Tick, tick, tick…

Despite how it looks outside spring is near. Of course that means that the 2019 season is not far behind, either. Practice officially begins on March 11. But before we begin, a few key things need to happen.

  1. Attend the preseason meeting. Designed as an opportunity to update parents about the season, student-athletes are encouraged to attend as well. We expect our players to be “in the know” and this is a great opportunity get all of the most up-to-date information, meet this year’s coaching staff, learn about expectations. The meeting will take place in the high school’s lecture hall at 6pm on Wednesday, February 27…Please make arrangements to attend if you (or your son) is planning to play soccer this spring!!
  2. (If you will be playing at LMHS for the first time, and haven’t done so already) Complete the¬†New Player Registration¬†form, linked below.¬†It will provide us with player and parent contact information, a glimpse into your (your son’s) playing background, and info on whether you/he might be involved with other activities during the season.
  3. Check in with the LMHS Athletic Office and make sure your name is on the list to play. This list was populated by players who attended the meeting with Coach Brinkmeyer a few weeks ago. This step is critical as we will begin with this list on the first day of practice. It will allow us/you to verify that all required paperwork/documents have been completed and are current. If any of the required forms are incomplete, out-of-date, or missing, players will be ineligible to practice until updated. **The Athletic Office is located just outside of the main gym, and open during every school day.
  4. Get active!! Agility & Strength Training sessions are currently going on and are a great way to (physically) prepare for the season.
    • Agility Training: Tues/Thurs, 6-6:45am
    • Strength Training: Tues, 3:45-4:30; Thurs, 4:45-5:30; Fri, 3:45-4:30
  5. If you did not order apparel from our online store, here’s what you will need:
    1. Gray tshirt (for practice)…it’s fine if there is a graphic on it
    2. Red shorts (for practice)…any style is fine
    3. Gray soccer socks (for practice)…only if you can find them
    4. Black soccer socks (for games-practice)
    5. White soccer socks (for games-practice)
  6. Other soccer-specific items:
    1. Soccer Cleats (make sure they are specific for soccer)
    2. Shinguards (make sure they are correctly sized)
    3. Compression shorts/long-sleeve (if desired) need to be the same color as the predominant shorts/jersey it will be worn under.

School closings can be productive…

Ok, even though our program only exists because we have a school-supported team, and generally-speaking, having classes cancelled is not ideal, these recent breaks have provided some time to get work done…

If you’re reading this, you already are benefitting from the time off, as our website was down since before we had snow on the ground!! While there are a few pages that still need some updating, the fact that the site is even up and running is a huge plus.

Here are a couple of reminders of upcoming deadlines, activities, and suggestions before soccer practices begin on March 11.

  • If you still have not received emails from our gmail account, specific to Linn-Mar Mens Soccer, please complete the short questionnaire that we refer to as the New Player Registration form.
    • Some students may have completed this, but we did not realize until early winter that the forms were not being sent; please complete the new form.
  • Our online apparel deadline is Sunday, February 4. If you don’t order, you will miss out. Some of the items are recommended, please take a look to see if you have these items. If you are unable to purchase them, you will be on your own to acquire similar items.
  • Week of February 11th: New strength and conditioning hours and activities begin
    • Team Lifting Times
      • Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30
      • Thursdays, 4:45-5:30
      • Fridays, 3:45-4:30
    • Speed, Strength, & Agility Workouts (Main Gym)
      • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00am-7:30am

Back to school also means back to soccer

It was great seeing so many familiar faces today for the first day of school (9-12). We’re going to hit the ground running on Monday, with strength training, at 4:30; players should meet in the cafeteria. Strength & Conditioning sessions will continue during the first quarter every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Check our calendar for more details.

Also, Homecoming is coming up at the end of September, and we are planning to take part in the annual parade, again. All players are welcome, a sign-up will be made available soon. Look for LMTV announcements in the coming weeks.

If you are a new player to our program, please take a few minutes to complete the New Player Registration!! This little bit of information gives the coaches a preview of what you bring to our program, but more importantly, it gets you and your parents onto our distro list for future communications. The sooner you can get to this, the better…Fall always flies by, and once winter rolls around, other training options will start up.

Good luck to all of you playing on a local club team this fall!