Sportsplex indoor soccer leagues give players the opportunity to continue practicing the sport they love, even when their outdoor fields are frozen.
Registration is now open for youth recreational soccer leagues for players in kindergarten through eighth grade at Sportsplex, a St. Charles Park District facility. The non-competitive leagues meet on Saturdays from Jan. 18 to March 14. Players can register individually or as a team. Each team is required to have a volunteer coach.
“The indoor leagues give players the opportunity to keep their outdoor team together in the off-season and continue developing a passion for soccer,“ said Cayla Greenfield, Sportsplex supervisor. “The kids have fun, continue to work on skills and techniques and stay physically active during the winter.”
Players in kindergarten through second grade are on co-ed teams and meet to practice drills and then scrimmage. The older age groups are separated by gender and play games each week.
For players used to competing on grass, indoor soccer provides a new, fun experience to challenge their skills on turf and a boarded field, allowing for a quicker-paced game as they can play off the boards. And bonus, players and spectators don’t have to deal with inclement weather.
As in many youth sports, indoor soccer at Sportsplex is not solely focused on winning, but rather, teamwork and sportsmanship.
“If your team doesn’t have teamwork, the team won’t be successful, so we really focus on being a good team player and sportsmanship,” Greenfield said. “Learning these skills creates good habits in players for their entire lives.”
Sportsplex also provides youth recreational leagues for boys in high school, as well as adult leagues, including Mens 30-Plus, Coed 18-Plus, Womens 18-Plus and Mens 18-Plus.
For more information or to register for Sportsplex indoor soccer leagues, visit www.stcparks.org or call Cayla Greenfield at 630-513-4386.
Sportsplex is located at 1400 Foundry Drive, off of Dean Street in St. Charles. The 62,500-square-foot facility has two turf fields with spectator seating, concession area, athletic training spaces and a sports performance center. Sportsplex is also available for rentals and birthday party packages.