While it is not required to attend all ID Sessions we do encourage your child to attend as early as possible. This will allow us/you to begin the evaluation process early to see if we are a good fit for each other. The more we can see your child the better picture we will have as to where they will potentially fit with us. Only seeing them once may not offer us a good enough idea of where they are.
ID sessions happen towards the end of the season (May), building up to tryouts. All of them will be posted on the website and social media platforms when completed. Additional sessions after tryouts will only be added if necessary. Please check out website for information.
Most of our current teams are looking to add players. ID Sessions are the best time to inquire as rarely are players added to rosters during the year. We have a few teams that are newly forming and are looking for groups of players.
Training sessions are held at Christian High School in O'fallon, MO. All team training sessions are held at Christian High School in O'Fallon, MO.
While there are many things that make the Hawks unique, in short, our emphasis on consistent player development across all ages along with our employment of qualified coaches (educators) set us apart from many clubs.
Here is the link to the Club Documents on our website which will include costs for everything Fall, Winter, and Spring (with the exception of uniform costs). This is further explained in our “Fee” document.
The Hawks are very much a quality over quantity club. We are not concerned with having the most teams. We love the fact that our coaches all know each other and we provide a very family-like environment - this is ultimately accomplished through quality coaches.
Schedule - Our Junior Hawks Program includes two training sessions per week (one practice and one game) each at one hour in length. Our select teams practice two times a week. Our selects teams also play in the SLYSA League which consists of 8 - 11 games which are usually played on the weekends.
Practices - The Juniors Program is focused on developing skills (primarily dribbling) through fun games. Our young select team training sessions will be more focused on refining dribbling skills, learning and trying new moves, attacking 1v1, striking, and being a great teammate in a fun environment. Our teams have a lot of fun, but we are not playing “sharks and minnows” type games as the main focus. Our coaches design training sessions to refine these techniques in a fun environment.
Coaches - The Junior Hawks program is a large group setting with many professionally certified club coaches and older select Hawks players. Our select teams are coached by one and/or two certified coaches. ALL of our select team coaches are licensed through US Soccer and many of them hold advanced licenses. The Hawks pride themselves on the quality of our coaches. We ensure that anyone who coaches with us is great with kids, knowledgeable of the game and believes in development over winning.
All Hawks coaches are professionally certified, spend time shadowing other coaches and collaborate with each other regularly. Coaches also routinely meet with the club’s Director of Coaching in order to create and sustain a more unified and consistent coaching approach for all Hawks teams. This thorough process is vital to the Hawks coaching model of assuring that the values of all our coaches align with our development philosophy.
The Hawks are very much like a family. From our Director of Coaching and Player Development to our coaches, managers, and players, we all share the same philosophy: developing the soccer player. Inspiring a winning mentality. Our coaches spend time creating fresh activities for training sessions, sharing documents and activities and coaching together to better address all player learning styles and needs. Often our coaches will trade teams or coach games for each other in order to create a cohesive environment where players can learn from many coaches who bring their own specific strengths to our players. Our players are always invited to attend other coaches ’ or team’s training sessions in order to add to their training schedule or to make up for a missed practice with their regular team. This is something that cannot be found with many other clubs.
Of course! Most of our players are involved in a variety of other activities and we are very flexible with our families in regards to training sessions. We understand that conflicts arise with school, work, illnesses or other activities and we are happy to have players attend a similarly aged team’s training session as a make up.