Coaching

Recreational Coaching

Background Checks

As a part of Brookside Soccer Club’s volunteer process, ALL Recreational League coaches and assistant coaches must successfully complete a background check EVERY CALENDAR YEAR. Therefore, all coaches (new or returning/head coaches and assistants) for the 2015 Spring Recreational League season must complete the background check and be approved prior to practicing or coaching a team.

Parents who routinely help out at practices in the presence of an approved head coach or asstant do not need to complete the background process. However, if both the head coach and assistant coach are absent for a team practice, the parent running the practice must complete the background check and be approved prior to said practice.

In order to make this process quick and easy, coaches provide information electronically which is transmitted instantly, safely and securely to our background check vendor. This enhanced process can remove days of waiting from the overall process. Please remember to do the following:

1. Complete all fields.

2. Use your legal name and information and add any maiden or previous names to the additional names section.

3. Review your answers for accuracy and spelling.

4. If you have any questions or special circumstances you should contact Nick Garcia (913.787.1536) before submitting the request.

All coaches are required to complete the screening process and obtain approval from Brookside Soccer Club. Coaches are no longer required to carry with them the identification cards issued in the past. Instead, our field monitor or other BSC employee will check your name against a list of coaches who have been approved to coach. A coach will be checked by looking at the ID one normally carries with him/her, i.e. a driver’s license. 

Strikes will be issued based on the number of times a coach does not show proof of their identity:

Strike One: Verbal warning to complete background check immediately.

Strike Two: Coach will be asked to leave the field of play and will be unable to coach until he/she completes the background process or shows proof of identification. 

Strike Three: Coach is banned from coaching a team or participating in ANY BSC event for one year. 

*Please click on the following link to complete this request: Background Check

Inclement Weather

Brookside Soccer Club’s recreational league games (as well as practices for our rec league and competitive division) will proceed as long as no lightening is within 10 miles. Sporting KC monitors the weather from their facility and alerts us to what’s happening in the area. We make a determination based on their sophisticated system as well as guidance from the athletic trainers on-site from the Center for Sports Medicine at Children’s Mercy. 

You may check our website’s homepage or our rain-out line for updates. That number is 816.565.4256.

Practice Assignments

This section will be updated as soon as the practice schedule is finalized.

Practice Schedule

Recreational coaches may sign up for practice spots at Swope Soccer Village prior to each recreational season by contacting Sadie Johnson by email at Sadie@BrooksideSoccer.org.

All practice spaces for the 2015 Fall Recreational Season have been filled.

New Goal Kick Rule

REMINDER: The new Goal Kick Rule is still in affect for 3rd/4th grades (U10) and 5th/6th grades (U12): Opposing players must back up to the half-way line and can cross it as soon as the ball exits the penalty area.
Please remind players of this rule before and during the game. If you have questions, contact Referee@BrooksideSoccer.org.

Recreational Playing Format

Please note that in order to more closely align Brookside Soccer Club with the United States Soccer Federation guidelines and to allow each player more time on the ball, some playing formats were adjusted within the last year. In order to ensure all divisions follow BSC’s core values, division coordinators will create balanced and fair teams. As per the club’s mission and within the registration system, 1st – 8th grade are single-sex divisions and PreK, K and High School division are coed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

For the 2015 Spring Recreational League season, a new Goal Kick Rule was been implemented for 3rd/4th grades (U10) and 5th/6th grades (U12): Opposing players must back up to the half-way line and can cross it as soon as the ball exits the penalty area.
Please remind players of this rule before and during the game.

PreK & K (U6)
Game Format: 25 minute practice+30 minute game
Game Length: 55 minutes
Field Size: 20×30
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 3v3
Goalkeeper: No
Max. Roster Size: 6

1st & Second Grades (U8)
Game Format: 4×10 minute quarters (2 minute breaks)
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 25×40
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 4v4
Goalkeeper: No
Max. Roster Size: 8

3rd & 4th Grades (U10)
Game Format: 2×25 minute halves
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 6v6
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 12

5th & 6th Grades (U12)
Game Format: 2×30 minute halves
Game Length: 60 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 16

7th & 8th Grades (U14)
Game Format: 2×35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 75×120
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 11v11
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 18

High School (U19)
Game Format: 2×35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Min. Roster Size: 12
Max. Roster Size: 16

Coed Adult League (19+)
Game Format: 2×25 minute halves, no offsides
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 12

Coaching News

Fall 2015 Photo Days

The 2015 Fall Recreational League photo days are set for the following Saturdays:
August 29
September 26
October 3
Only coaches should schedule photo days for their teams. Appointments can be made online at SelectPhotoGraphics.com or by calling 816.781.7442.

Coaches Meeting

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE DATE!!

All new and returning Recreational League coaches should attend the Coaches Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 22 at UMKC, in Room 115 at the School of Education. The main entrance to the School of Education is on Holmes Road between 52nd and 53rd streets. You can see a map of UMKC here.

The meeting is intended to inform coaches of valuable information about our upcoming 2015 Fall season. We anticipate team uniforms will be available for pickup.

ALL coaches are asked to please attend the 1-hour meeting in order for us to reach all coaches in one setting and allows questions to be answered by our executive director, youth development director and community relations director.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • 3-4 pm — coaches for the Pre-K/Kindergarten divisions
  • 4:30-5 pm — coaches in grades 1st through 8th grade divisions