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Due to recent developments regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, CiTY Spring 2020 Rec is postponed.  Until we know how long social distancing guidelines and the Stay At Home order will last, we can't provide a firm date for when the Spring 2020 Rec season will begin.  

If a current registrant wishes to withdraw from the Rec program at this point, we are happy to apply the payment you have made to Spring 2020 Rec as a credit for Fall 2020 Rec or Spring 2021 Rec. Please send an email to [email protected] if you wish to transfer your spring credit to a future season.

We appreciate your patience as we closely monitor the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, and follow closely the updates from federal, state, and local agencies, and we will continue to keep you updated on any changes to the status of the Spring 2020 Rec season.

Thank you for being part of CiTY and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Tim Ryerson
CiTY Executive Director

CiTY Rec Referral Program

CiTY Rec Referral Program
Sign your child up and refer your friends to receive $50 off your child's rec fee for each referral!
Referred players must be NEW to CiTY and list your last name in the referral box for you to be eligible for the $50 refund.
Limit three $50 refunds (up to $150 total) per person, but refer as many as you want and spread the word about CiTY! 



ELLICOTT CITY SOCCER CLUB'S MISSION: Provide a fun, positive, and creative learning environment for youth soccer players that focus 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.



  • Open to players in Kindergarten and 1 year younger 
  • $189 registration fee
  • Registration fee includes shirt, shorts and socks.


  • Open to 1st-5th graders
  • $229 registration fee
  • Registration fee includes shirt, shorts and socks.

You will select your weeknight practice day/location during registration

MONDAYS 6-7 PM at Chapelgate Academy

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WEDNESDAYS 6-7 PM at Trinity School

Saturdays at local HCPSS High School Stadium Field

  • Team-based, House Rec league with max 10 players per team. Co-gender teams.


  •  Teams will play one 40-50 minute game (two 20-25 minute halves)


Recreational Program Goals: 
  • To develop a good relationship with the ball by learning all the fundamental skills of soccer to include dribbling, trapping, passing and utilizing these skills in a game environment.
  • For players to feel more comfortable with the ball at their as a result of quality skill development exercises that focus on ball control and player coordination.
  • Each player will improve their ball control with many touches.
  • Players will have fun playing soccer and will feel a sense of enjoyment and excitement after each session and game.
  • Implement skills learned on Mondays/Wednesdays at Saturday sessions.
Weekly Sessions: (Program meets 2x/week)Weeknight: Coaches will work with players on specific elements of soccer:

  • First touch
  • Changing direction
  • Small sided passing

Saturdays: Philosophy and structure:

  • Implement skills learned at weeknight practices.
  • A time when players can have unrestricted, short-sided games.
  • Limited coaching and without a referee.
  • 1st - 3rd graders: 4 v 4 using New Ball Method.
  • 4th and 5th graders: 7 v 7
The New Ball Method will be implemented in our 4v4 games (1st-3rd grade teams):There is no referee. The coaches are responsible for controlling the game.
  1. Play begins in each half by a coach rolling the ball into neutral space on the field.
  2. 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 KICKOFFS (even after a Goal!)
  3. Putting a ball back into play:
    • The 'new’ ball should be rolled into 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Benefits of the New Ball Method include:
  • 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 mean faster skill development and increased enjoyment of the game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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, a score is not kept, there is no win/loss record, and the emphasis is on playing, having fun and sportsmanship, not winning.


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