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What kind of club is Eastgate Soccer Association?

  1. What is recreational soccer?
  2. Does my child have to try out?
  3. How are teams formed?
  4. What are the age groups?
  5. How do I know what age group my child belongs in?
  6. So what league does Eastgate participate in?
  7. What kind of policies and code of conducts are players and parents asked to adhere to?
  8. What other districts participate in Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer?
  9. Which youth soccer organization is Eastgate Soccer a member?
  10. How many games are played per season?
  11. Is there a minimum amount of time my child will get to play?
  12. Is there a maximum amount of time my child will get to play?
  13. My child was just subbed out. Can they come back into a game?
  14. How many players are there on a field?
  15. How many players are there on a team?
  16. My child's team is short-sided, will we still play?
  17. Why are there no goalkeepers at the Under 5's (U5) & Under 6's (U6) age-groups?
  18. Are scores kept?
  19. Where can I see current standings / scores?
  20. Where can I learn more about the rules/laws of the game?
  21. Are there any tournaments?
  22. Do I have to pay for the CHSS Tournament?
  23. Can my team play in other tournaments?
  24. What about indoor soccer?
  25. Will I be required to travel to any games?
  26. Where are home games played?
  27. Does Eastgate publish directions to the away games?
  28. Where are practices held?
  29. Clepper Park has lots of soccer fields. Where do I go for practices/games?
  30. How often and how long will my child practice?
  31. What days and times will my child practice?
  32. What if I cant make the practice schedule of my current team?
  33. When is the registration deadline?
  34. What if I miss the registration deadline?
  35. How much is registration?
  36. Do I have to pay for uniforms?
  37. Do I have to pay the uniform fee each season?
  38. Are there any other fees?
  39. Can I get a refund?
  40. When do the season games begin and end?
  41. When do practices begin?
  42. What other equipment does my child need?
  43. Can my child wear jewelry, or, hair accessories during games or practices?
  44. My child has a cast, can they participate in games / practices?
  45. My child is really interested in goalkeeping, what extra equipment will I need?
  46. Are there goalkeeper specific training sessions my child can attend?
  47. Can I get team photos?
  48. Is there an end-of-season party?
  49. Where can I go to register?
  50. What happens after I complete the registration form?
  51. Do you accept credit card payments?
  52. So my payment processed, what is next?
  53. When can I expect to receive a game schedule?
  54. What days are games scheduled?
  55. How long are games?
  56. What about snacks or drinks?
  57. What if I cant do drinks or snacks that day?
  58. What about rainouts?
  59. What about rain that starts during a game?
  60. What happens if there is thunder or lightning?
  61. I have additional registration questions. Who can I contact?
  62. Does Eastgate Soccer host any soccer camps?
  63. I need to escalate an issue. Who do I contact?
  64. I would like to coach. What do I need to do?
  65. I am interested in becoming a referee. What do I need to do?
  66. I would like to know more about Eastgate Soccer Association. Where can I find more information?
  67. I am interested in becoming a member of the board. What do I need to do?
  68. So what is the step above recreational soccer?

     

What kind of soccer club is Eastgate Soccer Association?
Eastgate Soccer is a recreational soccer club serving children and teens, from age 3 up through age 18.


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What is recreational soccer?
The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a life long love of the game.
                                           
                            
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Does my child have to try out?
No. There are no tryouts at the recreational level. Nor are teams formed by invitation or recruitment. As long as your child is in good physical condition, is fit to participate in soccer and suffers from no physical impairment that might be aggravated by said participation they are eligible to play.
                                                 
                      
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How are teams formed?
Teams are formed by random draw. The draw is used to establish a fair or balanced distribution of playing talent across all teams. At the older age groups there may only be one team for each bracket so the draw becomes irrelevant.
                                                      
                 
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What are the age groups?
Most age groups span 2 years. An example age group would be U14. The "U" translates to "Under". So U14 means "Under 14s". The age groups are: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19.
                                               

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How do I know what age group my child belongs in?
Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer sets the age brackets for the league. The age brackets for 2017 are as follows:
 
Division
Name
Born on or After
Born on or Before

 

 

U6

Dribblers

 8/1/2011

 7/31/2013

U8

Passers

8/1/2009

 7/31/2011

U10

Wings 

 8/1/2007

 7/31/2009

U12

Strikers

 8/1/2005

 7/31/2007

U14

Kickers 

 8/1/2003

 7/31/2005

U16

Minors 

 8/1/2001

 7/31/2003

U19

Seniors

 8/1/1998

 7/31/2001

                       

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So what league does Eastgate participate in?
Eastgate Soccer participates in Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer League. Eastgate players, parents, spectators, coaches and referees are not only bound by the policies and codes of conduct of Eastgate Soccer Association but also Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer.

For more information you can visit http://cincinnatihillssaysoccer.org/
                            
                   
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What kind of policies and code of conducts are players and parents asked to adhere to?
Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer requires that all parents and spectators sign and adhere to the policies specified in the CHSS 2012 Parent & Spectator Code of Conduct. Your coach will collect these from you at the start of the season.                        

                                               
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What other districts participate in Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer?
The following districts participate in the Cincinnati Hill SAY Soccer League. They are, Deer Park, Eastgate, Indian Hill, Madeira, Mariemont, Reading & Terrace Park.                        

                                               
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Which youth soccer organization is Eastgate Soccer a member?
Eastgate Soccer is a member of SAY, Soccer Association for Youth. Their website is http://www.saysoccer.org/                        

                                               
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How many games are played per season?
League games vary between 8 and 10 games per season depending on age group.
                                   
            
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Is there a minimum amount of time my child will get to play?
Yes. SAY Soccer requires that all children play at least 2 quarters of a game.

This may not always be possible if a child arrives to a game late or leaves early. If you suspect this may be the case we ask that parents work this out with the coach beforehand.
                                           
    
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Is there a maximum amount of time my child will get to play?
There is no maximum. Eastgate tries to create teams with enough substitutes to give children adequate breaks during the game. But sickness, vacation, school and other events may leave a team with minimal or no substitutes allowing some or all players to play an entire game.
                       
                       

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My child was just subbed out. Can they come back into a game?
Yes. Substitutions are unlimited at the recreational level. Substitutions can only be made at specific points during the game. See the Rules webpage under the "Referees" section for more details.
                       
                       

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How many players are there on a field?
The maximum number of players on a field varies based on age-group. This number includes a goalkeeper if the age group uses one. The minimum number of players is also listed. If a team can not field the minimum players the game will be forfeit. Please let your coach know if you can not make a game, so they can reschedule if the expect they can not field enough players. The table below outlines these minimum and maximum player counts as well as whether that age group uses a goalkeeper.

                       
Age Group
No. of players on field
Minimum players required
Is there a Goalkeeper?

 

 

 

 

U6

4

4

No

U8

6

4

Yes

U10

8

5

Yes

U12

8

5

Yes

U14

11

7

Yes

U16

11

7

Yes

U19

11

7

Yes


                       
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How many players are there on a team?
Each player must play 2 quarters of a game.  This means that the maximum number of players on a team can not be more than double the maximum number of players allowed on the field at any one time.  So team size varies with age group.  Eastgate wants every child to play more than 2 quarters so we generally aim somewhere in the middle in hopes every child will play at least three quarters. 

Eastgate tries to create teams with enough substitutes to give children adequate breaks during the game. But sickness, vacation, school and other events may leave a team with minimal or no substitutes allowing some or all players to play an entire game.

See the Target Team Size below.
 
Age Group
Maximum
players on field
Eastgate Target
Team Size
Maximum possible team size

 

 

 

 

U6

4

8

8

U8

6

10

12

U10

8

12

16

U12

8

12

16

U14

11

15

22

U16

11

15

22

U19

11

15

22


                       

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My child's team is short-sided, will we still play?
Possibly.

If the player turn out is above the minimum amount of players required the team will play.

If the the player turn out is below the minimum amount of players required the team will not play and will forfeit the game (it will be considered a win for the other team and a loss for the forfeiting team).

Please let your coach know if you can not make a game, so they can reschedule well before game-day if the expect they can not field enough players.                        

                       

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Why are there no goalkeepers at the Under 6's (U6) age-group?
There are no goalkeepers at the Under 6's (U6) level because we want to see a lot of goals. We believe this is critical to the confidence of younger players. Goalkeepers are introduced at the Under 8 (U8) age group.                        

                       

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Are scores kept?
Scores are only kept at the older age-groups.

Scores are not kept for the Under 6's (U6)

Scores are kept for the Under 8's (U8) and up.                        

                                               
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Where can I see current standings / scores?
Scores are not kept for the Under 6's (U6), so there are no records or standings.

Scores for older age groups (U8 and above), as well as current standings, can be found here.
http://www.cincinnatihillssaysoccer.org/standings.asp
 

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Where can I learn more about the rules/laws of the game?
For a comprehensive guide to all the laws and rules of the game of soccer please click here or go to the referees section of the website.

Please note that rules will vary based on age group. For example Under 6's (U6) do not play with goalkeepers, have throw-ins, corners, or offsides. If in doubt please consult your coach.                        

                       

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Are there any tournaments?
Yes. But only during the Fall season. During the Fall season Eastgate teams participate in the Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer (CHSS) end of season tournament. Teams are seeded based on how well they did during the Fall Season.                        

                       

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Do I have to pay for the CHSS Tournament?
No. The CHSS Fall tournament is part of your Fall registration fee.                        

                                               
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Can my team play in other tournaments?
Yes. But we leave the registration and organization into these extra events entirely up to the coach and/or parents. Also, any fees for the additional tournaments are the complete responsibility of the parents.                        

                       

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What about indoor soccer?
Eastgate league and tournament games are all played outside on grass or turf.

Some coaches additionally organize their team's participation in winter indoor leagues. Please see your coach if they plan to participate in an indoor program.

Please note, that these games are NOT governed or organized by Eastgate Soccer or Cincinnati Hills SAY and fall under a different youth soccer program with different rules and registration fees.                        

                       

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Will I be required to travel to any games?
Yes. Half of your games will be played in Eastgate. The remaining half will be scheduled at the fields of other districts. However, Under 6's play all their games in Eastgate and do not travel.                        

                       

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Where are home games played?
Home games are played at Clepper Park in Eastgate. The park address is 4722 Summerside Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. For turn by turn directions to Clepper Park click here.                        

                       

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Does Eastgate publish directions to the away games?
Yes. Click this link for a page with turn by turn directions to all away fields.                        

                       

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Where are practices held?
All practices are held at Clepper Park. See the FAQ on "Where are home games played" for directions to Clepper Park.                        

                       

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Clepper Park has lots of soccer fields. Where do I go for practices/games?
Each field is measured for a different age-group. For an in-depth map of Clepper Park and the location of each field please click here.                        

                       

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How often and how long will my child practice?
This varies greatly based on age group and is ultimately left up to the individual coaches. Under 6's (U6) will often only practice once per week for 45 minutes. Whereas Under 14's (U14) may practice 2 times a week for 1.5-2 hours per practice.                        

                       

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What days and times will my child practice?
Practice days and times will be set by the coach. Your coach will call/email you with these date/time of the first practice/parent meeting. If you have problems with the day or time please address these with your coach.                        

                                               
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What if I can't make the practice schedule of my current team?
If the current practice schedule is not feasible please contact com as soon as possible and we can try and place your child on another team that practices at a different day and/or time.
                       
                       

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When is the registration deadline?
The Spring registration deadline is typically the end of February. The Fall registration deadline is typically the first week of August. Stay tuned to the homepage for exact registration deadline dates.                        

                       

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What if I miss the registration deadline?
We accept late registrations but can not guarantee placement. Please email com to check for available spots.                        

                       

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How much is registration?

As of Spring 2017:

Under 6's registration is $55 per player.

Under 8's and up registration is $65 per player.

We also offer earlybird discounts and family (multiple child) discounts.                       

                                               
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Do I have to pay for uniforms?
Under 6's (U6) receive a free t-shirt as part of their registration fee and do not have to pay a uniform fee. However, Under 6's (U6) will need to provide their own socks (black) and shorts (black).

All other age groups; Under 8's (U8) through Under 19's (U19) have to pay a $25 uniform fee. This uniform includes a Jersey (x1), Shorts (x1) & Socks (x1).

All age groups need to provide their own shin guards and soccer cleats.                        

                                               
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Do I have to pay the uniform fee each season?
No. Uniforms can be used from season to season.                        

                                               
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Are there any other fees?
No, and this is what distinguishes Eastgate Soccer from many other soccer clubs and leagues. Other clubs may charge a low registration fee, only to tack on extra fees on the back end, such as referee, tournament, field rental and teams fees. Other clubs may also require parents and players to participate in fundraising, or, volunteer to paint field lines or act as a tournament marshal. Eastgate Soccer does not do this.                        

                       

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Can I get a refund?
Registration & uniform fee refunds will be given up until the Registration Deadline for that particular season. The season budget is set from the number of registered kids.  These fees cover SAY national fees, SAY district fees, referee fees, tournament fees, new equipment, web site, coach training & certification, field lining and much more.                        

                       

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When do the season games begin and end?

Spring season typically begins the first week of April and goes through to the last week of May.

Fall season typically begins around Labor Day and goes through to Halloween.

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When do practices begin?
Spring practices typically begin late March.

Fall practices typically begin mid-August.
                       
                       

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What other equipment does my child need?
  1. Soccer Bal

  2. Shin guards

  3. Soccer Short

  4. Shoes
                               
    • If cleats are not available in smaller size for the instructional age-gym shoes are acceptable.

  5. Bring enough water for all practices & games

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Can my child wear jewelry, or, hair accessories during games or practices?
Jewelry is not permitted during games or practices (this includes ALL types of earrings).

Hair accessories are permitted if they are soft fabric.

Hair accessories are not permitted if they are made from hard plastic or metal.

Wristwatches are also not permitted.

Referees will require children to remove all jewelry (including all types of earrings), wristwatches and hard/metal hair accessories before games.

The referee makes the final call on what they consider permissible (safe) for all players on the field.
                                  
                                     
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My child has a cast, can they participate in games / practices?
No. If your child has a hard or soft cast they can not participate in games or practices.

Braces, such as knee braces, especially those with hard plastics or metals are not permitted in games or practices.

Bandages, such as knee bandages, made only from soft fabric, are permitted.

When in doubt check with your coach.

The referee makes the final call on what they consider permissible (safe) for all players on the field.

                          
                     

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My child is really interested in goalkeeping, what extra equipment will I need?
Be sure to discuss with your coach first. Your coach may already have goalkeeper equipment they can loan your child during practices and games. 

Typically goalkeeper equipment is not vital until the older age brackets. This would be the Under 12's (U12) and above.

Please note that goalkeepers are not introduced until Under 8 (U8) age bracket.
                       

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Are there goalkeeper specific training sessions my child can attend?
Yes. Keep an eye on the main page of this website for more details. 
                                               

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Can I get team photos?
Eastgate Soccer Association (or their approved photography vendor) will contact coaches within the first few weeks of the season to schedule team photos.  Team and individual photos will be made available for purchase along with many additional photo products and personailzed items.
                       

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Is there an end-of-season party?
Most teams organize an end of season party. Some coaches may delegate this task to the parents. Check with your coach for details.
                                               

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Where can I go to register?
Click on the "Player" section of the website and click on "Register Online". Alternatively click here to register.

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What happens after I complete the registration form?
Your registration confirmation page will prompt you to click through to our secured payment portal in order to pay for your registration.  Payment must be received at the time of registration.  Failure to complete your registration with a credit card payment will result in the registration being deleted by the system.  If this occurs, you will receive an email notification.  You can then log back in to register again...any registration information that you entered the first time, should be retained.
                       

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Do you accept credit card payments?
Yes. We accept Visa, Master and American Express. You will have the option to pay by credit card during the registration process. Eastgate Soccer Association covers all credit card processing fees.
                       

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So my payment processed, what is next?
You will hear from your coach. If it is Spring season you will hear from your coach mid-March. If it is Fall season you will hear from your coach mid-August. Your coach will contact you via phone or email with details about the practice schedule and first parent meeting.
                       

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When can I expect to receive a game schedule?
Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer publishes game schedules a couple of weeks before the first game. Your coach will forward this schedule on to you. Also, this schedule will be posted on this website.
                       

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What days are games scheduled?
The primary game day is Saturday. However, some Sunday games will get scheduled. Sunday games are always scheduled after 1pm.
                       

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How long are games?
Games are divided into four quarters, with breaks between each quarter. The half time break is the longest. The length of the quarters varies based on age. For example U14 age group plays 15 minute quarters. See your coach for more information.
                       

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What about snacks or drinks?
Your coach will send out a snack and drink schedule that will identify which parents are responsible for each item on each game. Typically most coaches will schedule two parents for each game. One responsible for snacks and one responsible for drinks.

Please make sure your child has adequate water during the game. Drinks/Snacks are typically not handed out until the end of the game.

Remember: try to keep those snacks healthy!
                       

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What if I can't do drinks or snacks that day?
Try to switch days with another parent. If you need help switching days with another parent contact your coach.
                       

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What about rainouts?
For cancellation of home games check the "Field Status" link at the top left of the screen. If the fields are Green and say Open then the game is on. If they are Red and say Closed, then the game is cancelled. You coach should also call or email you as well.

For cancellation of away games, field status is posted at, http://www.cincinnatihillssaysoccer.org/. Like home games, your coach should also call or email you to confirm the cancellation.

For rained out home or away games you coach should contact you concerning the rescheduling of that game.
                       

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What about rain that start during a game?
Rain that starts during a game is typically played until completion unless the referee or a member of the board deem the fields have become unsafe, or, there is a lightning strike/thunder clap.
                       

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What happens if there is thunder or lightning?
Whether it is a game or practice, if there is a lightning strike or a thunder clap, the field must be immediately cleared and cover must be found. Game/practice will only continue 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunder clap. A referee may call a game as complete if two quarters of play have been completed. If the game is called before two complete quarters it will be rescheduled.
                       

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I have additional registration questions. Who can I contact?
Please direct all registration questions to .
                       

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Does Eastgate Soccer host any soccer camps?
Yes. Eastgate Soccer partners with Challenger Sports to provide British Soccer Camps. For more information click on the "Camps" section of this website.
                       

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I need to escalate an issue. Who do I contact?
We ask that you try and resolve issues with your coach first. If you need to escalate an issue please contact .
                       

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I would like to coach. What do I need to do?
All of our coaches are volunteers. To volunteer as a coach please visit Coaches >> Become a Coach section of the website. Or click here.

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I am interested in becoming a referee. What do I need to do?
Please check the Referees >> Get paid to Referee section of the website. Or click here.

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I would like to know more about Eastgate Soccer Association. Where can I find more information?
Check the About Eastgate section of the website. Or click here.
                       

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I am interested in becoming a member of the board. What do I need to do?
All of our board members are volunteers. For more information on volunteering for a position on the board please email com
                       

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So what is the step above recreational soccer?
Competitive soccer is the next step above recreational soccer. Competitive soccer will typically require your child to try-out, or, be invited or recruited to a team. The first competitive bracket directly above recreational soccer is called "Select" soccer. Above "Select" is even more competitive soccer called "Elite" soccer.

Cincinnati is home to many competitive soccer leagues and clubs. One such "Select/Elite" program in close proximity to Eastgate Soccer Association is Beechmont Soccer Club.
                       

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