ISC Lightning Intermediate Training Program - Spring

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

All ISC Spring 2018 Lightning Practices will be held on Friday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  There will be 10 sessions for the spring season.  

Registration for the Spring 2018 Lightning Program opened on Thursday, February 1 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 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.  We provide excellent instruction in the ISC Lightning program and require only a limited time commitment as the program only meets once per week.   

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.  We provide a good balance of fun activities even as we start to introduce the skill training that we use with our year round competitive players.   The program absolutely prepares kids to move on to higher levels within the ISC, but there are plenty of fun parts of all practices.  


Coaching Philosophy And Approach 

Practice Overview for the 7 to 11 Year Olds 

The practices for the Lightning kids are 30 minutes longer than the 4 to 6 year old practices on Friday nights.  With the additional 30 minutes of practice time for the 7 to 11 year olds, we have the time to incorporate a skills based portion during every one of the 7-11 year old practice sessions.  While we will still use many fun, learning games that help players develop better atheltic skills, the 7 to 11 year olds are developmentally ready for more challenges as well.  In fact, the ages from 7-12 is the most critical time for any soccer player to develop skill and research shows that if the technical skills of soccer are not not developed during this window of time, kids will have a hard time making up that training at a later age.  Therefore, with the 7 to 11 year olds we will take a balanced approach with the implementation of our ISC skills method approach and also the inclusion of many, fun "games/activities" that also promote learning and development.  

Our coaches 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.    

In sum, the ISC Lightning program is great for those players that are completely new to soccer.  However, even for those players that are not new to soccer, 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 participants 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 typical 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 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 and other sports as well



ISC Lightning IS OFFERED THREE TIMES PER YEAR                                                                                                   

Fall Lightning -Runs from August through October and is an outdoor program with 10 practices.

Winter Lightning-Runs from November through early March and is an indoor program with 16 practices.

Spring Lightning -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 0ld must your child be to register for the ISC SPRING 2018 ISC LIGHTNING Program?

 7 To 11 Years Of Age                                                                                                                                                              

Your child MUST be 7 years old by March 30, 2018 in order to register for the 7-11 year old ISC LIGHTNING PROGRAM.  We accept only 7-11 year olds for the ISC 7-11 Year Old FALL LIGHTNING PROGRAM.  When you register, please register your child in the age group based on the age that they will be on March 30, 2018.  For example, if your son is 7 now, but will be 8 by March 30, please register him in the 8 year old group.  


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 12 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 development 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.  Jon also earned his master's degree in Education from the University of Iowa in 1999.  He grew up as a player in Iowa and played Division I men's soccer.  He is committed to the development and growth of soccer in Iowa.  


If Your Child Is Older Than 11 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 Jon.Cook@Iowasoccerclub.Com.

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 18 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 that 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 SPRING ISC Lightning Program

April 2018 - Early June 2018
(One practice per week on FRIDAYS)

Number of Spring 2018 ISC Lightning Sessions/Practices:  10  

Practice Schedule for SPRING 2018 ISC LIGHTNING PROGRAM 

All sessions will be held on the following Fridays in Spring 2018:

1) March 30

2) April 6, 13, 20, 27

3) May 4, 11, 18, 25

4) June 1

Practice Times:

All practices will run from 7:00-8:30 PM on FRIDAY NIGHTS.   

Practice Locations: 

The ISC LIGHTNING PROGRAM will be held INDOORS at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center for the first 4 sessions.   

The sessions on Friday, March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 20 will be held INDOORS at HAWKEYE TENNIS AND RECREATION CENTER.

HTRC Address: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center on 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, Iowa.

The sessions on Friday, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1 will be held OUTDOORS at the Iowa City Kicker's Soccer Complex in Iowa City.



Registration For the ISC Spring 2018 Lightning Program

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

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

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

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



Summary Details for the age groups: 

7 Year Old Group: This age group is full.

8 Year Old Group: This age group is full.

9-11 Year old Group:  This age group is full.


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.  

Registration for the Spring 2018 Program will open on February 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM.