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HELP! I Volunteered to Coach...What do I do?


Many first time coaches volunteer or are volunteered to the job. First things first…Relax. Relax and think about how much fun you are going to have with these little Under-4, Under-6 and Under-8 soccer players.

Goal:
Create a safe, fun, learning soccer environment for your players in training and in games.

How?
  • Talk to the Program Director and request helpful coaching materials and coaching aids.
  • Talk to other Soccer Coaches in the program or in your community who have worked with these age groups before.
  • Call your State Youth Soccer Association, NCYSA, at 336-856-7529, and request helpful coaching materials and coaching aids.
  • Call your State Youth Soccer Association, NCYSA, and ask to speak with the State Director of Coaching about specific age appropriate coaching courses and age appropriate training materials.
  • Call US Youth Soccer at 1.800.4SOCCER or visit their web site at www.USYouthSoccer.org and request and/or order helpful coaching materials and coaching aids.
Team Management:
Prepare a list of simple and clear rules for your players and their parents. Conduct a preseason meeting to review these rules and to go over other important information and to complete important administrative paperwork.

Consider the following:
  • Schedules and locations for training sessions and games.
  • Drop off and pick up times for training sessions and games.
  • Player responsibilities and behavior at training sessions and games.
  • Parent responsibilities and behavior at training sessions and games.
  • Player equipment (#3 soccer ball, shin pads, soccer shoes or sneakers, water, appropriate clothing).
  • Coaching equipment (#3 soccer balls, 25-30 cones, 10 vests/pennies, basic first aid kit, small cooler of ice and zip lock bags).
  • Fill out program registration forms and medical release forms.
  • Discuss the procedure for canceling training sessions and games.
  • Discuss your philosophy of coaching…it's about player development, not winning and losing!

Risk Management:
  • Provide proper age appropriate activities at training sessions and games.
  • Assure that training and playing areas are safe.
  • Make sure that all players are wearing the correct equipment and that it is appropriately sized.
  • Make sure that you are assisted by another adult when coaching the players (This includes the time when players arrive and when they depart from training sessions and games).
  • Create a plan for any medical emergencies/injuries.

The Training Session - Under-6 Format:
  • Duration is 45-60 minutes.
  • Every child has a ball.
  • Individual activities.
  • Warm-up activities include movement education approach...with and without a ball (10 minutes).
  • Fun games activities with and with out a ball (20 minutes).
  • Conclude with 3v3 games to two goals, with no goalkeepers.
  • Click here for Sample Lesson Plan, courtesy of the Coaches Connection.

The Training Session - Under-8 Format:


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