Frequently Asked Questions
What age is Junior Menace for?
Junior Menace is geared toward children ages 3 to 9. The program is for boys and girls of all soccer abilities, from the beginner to the advanced player. Participants are divided into smaller groups based on age and ability.
What can participants and their families expect?
We strive to provide the best youth-soccer experience in our community, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle while encouraging the children’s enjoyment of the game.
Structure: Players will come one time per week to Junior Menace for eight weeks. We have built-in make-up days as part of this year's schedule in case of inclement weather. For our spring sessions, there will be a mix of practice nights and game nights. Who are the Junior Menace coaches?
Environment: Coaches will try to create a fun atmosphere for players to meet new friends, develop their skills and be challenged with other players from around the metro.
Curriculum: With the guidance of our professional coaches, we base our program activities on a curriculum provided by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). This curriculum focuses on skill development at age-appropriate levels.
Licensed soccer coaches lead the program, with coaching support from high-school and college players.
When is Junior Menace?
Junior Menace is available in the fall, winter and spring. The program is held in the evening, to accommodate most families' schedules.
Ages 3-4 meet for 30 minutes, followed by a 60-minute session for children ages 5-9.
Why is Junior Menace not available in the summer?
The program takes a break during the summer months, when the Menace organization focuses on week-long soccer camps. Hosted at sites around the Des Moines metro and across central Iowa, these camps are run by players from our men's and women's players (members of Iowa's premier soccer teams).
Where is Junior Menace?
What's the cost? What comes with registration?
Registration for Junior Menace is $50 for ages 3-4, and $100 for ages 5-9. In addition to a fun experience, each participant receives a free Junior Menace jersey.
How do I sign up for Junior Menace?
What do participants need to wear?
In addition to shorts/athletic pants and a t-shirt or Junior Menace jersey, we encourage participants to wear shin guards, soccer socks, and cleats (outdoors only) or comfortable shoes.
What else should participants bring?
Please bring your own soccer ball each day. If you don't have a soccer ball, you can purchase a Menace ball when you sign up, and we'll have this ball ready for you at check-in on the first day.
3-4 year olds - size 3 ball
5-9 year olds - size 4 ball
It is important that each player stays hydrated. Each day, participants should come with water or something to drink.
What if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
In the event of inclement or unsafe weather, Junior Menace will be cancelled for that day. We will try to not cancel a day of the program, but sometimes have to due to excessive rainfall, poor field conditions, unsafe travel conditions (during the winter session) or lightning. If you are not sure if there will be Junior Menace on a given day, please call the Menace weather hotline at (515) 457-6378, or visit JuniorMenace.com for updates posted on the "Message Center" that appears under the big Junior Menace logo (You will see this at the top of the column on the left of all JuniorMenace.com pages).
If a day of Junior Menace is cancelled, we will do our best to hold a make-up session.