Welcome to the Coaches Corner
A home for helpful resources to support you throughout your coaching career.
Why Should I Coach?
Coaching can be a very rewarding experience as you help children learn and grow, both in the game of soccer and in developing positive character traits.
Without a volunteer coach, our children would have no one to guide them on their journey, and ultimately wouldn't have the opportunity to play organized soccer at all.
What Does a Coach Do?
The coach's main job is to create an environment that allows the kids to have fun and learn about playing soccer. The coach is a leader, role model, safety officer, teacher, and soccer ambassador. A coach leads players through training and games.
You don't have to be a "soccer expert" or have prior coaching experience. You only have to be willing to be positive, enthusiastic, and supportive of a group of kids having fun learning to play a sport. We fully support US Soccer's Grassroots Coaching program, and offer short online courses that teach you the basics of coaching soccer. We also offer in-person coaching courses at Coquille.
Practices are generally one night per week (some older teams practice twice per week) . Coaches can choose practice days and times that fit their schedules. Games are on Saturdays at Coquille (5U-10U).
So, to sum it up....
- Coach practice 1 night per week (45 mins - 1 hour).
- Coach the game on Saturdays.
- Teach players the basics of soccer.
- Ensure a safe and fun environment for the players.
- Communicate with parents and other coaches.
- Follow club rules and policies.
1. Have a basic understanding of soccer, or be willing to complete a short online coaching course (US Soccer Grassroots 4v4 Course). 2. Be organized, enthusiastic, and patient with players. 3. Complete LSA Risk Management Requirements (see below) 4. Attend Pre-season Coach's Meeting. 5. Be open to suggestions and advice from the club's technical staff.
How to Register as a Volunteer
To volunteer as a soccer coach, you must complete all of these steps: Register as a Soccer Volunteer in Coquille's registration system (Blue Sombrero) Complete Louisiana Soccer Association's Risk Management Requirements State and National Background Check (5 minutes to submit - 1 week to process) CDC Heads Up Concussion Training (30 minutes online) SafeSport Training (2 hours online) Here's how to complete #1: The easy way is to volunteer as a coach when registering your child for the soccer program. You can also do the same this way: Go to www.coquillerecreation.com Log in to your account. Go to the MyAccount page. Select the "Volunteer" tab (left hand side). Select "Find Volunteer Roles" (orange button, right hand side). Select the soccer program you want to volunteer for (e.g. 2019-2020 Recreational Soccer), then click "View Available Positions". Find the division you want to volunteer for (e.g. 8U Boys), then click the "Sign Up" button for the appropriate position. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Continue". Select yourself or use the sign up a family member option. Follow the menu prompts to register as a volunteer. Here's how to complete #2: These requirements are tracked in GotSoccer through your individual coach account. After you complete step 1, contact Tony (email@example.com) to create a gotsoccer account for you. After we create the account, you will receive a system email with login info. Once you have login info: Coaches Login Here 1. Submit a Background Check (5 minutes to submit – a few days to come back) 2. Complete the CDC "Heads-Up" Concussion Training (about 30 mins) 3. Complete the SafeSport Certification Course (about 2 hours -- ensure your name spelling & email address for gotsoccer and SafeSport account exactly matches, or gotsoccer won't credit you for the training. The access code is right below the SafeSport link on the Gotsoccer page) Save your certificates. If gotsoccer doesn't update properly, then we can send the certificates to LSA to update manually. After you complete steps 1-3, contact Tony (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be assigned to a team.
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