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    Optimist Soccer League Logistics for 2021

    Michiana Christian Embassy will have PK, K, 1&2 at the location

    Ballard front will have 3rd & 4th grade 

    Ballard back game field on Saturdays only will have 5th & 6th games (no practice on this field)

    Plym Park will have 5th & 6th practices and games

    AEP will have PK, K, 1&2 3&4 games on those fields. 



    PreK/K will be the same field (field 1)

    1st & 2nd will be closest to parking lot (field 2)

    3rd & 4th will be farthest from parking lot (field 3)



    Game logistics for coaches and referees:


    PreK will have instructional 20 min before games; then 2/10 min. half (with sub at 5 min. mark as teams are not very big) No referee or goalie with coaches on field 4-v-4 (size 3 ball) 


    K will have 20 minute instructional before games; then 4/ 8 min. quarters; No referee or goalie with a coach on the field 5v5 (size 3 ball) 


    1st & 2nd will be 4/10 min. quarters; goalie, 1 referee, 8 players + goalie= 9 total on field; 9v9 (8 minute half time) (size 4 ball)


    3rd & 4th will be 4/12 min. quarters; goalie, 2 referees, 10 players + goalie= 11 total players on field; 11v11 (size 4 ball) 


    5th & 6th will be 2/30 min. half; goalie, 2 referees, 10 players + goalie= 11 total players on field; 11v11 (size 5 ball) 


    Early Registration February 9th - March 7th ($45)

    Regular Registration March 8th - March 14th ($55)

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    Pre K League (3.5-5 yr. *have NOT attended Kindergarten)

    • In accordance with state and county regulations, MASKS will be REQUIRED by all in attendance at practices and games
    • Each week teams will be assigned to a scheduled game time
    • There will be a 20 minute Fundamental Skill Development session before game
    • Following the 20 minute fundamental training session, teams will play (2) 10 minute sessions with substitution at the 5 minute time
    • Each player will be assigned to a team and a coach
    • One coach may be on the field during game play
    • Four players on the field/ no goalie
    • Players will receive a team shirt and should wear athletic attire in accordance to weather conditions
    • Tennis shoes or soccer cleats are fine
    • Shin guards are required
    • Players should bring their own water in a container that is marked with their name

    Kindergarten League (Children currently in Kindergarten)

    • In accordance with state and county regulations, MASKS will be REQUIRED by all in attendance at practices and games 
    • Shin guards are required
    • Each team will have 20 min instructional warm up with volunteer coach(es) on the field
    • Immediately following warm up teams will play against scheduled opponent
    • Games will consist of 4 x 8 min quarters
    • Plan on 2 contacts a week; either 2 scheduled games, or 1 practice and one scheduled game (volunteer coaches will determine the practice schedule)
    • 1 game ball will be used at each field,
       which will be sanitized before the start of each quarter by the referee

    • All restarts will be KICK INS, to avoid players touching the ball with their hands.
    • Coaches, parents and other spectators are NOT permitted to touch the game ball at any time. Only referees and players.
    NO HAND SHAKE LINES at the end of the game.  Instead players will line up, one team on either side of the half line, clap for one another, then turn to sidelines and wave to thank parents.  
    NO TEAM SNACKS .  Parents can provide individual snacks to their own child ONLY.
    Warm up Instructional Training will include:
    • basic skills of dribbling, shooting and passing, receiving and 1v1 skills
    • Basic Laws of the game: out of bounds, corner kicks, goal kicks, free      kicks.

    Game Play

    • 4 x 8 min quarters 
    - NO THROW INS.  All restarts will be by kick i
    ns only

    Pre-K through 6th grade teams

    Optimist has added division of play for Pre-K beginning Spring 2021. This will be for youth 3.5-5 years old that have NOT yet attended Kindergarten. 

    We will not be hosting teams of 7th & 8th grade. teams. If you have a youth interested in playing in the  7th & 8th grade, you  can reach out to Coach Brent Wright at:


    Optimist Soccer

    Optimist Soccer has supported youth in the Niles-Buchanan-Brandywine-Cassopolis area for over 35 years. The Niles Noon Optimist Club is committed to providing funds and support to local programs and organizations that provide opportunities for youth. ALL revenue raised through Optimist Soccer go back to youth in our community. The Club is made up of volunteers that commit their time to support youth and families, promote character development and sportsmanship, promote healthy living, provide opportunity for volunteers to provide opportunity for youth to learn to play the game of soccer, and provide college scholarships to local students.

    If you are interested in joining the Niles Noon Optimist Club (not required to attend noon meetings), please reach out to Denise Peters at


    If you are interested in being an Optimist Soccer Sponsor, please contact:

    Dave Van Strien at 269-684-6005

    Denise Peters


    Phone: 2698766055