LIGHTNING BAGIL (8U-10U Boys and Girls) - Session I

ISC LIGHTNING BAGIL (8U-10U Boys and Girls) -Session I

8U-10U Boys and Girls Indoor League

2011, 2010, and 2009 Birth Years 

Session I for November 2018-Early January 2019



The ISC is excited to announce the start of a new indoor league for beginners and intermediate level players.  This league is geared for players in the ISC Lightning Intermediate Level programs but we will also accept players that have not participated in our Lightning program.  This league is NOT for the ISC Year Round Competitive Players.  Our goal in establishing this league is to have a league for players that want a lower level commitment to soccer as compared to our year round competitive players.



The league is set up so that all participants sign up as individuals.  Participants are placed on a team with other players and they will remain on the same team for the entire session.  The ISC Coaching Staff will form teams. We will not be able to accommodate requests to place kids on the same team as their friends, but all kids will play games at the same time.  

All participants will be guaranteed 7, 45 minute long indoor games with the team that they are assigned to play with for the session.  In addition, the ISC coaching staff will ensure that all players on each team will play as close to half of each game as possible. 

We will offer this coed league for 2 sessions of indoor soccer each winter.  All games will be played at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center, known as the HTRC.   The facility address is 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, Iowa.  PLEASE NOTE that All of the games will be played on the "Hawkeye" TURF area in the HTRC.    Players are NOT allowed to wear cleats on this surface.   

Who is eligible for the league?

Kids that participate in the league must be born in the following birth years, 2009, 2010, or 2011. 

Kids born in 2011 are considered 8U players.

Kids born in 2010 are considered 9U players.

Kids born in 2009 are considered 1OU players.

Format of League-5v5 Indoor Soccer 

5v5 Indoor Soccer-No Walls- (4v4 + Keepers with a futsal ball.)   Since there are no walls, when the ball is played out of bounds, we will play kick-ins for restarts.  

We will use a futsal ball, but we will not use the official futsal rules for play.  

The field space will be 25 yards wide by 40 yards long.   With 4 field players on each team and a goalie for each team, the space allows for good soccer to be played by the teams.   

Who coaches the teams?

The ISC staff will be present for each team to coach the games.   Like all of our programs, we hire only qualified, US Soccer Licensed coaches.  All coaches work under the direction of the ISC Coaching Director: Jon Cook.  The ISC is a teaching soccer club.  We take great pride in hiring coaches who understand that all kids come into the game at different levels and all kids will develop at different times.  Our focus is helping players learn the game through effective teaching and age appropriate motivation.  

When is the League Offered?

We hold two sessions each year.  

Session I runs from November 2018 through the first weekend of January in 2019.  

Session II runs from mid January 2019 through March 2019.       

What Days of the week will games be played?

ALL Games for the ISC LIGHTNING BAGIL (8U-10U) will be played on SUNDAY afternoons.

Game Times:

The participants in this league will play one game per week from 2:30-3:15 PM.  

League games will be played on only the followings SUNDAYS for Session I of the ISC LIGHTNING BAGIL:

November 2018: November 4, 11, 18

December 2018: December 2, 9, 16

January 2019:  January 6

If I sign up for the league, do I need to make all 7 games?

You will need to be available for most games. 

Cost for the League:  $70 Per Player

$70 per player for 7 League Games and a league t-shirt/jersey.   

(Please note that this fee is slightly higher per game than what our competitive players pay for their games, because their annual fees cover the coaching component of their participation in their leagues.) 

What should players wear to the games?

Your fees include a league t-shirt/jersey.

Your child must wear shin guards for the games?  

Format and Goals of the League:

We will form only 4 teams for Session I with a maximum of 9 players per team.  This means that once we reach 36 players registered, we cannot take any more players and registration is full.  

Each team will play the other 3 teams twice and they will also play one team a third time.  

Duration of each match

45 minutes with a running clock-no half time.

Other Information: 

We will NOT keep standings for our 8U-10U league.  However, we will keep score during the matches for the kids to be aware of, but after the games are finished, the scores are not posted anywhere.  We do keep standings for the 13U and older leagues, but we will not keep standings or post scores for the ISC 8U-10U division.  There are a number of reaons for this, but most simply, we know from many years of youth coaching experience that players will still play and compete without standings and scores posted.  The ISC approach to coaching is a long term player development focus.  At times, parents struggle with this concept.  However, we have a 20 year tradition of developing high level players through this player development focus.  Below is a summary of why we believe a player development focus for 8U-10U players is enhanced when the focus of our coaching is on process oriented goals and not outcome based goals:

Why tracking scores and standings is not necessary for a 8U-10U league in a player development club like the ISC?

1) Players need to play without fear of making mistakes at the youngest ages.  When scores and league standings are always on the player's mind, players don't play or exhibit as much risk taking or creativity.  

2) In the ISC, we believe that a long term player development focus must provide kids with opportunities to play in different parts of the field.  When coaches and players are worried about whether the team is first or second in the standings, players are less open to trying new roles and coaches are less willing to assign kids to different roles within the team.

3) Team and player assessment is often judged on wins and losses, or in other words, on the outcome only.  When the score and standings become less central to the player feedback that coaches give each player, the kids will actually receive feedback geared toward each player's own needs for development.  Sometimes kids are on a winning team, but they aren't really contributing as much as they could to the team.  When we focus on feedback that is helpful to each player's improvement and ability to help the team, rather than whether we won or lost, more players will improve more rapidly than when the feedback is based on only the result of the match.  

4) New players to the ISC will benefit greatly from an approach that focuses on skill and tactical development rather than scores and standings only.  When new players join, they are going to feel slighlty behind.   We want kids to develop and feel like they have a chance to contribute if they work hard, do extra practices, etc.  We don't want them feeling like they are costing the team critical points in the standings simply because they are newer to our programs.

The approach outlined above is NOT a "feel good, everyone is a winner," approach.  This approach is age appropriate in our opinion for younger players.  There is a time and place for scores and standings and for results to matter above the rest of the criteria that we use to evaluate players and teams.  We strongly believe players will stay in the game longer and be more capable and versatile players with the approach outlined above.   We hope as parents that you can trust our judgment on this issue.   

Minimum Players Required for Each game: 5 


Click Here to View the Team Assignments for Session I of the ISC LIGHTNING BAGIL (8U-10U) (UPDATED on NOVEMBER 11, 2018)  

The Schedules below have not been updated yet.  

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, December 2, 2018 

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, December 9, 2018

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Click here to view the Schedule for Sunday, January 6, 2019