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UPDATED concession stand schedule

Please download the updated spring concession stand schedule here.

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Carlisle Chaos headling to Orlando, needs your help

The Carlisle Chaos 3v3 team is excited to represent the Carlisle Soccer Club and the Carlisle Community as a whole at the 2013 Kick It World Championships this January in Orlando, Florida. The Chaos was one of 20 teams personally invited by the Kick It Organization based on their performance this summer at a Kick It 3v3 tournament held in Ankeny. Team members are; Natalie McCormick, Abigail Molina, Aricka Lambson, Alexandria McKibbin, Amie Berndt, and Alli Gideon. The team coaches are Jasen and Michele McKibbin.  All of these ladies have been members of the Carlisle Pink Panthers soccer team, through the Carlisle Soccer Club, for over 3 years – some since the age of 4.

So what do we need? Money! The girls have a tough, and short, road of fundraising ahead of them. Recently they raised over $600.00 selling fudge from the Heart of Iowa Marketplace and $200.00 selling handmade gifts and baked goods at the Palmyra Church Fall Festival and the Carlisle Holiday Showcase. In addition, a can drive in early December netted the girls just over $500.00.

We have two big fundraising efforts remaining.  The girls will be busting tables and serving smiles at the Pizza Ranch in Indianola on Wednesday, January 2, from 4:30 – 10:00. A portion of the evening’s sales and all tips raised with go directly to the girls. Also, we will be have a “Party for the purpose – New Year’s Can Drive. Girls will be picking up cans from the PEACH area on January 5, 2012. If you have cans for donation, please set them out at the end of your driveway.  We will be around at 10:00 am to pick up cans. If you need to arrange another time, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

With all these opportunities, why do we need your help?  We estimate the costs to get this group of ladies to Florida, covering hotel accommodations, rental van, gas, food, tournament fees, etc., will run close to $10,000. 

As you can see, it’s going to take hard work AND a community to make this opportunity of a lifetime possible. Carlisle, let’s pull together and send these girls to represent.

Donation checks can be made payable to the Carlisle Soccer Club and all donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact April Betzer (515-729-6633) or Jasen & Michele McKibben (515-778-1757).

Thanks in advance for your support!


Early Arts Festival results are in: $2000+ in tips!


It’s been about two weeks since the Arts Festival has ended at and it’s been made pretty clear that Carlisle Soccer Club volunteers are ROCK STARS! Thanks to the very hard work of Melissa Karnatz (that’s her, right, counting tips during a lull in the crowd) and David Gutierrez (that’s him, below, chilling over a cooler full of adult beverages as the chief beer-grabber during most of the event’s three days) and and amazing group of volunteers, we achieved fantastic results.


Josh Baxter
Joe Fortelka
Brian Preston
Tracy VanZante
Ken Sadler
Krista Beck
Lisa Christie
Melanie Coon
Brandy Neer
Jill Davey
Nichole Wyckoff
Clint Smalley
Mark True
Mark Beck

William Rick
Gaylene Rick
Cinda Durrell

Shawn Durrell

Aimee Grismore
Shanna Nablo
Melissa Sadler
Eric Birkenholtz
Chad Egan
Julie Fitgerald
Phillip Medina
Sharon Clark
Katie Lewis
Jodi Reed
Jen Yates
Lynn Yates
Dawn Payne

Brian Payne

Tara Morris
John Kamerick

Tiffany Kamerick

Tom Staecker
Tom Nelson
Kyle Brown
Mellanie Brown
Jeff Lierow
Bill Polka
Brendie Polka
Carrie Swain
Marty Northway

Please forgive us if we didn’t catch everybody’s name, but suffice it to say that it was a fantastic team effort!

"We ran the Arts Festival this year," wrote Mellisa in a Club-wide email after the event."We walked away with more than $2100 in tips alone!"

It will be a couple months before we learn how much of the proceeds we earned from sales.We’re looking for some great numbers because, Friday night we were second in sales and Saturday we were first! 

"I’m telling you….people love us!" wrote Melissa. "Our energy was what brought us our customers!  It is because of our volunteers that we were able to pull off what we did!

"I cannot say THANK YOU enough! I know that it took time away from schedules and family to be able to come help us out." she said. "I hope that each and every single one of you know just how much our volunteers are appreciated!" 


Frequently Asked Questions about our new uniforms

The Club will be getting new uniforms starting in the fall 2012 season. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this decision:

1. Why is the club changing uniforms?


The club chose to move to new uniforms for a number of different reasons. Clubs generally review uniforms every 3-4 years based mainly on availability of the existing uniforms and feedback on the quality of the existing uniform. In our case, the club had received a substantial amount of negative feedback over the years about the grey uniforms. Mainly, the feedback was centered around quality and style (why aren’t you using Carlisle colors?)

The decision on the U6 and U8 uniforms was based on the need to have an alternative to wearing practice pinnies, which was uniformly disliked. We explored a number of different options and felt that the reversible was the best option for the club. Red and White home and away shirts were used several years ago, but we found that it was too difficult to remember which shirt to wear. With the reversible, you always have both jerseys.

2. Which uniform do I need?

U6 and U8 players will use the red and white reversible jersey with red shorts and red socks

U10 – U19 players will wear the red and yellow striped jersey with black shorts and red socks.

3. Where do I get my uniform?

All uniforms are to be purchased at Soccer Connections, located at 3233 100th Street in Urbandale (515-270-8141). Note that the Grand Avenue location is now closed and they have an expanded store at the Urbandale location.

4. When do I need to order my uniform?

To guarantee delivery of your uniform by the first game, your order needs to be placed by July 15.

5. My child has played before; can they use the same shorts from the old uniform?

If you child has played in previous seasons, they can use there existing shorts and socks if they are U6/U8. Soccer Connections has a full uniform kit that you can purchase (jersey, shorts, socks) or you can just purchase the pieces that you need.

6. Can I choose my own uniform number?

Yes, the club does not attempt to track or manage uniform numbers. If you have a specific number that you want, you can request it, if not, a random number will be assigned.

7. Are there special washing instructions for the new uniform?

The numbers and club logo are heat transferred to the uniform. To ensure that both the number and logo do not degrade over time, it is recommended that you hang dry the uniform. If you are in a pinch and must dry the jersey, dry it inside out to protect the number and logo.

8. How are the uniforms sized?

The new uniforms are sized differently than our previous uniforms, especially the striped jersey. The style is a more European soccer style and runs smaller than normal. I highly recommend that you go into the store to try on the jersey. Please do not call and ask what size your child needs. The only way to ensure you get the right size is to try on the jersey.

9. What is the cost of the uniforms?

U6/U8 kit:
• High Five Reversable Jersey $17 (with logo printing)
• High Five Red Short $8
• Red Socks $5

U10-U19 kit
• Joma Pisa 12 Jersey $35 (with number and embroidered logo)
• Joma Black Short $10.50
• Joma Red Socks $4.20

10. What other equipment do I need?


• Shinguards $10 – $30
• Soccer cleats $20 – ?
• Soccer Ball $10 – $50 depending on quality

Other optional equipment
• Bag/Backpack $20 – $50


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact a board member.

Fall registration is now open

Go now to the registration page and get signed up for the fall soccer season in Carlisle!

Please don’t wait until the late fee deadline of June 22nd to get signed up. The earlier you sign up, the easier it is for the Club to make team assignments and find coaches for the fall.

June 9th: Youth Soccer Night at the Menace

Only one more home game until Youth Soccer Night!  Come out to Valley Stadium June 9th at 7:30pm for a fun filled evening! 

Join us in our juggling contest, play on the inflatables, and our newest edition play a game in our Street Soccer Zone. 

Players get into the game for free when they wear their Carlisle Soccer Club jersey (or t-shirts for u6 and u8). Coaches get in free with their coaches card.

See you at the Menace game!

Arts Festival just around the corner: we need your help!

What better way to get in on the action with one of Des Moines’ BIGGEST events than to VOLUNTEER with the CARLISLE SOCCER CLUB at our beer/wine tent at the Des Moines Arts Festival. 

Grab a few of your friends, family or co-workers and sign up for a shift or two! This is a great way to give back to the community and have some fun while your doing it!  

The weekend of the Arts Festival is June 22-24 and you can sign up to volunteer here.  

If you have never joined in on the fun at the Arts Festival before you will have to take a one-hour beer/wine training session. This session is May 17th from 11:30-12:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm at the Des Moines Playhouse. Another date will also be offered in June, that is TBD. When you sign up to volunteer you will get the information for the session. (If you’ve served at our tent in past years, you’ll just need to sign a form stating that you’ve taken the class.) Please remember to put your shirt size in as well!! 

Admission to the festival is free. This will not cost you anything. UNLESS, you take time for yourself to stay and enjoy the Arts Festival before or after your shift and buy some great art!  

The Arts Festival is a HUGE fundraiser for our Soccer Club!! This eliminates our children (or us as parents!!) going door to door to do fundraising! So, again come on out and enjoy the Arts Festival and help promote Carlisle Soccer!   

Spread the word!  If you know of someone that would like to volunteer point them in our direction!  We enjoy new faces! For more information, contact Melissa Karnatz, director of volunteers, at 240-7026.  

Concession stand is back open this season!

The soccer season opener is just around the corner. Opening games are Saturday/Sunday (March 30/April 1). We WILL have a concession stand again this year on Sunday afternoons, thanks to the efforts of our new director of volunteers, Melissa Karnatz and all the volunteers that have signed up to help out. The concession stand is an important part of the experience at the Carlisle Soccer Complex and provides a valuable service for families watching games on Sunday afternoons, so please make sure you fill your assigned time.

And thanks in advance for helping make soccer in Carlisle possible!

Here’s the schedule!

Buy, finance or refinance your home and score a big donation!

Thinking about buying or selling your house? Here’s a chance to help the Carlisle Soccer Club and it won’t cost you a dime.

Carlisle soccer parents Deric and Kathy Kidd have teamed up to offer a fantastic deal for home buyers and sellers..and the Carlisle Soccer Club. When you buy or sell your home with Kathy, a Realtor with REMAX Opportunities in Ankeny, she will donate 25% of the net Realtor professional fees to the Club in your name. When you finance (or refinance) with Deric, a senior loan officer with Academy Mortgage in Urbandale, He will donate up to $400 of the banker’s fees.

Buying a $180,000 home, for example, would mean a donation of approximately $1,400 to $1,600 to the Club with no cost to you! If Kathy sells your home and helps you buy one, the donation could be more than $2,500!  

This offers applies when you buy a home, sell a home, or refinance. There is no increase in fees to cover these contributions. This offer applies to anywhere in the Des Moines metro and surrounding communities, so tell your family, friends and co-workers. It’s just the Kidd’s way of giving back to the community.

For more information contact:

Kathy Kidd, Realtor
REMAX Opportunities

Deric Kidd
Academy Mortgage

Big soccer news for the south side

Late last week, the Iowa Soccer Association unveiled plans to build a $6 million, 100,000-square-foot State Indoor Training Center (SITC) in the Des Moines Metro area. The facility will be built on the west end of Southridge Mall which is located on Des Moines’ south side.  A joint venture of Iowa Soccer and the Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football franchise, the SITC is envisioned to serve the statewide soccer community year-round from a centrally-located facility.
Plans for the SITC include a regulation 360-foot by 195-foot synthetic turf soccer field, which also accommodates an official 200-foot by 85-foot arena football field. In addition, the facility offers office and meeting space, audio/visual facilities, a concessions area and a coaching education center.
The SITC will enable Iowa Soccer to expand its Indoor Championship Series, host state and regional college recruiting events and tournaments, host regional ODP events, train and develop top players through the Iowa Olympic Development Program, offer National and State coach education courses (USYS National Youth License, USSF C-License, NSCAA Regional courses), offer state-level referee courses and provide the statewide Iowa Soccer community with a centrally located year-round athletic facility.  In addition, Iowa Soccer plans to expand its special needs programming (TOPSoccer), underserved-population sports programming (Soccer Across America) and offer a number of Level 3 festivals and events.
Iowa Soccer believes that the existence of the SITC and its resulting programming will help create a higher profile statewide for soccer as well as more opportunities to play, which will, in turn, help Iowa Soccer affiliates improve participation numbers.
Funding for construction of the SITC is being sought through private donations and public grants. Operated through a separate nonprofit, the Iowa Sports and Wellness Foundation, ongoing maintenance and operational expenses for the Center will be self-sustainable with the infusion of new income and operational revenue generated from Iowa Soccer Association activities, the Iowa Barnstormers, facility rental, and individual usage fees.
The SITC Campaign Committee initiated a capital campaign in late November and initial fundraising efforts are focused on major contributions of $50,000 or more. To learn more about the project and how to provide support, visit www.IowaSITC .com, “like” the facebook page, “follow” the tweets, or contact Ian Bradley at the Iowa Soccer Association at (515) 252-6363 ext. 102,