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Coaches Info – Recreational PRACTICES

Recreational League

Welcome to the Recreational League's Coaches Information


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.

Click on the BUTTONS links below to find sections quickly further down in this page.

Information that coaches can access quickly, such as, practice info, meetings, weather & uniform information

Team & Coaches and Assistant coaches registration information and links to Blue Sombrero/Dick’s Sporting Goods mobile app.

Links & Highlights about important rules & safety information that coaches/teams should know for a safe place to play & learn.

Recreational league playing format rules and helpful coaching session information slides are provided to help coaches.

Coaches Quick Links

Team Registration & Assistant Coach

A new feature allows coaches to give a special registration code to players of their choice (including your entire current team) as well as lets you assign an assistant coach. The code places a player directly on your team. This expedites the registration process for everyone and ensures players are placed on the team they want.
If a player registers without a team code, they will do so as a Free Agent and will be placed manually later.
You may also invite another parent volunteer to be placed as an assistant coach for your team.
Click on the logo above for details.

Team Sports HQ App

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 Dick’s Team Sports HeadQuarters (TSHQ) 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 Blue Sombrero’s/Dick’s TSHQ app:
• 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

Coach Meetings

Date:/Time: The next Recreational Coaches Meeting will be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 in Royall Hall, Room 111 at UMKC.

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.

Click on the UMKC Volker Map on the right for more directions.


Youth recreational coaches may sign up for a practice spot for their team at Swope Soccer Village prior to each recreational season.

Teams in grades 1st through HS generally practice between the hours of 5 pm & 10 pm most nights Monday through Thursday (depending on availability). There are no Friday through Sunday practices. Please send your request prior to each youth league season to Sadie Johnson at Sadie@BrooksideSoccer.org. Please provide at least 2 options of time/day. Space is not guaranteed.

Each team that receives a space 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. 

When a season is underway, click here to see detailed practice schedules and information.  

Rules for practicing at Swope:
• Please make of note of your practice time/day and field assignment before arriving at Swope.
• Practice space is ONLY available during the youth league season. No practices are available during bye weeks.
• 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.

Inclement 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.

Uniform Orders

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

Rules and Safety

Important Rule Links

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

Important Player Rules

- Player Header Rule

Because of concerns for the safety of younger players, beyond the limitations of the laws of the game, Brookside Soccer Club will implement the header rules for 3rd/4th grade and below, that are modified USSF recommended rules.

– 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 Rules

No slide tackling U12 and under
Proper slide tackling in U14
No slide tackling in U19

- Goal Kick Rule

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.

- Sideline Rules

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.

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. 

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

Playing Formats & Coaching Sessions

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 Grade (U9)
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 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 Sessions