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Portland Soccer Club Requirements and Best Practices 10/5/2019

Coaches, Thank you for volunteering to coach with the Portland Soccer Club.

We’d like you to please focus and read the following important message from the Board. We’d like to reiterate the club’s expectations of you as a coach, and provide a reminder on some of the club requirements and some common sense best practices that we’ve learned through the years.

The club places top priority on player safety and player development. 

We expect you to let referees do their job. Please do not argue with referees or question their calls. It is poor sportsmanship and sets a bad example for the players. If you disagree with a call, take a deep breath, and remember that your job is to coach. Teach the players what they can do, within the laws of the game, to compete and win. 

Remember: you are responsible for all behavior directed at the referee on both sidelines including the spectators. Referees are instructed to issue yellow and red cards to the coach for any concerning behaviors during the game by coaches or spectators.

You are a role model for these young athletes. Set a good example.

Sideline Policy: To be on the sideline, coaches must have a coach’s pass. It is a rule that we expect every coach to follow in every game. This applies to practices, too. To be coaching, you must have a pass. The goal is player safety and ensuring the coaches are properly certified by CJSA.

Sideline Best Practice: When schedules permit, we recommend to have at least 2 coaches at a game. An assistant can help in occasional situations that require more attention than one coach can provide.

Borrowing Players: Portland Soccer Club supports borrowing players to make sure there are enough players to play a game. Sometimes your players may fall ill or have scheduling conflicts.

Requirements for Borrowing Players

  • First, attempt to use players from your own team. Do not borrow without first offering the opportunity to all players on the team. This maximizes the opportunities for your squad to play together. This minimizes the disruption to coaches and parents of other teams. Can you move the start time of the match? If you have multiple games with pods in each location, can you ask some of your own players to commit to multiple games in one day? 

  •  Borrowing and lending decisions should be agreed upon by the coaches. Ask the other Portland coach if you can borrow one or more players. The lending coach knows their team schedule and the players’ skills, temperaments, and developmental needs. The lending coach needs to decide which players to loan, taking into consideration the players’ skills and the number of times they have been loaned compared to other players. The lending coach needs to talk to the parents to ensure willingness and availability. 

  •  PSC players only. Borrow from PSC travel teams only. The player must have a current player pass from our club.

  •  Younger players are allowed. Younger players are permitted to play up in friendly and league matches.

  •  Older players in a league match are not allowed.. 

  •  Older players in a friendly match must be approved by the opposing coach and referee. Note, while older players are not allowed to play in league games, you might be able to use an older player for a friendly. You must get prior approval from the referee and opposing coach in advance. Do not skip this step. Even in a friendly, a referee or opposing coach is entirely within their rights to not let an older player play. 

Best Practices for Borrowing Players

  • Lead Time. When you need to borrow players, give the lending Portland coach as much time as possible to make arrangements and communicate with their parents. Three days is a reasonable amount of time for a lending coach to find a player, but certainly requires a minimum of 24 hours.

  •  Coaches who borrow: There is no need to request specific players. Advise the lending coach of what is needed and allow the lending coach to determine the most appropriate player to lend.

  •  Coaches who lend: If you loan a player to another team, you should focus first on the safety and the development of the players, recognizing that the opportunity to play up is unique and sought after. Give multiple players the chance over the course of the season. The players that work hard can earn it and be challenged in a different way!

  •  Player passes: coaches can exchange passes directly or give them to the players or parents directly to transport to the game.

  •  Finally, communicate to your team: Make sure you talk to your team and their parents about what you are doing, and how it ties in to your overall goals. Tell them why you are borrowing or lending players. Talk to them about the importance of subs. Tell them what options you explored and why you made the decisions you made. They will listen and understand!

Again, thanks so much for your volunteerism, and we expect that, by keeping the above in mind, that the players will grow in a positive environment and the players, parents, and coaches can enjoy the experience together.


PSC Board

Coaches Resources

Thank you for signing up to coach with the Portland Soccer Club. As a volunteer you provide a valuable life experience for the children in our town. Our club requires Travel coaches to obtain a certain level of training, and recommends Rec coaches to seek out training where possible. Below are some training opportunities. Please familiarize yourself with these resources and requirements.

Being a successful coach is not easy, and no one is just born with it. It requires a variety of skills and knowledge:

Coach's skills

  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Communication
  • Motivational

Coach's knowledge

  • Soccer skills and tactics
  • Each player's comprehension levels

The new US Soccer coaches training program provides resources that can help you improve your coaching skills. See below for some in-person events or online modules that interest you.
 Let us know if you would like to participate in one or more, and the club will reimburse you the registration fee upon successful completion.

Travel Coaches
: The Portland Soccer Club requires Travel head coaches to attend at least one approved in-person training event. These are offered from time to time throughout the year. See below

Rec Coaches
: Rec coaches are not required to attend an in-person course, but are welcome to attend an in-person 4v4 training class if it is offered in the future.

Online Courses
: All Coaches are encouraged to explore the online courses, in addition to in-person courses. The club will reimburse for these courses as well. Travel coaches can supplement what they learned in a required in-person course with additional optional online courses.

Note there is a single mandatory 20-minute new online Introduction to Grassroots Coaching prerequisite course.

Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

Introduction to Grassroots FREE Online, appr. 20 minutes

This free introductory module, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point of the pathway and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Licensing Courses.

Each of the following builds on the principles covered in Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach.

4v4 Course

Online: 4v4 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

In-person: 4v4 Courses 

For: players aged 6-8 Good for our rec coaches and younger travel team coaches.

7v7 Course

Online: 7v7 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

Or In Person: 7v7 Course In person,

For players aged 9-10 Good for U9/U10 travel coaches

9v9 Course

Online: 9v9 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

Or In Person: 9v9 Course in person

Players aged 11 -12 Good for travel coaches of 9v9 squads, U11/U12

11v11 Course

Online: 11v11 Course $25 Online, appr 2 hours

Or In Person: 11v11 Course in person,

players aged 13+ Good for travel coaches of oldest teams, U13+

Other resources
Posted Jun 19, 2018

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