About Us

Philosophy & Mission Statement

The Elkhart Flames Soccer Club offers travel soccer opportunities for boys and girls ages U10 through U14 through the yearly Fall and Spring soccer sessions. In addition, in the Spring Session, the club has an Academy program for players U8-U10. For U15 and older soccer players, the club is a co-sponsor for the Elkhart County United (ECU).The focus for our travel teams is individual player development. Our goal is to see each player achieve his/her potential, both as a player and as a person. Hard work, fair play, dedication, and respect are the things that we want to teach, along with outstanding soccer instruction.

The overall mission of the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club (EFSC) is to foster the development of youth travel soccer players for the local high school soccer programs in the Elkhart area.

More specifically:
  1. To ingrain the importance of exemplary sportsmanship, moral character, integrity, teamwork, discipline and fair play among players, parents and coaches.
  2. To improve the level of youth soccer in an environment that promotes competitive play with passion of the game as a top priority.
  3. To provide both opportunity and means for kids who are financially challenged to participate in travel soccer through the assistance of a scholarship fund.
  4. To support developmental soccer programs in the community;
  5. To promote and enhance the sport of soccer within Northern Indiana.

 

Player Committment & Development

Training Sessions: To play with the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club is a privilege. Faithful attendance at training sessions and games is expected and must be a first priority. We understand that our families are busy, and conflicts may occur on occasion. It is an expectation that these matters will be communicated to coaches/team managers prior to the beginning of the session/game.

Playing time: Travel soccer is a competitive playing situation. On Elkhart Flames soccer teams, players will have equal practice time, but equal game playing time is not guaranteed. All playing time decisions are at the discretion of the coach. If a player has questions about the amount of playing time or questions on the position he/she is playing, he/she needs to follow the following sequence of communication steps:

Step 1: Player with coach
Step 2: Player & parent(s) with coach
Step 3: Parents with EFSC board president & coach

To be an excellent soccer player, you must acquire many skills and also continue to develop as a player throughout all of your times playing. To continue to develop as a soccer player, it is a good idea to do additional training outside of your practices and during the off-season.

Soccer player development is very important for soccer. How can a team continue to develop and improve if its players are stuck in the same place? Although the rules of soccer have stayed the same for many years, the game has changed. As players and teams continue to develop together and alone, soccer has evolved. And soccer will continue to evolve and develop as long as it is played.

You can continue your development by watching videos of games and skills, mentally picturing the game, doing strength training, and practicing certain moves on the field. To be a fully developed soccer player, you must fully understand the game and be able to play it. This can be rather difficult. There are many players who can play the game, at least in theory, but do not fully understand it. There are even more coaches and referees and fans who have a complete understanding of the game but cannot really put it to use while playing.

Soccer training and soccer camps can really encourage a soccer player's development to continue. Even the best players can have more development. Soccer camps can enrich a person's soccer experience and provide her with new skills to be even more successful on the field.

Parent Involvement

Being a parent of a Flames soccer player is an important responsibility. As Flames parents you have chosen the commitment that goes with Club Soccer. These responsibilities correlate with those of a Flame player. This includes a commitment to having your Flames player at practice and games on time. You will also travel to games representing the Flames organization as fans. Finally, the approach you take when dealing with the success and failure of the Flames players and teams should positively impact their growth as individuals and athletes.

How can you be a supportive parent?

  • Give consistent encouragement and support to your child regardless of the degree of success, the level of skill, or time on the field.
  • Stress the importance of respect for coaches through discussions with your child, and highlight the critical nature of contributing to the team and its success.
  • Serve as a role model, see the big picture, and support all programs and all players.
  • Leave coaching to coaches and do not criticize coaching strategies or team performance.
  • Avoid putting pressure on your child about playing time and performance.
Financial Committment

Financial Commitment: The financial cost is divided between the two playing sessions: Fall and Spring. A player session fee covers the cost of the following expenses: Indiana Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) Registration, weekly practices during the session, a practice T-Shirt, coaching fees, field usage / maintenance, and Northern Indiana Soccer League (NISL) league & tournament registration. Scholarship funding is available through the club for players needing financial assistance.No player belonging to the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club will be prohibited from participation solely because of lack of financial resources.