Currently, both the girls and boys are ranked in the top eight of Section 7A. If these rankings hold through the seeding to be done on Saturday 10/10, both teams will host on Tuesday 10/13. You will need a separate ticket for each game and the process to get tickets is different; after all, it’s 2020.
The ZHS Activities Office will send parents of rostered players an email with the specific process to reserve your tickets. Communicate with each other in order to make sure everyone who wants a ticket is able to “get on the list”.
What Should We Expect?
I, for one, am tired of hearing the phrase “in these unprecedented times”. However, it is a reality we are all dealing with. In terms of preparing for extracurricular school activities, it has been different. I always try to find opportunity in every challenge and there have been many opportunities leading up to the 2020 season.
Expect: this to be the best possible experience it can be for everyone involved. The important piece of that idea is the possibilities are not going to be the same as previous years. There are many factors that come into play to create new opportunities. Things such as; changes in transportation, student athletes trying something new, wellness protocols, game schedules and more, are all creating opportunities for growth beyond winning soccer games. So, what should we expect?
Expect: the purpose of having a season remains constant amid all of the unknown. To foster a growth mindset filled with skills needed to seek solutions to overcome “unprecedented” events that happen in life. Our purpose is to develop winners who can analyze an event and choose a response that will help them achieve the desired outcome. Winning soccer games is our goal, but our purpose is far greater. So, what should we expect?
Expect: this may be the first season where everyone who wants to play may not be able to. Some cuts may be necessary -- and this is happening in a year where student athletes are encouraged to jump in and try something new. This potential is uncomfortable for the coaches. We want everyone to come be part of the team but there may be limitations on how many can “make” the team. How will it be handled? What will the long term consequences be? Will the program benefit or suffer? So, what should we expect?
Expect: everyone who shows up will be part of the team. That is not saying that everyone will necessarily “make” the team this year. What it says is that the presence of many who wish to be part of something bigger than themselves will push others to work harder to fill a role for the team. A player who may get “cut” may also be the player who challenged or inspired the player who did not get cut. That is an important role. It can be a hard one to accept, and even harder to understand its value (especially in the moment). Learning that role can also be a great opportunity to prepare us to see an event and choose a response. It is a role I had to learn in my own athletic experience. It is a role that became a formative part of who I have become. So, what should we expect?
Expect: if we have to make cuts, the task will not be taken lightly. I have grown through being cut and hope that you understand that being on this side of the dilemma is no easier. I am sure we will all survive this, though it may not be comfortable. I assure you another thing to expect is that your coaches will do the best we can to create an experience that values you regardless of your role.
The 2020 season comes at a time where good news is needed, and a week into training that’s just what we have seen. Some very talented young players have really raised the bar for the returning players and the competition for what may be limited roster spots is evident in the energy and effort being seen.
As more information and details regarding the already modified season are learned, there is a possibility that the number of players could be limited. While this does some good things as mentioned, it also creates a tough situation that will be new to the program. Zimmerman has never had to make cuts. Through collaboration with Community Education, we have been able to offer younger players an opportunity to continue to develop their skills and knowledge of the game but COVID-19 has limited what we can do this year. No player or coach wants to be part of “that” conversation but it may be necessary this year.
The higher level of play that is evident thus far makes it unreasonable to have large numbers on a roster playing a modified season. Players want to play and there are only so many minutes and opportunities for playtime. Conversations with nearby programs who may be in similar situations are underway to try to create a positive learning opportunity for al the players who want to play.
When it all gets sorted out, the ZHS program should be sitting well to be very competitive when the games begin. The Varsity roster last year was heavy with Sophomores, including the leading scorers. A few very athletic volleyball players are showing quite well and the Freshman class may be proving to be the highest level of talent to enter the program. The competition is so dynamic that referencing names as players to watch is premature. Amidst all that the coronavirus has brought our way, this struggle is a breath of fresh air.
The program will continue to work toward providing the best possible opportunities for all of the student athletes. Some things may be learned or developed last minute but the work to make Thunder soccer a top tier program continues.
Pre-season virtual coaches meeting. Please go to zimmermansoccerclub.org for any needed additional information.
Check out this message from Mr. Hilyar
Monday, August 31st and run through Friday, September 4th. Practice will CHANGE to 3:15 PM and go until 5:00 PM, to match our practice times for the coming school year.
Monday, August 24th and run through Friday, August 28th. Practice will AGAIN at 9:30 AM and go until 1:00 PM, with a intermission held halfway through.
The first week of BOTH Boys & Girls practices will be held on Monday, August 17th and run through Friday, August 21st. Practice will start at 9:30 AM and go until 1:00 PM, with a intermission held halfway through.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SEASON
WEATHER RELATED UPDATES
GAME TIMES / BUS TIMES
This is intended to help in the decision to participate in school soccer. The decision should not be taken lightly as it carries added responsibilities for the students and families who choose to be part of the extracurricular activity.
++Participation is open to 7th-12th grade students enrolled at ZMHS or home schooled students residing in our attendance area. Participants must maintain eligible academic status.
++In a typical season, the program offers 3 levels of competitive play; Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Players are evaluated in the beginning of the season and placed on a team where they can continue to grow and develop as well as have an enjoyable season.
++Training for the 2020 season will begin on August 17, 2020. A informational Parent Q & A will be held the week prior to training to share updated information for the season, fundraising, volunteer opportunities, last chance clothing orders as well as getting questions answered.
++Registration is open. Middle school players should register for middle school, 9th-12th grade for High School. Register for the least expensive option and if it is not right, someone will let you know.
++Prior to the beginning of the school year, practice session times may vary based on the type of training scheduled for the day. A calendar will be shared with times and locations as soon as the schedule is finalized.
++When the school year begins, practices will be held on school days from 3:10-5:10. Players are expected to attend after school study table at 2:15 on practice days. Study table is supervised and monitored by the coaching staff and affords players a chance to make sure they are keeping up with their school work and maintaining eligibility for extracurricular participation.
++Games for JV and Varsity are usually (but not always) played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Start times vary depending on the venue and level of play. JV games usually start at 5:00 and Varsity is 5:00 or 7:00 if the field is lighted.
++Study sessions are held in available classrooms in the school.
++Practices are held on the field behind the stadium bleachers. All levels will begin practice sessions together and break off for specific tactical and technical training.
++In the time the team is together, leadership topics will be introduced and reinforced during the physical training time. We include all team members in leadership training rather than naming exclusive leaders.
++Games are played at ZMHS and at other school sites as well. The 2019 schedule for JV and Varsity is nearly completed but often changes are made during the summer.
++All players must have a current sports physical (typically done in 7th and 11th grade) on file with the school. No current physical, no participation. Get scheduled ASAP as needed.
++Transportation to away games and back to school is provided. Many growth and developmental opportunities take place on the bus rides. Learning to be humble in victory and coping with a tough loss can often best be accomplished with team mates. The bus rides are part of the experience and it is requested that participants take advantage of the opportunity.
++Coaches respect family time and will do our best to end training sessions on time. In return, we ask that players are picked up on time. We don’t leave until the last player is picked up.
++Players will need NOCSAE approved shin guards, soccer socks, soccer shoes and athletic shorts/shirt. In the past, we have used fundraising proceeds to provide shirts for practice and plan to do so again. Game socks will be available for purchase at the beginning of the season.
++For schedule information, go to: www.graniteridgeconference.org and follow prompts to sign up for schedule notifications. This is the only official source for team game schedules, updates or cancellations.
Girls’ Head Coach, Jeff Downing: firstname.lastname@example.org 763-241-3505 ext 2890
Girls’ Assistant Coach, Nick Levos: email@example.com 763-241-3505 ext 2914
Girls' Assistant Coach, Eric Plude: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities Director, Jaimie Hilyar: email@example.com 763-241-3505 ext 2810
ZSC-Zimmerman Soccer Club (formerly Zimmerman Booster Club),
- Pres.Tara Kuker: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell- 612-282-9467
Player Register here: http://optiview.elkriver.k12.mn.us/lfserver/ActivityRegistration
Please sign-up for Team and Conference notifications:
Team -- Remind text messages: Girls’ Text @gbgch4 to 81010