Recreational Soccer Coaching

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. 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) or Sadie Johnson (816.522.7729) before submitting the request.

All coaches are required to complete the screening process and obtain approval from Brookside Soccer Club. Verification identification cards WILL NOT be issued; instead, we will make spot checks for weekend games. Strikes will be issued based on the number of times a coach does not show proof of their verification card:

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 verified 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

Practice sign-up

Recreational coaches may sign up for practice spots at Swope Soccer Village.

Calendar of times available coming soon!

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.

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 Max. Roster Size: 16

Coaching News

Free Coaching Clinic

A free coaching clinic is scheduled from 5:30-7 pm Tuesday, March 10 at Swope Soccer Village on Field 1 North.

The 90-minute clinic will be taught by BSC’s Youth Development Director and Coach Jason Lee. It is designed to help coaches encourage creative freedom and guided discovery with the ball.

Coach Jason will lead a warm-up and other drills/exercises designed to keep players engaged, out of lines and on their toes. Coaches of all experience are highly encouraged to attend.

In order for each coach to participate, they must add themselves as a participant in our registration system. This is done the same way when adding another player in that account. See the steps below:

•Log in to register HERE (or create an account).
•Add your information using “Add Participant” under the Registration Tab and complete the required fields.
•Select Next.
•On the “Available Programs” page, choose the Spring Coaching Clinic listing. Each coach registers separately.
•Select Next.
•There is no cost to participate in the coaching clinic.

Rec League Coaches Meeting

All new and returning Recreational League coaches are will need to attend a coaches meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28 at UMKC, in Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 151. The Learning Center is attached to the school’s library at 51st Street & Rockhill Road. Please note this is a change in location from previous meetings. You can see a map of UMKC here.

The meeting is intended to inform coaches of valuable information about our upcoming 2015 Spring season. ALL coaches are asked to please attend the 1-hour meeting in order for us to reach all coaches in one setting, which also allows questions to be answered by our executive director and community relations director.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • 10-11 am — coaches for the Pre-K/Kindergarten divisions
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm — coaches in grades 1st through 8th grade divisions
  • 1-2 pm — An optional on-field session will be held on UMKC’s Durwood Soccer Stadium for coaches interested in getting a few hints on practice drills, etc.