Chicago Edge SC provides a quality program for area soccer players at all levels promoting growth and excellence in individual and team soccer skills, in a challenging, rewarding environment, providing a high level of achievement and character development
Our Goals Very simply: (1) Enjoyment. We recognize that there are many other activities kids could be doing, so the number 1 priority is to retain the players in the sport; (2) Develop high-quality soccer players, emphasizing long-term development at the younger ages instead of the “win now” mentality favored by some youth sports clubs; (3) Compete at high levels of play as teams get older.
Long-term Development Philosophy We aim to get players to peak during their High School years. Long-term development is enhanced by keeping things fun, rotating players to different positions and, most importantly, focusing on the fundamental skills (ball mastery, technique) at the younger age group. Focusing on these skills may cost the team some wins at younger ages, but provides the platform necessary for players to learn the more complex aspects of the game and reach their potential.
Competition is a central element in a player’s development. At the younger ages (ages 8-12), however, a competitive environment should not be a result-oriented environment. The differences must be clear. A competitive environment at the youth level encourages decisions from player and coach alike that focus on performance rather than outcome (favoring ball skill and inventiveness as the means to find success within the rules and spirit of the game). The result is just one indicator of performance and at this age, not the most important one.
Chicago Edge SC is also committed to “Total Player Development” as we try to teach our players a love for soccer, good sportsmanship, and strong values.
Playing Time Unlike some other sports organizations game time is not stipulated as part of the bylaws. However, it is expected at the younger age groups (U8 to U12) that game time will be relatively equal between players. At older age groups (U13+) the consistent caliber of an individual's play and commitment during practices and games will become a major determinant factor in game time.
However, at all ages, a player’s actual game playing time will be strongly influenced by their on-time arrival at practices and games, their attitude both on and off the field, their compliance with coach instruction, and caliber of play.
Player Rotation It is expected at the younger age groups that players will be rotated through all positions during the course of the season. This gives them a much better understanding of the roles and responsibilities throughout the field of play and will make them a better player in the long term. On occasion, this may mean a weakening of the team on the field. At U13+ it is expected that coaches will begin to narrow a player's focus to specialize in 2-3 positions. Game day rotation can often depend on player availability and opposition. Player rotation takes place over the course of a season.