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Outdoor Season

Fall 2020

 Registration  extended to August 9th!

Following all state protocols and guidelines for safety 
Practices and Scrimmages start September!

PROGRAM UPDATES

Kindergarten-8th Grade

The season will run from September 7th to October 31st with the first scrimmages played on September 12th 

  • Players will be divided into developmentally appropriate Player Groups. Each Player Group will have 4 predetermined scrimmage teams with no more than 10 players per scrimmage team. The size of the team will vary by Player Group.   This means that your child will only be in contact with this group of players for the duration of the season. 
  • Each scrimmage team will be required to have 2 coaches. There will be a few additional responsibilities this season to comply with the COVID-related guidelines.  If you have not already volunteered to coach please consider helping this season!
  • The scrimmage playing format will be 5v5; 6v6 or 7v7. The playing format will be dependent upon registration for each group. Due to group size restrictions 9v9 or 11v11 will not be played.
  • Scrimmages will be held on Saturdays. Weekday/Sunday games may be played if needed.
  • Each scrimmage team will continue to have 1 practice per week led by the coaches. Each scrimmage team will practice on their own at separate locations to further limit contact.
  •  There will be no referees at the scrimmages. Coaches will be required to lead the scrimmage. Scores and standings will not be kept for the scrimmages.
  • Each player will be allowed 1 spectator on the sidelines to respect the limited number of participants under the new guidelines.  Spectators must follow all social distancing mandates.  Any additional spectators will be required to be at least 30 feet away from the field.  
  • Players will still have the opportunity to attend Rec Skills sessions throughout the fall led by Ela staff.  These will be conducted by Player Group.
  • Once the Groups are finalized, we will hold virtual meetings through Google Hangouts to provide further clarification on protocols and guidelines.

U4/U5 Program Updates

The season will run from September 13th to November 1st

  • Players will be divided into developmentally appropriate Player Groups. Each Player Group will have 4-6 predetermined scrimmage teams with no more than 7 players per scrimmage team. This means that your child will only be in contact with this group of players for the duration of the season. 
  • Each scrimmage team will be required to have 1 coach. There will be a few additional responsibilities this season to comply with the COVID-related guidelines.  If you have not already volunteered to coach please consider helping this season!
  • The scrimmage playing format will be 4v4.
  • Scrimmages will be held on Sundays. Each Sunday the scrimmage will have a 30 minute skill session led by a  Ela staff followed by a scrimmage led by the volunteer parent coach.
  • Each player will be allowed 1 spectator on the sidelines to respect the limited number of participants under the new guidelines.  Spectators must follow all social distancing mandates.  Any additional spectators will be required to be at least 30 feet away from the field.  
  • Once the groups are finalized, we will hold virtual meetings through Google Hangouts to provide further clarification on protocols and guidelines.


*** if there is a State mandate to shut down,  a prorated refund of the registration fee less $30 admin fee will be issued based on timing of the shut down. (the admin fee covers just a portion of non refundable expenses ex: player insurance, reg fees, etc).  Standard refund policy is in effect for all other instances***

Under 4 to Under 5 Program

  •  8 one hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. Some sessions may run on a Saturday when needed.   
  •  Each player will receive a team t-shirt. 

Fee: $160.00 (New players are required to purchase shorts & socks -$27)

Under 4 and Under 5
Designed to introduce the game of soccer, each weekly session begins with 30 minutes of instructional, fun drills taught by ESC staff in group form. Players then split in to their pre-assigned scrimmage teams with a volunteer coach for a 25 minute game. The games are played in a 4v4 format with no goalkeeper.  

Kindergarten - U6 Program

  •  8 scrimmages Saturdays. Some weekday/Sunday games may be played..
  • 1 practice per week at the coaches discretion.  The day, time and location is determined by the coach. . If a practice day & time is a priority, then we encourage you to volunteer to coach.  NOTE: Players will not be moved from one team to another because practice times or locations are not convenient.
  • Skills  training by player group with ESC staff.  Two practice sessions will be provided by the staff with the volunteer coach to further develop fundamental skills of the game.

Fee: $160.00. Players will need to purchase a uniform $65. The uniform can be used for multiple seasons. 

1st - 8th Grade Program

  •  8 scrimmages on Saturdays. Some double headers, weekday/Sunday games may be played..
  • 1 practice per week at the coaches discretion.  The day, time and location is determined by the coach. The coach may offer a second day of practice at their discretion. If a practice day & time is a priority, then we encourage you to volunteer to coach.  NOTE: Players will not be moved from one team to another because practice times or locations are not convenient.
  • Skills training by player group with ESC staff are offered on a Friday for 4 weeks during the season to further develop fundamental skills of the game at no additional cost.

Fee: $160.00. New players to Ela Soccer Club will need to purchase a uniform $65.  The uniform can be used for multiple seasons. 

Current Competitive/Travel players are not permitted to participate in the Recreational program. 

Team, gender and age combinations in any given season may vary based on registration to form developmentally appropriate leagues.     We do our best to balance teams.  Date of registration is considered for team formation decisions.   Late registrants are placed on teams with openings . Specific team or friend requests are not taken. If there is a specific extenuating/carpool need we will do what we can to honor the request, however the request must be reciprocal. Both families must make the same request.    All head coaches receive a $25 credit for volunteering. If practice days and times are important please consider volunteering!  If more parents volunteer to coach at an age level than there are teams, then not everyone will be able coach. If we are short coaches at an age level we will request volunteers come forward. If no one volunteers the team is disbanded and players spread out among other teams. 
Ela Soccer Club has the right to change any of these rules or make a decision that would be in the best interest of the participants.


Recreation Program Playing Level Policy

 All participants of ESC shall play in a league according to their grade.
A year is from Sept 1st through Aug 31st – encompassing the fall and spring outdoor season and the winter indoor season. No participant shall be allowed to play at a level below their age (play down) except in the case of extreme physical limitations. These exceptions need to be documented and approved prior to the season. 
 A participant requesting to play at an age level above his age (play up) can only do so by one of the following: 

  • attending a minimum of 4 weeks of skill practice sessions provided by ESC or
  • attending 4 days of summer camp provided by ESC or
  • a previous ESC Travel Player and
  • the recommendation of the Director of Coaching (ESC staff position).  
    A Player Evaluation form must be requested by contacting the Executive Director (jackie.marais@elasoccer.com ) and handed to the evaluator at the session. This must be completed and signed prior to team assignments each year. All exceptions must be approved/renewed on a yearly basis.