Travel Overview

Introduction

Welcome to ECSC.  Our goal is to develop technical and tactical soccer players. We work hard to inspire each player to live and love the game and to achieve his or her goals.  We strive to fully develop and prepare players for the demands of competitive soccer at both the local, regional and international levels.  Our purpose is to field competitive soccer teams comprised of dedicated players committed to a higher level of instruction and competition, with a strong emphasis on teamwork and discipline.  We prepare each player to perform to the best of his or her ability, to eventually compete for a spot on his or her high school soccer team, and to guide those players interested in playing college soccer and beyond. We have the ability to develop each participant and to facilitate experiencing the proper playing level based on the individual's level of play. We also seek to develop the whole individual. ECSC still believes children should be involved in multiple activities which allow the child to develop into a well-rounded person. We understand the value of after school activities, music, sports, hobbies and other activities play in development. According to a recent NCAA finding, "Less than three in 50, or about 5.7 percent, of high school senior boys interscholastic soccer players will go on to play men's soccer at a NCAA member institution. Approximately 20 in 1,000, or about 1.9 percent, of NCAA senior male soccer players will be drafted by a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Probability-of-going-pro-methodology_Update2013.pdf.

We want the participants of ECSC to have the same experience regardless of the level of play or the team they are on or even the state, regional or national rankings in the age group. With that said, we want to make sure that the participants get better today than they were yesterday while making the experience fun in a safe learning environment where the coaches are advocates of the game.

We also know ECSC can be a stepping stone to the highest level of competition for any player between the ages of 7 and 16 years old. Players are coached by licensed professional coaches. The league in which each ECSC team plays is determined by many factors, including the ability of the players and the goals of the club for each team. The club will decide which league each team will play in. Teams will compete at their highest level in CMSA, OBSL/CMSSL, BBSL, EDP and Region 1 and will be used to develop players.  The club will select and handle all registration for leagues and the four sanctioned club wide tournaments. The club will select the teams that will participate in the State Cup to represent the club. Our website will host each team's information on the team page once the teams are selected.

Philosophy

Our club philosophy is built on the following three core values: we are soccer people serving soccer families; we serve every playing level including special needs and we seek development of the whole individual.

ECSC coaches will strive to develop every player on and off the field. There are four pillars of the game coaches will focus on throughout the year long program (Technical, Tactical, Physical and Mental). Our coaches provide the highest quality training. Participation allows players to experience problem solving, teamwork and goal setting. Our coaches will set achievable individual and small group goals depending on the level of play. Each player receives written seasonal player evaluations (Fall and Spring seasons) to help maintain their development and track his or her goals. The goals and evaluations for each team and individual will be discussed with the parents and the kids so there are clear expectations each season. Each coach will also be evaluated in writing each season by the Technical Director. We will also have goals for the club and we will celebrate our success and evaluate ourselves to see how we measured up as a club at a year-end club-wide function. We will strive to instill pride in the club and will encourage the success of each individual, team and club participant, parent, coach, fan and administrator. We are CITY!

 

Travel Costs

2015/16 Travel Program Costs
Our payment structure will include age-group based division team fees, and ECSC club dues of $250 per child. The team fees will support the age group division specific costs (MSYSA carding, league fees and refs, four tournaments, coaches fees, winter training, technical training, field rentals for games/practice and off the field educational opportunities for families). The club dues will go towards supporting our growth in Year 2 and planning for future expansion. In addition, the club dues will fund storage fees, new goals for Chapelgate Upper Field, additional soccer equipment, field and equipment repairs, more netting and other capital improvements at Chapelgate. It will also fund marketing efforts, accounting services and much more. Finally, we will create a field acquisition investment fund so that we can plan for future expansion.






Other Benefits

  • 100% Licensed Coaching Staff-Including National Soccer Coaches Association of America, United States Soccer Federation and FIFA
  • All-inclusive price for participants for the year
  • Special programs (performance training combines for some age groups, nutrition and wellness, goalkeeping training and college assistance program). 
  • Age appropriate Player Development Plan
  • Player evaluations
  • Coaches evaluated and mentored by the Technical Director and volunteer coaches mentored by Director of Player Development
  • Opportunity to travel Internationally and represent Ellicott City Soccer Club abroad
  • Guest practice and play within the club, including moving up teams and age groups when appropriate
  • Participation in proper level of play


Additional fees 2015-2016:

Uniforms for new travel players costs $299 and is required uniform package which includes two complete sets of jerseys, two shorts, and two pairs of socks. It will also include a training top for practice, a backpack and sweat-suit top and bottom. The backpack will have an ECSC car magnet for your vehicle. Numbers will be issued by the club. The package will also include one yellow third kit. The uniform package will be ordered from our partner Soccer Post through an online order site and payment will be due no later than June 15th 2015. The online ordering instructions will be emailed after the team acceptance has been paid. You will be responsible for picking up your uniform prior to the fall season from Soccer Post located at 489 Ritchie Hwy, Severn, MD. 21146 Phone (443) 906-2153. Soccer Post can ship the order to you for a small fee.The numbers will be determined by the club.

Payment Schedule

The first payment is due when your player accepts an offer for a spot on the team. This acceptance payment is a non-refundable deposit and applies to your total fee. Team acceptance payment is due when you accept. We will offer a 10% discount off the team participation fee if paid in full upon acceptance of a team offer. There will be a $100 family discount. There will also be an option to pay the balance over four payments. The scheduled payments will be upon acceptance of a team offer, then July 1st, September 1st and November 1st. You will not be able to take advantage of both discounts. 

Financial Assistance

ECSC funds a scholarship program that is merit based. The program provides a subsidy for the year on a needs basis. Applications must be submitted in order to receive assistance. Please contact operations@ellicottcitysc.org upon making a team for further details. ECSC also will also request families that receive financial assistance to volunteer 25 hours in the 2015-16 year.

Refund Policy

Teams are formed at tryouts and each player is an integral part of the team and the club.  Your team cannot function without you! Therefore, our refund policy is designed to protect the team and the club,  refunds will be considered only in extreme circumstances for the following reasons:

  • Player moving out of the area.
  • Severe injury or illness that prevents the player from participating for the remainder of the season (requires note from a physician).
  • Player cannot be placed or is removed from a team. Please contact our Executive Director at ed@ellicottcitysc.org.

The amount to be pro-rated at time of request for refund will reflect an administrative fee of $200.  Uniform Fees:  Once the uniform is ordered, it is non-refundable.  All online processing fees are non-refundable.

Player Development

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Nutrition and Wellness

ECSC believes in the overall development of the participants. Expert Faith Wildesen from Strong for Life has partnered with us to offer advice on nutrition and wellness. The right food and drink choices can help you perform better, increase your edge above the competition and become a better athlete.  Athletes, especially younger athletes, must pay attention to their nutritional status to maximize their performance and achieve optimal results.

Sport Psychology

Sport psychology involves services directed towards helping athletes to better meet the demands of their sport.  The primary emphasis in sports psychology is to address the psychological, emotional, and environmental aspects that impact an athlete’s performance and sporting experience.  Sports psychology can help athletes to overcome low self-confidence, overcome poor motivation, improve performance and cope with adjustment issues due to injuries. In addition, sport psychology can improve unity and cohesion within a team and enhance the experience of youth sport participants. ECSC will offer two seminars in the fall and two seminars in the spring which are included in the fees for our members. Topics include individual and team goal setting, Mental Skills Training, and team building techniques. ECSC will also connect our members with trusted professionals for individual counseling and support. 

College Advisory Program

ECSC will provide advice assistance with our college advisory program. We will have one seminar in the fall and one in the spring for members to learn more about the process. We have the contacts and knowledge of the process to place players that are capable into NCAA programs. We know the route to college soccer, however, we will never promise that your child will become a soccer player in college. Only a small percentage of players have this opportunity and there is more academic money available then soccer scholarship money. Even if you do not plan on playing soccer in college we encourage you to take advantage of this program which is included in your fees. 

 

Training

Travel Soccer Curriculum

ECSC will be drawing from individuals who excelled in Howard County and helped to create the history of soccer here. We will foster a club culture where teams cheer on other teams, attend club functions and where coaches work together to share ideas and players. Each age group will follow age appropriate development models and will be adaptable to the player skill level and achievement. As they age in the club new concepts will be built upon this foundation.

Training System

ECSC believes in technical efficiency, player creativity, confidence and game knowledge. We challenge participants to learn these traits in training. Training will include technical pieces which are then worked into small-sided games. Training will also give participants the opportunity to use the techniques learned in  functional games  which will create confidence with the ball and will promote tactical/functional understanding of the game. The training is designed to increase the tactical knowledge of the players with emphasis on positional responsibilities, formations of play and game situations.

Technical Training

Ellicott City Soccer Club will include one weekly session of technical training for the Travel Program participants. We will have some of the finest technical trainers available to work within our club. This will be included in the club fee and will take place during the fall and spring seasons for eight weeks each season. The tech training will allow for intra-club movement amongst the players and staff.

Speed and Agility

Derek Philips and Inside Out Performance has partnered with ECSC for performance training and movement education. Inside Out Performance sessions will be included in the club fee. ECSC knows the importance of this specialty program to the overall development of the individual. 

GK Training

The Ellicott City Soccer Club believes the goalkeeping position is one of the most important positions on the field.  The keeper is the last line of defense and the first line of attack.  In order to become a goalkeeper and not just someone who plays in goal, it takes special skills and training. Ellicott City Soccer Club is committed to providing quality training for every keeper. Training will cover all of the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of goalkeeping to build a solid foundation for each keeper. Training will be held for eight weeks during each season and will be included in the fees and open to all members of the club.