Attention Middle School Boys’ Soccer Players

Posted on June 18th, 2014 by Lara

Attention boys’ soccer players interested in possibly playing for the GRD Middle School team in the fall:

The Middle School coaches will be having open fields at Raccoon Valley Park on the following dates:

          Tuesday, June 24th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm; and

          Thursday, June 26th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

At these open fields, the Coaches will be demonstrating the style of instruction that they will be using for the Middle School team in the upcoming season.  This Fall, Andy Male will be joining last year’s coach, Ian McConnell.  Both coaches hold D licenses, national youth development certification and have coached at the high school Freshman, JV and Varsity levels.  They bring these credentials to our Middle School program along with many years of playing experience both here and abroad and a passion to grow soccer within the Granville community.

The Coaches’ plan is to offer a strong training system that will prepare the players for high school soccer and give the boys a chance to become familiar with what Ian and Andy have learned is expected at the high school level.

In addition to providing some instruction during open fields, the coaches will be observing the boys and providing  feedback for anyone that may be evaluating whether the Middle School program is the proper fit for them.   It will also serve as a barometer for the coaches in determining where to place teams in the fall league as some of those decisions will need to be made prior to the time team rosters are finalized.

PLEASE NOTE that although the coaches will be observing the boys, these practices are not “tryouts” and attendance is OPTIONAL.  The coaches intend to conduct evaluations for team placement in the early part of July.  However, if you have vacations planned during that time period, you may want to try and attend one or both of the open fields in order to give the coaches  a chance to at least observe your child before placement.

Registration for the fall season is now open and will continue until July 4, 2014.  Visit the Granville Recreation District website at for more information.

Questions?  Please contact Chris Skidmore at