Mission Statement :
The overall mission of the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club (EFSC) is to foster the development of youth travel soccer players for the local high school soccer programs in the Elkhart area.
- To ingrain the importance of exemplary sportsmanship, moral character, integrity, teamwork, discipline and fair play among players, parents and coaches.
- To improve the level of youth soccer in an environment that promotes competitive play with passion of the game as a top priority.
- To provide both opportunity and means for kids who are financially challenged to participate in travel soccer through the assistance of a scholarship fund.
- To support developmental soccer programs in the community;
- To promote and enhance the sport of soccer within Northern Indiana.
Statement of Philosophy:
The Elkhart Flames Soccer Club offers travel soccer opportunities for boys and girls ages U10 through U14 through the yearly Fall and Spring soccer sessions. In addition, in the Spring Session, the club has an Academy program for players U8-U10. For U15 and older soccer players, the club is a co-sponsor for the Elkhart County United (ECU).The focus for our travel teams is individual player development. Our goal is to see each player achieve his/her potential, both as a player and as a person. Hard work, fair play, dedication, and respect are the things that we want to teach, along with outstanding soccer instruction.
Training Sessions: To play with the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club is a privilege. Faithful attendance at training sessions and games is expected and needs to be a first priority. We do understand that all of our families are busy, and from time to time conflicts may occur. It is an expectation that these matters will be communicated to coaches and team managers prior to the beginning of the session.
Playing time: Travel soccer is a competitive playing situation. On Elkhart Flames soccer teams, players will have equal practice time, but equal game playing time is not guaranteed. All playing time decisions are at the discretion of the coach. If a player has questions about the amount of playing time or questions on the position he/she is playing, he/she needs to follow the following sequence of communication steps:
Step 1: Player with coach
Step 2: Player & parent/s with coach
Step 3: Parents with EFSC board president & coach.
Financial Commitment: The financial cost is divided between the two playing sessions: Fall and Spring. A player session fee covers the cost of the following expenses: Indiana Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) Registration, weekly practices during the session, a practice T-Shirt, coaching fees, field usage / maintenance, and Northern Indiana Soccer League (NISL) league & tournament registration. Scholarship funding is available through the club for players needing financial assistance.No player belonging to the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club will be prohibited from participation solely because of lack of financial resources.