Frequently Asked Questions
- Rec FAQ
- Club FAQ
- Parents' FAQ
- Coaches' FAQ
ERSA has fall and spring soccer seasons. Typically, the fall season begins the first week in September and the spring season begins the first week in March. Seasons run for 8-9 weeks. Registration for the next season begins before the end of the season prior to it. Players, who register for the fall, will remain on their same team for the following spring season.
You can approach the Director of Rec or any other board member personally with an indication of your willingness to volunteer.
Recreation players will be assigned to a team via the ERSA Draft procedure. Each coach will receive a choice of 3 players in the draft, their own child counts as a pick.
How will I find out what team I am on? Back to the Top
Your coach will call or email you after their coaches meeting. The coaches’ meeting date is posted on our Recreational/Calendar tab. At that time, all team assignments are finalized and coaches will receive their rosters. Coaches will begin to notify parents regarding practice days/times. Please allow them up to a week to contact you. If you still have not been contacted by a coach, please call the ERSA Director of Rec, Karen Kelly 423-718-8201 or Donna Gregory 423-421-5372 or alternatively contact the Commissioner for your child’s age group.
Unfortunately, when coaches, players and/or parents start choosing up whole teams, the teams can become unbalanced--this isn’t much fun and defeats the purpose of our recreational program. Additionally, one of the benefits of recreational soccer is making new friends, experiencing new coaches and new techniques.
What are the times and days of practices?
Depending on the work or personal schedules of our head coaches, they will pick the best days and times that they can be at the field. Some coaches have 2 practices per week. Express foot skills training dates will be announced on the ERSA recreational soccer facebook page. Remember practice is vital towards learning new soccer skills and team spirit.
What happens during the event of inclement weather? The Top
If the weather is questionable, or there was heavy rain anytime within the 48 hours prior to your game or practice, please check the ERSA website home page or the ERSA recreational soccer facebook page. The website will be updated by 3:30pm on weekdays and 7:30am on Saturdays. If there is no message on the internet indicating a change in schedule due to bad weather, please assume that practices will be held or games will be played as scheduled. On game day, if the weather worsens, the referee may be forced to make a call upon arrival to the field.
ALL refunds are subject to board approval.
What if my child wants to play on more than one team?
Your child may play on more than one team, but the cost to play on a second team is the same price as the first team. This is because in outdoor the price of the uniforms, referees, field maintenance fees need to be covered so we can offer no discount to a second team.
Do you have a Family Maximum Fee?
Yes the family maximum fee is reached with your third child and currently is $210.00. However, this fee does not apply to second teams as this is a choice the parent/player makes. Also family maximum does not apply to adults it is for siblings only. Also the children must all live in the same household and must all be able to be claimed on you taxes.
Do I get to keep my uniform?
Your coach will distribute uniforms to you.
Uniforms are ordered up to 6 weeks prior to the start of season in order to receive them in time. Therefore we order them based on the age groups and try our best to accommodate each player with appropriate sizes.
What else do I need? Back to the Top
For practices you should have your own soccer ball in the appropriate size. Appropriate shin guards are mandatory. Players without shin guards may not practice or play in games. Players must always bring water to each practice and game. No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Earrings must be removed prior to the start of any practice or game; they cannot be taped over. Plaster or metal casts may not be worn for practices or games. Soft wraps worn for support are ok. Soccer cleats are the footwear of choice for outdoor soccer.
Only those teams in the U8, U10 and possibly U12 age groups will participate in our “in-house” end of season tournament or round robin. We feel the U4 and U6 age group is still mastering the fundamentals of the sport, so they play regular games this day.
Do the players receive trophies or medals?
Champion and Finalist trophies or medals will be awarded at the fall end of season, in-house tournament/round robin for each age group, gender. U4-U6 will always receive an award of some type. Back to the Top
- Where can I get more information about joining ERSA?
The ERSA website contains all the information you need to understand all of our soccer programs. Go to the Board of Directors page for all association contact info. The ERSA recreational soccer facebook page is used for daily updates.
- How old do you have to be to play at ERSA?
ERSA has programs available for all children, Recreational soccer from U4 to U19, Select soccer from U8 to U19.
- If I have a question or problem with my coach or team, what should I do?
ERSA has developed a system that is designed to be as responsive as possible to any issues or problems you may incur. Our goal is to make sure every player and family enjoys the ERSA soccer experience. If you have any questions regarding your team, you should begin with your coach or team manager. If you still have questions or concerns, you should then contact your Age Group Commissioner in Recreational soccer. In Select you can contact the Director of Coaching or any ERSA Board member.
- Where are practices held?
All practices are held at the Rossville Rec Center 301 Williams Street Rossville, GA
- Where are games played?
All recreational games for U4 through U12, Rec teams in the older age groups travel within Hamilton County as well as playing at Rossville Rec Center. Select teams U8 through U19 play at the Rossville Rec Center or travel to away tournaments, play days or organized scrimmages..
- What day or times are practices held? Back To Top
Practices are held on the night(s) chosen by the individual coaches after consulting with members of the team. The coach also determines the time of day the practices will be held.
7. How much does select soccer cost?
Each team is run individually; a team fee will be based on coach fees, number of players and tournaments that the team will attend. An ERSA soccer registration fee for all select players is determined if they are a 5 or 10 month team. Each team can independently fundraise to help offset fees.
9. How long is the soccer season?
Select soccer plays both a fall and spring season for those in the U8 through U14 age group. Once players reach high school age, U15 and up, they play only one season of select soccer. In Tennessee, girls play high school soccer in the fall and select in the spring while boys play select in the fall and high school soccer in the spring. The fall season begins in late July/early August and runs through early to mid November. Older teams may play into December if they chose to play in any showcase tournaments. The spring season begins in mid February and runs through mid to late May for division two and three teams and until mid June for division one teams.
10. How is the club structured?
ERSA has a paid Director of Coaching, or DOC, to implement the policies and procedures of the club under the direction of the board of directors. Board members are volunteers (primarily parents) who set the overall policy and procedures for the club. The BOD is ultimately responsible for all ERSA activities. Tryouts are held each year in order to select teams for the following seasonal year as per TSSA rules and regulations.
11. How will the club be governed and managed? The Top
The ERSA board of directors will be responsible for setting the policies, bylaws, and guidelines for the club.
12. How are teams formed?
At the end of each spring season tryouts are held for the following seasonal year. Tryouts for rising U8's thru rising U14's will be held in late May and tryouts for U15's and up in mid June. Specific dates will be posted to the ERSA web site and the local press. At U10 and up teams will be formed based on individual player ability.
13. Can my child play up with an older age group?
In some circumstances players will be allowed to play up. In the U9 to U14 age groups DOC and board approval is required. Situations where a player might "play up" include high school age teams, U15 and up, where it is necessary to combine players from consecutive years in order to have the appropriate numbers to form a team. An evaluation will be performed by the DOC who on approval will sign the permission to lay up form that is needed to register. More detailed information can be found in the East Ridge select policy manual which is located on the Select page.
Frequently Asked Questions for ParentsHow can I help?
There are many ways for parents to help. The minimum that we ask is for you to be supportive of your child, the coach of your team and ERSA as a whole. Remember always to let the coach do the coaching and the parents do the cheering. You could also be a head coach, assistant coach, help will be offered in conjunction with the ERSA Select program. Every year we need more coaches. This is a fun and rewarding experience that requires time, but can have a significant impact on the lives of a number of children. We recommend that all of our coaches to attend coaching clinics. We also require all coaches to undergo a background check. The End of Season Cookout is always a big event for ERSA and we are always shorthanded with volunteers for this day. This is a good way to help the organization and is only for one day!
Frequently Asked Questions for Coaches
What is recreational soccer?
Recreational soccer at ERSA is a part of the soccer program where coaches are encouraged to promote the "true rec spirit"; this is positive encouragement, fair playing time along with the hope that the players are learning the fundamentals of soccer. Winning is not the most important thing..
What are my responsibilities as a coach?
To provide a safe and fun soccer environment, teaching the players and parents to respect each other and the game. Referees also need to be respected and encouraged as this is after all the training ground for many young referees.
What if I am a first time coach and have little or no experience?
You are welcome to contact the East Ridge Director of Coaching Kenrick Liburd (email@example.com) and schedule a select team coach to help you with a practice.