Coaching Tips

Not all coaching is about your interactions with your players. The following information is intended to help you make your player's parents part of the team.

Preparing Your Child to Play

Woody Allen said that "80% of Success is showing up." For youth soccer this statement applies as well, though I'd append it to include "..showing up on time and prepared to play." In order to make sure this happens, give your parents a copy of the pre-game/practice checklist.

General Knowledge of the Game

http://www.ayso1.org/simplified-rules.shtml -  I think ever parent whose child plans soccer should have a basic understanding of the rules of the game. This provides a very quick overview for the novice.

Code of Conduct

http://www.ayso.org/parents/code_of_conduct.aspx - Every parent should be aware of the code of conduct and abide by it.

Sample List of Parent Jobs

One of the keys to successful coaching is to avoid trying to do everything yourself.   Get your kids' parents involved in the smooth operation of your team by delegating tasks.   Here is a sample list of parent jobs that you can use.

Get each parent to sign up for a job at the beginning of the season by having them select from a role below.  Note that different roles require different time commitments, skills, and reliability.  Don't put a parent who's never going to show up in charge of setting up/taking down nets or you'll be stuck doing it and your pre-game warmup will be shot.  If you have more or fewer parents than the number of roles in the table below, come up with additional roles or combine light roles together. Getting the parents to participate is good for them, good for the kids, and good for you! 

Every family must have one or both parents participate in operating the team. Please commit to a role from the following list.

RoleResponsibilityParent Name & Phone Number
Assistant CoachAlways, always have an assistant coach! 
Banner CoordinatorHave the banner ready for game 1 
Drink/snack CoordinatorMake sure all families sign up for and bring refreshments to games 
Gender practice parentAYSO requires that there be an adult of the same gender as the players present at all practices for the protection of both the players and coaches.   So if the coach is male and the players are female, one of the mothers should attend practice and vice-versa.  This parent should also wait with players for any parents that are late picking up their children. 
Sideline coordinatorEnsure that all sideline tasks get taken care of so coaches can concentrate on players and game.  Calls players who are late to make sure they get to the game. 
First Aid PersonBring ice packs to games. Ice and comfort any injured players on sidelines. Find parents and/or call 911 for more serious injuries (must have cell phone). 
Field MaintenanceWe will typically have to setup the nets and/or take them down at home games. Lines the home field a couple times per season.  This responsibility is split between all the teams that use a particular field.  Must like paint. 
Keeper warmup personWarm up goalies prior to each game and 2nd half. 
LinespersonAct as the linesperson on our sideline if there is no ref to do so. Must enjoy running up and down the sideline and waving the flag with flair. 
Party CoordinatorPlan the end-of-season party 
Phone/email coordinatorSetup calling tree. Collecting email addresses. Make sure all families get notified of any schedule changes or notices. 
Picture Day CoordinatorTake care of all details surrounding picture day
Team Parent
Helps the team by coordinating the following activities and ensuring that the work load is fairly distributed across the team: Prepare and distribute the team roster and snack list; Make sure the team shows up on time for Picture Day; Forward name of Team Photographer to the Yearbook Coordinator; Co-ordinates making/purchasing of team banner; Co-ordinates end of season party.
Team Photographer
Take pictures and uploaded them to a website where parents can download (or order) a copy and then send the best ones to the league for the yearbook.