What is the "Pride" ?
'Pride' is the name of the EMSSC travel program which is a feeder for UTHS soccer. For most players, their journey to UTHS soccer will start with EMSSC. We take great pride in helping these players learn the game of soccer and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to being a UT soccer player. Panther Pride does not begin at UT, it begins at EMSSC.
About the Program
EMSSC is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA), which conducts a competitive program for players with advanced skills and greater ambition. These players may have their sights set on a college soccer scholarship or even playing for the US National or Olympic teams.
EMSSC's Pride teams play in the ILLOWA Soccer League. Teams play 6 to 8 league games in the fall and another 6 to 8 games in the spring of each year. Teams also compete in IYSA and ISA sanctioned tournaments throughout the year.
Our program is designed to help develop our youth on and off the field by teaching not only soccer skills, but also teamwork, patience, perseverance, respect and many other qualities that will help them reach their full potential both on and off the field.
Although everyone likes to win our program's main focus is to develop players and teams to perform at their highest level. This will produce players who will be able to complete a fulfilling Soccer career through high school, college or beyond. When the focus is on developing every player they will also play better as a team therefore producing winning results.
Players on the U8 - U10 teams are required to play Recreational Soccer also. The players are required to go to one recreational practice per and play Saturday games throughout the 6 week recreatioanl season.
As a club most teams will participate in 2 to 4 tournaments per year. The head coaches along with the travel coordinator will usually select a "club" tournament that is located within about 3 hours of the quad cities each year. Most of our Pride teams will participate in this tournament and is one of the year's highlights for the players (and parents).
Different Age Different Focus
U8 - U10 (Developmental)
Instruction in our youngest Pride teams will focus on:
- Basic technical skills including:
- The importance of team work
- Improving self confidence with a soccer ball
- Beginning aspects of tactical parts of the soccer game
These teams will usually play between 6 and 8 games in both the fall and spring sessions. These games will usually be against local teams within a 45 minute radius of the Quad Cities.
At the discretion of the Head Coach with input from the parents these teams will usually participate in between 1 and 3 tournaments throughout the year. For this age the tournaments are usually local tournaments including our own Labor Day Shootout. These teams may or may not participate in the "Club" tournament.
We also understand that at this age many of the players are participating in many different sports and activities trying to find the activities they enjoy and excel in the most. Our coaches will do everything they can to accommodate this and will be as flexible as they can in helping the players and parents.
U11 - U18 (Competitive)
Instruction at this level will include:
- Advanced technical skills and continuing to improve basic skills
- Becoming more competitive
- Preparation for high school level soccer and beyond
- Advancing the players knowledge of the tactical aspects of the game
These teams will usually play between 6 and 8 games in both the fall and spring sessions. These games will usually be against local teams within a 45 minute radius of the quad cities.
The head coach will usually select between 3 and 4 tournaments per year for the team to participate in based on the skill level of the team. Although some of these will be local tournaments the coach will also look to tournaments within 3 to 4 hours of the quad cities for some of them to introduce the team to different skill levels and techniques from different areas.
Players at this age are expected to attend all practices and games and would have soccer as their primary sport.
Cost of Travel Soccer
All registration fee include both Fall and Spring Seasons except the U15 - U18 because that is the high school teams. High School Girls play in the Fall and High School Boys play in the Spring.
EMSSC COSTS of Operations include but not limited to :
- ILLOWA League fees (which includes the usually 8 games in the Fall and 6-8 games in the Spring). These games are played locally (East Moline, Moline, Bettendorf and Rock Island). The game times are 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, & 4:30 on Saturdays and/or Sundays, so they will not conflict with Rec Soccer for the younger ages.
- Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) Registration and Insurance costs for each player and team
- Stipend for our licensed coaches. We are starting to pay coaches to recruit and retain quality coaches to train and develop our player. All of our head coaches have at least the USSF E license and we encourage them to continue that education.
- Field Maintenance costs - the club has pay to maintain the fields with weed & insect control. We has have to maintain the buildings and bathrooms because the city no long offers this to us. This also includes the cost of paint, nets, flags, and water for irrigation. We also will need to start mowing the fields in the very near future.
- Equipment Costs- balls, cones, etc
- Director of Coaching (DOC) costs
- DOC Phil Weaver, Varsity Soccer Head Coach of United Township High School Boys and Girls
- Asst. DOC Chris Ellis, Head Coach of Scott Community Colleges Women's Soccer
U8 - U10 players will have the Rec Registration cost also
Additional costs of tournament registration fees and hotels for out of town tournaments.
The cost of a full uniform is between $100 - $120. Uniforms consist of 2 premium jerseys, 1 pair of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks.
The 2015 / 2016 season we are ordering a new uniforms which will be the same for 2 full years, so the next year you will not need to purchase new uniforms.
We are proud to have Philip Weaver as our Director of Coaching who is tasked with developing our individual Pride team coaches. Coach Weaver has been a high school and college soccer coach with over 30 years experience and is currently the United Township High School head soccer coach.
Our club employs a group of staff coaches as well who provide weekly guidance and training to the team coaches and teams. These staff coaches report to our Director of Coaching and Assistant Director of Coaching.
EMMSC Pride team coaches are most important part of our coaching structure. Although volunteer coaches, we require all of our Pride coaches to hold a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Class E license or higher. Most Pride coaches will start coaching the players when they are 8 or 9 years old and many will coach them though their entire career with EMSSC. Our profession coaching staff will help to develop and prepare the Pride coaches though the challenges and changes the team will face as they grow.
Player development and team training is under the direction of Coach Philip Weaver, the EMSSC Director of Coaching (DOC). Teams follow various curriculums developed by the DOC and also train with their assigned DOC Staff Coach who assist the teams' volunteer coaches with various technical and tactical skills.