GTCSC Community; In our latest Board Meeting, we began a discussion based around the idea of POSSIBLY starting a Club Program right here out of good old GT. During its 'adolescent' years, there were a number of Club Teams that called GT their home, so this is nothing new to some of us on the Board that were apart of these teams. I have said since day 1 that one of my goals is not only to make the game enjoyable for our youth, but also to bring the competitive edge back to a once very proud and powerful program. We have a large amount of talent that leave our league every year, deservedly so, because we have not offered any advancement for them in their own backyard. Well the time has come to explore this possibility.
If your child is born in the years 2011 or earlier, please fill out this form if you would be interested in the possibility of trying out for a team. Right now, we want to look at having Club teams after players leave U10, because we want them to have the experience of possibly playing in the Recreational Tournaments before making the jump to Club. IF we need to widen the age range in order to meet the requirements to start a program, we will.
Please understand that we are surveying interest because we do not want to 'Rob Peter to pay Paul'...we will NOT sacrifice the recreational program just to have a club program. So with that being said, if you know any local talent that has left or families from other cities who are interested in getting involved with a start up program, please share this link. But we also do not want to discourage current GTCSC players from trying out for the teams either, so if you feel your player is capable, then by all means, fill out the survey.
The sooner it is shared and filled out, the better odds we have at making a decision. Our next meeting will be 2/17 and then not again until 3/17. If we do not have viable interest before the March Meeting, we will put the Club Program on the back burner and revisit it again next off season.
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Grand Terrace Community Soccer Club has been serving Grand Terrace and surrounding communities since 1979. The objective of the Grand Terrace Community Soccer Club is to advance the cause of soccer within the Grand Terrace Community, promote sportsmanship and to offer all levels of the sport of soccer to the youth of the community. We accomplish this by supporting competitive teams, educational clinics and programs for all aspects of soccer. Players from 4-18 in all surrounding communities are welcome to play in our Fall and Spring seasons. Birth Certificates are required only if you have not played in our league within the last 3 years.
Collecting Vintage GTCSC Photos
The GTCSC Board is collecting past GTCSC pictures. If you played or coached soccer in Grand Terrace more than a decade ago please consider submitting them for a project we are working on. Please email your vintage GTCSC photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual, team and candid photos wanted! Thank you for your participation.
What Size Ball Should Your Child Be Using?
Although each coach will have their unique expectations for teams, here is a quick checklist of items you will need for your first day of practice.
1. Comfortable Shorts and Shirt
3. Shin Guards
4. Soccer Ball
5. Water Bottle
6. Soccer Bag
When it comes to purchasing shin guards the most important element is to make sure that most of the leg, from ankle to knee is covered. It is important to have a large protection area up to two inches below the knee. Shin guards protect the soft tissue and bones in our lower legs from kicks and other hits while playing soccer. Since soccer is a contact sport, shin guards must be worn at every practice and game and be covered entirely by stockings.
Fun Fact: Shin guards reduce force from 11% to 17% and strain by 45% to 51% on the guarded leg.
The Inland Empire offers many options for purchasing your youth soccer equipment. Here are some fun links to help you get started with your online browsing.
Amazon Personalized Soccer Bag- Personalized bags are not required but can be a fun addition to the soccer season. Check out these fun reasonably priced personalized bags. Who wouldn't one?
Amazon Soccer Cones- Want to practice drills with your child at home? These cones will be sure to help you develop your child's soccer skills and techniques.
Amazon Youth Soccer Cleats- This is a great place to sort for cleats by size, color, brand and price. There are many options and affordable choices.
Big5 Sporting Goods- This has always been a favorite spot to purchase youth soccer gear. Big5 offers a large menu of soccer necessities with reasonable pricing. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
Dicks Sporting Goods- Dicks offers a large and fun selection of youth soccer equipment. Youth Soccer Packages are available starting at $34.99, complete with a ball, shin guards and cleats. Free Shipping on orders of $49 or more. They also offer price matching!
Shop Fun Soccer Socks!- These are an absolute luxury item but if you love fun socks, take a look at these way cool options for practice.
It's soccer season and leading by example is going to be more important than ever. While we are all here to love and support our beloved soccer player(s), games can get heated and it can be hard to lead by example. Maintaining a positive attitude and keeping your cool is necessary in modeling good behavior. Here are some tips to help your soccer player learn good sportsmanship.
Follow the Rules: Make sure that your child understands the rules and expectations of the game (and their coach) and follows them. This skill is important in soccer and in life!
Be Respectful: It is important that we are always respectful to our coaches, teammates, opponents, referee's and any other person we come in contact with on the field and at practice.
Do Not Argue with Coaches or Referees: Even when things seem unfair, it is better to stay quiet and keep your composure than to create an outburst. Remember the children are watching and they are the reason we are here to begin with.
Be Kind to Others: We don't get to pick our coaches or our teammates. We are all unique and we all bring something new to the table. Let's do our best to support and encourage one another.
Have a Positive Attitude: Volunteer to help your coach at practice, complement the teammate who just shot their first goal. Say hello to the shy parent who always sits by themselves. Encourage your children to smile when they see fellow soccer players at school and in the community. We are all in this together!
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