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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 
  • $149 Early Bird registration fee ending 1/31
  • $169 registration fee effective 2/1/20
  • Registration fee includes shirt, shorts and socks.


  • Open to 1st-5th graders
  • $189 Early Bird registration fee ending 1/31
  • $209 registration fee effective 2/1/20
  • $229 registration fee effective 3/1/20
  • Registration fee includes shirt, shorts and socks.

You will select your weeknight practice day/location during registration

MONDAYS 6-7 PM at Chapelgate Academy

March 30, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

**There are no practices Monday, April 6 & April 13 due to Spring break/no school

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WEDNESDAYS 6-7 PM at Trinity School
 April 1, 15, 22, 29, May 6, May 13

**There is no practice April  8 due to Spring break/no school

Saturdays 12 PM - 5 PM at local HCPSS High School Stadium Field

KICK OFF March 28 and April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30 

**No Saturday games April 4th, 11th (Spring break), or May 23rd

  • 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 Spring 2020 Youth Rec League 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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