Coaches -- Thank you for your interest in coaching at the Edmond Soccer Club.
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 FALL RECREATION COACHES MEETING, Friday, August 23rd at The MAC at Mitch Park on Covell between Kelly & Santa Fe.
U4-U6 = 6:00 pm. to 6:45 pm.
U7-U10 = 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.
U11-U19 & Traveling Rec.= 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 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.
Coaches should have a team practice and team parent meeting as soon as possible after the coaches meeting. Set your practice schedule, and the team ground rules. Also, select player numbers for your players. Coaches of teams U7 & up should instruct parents to get their player numbers affixed to their jerseys at Soccer USA.
Recommended COACHING MODULE : Youth Module I and II. Optional and free for all coaches U5–U14. The OSA Head Coach orrepresentatives will instruct coaches on the best coaching methods to achieve player development, fun and coach satisfaction:
Youth Module I - Saturday, September 7; 9:00 am, ESC Field TBA
Youth Module II - Saturday, September 7, 12:00 pm; ESC Field TBA
Practice Curriculum - Sent weekly starting in the first week of September
Center Of Excellence Practice Observation by Technical Dir. - Monday-Thursday, 5-6:15pm.
OSA sponsored Coaching Courses - Time and Location TBA - watch email for updates.
Recommended TEAM TRAINING MODULES: Optional and free for all coaches U5–U14 with their teams. Recreation Head Coach
or Club Representatives will provide supplemental age appropriate team training. Session dates, locations and times TBA –
watch email for updates.
Fall 2013 League Important Dates to Remember:
Coaches Meeting: August 23
Rec Season Kickoff: September 7
Traveling Rec Season Kickoff: September 7
Fall Break: October 10 - 13 (No Rec Games)
Fall Season Play Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, 26, Turkey Shootout Tournament - Nov. 2, possible games on Nov. 9. (Sunday games, when scheduled, will play after 12pm.)
Office hours are at the fields each Saturday, 8am to 3pm. (find ESC GM near the ref shack)
Age Group Coordinators are available for you. Get to know your coordinator.
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.
Register early and save money (or earn money by taking advantage of these incentives)!
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 White
Jul 04 2013 -
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!
Aug 25 2013 -
Rec Uniform Package - 2 Jerseys, 1 pr. Shorts, and 1 pr. Socks - $50