Ages: 3-16 Recreational soccer is the backbone of Exeter-West Greenwich Youth Soccer. Virtually all players start at the recreational level. This is the place where parents begin their soccer education as "soccer mom" or "soccer dad." This is where parents often become volunteer coaches, referees, administrators, board members, and receive their first form of soccer education. The Recreational level of play is an ideal and vibrant entry point for the player who wants to be introduced to the game, play with friends, and participate on a team. Recreational soccer is open to all players and is devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players. Recreational soccer is purely for the enjoyment of the sport, and not as much focus is placed on advanced technical and tactical instruction or wins. No tryouts are required to join a team. Recreational coaches can vary with levels of expertise, however all coaches will have access to EWG Youth Soccer coaching resources, development, and licenses and must pass a state background check.
Q: WE DONT LIVE IN EXETER OR WEST GREENWICH, CAN MY CHILD STILL PLAY FOR EWG SOCCER?
Q:HOW DO I DETERMINE THE CORRECT AGE GROUP FOR MY CHILD?
A:Age group determination is based on the player's age as of August 1st for the current season, with the seasons running fall and spring. See the age matrix.
Q: MY CHILD WILL TURN 3 JUST AFTER THE CUT OFF DATE, CAN THEY PLAY?
Q: CAN MY SON OR DAUGHTER PLAY IN AN AGE LEVEL HIGHER OR LOWER?
A:Players are strongly encouraged to participate at their proper age level. In limited circumstances upon request, after consultation by the Executive Board, players may be granted permission to play in a higher age group, but never a lower.
Q: WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND END?
A:Our Rec program runs for 8 weeks. The 2014 Spring season starts April 5 and (no games scheduled 4/19 and 5/24) ending on June 7th.
Q: WHEN AND WHERE ARE RECREATIONAL SOCCER GAMES?
A:All Recreational games are played on Saturday’s between 8 am and 2 pm at our complex on Rte. 102 in West Greenwich. Click for directions
Q: CAN MY SON OR DAUGHTER REQUEST TO PLAY ON THE SAME TEAM AS THEIR FRIENDS, OR CAN I REQUEST TEAMMATES TO FACILITATE CAR POOLING? CAN I REQUEST A COACH THAT MY CHILD HAD PREVIOUSLY?
A:When you are registering your child, please submit any requests in the comments section. But please understand that fulfilling requests is secondary to establishing balanced teams. Although requests are taken into consideration, the program has no obligation to fulfill any particular request and makes no promise in that regard. Of course, a parent who coaches will have their own child on the team, and siblings who qualify to play in the same age group will be placed together (unless specifically requested otherwise). Please note that at ages U10 and up, the program’s obligation to assemble balanced teams is particularly paramount, and, accordingly, grouping teams in accord with family requests secondary.
Q: HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?
A:After the registration period ends, the age group lists are compiled and the Executive Board will place players on teams according to player rating number, parent requests, siblings, parent coach etc. Again, the program’s obligation to assemble balanced teams is particularly paramount, and, accordingly, grouping teams in accord with family requests secondary.
Q: WHEN WILL WE BE CONTACTED ABOUT THE TEAM MY CHILD WILL PLAY ON?
A:The teams will be formed just after registration close on March 10th. We then need to recruit coaches. Once we have coaches for every team, the coaches will receive their team roster. You should expect a call on prior to April 1st. If you have not heard by then, you can email the registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire.
Q: I WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT AT THE FIELD ON GAME DAYS, WHO DO I CONTACT?
A:Trust us… we are ALWAYS looking for volunteers! All of our Executive Board members have children playing as well and many don’t get to see them play because we’re short of help. Please go to our concessions page and sign up on the volunteer link. You can also come up to the stand and ask how you can help out! Our organization runs by 100% volunteer power and your help is greatly appreciated!
Q: ARE THE SPRING AND FALL SEASON SCHEDULES THE SAME?
A: The length of the season, practices and general start times of all games are the same in each season. Coaches, individual team numbers, and their game times change each season.
Q: MY CHILD HAD SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE PLAYING RECREATIONAL SOCCER THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO TRY OUT FOR THE STRIKERS COMPETITIVE/DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM. WHEN ARE TRYOUTS?
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT EWG SOCCER’S DEVELOPMENTAL/COMPETITIVE SOCCER PROGRAM?
A:You can contact our competitive director (email@example.com) or check out the info on the Competitive page.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT EWG SOCCER’S INDOOR SOCCER PROGRAM?
A:You can contact our competitive director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out the info on the Competitive page.
Q: ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO VOLUNTEER?
A:Yes. EWG Soccer is a volunteer organization, and the program cannot be maintained without parent volunteers. In addition to coaches and assistant coaches, the program routinely requires many others willing to lend assistance. Prior soccer experience is not required. Participating as a youth sports volunteer is a valuable and rewarding endeavor. Contact any Executive Board member for additional information or please indicate an interest in volunteering on your child’s registration form.
Q: I WOULD LIKE TO BE A SPONSOR AND HAVE A SIGN AT THE FIELD. WHERE DO I FIND THAT INFORMATION?
A:Please go to our “Sponsorship” page on our website for all of the info.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STAY CONNECTED AND GET INFORMATION FROM EWGYSA?
A:Our Website and Facebook page are continually updated to have the most current information.
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT AREN’T ANSWERED ABOVE?
A:The best way to have your questions answered is to contact the us directly email@example.com
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Players should bring their ball, cleats, shin guards, and water or a sports drink. They should dress in sports attire and appropriate footwear (don’t forget to have them dress for the weather –it can be very cold or very hot during different times throughout the year).
Uniforms - EWG Rec uniforms are the same year after year. We occasionally change the style, but the colors stay the same, meaning you can wear a uniform from 10 years ago if you like. Uniforms will be available for purchase at the concession stand every Saturday during the season. We recommend arriving 30 min. prior to you game to purchase uniforms. We also encourage you to buy a size up so you aren’t buying a new kit each season… Kids grow, uniforms don’t!
Uniforms consist of one Red Jersey, one Grey Jersey and Red socks. The complete set is $25 but you can purchase each piece individually if needed. ($10 per jersey & $5 for socks). ALL players should wear black shorts or pants and MUST wear shin pads.
Playing Equipment - All players must wear proper shin guards to every practice and every game. Hard surfaces of shin guards must be covered with socks.
Cleats are not mandatory but are suggested. No shoes with front cleats may be worn (i.e., no baseball or football shoes... if they have a front cleat, these CAN be cut it off). Only rubber cleats are allowed; metal cleats are not allowed. No jewelry (including earrings), metal devices, or hazardous equipment may be worn. (Casts can be allowed if they are padded & the Referee approves them before the game). Referees will check to be sure all rules are followed before each game.
Each player should bring water or sports drink to games and practices. Avoid soft drinks or Sugar filled juices.
Each player should have a stitched ball (as opposed to a hard seamless ball) of proper size. (Soccer balls come in 3 different sizes: 3, 4, & 5. The ball size is shown on the ball. Also, look for a stamp that says either “official size & weight” or “FIFA Approved”:
U-4, U-5, U-6 & U-8 use a size 3
U-10 and U-12 use a size 4
U14+ use a size 5.
Need Cleats?We have a large variety of sizes and colors to choose from (boys and girls). Come find a pair to borrow for the year...
Recycle your Cleats...
If your child has outgrown their cleats, Why not recycle them by donating them to the bin located at the concession stand.
**SOCCER CLEATS ONLY PLEASE**
Practices - For age levels U6 and above there is one weeknight practice (usually running 1 hour in length) and one game on Saturday. For U4 & U5 age levels, there will be practice for the first half of the scheduled hour on a Saturday and the 2nd half is game time. Each coach sets their own practice time and date. Please make sure that your player attends. It is very important to have them there and on time. Those players who attend practice the most - understand the game the most. Coaches individually assign the team practice time and location based on their availability as a volunteer. Parents should remain at practice and be available to help the coach if needed in cases when the player is not listening or needs to use the restroom. If you should have to leave the field during practice or game time – make arrangements with the coach or another player’s family in advance. The coach should never have to wait after practice for a late parent. The skills that are covered in practice should be practiced during the week to help reinforce the concepts taught. Keep encouraging your child to run to build endurance and to handle the ball using their feet as much as possible. We want to teach basic concepts through play. U4 & U5 parents will hold practices just before the games on Saturdays. 25 min practice & a 25 min game.
Game Day - Rec Games will be held at the EWGYSA complex. Players should be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to the game. Coaches will do their best to rotate the players. Different players have different levels of experience and endurance. The exception is injury or inability to play whole time. If you need to discuss a concern with a coach – try to do so anytime except games or practices – that is their time with your child and the rest of the team. Coaches have their hands full with set up, take down, warm ups, line ups, and more. Remember that your coach is there as a parent or family member who is dedicated to their child and yours - besides the obligations of real life and jobs… see what your coach sets up as the best time to reach them and best way to talk via phone or email. As a courtesy - Please notify the team parent or coach if you are running late or know that your child will be absent from a practice or game.
Inclement Weather - Games that are cancelled due to rain are not made up. If it is just a light rain then we will play – plan on playing unless there is a heavy rain. Field conditions are indicated on the website by 8:00am Saturday Morning. Coaches may call you to notify you that the game is off. All games will be cancelled/postponed in the case of LIGHTNING.
Snacks - If a team chooses to have snacks that are given out during the game it should be as follows: Halftime – should be a basic fruit for energy and hydration such as sliced oranges or grapes and a sports drink or cold water – not candy or doughnuts or empty calorie foods. The end of the game snack should be a treat and a drink. The snack schedule should be distributed by the team mom.
Discipline - There will be times on the field in which a problem might arise. The coaches will address the situation direct and a consequence will happen. They will involve the parents in the event that they cannot move forward. Unless you are asked to intervene – let them handle the situation and just know that they wipe the slate clean and move past it without holding a grudge. Children make mistakes. Refrain from coming onto the field or making comments unless asked by the coach or referee.
Referees or Game Officials - Keep in mind that the league will assign an official to your games. In the event that we do not have one assigned to it – then the coaches will do their best to officiate the match or assign a parent volunteer. The league is always looking for willing refs that are interested in working with the various divisions that compete in our league. If you know of someone interested in being a ref – have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder - This is a game and the expected level of sportsmanship is not limited to the players on the field – abusive behavior towards an official may result on that person being asked to leave the game and fields. If you have a concern, have the coach address it. Remember that everyone involved is doing the best they can - play ball and have fun. The referee is the one who makes the final decision.
RECREATIONAL SOCCER is a time in which you should cheer your child on and enjoy the action that takes place on the field for both teams. Keep your cameras ready and welcome to the world of running, kicking the ball, and having fun. Your role is to cheer, smile, and enjoy the season. Never measure your child against another player to check progress – be patient as your child’s skill develops over time and with practice. It is very important to remember that the league is made up of children who will make mistakes as children – be careful not to put adult qualities and adult motives to kids. Let your coach do the coaching - just encourage your child to keep trying.
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