did my child learn SOMETHING about soccer last season?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, our advice to you is this – Have your child play on the same team again next year! As much as we’d love to have your child join our Club, your child is already experiencing what most kids don’t...a positive playing experience.
If you answered NO to one or more of the questions mentioned above, then maybe Alliance FC is right for your child…but only you and your child can answer that. 70% of kids drop out of youth sports by the age of 13. Alliance FC was designed specifically to combat this statistic GUARANTEEING A POSITIVE PLAYING EXPERIENCE for all players who want to play the game of soccer. We are a soccer program designed to develop soccer players. Sure, we teach the kids leadership skills and important life lessons along the way that go beyond the soccer field, but we are a soccer program first and foremost. So, before you sign your child up to play with us, sit down with him/her and ask your child – “Do you love playing soccer?” If they aren’t sure, don’t force them. There is nothing more frustrating as a parent than having to drag your child to practices and games.
As parents, the other question you should consider – “Is joining Alliance FC best for my child?” You know your child better than we do. We have multiple families in the Club in which one child plays for Alliance FC and their other child plays for a different soccer club because they understand that what’s best for one child isn’t necessarily always best for the other. And that’s, OK! No hard feelings here! The same goes for making a decision that is best for your FAMILY. Maybe “shuttling the kids around to youth sports every night of the week” isn’t high on your family’s priority list. (In all fairness, it’s only 2-3 times per week with Alliance FC, but you get the point). Sit down... as a family... and TALK! What’s right for YOUR family, isn’t necessarily right for another.
CAN MY CHILD PLAY FOR ALLIANCE FC AND ANOTHER SOCCER CLUB?
We get this question a lot. Let’s start by saying that our mission has always been (and will always be) about the players themselves. We strive to nurture good teammates, develop good soccer players, encourage multi-sport athletes, and protect athletes from player burnout and overuse injuries all while fostering a positive playing experience around the game.
How do we meet our mission? At Alliance FC, we periodize our schedule for every team over the course of the year. That means there are “peaks” and “valleys” when training intensifies and other times when it drops off. We also provide multiple “off-seasons” throughout the year. All of this is carefully planned to reduce the risk of player burnout and overuse injuries. Another reason we do this is to encourage our players to play other sports. Some of our players go “missing” from January to March when they play in a Rec basketball league or ice hockey. Others go “missing” for a few months in the spring when lacrosse season starts. We say GREAT! As Coaches, how can we be anything less than overjoyed that our players play multiple sports when all the research out there on multi-sport athletes says this will only benefit the athlete (and team) in the long run?
Alliance FC provides over 90 training sessions and 30 games every season for our players, which is the recommended 3-to-1 practice-to-game ratio according to US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches. Any more practices or games, and the players risk burnout or injury. Any less, and their skills won’t develop.
For these reasons, we would much rather have you play a different sport than play simultaneously on another soccer team. With that said, each family is entitled to make a decision that works best for them and their child. If your child has the desire to play on another soccer team, in fairness to his or her Alliance FC teammates, we only ask that all Alliance FC practices, games, and tournaments take precedence over those of the other soccer program.
At the end of the day, it shouldn’t be as complicated as rocket science or as nerve-racking as applying to college. It’s JUST youth soccer. As parents and coaches, if we just let the kids play, have fun, and stay out of their way – in the end, they’re going to be ok!