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East Brandywine Youth Athletics

EBYA

For Parents

On this page, parents and players can find information about Field Location, the EBYA Code of Conduct, FAQs and our safety initiatives.
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

If your family is new to the game of soccer, please click here to visit our New to Soccer? page
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Get the App!
We use the Game Changer Team Manager app for communication and scheduling - Install it on your smartphone today!

Field Locations and Map

Community Park Directions
Click here for Directions

Fall 2022 Field Map Satellite View
Click here for Field Map Satellite View

NEW THIS FALL!

New Boys & Girls Age Groups

Pre-K & Kindergarten Age Groups
We will have separate Boys & Girls age groups in our Pre-K (4 & 5 year old) and Kindergarten age groups! This change is due to registration trends over the past several years and the success of splitting our COED 1st Grade age group into separate Boys & Girls age groups.
*However, if age groups do not have sufficient registration numbers, we will combine them as COED.

FAQs

Which Age Group should I sign my child up for?
In our Fall 2022 season, age groups are based upon your child's Rising Grade for the 2022-2023 school year. Choose the age group for the grade your child will be in this September 2022.

What equipment do players need?
Shinguards are required. Cleats are recommended but are not required.
Local sports stores sell value packages including cleats, shinguards and a ball for $30 to $40.

What does the league provide?
Jerseys and socks
*Socks are worn OVER shinguards

Do players receive participation trophies?
In the Spring - we do not distribute medals or trophies, as we host an End of Season Picnic on the final game day.
In the Summer - we do not distribute medals or trophies.
In the Fall - younger divisions receive participation medals. Older divisions receive medals based upon placement in the end-of-season playoffs.
 
Are earrings permitted?

No. For safety reasons, earrings must be removed prior to practices and games.
They cannot be taped or otherwise covered. They must be removed.

COED divisions
If we have insufficient Boy or Girl registrations in a given age group, we will merge the Boys & Girls divisions in that age group to form a COED age group.

Covid-19 Adjustments - Fall 2022 
Players who test positive at any point during the season must report the positive result to EBYA. Players must sit out the duration of the quarantine advised by government health departments and/or their medical provider. Thanks.


Does your league have any township residency requirements or school district boundaries?
No. We accept players from any location in the area.

We primarily draw children from the following local elementary schools: Brandywine Wallace, Beaver Creek, Collegium Charter School, Springton Manor, Pope John Paul II, St. Joseph, East Ward, Rainbow, Caln, and Twin Valley. The following Middle and High Schools: Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center, Downingtown Middle School, Downingtown West High School. And from the following local pre-schools: Hopewell, Windsor, The Learning Experience.

Is heading the ball permitted?
No.  Heading is not permitted in any division, BOYS or GIRLS, from our youngest 4 & 5 year old Pre-K division through our oldest High School Boys and Girls divisions.
Heading the ball will result in a penalty. 
Rule regarding heading reads as follows:
Players shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.

In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed of the following rule addition: 
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. 
If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Can I request teammates or a specific coach for my child's team?
We politely ignore teammate, carpool, and coach requests.

If I volunteer to coach, will my child be assigned to my team?
Yes. Thanks for volunteering!

When will I first be contacted by my child's coach?
Summer - 
We do not have official  coaches in the Summer pickup league. We have volunteer division coordinators. You will receive a league communication during the week prior to the season's start.

Spring & Fall Seasons - 
Players are assigned to teams after registration closes and after a division has sufficient volunteer coaches.
We encourage parents to volunteer to coach their child's team because it expedites this process in addition to the other benefits you recognize by volunteering.
Ordinarily you will hear from you child's coach prior to the first week of Official Practices.

Where are games and practices held?

All games and practices are held at East Brandywine Community Park.
See the About Us section of ebya.org.

When are games and practices?
Summer - 
Summer sessions are at 6:30pm on a fixed weeknight. Only 1 session per week.

Spring and Fall - 
Practices are on a single weeknight at 6PM.
*Practice start time may vary based upon an individual coach's schedule needs.
You will receive your child's practice night assignment after he/she has been assigned to a team, approximately 1 week prior to the first game.
Games are on Saturdays beginning at 8AM through the afternoon. The game schedule is published one week prior to the first game.

When should my child arrive for games and practices?
For all games and practices your child should be at the field, ready to play, at least 15 minutes before the scheduled event.
This permits time to warmup which prevents injuries. This also gives your coach time to organize the team and start the game or practice on time.

Do parents need to stay at the field during practices and games?
For parents of children age 4 to 8, it is recommended that you remain at the field.
Injuries and issues may occur and coaches need the parent at the field to care for their child.
In addition, coaches are instructed by League Rules to practice 2-Deep leadership. Coaches cannot remain at the field without another coach or parent present. Parent cooperation is essential to this safety practice.

Can a 3 year old play in the COED 4 & 5 Year Old Boys & Girls divisions?

Children must be 4 years old by March 31, 2022 (Spring season) and August 31, 2022 (Fall season) to play in the COED 4 & 5 Year Old Pre-K division.

For children who are not 4 years old as of the cutoff date, we recommend that you consider other area programs like the YMCA, United Sports, and DARC, which offer soccer programming for kids as young as 18 months

Can I register extended family members to receive the family discount?
All children registered together must live in the same household.

Do you offer financial assistance?
*EBYA Soccer offers partial scholarships to any families in need of financial assistance.
*EBYA Soccer offers partial scholarships to any active military families.
Please send any requests to [email protected]. Please note that availability of scholarships is limited. First come, first serve. Please request a scholarship and register as soon as possible after registration opens. If you register late, scholarship funds will likely be exhausted.

Refund
No refunds will be issued after August 31, 2022 for any reason.
If you cancel your child's registration or withdrawal from the league prior to uniforms being ordered, we will reimburse you minus a $8 credit card processing fee.

If you purchased Registration Insurance when signing up, please see the following FAQs :
https://sportsconnect.com/registration-insurance-faq/

Website Registration FAQs

Click here for Sports Connect Registration FAQs

Parent and Player Code of Conduct

I agree to abide by the EBYA code of conduct.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan.
I will and I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials, with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
I will not undermine EBYA, coaches, or the referees.
I will adhere to the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship.

No profanity or intimidating/taunting language or actions will be tolerated.
No intimidating mail, email or phone calls to EBYA administrators or referees will be tolerated.
Failure to comply with the code of conduct could mean expulsion from EBYA, EBYA events, or cause the team of the offending spectator to forfeit the game.

EBYA Soccer College Scholarships

Once again this Spring, we will award two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors, in memory of Bob Karpovich, EBYA Soccer Commissioner.

Click here to access the Scholarship Application.

Deadline for application is Saturday, June 4.



2020 Spring Scholarship Winners - Triniti DiSilvestro and Christian Seibert

News

Lost & Found

We have a Lost & Found bin in our Soccer Shed. Please email [email protected] if you are missing an item.

AED Information

Concussion Information

CDC "Heads up in Youth Sports" 
CDC Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents

Star Soccer Academy - Summer Soccer Camp

EBYA partners with Star Soccer Academy to run a day-camp at Community Park during the last week of July. Camp runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily and registration typically opens in January.

See the Star Soccer Academy website for details.

Union Outings

We plan an EBYA Soccer group outing to the Philadelphia Union each season.
With sufficient participants, our group will receive a unique on-field activity!

October 2015 group trip including a pre-game Group Photo on the field!


June 2016 group trip including participation in a pre-game "mini game!"


October 2016 group trip including participation in a "mini game" at half-time!


June 2017 - On the field banner ceremony & half-time mini-game!


October 2017

  

Contact Us

East Brandywine Youth Athletics Inc.

EBYA Treasurer, 203 Montpelier Drive
Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335

Email: [email protected]

East Brandywine Youth Athletics Inc.

EBYA Treasurer, 203 Montpelier Drive
Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335

Email: [email protected]
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