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EAST GREENWICH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Spring 2019 Season

General Information

 
This page will tell you everything you need to know about the Spring 2019 Recreational Soccer Season.
There are some changes -- PLEASE READ THROUGH EVERYTHING!


Please note: EGSA forms our Recreational League teams by school-grade in order to create a fun, developmental program for our young soccer stars.  When players advance into older recreational divisions and travel soccer, team formation is done by birth year, per US Youth Soccer rules. For now, let the kids play with their friends!

 

What Your Player Needs


Every player must wear shin guards and soccer socks for every practice and/or game.
Little Kickers can wear sneakers or cleats. Older age groups must wear soccer cleats (not baseball/football cleats).
 
Soccer ball sizes:
Little Kickers, U6, and U8 divisions - size 3 ball
U10 - size 4 ball

Player families are responsible for the purchase of black shorts, shin guards, soccer socks, shoes/cleats, and a soccer ball.
EGSA will provide each player with a jersey shirt. This spring, our jerseys will have a World Cup Theme to celebrate the Women's World Cup!

 

Spring 2019 Season Schedule


4/10 - Mandatory Recreational Coach Clinic (5:00-6:00pm at Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Kingstown)

4/11 - First U8 Boys/Girls and U10 Coed Challenger Clinics (Weather & Field Conditions Permitting)
4/15 - 4/19 - No Team Practices or Clinics - April Vacation

4/28 - First Little Kickers Foot Skills Clinics; First U6 Foot Skills Clinic & Games; First U8 & U10 Games

5/26 - No Games - Memorial Day Weekend

6/13 - Last U8 & U10 Foot Skills Clinics

6/16 - Last Day of Games & U6 Foot Skills Clinic

 

The Role of Parent Coaches


Parent coaches are an essential part of EGSA's Recreational Program and should be committed to their team for the duration of the season. As a coach, you are a role model for your team's players and will help shape their love of the sport of soccer. Coaching is a very rewarding volunteer experience and it does not take much of your time. Listed below are the specifics for each age group.
 
U8 & U10 division: Parent Coaches are expected to attend the Challenger Clinic with their teams and encouraged to hold a weekly team practice that focuses on technical skills, game play (throw-ins, goal kicks, etc), and teamwork. There are resources on our website (look under the Coaches menu) to help you quickly plan a practice and our coaching directors are happy to give you advice if you ask. (Time commitment: 2-3 hours/week, weekday and weekend)
 
U6 division: Parent Coaches are expected to attend the Challenger Clinic with their teams, which is held 30 minutes before the U6 games on the weekend. You are not required to hold any additional practices for your team, but can if you would like. (Time Commitment: 1-1.5 hours/week, weekend only)
 
Little Kicker division: Parent Coach Coordinators are expected to attend the Challenger Clinic with their groups each weekend. (Time commitment: < 1 hour/week, weekend only)
 
Per Soccer Rhode Island and US Youth Soccer, all EGSA Coaches need to successfully complete a background check.
If you volunteer to coach during the registration process, you will be contacted for more information.


The Role of Challenger Trainers and Clinics


Our professional trainers from Challenger Sports are mostly responsible for developing players' individual soccer skills. These sessions are run clinic-style and employ games and exercises that focus on foot skills, ball familiarity, and technique, all while having fun! Parent Coaches are strongly expected to attend these clinics when they are able to! Parent coach involvement helps in three ways:
1) extra supervision to maintain order throughout the clinic and assist with injuries/shoe tying/etc.
2) extra coaches = more personal attention and guidance for the players with their soccer skills.
3) Parent Coaches just might pick up a coaching trick or two from the Challenger trainers!

The following Challenger clinics are offered this spring:

U8 Girls - Thursday, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. (Frenchtown Lower Field)
U8 Boys - Thursday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. (Frenchtown Lower Field)
U10 Coed - Thursday, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (Frenchtown Lower Field)
U6 Coed - Sundays. Group 1 from 1-1:30 p.m. and Group 2 from 1:45 - 2:15 (Meadowbrook)
                 Note: for U6 teams, Challenger clinic is immediately followed by a game. 
Little Kickers - Sunday, 11:00 & 12:00 (Meadowbrook)


Spring 2019 Soccer Divisions

 

U9/U10 Coed Division (3rd and 4th grade)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2010

- Teams are coed
- Teams will be assigned a parent coach. It is up to the parent coach to find an assistant coach, if desired.
- Team size will be based on total number of registrations
- Teams will have a weekly team practice run by the parent coach(es) with a focus on game play. There is also an optional foot skills clinic run weekly by professional trainers from Challenger Sports with a focus on skill development. 
Coed Challenger Clinics will be Thursdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields. 
- Games will be Sundays at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Frenchtown Upper Field


 

U7/U8 Division (1st & 2nd grade)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012

- Teams are gender-specific (Boys & Girls)
- Teams will be assigned a parent coach. It is up to the parent coach to find an assistant coach, if desired.
- Teams will be formed with 7-9 players per team to ensure lots of playing time. Games are played in a 5v5 format (including goalie).
- Teams will have a weekly team practice run by the parent coach(es) with a focus on game play. There is also an optional foot skills clinic run weekly by professional trainers from Challenger Sports with a focus on skill development.  

- Girls Challenger Clinics will be Thursdays from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields.
- Boys Challenger clinics will be Thursdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields.

- Day and time of individual team practices will be organized by the Parent coach prior to the start of the season

- Each team will play one game each week for a 7-week season.
- Girls games will be Sundays at 1 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields.
- Boys games will be Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields.


U6 Division (Kindergarten)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013

- Teams are coed
- Teams will be assigned a parent coach.  It is up to the parent coach to find an assistant coach, if desired.
- Teams will be formed with 6-7 players per team to ensure lots of playing time. U6 games are played in a 3v3 format (no goalies)
- All teams will have a foot skills clinic on Sundays at 1 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Fields. These will be led by professional trainers from Challenger Sports, with parent coaches assisting.

- Each team will play one game immediately following the foot skills clinic (7-game season)
- NOTE: There are NO WEEKDAY CLINICS for the U6 Division.


Little Kickers
Birthdate range:  September 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015
- Little Kickers will be divided into small, coed groups with a parent coach coordinator. 
- These players will have a single, clinic-style practice led by professional trainers from Challenger Sports, with parent coaches assisting.
- There are no official games, but groups may play scrimmages against one another in the second half of the season.
- Group sizes will depend upon the number of players in each clinic but will be organized in a way to ensure that the experience is not overwhelming for the players and coaches.
- Clinics will be held on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Fields

Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring a team in our Recreational League?
Please contact EGSA's Assistant Rec Director, Michelle Rosemark, to get all the details!


Still Have Questions?

Please contact EGSA's Recreational Director, Dave Pitney. He'll tell you everything you need to know!

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