Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Crushers tryouts


I just wanted to post about a small soccer club on the east side. It has been based out of Raytown Soccer Club but is moving to card out of Lees Summit. The head coach is Dave Vickers, a humongous (looks like he is 8 feet tall) man that loves coaching. Currently the club has just two teams, U-10 and U-13 girls. Dave started coaching competitive soccer 16 years ago when his daughter’s team needed a coach that got off their chair and hasn’t slowed down since.

The club is the Crushers. A little minnow of a club that routinely beats the big clubs. I am most familiar with the U-10 team since that is the team my daughter is on. About a year ago this time I really needed a team for my daughter to play on because the team we were on (a boy’s team) was just not going to work out any longer. We went to a couple tryouts with other teams that did not work out. One tryout with the Crushers and Coach Vickers recognized that not only my daughter needed a place to practice and play but he saw a talent in her that is just starting to really blossom a year later.

My daughter is one of the youngest on the team, a full year behind the ‘veterans’ of the team. While she has struggled along with some of the other young ones as we played the best clubs in the Metro League, the coaches never gave up on them. All of the younger players are starting to come into their own now. They may not be the best players on the team nor in the league but they have all made great strides and it is fun to watch.

The U-9 Crusher's won their division this last weekend.
While it is always more about developing the players to be their best, the team has had success on the field as well. The U-9 version of the team carded in two levels, winning one division and finishing well in the other. In the last three tournaments they have won two of them and lost in the championship game of the other one.
The one tournament runner-up came at the hands (feet?) of the uber-funded, super club from St. Louis. Even though we lost that final, our girls gave them a good match and came away with a great experience.

Coach Vickers and his assistant, Coach Scott Roller are both good coaches. They complement each other well. They do not charge any coaches fees; they do it because it needs to be done and because they love it. I do not know all the numbers but I do know that most of Coach Vicker's girls have went on to start for their High Schools and most have played in college as well.

As more clubs merge and try to become super clubs, it's nice to know that there are still little clubs with coaches that care about coaching, about developing players. Not about titles or money.

If you know of a girl in the U-10 or U-13 range that needs a good team, a good coach, bring them to tryouts this week. If enough true U-9’s come out maybe there will be a third team.


All tryouts are at Legacy Soccer Fields (Field Map)

U-10’s
Tuesday June 5th 5:00 to 6:00 PM (field #4)
Wednesday June 6th 6:00 to 7:00 PM (field #11)
Thursday June 7th 6:00 to 7:00 PM (field #11)
Saturday June 9th 5:00 to 6:00 PM (field #6)

U-13’s 
Wednesday June 6th 6:00 to 7:00 PM (field #2)
Saturday June 9th  6:30 to 7:30 pm (field #2)

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