If this is your first time coaching for ESC, you can include your request to coach in your player's online registration form, write it on the paper registration form, or send a note to the coordinator to your player's age group coordinator. Recreational coaches are almost entirely parent volunteers. Practices are held at the coaches home, or at a field or neighborhood park. Several teams practice at local school lots, churches, or on open spaces that are convenient to team members. Please check the 'Documents' page for a map of public parks in Edmond.
Our website is designed to answer all questions that coaches may have. It also provides schedules, fields, documents staff contacts, as well as league and tournament information. Let us know if there is any way that we can assist you.
The coaching pages include the Recreational and Traveling Rec tabs at the top. The left hand menu provides links to calendars, gear, directions, and frequently asked questions. The age group coordinators are here to organize the teams and manage your communication throughout the season. Our Recreational Chair and our Technical Director are also here for you to handle coaching issues. All of these staff members can be reached via email on the 'Coordinators/Board' page of our website.
All Coaches and assistant coaches are required to complete a background check with OSA (Oklahoma Soccer Association) prior to being assigned to a team. GotSoccer emails are sent to new coaches. A secure username/password sequence protects your information and this risk management check is performed through OSA. Your coordinator will generate your coach/assistant coach account thru your players registration and you will receive an invitation email from GotSoccer. Coaches are encouraged to appoint an assistant coach to help manage your team.
Since 1978, ESC coaches have been volunteer parents. Prior playing experience is helpful, but not necessary. ESC provides training for coaches throughout the year. The Center of Excellence and the Soccer Center are skill-training programs for coaches and teams. We also host Youth Module coaching courses each season. ESC strongly recommends that each coach take advantage of the coaching programs to the benefit of their teams.
*MANDATORY SPRING RECREATION COACHES MEETING, Friday, February 21st at The Edmond soccer Club, field 4. This is primarily a training session for all divisions.
U4-U6 = 6:00 pm. to 7:00 pm.
U7-U10 = 7:10 pm. to 8:10 pm.
U11-U19 = 8:15 pm. to 9:00 pm
At the coaches meeting, coaches will meet their coordinators who will provide information about the league. U4/U5/U6 coaches will receive their player's T-Shirts and post season medals, as well as their team rosters.This is a MANDATORY meeting for all coaches. If you cannot attend, you must send a team representative.
Coaches "Must" contact all of their players by the weekend of the coaches meeting, and schedule a team practice and parent meeting. At the team meeting, you should set your practice schedule and the team ground rules. Also, select player numbers for your players. Uniforms and 'Team Order Forms' are available at Soccer USA. Player uniform kits are available at reasonable prices.
Coaches should instruct players to pick up their soccer gear at Soccer USA at 1279 W. Danforth in Edmond and at10803 N. May Ave. in OKC.
Soccer USA is our club approved vendor.
Edmond Store: 1279 W. Danforth Rd. 73003
Oklahoma City Store: (North) 10803 N. May Ave. 73120
Oklahoma City Store (South) 7856 S Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Spring 2014 League Important Dates to Remember:
Coaches Meeting: February 21
Rec Season Kickoff: March 8
Traveling Rec Season Kickoff: March 8
Spring Break : March 17 - 23 (No Rec Games)
Spring Season Play Dates: March , 8, 15, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 17; (Sunday games, when scheduled, will play after 12pm.); Beat The Heat tournament - Aug.15-17.
Office hours are at the fields each Saturday, 8am to 3pm. (find ESC GM near the ref shack)
GotSoccer; Player accounts and coach accounts are reached by logging in to www.gotsoccer.com
Schedules are posted on the ESC website's Recreational and Traveling Recreational tabs.
What happens after registration?
Preseason: Coaches: Once you have been cleared by Risk Management to coach, you will be given a Coach Account AND a Team Account. Check with your coordinator for login information. Your Team Account allows you to communicate with your players with the ease of group emails. It is the coach's responsibility to see that players are registered during the Registration period. (prior to the Late Registration period. Emails and phone calls are necessary to assure that your players have all registered before they can be placed on your team. Traveling Rec teams should update player information and photographs for Player Passes as soon as possible.
Midseason: You may use GotSoccer to view your schedule, print your rosters, and confirm any game changes. Your coordinator may post scores and League Standings in the Divisions U10 and up.
Postseason:As you near the end of your season, check with your coordinator to learn of your teams claim on Day of Champions bids. You should also take note of players who are returning for the following season to prepare them to register EARLY to avoid late charges and to guarantee their spot on the team.
Practice Fields - U4-U19 Teams (Recreational and Academy) that wish to practice at the complex may do so by completing the Field Usage Agreement (below) and submitting the form with a $250 payment to the club at: Edmond Soccer Club, PO Box 955, Edmond, OK 73003
Soccer goals have caused serious injury and death. ESC maintains a strict policy regarding goal safety. Always exercise extreme caution when moving goals and allow adequate manpower to move goals of varied sizes and weights. Movable soccer goals should only be moved by authorized and trained personnel. For the safety of our members, DO NOT MOVE THE PERMANANT GOALS. Do not swing or hang on goals or nets. DO NOT REMOVE GOAL ANCHORS.
US Youth Soccer releases the latest Coaches Manual
Nov 13 2012 -
The USYouth Soccer Coaching Department has introduced the latest coaching resource with 'How to Write a Training Session Plan'. The manual will help guide coaches in conducting the most efficient and effective training sessions for their team.
Protect the playing surface in the Penalty Areas
Jul 04 2013 -
ESC requests that we do not conduct a pregame warm-up in the penalty area or goal area before any match.
Home Team Wears their Lightest Color
Jan 04 2014 -
To avoid confusion, the home team should always wear white (or their lightest colored uniform.) The visiting team should wear black (or their darkest colored uniform).
Soccer USA has ESC Rec Uniform Kits (U7-U10) Available Now!
Dec 20 2013 -
Rec Uniform Package - 2 Jerseys, 1 pr. Shorts, and 1 pr. Socks - $50 + tax.