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Part-time Soccer Coach – Paid Position

North Polk United is in search of a part-time coach as a paid position.  The selected individual can expect approximately 15 hours per week to include 5 hours of admin work and 10 hours of field work.

This is a two season soccer club running from approximately Labor Day through October 31 and end of March through Memorial Day. Focus is with the 5U-10U age groups to establish a sound foundation for skill development and love of sport.

Tasks:
+ Document weekly training sessions and distributing to coaches/parents for 5U/6U and 7U/8U.  8-10 weeks in the fall and 8-10 weeks in the spring.

+ Document weekly training sessions and posting or distributing to coaches for 9U-10U.  8-10 weeks in the fall and 8-10 weeks in the spring.

+ Lead 5U/6U weekly training sessions/Skills Night-30-45 minutes/week for 6-8 weeks.

+ Coordinate volunteer coaches to assist and participate in weekly sessions.
– Lead 7U-10U Skills Nights on a weekly basis for a total of 2 hours per week (6-8 weeks/season).

+ Coordinate volunteer coaches to assist and participate in weekly sessions.
– Join individual team training sessions to help teach the game and skills. Also, to support new coaches and those new to the game. This individual must be proactive and schedule time with the volunteer coaches to join their sessions throughout the season.
– Organize and lead a North Polk United Coaching clinic (fall and spring seasons).

The selected candidate will have the ability to provide guidance to volunteer coaches with limited soccer knowledge and engage in a positive manner with young, learning children.

To express interest or ask questions please contact us at admin@northpolkunited.org

All applicants must submit a resume to the email address above.

North Polk United Spring 2017 Survey Results

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us in the spring 2017 North Polk United
Survey! We appreciate your comments and have already been working to incorporate positive changes
to move the North Polk United Soccer Club and Board of Directors in the right direction to best serve the
North Polk United soccer community.

The PDF link below is a summary of some of the progress that has been made. Although a formal survey
won’t be completed again until the spring of 2018, we encourage you to continue to openly provide
feedback to the Board at any time by emailing admin@northpolkunited.org.

 

North Polk 2017 Survey.pdf

North Polk United Apparel – One week limited time!

We are happy to offer apparel again this Fall. Many of the items are the same as last year with the exception of adding a women’s half zip pullover and a windbreaker. We have some samples from last year that will be available to view at the concession stand during games.

Purchase Now!

Costs and Fundraising
The apparel sale is partially being used to raise money for our club and our needs. In all instances, we have not raised the prices more than $5.00 over our costs. Supporting our club through apparel is a great way to show your spirit and and help us reach our goals.

Webstore Open for a Limited Time So Don’t Miss Out
The webstore is open for until Monday, September 26th at 9:00am. All apparel should be ready while the season is still in swing. We will be setting up at a location TBD with pickup dates and times.

T-Shirts $20 – High-quality tri-blend vintage materials and finish (Click image to enlarge)

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Vintage Zip Hoodie $42 – High-quality vintage materials and finish (Click image to enlarge)

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Hooded Sweatshirt $32 – Gildan Heavy-Blend (Red Only) (Click image to enlarge)

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Crewneck Sweatshirt $23 – Gildan Heavy-Blend (Black Only) (Click image to enlarge)

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1/2 Zip Pullover $50 – Sport-Wick Stretch Material (Click image to enlarge)

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1/2 Zip Pullover $50 – Women’s Sport-Wick Stretch Material (Click image to enlarge)

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Anorak Windbreaker $42 – (Click image to enlarge) The text across the chest shown on the current webstore in the red area will not be on the final garment.

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Purchase Now!

north polk united soccer club changes on the horizon

There are a number of changes coming in the next year. Below is a highlight of the information, discussions and decisions that led us there. The main changes will be to the league affiliations for teams U12 and above and mandatory birthdate and age division revisions.

North Polk United is joining Iowa Soccer League – Occurring Fall 2016!!!
We have been a part of many discussions, all-clubs board meetings and listened to proposals from Iowa Soccer over the last six months concerning possible opportunities for our club. Iowa Soccer has proposed the development of another league that could eventually replace the Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League, which is what we are currently a part of. We have weighed the pros and cons of making a change and what they might mean for our club. Here is a breakdown of what was proposed and why we chose the direction we did:

Professional Management vs. Volunteer Management
This weighed heavily in our decision. The GDMJSL board is currently made up of volunteers, many of whom are already board members at the club level and coach also. This means that these folks do double or triple duty and it becomes very taxing and labor-intensive. Additionally, these positions can and do change quite often and it can be difficult to fill those at times (currently the president position has been vacant for seven plus months). Additionally, when rule changes occur or other initiatives/concerns need to be addressed, they must form committees to resolve these issues from that same pool of people. We just don’t think it’s fair to continue to ask so much from a small group of people who already do so much.

With the explosion of soccer in Iowa and the U.S. in general, management becomes more and more complicated, and a full time job for some of these volunteers. Iowa Soccer is governed by U.S. Soccer, which in turn is governed by FIFA internationally. Changes will continue to occur, which means someone will need to be educated on all of this in order to make the right decisions.

Iowa Soccer is run by professionals who have many decades of experience in club development and the governing of soccer. They already act as the governing body for the GDJMSL and understand how our league is set up. They will bring some technological benefits to the league, including real-time management of fields, closures, contact information and notifications through one source. Additionally, they can implement other approaches and solutions they have tested with the other established leagues they run and make soccer in Iowa a state initiative, beyond the local reach of the GDMJSL. Iowa Soccer also provides professional leadership and resources to club boards at no extra cost.

What costs are associated with this?
Iowa Soccer has indicated that the costs will be the same for the next two years — $25 per team — the same price we currently pay GDMJSL. Because they could not get actual P&L hard cost numbers on what it takes to run our league currently from GDJMSL, they have estimated it at $40 in 2018 and do not see it being more than that and holding steady. We currently have 14 teams that would be affected by this cost if it happened today. Projecting to 2018 it looks closer to 20 teams. That would be a cost increase of $300 total, which we foresee the club absorbing easily. So we do not see cost as a real issue and will address it with Iowa Soccer if it becomes so. They are a non-profit and will need to keep costs in check, otherwise we could possibly move away from them. As we understand it, it is a fluid relationship without contracts.

Number of Games Scheduled Reduced from 8 to 7
Why would we do this or it even be proposed? A number of reasons. First, by playing 7 games over 8 weeks, we will have a built-in bye week so teams can reschedule games easier. Percentages tell us that the majority of teams need to reschedule at least one game a season. Second, other opportunities will be provided if you want eight games or more. The bye weekends will hit on tournament weekends (Kohl’s Cup), so if you want a chance to play in it you do not need to change your schedule or play an additional weekend. The board will entertain the idea of subsidizing teams that want to participate in Kohl’s Cup. You will also be afforded the opportunity to play in a tournament or a “friendly” with another club. Friendlies would be offered up by Iowa Soccer, who manages other leagues around the state. Many of those teams would like the opportunity to play against teams outside of their area and are actually willing to travel to central Iowa since they play those same teams all the time. Iowa Soccer would schedule those games for those teams that wish to partake at the beginning of the season. It would not be on the shoulders of the coaches to coordinate outside of referees if playing on a home field.

Referee Pressure Reduced
This also reduces the number of referees needing to be scheduled. Referee shortages are real and will only continue to be difficult over the next few years. We as a club are looking to broaden our range for refs so we have more accessibility. When you have reschedules falling on normal game weekends, the pool to pull from is that much slimmer because the refs are already tapped out. Having this additional weekend will open up some opportunities for securing refs.

Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League still viable for the time being
A vote and commitment by clubs is required by January 8th. There has been some talk that some clubs are staying with GDMJSL because they fear they will lose their voice. As it was, there were 39 clubs who all got a chance to talk at meetings and vote. While we may not have a “vote” persay anymore, Iowa Soccer will be forming an advisory board to work with them on changes and opportunities for improvement, in addition to clubs being able to voice concerns at regular meetings. We do not see this as a large obstacle. From what we know today, they have enough teams to start a league and will more than likely have more than half of the current clubs and we project that it will be more than that.

Iowa Soccer currently runs leagues that run 6 games over 8 weeks. We wanted at least 7 to start and see where it goes after.

AGE GUIDELINES – Occurring January 2017!!!

New birthdate guidelines will affect current age divisions.
U.S. Soccer is implementing international guidelines. The current guidelines follow a “school age” framework. New seasons and age division movements have traditionally happened in the Fall when school grades change. They will change to calendar year in Spring 2017. That means the following:

The old rules state that if your birthday fell after August 1st of a given year, you could play in a lower division (i.e. if you turned 10 after August 01 you would still be eligible for U9). Now those kids who have birthday from August 01 through December 31 of the same year will be in the same division as those kids who have birthdays prior to August 01, meaning they may need to move up and play for a different team if the entire team cannot or does not want to move up. At least 60% of the team must be at the current age group to “play up”.

We have until 2017 to implement this in its entirety. We will be addressing this over the the next 12 months to see what kind of impact this will have and work with coaches and teams on the best possible outcomes. See the chart below for age brackets:

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Roster sizes will also be expanded for teams as well to add to flexibility when trying field one team instead of two small ones.

Additional information will be coming in the future and we will update you when we receive it. We try and make decisions that will best serve our soccer community while keeping the best value in mind. Please understand that this is an ongoing process and we are making strides to better the club.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at jason.ploog@gmail.com.

 

North Polk United Apparel Perfect for Holidays

North Polk United Apparel is here!
Yes, I know, you are wondering, why are they selling it now? Because folks have been asking for it and we finally have the apparel chosen, designed and finalized and are happy to be able to outfit our players and supporters. And just in time for the Holidays! We are offering t-shirts in all sizes, vintage adult hoodies, hooded and crewneck sweat shirts, and athletic 1/4 zip pullovers. Those wondering about the red t-shirts, they are reserved for coaches only. We have a vintage black and heather gray option for everyone else. Purchase now!

Costs and Fundraising
The apparel sale is partially being used to raise money for our club and our needs. In all instances, we have not raised the prices more than $5.00 over our costs. Supporting our club through apparel is a great way to show your spirit and and help us reach our goals.

Purchase Apparel Annually
We are managing the apparel distribution to save on overall management costs, so that means we are offering apparel only once a year in the Fall. We hope to open purchase opportunities next Fall prior to the start of season so it is ready for games. Purchase now!

Webstore Open for a Limited Time So Don’t Miss Out
We will be opening the window for purchase on Tuesday, October 27th and will be closing it Friday, November 20th. All apparel should be ready by early to mid-December. We will be setting up at a location TBD with pickup dates and times.

T-Shirts $20 – High-quality tri-blend vintage materials and finish (Click image to enlarge)

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Vintage Zip Hoodie $45 – High-quality vintage materials and finish (Click image to enlarge)

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Hooded Sweatshirt $32 – Gildan Heavy-Blend (Red Only) (Click image to enlarge)

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Crewneck Sweatshirt $23 – Gildan Heavy-Blend (Black Only) (Click image to enlarge)

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1/2 Zip Pullover $50 – Sport-Wick Stretch Material (Click image to enlarge)

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Purchase Now!

North Polk Soccer Complex Fields Closed this Summer

The fields will be getting some much needed repair beginning June 8th. We will be repairing dirt areas, over-seeding and aerating and the U14 large field and U12/U8 fields. We will be fencing off the entire area and watering it for the summer so we are in better shape for the Fall season.

We will be reopening the fields in mid-to-late August based on the progression of the grass and repair. Fall games begin the weekend of September 12-13, 2015.

We are looking for volunteers to help turn the water on/off during the summer. We are hoping that we can coordinate volunteers to do one or the other for a week’s time on their way to/or home from work. Please contact Grant Mandernach if you can help. His contact information is listed here under North Polk United Soccer Board Members page.

All Spring 2015 games on North Polk fields must be completed by Sunday, June 7th.

North Polk United Night at the Comets Soccer Games

Come cheer on the Comets!
North Polk United has teamed up with the Boys and Girls North Polk High School Soccer teams to have two North Polk United nights. We will be doing a support and recognition night for each high school team. This is a great opportunity to come out and support the high school teams and give the kids an opportunity to see what it is like to participate at that level.

Boys/Coed teams will be represented at the boys home game and the NPU girls teams will be represented at the girls game. U6 teams can choose which night they would like to attend.

Details for the games
When:
May 1: Boys Home Game vs Oskaloosa
April 30: Girls Home Game vs Collins Maxwell Baxter
Game time: 5:30pm
Fee: All players and coaches get in FREE!
Attire: Players wear your uniform jersey
Recognition: Gather at 6pm by the concession stand area to get introduced with your team at half time

*Coed teams attend the Boys Home game May 1st.  Game starts at 5:30pm.
*Girls teams attend the Girls Home game April 30th.  Game starts at 5:30pm.
*U6 teams: you have the choice to attend the Boys home game OR the Girls home game.

*Please email Adriane Tiedens at cosmooz@hotmail.com.

This is a great chance to watch the high school team and cheer on North Polk.

Many of the players that play for the high school soccer team were once North Polk United players as well.

Bond Vote for Polk City Recreational Facilities to Take Place in August 2015.

If you are a parent of a child who has participated in soccer or baseball/softball, you are well aware of the lack of recreational facilities and green space in our community. This has been an ongoing issue for almost a decade and has reached a critical tipping point in meeting the needs of our youth and community. We feel that supporting the expansion and this bond issue is incredibly important for the future of Polk City.

Present Soccer Concerns and Issues

Club Size
Our club has seen tremendous growth over the past decade and much more rapid growth recently. The North Polk United Soccer Club added 80 kids from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 and our club size rivals that of some larger communities in the Des Moines metro. In the fall of 2014 447 kids signed up and participated in our recreational soccer program alone. Our estimated growth projects us at 600 kids by 2018.

Current Fields vs. Future Expansion
Our current situation will not meet our needs for long. Last Fall Season alone, we had 47 teams playing on our fields. Fifteen of those teams practiced and played on the equivalent of one field of space (U14 field share all U14+ and U10). The Spring Season typically sees us having to couple additional field spaces together because we lose access to the baseball/softball fields at that time. Additionally, the wear and tear on the baseball/softball fields is doubled because they do not get time to recoup from the Spring/Summer Season.

This Spring Season will allow a small amount of respite as we will move U12 practice and games to the old high school football field and all games for U14+ will be played on the turf field at the North Polk High School. While it will help with scheduling and field usage, it still splits our club up and adds extra work to facilitate all of the club’s needs.

The plan for expansion will include 18 soccer fields. The current plan includes the following: U6–3 fields, U8–4 to 6 fields, U10–4 to 5 fields, U12–2 to 3 fields, U14+–3 to 4 fields). We may not completely develop all of the field space into full soccer fields at once but will have the green space available for expansion and additional use for other sports. Please note that this is still in the planning phase so changes will likely occur.

Safety and Congestion

Parking
The field expansion will alleviate a number of concerns. Our current setup divides the fields with the parking lot, which causes understandable concern for kids’ and parents’ safety when crossing back and forth to vehicles, concession stands and bathrooms. It is also evident that parking is becoming very difficult during games because there is overlap when kids are playing and arriving for the next game, especially during the shared Spring Season with baseball/softball. Removing the U12 and U14+ games from the complex for this season should help with congestion. Unfortunately, we do not have the same access to fields in the Fall Season that we do in the Spring Season so it needs to be considered and dealt with regularly.

Fields
The fields have become extremely hard due to all the seasons of wear and tear without rest. A cleated shoe running on a field compacts the soil at a higher rate than a heavy piece of equipment. And thousands of feet run on the fields each and every season. It makes it more dangerous for a fall and can be harder on joints. Without additional space we cannot rest our fields and care for them properly.

Planning for Tomorrow
Our ultimate goal is to see this bond approved and the recreational facilities realized. We want to make sure the North Polk Soccer Club provides our youth with the best opportunity possible for the money invested. With the growth we’ve seen, it has been the ongoing intent of the board to provide the best, safest facilities we can. But without available green space to rest our current fields, we are required to make due with what we have available. Another consideration that may become a reality if things do not change is limiting the number of kids who can participate because of limited resources and field space.

The Bond Issue

What the Bond Contains and Things to Consider
The bond issue plans for a new soccer complex, redeveloped baseball/softball complex and an aquatic center. The current recreational complex will be used entirely for baseball/softball needs. The aquatic center will be built on the west end (entrance side) of the Technology Park and will be adjacent to the soccer complex.

You can view the plans for all three complexes here: Recreation Facilities PDF

Aquatic Center
In order to take this bond issue to a vote, it was decided by the city council that the aquatic center be an integral part of this vote. A website has been set up to provide more information about the bond as it becomes available. Factual information, statistics and benefits related to the bond will be added over the next month so please keep checking the site for additional information. We will try to keep our soccer club abreast of any new information that has been added.

Visit the informational site: http://www.polkcityrecreation.com/

Some additional things to consider.
While some of these things are still in committee for discussion, finalizing and approval, the benefits to Polk City and its economy are great. Economic impact will be greater with the option to host tournaments, increase tourism and benefit our commercial tax base, which lessens the personal tax burden on residents.

As other residents move to Polk City, the tax burden is also spread to those new residents as well, which should lessen the length of the bond.

There is a good possibility that trail expansion is an option and could connect the Neal Smith Trail with the High Trestle Trail through Polk City, which would also add to safe recreational opportunities for our residents and the tourism tax base.

How Can You Get Involved?
If you would like to get involved with the passage of the bond issue, please contact the Polk City Development Corporation through their website at http://www.polkcitydevelopment.com/.

Join the Discussion
We want to encourage discussion on this issue. Join in and let us know what is important to you. The site for open discussion can be found at http://polkcityyouthrecreation.mindmixer.com/.

Pasta dinner benefits children’s programs and North Polk United Soccer Club

Kiwanis is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, September 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Papa’s Pizzeria on Polk City Square.

The soccer club will earn 20% of all tickets sold. The funds will be used for soccer nets, a field lining machine and other soccer needs. The Kiwanis Club will invest the remaining 80% of ticket sales back into children’s programs in the North Polk community.

Contact any soccer coach, child, Kiwanis member or request them through our Facebook page to buy pre-sale tickets for $6.00(adult) and $4.00(child).

It’s a great way to support your local club, children’s programs and local business. We hope to see you there.

North Polk United launches new site.

Our website has been in development now for quite some time and we are happy to be live just before the season begins. Our aim is to do the best job of communicating with our club parents and coaches. It’s chock full of information and tools to keep you informed and help you develop your soccer playing or coaching skills. Use the site to find all the information and resources you need concerning North Polk United.

As with any site, there will hopefully be additions and revisions to the site as the need presents itself. We are always open to suggestions as to how we can improve the user experience.

Enjoy!