Major NCAA recruiting changes

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  The NCAA is shaking things up with some major recruiting changes. Effective May 1st, the D1 Council has implemented new rules that will significantly impact players in the 9th and 10th grades. The new rules basically eliminate all forms of communication between a D1 coach and a prospective student-athlete until June 15th leading into their Junior Year.     While it may be a step in the right direction in helping to curb the negative effects of early recruiting, this rule adds considerable stress to proactive families by shrinking the total recruiting timelines by 2 years.     With the rule changes, most … Read More

What you need to know about choosing a soccer camp.

In addition to helping develop your child’s skills and understanding of the game, summer camps are extremely valuable for young players to develop socially. Children have to learn how to separate from their families and become resilient and independent learners. Attending a summer soccer camp gives them a safe way to take safe first steps towards this goal. Whether it is a day camp or a residential camp, the experience broadens your child’s life experiences and often taps resources they have never had to call on before.  Camp pushes children out of their comfort zone and exposes them to new … Read More

How to be a good soccer parent!

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Being a positive role model for your child, sounds like it should be easy, however even the most placid parent can get carried away in the heat of competition and within the ultra competitive team environment created by over zealous club programs. Do not comment on every moment of your child’s game, and when you feel the need to say something, make sure it is positive and encouraging. Don’t talk badly about competitors, criticise teammates or officials, and do not openly second-guess the coach. There are enough uninformed critics in the stands hurling insults at kids playing a game, so … Read More

60 Experts, 40 Days, 1 Goal…Solutions for your sports

Challenger Sports are very excited to share details of an amazing project we are working on with 60 other passionate youth sports leaders. The 2019 GO! Chase Excellence Think Tank to Improve Youth Sports brings together the world’s leading experts in the many fields that impact youth sports. This isn’t your typical online summit or in-person conference. The focus is not to dwell on what is not working. Rather, it is to offer targeted presentations and discussions that deep dive into science, research, and professional practice to identify practical ideas for easily implemented change by participants. It will change the … Read More

Wichita Open – September 27-29, 2019

2019 Wichita Open schedules and results.  Click here to book Wichita Open hotel rooms. Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling teams: Please note, traveling teams must reserve hotels through GCI in order to be accepted into the tournament. J&K Soccer will be providing merchandise onsite throughout the tournament weekend. View Rules View Form At check-in, USYSA registered teams will need to provide the following paperwork: US Club Soccer/USSSA registered teams will need to provide the following paperwork: Teams can check in on the Friday night of the tournament at the fields or online in the weeks leading up to the tournament. … Read More

Stryker Season Finale – November 1-3, 2019

Schedules will be posted at a later date. The Stryker Fall Finale is a stay-and-play event.  All traveling teams must stay at one of the approved host hotels.  Reservations must be made through GCI Travel. Click here to book Stryker Season Finale hotel rooms. Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling teams: Please note, traveling teams must reserve hotels through GCI in order to be accepted into the tournament. J&K Soccer will be providing merchandise onsite throughout the tournament weekend. View Rules View Form At check-in, USYSA registered teams will need to provide the following paperwork: US Club Soccer/USSSA registered teams will … Read More

Stryker College Showcase – November 22-24, 2019

Deadline – October 18 Schedules will be posted at a later date. The Stryker College Showcase is a stay-and-play event.  All traveling teams must stay at one of the approved host hotels. Reservations must be made through GCI Travel.  For the Stryker College Showcase, all earned comp rooms for U15 through U19 teams will be applied to the attending college coaches.  This will maximize the number of college coaches at this event and provide the best possible showcase to all participating players. Click here to book your Stryker College Showcase hotel rooms. Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling … Read More

Stryker Fall Opener – August 9-11, 2019

Deadline – Monday, July 22 2019 Schedules & Results The Stryker Fall Opener is a stay-and-play event.  All traveling teams must stay at one of the approved host hotels.  Reservations must be made through GCI Travel. Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling teams: Please note, traveling teams must reserve hotels through GCI in order to be accepted into the tournament. View Rules View Form Teams can check-in onsite or online.  Onsite check-in will take place the Friday evening of the tournament.  Online check-in can be done anytime leading up to the Wednesday evening prior to the tournament. Online Team Check-In (OCI) is … Read More

Stryker Cup – September 6-8, 2019

2019 Schedules & Results  Book Stryker Cup Hotel Rooms Here Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling teams: Please note, traveling teams must reserve hotels through GCI in order to be accepted into the tournament. View Rules View Form Teams can check-in onsite or online.  Onsite check-in will take place the Friday evening of the tournament.  Online check-in can be done anytime leading up to the Wednesday evening prior to the tournament. Online Team Check-In (OCI) is an opportunity for your team to skip team check-in by completing the process online prior to the tournament. Your team will be able to check-in by sending pictures of … Read More