The West Michigan Bearings is an elite amateur/semi-professional soccer club based in the Grand Rapids area. Our goal is to provide competitive, high-level soccer in West Michigan, while using that platform for inspiring change in the community.
During the late winter and spring of 2020, many of the original founders were training for the upcoming season with another team in the West Michigan area but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the season was cancelled. Because of funding issues, that team’s inaugural season was postponed for at least one more year. Upon losing our team for the upcoming season and subsequently analyzing why the season failed, we gave a budget a shot. Analyzing the costs associated with creating a semi-pro team, a barebones operation funded by both player and the community could be launched for the first year while gathering community support through the duration of the season.
Thus the West Michigan Bearings were born.
We are player-founded and player-run. Most teams start from the top and build down. We did the opposite. We started with a group of players and are building up.
While it is uncommon to have pay-to-play at a semi-pro level, it is the quickest way to raise money for mandatory costs like league fees, referees, field rental, and jerseys. We plan to grow our community support through the 2021 season with local businesses and organizations in effort to transition the financial burden away from players.
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What is a Bearing?
Our crest is a ball bearing. The purpose of a bearing is to facilitate motion. It achieves this purpose in three ways: bearing a load, reducing friction, and properly positioning parts. We hope to play our role in putting this whole city into motion, and we will do this by following the example set by our mascot: the bearing.
Bearing the Load
Players on our team will not simply commit to play, they will also commit to serve at events within the community.
The beautiful game is the conduit here, and we will use the game and our shared passion for it to bring people together.
We will be placing young, passionate adults in contact with organizations that do good in and for the community.