Every year we oversee over 6000 players from ages 4-19 years of age. We would like to thank our coaches for joining us this season. For more information please "click here to begin". If we have missed information you would like to add, please let us know! Thanks for volunteering this season.
Before the start of the season you will receive an email with a link of how to setup a practice location and time.
We use many fields around the Elk Grove area and have a wide variety of facilities available to you. The link below will take you to our field scheduling system and has a helpful video along with frequently asked questions when scheduling fields.
Coaches will need to register and complete the 4 forms below (Cal North is requiring them). If you have done your fingerprinting before it will show up fulfilled after 24 hours. If it doesn’t let me know and we can have Cal North Update it manually.
You will see the following forms/documents/courses you have to complete.
Go into your GotSport account, on the green bar click on the little person to the far right.
Click profile, Under the green dash board button to the left, underneath should have Elk Grove Soccer, to the right has the 4 requirements for Cal North coaches
Click on more info and follow the instructions on the page.
Intro to Safety – Submit a new report, follow the instruction on the bottom of the page
Live Scan – Submit new report, if you have done your finger printing with us before you will still need to complete and
it will show approved within 24 hours. If you have not click on “LIVE SCAN” see below print the for and take it to Mail N More on Laguna and Franklin Blvd.
Background Check – Click on more info, submit new report, complete the form, sign on the bottom, save and submit
Safe Sport – Click on more info, Start course, you will need to have the course code, register and complete the course.
AGE GROUP COORDINATOR LIST
Remember, our Age Group Coordinators are volunteers like you.
Purpose – The health and safety of soccer players and the condition of soccer fields is a top priority for Elk Grove Soccer. Poor weather conditions not only contribute to the damage of soccer fields, but, more importantly, inclement weather conditions can present a hazard to players and spectators. Coaches, referees, tournament and club officials have the overall responsibility for the safety of players during practices and games.
The following diagrams give you an example of our field sizes.
5v5 measurement is in yards.
7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 are in feet. 3 feet = 1 yard.
US SOCCER MANDATED BUILD OUT LINE
Information from US Soccer
Elk Grove Soccer teams playing the 7v7 format will play with a “build-out line.” Please see the details and field set up below. For further information, you may also review the links shown at the end of this notice. For any further information, you may contact the club Directors of Coaching. Contact information details are available on the club website.
Build Out Line
When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into
Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed).
After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.
If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.
The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.
The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called.
Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out.
Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal.
Build Out Line Practical Applications
Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line.
However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accept the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.
To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play.
Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players.
Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate.
NISL AND USSF BUILD OUT LINE VIDEO
EXPLAINING THE BUILD OUT LINE
PRACTICE CANCELATION NOTIFICATION
A simple policy
In case of inclement weather, please check the website for weather instructions. If bad weather rolls in during the day, a decision will be made at the staff. Games/practices canceled due to weather are typically not made up. Elk Grove Soccer does, however, reserve the right to reschedule. No refunds will be given for games/training/camps cancelled due to the weather or field conditions.
Field closures weekday:
If the staff close any of the fields, they will email the following by 2pm on the day of field closure: Director(s) of Coaching
The Elk Grove Soccer Staff will notify their departments/members by 3pm (this is our weather deadline time to let parents/players know of any changes).
Information will be sent directly through our registration email system. You will receive notification via the primary email you registered your child with, or, the primary email you signed up to coach with.
*Please note. CSD can cancel fields. Please call the weather hotline for CSD at (916) – 405 – 5682.
Field closures weekend:
If we close any of the fields, you will receive an email from the Elk Grove Soccer staff by 3pm Friday for the Saturday games and 3pm Saturday for the Sunday games whenever possible. Please note – we don’t send you an email announcing “practice is on”.
Coaching Canceling Practice – Other Reasons
We do understand there are times when a coach has to cancel practice for another reason outside of the weather. We do however ask you to follow a similar process for notifying parents of the cancellation.
Your parents should be notified, at the very latest, at 5 hours before the practice start time. We currently have an app that allows you to send texts/emails and post an announcement. It may be necessary to call some parents by phone to notify them.
An easy way to communicate
THE POWER OF ELK GROVE SOCCER, IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND.
The Elk Grove Soccer App powered by Gotsport mobile puts all the tools you need to manage your Elk Grove Soccer season right on your mobile device, for free. Access all your tools on the go—create and share schedules, generate rosters, chat and message with team members, share photos, check RSVPs, and more.
The free team management app is fully integrated with the Elk Grove Soccer’s platform, keeping you in control and connected—no matter where you happen to be.
Game Schedules – link will appear here once we have game schedules posted
For other field location equipment – these will either be setup for you or an individual will bring the equipment to you before your games. This information will be sent to you prior to the season.
Coach should have the following with them: ● Valid Game Day Roster (see printing game day roster) ● Cal North Roster (not needed for in house games) ● Rules of the Game ● Copies of the Cal North Medical Releases for ALL players ● Concussion Information
First Aid Kit ● Ice or Cold-Packs ● Basic first aid kit ● Blister Band-Aids and moleskin/scissors (blisters) ● Kleenex (bloody noses) ● Athletic & electrical tape (ankle taping, uniform numbers and shoe repairs) ● Anti-bacterial spray, gauze pads, stretch wrap (field abrasions)
Optional Items ● Canopy/Umbrellas (rain/sun) ● Canopies are not usually allowed on turf fields ● Team Bench ● Blankets (cold weather)
Responsibility of the Home Team (this is the first team listed on the game day schedule): ● Home team wear blue jerseys (away team wear white jerseys) ● 5v5 Games club provides metal goals, but bring PUGGs just in case.
Home and Away Team responsibilities: ● Both teams help setup the field – goals and nets (if applicable) ● Home team brings the flags (U9-U14)
TEAM GAME STANDINGS
Find our your team's position once the season begins
Please click the following link for team standings (please note for our younger age groups we do not post standings) – link will appear here once it has been posted
Movement of players - special cases.
In some cases, we do have player movement between teams in special circumstances. If this occurs and is sanctioned by the club the following policy is to be followed:
Parent contacts the Age Group Coordinator (AGC) and outlines the request.
AGC contacts the current coach and newly requested team coach and gets an OK from both parties.
Club initiates the player move, notifying the player’s family, current coach, newly requested coach and specifies the date of movement.
Rosters updated in club registration system.
Once the new player shows on the roster, new coach reaches out and invites player to practice.
You have played your game, now enter the score (usually have the home team do this). If you are the away team, please double check.
Guide for Scoring Games on GOTSPORT
For the Recreational Season at Elk Grove Soccer we will be posting all scores in GotSport. It is expected that home teams will input the score after each match, and these instructions will help guide coaches to do so. Below are instructions on how to update on the Gotsport app or website.
-Choose your team from the team drop down, then from events drop down choose 2022 Elk Grove Soccer Fall League U6 to U19
-Your schedule will come up
-For each game, there are three dots on the right side. Click on that
-First option is Print Match Card
-Click on that, choose Photo, and click on Export
That will print the game’s match card for your team with pictures.
-Home team should then go back to Print Match Card and choose Standard
That will print the game’s match card with both teams and no pictures.
RESCHEDULING A GAME
Need to reschedule a game? Follow these easy steps.
As a club, whenever possible, we try to put out the schedule for the full season. This allows us to allow our soccer families time to plan, reserve fields, provide referees with the schedule in a timely manner, and allow us adequate time to prepare fields/goals for your game.
We do understand from time to time coaches/teams need to reschedule games. Teams are welcome to work with their opponent on a reschedule that would involve a different day/time/location/doubleheader etc.
Step 1 – Contact your AGC, who would then connect both coaches through email.
Step 2 – Coach requesting the schedule change record your current scheduled game information and email the coach you are playing against. You need the following information:
date of game
time of game
two teams involved in the game
Step 3 – Agree on alternate times/days for the games and email Stephen Cosenza at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information above and your requested change:
date of game
time of game
two teams involved in the game
Step 4 – Stephen Cosenza will make a final decision if it is possible. There are times when we are limited on fields/days/ etc. We will try our best.
Step 5 – The schedule will be updated on the website and in the app. Coaches – please make sure you let your families know the game has changed.
This is the club's policy on uniforms
The club designates the recreation uniform as:
Elk Grove Soccer Blue or White jersey
Elk Grove Soccer Blue Shorts
Elk Grove Soccer Blue Socks
This is like a uniform at school – we are trying to keep the costs down for everyone and not have people buy additional items. It also makes it easy for coaches/parents to understand what they need and what they should wear. It also helps families when it comes to handing their uniforms to their younger brother and sisters to use.
Additional socks – After receiving several complaints from parents/coaches/referees we decided to alleviate the issue of different color sock discussion. Many parents wanted one sock for all and didn’t want to have the issue of buying additional socks. This is the reason we only have one sock option. Uniforms can be purchased from – https://store.elkgrovesoccer.com/ or in person at our soccer office.
Recreation Uniform is as follows:
Recreation Jersey/Shorts as outlined below:
Recreation Socks as outlined below:
IMPORTANT – Any Elk Grove Soccer registered team not wearing the designated Elk Grove Soccer uniform will forfeit the points from their game and the opposing team will be awarded a 5-0 win. If both teams are not in uniform compliance both teams will forfeit points from their game and the score will be left blank.
Elk Grove Soccer has partnered with EDSPORA to provide our coaches online training and education.
EDSPORA provides a platform for connection, communication and education of you, your staff, your players, and your parents of athletes. Plus, inside the platform you can connect and learn from other organizations within your sport or across other sports.
It is the hope, that has the EDSPORA community continues to grow, with our combined experience and knowledge, we can encourage more players to play sports and hopefully, play sports for life. We are hoping we create a community that can keep offering education and courses for free.
We realize how difficult it can be volunteering to coach. Our full time staff are available to meet and chat with you regarding your development or help. Please feel free to contact them – https://elkgrovesoccer.com/our-staff/