Beneath the white expanse of Apollo Park are green fields just biding their time. Spring soccer season is not far off.
Families of youth soccer players might have to use their imaginations as they trudge through snow to take advantage of Homewood-Flossmoor Soccer Club early-bird registration fees, which ends after March 7.
Walk-in registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, at Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave., in Homewood, and registration is available online.
League commissioners will be available to answer questions and assist with online registration, according to the club’s website. This will be the last day to receive the discounted registration fee of $95, or $255 for family maximum rate. After that, the registration fee will increase to $130, or $330 for family maximum rate.
And for those in the coed sixth, seventh and eighth grade league, a new feature will added that club commissioners believe will be benefit players and coaches alike.
“We are trying something new in this league,” said Commissioner Anne Colton. “The extra $5 per player will go to pay for professional trainers to work with each team for two of their practices.”
One purpose of providing professional training support is to help the players develop.
“We want to make these rec league players as ready as possible to try out for high school soccer teams,” Colton said in an email. “This will give every player a real boost in their skills and understanding of the game.”
But the trainers will also help coaches develop their skills.
“Some parents I have talked to on the sidelines said that they would be willing to coach but are concerned that they don’t have the skills or knowledge to coach kids of this age,” Colton said. “We want them to know that the HF Soccer Club will do whatever they need us to in order to support them and make sure every player has a spectacular season.”
The sixth, seventh and eighth grade coed league will add $5 to the registration fee this year to help defray the cost of the professional training program.
Anyone with questions about the club, the 2015 season or the registration process can contact the club administrator at [email protected].
Homewood-Flossmoor Soccer Club