Coaches are volunteers and are the backbone of the program. They are selected by the Commissioners after indicating a desire to coach. All who volunteer for Assistant Coach are assigned as well; anyone who steps forward to help in any way is graciously welcomed. Communication is generally by email, and although coaches do a great job of contacting the parents, it is the parents' responsibility to make sure they are aware of practice times, locations, postponements, etc.
Eastchester's intramural, or Recreation League, plays in both the spring and fall seasons. Registration for the upcoming Fall season begins mid-May. There are (separate) girls' teams and boys' teams in each of the age groupings, from five years to fourteen years old.
During August, the Commissioners who head each division will determine the number of teams, select and notify the coaches and develop game and practice schedules. Team placement, which is handled by the Commissioners of the respective divisions, is intended to balance the teams in terms of (perceived) talent of the players.
Age designation K (5-year old group) teams attend a clinic, practice and play on Saturdays, usually in an hour and a half time slot. The time slot, which is the same each week is determined by the head of the division.
Age designation L (6-year old group) practices on Saturday (time slot determined by the coach) and play games on Sunday. This group plays at Dunwoodie Field.
The 5 and 6-year old groups combined is called the Junior FutureStars. Activities are at the Anne Hutchinson School field.
The M and N players (the Senior FutureStars), where the 7 and 8-year olds play on the same team, also practice on Saturday and play games on Sunday. This group plays at Dunwoodie Field.
The following year, the 8-year olds move to the Upper Division and the 7-year olds are joined by the group of current 6-year olds moving up from the Junior FutureStars.
The Upper Division is composed of two groupings (each of boys and girls):
The O and P ages (9 and 10-year old) compose the Silver Conference of the Upper Division while the R, S, and T (12 and 13+) compose the Gold Conference.
The Q, or 11-year old, group may fall into the Silver or Gold Conference in any particular year.
Parents will be notified shortly before the season begins as to the team, the coach's name and contact information, and the field to report to and time for the first gathering. Because there is little time between the end of the school vacation and the start of the season, players may not be notified until Wednesday, September 4. If you are not notified by the end of the day on the 4th, you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying your child's name and date of birth and the best phone number to reach you; this information will be forwarded through the Commissioner and to the Coach so that you may be notified. You will not get an email response directly to your email.
PRACTICE AND GAMES
The Fall season starts the first Saturday following Labor Day and continues into early November. The Spring season commences in early April and depends upon the religious holidays. It ends in late May or early June.
Practices are on Saturdays. Practice times are decided upon by the Coach, in conjunction with the training staff and are generally the same time each week. Games are on Sunday afternoons (except for the 5-year old teams who do not play on Sundays). They will vary in time. Schedules for games and practice are posted in this website.
Both FutureStars groups play small-sided games on a smaller field. Coaches are expected to play each player at least half the game, with preference given to those who attend practices regularly.
The 5 and 6-year olds play with six on a side (6v6); games are played in four quarters of 8 minutes each. The 7 and 8-year olds play (8v8); games are played in four quarters of 10 minutes each. The Upper Division plays a full 11v11, with games in the Silver Conference having 25 minute halves and the Gold Conference with 30 minute halves.
Uniforms (shirt, shorts, socks) are provided by the league. Players need to have their own shin guards, soccer shoes (sneakers are acceptable although not preferred). It is recommended that each player have his/her own ball (size 3 for 5 and 6 year old group, size 4 for 7 to 10-year olds; size 5 for older). Among others, Lower Corner Soccer store on the Post Road in Eastchester and Modell's on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers carry soccer gear.
Jewelry of any kind is not allowed. Earrings may never be worn in any case or condition. This applies to games and practices. Tape over earrings is not acceptable. Having ears just pierced is not an excuse. Plastic earrings are likewise not allowed. Any referee allowing this will be suspended. Any parent allowing one's child to wear earrings will face sanctions from the league.
Metal framed glasses are never allowed to be worn during games at any level. Plastic framed glasses with safety lenses may be worn if strapped. Sports goggles are recommended.
EYSA has a number of travel teams who play in the Westchester Youth Soccer League against teams from nearby communities. Players are selected through tryouts and begin at the under-8 age level for boys and girls. More information can be found in the Travel Program Information part of the website.