Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the community meetings and participate in the merger discussions. From the meetings and the feedback the club has voted to move forward with the merger. North Branch’s new community club would be created with kids from North Branch, Forest Lake and Chisago Lakes to create one club under the Lakes United name. The following are the reasons for the merger and what the new club would look like:
Reasons for the merger:
Soccer is different from other sports in that it constantly builds in the number of kids needed on the field. We start out with 6 vs. 6 (8-10 kids) on team and need to build up to 11 vs. 11 (18-22 kids), we would like our NB kids to still be able to play in our community as they get to the upper levels (U13 through U19). Many NB kids are forced to quit because there are not enough kids to form a roster. Building a strong club program allows kids to succeed at every level including the HS level, which builds school spirit.
Phase I for the 2014 Spring/Summer Seasons
We have created North Branch only teams for kids U14 and below as possible and we will work to accommodate all other players if teams are not available at their age level.
Phase II for 2015 (this will be re-evaluated at the end of the 2014 season)
The rec. program and the U9 and U10 “gold” teams would stay in North Branch, this would give kids a chance to determine if they enjoy soccer and they want to continue to pursue this sport.
Kids at the U9/U10 level would also be given the opportunity (if their raking qualifies them) to move to a “maroon” team level, that team would more than likely be made up of kids from Forest Lake, Chisago, and North Branch.
U11 and Up
Would be considered the competitive teams and all three areas would merge to create C3, C2, C1, etc. An example of what teams were offered for the 2012 season (to support additional options for our kids):
|U9 CHL||U9 GOLD|
|U9 FL||U9 MAROON|
|U11 C1||U11 C3|
|U11 C2||U12 C2|
|U11 C3||U13 C1|
|U12 C3||U13 C2|
|U13 C2||U14 C2|
|U14 C3||U15 C2|
|U15 C2||U16 C3|
|U16 C2||U17 C2|
|U17 C1||U19 PREMIER|
Coaches would be encouraged to have the "E" certification for the younger teams and higher certification /training for the older teams, the would also have the opportunity to attend coaches training starting in November.
Kids would have the opportunity to work on skill training once a week starting in November.