ISC Lightning Intermediate Training Program - Fall

ISC Lightning Fall 2018

Recreational/Intermediate Youth Soccer Training Program For 7-11 Years Old 


ISC Lightning (7-11 Years Old) Recreational/Intermediate Training - FALL 2018

Please note that the FALL 2018 Lightning Program will be held on Friday evenings from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. 

Registration for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program OPENED on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 6:00 AM.    




Ages for ISC LIGHTNING: 7 To 11 Years Of Age 


Purpose, Description, and Goals of the ISC Lightning Program: 

The ISC Lightning program is one of the ISC's intermediate soccer programs.  We designed the ISC Lightning program to provide young soccer players with the appropriate soccer instruction in order to teach the skills necessary to thrive at soccer.  Our goal for the kids who register for the Lightning program is to make sure that all of the kids have fun learning new soccer skills in a healthy and age appropriate environment. Our coaches are expert coaches and they will help the kids grow and improve while still having lots and lots of FUN at every practice.  

The Lightning program is a "training only" program.  The kids receive the appropriate training without having to commit to travel and weekend games.  Participation in the Lightning Program only requires a limited time commitment as the program only meets once per week for 10 weeks.   

Although we are confident that the ISC Lightning program is excellent preparation for our advanced year round programs, most 7-11 year old children aren't thinking about preparing for anything, they just want to have fun.  This program will teach the skills of soccer in a fun way that all kids will find enjoyable, but at the same time, parents should feel comfortable knowing that we will be preparing your kids to move on to higher levels within the ISC or elsewhere if your child chooses to continue with the sport of soccer. 



Coaching Philosophy And Approach 

Practice Overview for the 7 to 11 Year Olds 

The practices for the 7 to 11 year olds are 30 minutes longer than the 4 to 6 year old practices on Friday nights with our Academy program.  With the additional 30 minutes of practice time for the 7 to 11 year olds, we have the time to incorporate more of the skills based portion during every one of the 7-11 year old sessions.  While we will still use many fun, learning games, the 7 to 11 year olds are developmentally ready for more challenges as well.  Therefore, with the 7  to 11 year olds we will take a balanced approach with the implementation of our "Head Start" skills teaching approach and also the inclusion of many, fun "games/activities" that also promote learning and development.

In sum, we offer instructional based skills teaching that other programs don't offer and aren't as well trained to offer, but we also are cognizant of the fact that the practices still need to be fun and engaging for all kids.

The 7-11 year old ISC Lightning program is great for those players that are completely new to soccer.  However, experienced players will also find the program challenging and rewarding. 

The 7 to 11 year practices offer new skill lessons that allow the players in the ISC LIGHTNING to grow with our program. 


Young Soccer Players Need the Best Training Possible:

For players that want to continue to play soccer beyond the recreational level, players need to be challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to enjoy the game.  If players don't continue to learn new skills, they won't have fun playing soccer.  Most research shows that one of the main reasons children drop out of a sport is due to the lack of appropriate training of the skills which are necessary to continued success in a particular sport.  The 7-11 year old age is a very important age for players to develop the skills necessary to be competent at the game of soccer.  If players do not receive the proper instruction and motivation at these ages or if they are not presented with the appropriate activities at practice, players will miss an important window of time in which they can develop the skills that will allow them to grow with the game.  The Lightning training will provide the appropriate training at a lower level of commitment than what we require from our "year round players."

We will maintain a minimum player to coach ratio of 10 players for each expert adult coach. This ratio helps ensure the Lightning particpants receive the appropriate level of training.



Who is this program best suited for?

Any 7-11 year old that enjoys soccer and would like to improve and learn new skills is welcome to join the ISC Lightning.  We do not require that the participants in our ISC Lightning program have played in our recreational/beginner program called the ISC Academy prior to joining the Lightning program.  

Although the ISC Lightning program does teach concepts and skills that are more advanced than what is covered in a trypical recreational program, the program is absolutely open to all children 7-10 years of age that are interested.  We do not want the "Intermediate Label" to scare young players away from the LIghtning program.  

In the ISC, we completely understand that everyone has to start somewhere and at some point everyone is new to the game.  Our coaches will welcome your child regardless of their past experience in the game.  Moreover, the ISC is very open to players of all different ability levels and unlike many other competitive sports programs in the U.S.,  our expert coaches and teachers understand that every child develops at different rates and times.  We are a child- centered organization dedicated to the development of all young soccer players that possess the desire to improve and have fun.  



Summary of the Goals for the Program: What will players get out of participation in the program? 

  • Fun

  • Exercise

  • Social Development

  • Soccer Skills Development (Under the direction of expert and experienced coaches)

  • Athletic Development (Under the direction of expert and experienced coaches)

  • Foundation necessary to thrive at the game of soccer 



ISC Lightning Start Dates                                                                                                   

WE  HAVE 3 SEASONS of the ISC Lightning Program each year.


Session I -Runs from mid August through October and is an outdoor program with 10 practices.

Session II-Runs from November through early March and is an indoor program with 15-16 practices.

Session III -Runs from April through early June and is an outdoor program with 10 practices.

You will have to register for each program separately.  

We only accept online registration and payment online for the ISC Lightning Program. 

If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch through the school system we may be able to provide financial assistance for your child to participate in this program.  For more information on how to receive financial assistance, please contact our administrator at 


How many players can we accept for the Fall 2018 ISC LIGHTNING PROGRAM?

We will only accept 35, 7 Year olds for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program.

We will only accept 30, 8 Year olds for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program.

We will only accept 30, 9-11 Year olds for the Fall 2018 Lightning Program. 

Why do we limit the number of players accepted for each group in this program?

For players 7-11 years of age, the ratio of coaches per player should be better than for players 11 years and older.  We feel that for the youngest ages the player to coach ratio needs to be better than we would need with older players due to the attention span of young children, their lack of familiarity with most practice exercises at this age, and due to the stage of devolpment of young children in regard to their cognitive, social, and motor development.  In order for the kids to get adequate attention and to receive the proper instruction we need to cap the numbers that we can accept for this program.    

The Iowa Soccer Club was started in 1997 to provide expert soccer coaches for ALL of our soccer programs.  Whether your child plays in our recreational, intermediate, or advanced programs, our goal is to provide the best and most experienced coaches.  We take great pride and we devote considerable resources and time to hire, train, and develop coaches who are qualified to work with young soccer players.  Too many sports organizations put very little emphasis on the youngest players, in the ISC we believe that the youngest players need excellent coaching.  We demand a high standard of teaching and coaching from our professional staff in order to ensure a positive and healthy experience that is developmentally appropriate for the Lightning kids.

Our Director of Coaching is Jon Cook.   It is his responsibility to ensure that all ISC programs offer only the highest quality of coaching.  Jon holds the United States Soccer Federation "A" License and the USSF National Youth Diploma.  He has been in charge of our programs for the past 19 years.  

Age Requirements:
Players must be at least 7 years old by the time the first session is held in August.   Therefore, your child must be at least 7 years old by August 17, 2018, to register online for the Fall 2018 session of the ISC Lightning program.   

If your child is older than 12 years of age at the start of the Fall Lightning session and you want them signed up for an intermediate or advanced ISC program, please contact the ISC Coaching Director, Jon Cook, at

Cost for Program                                                                                                                 


Your Fee Covers the Following:

1) Professional Coaching for 10 Practices. 

(All sessions follow our well established "Head Start" Developmental Soccer Program that our coaching Director, Jon Cook has developed and refined over the past 20 years working with youth soccer players.  It takes expert coaching to keep the soccer training fun and also educational and developmental.  With the ISC Lightning Program, your kids will have fun but they will also be challenged to develop the skills necessary to thrive at soccer if soccer is a sport they choose to pursue when they get older.)

2) ISC Lightning T-shirt

3) Soccer Ball



ISC Lightning Refund Policy

Due to the fact that we limit the number of children that we accept for each age group in the Lightning, refunds are only issued on a limited basis for the reasons listed below:

1) Your family moves out of town prior to the start of the Lightning, but after you have registered.

2) Your child is injured prior to the start of the Lightning and they cannot participate in any part of the program.

Duration of the 2018 Fall Lightning Program

Mid August-October 
(One practice per week only on FRIDAYS)

Number of Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Sessions:

10 Practices 

Practice Schedule for FALL 2018 ISC LIGHTNING PROGRAM 

August:  17, 24, 31
September:  7, 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19

Practice Times:

All outdoor practices will run from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Iowa City Kicker's Soccer Fields on FRIDAY NIGHTS.  

Practice Locations: 

August-October:  Practices during the months of August through October will be held outdoors at the Kicker's Soccer Fields at 4400 Soccer Park Road in Iowa City.  

Registration for the FALL 2018 will open on July 2, 2018 at 6:00 AM. 

Click on the link below to register.  We have limited spaces available.  Registration closes when we reach our maximum registration numbers. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018-Registration is now Closed

Updated Registration Information as of August 16, 2018

7 Year Olds -Full 

8 Year Olds-FUll 

9-11 Year Olds-FUll 

We will only accept 35, 7 Year olds for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program.   
Ratio of Expert Adult Coaches to 7 Year Olds,  about 10 to 1.

We will only accept 30, 8 Year olds for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program.
Ratio of Expert Adult Coaches to 8 Year Olds, about 10 to 1.  

We will only accept 30, 9-11 Year olds for the Fall 2018 ISC Lightning Program. 
Ratio of Expert Adult Coaches to 9-11 Year Olds, about 10 to 1. 

Minimal Requirements for Youth Mentor Coaches at the ISC Lightning Program.  

We have a number of our current high school players help out with the ISC Lightning program.  We require that these kids have some basic training in regard to working with children.  

  • All high school aged coaches that help with the ISC Lightning Program have finished and completed the requirements to earn the United States Soccer Associations's "E" level license.  The course is run by the United States Soccer Federation and is a 16 hour class.  The course prepares coaches to work with soccer players in the age range from 9-12 years old.