Mission Statement :
The overall mission of ECU is to foster/enhance the development of travel soccer players and to further assist and prepare them to succeed at the high school level and beyond.
- To ingrain exemplary sportsmanship, moral character, integrity, teamwork, discipline and fair play among players, parents and coaches.
- To improve the level of travel soccer in an environment that promotes competitive play with passion of the game as a top priority.
- To enhance the sport of soccer in Northern Indiana and succeed at the highest levels both in the state of Indiana as well as the Midwest Region.
Statement of Philosophy:
Elkhart County United offers travel soccer opportunities for boys and girls ages U14 through U18 for the spring soccer session. Players will be placed on perspective teams based on playing ability and commitment level. Playing ability will be evaluated at tryouts along with taking into account their high school coaches evaluation.
Training Sessions: We believe to play with ECU is a privilege. Therefore, Elkhart County United asks that players playing on an ISL or MRL team commit to make all practices and games unless some unforeseen circumstance comes up. Players playing in NISL teams are asked to commit to make at least one of the training sessions per week and the games. It is an expectation that these matters will be communicated to coaches and team managers prior to the beginning of the session.
Playing time: Travel soccer is a competitive playing situation. At ECU, players are guaranteed equal practice time, but equal game playing time is not guaranteed. The steps outlined below are what are to be expected if there is a question about game playing time and or on the position he/she is playing, he/she needs to follow the following sequence of communication steps:
Step 1: Player with coach
Step 2: Player & parent/s with coach
Step 3: Parents and player with ECU board member & coach.
Playing your true age level: Elkhart County Untied believes that players should be playing at their appropriate age level if at all possible although we understand that circumstances may not allow this all the time. Exceptions to this would be if we do not have enough numbers to fill a team and or we have a player who is far above and beyond his peers that he/she is best suited to play up to help him/herself become the best player they can become.