Austin >Sports Teams > Lonestar Soccer Club
12325 Hymeadow Dr Ste 3-101, Austin, TX | Directions 7875030.454793 -97.796359
Neighborhoods: Hidden Meadows
I joined the club a year ago, and dont know what Donna is experiencing, but I totally feel exactly like the other 2 posters. I put my son there to improve the quality of his game. The first game they had, (and mind you , this was academy and not rec) he scored 6 goals, and a combined team goal count of 12 versus 1 or so. Next thing we know, we receive an email from the director to all parents in the academy league how they would never ever allow such one sided games, and they would balance our the scores. I was mortified, and guess what, my worst fears were realized. From that day forward, my son was put as goalie for half the game, every freaking game, and defense for the other half. Way to punish your good players Lonestar. I thought in Academy you are not supposed to baby the players, but I guess you are more interested in the $$ and pleasing parents rather than teaching the game of soccer to kids. If my son was "good", why not move him to a higher age group rather than making him goalie as punishment. The coach would not listen, because they pay him, and told me I could not argue about anything. Guess what, I pulled him out the very next season. I'm not about to pay for such kind of training.
I love the Club and the new leadership! – I have read the other two reports and hated to see such negative comments. The last comment was made in April of 2011. I can see why they said what they said about the leadership at that time. However, since then, a lot has changed at this club both management and trainer wise. I have two children in Lonestar. We have been with Lonestar for over 7 years and have seen a lot of issues come and go. In that time, none of it has really effect me or my children. My kids LOVE Lonestar and even at the worst of management, I would not have been able to pull them away kicking and screaming. The reason is because the trainers have all been wonderful and they don't involve the kids with the politics of the club. We all have disappointments when our kids don't make a team we thought they could or are not moved up. But sometimes, the truth hurts. The fees are high, but they are worth it. They run the same at other clubs that provide the same services. The trainers work with our kids during the week and are there for their games. They are available to answer questions, provide direction and assist the kid or parents during the rest of the week. All just an e-mail away! Our trainers are incredible. They work with the kids on the field but they take a personal interest in their personal lives as well.
The new leadership is the best the club has ever seen. The group is approachable, respectful, and responsive. I have personally gone to them with questions and gotten immediate responses from them. Don, Rob and the others roatate the games and practices and the kids know they have an interest in there play. Lonestar moved kids about this year and it was hard to understand as a parent. I was one who was upset at first. But now, I understand. They put my kids on teams where the chemistry was automatic. My kids are playing better than they have EVER played! Sometimes trusting change is hard, but it was a positive change.
As for obsenities, fear and poor sportsmanship. That would be NASA and not Lonestar. Players, parents and trainers are held to a high accountability of ethics. My kids have NEVER been scared of their trainers. They respect them and love them. The trainers are tough of them, but not military. The trainers are there to develop the kids so they are required to produce some discipline when necessary. However I have never witnessed nor have had reported to me, any cursing or harsh discipline. I have only witnessed supportive, educational discpline and feedback. And this extends back under the worst of management!
This club has given my kids so many personal and sports related opportunites that they could never have had elsewhere. I have sent one to England to play for a couple of weeks with the club. They have gone to tournaments and different locations for games. They have met people from around the world. I would not change a day of it for them.
Concerned Parent – At this time Lonestar Soccer Club monopolizes the area. I would strongly encourage to look at other club options. There are new ones coming in that truly are in it for the player. Lonestar is a nonprofit but brings in much money: go to "guidestar" website for 1099. The coaches have a reputation of yelling at the kinds. Some use obsenities. They have created such a fear with parents and players. It is not a good orgnazation and is run by a person who lack integrity. They want you to be loyal to the club but are not loyal to your player. They will turn on a dime and replace your child with little or no explation. They recruit outside players heavily rather than develop their players (the one's who have been with the club for years and are paying customers). I would strongly suggest seeking other options. Don't be fooled by the "use car salesman" pitches they use to entice (much like a serpent). PLEASE BEWARE - for you child's sake!
They are in it for the money!! – They want $1,200 just for your son to be able to play soccer!! On top of that they require you to buy special uniforms that are the Nike brand and you can only order them from one place that is super high on their prices. Then once you pay all the money they will cancel practice and games at the drop of a hat (a few little rain drops and they call off) and then they don't do "make up" practices or games and then don't refund any money for your son not even getting to play soccer!! Sports should be about kids getting to play--not about money!!!
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