The club, which is open to players from the Spanish Springs valley and the Rail City, concluded tryouts for the new season's teams over the past week. This fall, the team will field 12 teams, both boys and girls, in the U10 to U14 age groups. That number jumps to 19 for the spring season, when the club fields teams for older teens who play high school soccer in the fall. The club also hosts what it calls its Advantage Program for kids 6-to-8 years of age. That program will field eight more youth teams that will compete in the Great Basin Soccer League's fall campaign.
SSSC President Ryan Long said he and the club's leaders like their participation numbers and are happy to see so many local youths looking to improve their soccer skills."
"We feel we have a good number of teams and very manageable," club president Ryan Long said. "Our main focus is on quality not quantity. More is not always better in club soccer. The level of play throughout club soccer is a much higher level than rec soccer. By playing at a higher level, your players are challenged to become better players."
Long admitted winning is great but he did not put it at the top of the club's list of expectations.
"Our expectations for our club teams are to develop players properly by providing each player with the opportunity to improve their soccer ability by stressing the basic soccer techniques as a foundation for the younger age groups and then building on those techniques with advanced training for older players," he said.
"While the club is dedicated to providing each player with the necessary training in basic fundamentals and advanced tactics that will enable them to reach their maximum playing potential, it also places a strong emphasis on teaching coaches, players and parents "The Spirit of the Game" by stressing sportsmanship and appreciation for the opponents, officials, and parents.
Long said if the club and its coaches teach soccer the right way, wins will come.
"If everything above is accomplished, then winning falls into place," he said. "Our club has shown that each year; and our teams have gotten progressively better. Out of our 17 teams, we had 10 teams finish in the top three throughout the league standings. We also had a number of our teams win and place in tournaments throughout northern California and up to Medford Ore."
For more information on the club, read up on its web site: spanishspringssc.com