The 2016 Racine Lighthouse Classic was another memorable weekend in the event's long history. With over 180 participating teams from four different states and long-awaited dry weather it was a picture-perfect soccer setting.
With over 40 teams participating ranging from U7 to U18, Racine United teams could be seen at any time throughout the weekend playing exciting attacking soccer. With the next generation of stars in our Pre-Academy and Academy programs and a hugely successful range of results for Select teams on the field due to the hard work on the training ground, Racine United made many visits to the trophy tent on Sunday
Congratulations to the following teams and coaches for their tournament success:
U12 Girls Red (Coach Matt Koker)
U16 Girls Red 1 (Coach Kevin Lawrence/Jesse Perico/Keith Thompson)
U19 Girls Red (Coach Kevin Lawrence/Jesse Perico/Keith Thompson)
U11 Boys Red (Coach Brian Zikowski)
U13 Boys White (Coach Jeff Green)
U14 Boys Red (Coach Dan Howard)
U12 Girls White (Coach Cheyenne Skenandore)
U13 Girls Red (Coach Michelle George)
U14 Girls Red (Coach Michelle George)
Racine United SC would also like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and the best facilities crew in Wisconsin to produce the absolute best-run tournament around. Thanks to everyone for a great 2016 Lighthouse Classic!
Racine United SC is proud to announce a partnership with the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) to become an NSCAA Elite Member Club. This creates a relationship between our own club and the largest coaches’ organization in the world. The NSCAA has existed for over 75 years with the primary goal of educating and supporting coaches in order to ultimately improve player development at all ages.
“We are thrilled to have Racine United Soccer Club join our Elite Member Club program,” says NSCAA CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel. “Providing coaching education resources and opportunities is vital to the youth soccer experience, and the NSCAA looks forward to engaging with their coaches through individual membership, in-person education courses, and the Convention.”
Being an Elite Member Club brings a wide range of benefits to Racine United including publicity at NSCAA events, on their website, and in journals and magazines. This will allow us to market the club and our tournaments to a much broader audience.
The most important benefit of the partnership is the amount of new educational resources that will be provided to our coaching staff. Racine United coaches will now have unprecedented access to a host of resources including coaching diplomas, NSCAA eLearning content, session planning software, and much more. Additionally, the NSCAA will be sending instructors to Racine United to run an annual coaching course exclusively and specifically designed for our staff.
“The mission of Racine United is to develop our players and teams to the highest performance level possible,” says Director of Coaching Kevin Lawrence. “We expect commitment and a desire to improve from our players; it is only fair to expect it from ourselves as well. Becoming an NSCAA Elite Member Club is an exciting opportunity to further invest in our coaches through continuing education so that they can push our players, teams, and club to the next level.”
Kevin Lawrence – Racine United SC Director of Coaching
Andrew McGinnis – NSCAA Club Development Coordinator
Racine United Accepted
into the WDA Wisconsin Developmental Academy
Racine United SC is proud to announce that it has been accepted into the Wisconsin Developmental Academy (WDA) for the upcoming 2016-17 soccer year.
The WDA was originally created by Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in 2012 intended for progressive and high-performing clubs to compete with one another in a soccer environment modeled differently than the traditional state leagues. Our inclusion in this elite group reflects WYSA’s and the other participating clubs’ view that Racine United SC is considered among the top 12 clubs in the state. Other current WDA clubs are as follows: Bavarian SC, Croatian Eagles, Elm Grove SC, FC Wisconsin Nationals, Madison 56ers, Milwaukee Kickers, North Shore United, Rush Wisconsin, SC Waukesha, and Strike FC.
The Wisconsin Developmental Academy is a program for U11-U18 players and inclusion is based on overall club performance and structure, as opposed to single team inclusion (as seen in the traditional state leagues). To be considered for acceptance, clubs need to meet requirements for accreditation and maintain standards to ensure sustainability; most importantly a constructive working, learning, and playing environment for players, coaches, and referees.
“Joining the WDA is another great step forward for Racine United” said Director of Coaching Kevin Lawrence. “The past couple years have shown an upward trend in the competitive level of our club, as seen with having a consistent presence in the WYSA Premier Leagues and also gaining spots in the Midwest Regional League. Becoming a member club in the WDA is a natural progression for our players, coaching staff, and membership as we continue to strive for the highest performance level possible. The club versus club playing format will also allow for maximum observation of teams and coaches, and increased competitive opportunities for our players.”
More specific programming and logistical information regarding Racine United’s inclusion will be published in the coming weeks in tandem with general club information for the 2016-17 year. Thank you to all of our membership for your hard work and support of Racine United SC; this newest achievement would not be possible without our players, coaches, and parents all working towards the same goal.
Congratulations to everyone on this proud achievement for our great club!
Kevin Lawrence – Racine United SC Director of Coaching
Wayne Howards – RASA/Racine United SC Executive Director
Matt Koker – RASA Vice President