Saturday, July 13, 2024


. - Thursday, September 17, 2009

Volunteer Coach vs. Trainers

We want to differentiate our Trainers (college staff) from our coaches (volunteer parents) since our Trainers will not always be the same face that the kids will see from week to week. Therefore, it is important that 1-2 parents take the lead for each team, to be the familiar face. Many teams have done this already. Having 1-2 parents as the “Coach” will definitely aide the players in where to go, who to listen to, and provide a more comfortable enjoyable experience for them. The responsibility of the volunteer coach is being able to show up for both practices and games and assisting in drills. The drills are very basic concepts with no prior knowledge required. We cannot have enough volunteers. It will definitely be a rewarding experience for you and your child.


Staffing: Coach-In-Training Program

Playing small-side allows for more individual coaching therefore helps to build relationships. This type of coaching is easy for beginner coaches to understand and help shape and paint pictures for the players. Also, with the limited players on a team, there is no need to worry about having to substitute many players.

Setting minimum coaching standards while being cognizant of risk management issues are very important. Therefore, for younger soccer players it is important that licensed coaches are on staff to implement proper training sessions and facilitate in educating parent facilitators. 

Training sessions will be organized so that the club’s Director of Coaching runs an age group training session that the Coaches and parent facilitators observe. The Director will provide copies of his lesson plan to the U6/U8/U10 coaches and parent facilitator. After witnessing an activity or two, the coach and parent facilitators can run the activities with their group of players. After a few weeks of this mentorship, a list of activities is produced and simple repetition of the activities is used for the completion of the season. This becomes a coach-in- training program.

The best qualities of a coach and parent facilitator for U6 - U10 players are patience, good humor and a willingness to see the world through the child player's eyes. Coaches and parent-facilitators must realize that 3v3 and 4v4 and 5v5 will not necessarily look like soccer, but eventually the game will come to the players.



Referees will be the Trainers (college players), who have attended a basic clinic on the US Youth Soccer modified Playing Rules and/or have undergone supervised instruction from the Directors. The person taking on the responsibility of the referee should help the players understand the rules, make sure the environment is safe, be flexible, patient and understanding, and keep the game moving. The referee has a tremendous impact on player development at this age. At this level of play, the environment can be an excellent training ground for young referees.

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