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EAST GREENWICH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Fall 2020 Season


If you registered early and were not charged a fee, EGSA is processing our non-refundable fee of $75 on September 12th. OPT-OUT HERE


Covid-19 Safe Play

EGSA is happy to offer Soccer Saturdays to our house players. Using phase 3 guidelines from the Reopening RI plan, SoccerRI, and USYS we have ways to play while player and volunteer safety remain our priority.

RI allows for youth sports to have outdoor stable pods of 50 including volunteers and players. EGSA will create divisions, teams, and clinics in compliance with guidelines. Volunteer parent coaches will be instructed on safe-play.

Clinics and team practices/scrimmages will make up the Fall 2020 season. We are working with Challenger to ensure we have fun and excellent training for all our players!


Read our most recent guidelines and instructions for starting the season Saturday 9/12!



General Information


EGSA forms our House 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


There will be no sharing of equipment due to Covid-19. Players should bring only necessary items to practices and clinics and be ready to play as soon as they arrive. Cones will be placed and distanced for players to leave their water bottles and for them to return to for breaks.

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).
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.
 

Soccer ball sizes by division:

 

Little Kickers, U6, and U8 divisions - size 3 ball
U10 and up - size 4 ball

Fall 2020 Season Schedule (September 12th - October 24th)

Fun Day has been cancelled this year due to ‘Covid-19’ safety concerns.

9/12 - First Challenger clinics and team practices - Clinic times will be announced after teams are formed and coaches have volunteered.
10/10 No Games or Clinics - Columbus Day Weekend. (Tentative)

10/24  - Last day of clinics and team practices


Saturday Clinic Schedule 

 

8:30 - 9:15 am Little Kickers
9:30 - 10:15 am Little Kickers
10:30 - 11:15 am U6
11:30 - 12:15 pm U6
12:30 - 1:30 pm U10 
12:45 - 1:30 pm U8
1:45 - 2:30pm U8
2:45 - 3:45 pm U12


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!


Fall 2020 Soccer Divisions - Accepting 13 year olds for Fall 2020! Please see Covid-19 Safe Play above for details. The following information does not accurately depict the fall 2020 season.

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

Birthdate range: September 1, 20010 to August 31, 2012

- 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.
- Jerseys should be worn at the foot skills clinic and the practice/scrimmage


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

Birthdate range: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014

- 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 practice/scrimmage. 


U6 Division (Kindergarten)

Birthdate range: September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015

- 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. These will be led by professional trainers from Challenger Sports.


Little Kickers
Birthdate range:  September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017
- 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.
- 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.


Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring a team in our House League?
Please contact EGSA to get all the details! Be sure to mention your players name so they wear your sponsorship jersey!

Still Have Questions?

Please contact EGSA's House Director, Gregg Davies. He'll tell you everything you need to know!




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