EWSA has 2 seasons, one in the Fall and one in the Spring season. As one could expect, from year to year, the dates change slightly. Below are rough time frames for the seasons.
Our Fall season typically starts at the end of August and runs for 8 consecutive weeks (normally – sometimes due to weather, Labor Day holiday or field closures, it may run a bit longer). The Spring season typically starts at the beginning of March and runs for 8 consecutive weeks (minus Easter Week) and typically ends in the beginning of May (again, it may run longer due to weather, a holiday or field closures).
Beginning of Season Meet & Greets are done 2 weeks before the first games of the season. This is where Coaches can meet their new players and parents, verify contact info, birth dates and hand out jerseys for the upcoming season.
The age group is based on the year your child is born. The year cutoff is the calendar year. You can find the age group reference chart by clicking here.
The "U" before the age stands for "under". For example the U5/U6 age group is typically comprised of 4 and 5 year old players.
EWSA does not own any fields at this time. We utilize the surrounding towns fields and thus must compete a bit with other local sports for those fields. In 2014, a partnership with the Town of Knightdale was formed and EWSA utilizes Knightdale Station Park for the majority of our home games. In the fall seasons, we also have games at Knightdale Elementary School.
In addition, EWSA rotates where practices and games are played so no one field will get worn out from repetitive play. A list of our game fields can be found here.
For U10 and above , some local travel may be needed to fulfill a season of games. The higher the level of play, the further one may need to travel to play other organizations, most away games are within 20 minutes of KSP. Other surrounding leagues are in the same situation, so we have agreed to play each other to fulfill our seasons and bring diversity to the playing field. We strive to all have the same set of field rules, however "home field rules" are utilized with playing any other league.
Games are played on the weekends. Recreation games are typically on Saturdays with a possible game on Sunday for weather make-up games or field availability. Sunday games are typically scheduled 1:00pm or later. The actual time may vary due to scheduling and age group (the older the age group, the longer the game).
Currenly Practice fields are KSP and Knightdale Elementary School (KES), depending on Coaches choice, availability and age bracket.
Practices typically start 2 weeks prior to the first game, right after the Meet & Greet. They are typically held Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, once or twice a week depending on age group and coach preference.
Practice for U5/U6 and (starting Fall 2019) U7/U8 players is a community practice on Saturday mornings an hour before their game.
A Meet–N–Greet is just that, meet with the coaches and other parents to get to know one another and get the pre-season logistics out of the way. Typically this is when the uniforms will be given to each player, the Zero Tolerance Policy and Parent Code of Conduct is reviewed, coaches start signups for drink/snack schedules, etc. There will be a mini-game (appx. 15 -20 minutes) during the Meet–N–Greet, so players must bring shoes, shin guards, ball and be dressed to play.
The league provides home (white) and away (red) game jerseys. We aske that the parents supply everything from the waist down ... dark/black soccer shorts, shin guards, soccer socks to cover the shin guards (any color) and soccer cleats. As well as the age appropriate soccer ball and a water bottle.
Players in age group U5 – U8 use a size 3 ball. Players in age group U9 – U12 use a size 4 ball. Players in age group U13 – U18 use a size 5 ball.
You will receive a TeamSnap invite once your player has been assigned/rostered to a team. EWSA uses TeamSnap as its main communication software. You can set preferences to use this software from your smartphone or desktop. Please set your preferences for text and email reminders right away!
So, age brackets are based on age. The league strives to have not more than 2 years combined age brackets to a roster. Specifically, at EWSA right now, we combine our U5/U6 into U6, U7/U8 into U8, U9/U10 into U10, U11/U12 into U12, and U13/U14 into U14, and now have a U17 (HS) bracket (as of Spring 2019).
We are a volunteer run, community based, recreation soccer program. Our coaches are parent coaches and community volunteers. Some of our volunteer coaches have extensive playing experience and have coached before. New coaches are trained by experienced coaches formally two times a season, with ongoing opportunities throughout the seasons.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a head coach or assistant coach for a team. We'll send you an application and link for the NCYSA background check that is required of all our volunteers that have direct contact with our players.
Players interested in playing at a higher level are invited to tryout with our travel partner club, Neuse River Futbol Alliance. EWSA is currently offering an Academy level of play starting in Fall 2019. Throughout the season we have opportunities for NRFA Coaches to see our recreation players in action, be available for Q&A, and help run our community practices. There is also an area on our registration to check into their off-season camps.