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Programs 2018-04-09T00:17:35+00:00

Being a part of Echo is like being a part of one big family.  We are investing in the players’ future and developing important life skills.

~ Jon Carter

What is Travel Soccer?

What is the difference between travel and recreational soccer?

The two primary differences between travel soccer and recreational soccer are the level of competition and the opponent. In travel soccer, our teams compete against teams from other soccer clubs rather than teams from our own community. As you can imagine, the level of competition is higher as each soccer club attempts to field a competitive team at each age group. Travel teams also usually practice 2-3 times/week, rather than once a week, further enhancing individual skills and team play.

How do I know if my child is ready for travel soccer?

Travel soccer is not for everyone. It requires a greater commitment than recreational soccer due to the number of practices, the higher fees and the travel to away games. However, your child does not have to aspire to play professional soccer to play travel soccer. There are several different levels of play for each age group to ensure that every team is competitive, and more importantly, that every child has fun!

How do I sign up?

For all travel teams registration is by invitation only. Tryouts are held in the first 2 weeks of June. After tryouts, selected players are invited by email to register for Michiana Echo.

To register for tryouts please use the provided link when tryouts are announced.

What are your tryouts like?

Each player wishing to play for Michiana Echo will be run through a circuit of 4-6 activities on 2 nights to evaluate each skill our club feels is important to their age group. Boys and girls and each age group will tryout separately. Players will be evaluated by a group of approximately 5 qualified evaluators including our DOC, the head coach and 2-3 others that do not necessarily have a connection to their team or to Echo. After tryouts players will be notified within 5 days of their status with the club. Players are encouraged to attend both nights of tryouts for a proper evaluation.

How much does Michiana Echo Cost?

Fees vary by age and level of play but range from $300 for Academy to $660 per season ($600-$1200 per soccer year). These fees are due in either 2 or 4 installments by credit card only. You may also make monthly payments as well. Exact fees for the upcoming season will be posted in the tryout section of the website within two weeks of tryouts.

These fees cover registration with Michiana Echo and ISL which provides supplemental insurance for all players, up to 8 sessions of Coerver Training, all costs associated with paying coaches, practice and home game fields maintenance and fees, 2 practice t-shirts, referee fees, entry fee to club tournament (not travel expenses) and all administrative costs for Michiana Echo. Uniforms are not included in the registration fee and cost $105 for 2 jerseys, one pair of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks. Additional spirit wear such as backpacks and warm-ups are optional and range in price starting at $16.

What is Coerver Training?

A football skills teaching method suited for all ages but especially for players aged 5-16 years old of all abilities and their parents, coaches and teachers
A Method that focuses on Individual skills development and small group play
Endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations

The ultimate goal of Coerver Training is to:

Develop skilled, confident and creative players
Make the game fun to practice and play
Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
Value winning but not more than character and performance
Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria

Where are practices and games held?

Practices are held at Prairie Vista Elementary School 15400 Brick Rd Granger, IN Coerver

Training and our home games are at Michiana Echo Fields at HTP 10420 Brummitt Rd Granger, IN

How much travel is required?

Our league is statewide however at the younger age groups travel is kept regional. As a general rule U9-U12 will not travel more than 90 miles for a league game and will only have to do this 1-2 times per season. U13 and up and the more competitive teams could travel to Indianapolis 1 or more times in a season. In addition to league games we have one club tournament per season that requires 2 nights of overnight accommodations and will be no more than 250 miles from South Bend.

What is a typical Season with Michiana Echo?

Tryouts are held in June (November for spring only players)
Sunday Soccer (an optional and free street soccer style evening of fellowship and playing) is held on Sunday nights in June and July. This event is open to anyone that wants to play soccer and players are encouraged to bring family and friends.
Pre-season boot camp/club picnic is typically held the 2nd week in August
Fall Season practices begin the week after boot camp.
Fall games are typically played on weekends in September and October. Occasionally there will be weeknight games.
Fall club tournament is held the 2nd weekend in October in Indianapolis IN
Supplemental try-outs for the spring season first or second week of November.
Winter training/indoor soccer (optional) November-March varies by team and commitment level.
Spring season practices begin early to mid-March some of these practices may be held indoors depending on the weather.
Spring season games begin the last weekend of March for upper level teams and early April for all other teams and run through the first weekend in June.

How do I determine what age group my child is in?

US Youth Soccer, along with other youth soccer sanctioning bodies, will be implementing the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandates on Aug. 1, 2016. Grouping will be based on birth year. See below chart.

At what age can my child participate?

Travel soccer is reserved for U9 -U18 players (see above chart). Select U8 players may be allowed to travel on a U9 team if try-out evaluators feel they are prepared. For our U6-U8 (5-7 years old as of July 31st) players we offer Michiana Echo First Skills Program. More information on this program can be found under the First Skills tab on our website.

When are games typically played?

Coaches have a great deal of control over their teams schedule so this question is hard to answer. Typically games are on Saturday and Sundays however weeknight games can be on your schedule as well.

How many games are in a typical season?

Most teams are scheduled to play 6-8 regular season games and have the option of scheduling 2-4 “friendlies” for a total of 8-10 games per season. In addition to league games all teams participate in a club tournament with a minimum of 3 games. Several teams participate in additional tournaments throughout the season or winter indoor soccer.

How many hours will my team be practicing a week?

All teams practice a minimum of 2.5 hours a week, a 1 hour Coerver training session and a 1.5 hour team training session. However most teams add an additional night of practice to their schedule which adds an additional 1.5 hours.

Can my child play other sports in addition to travel soccer?

Absolutely. Many Travel soccer players, particularly at the younger ages, play two sports during the same season, including baseball, football or lacrosse. Any players who anticipates scheduling conflicts should make their coach aware of the conflict before the season begins or as soon as possible so that the coach can plan practice or game schedules accordingly. However, those players who wish to a Blue team must seriously consider their interest in playing other sports during the soccer season as these teams generally expect a stronger level of commitment to soccer due to the higher expectations at that skill level. The coach and the skill level of the players on the team, as well as their relative level of interest will determine the level of competition for each Travel team at all levels.

TopSoccer

What is TOPSoccer

The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community-based training and team placement program for athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players, age 4 and up, who have a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the Indiana Soccer & US Youth Soccer families.

TOPSoccer Details 

Our exceptional athletes will be accompanied by buddies and will participate in practices and games once a week.

WHO: Any player age 4 and up old that has been identified with a mental or physical disability

COSTFree! This is a Michiana Echo sponsored program & t-shirts will be provided.

WHEN: Fridays April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11

WHEREMichiana Echo Soccer Fields, Harris Township Park-10420 Brummitt Rd, Granger

CONTACT: Mary Schalliol:  MichianaEchoTopsoccer@gmail.com

TOPSoccer registration is performed by Indiana Soccer and is filed with Special Olympics Indiana to provide medical insurance for our players while participating in soccer.

Forms Needed to Register:

TOPSoccer Registration Form

Michiana Echo TOPSoccer Information Sheet

Special Olympics Athlete Application for Participation

Special Olympics Athlete Medical Form

First Skills

Thank you for your interest in Michiana Echo’s First Skills Program! First Skills is a co-ed recreational soccer program for ages 5-8 where kids can start to learn the fundamentals of soccer through professional instruction and actual games, all while having a great time.

Professional Coerver coaches will train the kids during practice and bring the following mission to each practice:

Develop skilled, confident and creative players
Make the game fun to practice and play
Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
Value winning but not more than character and performance
Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria
Additional information about the First Skills program:

Practices are held Monday’s
5:45-6:45: 2012/2013 birth year
6:46-7:45: 2010/2011 birth year
Games are held Thursday’s
5:45-6:45: 2012/2013 birth year
6:45-7:45: 2010/2011 birth year
Tentatively
Monday practices and Thursday games begin Monday, April 9, 2018 and last for eight weeks.
Player Check-in will begin 30 minutes before scheduled practice time.
Exact practice times will be confirmed as we get closer to the start date. There is no current plan to change the Monday/Thursday format of the program.
All practices and games will be held at Michiana Echo Fields @ HTP.
Registration Deadline March 24th, 2018
Cost is $110 and includes weekly coerver training sessions, 2 shirts,8 games and paid referees.

Need more Information?
If you have more questions, please email us at info@MichianaEcho.com.

Michiana Echo Soccer Club High School Program 2017-2018

Mission Statement

Michiana Echo Soccer Club is committed to a holistic development of our high school aged players. Part of this mission is to pull our senior aged players together on teams with similar skill levels and desire.  Our licensed coaching staff will give all players an opportunity to grow in the game as well as learn important life skills such as discipline, commitment, and sportsmanship.

Program Philosophy

This program is designed to prepare players to achieve their maximum potential by providing a player development model that will assist that philosophy.  The program is designed for both the advanced players who are preparing for the college recruiting process as well as those players who want to grow in their love of the game.

Coaching Structure

Echo will hire professionally licensed coaches who meet the minimum coaching standards set forth by US Soccer.  Omar Gallo will serve as the Director of Coaching. Omar was named Director of Coaching of the Year by Indiana Soccer League in 2017. He also serves as the Head Coach for the Men’s Holy Cross College Soccer Team.

Participation

This program is open to players in the 15U (2003) to 19U (1999)age group.  Only at the discretion of the Director of Coaching can a player play up an age group.  Players who are in the 2003 age group but only entering 8th grade will have opportunities to compete in the fall within the Echo soccer club.

Training

The Echo program will train two to three times a week during the season.  Winter Training will be held once a week. Echo will utilize globally recognized Coerver technical training. Mental Skills training will also be offered.

Game

The Echo program will participate in either the Indiana Soccer League (ISL) or the Midwest Regional League (MRL).  Applications will be made at the discretion of the Director of Coaching to ensure the best environment for the players.

Tournaments

Echo teams will participate in two (2) tournaments, which may include Showcase tournaments or State Cup tournaments, based on discretion of Director of Coaching.

Attendance Policy

Echo is committed to providing the best environment for both training and games and ask that all players respect our vision.  Echo hopes our development of team and players will not being compromised due to players prioritizing other activities.  It will be up to the families to communicate any conflicts far in advance.

Playing Time

Coaches will attempt to balance playing time with keeping the competitive level high. Ability as well as commitment level are determining factors to the coaching staff in regards to game day decisions.

Club pass / Guest play opportunities

The Club pass system is designed to allow players within the club to play on other teams within Echo.  Players who may not be receiving enough playing time may be asked to club pass to a different team within the club.  Club passing is also used for players who are excelling and the coaching staff sees the need to challenge them in a tougher environment.

Tuition 

Players register with the Indiana Youth Soccer Association for one calendar year.  Because of the year commitment, the fee structure is one fee for the entire year. Fee structure for HS players $675

The yearly tuition for the Echo program includes the following:

  • Individual Player registration with Indiana Youth Soccer Association.
  • ISL or MRL spring league and referee fees.
  • Two (2) tournaments, which may include Showcase tournaments or State Cup tournaments, based on discretion of Director of Coaching after discussing with team coach.
  • Professionally licensed coaches for each team.
  • Coerver technical training, Mental Skills & Winter training program.

Tuition does not include

  • Uniform kit (2) jerseys, (1) short, (2) socks.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Additional tournaments or events.
  • $75 additional fee if the team qualifies for MRL.

Scholarship Program

Michiana Echo Soccer Club need based financial aid can be awarded upon application completion.

Uniforms  

The required kit for every player in the club consists of 2 Jerseys, 1 short, 2 socks. Optional items include a sweat suit, backpack, and keeper jersey.  The club assigns jersey numbers in order to assure no duplicates.  Uniform kits are approximately $72.

Paperwork required

All players must upload a passport sized photo and copy of the child’s birth certificate into the Got-Soccer system.  The Echo medical release form must be submitted before competition begins.  Parents and players must also sign the Code of Conduct.  Tournaments may also require additional paperwork.

Need more Information?
If you have more questions, please email us at info@MichianaEcho.com.

Training Options

Michiana Echo is proud to be partnering with Coerver Coaching. Since 1984, the goal of Coerver Coaching has been to:
  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players
  • Make the game fun to practice and play
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
  • Value winning but not more than character and performance
  • Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria
Michiana Echo is proud to implement this valuable training option into our club’s culture.
 
Coaching
  • All Premier teams will be paired with advance-licensed coaches that have Coerver training.
  • All club teams will continue to be led by qualified, licensed coaches.
  • Echo will provide all of our coaches improved access to resources for players of all abilities.

Strength and Conditioning

  • In partnership with a qualified strength and conditioning coach, Echo will introduce an age-appropriate strength and conditioning program that will be available to all club players.
  • As part of their normal practice routine, Premier teams will be trained weekly for 30-45 minutes directly by a qualified strength and conditioning coach.
  • Select, Blue and Academy teams will also have access to strength and conditioning programming.

Nutrition Education

  • Echo will introduce a club-wide nutrition program in partnership with nutrition experts that will be available to all players.

Mental Skills

  • In partnership with a qualified mental skills professional that has provided services to Major League Soccer, Echo will introduce mental skills training for all players in the club.
  • Premier teams will participate in mental skills training modules for 30-45 minutes weekly.
  • Select, Blue and Academy teams will have the ability to participate in mental skills training modules for an additional fee.

Camps / Clinics

2018 Real Madrid Foundation Camp
  • Dates: July 16-19, 2018
  • Times: 9 am – 3 pm daily
  • Ages: 7 – 14
  • Price: $425 per player
  • Location: Echo Fields @ HTP (10420 Brummitt Road, Granger, IN 46530)
  • Description: Generation Adidas International, in conjunction with Coerver Coaching Indiana, is proud to offer you an amazing soccer experience from July 16-19. This program offers a once in a lifetime experience to be coached for a week by the youth coaches of one of the world’s greatest professional soccer clubs. Real Madrid Foundation will be running a clinic at Michiana Echo Fields in conjunction with Coerver Coaching Indiana, and you will enjoy a week of intense training with world class coaches. Open to boys and girls ages 7-14, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!
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2018 Coerver Ball Mastery Camps

  • Dates: Session 1: June 25 – 29; Session 2: July 23 – 27
  • Times: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm daily
  • Ages: 8 – 16
  • Price: $155 per player
  • Location: Echo Fields @ HTP (10420 Brummitt Road, Granger, IN 46530)
  • Description: The Coerver® Ball Mastery Camp is open to boys and girls between 8-16 years. Soccer players are divided first by ability then by age into groups with a typical coaching ratio of 16 to 1. The Coerver® Player Skills Camp develops individual skill in all areas of the game with emphasis on Ball Mastery and beginning Move Sets. To develop confidence, soccer players are given time to gain competence in new skills before defensive pressure is added. When a level of competence has been established, small sided games which encourage the use of new skills are played.
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2018 Coerver First Skills Camp

  • Dates: June 11 – 15
  • Times: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm daily
  • Ages: 6 – 10
  • Price: $150 per player
  • Location: Echo Fields @ HTP (10420 Brummitt Road, Granger, IN 46530)
  • Description: First Skills is Coerver Coaching’s market-leading proposition to parents of players, ages 6-10. First Skills is more EDUCATIONAL, more EFFECTIVE, and more FUN! Than any other introductory soccer skills program. FIRST SKILLS builds the essential foundations young players need before they step into organized, competitive team play.
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