News and Announcements
To All Wheatland Ducks, Spikes and Team Chicago Participants and Families;
Wheatland Athletic Association’s mission statement states its goal as providing “a SAFE and positive environment for kids to learn and play.” With this guidance and in light of these extraordinary times, the Board of Directors held a special meeting to assess our summer and fall programs especially the upcoming summer activities and schedules of Team Chicago, Wheatland Ducks and Spikes.
The Board realizes that its decisions require balancing member interests and their safety with inconsistent local, state and national restrictions and orders constantly in flux. The Board pledges to continue to meet, monitor all updates from the State of Illinois and the CDC, and revise its decisions accordingly.
Currently, WAA’s plan to return to team activities and play will follow the precipes of Restore Illinois’ Phased-in Plan set forth by Governor Pritzker. Below is a general guide of the phases that WAA is required to follow, subject to updates by the State of Illinois. Individual sports should adapt their activities to these Phases.
Phase 2: This is the current Phase. Non-essential gatherings are prohibited. It appears that we will be in this Phase through May 29, 2020.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – No WAA events are allowed. This includes travel and out of state tournaments.
Phase 3: Outdoor recreation activities in groups of 10 or fewer are permitted, with social distancing.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Limited Practices with no contact.
· How – Groups of 10 or less in designated field areas with specified pick up and drop off areas.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields
· What – Practice and training only. Only activities that maintain participant social distancing.
· Travel – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. WAA does not condone out of state or out of region team travel , games, or other activities that does not comply with Phase 3 guidance. *
· Other – Face masks will most likely be required. Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19. Only participants and designated coaches are allowed. Parents will need to drop off and if staying, will have to stay in cars, parked in designated areas.
Phase 4: All outdoor recreation allowed. Gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be allowed.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Practices and Games will be allowed if 50 or fewer people.
· How – Groups of 50 or less for practices and games.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields. WAA indoor facilities may be open with capacity limits.
· What – Practice and games for participants. Spectators will be limited if allowed.
· Travel and tournaments – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel out of state or out of region for tournaments, games, or other activities must comply with Phase 4 guidance. *
· Other – Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19.
Phase 5: All Activities Allowed
What does this mean for WAA participants? – We will celebrate!
*Travel – All team travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel for tournaments, games, or other activities outside of Illinois or the Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region will require pre-approval by WAA upon a showing of special circumstance. The Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region includes the following Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry and Will. The Board is currently considering objective criteria to be utilized in its approval process.
Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Ava Hensley has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her academic and athletic career at Eastern Illinois University. Ava, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Jim Winslow at St. Francis High School, will be a member of Eastern Illinois Head Coach Jake Plant’s 2020 class.
The Panthers compete in the Ohio Valley Conference and are a member of the NCAA Division I.
Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Alexa Orozco has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her academic and athletic careers at Bellarmine University. Alexa, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Kristy Kane at Aurora Central Catholic High School, will be part of Bellarmine Head Coach Chris Tinius’ 2021 recruiting class.
The Knights are transitioning to the NCAA Division I level in the 2020-21 season as they become members of the Atlantic Sun Conference for the 2020-21.
Team Chicago is proud to celebrate the 18 players who have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level in the fall of 2020. Team Chicago Technical Director Dave Lovercheck and Girls Director Phil Nielsen, along with Team Chicago Academy-2001 Premier Head Coach Ed Leon, honored the following players in front of family, friends and the Team Chicago community. on Thursday, February 27, 2020:
Hannah Bradley-Leon, Illinois State University, DI
Haley Lewis, Grand Valley State University, DII
Nikki Coryell, Valpariaso University, DI
Payton Strausberger, Valpairaiso University, DI
Audrey Stephens, Indiana State University, DI
Kaitlynn Delveaux, Seattle University, DI
Abby Dellamorte, University of Illinois, Springfield, DII
Phoebe Hillery, University of Wisconsin Parkside, DII
Grace Setter, University of Illinois Chicago, DI
Giselle Najevas, Northern Illinois, DI
Mollie Valek, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, DII
Madison Frazer, Northern Illinois University, DI
Paige MacRitchie, Nova Southeastern University, DII
Abby Showalter, The College of Wooster, DIII
Sophia Granato, St. Ambrose, NAIA
Madison Grandys, University of Illinois, Springfield, DII
Paige Munar, Ball State University, DI
Emily Villasenor, Lewis University, DII
We are so proud of all of our seniors and can’t wait to watch you all perform at the next level. Great players and more importantly all great people!
To see more photos please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/116841106480/posts/10156802717616481/?d=n
The Team Chicago Academy-2004 Premier and 2005 Premier teams traveled to Memphis, TN to participate in the SE College Showcase. Both teams had a great showing with the 2004 team finishing as finalists and the 2005 team crowned champions!
The Team Chicago Academy-2004 Premier team finished as Finalists and returned home with an undefeated 2-0-1 record coupled with a showcase weekend shutout! The 2004 Premier team opened the SE College showcase with a tough battle resulting in an 0-0 tie against Indiana’s Sporting Southern Surge team followed by a dominating 5-0 victory against Tennessee’s CSA Lady Lobos Rush Select team. Sunday morning’s match up was against Memphis’s own Futbol Memphis FC team which started with a back and forth battle in gusting winds. The team battled and strategically worked a beautifully timed overlap run to break the Memphis back line resulting in lovely finish to go up 1-0. The second half opened with a dominant period that led to a well-executed corner kick play which resulted in a Memphis hand-ball and the resulting penalty kick gave Team Chicago a 2-0 lead. However, the Team Chicago players were not satisfied as they continued to press the Memphis back line creating a turnover followed by a near post cross for a one-touch finish to go up 3-0. Coach Greg Frederick commented on the weekend by stating “This was another display of this team’s willingness to simply go out and compete! It truly was an awesome display of quality soccer rounded out by each player playing with great passion, patience and urgency that contributed to them reaching their goals. I’m so proud of this teams incredible travel performance, as they have now won the past three out of state tournaments in a row including St. Louis, Indy and now Memphis!”
The Team Chicago Academy-2005 Premier team returned from Memphis with Championship honors after a perfect 3-0 performance and pitching a showcase shutout! The 2005 Premier team opened the SE College showcase on Saturday morning with a bruising 3-0 victory over Missouri’s Real WC Monarchs 2005 team. A first half rebound goal in a gritty and physical match-up against Tennessee’s CSA Lady Lobos Rush Elite team was enough for a 1-0 victory in game two on Saturday. Sunday mornings match had championship rights on the line as two undefeated teams faced off, the 2005 Premier team facing a familiar Illinois rival, the Campton United 2005 USYS Red team. The first half opened with gusting winds in Campton’s favor, but Team Chicago fended off several early attacks and gained momentum by utilizing quick passing while maximizing the width of the field to effectively snuff out the wind advantage. The second half opened with a surge from the 2005 Premier team who wisely placed several through balls behind Campton’s defensive line along with beautiful far post cross onto a running one-touch finish. Campton then responded with a charge, but Team Chicago’s defensive line was prepared and effectively shut down their attack regaining the momentum. Team Chicago then dominated possession creating several set play opportunities that led to a perfectly placed corner kick resulting in a physical battle in the box to take a 2-0 lead. The remainder of the second half saw an energetic Team Chicago team that smiled and sailed onto victory. Coach Greg Frederick commented on the weekend by stating “This was a complete and efficient display of quality soccer! The team played with passion, patience and urgency coupled with incredible teamwork! Each player contributed by adding meaningful minutes in every game which resulted in us reaching our goals! I’m so proud of the teams performance and their display of camaraderie!”