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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)


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


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


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


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


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
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

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

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.

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:

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

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

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.