A new feature allows coaches to give a special registration code to a player of their choice (or your entire current team) which places a player directly on your 2016 Fall team. This expedites the registration process for everyone and ensures players are placed on the team they want.
If you wish to use this feature, YOU must register as a coach ASAP in order to activate the code for your team.
Go into your Blue Sombrero account and click on Volunteers on the left. Select Find Volunteer Roles on the top right of the screen. The next screen will populate with options of available divisions, or you may click Show More. Complete that process and you will create a team in the division you request and will then be able to send an email to any player you choose with your special team code and a link to registration.
One of the default features in the team registration is a maximum number of players allowed for that specific division. See that information below.
We will continue to accommodate individual registrants as “free agents”. If your roster maximum has been met, all players registering after that point will be considered a “free agent” and placed on other teams to ensure balanced rosters.
No slide tackling U12 and under
Proper slide tackling in U14
No slide tackling in U19
Because of concerns for the safety of younger players, beyond the limitations of the laws of the game, Brookside Soccer Club’s Youth Recreational Soccer League does not allow players in Grade 4 and younger to head the ball during practices or games. Players in Grade 5 and older are allowed to head the ball.
Heading the ball is defined as a player using or attempting to use his/her own head to play the ball. Should a referee, assistant referee, or a coach see a player head the ball, they will inform the player they may not head the ball and play continues on. There is no stoppage of play or restart awarded. This does not apply to a player being struck in the head by a ball he/she didn’t intend to play in that manner.
While referees might stop play in this circumstance to evaluate potential injury, should the player show any of the signs referees watch for that might indicate a serious injury, per the laws of the game that restart would be a dropped ball.
Referees and coaches must understand that heading the ball is NOT a violation of the laws of the game, so no criteria associated with fouls or infractions of the laws, should be applied to this violation of league safety requirements except those mentioned above.
Coaches must instruct players not to head the ball and referees must use common sense. Likewise, players who are guilty of heading the ball should never be issued a caution or sending off. The referee should rather focus on helping the players understand the rule and explain that the league does not allow heading.
Recreational coaches may sign up for practice spots at Swope Soccer Village prior to each recreational season by contacting Sadie Johnson at Sadie@BrooksideSoccer.org.
Teams in grades 1st through HS generally practice between the hours of 5 pm & 9 pm most nights Monday through Thursday (depending on availability). There are no Friday through Sunday practices.
Each coach is assigned one 1-hour time slot in a specific field space to be used through that season’s league.
Teams in grades 1st through 3rd are generally allotted 1/8 regulation field space, grades 4th through 7th/8th grades are allotted 1/4 regulation field space and HS teams are allotted 1/2 field space (7 pm and later). If a HS team wishes to practice earlier than 7 pm, that team may use 1/4 of a field.
Practice space requests are being accepted now and will be assigned according to when they are received. However, those coaches who attend the March 5 coaches meeting at UMKC will be assigned above those coaches who do not. PRACTICES AT SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE MAY BEGIN THE WEEK OF MARCH 7. The final week for practices is the week of May 30.
Rules for practicing at Swope:
• Please make of note of your practice time/day and field assignment before arriving at Swope.
• You may ONLY practice in your assigned space during your assigned time. Moving into open field space is not allowed. It may cause issues for a coach who may plan arriving to that space late.
• If your practice ends at 6:30 pm, move your players off the field at 6:30 pm.
• Each field is separated into quadrants, and each field had a sign with either an “N” or “S” (indicating North or South). The west side of each field is the one closest to Lewis Road.
• Small goals for younger teams are available at the southernmost area of Field 1. Those or any goal a team uses during practice MUST be placed in their original spot along the fences at the end of your practice (unless the next team has asked for them to be left). That coach/team will then be responsible for returning goals to their proper space.
• If for any reason a team does not plan to practice during their allotted time/day, you MUST notify Sadie Johnson of the change at Sadie@BrooksideSoccer.org.
• Keep ALL children OFF THE GOALS/NETS and fences.
• Volunteer coaches who are on the sidelines or actively participate in practices are required to complete a background check. Please see details on the left.
• There is a 2-coach-per-sideline rule. ONLY the allocated head coach and one assistant coach should be on the sidelines during games. Also, siblings and anyone other than coaches/players should be in the sideline/spectator area. Please remind your parents of this rule and the reasons for implementing it:
- Referees can better understand which coach to interact with.
- Lessens crowding of the sidelines.
- It’s most beneficial to players to have fewer voices to focus on on the sidelines.
- Helps BSC better monitor approved coaches.
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.
REMINDER: The Goal Kick Rule that went into effect in Fall 2014 is still valid 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.