EWSA has 2 seasons, one in the Fall and a 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 2 weeks before the first games of the season. This is where Coaches can meet their new players and parents, verify contact info 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. We utilize the surrounding towns fields and thus must compete 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 addition, EWSA rotates where practices and games are played so no one field will get worn out after repetitive play. A list of our game fields can be found here.
For U10 and above , some travel may be required. 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.
Games are played on the weekends. Recreation games are typically on Saturdays with a possible game on Sunday for reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, field availability, etc.). Sunday games are typically not scheduled prior to noon. The actual time may vary due to scheduling and age group (the older the age group, the longer the game).
Practice fields follow the same procedure as game fields. Please see ‘Where are games played?’
Practices typically start 2 weeks prior to the first game. They are typically held Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, once or twice a week depending on age group and coach preference.
Practice for U5/U6 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 and away jerseys. Your player will need a soccer ball, water bottle, black soccer shorts, shin guards, soccer socks to cover the shin guards (any color) and soccer cleats.
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 to a team. EWSA uses TeamSnap as its main communication software. You can set preferences to use this software from your smartphone or desktop.
So, age groups are based on age… But due to numbers, there are times where the league must combine groups to have enough numbers. Specifically, at EWSA, we combine our U4/U5 into U5, U9/U10 into U10, U11/U12 into U12, and U13/U14/U15 into U15.
We are a volunteer run, community based, recreation soccer program. Our coaches are parent coaches or community volunteers. Some of our volunteer coaches have playing experience or have coached before. New coaches are trained by experienced coaches two times a year. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a head coach or assistant coach for your player’s team.
Players interested in playing at a higher level are invited to tryout with our partner club, Neuse River Futbol Alliance.