2020 Spring Soccer JK-4th Grades



--Whenever possible, the intent will be to keep the spring soccer teams and coaches together from the PREVIOUS FALL SEASON.  Because soccer is offered twice annually, this is the ONLY SPORT that teams will likely stay the same for ONE FULL CALENDAR YEAR.  In ALL other sports the TEAMS WILL CHANGE FROM SEASON TO SEASON.  The leagues we play in request balanced teams by age, grade and ability.  The leagues in recreational church sports encourage players to be placed with different coaches and players from season to season, so we honor this.  Thanks for supporting our mission!

*Efforts are made with GSL Coaches and Sports Leagues to accommodate multiple (overlapping) GSL Sports.  Please refer to the GSL Church “Fairness Policy” (included on the online registrations and sports website) if you have any questions about practice attendance and game playing time.   

 Fairness Policy Link

JK-4th Grades Spring Soccer Information

Welcome to Spring Soccer for JK- 4th Grades.  We began offering Spring Soccer in 2012 and hope to continue offering it for many years. Parents of 2 GSL School students started this program and once they were no longer able to provide it, we decided to adopt it. They did this completely on their own without any GSL sponsorship.  When they could no longer continue it, there was a huge demand for this program, it was growing with 10 plus teams, so GSL Church decided to adopt it.

*There are some challenges we face with our Spring Soccer Program:  

For example, we don't have GSL field usage for practices or games, as it is utilized by the school for their baseball season; therefore, participants must travel a bit farther for games, and if needed coaches must find alternative practice space. Currently, Memphis Catholic School has graciously allowed us access of their field for practices. Currently, the ESCRA League we play in has PROMISED they will make EVERY EFFORT to schedule GSL games within the Memphis City limits.  One of the challenges is that during the spring season most available game fields are located in East Memphis, Germantown, Cordova and Collierville.  

Also, we have a vibrant Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Program and an Extended Basketball League (for 3rd & 4th grades)that overlaps with this season. This creates some challenges with scheduling all sports practices and games.  

We want to communicate clearly about the environment in which spring soccer is offered.   In order to both fulfill a need for a spring soccer program, and to balance the challenges of operating an additional sports program, the church offers Spring Soccer under the following conditions:   

1.       Soccer is being offered through GSL in the spring for a mini-season.  Please keep in mind that this is a shortened season designed to keep the children engaged in soccer.  Our primary season is in the fall.

2.       The spring mini-season is dependent upon an active committee of parents “Parent Coordinator” and is responsible for supporting the program and the Athletic Director by recruiting coaches (as with our other programs, all coaches will be required to be certified through the diocesan Safeguarding Program);  facilitating the division of teams based on coach feedback from prior seasons;  helping the Athletic Director with communications; etc.  The Parent Coordinator will report to the GSL Athletic Director.  Please contact Christi Authement if you are interested in the "Parent Coordinator" position.  She can be reached by phone at 901.825.7353.

 3.       The spring mini-season is dependent upon an active group of volunteer coaches:

           a.       The Church doesn't provide, or is responsible for locating field space for practices or games;  coaches are responsible for practice space (although, currently, Memphis Catholic School is offering our coaches practice space), and the league is responsible for game field space.  You might have to travel further away for games due to the lack of field space offered during the spring.

            b.      For CONTINUITY, the INTENT is to keep teams and coaches together from the PREVIOUS fall season. This will ONLY be for ONE entire fall and spring season.  Therefore, there will be no player assessments conducted by GSL.  The previous season fall coaches will evaluate their players for the spring season.  New players might meet for an evaluation or have evaluations given from a previous coach.

4.       All games are played at away sites, as the GSL Field is not available during this season.  This is a condition on participation in any Spring Soccer League.

5.       The offering of spring soccer is being done on the condition that it does not interfere with the t-ball, baseball and softball program currently run by the Church.  The impact of soccer on these programs will be regularly reevaluated and will include a review of historic and current participation in those sports; the length of the seasons; the timing of the seasons, and any other pertinent information.  Should the dates of the soccer season or t-ball, softball and baseball seasons ever change so that the seasons’ overlap more than they do currently, the strong view of the Athletic Committee is that spring soccer would no longer be offered through the GSL Church.  Please be aware that baseball, softball and tball will overlap.  Please refer to the 2020 Calendar on the sports webpage for all season dates.

GSL Spring Soccer Registration is open from January 1-31 and can be accessed online at www.gracestlukes.org (youth, sports, spring soccer).

The spring season TBA and we'll continue to play in the current ESCRA League.  As always, thank you for your continued support.


Christi Authement and the Athletic Committee

Inclement Weather (Rain-Out) Information

Call 901.336.7246 after 3:00pm on Fridays for Friday night games and 8:00am on Saturdays for any Saturday game cancellations. - See more at: http://escrasports.org/sports/soccer/#sthash.nXWl7qBH.dpuf

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