Spring is around the corner!!

Amber - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Although its still the month of January, spring is on the way. I have had a tough indoor season, its just not the same is it?\r\nBack to the outdoor games and fun and sun of the season. I can\'t wait to see the improvement in my kids this year . The indoor soccer is harder and alot more work, but it sure builds up their stamina.\r\nHow many parents do the indoor soccer? What are your likes / dislikes?

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Chrissy - posted on 03/05/2009

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I can't wait for our spring season to start. My daughter is ready for some outside play.

my son is playing baseball instead of soccer this spring, but back to soccer in the fall for him

Allison - posted on 02/28/2009

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I love the intensity of indoor soccer but nothing beats being outside.  My boys are ready!

Darlene - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hello, My son is 7 and he played indoor for two years.  He liked the first year there were more kids his age.  the second year there were more bigger kids so he had to play with them and he didn't like it as much, they were more aggressive than what he was used to.

Susan - posted on 02/26/2009

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Both of my older kids do indoor soccer (9 , 7 yrs). They both really enjoy the pace of the game and it definitely helps with endurance. It really helped my 9 year old push up the field since he trypically plays defense. We saw a huge change in that last year and he actually had a few goals! Where do your kids play outdoors? We are in NC.

Julie - posted on 02/23/2009

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We love indoor soccer and enjoy being out of the elements of the weather. My daughter plays goalie though and I worry a lot about injuries ~ Especially in indoor. Through our years of watching indoor soccer, we have witnessed more injuries during the indoor season than during outdoor.

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son was involved with indoor soccer. We liked it because it gave him something to do when it wasn't always nice and warm outside. I think they are a lot more leinient on the rules when you are indoors and I think that most kids are in it to basically to keep them active and like you said build up their stamina. I didn't witness it being any harder, of course my son was in the 5-7 group so it is pretty laxed anyway. But I think the coach tried harder when they were outdoors. Either way my son had fun.

Sara - posted on 02/10/2009

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I've never had my kids in indoor soccer....I would like to find a place that they could do that though. We miss soccer during the cold months. :.(

Sandy - posted on 02/10/2009

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My daughter is 5 and will turn 6 in May, she played on a co-ed team last year and this year will be her first..real game year..I am so looking forward to it.  I love the sport and hope to instill the same in her.  She is actually very good and scored several goals in the games against other teams..so I am really wanting her to continue to play as hard as she can.  I can't wait for her to be able to play indoor soccer and see if she likes it better.

Amy - posted on 02/10/2009

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I coach a U12 girls team and we are playing futsal this year. It is played in a gym 5 v. 5 and the girls have to control the ball very well. They cannot use the walls, so this is helping with their ball skills, control, and passing. It is a lot of fun! They all like indoor soccer because it is something different. We keep it VERY low-key and it gives them lots of touches.



 

Tiffany - posted on 02/10/2009

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We havent tried indoor soccer, I actually havent even heard of it. I wonder if we have that in Owensboro. Ill have to check into that!

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2009

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WOW! Gotta say I changed my profile picture just to answer this one. What do you mean no outdoor? In Washington we play- rain, snow, schools closed, soccer stops for no reason!  Mine has played soccer for about 8 years- both indoor and outdoor. Indoor is great from a conditioning standpoint, but outdoor is what really matters. I think the big deal is the surface they play on. Mine plays on grass and field turf in outdoor- so the speed of the play is different. The size of the field though has a huge impact on a midfielder- especially in indoor with no dead balls- and subbing on the fly. I have played indoor for about five years on a women's team- it really changes your view of the game. In wa we have practice twice a week, outdoor games on Sat, indoor games on Sun and speed training twice a week. It also depends on the level/ age group. Once you hit state cup, traveling and all that it is a huge commitment.  Nationals were in Hawaii last year! 

Desiree - posted on 02/09/2009

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This is my son's first season playing indoor soccer. It's definitly different I think. He really shined playing outdoors and indoor he doesn't seem to really get as into. We definitely cannot wait until spring again!

Kim - posted on 02/05/2009

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My kids love it. Even now that 2 are in college, they crave to play it every winter. They love the fast pace and it keeps them with touches on the ball. We have been playing indoor for about 10 years now and each of the kids beg to play. They even, when in high school formed the teams themselves for me to coach.

The part I don't like is the cost that restricts many good players.

It is great to keep the players in shape and make the ones that "think" they are in shape realize that they are getting out of shape off season.

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I think there are pros and cons to indoor. The obvious pro is kids are playing soccer in the winter when the otherwise couldn't. I also like to smaller field which forces more touches for each player. No out of bounds keeps games moving and doesn't give kids a rest period which builds up their stamina.

On the con side are the walls for 2 reasons. The first is that it is not natural to play a ball off a wall in a conventional outdoor game. Kids start to rely on that and can get lazy. I try to teach my players to use the wall like you would another player, rather than continually using it as a safety. It leads to bad habits on offense if you have a player that continually tries to bank their pass of the wall to the middle, rather than cut back and pass behind themselves. The biggest problem with walls is the safety. They are just downright dangerous when kids fall.

But walls aside, I think indoor soccer is a great sport in its own right. Kids are moving faster than outside, skill is import in a confined area, some arenas it is easier for kids to hear coaching.

But I do miss the warm weather and am looking forward to getting back outside

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2009

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My daughter has played indoor soccer.  It is alot faster paced than outdoor soccer.  I like that the season is fairly short and my daughter only plays games and no practices during the week.

Lynne - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 17 year old son has played indoor soccer for three seasons now.  He loves it, I think its the knowing that Spring play is almost in season.  I didn't like the fact that at 15 he had to play on a men's league, but now I guess it has made him a better player.  Yes, we do have problems with the off'side thing.....Soccer it great fun for our whole family.

Darlene - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 7 year old son got into hockey this winter and is excited about that.  He is looking forward to soccer in the summer.  He did play indoor soccer last year but it was with kids of different ages from 5 to 12.  My son didn't like the competitive players who were a lot older than him, last year he was 6.  He chose not to play indoor soccer this year.  There are not a lot of kids interested in this community so that is why there is such a age range.  My son has played summer soccer for 4 years, this year will be his fifth.

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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My oldest plays indoor, my 2 youngest are not old enough yet and I love indoor! I love that it gives them a sport to play in the coldest months and I love how aggressive it made my daughter become so she didn't get leveled on the field. This was my first year of indoor and after 5 years of outdoor and I think it is super exciting! My only dislike is I don't get the brake I used to get in the winter, but it keeps the kids busy which is more important! I can't wait for Spring season my youngest is finally old enough to play soccer! They are always so cute when they start at 3!

Lauren - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have 3 that play indoor. I actually think they like indoor more, it's a lot faster, but I'm ready to get outside...

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son was on 2 indoor teams this year, one on Saturdays and one on Sundays.  I love indoor because it helps to make the kids faster and more aggressive when they get back outdoors.  You do end up with alot of throw ins though because there are no walls to play off of and also it might be a little hard for some kids to realize that once again, there are offsides, unlike indoor.  I like how it helps keep the kids in good physical shape through the winter plus they don't go out in the spring forgetting how to control the ball.

Virginia - posted on 01/21/2009

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I agree indoor soccer is harder, my kids are ready to play outside!!    

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