Fun-Fair-Positive Soccer (FFPS): Making Youth Sports Fun Again
Fun-Fair-Positive Soccer (FFPS) was founded by Jack Hendrie in 1986 in Katy with 150 players. Jack and the parents in Katy felt there had to be a better way to ensure every youth soccer player had a positive experience. They saw the main problem in youth sports as parents who put too much pressure on the kids to perform. So, FFPS developed a system so the kids could play and enjoy the sport without unrealistic demands from adults. FFPS modified the rules and designed a process starting with smaller fields of 5 aside soccer for more player involvement. Secondly, the league advocated for equal playing time, a unique equal substitution system, and specified that all players play all positions. Third, FFPS created balanced teams for more fairness, and provided for coach and parent training to ensure that the experience would be positive for every player. FFPS also provides every player with a trophy. These special rules and extensive training ensures a maximum of fun, fairness, self-esteem building, success and a positive experience “For ALL the Kids.”
FFPS believes that it is important to be involved in the community. FFPS works with schools to help ‘at Risk’ kids get involved. FFPS works with schools and parks they use to ensure fields are improved for more to enjoy. And, FFPS provides financial scholarships to anyone in need. FFPS is an inclusion program and includes special needs players on regular team with modifications as needed. In FFPS “Everybody Plays”.
FFPS now has over 2,500 players and 300 volunteers involved in the Katy area. They also now have 20 additional locations in the Houston area with total of 14,000 players and 2,000 volunteers with spring and fall seasons. FFPS is for girls and boys 4 to 18 yr. olds (4’s must turn 5 by12/31/15). Teams are coed. The spring season begins games April 11 and ends May 31. However, signups end March 23. The fee is very affordable and a payment plan is available. Also there is a discount for early registration. There is one practice per week and one game per week on Saturdays. In Katy, all games are played at either location you choose: Bush Park at the beautiful FFPS Soccer Complex at Fry Rd. and Westheimer Parkway or at Huggins Elem. in Fulshear. Every player receives a full uniform (short, short, socks) and trophy. To sign up for the spring season, visit www.FFPS.org or call 800-828-(PLAY)7529 with any questions.