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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.

Director of Recreational Programs: Wade Whitney
SAC Columbia Strikers Select 67'- MD state champs 3 times (captain) - 77-85
nd State Select team - 81-85 (captain)
Region 1 Select team - 81-85
US Youth National Team- 84-86
Hammond High School- 81-84 (captain), All-State first team, NSCAA All-American first team 84-85,  NSCAA All-Area first team 84-85, Parade All-American 84-85,  Adidas All-American 84-85,  US Army All-American game 85,  
North Carolina State University- 85-88 four year starter/captain in 88, NCAA Division 1
Soccer Legends Tour, various locations, player 94
Raleigh Flyer Professional Soccer Team 92-98 (captain), A League
North Carolina State University Soccer Camp, 86-88 coach
Duke University Soccer Camp, 90 coach

Recreational Program Goals: 
  • 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 Tuesdays/Wednesdays at Saturday sessions.
  • TOT Program open to players born in 2013 & 2014. Cost: $169;
  • House Rec League open to players born between 2012-2007. Cost: $209;
  • House Rec League:
    • Team-based, House Rec league with max 10 players per team. Co-gender teams.
    • We are looking to have only 1 game on Saturday mornings, which will include two 20-25 minute halves
    • Registration fee includes a jersey. Jersey size & teammate requests are only guaranteed with registrations submitted by March 1, 2019.
Weekly Sessions: (Program meets 2x/week)Weeknight: Specifically geared toward players working on specific elements of soccer:
  • First touch
  • Changing direction
  • Small sided passing

Saturdays: Philosophy and structure:

  • Implement skills learned on Wednesdays.
  • A time when players can have unrestricted, short-sided games.
  • Limited coaching and without a referee.
  • New Ball Method.
Where And When:

Spring 2019 

Timing: Starts the week of April 1, 2019. 

Locations: (during registration select your preference for weeknight practice)

The program includes 1 weeknight training AND Saturday games

  •  Tuesday 6-7 PM at Chapelgate Academy (Tuesdays: April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14; NO April 16) OR
  • Wednesday 6-7 PM at Trinity School: (Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15; NO April 17)

  • Saturday at River Hill High School  (Saturdays: April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11, 18; NO April 20)
    • TOTS (2013 and 2014) 10:30 - 11:30 AM
    • Rec League Games (2007,2008,2009,2010, 2011, and 2012):
      • 2010, 2011, and 2012: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 2007, 2008, and 2009: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The New Ball Method will be implemented in our Spring 2019 Youth Rec League: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.
Benefits of the New Ball Method:
  • 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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