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Coaches Info – Recreational

COACHES INFO

THANK YOU

for volunteering to coach for our recreational league. Our organization was started in 1977 and was built on the hard work of thousands of volunteers like you! Please review the information on this page and use it as a guideline and reference for coaching in our youth recreational division.

WHO TO CONTACT

PRACTICES AT SWOPE

 Guidelines for requesting practice space at Swope Soccer Village is available HERE.

TEAM REGISTRATION

Coaches can create their own teams and invite players they know. After a coach registers their team, they’ll have full access to their own team page with the ability to manage their own roster invites. There, they can view the TEAM CODE.

PHOTO DAYS

Spring 2019 Team Photo days are scheduled for the following Saturdays:
April 27
May 4

Contact Patricia DeJaynes at DeJaynes Photography to schedule an appointment:   Patricia.DeJaynes@yahoo.com or 785-393-2690. Only coaches may make appointments.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

All Youth Recreational League coaches and assistant coaches must successfully complete a private background check EVERY CALENDAR YEAR as part of Brookside Soccer Club’s volunteer process. The background check must be approved prior to being assigned as a head coach/assistant coach.

Parents who routinely help out at practices in the presence of an approved head coach or assistant 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. 

COACHES MEETING

Date:/Time:  Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Children’s Mercy Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village.

See the schedule below for times for each division. At least one coach (the head coach or an assistant) is expected to attend the meeting. Those coaches attending the meeting will have the first opportunity to schedule practice space at Swope Soccer Village.

9-10:15 am — Pre-K/Kindergarten divisions
10:30 am-Noon — 1st grade through 8th grade divisions

High School division will meet at a separate time. You will be contacted individually regarding this meeting.

RAINOUT INFO

BSC-weather

 – Rain Out Line 816-565-4256 –

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 again is 816-565-4256.

UNIFORMS

Complete uniform kits for recreational teams are distributed at the Recreational Coaches’ Meeting prior to the start of each fall season. Teams will use those uniforms for both the fall season and the following spring season. If coaches do not attend the meeting, uniforms will ONLY be available to pick up at the Brookside Soccer Club storage area at Swope Soccer Village on the morning prior to your first game. Uniforms will not be available at other locations nor during weekdays. Only coaches may pick uniforms for teams; do not send parents to pick up uniforms.

Send uniform order form below to Uniforms@BrooksideSoccer.org. The form should be used for teams needing a different size from what’s in the kit they already received or for players who might join the team for the spring season. We ask that any new unused uniforms be returned to us to help keep those costs down.

If replacement uniforms are needed for any reason for a player who participated in the most recent fall season (i.e. outgrown, lost/stolen, etc.) that player must pay $20 per jersey, $5 for short and $15 for Pre-K/Kindergarten soccer balls.

Order Form

TEAM MANAGER

Brookside Soccer Club’s registration system, Blue Sombrero/Dick’s Sporting Goods, has a free app that allows coaches and parents to stay connected during the season. The GameChanger Team Manager app includes team rosters, schedules and field information that’s automatically updated from Brookside Soccer’s website.

Here are some things you can do with GameChanger Team Manager:

• View game schedules
• RSVP to games, practices and events
• Participate in team discussions
• Sign up for team tasks (i.e, snacks, refreshments, etc.)
• View event directions and weather forecasts
• View team rosters and player profiles
• Share game day photos with your team members

SIDELINES

The Coaches & Players Only area during Brookside Soccer Club games is for just that — for head and assistant coaches and team members only. All other parents, siblings and excess coaches are to sit on the spectator side of the field.

• Volunteer coaches who are on the sidelines or actively participate in practices are required to complete a background check. Information regarding Background Checks can be found BELOW.

• 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 background-checked 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.

In addition to asking your parents to read and accept the Parents Code of Conduct that Brookside Soccer has created, please make sure to read all of the links to rules below:

BSC & Swope Soccer Village RulesParent Code Of ConductLaws Of The Game

Equipment Guidelines

HEADERS

Because of concerns for the safety of younger players, beyond the limitations of the laws of the game, headers are NOT ALLOWED for grades 4th and younger.

– Headers are not allowed and coaches are asked to instruct players to not intentionally head the ball.

– No goal will be allowed if scored with the head – even if accidental.

– During the course of play, intentional header will result in an indirect kick for the opposing team.  Unintentional header determination is at the discretion of the referee (like the handball).

– Any potential head injury will require immediate play stoppage regardless of the goal or advantage situation.

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.

SLIDE TACKLING

No slide tackling 6th grade and under
Proper slide tackling in 7th/8th grades
No slide tackling in High School

GOAL KICKS

REMINDER: The Goal Kick Rule is valid for 3rd grade through 6th grade divisions: Opposing players must back up to the half-way line during a goal kick. Players may cross it as soon as the ball is kicked.
Please remind players of this rule before and during the game. If you have questions, contact Referee@BrooksideSoccer.org.

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.

Pre-K & Kindergarten
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 Grade
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

2nd Grade
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 Grade
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

4th Grade
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
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
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
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

For printable drills, please visit the SAYSoccer website HERE.