Lyons Township SC Earns 5-Star Recognition

LTSC Becomes Only 6th Club To Have This Designation

Lyons Township SC Earns 5-Star Recognition

Lyons Township Soccer Club of the greater LaGrange area has become just the sixth competitive club in the state to earn the prestigious Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition.  Since being founded in 1986, LTSC has been a staple of the soccer community in the southwest suburbs and is now one of the few clubs that can tout the 5-Star Recognition.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition from the Illinois Youth Soccer Association,” said Jo Hearn, LTSC president “LTSC has remained committed to our families, players and coaches in developing a pathway for player development, organizational development and career development, along with building a great club culture that expands beyond soccer.”

LTSC is a competitive community-based club committed to achieving success through player development for players under 7 through under 18 years of age.  LTSC offers playing levels for players of all ability from beginning players to those looking for high-level competitions and tournaments including the US Youth Soccer National League, Illinois State Cup and more.  This spring, LTSC will also be launching a TOPSoccer program for young athletes with disabilities.

The club’s coaching staff is held in high regard and includes many Olympic Development Program coaches. LTSC’s mission is to provide comprehensive, professional training for players who are committed to improving their level of play while enjoying themselves. 

“For over 30 years Lyons Township Soccer club has been a leader in the soccer community and has set  standards for the entire state,” said Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director. “With nearly 300 competitive clubs throughout the state, the fact that only six clubs have earned this designation speaks volumes about their dedication to the game on and off the field.  LTSC coaches have continually worked to increase their knowledge thru coaching education and improve the players’ experience.  They have always been actively involved in programs and competitions that provide opportunities for their players and grow their love for the game.”

Hearn credited the club’s infrastructure and staff, past and present, for achieving this milestone: “I would personally like to thank everyone who has ever been involved with Lyons Township Soccer Club. Our work involves a team of committed people who are passionate about the game of soccer and education. This honor was made possible by our players committing themselves to our development model, by the families who support them and who are dedicated LTSC volunteers, and by our tremendous professional coaches, who believe in our club’s philosophy and work hard to be better and to help our young players be their best.”

LTSC joins the following clubs you have also been awarded the Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition:

  • Chicago City Soccer Club
  • Ela SC
  • FCX
  • Green White SC
  • Spartan FC

To earn the 5-Star Competitive Club recognition, a club must meet all of the requirements showcasing their dedication both on and off the field. The 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition requirements are:

1. Illinois Youth Soccer Membership & Support

  • All of the Club’s competitive teams/players and recreational program teams/players, with the exception of the club’s US Soccer Academy primary teams that are excluded from participating in any other program, must be registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer member league.
  • The Club must actively support Illinois Youth Soccer programs and encourage their players to participate in the Illinois Olympic Development Program.
  • The Club must place Illinois Youth Soccer logo and link on its website free of charge to IYSA.

2. Coaching Education

  • All the Club’s competitive coaches must have the following US Soccer Federation licenses:
  • All U9-U12 coaches must have at least the Grassroots Pathway or ‘E’ License
  • All U13 and up coaches must have at least a ‘D’ License
  • All Directors of Coaching must have at least a ‘C’ License AND taken the Grassroots Pathway Introduction Course

3. Referee Development

  • All referees including assistant referees that the Club assigns must have a US Soccer license.

4. Risk Management

  • The Club must meet all of the following Illinois Youth Soccer risk management criteria:
  • All goals used by the Club, whether they are in use or not, must be anchored and stored according to the goal manufacturer’s safety standards.  All fields, nets and equipment must be safe.
  • All coaches, assistant coaches, administrative staff, board members, referees and all affected persons 18 or older must submit a background check.
  • All coaches must submit a certificate to the Club showing that they have successfully completed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up Concussion test.
  • All coaches must use the Illinois Youth Soccer Concussion Notification Form.
  • Club is in complaince with the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

5. Parent Education and Sideline Behavior

  • The Club must certify and document that it has a parent behavior program in place.

Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition Benefits:

A Club that earns the prestigious Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition will receive the following benefits from Illinois Youth Soccer:

  • Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition Logo for display on the Club’s website and publications
  • Listing on Illinois Youth Soccer website, e-newsletter and Network News that is distributed to approximately 90,000 families statewide
  • Free full page ad in Illinois Youth Soccer Tryout & Camp e-Guide
  • One (1) free Grassroots Pathway or ‘D’ coaching course credit for use by one of the Club’s coaching candidates 
  • Other promotional opportunities

For complete details including how your club could apply for the 5-Star Recognition click here

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