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5 Star Program

R.E.A.C.H For The STARS 
Indiana Soccer is proud to present the 5 STAR PROGRAM.  This purpose of this program is to ensure legal compliance, and increase the capacity and quality of member clubs.  Member Clubs will perform with excellence in a few fundamental areas to meet the criteria established to earn "stars" in those areas.  Once a member club has reached all 5 stars, they will be awarded with the recognition of being a 5-STAR MEMBER in Indiana.  

For assistance or if you have questions, please contact Angel Hall at Indiana Soccer
Member Club List

CLICK HERE to be directed to a complete list of member clubs and their status in achieving the 5 STAR CLUB recognition.  This list also contains the name of each Club Champion.  Member Clubs are encouraged to reach out to each other as resources, too.


Check Lists/Submission Forms 

Complete the work, fill out these check lists, attach all necessary documentation and submit to Indiana Soccer. The stars can be completed in any order.   Once the checklist/submission forms have been verified for completion, clubs will earn their star in the category(s) submitted.  Once all 5 stars have been earned, the club will be recognized by the Indiana Soccer as achieving this honor.

 Gold_Star  Risk Management Checklist
Gold_Star  Education Checklist
Gold_Star  Alignment Checklist
Gold_Star  Communications/Marketing Checklist
Gold_Star  Honorable Governance Checklist

The Premise For The 5 Star Initiative

Click the links below to learn more about each individual star: 



The identification and mitigation of threats is essential to the long-term health and welfare of any organization.  The process of identifying and mitigating these threats is referred to as “risk management”.  Risk management not only addresses the health and welfare of the organization, i.e. financial policies, but more importantly, addresses the health and welfare of the persons served.  Risk management includes auditing the facility, including goal safety, parking lot safety, etc. to insuring the organization has appropriate operational policies i.e., inclement weather policies etc. Learn more



Education is the basis for change/improvement.  All aspects of a vibrant organization should be exposed to education i.e. board orientation, learning non-profit best practices, volunteer education etc.  Education should be employed to improve the organization’s effectiveness at delivering services i.e., coaching education, parent engagement/education, board education etc.  Learn more..



 There is value in autonomy and having the flexibility to respond to the needs of the local market.  However, there is real strength in aligning and coalescing around shared principles with others that share the same overall purpose/mission.  A prerequisite to obtain the alignment star for member organizations will be to support the stated purpose/mission of Indiana Soccer and to adopt Indiana Soccer’s tools and methods where preferred tools and methods fit the member organization. Learn more..



Communication is the lifeblood of non-profit organizations; especially those that are service organizations.  Marketing is a specific use of communication.  Member organizations seeking to obtain the communication/marketing star will demonstrate the integrated and effective use of digital communication tools, i.e. website, social media platforms, app(s) etc. Learn more...



The success of any organization is dependent upon good leadership. A more comprehensive term for good leadership is Honorable Governance.  Non-Profit organizations, recognized as public trusts and governed by trustees, are particularly dependent upon the quality of the people elected to serve as trustees (board members).  It is imperative that non-profit organizations, in order to properly honor and fulfill the trust bestowed upon it by the public, should purposefully populate its board of directors with dedicated, competent, and honorable leadership capable of effectively stewarding the resources of the organization to effectively accomplish the organization’s stated purpose.

The initial step, for a participating member organization toward earning the Honorable Governance Star, is to establish a process for identifying, selecting, orienting, and educating dedicated, competent, and honorable leadership. Learn more...