Recreational Soccer

2020 Recreational Soccer

The purpose of this overview is to provide you with information regarding LSA and Rush North’s upcoming fall recreational soccer program.  We have attempted to address many common questions that are asked. However, if you need additional information, please contact Jim Brown at jimb@lincolnshiresports.org.

LSA and Chicago Rush North work together to provide a Recreational Soccer program. Our program is open to players attending Pre-Kindergarten (age 3 or older) through 5th grade.  The goal of the recreational soccer program is to give young soccer players an introductory understanding of the game in an upbeat, organized, fun and instructional training setting.  In developing players, we recognize that young athletes have varying levels of experience and exposure to soccer. The LSA Recreational Soccer league and Chicago Rush North look forward to the opportunity to partner with you and your young athletes to develop a love for soccer.

  • Practices (K-5th grade) will be led by Chicago Rush North training staff who will provide an age appropriate, professionally developed soccer curriculum to guide practice sessions and coaching instruction. Each practice will be spent learning a variety of basic soccer fundamentals (i.e. dribbling, passing and shooting).  Practice sessions may also include small sided games with an emphasis on basic positioning, teamwork and strategy.  The players will be given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in league games.
  • Players who wish to obtain additional professional instruction can register for the Chicago Rush North Emerging Talent ID Program. It is designed for players who want to bridge the gap between recreational and competitive soccer. Additional information can be obtained on the travel soccer page at chicagorushsoccernorth.com.
  • Practices for players in K-5th grade will take place  Monday through Thursday, with games being held Friday or Saturday.  Pre-K players will have one combined practice / game session per week tentatively scheduled for Saturdays.  Additional information regarding tentative practice and game times is provided in the “Division Summary” section below.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Flexible-schedule practices held for K-5th grade participants. This means that instead of having to choose 2 specific days Mon-Thurs you can bring your soccer player ANY 2 days of the practice week.  At a minimum 2 days participation is recommended and you are more than welcome to add additional soccer practice days as your player and your schedule can accommodate.
  • Also NEW THIS YEAR: Season will start 2 weeks before Labor Day to take advantage of warmer weather months and hopefully end before the snow!!!
  • Also NEW THIS YEAR: Our Preseason Recreational Tournament normally reserved for the Spring will now take place this Fall!! Included in the Preseason Tournament will also be our Preseason Ice Cream Social!!  Chicago Rush North and LSA want to provide a unique experience between local Park Districts. We will host an event for our local Park Districts to come together to have the opportunity to play against other local park district teams.
    • We intend for every team to play three friendly games across their assigned time slot, against teams from another area or teams within their local community.
    • Chicago Rush North will provide onsite professional coaching staff to help the local teams and volunteer coaches. We will also provide the referees to oversee each game.
    • All players will receive a free tournament t-shirt on attendance.
    • It is completely optional for your child to enter the tournament. To enter, please check the box on registration and your account will be charged an additional $15.
    • Through a low-cost tournament, we aim to provide a fun and safe soccer experience for all participants to bring the soccer community closer.

Volunteers Needed – Commissioners, Coaches and Other Volunteers

LSA is an all-volunteer organization that relies on parents to run our youth sports programs.  When registering, please consider volunteering to be a division Commissioner, a Team Coach, assist with the Soccer Ice Cream Social or assist with Picture Day. Your volunteerism would be greatly appreciated.

Please do not let a lack of coaching experience or soccer knowledge deter you from coaching or volunteering in any of the roles noted above.  Practices will be coached by our professional Chicago Rush North training staff and parent volunteers will coach games. At the Coaches Meeting, LSA will provide all coaches with basic soccer skills and age-appropriate soccer guidelines that will help facilitate games.

Picture Days
Pictures days have not been scheduled. Your coach will inform you what day and time your team’s pictures will be taken and the location.

Field Location
Generally, all Recreational soccer practices and games are played at North Park. The field assignment for your game will be included on the game schedule you will receive from your coach.

2020 Key Dates
Fri, July 17 Registration Opens for Fall Season
Wed, August 12 Registration Closes
Sat, August 15 Coaches Meeting/Equipment Pickup (1:30 pm)
Mon, August 17 Practices Begin
Sat/Sun, August 21/22 First Game Weekend
Sat, August 29 Rec Preseason Kick-Off Tournament/Ice Cream Social (Optional)/ Tentatively 9am – Noon
Labor Day Weekend No Games/No Practice Labor Day Monday 9/7
Sat, Mid-October Picture Day TBA
Sat, October 24 Regular Season Ends (weather permitting)

Registration Fees

Registration for the fall season will open on July 17, 2020 and will close at 11:59 pm on August 12, 2020. Registering by August 12, 2020 allows volunteers adequate time to form teams and effectively communicate information to coaches and parents. Requests for registration after August 12, 2020, will only be granted if roster spots are available and will be subject to a late registration fee. Registration fees are as follows:

Division Registration Fee Late Registration Fee
Pre-K $150 $185
Kindergarten $175 $195
1st Grade $175 $195
2nd/3rd Grade $175 $195
4th/5th Grade $175 $195

Division Summary

Grade Practice Schedule Tentative Game Schedule Players on Field (Subject to Registration #’s)
Pre-K Saturday 10am-12pm 4v4
Kindergarten Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 4:30-5:30pm Saturday 12-2pm 4v4 or 5v5 with Goalie
1st Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 4:30-5:30pm Saturday 9-11am 4v4 or 5v5 with Goalie
2nd/3rd Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 5:30-6:30pm Saturday 10am-1pm 6v6 or 7v7 with Goalie
4th/5th Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 5:30-6:30pm Saturday 10am-1pm 8v8 or 9v9 with Goalie

[1] Pre-Kindergarten players must be 3 years old by September 1, 2020.
[2] Boys and Girls Divisions may be changed as a result of enrollment numbers within each. For example, it is entirely possible that Kindergarten and 1st Grade Divisions would be combined and/or that 4th/ 5th Grade Boys and Girls Divisions would be formed into a Coed Division in order to field enough teams.
[3] Game schedules shown above are tentative and subject to change. Game schedules may be impacted by weather, holidays and potential matches against teams from other communities. Every effort will be made to communicate the game schedule as early as possible to allow time to reschedule games where significant conflicts occur.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Policy

Please read this thoroughly as it goes over the safety protocols that we are asking of Coaches, Players, and Parents. 

  • Please read the Return to Play Protocol from IYSA
  • Please make sure your child is healthy before attending training, taking temperature daily. If your child has a fever, please keep them home.
  • Players and coaches will be practicing social distancing by keeping a distance of 6 feet between each other. The sessions will be skill focused, with players working on ball mastery, speed/agility, dribbling, passing, and receiving
  • Please have your player dressed and ready for the session. Players should walk to their assigned field and drop their bag next to one of the cones the coach has laid out. Players should stay in the car until the session is about to start. Parents should stay in the car.
  • Players should bring inflated soccer ball and plenty of water. Players should not share water bottles. 
  • Players are encouraged to wear masks as they walk to their training fields. It is optional to leave them on while training. Coaches will be wearing masks, and must wear them while within 10 feet of players.
  • Players are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer to the sessions. Our coaches will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and will be making sure all equipment is disinfected before, between, and after sessions. Please have your player use the restroom at home prior to training. Bathrooms will only be unlocked for emergencies. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this far- please understand that safety is our first priority. We are excited to be back on the fields, but we will not be taking the situation lightly. Please help us return to this wonderful sport safely!

Equipment
  • All players will be provided with a team jersey.
  • All soccer players must bring a soccer ball (size 3 for pre-K and size 4 for all other divisions), wear shin guards (worn under the socks) and soccer or gym shoes.  Football, baseball and metal cleats are not allowed to be worn for safety reasons.
  • Players should also bring a water bottle to all practices and games.
  • Players wearing glasses must have a fitted eyeglass strap.
  • No jewelry may be worn with the exception of medical bands.  Children with starter earrings may wear them but must be taped on both sides of each earlobe prior to the start of the game.
  • Please consult the league rules which will be posted prior to the start of the season on the LSA website if you have other questions regarding equipment.
LSA Comprehensive Refund Policy
  • A refund request for any reason will be refunded at 85% of the registration fee if requested more than 30 days prior to the start of the season*.
  • A refund request for any reason will be refunded at 50% of the registration fee if requested less than 30 days prior to the start of the season*.
  • Refunds after the season starts (season can be defined as the start of any of the following; practices, games, clinics, etc.) will only be granted if they are due to an injury – which will be refunded on a case by case basis at an agreed upon pro-rated amount. Lincolnshire Sports Association reserves the right to request a Doctor’s notification.
  • Refunds requested for any reason after the season starts (other than for an injury) will not be granted.   
  • Regarding possible season cancellation due to COVID 19:  Should the 10 week Fall Soccer season be cut short due to COVID 19 risk, as determined by IYSA, Chicago Rush North, or LSA, a prorated refund will be processed to each participant.  As an example, should the season be cut short within week 3, the participant will be refunded 7/10 of the original fee paid.  

* Season can be defined as the start of any of the following: practices, games, clinics, etc.

Special Requests & Team Selection

Special Requests

In an effort to keep teams as fair as possible, LSA will consider, but not guarantee, coaching requests, school requests and friendship requests. All players must play in the soccer division prescribed by their school grade. Players may only “play up” as a substitute player and at the discretion of the Commissioner or Director.

Team Selection

Each Soccer Division will be led by a Commissioner. The Commissioner and the Coaches will determine the teams. The Commissioner and Coaches will consider coaching evaluations from previous years, the Coaches previous experience with players and the days players are available to practice. The Commissioner’s and Coaches will endeavor to build teams of comparable skill and strength to facilitate competitive games throughout the season.

Practice & Game Conditions

As a general rule, unless the Village of Lincolnshire closes its parks or lightning is detected, all recreational soccer practices and games will be held regardless of the weather. The League Director, Commissioners and Coaches have discretion under certain circumstances to cancel or reschedule practices and games in accordance with league rules. Please consult LSA’s website for additional information regarding field status.

Parent Responsibility & Informing the Coach

Parent Responsibility

LSA hopes that all parents take an active interest in their child’s soccer season. Please attend all games and cheer on your team. Please exhibit good sportsmanship and proper behavior at all times. Remember that this is their game and our mission is to ensure that they have fun and learn more about the game of soccer. Parents must sign the Parent Pledge prior to the start of each season.

Informing the Coach

Parents, it is very important that you contact your coach if your child is not able to attend a practice or game each week. The Coach and the team are counting on their players and teammates to show up for practice and games ON TIME, and need to prepare accordingly if a player will be absent. LSA’s coaches volunteer their time and appreciate the consideration of keeping them informed of any absences for practices and games during the season.

LSA and Chicago Rush North Affiliation

LSA and Chicago Rush North work together to bridge the gap between recreational and competitive soccer. Please see the information below for ways in which your player can get more involved with the Chicago Rush North travel club.

  • Emerging Talent ID: This program is led by Chicago Rush North’s professional coaching staff, will give players an additional practice opportunity during the fall season, and will give players in the Rush Lincolnshire Development Center an opportunity to challenge themselves in an environment with a professional travel soccer coach. For players to be considered for the ETP they will need to participate within the Emerging Talent ID program.
  • Start dates: Week after Labor Day weekend
  • Open to every u6, u8, and u10
  • 6-week program – $80 (must sign up for the program to be considered for emerging talent program in winter and spring) – Emerging Talent T-Shirt included in the cost.
  • 1-hour professional coaching per week for 6 weeks (practice will not conflict with regular practice – either Tuesday or Thursday).
  • Emerging Talent Program (ETP): This program is invite-only and will take place in both the winter and spring seasons.
  • In the winter and spring, ETP will take place once a week for those players invited from the Emerging Talent ID program.
  • The players will work with Chicago Rush North’s professional coaching staff on a variety of technical skills to help them bridge the gap between recreational and competitive soccer.
  • On completion of the Emerging Talent Program, players will be invited to try out for Chicago Rush North’s competitive soccer teams.

Additional information can be obtained on the travel soccer page at chicagorushsoccernorth.com.

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