Sports Quest is blessed to train and coach the Homeschool Christian Youth Association (HCYA) Boys and Girls Varsity, Boys JV & Boys and Girls MS Soccer Teams (over 90 players) for the 6th year running. Games are played against Private Schools as well as public schools during tournament play. The HCYA team comprises of club players who participate at the highest levels of youth soccer, as well as beginners who are just starting out in the game. There is a place for everyone on the team, and while on-field success is always a primary focus, the program is also committed to developing leadership skills and spiritual growth.
Ninety minute practice sessions are held at Meyer Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30-9.00 am. Early mornings yes...but a great time of fellowship and individual/team skills development!
HCYA is always looking for new players to join the program. For further information, please contact Jerry Haney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the links below to read a sample of the weekly training summary:
- December 2016
- February 2017
The Culture of HCYA Hurricanes Soccer - By Jim Spence
1. Christ centered – Christ focused. We recognize that the game is just a vehicle to “do life” with each other and with those around us. The soccer field is our mission field, and so we’re very intentional about pouring into the kids at every opportunity. What does this look like?
2. Purposeful devotionals at the end of practice. Last season, we went through the whole book of Philippians, verse by verse and we tried to follow the command in Philippians 1:27, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
We succeeded on many occasions, but there were times when we had to be reminded of our ultimate goal during the heat of competition. We saw situations of failure as teachable moments and not as the end of the world. During the past few weeks of post-season training, we’ve looked at what it means to be a Godly leader, sharing lessons on character, commitment, courage, servanthood, teachability and faith. We’ve also delved into the lives of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the prodigal son and his father, David, Peter and of course, Jesus Himself
3. We pray before and after every practice and game (“we” being myself and the players)
4. I send out a weekly newsletter during the regular season to remind players of their responsibilities and give them a snapshot of the weekly devotional theme
1. In simple terms, all we ask of the kids is that they be their best and give their best. And with that comes responsibility and accountability. We’ve set the bar high over the past 5 years in terms of commitment, punctuality, respect, communication etc., but we want to raise it even higher in the future to maintain our culture of excellence
1. We want to give the kids and families a season of life which is positive, uplifting and encouraging. We want to create memories which extend way beyond the game itself
2. We work hard to develop relationships because unlike the game, they last a lifetime
3. We strive to give each kid a sense of belonging – that no matter how experienced or inexperienced they are, they know they belong to a “family” called HCYA Hurricanes
4. We continually emphasize to the kids the fact that soccer is their recreation. It’s what they do for fun. It is not a job. It is not a place for egos. We do not have a win at all costs mentality. We are competitive, we want to win, but we refuse to let the game own us. We do not allow the game to become all-consuming. There is life away from soccer!
1. We aim to not only develop leaders for Christ, but also to provide ministry opportunities for them to serve, share their faith and grow in their walk with the Lord. Many homeschool players have worked or volunteered with Sports Quest over the past 5 years during our summer camp program
2. We hope that in the future, today’s players will be tomorrow’s coaches within HCYA