Weekly practice plans are provided to the Community Soccer coaches by Salvo SC. Prepared practice plans alleviate much of the coaching prep work. Salvo Soccer Club's Director of Grassroots, Sean McKuras, will be your contact and is a great resource for soccer and coaching questions.
Time commitment is whatever you can provide. Attendance at 100% of practices and games is not mandatory. Head and assistant coaches may cover for each other. One or more parents may also be asked to substitute coach during absences.
Before the soccer season begins, please take some time to review the following items:
Before the season begins, it is the responsibility of the head coach to contact the parents and provide the information below. If the head coach is unable to do so, s/he must work with the assistant coach to provide this information to the parents. Please have the parents respond to the communication to ensure everyone has received it. If a parent has not responded, it is the head coach and the assistant coach's responsibility to call them.
Information to Include
In community soccer, team names are just for fun; they don't need to be reported to coordinators. Come to practice with a written list of 5 team name ideas. Ask the kids for team name ideas, but let them know they can only suggest two ideas each. Have the kids and families vote on the names they like; allow voting for as many names as they like. Look at the tally and pick one of the names with a high number of votes; it doesn't have to be the name with the most votes.
This method gets the job done reasonably quickly, and it involved the kids and families, but keeps the coach in control. Having the coach pick the final name prevents team names like "The Smelly Farts" or "Green Baby Poop".
"Lightning" is a very popular team name.
Typically uniforms are numbered by size, smallest to largest. Ask one or two parents to lay the uniforms on the ground in numeric order while you do a drill. After the drill, have the kids line-up by height. Lead the line of kids to the line of uniforms and match them up.
This method is quick and reduces the risk of squabbling over specific numbers.
Games will not be scheduled on a holiday, but coaches are free to hold an optional practice. That is, if the coach is going to be in town and available, it is fine to offer an optional practice/scrimmage/fun day.
It may be obvious that the kids shouldn't be touched by coaches in ways that could make the kids uncomfortable; however, coaches should be aware that, in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, coaches should rarely touch the kids.
When trying to correct a player's form, demonstrate yourself or ask another player to demonstrate the form. When correcting a player's positioning, move yourself to the location and point to the spot if the player doesn't understand verbal instructions.
When congratulating a player, a high-five, fist bump, pat on the head or shoulders is the guideline. Use good judgment and assume that you're always being watched.
Feel free to use the certificate of achievement template for each of your players at the end of the season.