April Newsletter 2013
Dear Parents and Players,
Welcome Back from Spring Break! We hope everyone has had a nice vacation. We are excited to begin outdoor practices this week, and hope the weather will cooperate! Below are recent updates for our Club news.
Practices begin tomorrow, April 2. The Practice schedule is posted on the website under SCHEDULES. Some practice days/times/fields have changed so please review your child’s new Spring practice schedule.
PLEASE NOTE: Everett Fields are being regraded this Spring. Everett practices and games have been reassigned to Townline Park. Please check the Spring Schedule for new practice times and locations.
If you have not done so, please register your cell phone number with our Text Message Alert System for weather-related cancellations. Go to www.lfsaorg to register. You may also call the LFSA hotline for practice and game cancellations HOTLINE: (847) 234-2380
Game Schedules are posted on your team page. To view the spring game schedule, go to your team page at www.lfsa.org. Please remember to check the schedule on a regular basis, as there may be game or time changes throughout the season.
Games will begin next weekend: April 13th and 14th.
Welcome back to our Young Scouts teams for the Spring Season! Can and Oktay are looking forward to seeing everyone at Townline Park next week. Practices begin Tuesday April 9 and Friday April 12. Games begin Saturday, April 13th.
The Game schedule is posted on the website under YOUNG SCOUTS/Spring Game Schedule on the left hand side of the webpage.
Young Scouts Practices will be held at Townline Park on Tuesdays and Fridays
Young Scouts Games will be held at the LF Rec Center on Saturday Mornings
Registration is now open for LFSA Summer Camps. Full and Half Day camps are offered in June and July. Register Now! Space is limited.
The Tryout schedule has been posted on the website under Tryouts And Registration. All tryouts will be held at Lake Forest High School West Campus.
High School Girls Tryouts – May 4 & May 5th
U8 – U14 Tryouts – May 28 – May 31st
High School Boys Tryouts – Immediately following the fall high school season. Date TBD.
Spaces are still available in the Friday Spring Clinic if you would like to register for focused training this spring in preparation for tournaments and tryouts. Go to Camps and Clinics on the website to learn more.
Dear Parents and Players,
It’s hard to believe that March is upon us, and that there are only a few weeks left of the indoor season. We are all excited to get back outdoors for games and practices. We would like to thank you all for your patience and dedication during the winter season.
Below are updates for our Club news.
- Practices will run through Saturday/Sunday March 16/17
New This Year!! Spring Skills Clinic
LFSA is offering a 5-week skills clinic, on Fridays beginning April 19th . The clinic covers specific skills in preparation for State Cup, tournaments and tryouts. For registration and more information, go to Camps and Clinics at www.lfsa.org. The clinic will be held at Townline Park; the cost is $100. The clinic is open to all players, U8 - U14.
Spring Skills Clinic
Fridays, April 19 - May 17
5-6 pm Girls
6-7 pm Boys
Spring Practice Schedules are Posted
Practices for the Spring Season are posted on the website under SCHEDULES on the left hand side of the webpage.
Some of the practice days/times/fields have changed!!
- All Everett Park practices and games have been moved to Townline Park for the spring season.
- Young Scouts practices will move to Townline Park. (games will still be played on Saturdays at the Rec. Center)
Important Spring Soccer Dates:
March 8 – IWSL Game Schedule is now posted at www.iwsl.org. -Game changes are always a possibility. Don’t forget to check for updates.
March 20 – YSSL Games Schedule will be posted - Game changes are always a possibility. Don’t forget to check for updates.
March 23 - March 30 - Spring Break
April 2 – Outdoor Practices Begin
April 13 – June 8: YSSL Spring Outdoor Season Games Begin
April 14 – June 9 : IWSL Spring Outdoor Season Games Begin
Young Scouts will begin outdoor practices on Tuesday, April 9. Games will begin on Saturday, April 14. Teams will remain the same as the Fall Season.
Young Scouts Game Schedule - The game schedule for the Spring Season is posted on the website under YOUNG SCOUTS on the left hand side of the webpage; then click SPRING GAME SCHEDULE.
Welcome Team Brazil! - We have added a new team to our Young Scouts Program. Look for our new players at practices and games this Spring.
Young Scouts Important Dates:
April 9 (Tuesday) and April 12 (Friday) – First practice days for Spring Season
April 13 – June 8: Young Scouts Spring Games
May 25 – No Games on Memorial Day Weekend
Summer Camps – Registration is still open
LFSA will offer full and half day summer camps in June in July for ages U8- U14. This is a great opportunity for your child to continue their training, during the summer. The camps provide excellent skill development and are fun!
LFSA Summer Camps
June 17 – 21 and July 8 – 12
Full Day (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) $325
Half Day (9:00 am – noon) $225
Please contact Andrea Perino at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2013 Highlights
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February Highlights - Happy Valentine’s Day.
We hope everyone is enjoying the winter indoor season. Our teams are having great success in the NSISL league. Congratulations to all our players for a great effort! Below are Club updates.
Spring Practice Schedule
The Spring Practice schedule is now posted on the web site under ‘Schedules’. The practice days will remain the same for each team. However there are two adjustments to the spring schedule:
1) Practices run from 4:30 – 6:00 and 6:00 – 7:30. Longer daylight hours allows practices to be moved back by half an hour, thus allowing more time for players to arrive after school. Young Scouts practices remain from 4:00 – 5:00.
2) All EVERETT PRACTICES HAVE MOVED TO TOWNLINE FIELDS. The fields at Everett Park will receive a much-needed regrading this spring. We will have our practices and games at Townline Park. Young Scouts practices also move to Townline Park.
Spring Skills Clinic
LFSA is offering a Spring Skills Clinic. Training will focus on skill development in preparation for tryouts, tournaments and State Cup.
Spring Skills Clinic
Friday April 20th – May 17th
5-6 pm (Girls)
6-7 pm (Boys)
The Clinic is open to all travel ages U8 – U14.
Registration is available through the web site. Select Spring Skills Clinic 2013.
Fee: $100 for all five clinic days.
Spring Clinic Training Schedule:
4/27 Passing and Trapping
5/3 Crossing and Heading
Summer Camp registration is now open.
Full and Half day camps are available in June and July.
June 17 - 21
July 8 - 12
Full Day 9:00 am - 3:00 pm $325 (includes lunch)
Half Day 9:00 am - Noon $225
Please join us in welcoming a new team for the Spring Season: Team Brazil! Coach Can and Oktay are looking forward to having our Young Scouts return for the Spring Season as well as meeting our new Brazil players!
The spring practices will begin Tuesday April 9 or Friday April 12. Games will begin Saturday, April 13.
The Spring game schedule has been completed and will be emailed to each Young Scouts Family. The schedule is also posted on the web site.
Please note: Spring Practices will take place at Townline Park. The time will remain the same: 4:00 – 5:00 on Tuesdays or Fridays. Games will remain at the Rec. Center on Hastings Rd. on Saturday Mornings.
Spring Tournaments U8 – U14
Your Team Managers will be contacting you regarding the Spring Tournaments. LFSA will be participating in several tournaments throughout April and May. Please respond promptly to your Team Manger with your child’s availability and mark these important days on your calendar. The coaches will need full rosters for each tournament to allow for adequate rest to avoid injury and give the strongest competitive play.
High School Girls U19 Team
We would like to congratulate our GU19 team for placing 2nd in the IWSL Fall Season League with an impressive record of 6-2-1. The defense/goalkeeping was outstanding, with only 6 goals scores against for the entire season. Well done girls! February will be the last training month for our GU19 team as they prepare for tryouts at their respective High Schools. Thank you to Coach Can and to Mindy Bourne for her wonderful assistance as Team Manager! Best of luck to all of our players!
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January 2013 Highlights
Happy New Year from LFSA!
We hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday break. Thank you to all who were able to attend the 25th Anniversary Party. It was an enormous success and LFSA is happy to extend our gratitude for making our first 25 years so successful. Look for photos in an upcoming issue of Forest & Bluff!
January Assistant Referee Clinic
The January AR Clinic will be held at the Gorton Community Center on Saturday, January 26 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. There is one spot available. If your son or daughter is interested in becoming an Assistant Referee, visit www.IYSA.org and click on Referee – Clinics.
Please do not forget to complete the indoor medical waiver for your child for the Indoor League.
Young Scouts Winter Clinic
Coach Can Gungoren is holding a Young Scouts Winter Clinic on Tuesdays from 4-5 pm at Lake Forest Country Day school. This is an excellent way for our Young Scouts to get extra touches on the ball and continue their training through the winter. The camp is designed to be fun and instructional. Details and registration can be found on the LFSA website under Young Scouts. Friends are welcome! Players do not need to be registered with Young Scouts to attend the Winter Clinic.
Winter Indoor League Updates
Below is information regarding the indoor winter league which begins this weekend.
-Practices are held on Mondays or Fridays at the Highland Park Indoor Practice Facility
-Practice schedules are posted on the LFSA website under ‘Schedules’
-Practices begin Friday, January 4th
-Games begin Saturday, January 5th . All games are held at the Indoor Practice Facility.
-Game schedules are posted on the HP Field House website (see below)
-A waiver is required for each player (see below)
Highland Park Field House
Waivers – Must be completed by Friday, Jan. 4th
Each player must have a completed electronic waiver on file with the HP Field House. The waiver will include your electronic signature. When completing the waiver, the form will ask you for the team name. Please input your team name – for example: LFSA Boys U10 Select, or LFSA Girls U9 White, etc.
-Several of our teams are playing up in a division. Please complete the waivers based on your team’s current age group.
-Our U8 teams are combined blue and white. They are can be listed as Boys U8 LFSA Blue and Girls U8 LFSA Blue.
Indoor Rules and Regulations
Complete league rules and regulations. - Click Here
Highland Park Field House Rules
No Food allowed in the Highland Park Field House
-No Gum Chewing Allowed in the Highland Park Field House
-Water is the only drink permitted in the HP Field House
-Outdoor cleats are allowed.
- Players cannot bring balls into the field house on game days. Players must bring soccer balls to all practices.
Parking is very limited at the HP Field House. Please use caution and patience when dropping off and picking up your child. This is especially important when the snow comes, and it is dark. The safety of our players is our first concern.
Players are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up from Rt. 41!!
Congratulations For a Great Fall Season!
Girls U8 Blue - First Place - N Division coached by Ivo Iontchev
Girls U9 Blue - First Place - BN Division coached by Susie Kullby
Girls U10 Select - First Place - A Division coached by Tim Marginean
Girls U12 Select - First Place - BN Division coached by Can Gungoren
Girls U11 Select - 2nd Place - A Division coached by Oktay Akgun
Boys U13 Select - 2nd Place - Division 2 coached by Can Gungoren
25th Year Celebration!
December marks the end of our 25th Anniversary Year! LSFA is proud to be a part of the community. We have enjoyed providing your children with a strong soccer program which emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork and development. We look forward to the future and will continue to grow and offer new programs for the community.
Please join us for a Holiday Party and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, December 22 at the Grille on Laurel from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for cocktails, light buffet and holiday cheer! Invitations will be included in the player evaluations mailed this week.
The coaches have completed the Fall player evaluations. You will be receiving these in the mail this week. The evaluations are extremely helpful to let each player know where they are excelling and improving, and where they can work on their development. Please share this information with your child and feel free to contact your coach if you have any questions. Our players have had excellent development this fall and the coaches are happy to share their progress with you.
Assistant Referee Clinic
There are still spaces available for the AR Clinic to be held Saturday, January 26th at the Gorton Community Center from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. The clinic is open to all players, U12 and above. For more information, see the LFSA website under ‘Camps and Clinics’.
Young Scouts Winter Clinic
Our Young Scouts finished a great season of soccer and fun! If your child loves soccer and would like to continue to play in the winter, LFSA is offering a Winter Clinic on Tuesdays during January and February. The clinic is held at Lake Forest Country Day School. For more information, see the website under Camps and Clinics or the Young Scouts Tab. Spaces are still available!
We hope Young Scouts parents are able to join us for the Holiday Party and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, December 22. Invitations will be mailed this week.
Travel Winter Indoor Soccer
Our Travel program moves indoors, beginning in January. Practices will be held one day per week, and games will be played on weekends. Practice schedules are posted on the LFSA website under Schedules. Games schedules will be posted as soon as they are available.
- Indoor practices and games take place at the Highland Park Practice Facility located at 2205 Skokie Valley Highway (Rt. 41). Just north of Target.
- Practice days in the winter may be different than the Fall. Please check the practice schedule on the LFSA website. Our practice days are Mondays and Fridays.
- Several teams begin their practices at 4:00 pm. We realize that it is a very tight time frame and does not allow much time after school to get to Highland Park. The coaches understand that some players may arrive a few minutes late. If your child is arriving late due to school, please have them dressed and ready to join the practice already in progress.
- Practices begin Friday, January 4th and Monday, January 7th
- Games begin Saturday, January 5. Players practicing on Mondays will have a game before their first practice. Players practicing on Fridays will have their first game the day after their first practice.
- Players can wear their cleats at the indoor practice facility. No new footwear is needed. (T-shirts/shorts, shin guards, soccer ball and water bottle ) Please no snacks or beverages other than water. Label Everything - Sweatshirts, jackets, soccer balls, etc.
- In the case of snow or other unforeseen circumstances, the Hotline will be updated and text messages will be sent alerting parents of the schedule change.
LFSA would like to wish all our families a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
End of Season
If this weekend’s game is your team’s last game, you will not have practice next week. (For example, if your game on Nov. 10th was rescheduled earlier in the season, you will not have practice next week.)
LFSA will offer a winter skills camp on Fridays during November and December. Registration is now open. Go to www.lfsa.org and click on Camps and Clinics.
LFSA Winter Camp
Fridays 4:00 – 6:00 pm
November 30 –December 21
Highland Park Indoor Fieldhouse
(Rt. 41, just north of Target)
This four week camp will focus on:
- Foot skills
-Technical and Tactical Training
-Speed, Agility, Conditioning
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
U8 – U10 First 30 Registrations
U11 – U14 First 30 Registrations
(Registration deadline: Monday, Nov. 26)
Young Scouts Winter Clinic
LFSA will offer a Young Scouts skills clinic on Tuesdays during January and February. Registration is now open! Go to www.lfsa.org. and click on Camps and Clinics.
Young Scouts Winter Clinic
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm (8 Weeks)
January 8th – February 26th
Lake Forest Country Day School
For more information visit the website and
Click on Young Scouts
Travel Indoor Season
The Indoor season will begin on Friday, January 4th with practices. Games will begin on Saturday Janaury 5th (boys) and Sunday January 6th (girls). All practices and games will take place at the Highland Park Indoor Practice Facility. Outdoor cleats are allowed for this facility.
Congratulations to our teams on their strong start to the fall season. There are still five to six weeks of games and the coaches are looking forward to continued growth, development, and fun!
Several of our teams have had scheduled outings – team barbeques and a trip to the Chicago Fire Soccer game. If your team has an event, please email a photo to be posted on the website or Facebook .
New Fall Practice Times
(New practice schedule is posted on the web site under Schedules)
Beginning Monday October 1st
First Practice Session
4:00 – 5:30 No Change
Second Practice Session
5:15 – 6:45 New Time
The second practice session will be moved up by 15 minutes, now that the days are getting shorter. This will allow a full 1 1/5 hour practice, even with the earlier sunsets.
Teams should arrive at 5:15 and warm up as a group from 5:15 – 5:30 on the side of the fields. The coaches will be depending upon this self-led warm-up, so that practices can begin promptly at 5:30. (There will be a 15 minute overlap where both sets of teams are at the park)
No Change to Goalie Practices
Please note: practice times will change again, as the days get shorter. Toward the end of October and into November the practices will move to lighted Deerpath fields. Communication updates will be sent when practice times change.
25th Anniversary Magnets are Here !!!
Each player will receive a new 25th Anniversary car magnet. Team managers should have them by next week.
No Practice October 31st
LFSA will again offer winter skills clinics during November and December. Clinics will be held at the Highland Park Indoor Practice Facility. Registration will be available on the website in a few weeks. Watch for updates with more information for Winter Camps.
The Young Scouts teams are showing wonderful improvement as the season continues! Games will be held through Saturday, October 27th.
A winter skills clinic will be offered in January and February, specifically targeted for the Young Scout age group. Watch for updates regarding program information.
As we move into October, players should dress for the weather. Sweatshirts and other warm layers are fine for practices. During games, layering pieces under the uniform will help keep players warm.
Lost and Found
LFSA does not have a designated Lost and Found department. Very soon, coats, hats and sweatshirts will be worn at practices, and peeled off as players warm up. Please mark everything with your child’s name! Remind your child to check his/her bag for their belongings before they leave the field.
Dear Parents and Players,
Welcome to our Fall Season! Regular season practices have begun and we are looking forward to the first games this weekend!
Congratulations to the Girls U13 Select Team – Champions at the Danny Cunniff Tournament.
Congratulations to the Girls U9 Select Team – Champions at the Palatine Celtic Cup.
Check out Facebook for more photos!
25 Year Magnets
We have ordered new car magnets celebrating LFSA’s 25 years! Team Managers will recive a supply and distribute to all players and Young Scouts. Thank you for helping us reach this 25 Year Milestone!
Club directories will be printed this month. Team Managers will be sending out a final draft of your team’s contact information. Please take a look to make sure that your family information is correct.
If you have a change to your information, email your team manager. You must also change the information on the household display screen on the web site for it to become a permanent change.
a) Click on the yellow registration button on the web site home page
b) Sign in with your email and password
c) Select the 3rd registration option – updating household information
d) Make the necessary changes
e) Don’t forget to click “update” after you have made changes
By updating your household screen, it will ensure that all club-wide emails and other correspondence are sent to the correct addresses.
Practices and Games
Now that the League competition is underway, attendance is required at all practices and games. Your team is counting on you! If you have a schedule conflict or illness, contact your Coach and Team Manager as soon as possible!
Young Scouts practices begin this week at Everett Park. The first games are this Saturday at the LF Rec Center. Uniform jerseys can be picked from Kiddles any time this week. If your child was unable to attend warm-up days, you can check in at the beginning of the Tuesday or Friday practice this week to receive your t-shirt, soccer ball and Parent Folder.
Our text-message provider has been having software problems. They have assured us that the system errors have been corrected. Please be patient over the next few weeks. The Weather Hotline will continue to be updated with cancellations and changes.
The club does not have a designated Lost and Found collection. If your child loses a soccer ball, jacket, sweatshirt, or backpack, please email your team manager as soon as possible. You may also email the office (email@example.com) to see if another Coach rescued the item. Label, label, label!
If you have photos you would like added to the web site, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 16th
Kick Off Night
In lieu of kick-off night we will have regularly scheduled practices on Thursday August, 23. This has several advantages:
- Provide a better exchange between parents and coaches at team meetings
- Allow families to focus on back-to-school week, with an already crazy-busy schedule
- Allow teams additional day to prepare for the upcoming tournaments
- Team meetings, which were regularly schedule at Kick-Off will now take place on an individual basis – allowing coaches and parents more time to discuss the program, expectations and other items.
Club wide events like the Lake Forest Day Parade were a great success! We love getting the Club together - but we realize that this is a busy week for families, and how limited the coaches’ accessibility is at Kick-Off Night.
Team Managers will schedule a team meeting with parents and coaches within the next few weeks to go over the new season, distribute any important forms and answer questions. Most of the team meetings will take place over the tournament weekend, (Danny Cunniff or Palatine) when parents and coaches are together. These will be scheduled independently by each manager so that the coach will be able to provide full attention to each team
For the U8 teams which do not have a tournament over Labor Day, the coaches and team managers will set aside time after one of the practice sessions.
Game Schedules are Up!!
Fall Game Schedules are linked to your team’s web page. Any game changes will feed directly to the LFSA website. Don’t forget to bookmark your team’s page on your smartphone for quick access to game and field information! To view your schedule, go to www.lfsa.org. Click on Boys or Girls teams on the side bar, and select your age group.
Calendar, Calendar, Calendar
The website calendar has been updated and has links to upcoming tournament websites and other Club information.
The contacts for upcoming tournaments are your Team Managers. In addition, there are links directly to the tournament web sites on the Calendar. Managers will be receiving updated tournament information next week. By now you should have received an email of your team’s roster, and a welcome email from your Team Manager. (Boys U13 Select and Girls U12 Premier are still without Team Mangers. To volunteer, contact Andrea Perino)
Unform orders, white socks and other merchandise are now in stock. Stop into Kiddles and ask for Howard.
Christopher Quon Foundation
A Note from the Quon and Gorand Families
Dear Fellow Soccer Fans and Friends of the Quon and Gorand Family,
The 2012 LFHS Varsity Boys Soccer team has once again decided to dedicate this year’s Alumni Game in honor of LFHS varsity soccer and lacrosse player Chris Quon, Class of 2005. Also honored at this year’s game is longtime LFHS and LFSA soccer supporter, Jim Gorand, who passed away last fall.
Please join us for the Christopher Quon Alumni Game on Saturday, August 18, 5:15pm at West Campus on Varsity Field (Blue/gold games begin at 3pm).Proceeds from a raffle and auction will be donated to the Christopher Quon Foundation and funds will be used to help others in honor of both Chris and Jim. Wonderful silent auction items include packages from local businesses, tickets to a Bulls game, tickets to the Tony-winning Best Musical "Memphis", a US jersey signed by the 2012 Olympics US Women’s soccer teams - and much more! Raffle items include everything from a manicure at Beauty Spot to a NCAA soccer mini-ball!
As most of you know, Chris played in his only alumni game in 2009. It was a night our family will always remember and we are grateful the high school team has chosen to honor Chris with this special alumni game. Jim (father of Chris’ teammate, Pat) was at the game last year and we will always remember the huge smile he had on his face enjoying watching a soccer game with his granddaughter in his arms.
We miss Chris and Jim- and know they wanted to make a difference in the world. Through Chris’ foundation, we would like to continue their spirit of giving. (For more information about the Foundation see below or go to www.christopherquonfoundation.org.)
Enjoy a game under the lights, support the LFHS teams as they kick off
their new season, cheer on LFSA alumni,
eat some great food from Potbelly, and win some fun prizes
to help others through the Christopher Quon Foundation.
We hope to see you there!
ABOUT THE CHRISTOPHER QUON FOUNDATION…
Through the loving donations of friends and family, the foundation was established in honor of Christopher Quon who unexpectedly lost his life from heart failure at the age of 22 in 2009. A graduate of Lake Forest High School (LFHS) in 2005 and Colorado College (CC) in 2009, Chris had just begun his career as a financial analyst at Duff & Phelps in Chicago.
Throughout the last three years, the funds have been used to support all that Chris loved and cared about so deeply. A varsity athlete in high school and college in both soccer and lacrosse, Chris used his sports whenever he could to help others less fortunate than him. As Chris did, the foundation has continued to support organizations that 1) are committed to fighting cancer, 2) use sports to develop young people, and 3) help disadvantaged young people in the areas of sports, music and travel. The CQF also honors Chris by giving back to his two alma maters with scholarships.
Chris’ family is committed to making donations in ways that will make Chris (and Jim!) proud. All proceeds from the Alumni game will be donated to help others in honor of both Chris and Jim. We are grateful for the continued support of LFHS Boys Soccer!
July 1, 2012
We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Below is a recap of our recent activities, and details of upcoming events. We wish all of our LFSA families a happy and safe 4th of July.!
We had wonderful success at the Libertyville Classic over Memorial Day Weekend. Several LFSA teams finished as Champions in their divisions! Photos are posted on the website. If you have other photos you wish to post, please send them to email@example.com.
Thank You! To all the volunteers who helped make our tryouts a success! We had record numbers of players attend and a wonderful pool of talent. LFSA will be fielding 26 teams this year, from U8 through High School.
If you have not completed the registration for your child, it is due now! Please contact Andrea Perino at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not submitted the required forms and payment for the 2012-2013 Season. Waitlisted players will be offered roster placement if registrations are not received.
Registration is still open for the July Summer Camp. Camp runs from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th. Camp begins at 9:00 am at Everett Park. Full and Half day spots are still open. To register, visit the website at www.lfsa.org.
The practice schedules for August pre-season training are posted on the web site under “Schedules”. Coaches understand that many families have scheduled vacations during August. Players are expected to attend all August practices unless they have an excused absence. Please check with your child’s coach if your child will miss part of the August Pre-Season.
Lake Forest Days
In celebration of Lake Forest Days, field practice will be cancelled and our Club will participate in the Lake Forest Day Parade. After the parade the players will have the rest of the day off to attend the carnival and other activities. More information regarding the meeting time and location will be sent closer to the parade date.
Fall Practice Schedule
The fall practice schedule has been completed. Please check the web site under "Schedules" for days, times and locations by team.
We would like to extend warm wishes to Coach Roberto Basave who is moving from LFSA to pursue other opportunities. Roberto was also the director of our Young Scouts program. We wish him well.
The Young Scouts program will be directed by Oktay and Coach Can. Oktay originated the Young Scouts program several years ago. He and Can are excited to be back with our younger players at a developmental level.
Assistant Referee Clinic
The IYSA is hosting an Assistant Referee Clinic August 9th in Arlington Heights. The clinic if offered to first time referees (never USSF certified) who want to be certified for the Fall Season Experienced ARs (who missed the January Clinic) who wish to be recertified may take the clinic but their recertification will not be valid until January 2013. For more information and to register, visit the IYSA website at www.IYSA.org or click here for clinic information.
2012 is not a new uniform year for LFSA. Addidas has extended our uniform style for one more year. If your child is new to the club or if you need a new uniform, please see Howard at Kiddles AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. He will be submitting the uniform order within the week. Jersey numbers can be chosen through Kiddles. Remember, only one player in each age group can have a number. (example: a U13 Select and U13 Premier team player cannot have the same number).
Young Scouts registration for the 2012-2013 season is still open. If your 5-7 year old is interested, please register online at www.lfsa.org.
May 17, 2012
The Home Page for our new web site will be operational beginning Friday of this week! You will notice many similarities, and we have added new features which will make it easier to navigate and more convenient to use. Below is a brief overview of the changes to the Home Page.
Descripton: This box, located on the home page, allows you to access the registration system with one click. No more drilling into website text to find the registration link!
Description: This box, located on the home page, tells you which fields are open (letting you know practices and games are on) and which fields are closed (games and practices are cancelled). The color indicators of Green, Yellow and Red let you know if practices are canceled.
Purpose: Many parents find it convenient to check the website for game and practice cancellations. The field status box will let you know, at a glance, if practices are cancelled.
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If the box is GREEN, all fields are open, and practices and games are scheduled as normal.
If the box is YELLOW, some of the fields are closed. The closed fields will be indicated in the yellow box. If your field is listed as closed, then no practices or games will be played until the field is reopened. If the box is yellow, and you do not see your field listed, then your field is not closed and all games and practices are on as scheduled, for your field.
Example: The Field Status Alert is yellow and indicates: “Northcroft Park all fields”. This means that all the fields at Northcroft Park are closed. Everett Park and West Campus are still open, because they were not listed as closed.
If the box is RED, all fields are closed until further notice. All practices and games are cancelled for all fields.
Note, for weekday practices, field conditions are assessed at 3:00 pm. If the weather is very bad, with no chance of improving, the field closures may be determined earlier in the day. However, in most cases the closures will not be determined until 3:00 pm. Weekend closures and cancellations of home games are done on an as needed basis, and updated throughout the day.
Text Message Alert
Description: The website will send a text message to your cell phone when there is a change in status for your fields.
Purpose: You can receive notification immediately, via your cell phone, when there is are cancellations due to weather. You must sign up for this free notification service.
To sign up: Go to the Home Page, click on the text message alert system. You will be asked to enter your cell phone number and select the fields you are interested in. You may enter multiple cell phone numbers by signing up again and listing a new cell phone number.
The Hotline is still operational! You can call (847) 234-2380 to hear updates about field closures and cancellations.
Description: The calendar icon at the top of the webpage will provide a link to important upcoming LFSA events.
Purpose: At a glance the club Calendar and will show upcoming club events and important dates. Need more information? Just click on an event for a detailed description.
If your team has a budding photographer, action shots and team photos are perfect for posting on the website. As always, in accordance with LFSA policy, names of minors are not published on the website.
Our new webpage will offer more options for displaying information. If you have an idea or suggestion to make our website better, we want to hear about it! Email email@example.com.
May - Highlights
Dear Parents and Players,
The Spring Season is under way and our teams put forth a great effort at the Eclipse Select Spring Classic this weekend.
Congratulations to our GU9 Blue team for finishing in 2nd place.
Congratulations to the GU11S and GU10S teams – Tournament Champions in the Black Division!
May is tryout month! The website has been updated with the tryout schedule, age groups and locations. Registration is open for all age groups!
Click Here to Register for Tryouts
High School Girls Travel Teams - Tryouts are open for all girls age U14 and above.
High School Tryouts – Girls
Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20
6:00 – 7:30 pm
West Campus Fields
U8 – U14 Travel Teams - Tryouts will be held May 29 – June 1st.
U8 - U14 Tryouts
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 – 30 - Everett Park
Thursday and Friday, May 31 – June 1 - West Campus
- Walk-ins are welcome however it is strongly recommended to pre-register on the website. This year new player passes will be issued for ALL players – meaning new photographs of every player trying out. This will take some time, so don’t get caught in a long line of parents filling out waivers and signing forms! Pre-register before May 25!
- Tryout numbers will be pre-assigned so remember to indicate your child’s t-shirt size when you register. T-sirts can be pcked up when you arrive at tryouts.
High School Boys Team
LFSA is excited to be fielding a boys’ team for our rising and current high school players. Players BU14 and above, and current high school players are encouraged to try out.
High School Tryouts – Boys
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 - 10
6:00 – 7:30 pm
West Campus Fields
Summer camp registration is still open for full and half day camps in June and July. Spaces are limited.
Click here for our Summer Camp Brochure.
The Coaches will be completing the Spring evaluations within the next few weeks. These will be mailed before tryouts.
Many of you may have noticed new descriptions and articles in our website. This is the first step in providing more detailed information to our Club, and those who visit our website. A new Home Page will be installed soon. The new features of this will be detailed in a future Highlights communication.
- Email address – We have changed our email address to Soccer@LFSA.org. Shorter and easier to type! Note: the current address is still operational and linked to the new address. They both will work as we phase in the new address.
- Hotline – The Hotline phone number will be displayed on the new Home Page. We are also adding a feature where that provides field closings to your mobile phone via text message. In the meantime, the best method to communicate cancellations and rainouts is through the Hotline
Weather Hotline: (847) 234-2380
Thank you to all our Young Scouts parents for their patience while the weather hotline was down. AT&T worked hard to recover service, however not in time for game day! The new website design and text messaging system will be very welcome!
- Team Photos Young Scouts Team Photos will be taken Saturday, May 19th by Sportography Photo Studios. Envelopes will be handed out at practice a week prior, and a team photo schedule will be communicated. Additional order envelopes will be available on the 19th as well.
- Transition to U8 Travel Team If your child loves the Young Scouts program and would like to continue with LFSA you are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the U8 Travel teams. These teams are open to both boys and girls who have a passion for soccer and have a talent for the game. The meeting will be brief, but informative. Roberto, Oktay, Can, Susie and the other U8 coaches will be available to answer any questions you have.
Young Scouts Meeting
Friday, May 18 5:00 pm (after practice)
- Memorial Day There will be no Young Scouts practice on Friday May 25 or games on Saturday May 26, due to Memorial Day Weekend.
Look for an article about LFSA in the Tribune Local section of the Chicago Tribune on May 10th. LFSA is very proud of its players and coaches!
Dear Parents and Players,
Welcome Back from Spring Break! We hope everyone has had a nice vacation. We are excited to begin outdoor practices this week, and the mild weather will be a welcome addition. Below are recent updates for our Club news.
LFSA in the News!
In case you missed the March issue of Forest & Bluff, LFSA was featured in an uplifting article highlighting our 25 year history and the vision and goals of our Director of Coaching, Oktay Akgun. Bravo LFSA!
Practices begin tomorrow, April 2. The Practice schedule is posted on the website under SCHEDULES on the left hand side of the webpage. Some practice days/times/fields have changed. If your practice has changed, it does not affect your home game field.
A future feature on the website will allow you to check field conditions and cancellations directly on-line. Until this is up and running, please remember to call the LFSA hotline for practice and game cancellations HOTLINE: (847) 234-2380
- Game Schedules are posted on your team page. To view the spring game schedule, go to your team page at www.lfsa.org. Please remember to check the schedule on a regular basis, as there may be game or time changes throughout the season.
- Games will begin next weekend: April 14th and 15th.
Welcome back to our Young Scouts teams for the Spring Season! Roberto is looking forward to seeing everyone at Everett Park next week.
- Practices begin Tuesday April 10 and Friday April 13. Games begin Saturday, April 14th.
- The Game schedule is posted on the website under YOUNG SCOUTS/Spring Game Schedule on the left hand side of the webpage or click here for YS Spring Game Schedule
- We have room for new players for the Spring Season! If you have a friend who would like to join, please have them contact Andrea Perino. Please welcome the following players for Spring: Meredith Kowalski (Italy), Aiden Punthenveetil (Argentina), Austin Okada (Holland) and Lorenzo Nottoli (Brazil).
Registration is now open for LFSA Summer Camps. Full and Half Day camps are offered in June and July. Register Now! Space is limited.
We are looking for photos of our teams in action (or at team gatherings) to include on the website. If you have a photo, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Summer Camp Flier
Registration for 2012 Summer Camp is now open!