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Junior Menace

Covid-19 Update:

The Spring Junior Menace schedule has been pushed back by 2 weeks. We will monitor closures and postponements and reevaluate as the start date gets closer. Please see below for an updated schedule and continue to monitor your emails for updates. 

We will continue to make decisions with the safety of your kids, you, and our staff as our top priority. We appreciate your patience during this tough time. Thanks and stay safe!

spring 2020 registration now open

locations - Updated 3/23/20

Monday Nights in Des Moines
Aliber Soccer Complex (63rd and Grand, Des Moines)
Mondays: April 20th - June 1st
Ages 3-4: 5:30pm - 6:00pm  |  Ages 5-9: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tuesday Nights in Grimes
Menace Practice Fields (West end of SE 11th St, Grimes)
Tuesdays: April 21st - June 2nd
Ages 3-4: 5:30pm - 6:00pm  |  Ages 5-9: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday Nights in Waukee/WDM
Caspe Terrace (33158 Ute Avenue, Waukee)
Thursdays: April 23rd - June 4th 
Ages 3-4: 5:30pm - 6:00pm  |  Ages 5-9: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday Nights in Huxley
Larson Family Fields (55139 310th St, Huxley)
Thursdays: April 23rd - June 4th 
Ages 3-4: 5:30pm - 6:00pm  |  Ages 5-9: 6:00pm - 7:00pm


 About the Program

Junior Menace is for BOYS and GIRLS, ages 3 to 9.  It is a program designed for all ability levels and we definitely encourage beginners!  This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before.

One of the benefits of our program is that we accept registrations on a rolling basis for each season.  No deadlines to worry about and we accept walk-ups the first night at each location.


We are different than other soccer programs.

Each Junior Menace site is lead by a licensed soccer coach, which means they have taken soccer courses sanctioned through state and national soccer organizations.  At each site, we also have assistant coaches who are currently playing soccer in high school, at a select club level, at the college level and we utilize our current Menace players when they are available.

Our program is based off of a national curriculum geared to teach soccer skills and development to players in the 3 to 9 age range.  We feel this is an important part of what we do because our program is based off national guidelines and best practices.  It also helps educate our coaches about what to expect mentally, developmentally and physically from players in the age range of our program.


We value your time and money.

We are a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, so we try to keep the cost of our program as affordable as possible.  The cost of each player's registration goes to cover the cost of jerseys, equipment, payment to our coaches, supplies, field/gym rental and maintenance expenses.

We love if parents want to get involved and volunteer alongside our coaches (we encourage it!), but understand it doesn't work for everyone to help out and volunteer.  We staff our site locations with enough paid and volunteer coaches so parents don't have to worry about helping out with the program.

 

 Junior Menace is an important part of the Menace's mission:

To grow the sport of soccer, and to spread the excitement of The World's Game!


Directions for Spring Locations

Des Moines: Aliber Soccer Complex

Directions from I-235 Westbound: Take Exit 5A for 56th Street (accessible form I-235 West but not from I-235 East). Go south on this street for 0.7 miles. Turn right (West) onto Grand Avenue and continue on this for half a mile. Immediately after Advanced Auto Parts, turn left (south) and continue on this unanemd road. This will lead you to Aliber which will be on your left.

Directions from I-235 Eastbound: Take Exit 4 toward 63rd Street/IA-28. Turn right onto 63rd St and immediately take the very first left-hand turn, onto Pleasant Drive. Follow Pleasant Drive west for half a mile and turn right (south) onto 56th St. After 0.6 miles on this street, turn right (east) onto Grand Avenue. Travel on Grand Avenue for half a mile, until you reach the Advanced Auto Parts store. Immediately after Advanced Auto Parts, turn left (south) and continue on this unanemd road. This will lead you to Aliber which will be on your left.

Directions from IA-5: Take Exit 99, turning north on IA-28. Follow this road, which becomes 63rd St. for 4.4 miles. Turn right (east) onto Muskogee Ave. and in 0.2 miles slight left onto North Valley Drive. Follow this for 0.4 miles and turn left (north) onto 56th St. Continue North for 0.4 miles and turn left (west) onto Grand Ave. You will take another left just after the Advanced Auto Parts onto an unnamed road that will lead you to Aliber, which will be on your left. 

Grimes: Menace Practice Fields

Directions from I-80: Take Exit 127, traveling on Highway 141 West (going straight north) for two miles, before turning left onto SE 11th Street. This is the only stoplight after Kum & Go and before Walmart. The Menace Fields are on the far western end of SE 11th Street.

Directions from Grimes Sports Complex: Head north on South James Street, taking the first right onto South 6th Street. Follow South 6th Street eastbound for 0.4 miles, then turn right (south) onto South Little Beaver Drive, following this road south for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto SE 11th Street. The soccer fields' parking lot is at the western end of the street.

Waukee/WDM: Caspe Terrace

Directions from I-80: Take the Waukee/Booneville exit (Exit 117). Go south on this road (Ute Avenue). After 0.2 miles, make a left in front of the sign that says "The Caspe Terrace." Follow this winding road east for less than half a mile. The soccer field will be on your left. The street address is 33158 Ute Avenue in Waukee.

Huxley: Larson Family Fields 

Directions from Highway 69 Northbound: When entering into town, continue for 1 mile. Turn right onto Timberlane. In 1/2 mile the fields will be on your right. 

Directions from Highway 69 Southbound: Turn left onto Centennial Dr. In 1 mile, turn right onto Timberlane. Fields will be on your left. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What age is Junior Menace for?

Junior Menace is geared toward children ages 3 to 9. The program is for boys and girls of all soccer abilities, from the beginner to the advanced player. Participants are divided into smaller groups based on age and ability.

 

What can participants and their families expect?
We strive to provide the best youth-soccer experience in our community, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle while encouraging the children’s enjoyment of the game. 

Environment: Coaches will try to create a fun atmosphere for players to meet new friends, develop their skills and be challenged with other players from around the metro.


Curriculum: With the guidance of our professional coaches, we base our program activities on a curriculum provided by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). This curriculum focuses on skill development at age-appropriate levels. 


Structure: Players will come one time per week to Junior Menace for eight weeks.  We have built-in make-up days as part of this year's schedule in case of inclement weather.  For our spring sessions, there will be a mix of practice nights and game nights.

Who are the Junior Menace coaches?

Licensed soccer coaches lead the program, with coaching support from high-school and college players. 

 

When is Junior Menace?

Junior Menace is available in the fall, winter and spring. The program is held in the evening, to accommodate most families' schedules.

 

Ages 3-4 meet for 30 minutes, followed by a 60-minute session for children ages 5-9.

 

Why is Junior Menace not available in the summer?

The program takes a break during the summer months, when the Menace organization focuses on week-long soccer camps. Hosted at sites around the Des Moines metro and across central Iowa, these camps are run by players from our men's and women's players (members of Iowa's premier soccer teams). 

 

What's the cost? What comes with registration?

Registration for Junior Menace is $60 for ages 3-4, and $110 for ages 5-9. In addition to a fun experience, each participant receives a free Junior Menace jersey.

 

What do participants need to wear?

In addition to shorts/athletic pants and a t-shirt or Junior Menace jersey, we encourage participants to wear shin guards, soccer socks, and cleats (outdoors only) or comfortable shoes.

 

What else should participants bring?

Please bring your own soccer ball each day. If you don't have a soccer ball, you can purchase a Menace ball when you sign up, and we'll have this ball ready for you at check-in on the first day.

 

3-4 year olds - size 3 ball

5-9 year olds - size 4 ball

 

 

It is important that each player stays hydrated. Each day, participants should come with water or something to drink.

 

What if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

In the event of inclement or unsafe weather, Junior Menace will be cancelled for that day. We will try to not cancel a day of the program, but sometimes have to due to excessive rainfall, poor field conditions, unsafe travel conditions (during the winter session) or lightning. If you are not sure if there will be Junior Menace on a given day, please call the Menace weather hotline at (515) 457-6378.

 

If a day of Junior Menace is cancelled, we will do our best to hold a make-up session.