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  • All training led by professional coaches.
  • All games supervised by professional coaches.
  • All games and at practices at one location.
  • Crown Point program all inside so no rainouts.

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Spring 2021

Registration Closes:  March 29th

Spring 2021 Dates

Practice begins week of April 5th

Rec Plus Academy Information

NWI Lions United welcomes you to join our Rec Plus Academy Program for the Spring 2021 soccer season!  Our goal is to develop players to the best of their ability by focusing on skill development, building positive attitudes and growing the love of the game in all our players so they have the passion to play and compete.  The Rec Plus Academy Program at NWI Lions United is for players Pre K - 2nd Grade.  This program is designed for players of all ability levels from “Beginner – Experienced” who are looking for a positive soccer environment that offers high quality professional  training and a clear schedule.


What makes the Rec Plus Academy at NWI Lions United Unique?

Besides focusing on player development, we also focus on coach development.  Our professional staff lead all training sessions with assistance from our volunteer parent coaches to make sure the players get the right guidance at these important times of their soccer experience. 

At NWI Lions United we desire to have the best coaches available at all levels of play to provide the best experience possible for our players and volunteers.



Crown Point - all games and practices will be held outdoors at Trinity Lutheran School (250 S Indiana Ave, Crown Point).  Practices will be Friday evenings  5.30 (U6) or 6.30pm (U8) and games Saturday mornings at 9am (U6) or 9.45am (U8).

Portage - all games and practices will be held outdoors at Imagination Glen West (2275 McCool Road, Portage).  Practices will be Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm and games Friday evenings at 5.30pm (U6) or 6.15pm (U8).

Both locations will have an 8 week program with 8 games and 8 practices.


Competition Platform

The NWI Lions United Rec Plus Academy program features in house competition for Pre K-2nd grade teams. 

Below are the way we break down the age groups.

Age Group Grade Birth Dates
U8 2nd 8/1/2012-7/31/2013
U7 1st 8/1/2013-7/31/2014
U6 K 8/1/2014-7/31/2015
U5 Pre K 8/1/2015-7/31/2016


Team Formation Process And Training Structure

Rec Plus teams will be formed using 2 different criteria.  1) Player evaluations  2) Requests.  Forming balanced competitive teams is the goal, therefore not all requests can be met.  Evaluations are performed for players after the registration period closes and before each season starts.  Players are also evaluated throughout the season by our staff who will attend be at all games and practices.


Uniform cost is for new players only.


Pre-K and K     

1st - 2nd Grades


Spring Only





Uniform costs




# of weekly practices





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Contact Information

If you have any questions please contact the below.

Mike Rance - 219 779 0420 or

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