GTFC Impact is thrilled to announce that they have accepted an invitation to join the Ohio North Premier League. The invitation was based on GTFC being one of the few clubs in the state that met performance and standard based criteria. Performance was determined by state cup rankings in specific age groups and standards were based on coach’s licensure, club philosophy, curriculum and style of play.
Other clubs invited to participate in this league were Internationals, CSA Impact United, Pacesetter and Team Challenger.
Participation in the league provides excellent competition in a professional environment and will allow for tremendous development when compared to other league situations accessible to NWO clubs. All clubs will be required to maintain these high standards in order to retain their membership in the league which further drives all participants to excel at the highest level.
In the fall of 2018 the league will also offer an 06 division for the member clubs which will determine MRL Premier seeding in the spring of 2019.
The official press release can be read below.
"Ohio North Youth Soccer is excited to announce the Ohio North Premier League will begin play this Fall.
The inaugural members of the club-based league are Cleveland Soccer Academy-Impact United, Greater Toledo FC, Internationals SC, Pacesetter SC, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Team Challenger North and Team Challenger South.
The league will offer boys and girls competition for the 10U, 11U and 12U age groups.
Participation is both Performance and Standards driven and steered by the member-club directors.
Performance criteria include a Top-10 club ranking in the 13U through 19U divisions of at the most recent Ohio North State Cup and a Top-10 ranking in the 10U through 12U levels of the most recent Ohio North State Cup.
Standards criteria include minimum coaching requirements for club directors and team coaches; the club-wide integration of players and teams; and the expectation to develop players within the "Constructive" ideals of the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives. "Constructive" soccer is defined to include Shape, Building the Game through the Goalkeeper, Rhythm, Mobility, and Compactness.
The League includes five "must play" weekends in both fall and spring and membership is open to all clubs achieving the minimum league standards. The league is expected to expand to two divisions over the course of the 2018-2019 seasonal year."
On Sunday, February 18th GTFC Impact hosted our 15th annual College Night for current players and their parents. The goal of this complimentary event was to educate players and their families on important topics such as the recruiting process, college athletics and how being a student athlete can positively affect their college years. Nearly 200 players and parents were in attendance as GTFC Director of Player Development Mike Albert emceed in a panel discussion format. The panel included University of Toledo Head Coach TJ Buchholz, University of Findlay Head Coach James Walker and Baldwin Wallace University Head Coach James Wojtkun.
Among the topics of discussion were:
Planning for the Future and College, which focused on the importance of academics, financial aid and testing.
Avoiding Labels, which involved making sure the focus is not solely on D1 schools and the knowledge that many schools of varying levels can provide both good and bad soccer.
The Right School, which focused on choosing a school that meets ALL of the individual’s criteria, not just the soccer component. Choosing a school that fits your academic, athletic, social and financial needs is a comprehensive decision, not just an athletic one.
Contacting Coaches, which explained the rules involving coach contact as well as when to contact a coach, what to say as well as who should be contacting a coach.
Finally the discussion was opened for questions and attendees were able to fill in the blanks on any of the topics mentioned above as well as some new ones such as the life of a college athlete, how academics and athletics mesh and what is a typical schedule for an athlete.
The night was a tremendous success and certainly properly enlightened our players on many aspects of the process. We would like to extend a special thank you to Coach Buchholz, Coach Walker and Coach Wojtkun for making this evening a huge success.
TJ Buccholz, University of Toledo
James Walker, University of Findlay
Jim Wojtkun, Baldwin Wallace University