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EAST GREENWICH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Fall 2019 Season


General Information

This page will tell you everything you need to know about the Fall 2019 Recreational Soccer Season.
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!

Important Change: 
Registration will be done through Stack Sports going forward. All Rhode Island soccer clubs are required to make this change heading into the 2019-2020 season. There is a one-time, initial setup to create a parent account and add your player(s). You need to go back to the beginning to see our coaching and event volunteer opportunities. During the registration process, you can add a photo and birth certificate of your player, but this is not required for the EGSA House League.

 

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.
Please contact us if any uniform standard creates a hardship. EGSA provides each player with a jersey shirt.

 

Fall 2019 Season Schedule (September 3rd - October 26th)

9/3 - First U10 Boys/Girls Challenger Clinics
9/4 - House Coach Clinic - receive equipment and jerseys (5:00-6:30 pm at Frenchtown)
9/5 - First U8 Boys/Girls Challenger Clinics
9/7 - Fun Day! Join us for this fantastic annual fall soccer kickoff festival at East Greenwich High School.
9/7 - First Little Kickers Foot Skills Clinics; First U6 Foot Skills Clinic & Games; First U8 & U10 Games. All during Fun Day at EGHS!
10/05 - EGSA House League Photos (tentative)
10/12 - No Games or Clinics - Columbus Day Weekend

10/22 - Last U10 Foot Skills Clinics
10/24 - Last U8 Foot Skills Clinics

10/26 - Last Day of Games & U6/Little Kicker Foot Skills Clinics (U6 and LK clinic times will start later due to East Greenwich Halloween Parade)

 

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. This is recreational, so the name of the game is FUN! 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.

EGSA House Coach Handbook 

U8 & U10 divisions: 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. We created a Coaches Handbook with weekly themes and drills to guide your team 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! 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 fall:

U10 Girls - Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Frenchtown Upper Field)
U10 Boys - Tuesdays, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. (Frenchtown Upper Field)
U8 Boys - Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. (Frenchtown Lower Field)
U8 Girls - Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. (Frenchtown Lower Field)
U6 Coed - Saturdays; Group 1 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and Group 2 from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Academy Field, Swift Gym)
                 Note: for U6 teams, Challenger clinic is immediately followed by a game. After the clinic, the players head to their assigned field to play the game. 
Little Kickers - Saturdays; Group 1 from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. and Group 2 from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (Academy Field, Swift Gym)


Fall 2019 Soccer Divisions

U9/U10/U11 Division (3rd - 5th grade)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2011

- Teams are gender-specific (Boys & Girls) if enough players register, otherwise we combine for coed teams.
- 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. 
Girls Challenger Clinics are Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Frenchtown Upper Fields.
Boys Challenger clinics are Tuesdays from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. at Frenchtown Upper Fields. 
- Games are played Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. at Frenchtown Upper Fields.


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

Birthdate range: September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2013

- 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.
- Jerseys should be worn at the foot skills clinic and the games.  

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

- Games are Saturdays at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 p.m. at Frenchtown Lower Fields.


U6 Division (Kindergarten)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014

- 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 have a foot skills clinic on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. at Academy Field by Swift Gym. 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.
- There are NO WEEKDAY CLINICS for the U6 Division. Weekly practices are an option for the parent coach to organize if desired.


Little Kickers
Birthdate range:  September 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016
- 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 are held on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Academy Field by Swift Gym.
- October 26th games delayed due to East Greenwich Halloween Parade.

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 House Director, Angelique Stiglic. She'll tell you everything you need to know!


REGISTRATION!

Click here for the Stack Sports registration page.

 

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