Vince Foti Sportsmanship Award
One of the more special aspects about The I88 Challenge Youth Soccer Tournament is the Vince Foti Sportsmanship Award. Introduced in the third year of this event this Award has become a big hit with players and coaches alike. Vince is a former coach within the Oneonta Soccer Club who always stressed the importance of sportsmanship. He is a man who is dedicated to the development of soccer in our community. He believes that a true player isn’t the one who ends up on the front page of the paper, but one who lifts their team up.
Following each game a commemorative pin is awarded to a player on the opposing team who exhibited sportsmanship and team play. This opposing player is selected by the team itself. The hope is that sportsmanship and fair play is discussed and encouraged following each game. Players learn that it’s not just about their ability, but about sportsmanship and fair play.
Event Dates Set for 2018
The Oneonta Soccer Club has announced dates for The 6th Annual I88 Challenge Youth Soccer Tournament. The spring 2018 tournament will be held the weekend of April 28th & 29th at the beautiful Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, NY. While it is a two day event teams participate only on one of the two days, based on age.
Team registration is now open. Do not delay in applying and risk missing this great soccer experience. Last year 32 teams applications were unable to be accepted.
Thank you to all those attending the 5th annual I88 Challenge. I hope you and your team enjoyed their soccer experience here at the Wright National Soccer Campus. At the Oneonta Soccer Club we strive to do more than rolling out some soccer balls on a patch of grass. A positive memorable experience is what we are striving for.
This year we had 96 teams from throughout New York and Pennsylvania participate. While the sheer number of teams does not necessarily guarantee a good experience it does lead me to believe we are doing something right.
I truly value any constructive comments, whether it's positive, negative or somewhere in between. So, feel free to send me any of your thoughts. Keep in mind, a number of suggestions in 2016 were incorporated into this year’s event.
Hope to see you next year. The tournament dates for 2018 will be announced around mid-September.
I88 Challenge / CaptainU Partnership
The I88 Challenge is proud to announce it’s partnership with CaptainU. CaptainU will be putting together the official roster book to be made available to college coaches.
Since CaptainU was founded in 2008, over 2 million high school athletes have used their platform to promote themselves to college programs. Currently, over 3,000 athletes commit to colleges each month using CaptainU. Their networking platform provides players and parents a tool to manage the college recruiting process and maximize their exposure to college coaches at the upcoming I88 Challenge tournament.
For more information visit the CaptainU website.
Have questions? Contact: help@captainU.com.
I88 Challenge on Track to Max Out Early
After hosting a record number of teams in 2016, the 2017 I88 Challenge, is on track to break last year’s record. Tournament officials are confident another application record will be set. To date, applications are over 80% higher than last year at this time. All age groups are expected to be filled before the April 12th entry deadline. As of the publication date of this article no age groups are closed out but many are close.
"I am not looking to host 200 teams" says Tournament Director, Brett Buzzy. However, "it is gratifying to see so many applications - it leads me to believe we are doing something right." Despite the record number of applications "we will not accept more teams then we can comfortably accommodate. Our goal is create a positive soccer experience for the players, coaches and spectators" added Buzzy.
The tournament, in its 5th year, is held at the beautiful Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, NY.
Event Dates Set for 2017
The Oneonta Soccer Club has announced dates for The 5th Annual I88 Challenge Youth Soccer Tournament. The spring 2017 tournament will be held the weekend of April 29th & 30th at the beautiful Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, NY. While it is a two day event teams participate only on one of the two days, based on age.
Team registration opens on Monday, November 21st. Do not delay in applying and risk missing this great soccer experience. Last year 23 teams applications were unable to be accepted.