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 SPRING RECREATION COACHES MEETING, February 15th 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:
Time & 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.
Spring League Important Dates to Remember:
Coaches Meeting: Feb. 15
Rec Season Kickoff: March 2
Traveling Rec Season Kickoff: March 9
Spring Break: March 16-17 (No Rec Games)
Spring Season Play Dates: March 2, March 9, March 23, March 30, March 6, March 13, March 20 , March 27. (Sunday games, when scheduled, will play after 12pm.)
Office hours are at the fields each Saturday, 8am to 3pm.
Age Group Coordinators are available for you. Get to know your coordinator.
The Technical Director for coaching is James Soesbee; 409-2324; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - U8-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 the posted mail address. (see 'Contact' tab.) This season (Spring 2013), ESC fields will be utilized in a "Game Only" status in preparation for our hosting of the Southern Regional Championships this summer. See the "News" section for a detailed explanation.
"The Two Rays" (...video by the FA on Respect)
Security: GotSoccer operates with the use of unique secure passwords, restricted access, and encrypted data entry.
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.
ESC prepares to host Regionals 2013; Complex goes to "Game Only" status this spring...
East Fence Repaired - Do Not Enter!
Mar 14 2013 - Parris Sanders
Our East fence has been repaired by the City of Edmond, Parks & Recreation. This iron-fencing enhances the beauty of the park and secures the complex against unauthorized entry.
Please help us by protecting our new club fence. Entering the complex thru damaged fencing is hazardous.
Entry is permitted only through the gated entrances!
Integris Logo Jersey Guidelines
Feb 06 2013 -
U4/U5/U6 – No Integris Logo, T-Shirts with ESC Logo, free of charge, delivered to coach at Coaches Meeting
U7 – U10 – Integris Logo on all Jerseys (White and Black) (Singles and Team Orders)
U11-U19 – Integris Logo on all Jerseys (White, Black, and any other color) (Singles and Team Orders)
Note* New Players receive a free White Integris Logo Jersey. This Jersey is part of a reduced price 'kit' which includes 2 Jerseys (white and black, shorts, & socks; available at Soccer USA. Returning players must purchase their jerseys with the Integris Logo. Coaches must submit 'whole team' orders using the team form at Soccer USA.
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.
Club Rule: Pregame Warmups in the Penalty Area
Jan 04 2013 -
NO Team may warm up in the penalty area...
Home Team Wears White
Jan 04 2013 -
To avoid confusion, the home team should always wear white. The visiting team should wear their darkest color.