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Information For Parents

Parents, thank you for considering EDHSC and the sport of soccer for your child.  As a volunteer run club, we understand the challenges parents face when trying to juggle work, family life, school and extracurriculars for their kids and we appreciate your making time for this team sport.

The information below is current for 2020.  However, we are mindful of the uncertainties regarding COVID-19 and will adjust details as necessary.

Return to Play safety protocols have been added here


Basics

  • Age categories:  U5 stands for under 5 and implies all players on the team are 4 years old during the current season.
  • Season is approximately 3 months long, beginning in early August and ending in early November.
  • In 2019, over 1,400 players and 200 coaches participated in our Recreational Program.
  • Registration fees include a team photo and a trophy to celebrate the season.
  • Please review the club's Team Formation Policy.
  • Parent volunteer coaches are the backbone of our club.  The main requirements to coach are a great attitude and a willingness to learn and apply positive coaching techniques.  No previous coaching experience is necessary.  Please consider volunteering this season.

Practices

  • Scheduled to begin on Monday, August 3.
  • Held at school or CSD fields throughout EDH.
  • Fields are allocated based on team needs, conditions, and coach requests.
  • Schedule is based on coach availability and is announced in late July.
  • Teams practice twice per week for an hour until October, when most teams drop down to once per week.
  • Practices are typically held between 4:30-7:30PM, but are moved up 30 minutes in mid-September because of shorter days.
  • Proper athletic clothes, shin guards, cleats, and water needed.
  • Individual soccer balls are preferred, ball size is explained here.
  • U5-U8 SIZE 3  U10-U12 SIZE 4  U14+ SIZE 5

Games

  • Late August through early November, beginning on August 22.
  • Occur every Saturday (except Labor Day Weekend).
  • Games are typically played between 8AM-2PM, although older age groups (U12-U19) may play some games later in the day.
  • U5-U10 teams will play at Marina Village, Promontory Park, and Valley View.
  • U12-U14 teams will play at Bass Lake and Rolling Hills, and at locations throughout the local region.
  • Last 60 - 90 minutes (varies by age).
  • Approximately 10 games per season.  The club strives to reschedule any games cancelled due to weather or poor air quality.  The make-up date is November 7.
  • Game structure by age is explained in Modified Laws of Game.
  • Snacks are not allowed on Promontory Park fields and are up to the team to coordinate.

Uniforms

  • New uniforms may be purchased through Soccer.com.  Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your order.
  • Prior season and hand-me-down EDHSC uniforms may be worn.
  • Uniforms are not included with registration fees.
  • Required for games, but because of Covid-19, this may be waived for 2020 for U5-U10.  TBA.
  • Jersey numbers are not required for U5-U10 since we don't keep scores or standings for these younger ages.
  • Cleats and shin guards are required for practices and games (baseball cleats with rubber spikes are acceptable).
  • Teams may coordinate matching socks and/or a team banner prior to start of the season.
  • Many vendors make banners.  We recommend Branded Graphics & Apparel in EDH, as well as online vendor Zaavy.

Conduct

  • Kids are to be respectful of their coach and other players during practices and games.
  • Kids do not have to be athletes in order to play for the first time, our program aims to build fitness and develop skill.
  • Parents are to ensure kids have plenty of water and stay hydrated during practice and games.
  • Snacks may be coordinated by each team and are not to be consumed on Promontory Park fields.
  • Parents are to review the Heat & Air Quality Policy and although some practices may or may not be cancelled because of weather, it is ultimately up to parents to decide if current conditions are conducive to their player.

2020 Season Events

  • Opening Day parade, pictures & activities - TBD
  • Sac Republic Night - TBD
  • All Star Jamboree for select U7, U8 & U10 players - November 14

Parent Involvement

  • EDHSC does not require volunteer hours or fees.
  • However, over 1,400 players can play soccer in our club because of dedicated volunteer coaches, team parents, age group coordinators, event volunteers and board members.
  • Volunteering can be as limited or broad as you prefer.
  • Volunteering is a great way to get to know others and be more informed about the community as a whole.

To inquire about current volunteer opportunities, please contact Trevor Holton at vpu12@edhsc.org.