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Spring 2017 House Rec League

Ellicott City Soccer Club: Spring 2017 House Rec league

Spring 2017 House Rec League:

  • Open to youth soccer players born in years 2006 to 2011. (If you child was born after 2011, or before 2006, click to learn more about our Tot or Transitional Development Academies)
  • Team-based, House Rec league with approximately 7 players per team.
  • Each team will have a unique jersey color. Players may request a jersey #, offered on a first-come basis.
  • Coaching led by Ellicott City Soccer club paid staff, and supported by parent volunteers on Saturdays.
  • Meets 2x/week: Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm
  • Saturdays- game times posted in each registered players account on our website. All games between 10 am and 1pm on Saturdays.

Wednesdays: March 29, April 5 (skip 4/12), April 19, April 26, May 3 and May 10th.
Saturdays: April 1, 8, (skip 4/15), April 22, 29, May 6 and May 13th.
Location for both Wednesdays and Saturdays: Alpha Ridge Park. 11685 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Ellicott City Soccer Club's mission is to provide a fun, positive, and creative learning environment for youth soccer players that focuses on the values of teamwork, humility, respect, and sportsmanship. Our goal is to provide an exciting and fun experience for your child, where they can learn the game and develop a passion for soccer and athletics for many years to come. To that extent, the New Ball Method will be implemented in our Spring 2017 Youth Rec League:

  1. There is no referee. The coaches are responsible for controlling the game.
  2. The two coaches assign themselves each to half of the field and carry one or two balls in their arms.
  3. Play begins in each half by a coach rolling the ball into neutral space on the field.
  4. Whenever a ball goes OUT OF PLAY or a GOAL IS SCORED, one of the two coaches on the field (alternating between coaches) announces, "New Ball!" and rolls another ball into play.
    • NO KICK OFFS (even after a Goal!)
  5. Putting a ball back into play:
    • The 'new’ ball should be rolled to neutral space,
    • Or favor the team on the wrong end of a one-sided game,
    • Or favor individual players who are not becoming involved in the game,
    • DO NOT bounce the 'new’ ball as it is difficult for these players to judge a bouncing ball at this age.
  6. Substitutions are done "on the fly". When a player gets tired or the coach wants to make a substitution, the player runs off the field and a new player runs on. No stoppage. Some teams may find having a parent help the team on the sideline with this best.


So WHY is Ellicott City Soccer Club implementing this format for our Youth recreational league?

  1. More touches on the ball - This method more than doubled the number of touches by each player in a study conducted by the Richmond Hill SA in Georgia. More touches means faster skill development and increased enjoyment of the game.
  2. More playing time - Indiana Youth Soccer studied the New Ball Method and found that in a 7 minute quarter, the ball was in play for 4 minutes using traditional rules –vs- 6 minutes and 30 using the New Ball Method.
  3. This method will speed up the game and produce more goals and excitement. At the same time, it will deemphasize the importance of scoring and emphasize playing and having fun.
  4. This method can be used to get non-assertive players involved by rolling the new ball to those players; and can be used to even the playing field in a lopsided game. At this age, score is not kept, there is no win/loss record, and the emphasis is on playing, having fun and sportsmanship, not winning.


  1. At this age, re-starts do not provide a tactical advantage for the kicking team, and can often be a disadvantage. Consequently, re-starts substantially slow the game with no benefit to the player or spectator.
  2. Fouls at this age are almost always innocent, so fouls should almost never be called.