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CSC Game Guides and Coach’s Corner

Did you know the CSC website has a section for game guides? How about a section just for coaches? Check out the links below and explore. The coaching resources are always a work in progress, so please let us know if you discover something you’d like to share with the CSC community.

Division Guidelines

Rec Game Guides

Coaches’ Corner

Player Safety

U8 Suggestions

Training Resources

Pre-K / K Practice Games

How to add multiple guardians for a child’s SportsEngine account

It has been asked how to have multiple guardians view and maintain SportsEngine information for a child. Most often it is the case where one guardian signs up a child for soccer, but that may not be the guardian that is providing “taxi” service, setting schedules, etc. This gives the ability for multiple guardians to view schedules, make RSVPs, chat, message, etc. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to accomplish adding another guardian for a child’s account. I will try to add screenshots at a later date.

Edit: I found an official SportsEngine tutorial with pictures. This may be a better guide. https://help.sportsengine.com/en/articles/314-how-to-add-guardians

Mobile Instructions:

  1. Start SportsEngine app.
  2. Click on Account in the bottom right corner.
  3. You will see your account settings including phone number and email address(es). Take a moment to update these if necessary with the Edit button.
  4. You will see a section towards the bottom titled Household Information with each soccer-playing child of your household listed. Click on the child’s name.
  5. You will see guardian information for the child under Contact Information. To add a guardian, click on the pencil icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  6. Menu options will pop up to edit player information and add/remove guardian. Select the option desired.
  7. When adding a guardian, you will put in the email address in the appropriate text box. Click the checkmark icon in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm.
  8. Note that the email address you put in the box has to already be associated with a SportsEngine account. If step 7 fails, try having the new guardian create an account with SportsEngine first.
  9. You should see a message about successfully inviting a guardian. The new guardian will get an email invitation and need to accept it to complete the process.

Desktop Instructions:

  1. Go to sportsengine.com and log in.
  2. Select the button Continue next to your name.
  3. Click on Household on the left side menu.
  4. Click on the child’s name.
  5. You will see a section labelled Guardians with a plus icon next to it. Click the plus.
  6. An Invite a Guardian popup will show. Put in the new guardian’s email address. Click Send Invitation.
  7. Note that the email address you put in the box has to already be associated with a SportsEngine account. If step 6 fails, try having the new guardian create an account with SportsEngine first.
  8. You should see a message about an invitation being sent. The new guardian will get an email invitation and need to accept it to complete the process.

Please comment below or on the Facebook post with any questions. Thanks!

SportsEngine Teams Basic Tutorial

CSC Friends. I wanted to put out a basic tutorial on how to navigate SportsEngine for interacting with your team, both for parents / guardians of players and for coaches. The first half of the tutorial will be for using the mobile version of SportsEngine, available on the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store. A full tutorial on installation can be found here: https://help.sportsengine.com/en/articles/227-how-to-download-the-sportsengine-mobile-app

After you install the SportsEngine app and start it up, you should see a teams list on the first page. At the bottom of the screen you can navigate between this teams list, an overall schedule for all teams you may be involved with, an overall chats list for all teams, and account information for your household. Here is a picture of my list:

From here, click on the team that you want to interact with. A screen will pop up like the one pictured below showing options for Schedule, Roster, Chat, Messages, Standings, Stats, Photos, Videos, and News.

Here’s a brief summary of what each option does, note that only coaches and team managers will have the ability to edit all of these functions:

  • Schedule: View / edit scheduled practices, games, and other events. RSVP players and coaches.
  • Roster: View / edit players and staff assignments. View contact information. View / edit player position and demographics (note this isn’t recommended or necessary in most cases).
  • Chat: Similar to text message group chats amongst all coaches, staff, and player parents / guardians. This is a nice, informal way to communicate, but depending on users’ notification settings, messages can be easily overlooked.
  • Messages: Similar to email. In fact, messages generated from within this section will automatically result in emails being sent out to the contact information listed by coaches, staff, and parents / guardians. This is your best bet for sending out official information to the team, but again, could be overlooked depending on user notification settings.
  • Standings: A section for recording standings amongst teams in the same division. There is no official recordkeeping of Recreation or Academy teams game standings. Travel teams standings are maintained by the league in which they participate. This section should effectively be ignored.
  • Stats: A section for recording player statistics. Again, there is no official record keeping of this within CSC, so this section should effectively be ignored.
  • Photos: A section for parents / guardians to post team photos they wish to share.
  • Videos: Similar to Photos, but for video galleries.
  • News: Not currently used.

To summarize, the most useful parts will be Schedule, Roster, Messages, and possibly Chat. CSC will populate the Roster and Schedule (for games) sections. Coaches will populate the Schedule section for practices on their assigned night and other team events (end of season parties, etc.) Coaches will use the Messages section to communicate with the team.

Using the mobile version of SportsEngine seems to be most useful, especially on a busy Saturday morning when a message just has to get out fast. However, SportsEngine for desktop works just as well. Start by logging in at https://www.sportsengine.com/

After signing in, you will see a welcome screen that will list a link for your account, and any teams you may be a part of as a player, parent / guardian, coach, or staff. Example below:

The quickest way to get to a particular team listing is to click on the “Continue” button next to the team under the heading “My Teams”. From here you will see a summary screen like this:

From here, on the left side of the page you can get to Schedule, Roster, and Chat, similar to how it works for the mobile app. You may not see Apparel Store or Settings, so please ignore that in the picture. At the top right of the screen you will see a drop down menu with quick links to other teams you may be associated with, another link for Chat (text popups icon), a link for Messages (mail envelope icon), Notifications (bell icon), and another link for accessing your account settings (circle icon with initials).

The Schedule section may not show anything yet. We are working on populating this information. Use the arrow buttons to scroll between months of the season. Games and events can be viewed in a listing or in a calendar view.

The Roster sections shows a listing of all of the team’s players and staff. Another link is present on this page labelled “Message” that brings up a popup for composing a message to the team and/or staff. Example picture below, black rectangle over player names for privacy:

The Chat section is very similar to how it works for mobile. The Members button can be clicked to see who is receiving the chat.

Overall there is only a slight learning curve to the SportsEngine system before it becomes a very useful tool for team communication. Please feel free to comment here or on Facebook with any further questions.

Recreation league equipment and practice requirements

We have had many questions regarding what equipment is needed for each Recreation league age level, what practices look like, especially for our newest CSC families involved in PreK/K levels. This post tries to answer that for each age group. Please note that CSC will be distributing a pair of T-shirts (grey and blue) and a pair of socks (blue) for each player to coaches to distribute to teams. Coaches will also be provided with equipment needed for their team’s age level.

Please see two links: the Division Guidelines and Rec Game Guides . These are the first two resources for finding out particulars such as rules, field dimensions, and equipment requirements.

PreK/K: Families must provide shin guards. Cleats are optional — any athletic shoes are fine. Size 3 ball is required, but if you don’t have one, CSC can provide one for you. CSC will provide pop up goals (PUGs) and cones for coaches. Field size is approximately 20 yards by 30 yards. PreK/K meet once per week (Friday evening for K, Saturday morning for PreK) and play at least 45 minutes. Each team occupies one half field for 20-30 minutes for a practice. This is the time for those fun silly games that keep kids interested moreso than drills. At the end of the practice period the two coaches sharing a field will play a 4v4 game against each other for at 15-30 minutes. Use substitutions often. Play in a rough diamond shape (one forward, one left, one right, one defender) with no goalkeeper. Coaches referee games and roll the ball back into play when it goes out. No goal kicks, corner kicks, or throw-ins. No heading. No standing in the goal. Discourage handballs. Kids will all cluster around the ball and that is OK at this age. More information in the Pre-K Game Guide and K Game Guide .

U8: Families provide shin guards and cleats. A size 3 ball is required, but if you don’t have one, CSC can provide one for you. CSC will provide a pair of 6′ x 12′ goals at each U8 field. Field size is approximately 25 yards x 40 yards. Teams practice one weekday evening and then play games on Saturdays. Schedules still in the works. Coaches design practices and referee games with more emphasis on rules as compared to PreK and K levels. Play 4v4 with no goalkeeper, paying attention to keep players out of the crease/goal box to allow for offensive opportunity. Much more information in the U8 Game Guide

U10: Families provide shin guards and cleats. A size 4 ball is required, but if you don’t have one, CSC can provide one for you. CSC will provide a pair of 6′ x 18′ goals at each U10 field. Field size is approximately 40 yards by 60 yards. Teams practice one weekday evening and then play games on Saturdays. Schedules still in the works. Coaches design practices. Independent referees are assigned to games. Even more emphasis on proper rules as compared to U8. Play 7v7 with a goalkeeper. Referee discretion for calling penalties due to things like handballs, headers, offsides, fouls, etc. Please see the U10 Game Guide for more information.

U13: Families provide shin guards, cleats, and a size 5 ball. CSC will provide a pair of 6′ x 18′ goals at each U13 field. Field size is approximately 50 yards by 80 yards. Teams practice one weekday evening and then play games on Saturdays. Schedules still in the works. Coaches design practices. Independent referees are assigned to games. Even more emphasis on proper rules as compared to U10. Play 9v9 with a goalkeeper. Referees more likely to call offenses. Please see the U13 Game Guide for more information.

U18: Families provide shin guards, cleats, and a size 5 ball. CSC will provide a pair of 6′ x 20′ goals at each U18 field. Field size is approximately regulation 11v11 size. Teams practice one weekday evening and then play games on Saturdays. Schedules still in the works. Coaches design practices. Independent referees are assigned to games. Top emphasis on proper rules according to international standards. Play standard 11v11 with a goalkeeper. There’s no CSC game guide for this, however, resources such as the IFAB Laws of the Game can be consulted.

Spring 2022 Season Registration!

CSC Friends! It’s that time again! Time to register for the Spring 2022 soccer season. Please visit http://www.csoccer.org and click on “Register & Account Access” on the menu (upper left side on desktop, “pancake” stack on upper right side on mobile), then choose the item in the sub-menu that best fits your needs (Recreation, Academy, Travel, or Volunteer).

As a reminder, Recreation level soccer is offered from ages PreK through U18. You will choose the organization level for your child during registration. If you have used SportsEngine before, please take care to notice which child the system is trying to register. For example, if last year your 10-year-old played but this season she doesn’t want to play but your 8-year-old does, then the system will automatically have a profile for your last-season player. You will need to choose the option for a new player and complete it accordingly. If you have two parents / guardians that would like to be informed of things, please fill out sections for both parent / guardians. Please also take time to fill out the sections for requested teammates, coaches, and days you cannot practice. Filling out these sections as accurately as possible during registration makes things easier when it comes time to build rosters. Finally, you have the option to use your last year’s Rec jerseys or request new ones if your child needs a bigger size, jersey is in disrepair, etc.

For Academy level soccer, if your child was on last year’s team you will need to re-register using the Academy link please. If your child was not on Academy last season, and the child is U10 level (roughly ages 9-10, third and fourth grade, with exceptions), and you wish to find out more information about CSC Academy, please email us at christiansburgsoccer@gmail.com prior to registration. We are in the process of evaluating participation and may be reaching out to some CSC members regarding player and coach recruitment.

Registration is still a work in progress for Travel level soccer. We have contact information for returning players and we will be in contact soon. Rosters will remain largely the same as during the Fall season, so this is not anticipated to be an issue.

Coaches and managers please re-register using the volunteer link, even if you did so last season. We appreciate your continuing support!

Finally, some important dates to put on the calendar:

Registration: January 22nd, 2022 – February 20th, 2022

Dicks Sporting Goods Shop Weekend: February 18th, 2022 – February 21st, 2022 (Click here for coupon)

Practices Begin: February 28th, 2022 – March 4th, 2022

Games Begin: March 18th, 2022 & March 19th, 2022

No Games: Easter Weekend (Also Spring Break): April 15th, 2022 & April 16th, 2022

Season Ends: May 6th, 2022 & May 7th, 2022