Coaches Responsibilities |Coaches Manual

Coach Responsibilities

  1. Mission and Goals

    • Developing players and building teams who compete at their highest level.
    • Every soccer player in our organization has the right to receive the best possible soccer training.
  2. General Principles

    • Player development is first and foremost. Results are secondary to development.
    • Through the U14 age group, training and development are more important than the game result.
    • Respect the individual player. Allow each player to develop his or her individual qualities.
    • If appropriate, allow players to ‘play up’.
    • Tactically play all players in different positions.
    • Skills training should be our main focus when working with youth players.
    • Coaches should always consider what is best for the individual player.
    • Allow the players to be creative.
  3. Tips for the Youth Coach

    • Do not put too much emphasis on the game results. Patience is key.
    • When your team steps on the field they should do everything possible to win the game, however, your emphasis should be on the quality of play.
    • Set individual and team goals. Periodically sit down with players individually to discuss their progress.
    • As a youth coach, encourage your player to play at the highest level.
    • Allow players to play in different positions on your team.
    • Encourage your best players to play in demanding positions.
    • Encourage players to attend extra training.
    • Have organized practices, which are fun, challenging and competitive.
    • The key to your practices should be repetitions of the fundamentals, however, try to present these exercises in different variations.
    • Be excited about the game. If you are excited, the players will follow suit.

Responsibilities of Team Head Coaches

  1. Safety

    • Your first responsibility is the health and safety of all participants.
    • It is recommended that you become certified in basic first aid and concussion training.
    • Be prepared to handle First Aid situations as well as medical emergencies at all practices and games.
    • Know and understand the Laws of the Game.
    • Inspect equipment and field conditions for safety reasons.
    • Utilize proper teaching and instruction of players regarding safe techniques and methods of play.
    • Implement appropriate training programs to make sure players are fit for practice and competition.
    • Supervise and control your players so as to avoid injury situations.
    • Part of the player safety also includes hydration and dealing with extreme heat.
  2. Player Development

    • Attend all practices and games.
    • Focus is mainly on ‘player centered’ development.
    • Develop the players’ appreciation of the game.
    • Keep winning and losing in proper perspective.
    • Be sensitive to each player’s developmental needs.
    • Educate the players to the technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game.
    • Allow players to experience different roles on the field.
    • Players need to have fun and receive feedback.
    • Practice should be conducted in the spirit of enjoyment and learning.
    • Strive to help each player reach his or her full potential and be prepared to move to the next level.
  3. Ethics

    • Strive to maintain integrity within our sport.
    • Know and follow all the rules and policies set forth by club, league, state and national associations.
    • Work in the spirit of cooperation to provide the players with the maximum opportunity to develop.
    • Be a positive role model.
    • Set the standard for sportsmanship.
    • Keep sport in proper perspective.
    • Encourage moral and social responsibility.
    • Continue your own soccer education!
  4. Admin

    • Check your club email at least once a day.
    • Insuring that team parent volunteers have been appointed.
    • Work with team manager to provide game/training reminders, online links to schedules.
    • Preparing and bringing team rosters and players cards for games.
    • Reporting game scores to the league after each game.
    • Making arrangements for cover at practices and games to go on in his/her absence.
    • Notify the club Director of any games that you will miss.
    • Coordinate with the club registrar and bookkeeper when adding or removing players from your team mid-season.
    • Send out two monthly team updates to parents that include game analysis, what the team has been working on at training and what topics you will cover next. This should not take more than ten minutes to write, be brief.
    • Provide an end of Fall/mid-season review (or Winter season for HS ages) for the parents.
    • Evaluating all players at seasons end and submitting the evaluations to the players and club Director.
  5. Additional

    • Follow guidelines established by the club.
    • Communicate CSC goals and policies to players and parents.
    • Coaches are encouraged to obtain the highest level of training possible.
    • Coaches should be familiar with the other teams and coaches in their age group.
    • Attend coaches’ meetings and events.
    • Be organized.
    • Encourage player, and parent participation in club-sponsored activities and events.
    • Controlling the behavior of parents at games and reporting any incidents of bad behavior to the club Director.

Responsibilities of Team Assistant Coaches

  • Attend practices and games and assume head coaching responsibilities in the absence of the team’s Head Coach.
  • Assist the Head Coach. Offer ideas and suggestions to improve team’s performance.
  • Assist in communicating CSC goals and policies to players and parents.
  • Attend coaches meetings and events.