Sunday, October 21, 2018

Team Meeting

At the beginning of each season, it is highly recommended that you pull your team together for a swim party, a cook out or a picnic. This is done for two main reasons. First, it is a chance for you to meet all the players and all the players have a chance to meet each other and bond. Second, it is a greattime to meet the parents, express what you want to achieve during the season and have them sign the Parents Code of Ethics.

- Example of a Team Meeting -

Introduce Head Coach and Assistant Coach to Parents and Players.

GOALS: Please set goals that are realistic and obtainable, being aware that the season is 10 weeks in length and players will vary in both
ability andplaying experience.

-Have fun – soccer for a lifetime (building a love of the game)
- Make new friends
- Feel good factor (make them proud of themselves)
- Make learning fun and enjoyable (passing, dribbling, shooting)
- Learn to work as a team (everyone is equal)
- Follow directions and rules
- Supportive, positive parents (parents code of ethics)
- Good communication

This is also a good time to keep parents informed of what will be happening through the season and also educate parents who may not know anythingabout the game.

- Hand out fixture schedules of where the games will be playedand when
- Arrange for parents to pick up uniforms on a certain date & time (ifthey’ve arrived, themeeting would be a good time to
hand them out)
- A roster of who will bring the post game refreshments (very importantwith young children)
- What nights practice will be held and from what time
- Educate on how many players will be on a field, how long the quarterswill last and how big the field they play on will be
- SAY Philosophy - everyone plays at least two quarters
- Explain the different positions on the field
- Questions and comments


FALL 2018

Fall Score Reporting:
Please report within 48 hours of your game!

Wings & Older:

Coaches Meeting Handout:
coaches overview fall 2018.pdf

Practice Sheet:
practice schedule fall 2018.xlsx

NEW! Uniform Pickup:

Coach Uniform Pickup dates will be coming soon for Fall 2018
Pick up at Monroe Crossings Concession Stand

If you didn't sign up for practice times, please email us at [email protected] and we will update the field assignments.

Picture Schedule: 
fall 2018 soccer pic schedule.xlsx

General Coach Info:
Handout from Coaches Meeting: monroe sports handbook.pdf

Concussion Certificate Info:
Concussion Certificates on File - Fall.2017.Coaches.Concussion.Certificate.Data

Instructions: Concussion Training: NFHS Concussion Course (Click Here)
Set up an account and ‘order’ the course.The course is free.

If not on file, coaches will need to turn in a copy of their concussion certificate for our records. We have no way to retrieve these electronically and must keep copies on file.
You can scan it and email it to [email protected]

Background Check Info:
NEW! Background check process.
You will receive an email inviting you to the background check.
Do not ignore or delete.
Background checks will be processed by Reference Services Inc. (RSI).
Please use the username and password provided in the email to complete your background check.
Should take you less than 5 min.
Please complete no later than this by February 28,2018.

More useful info:
lopsided games.pdf
rain procedures.pdf

Parade Information for Opening Day
parade drop off 2017.pdf
parade info fall 2017 for coaches.pdf

General Information

  • Net and Goal respect- please keep kids off the nets and goals (big kid parents included)! Nets are costly(approx $700-$1300 per set). Some of our goals are in need of repair and don't need help getting torn up.

  • Same Jersey Colors- Home team is responsible for pennies. Many divisions have duplicate colors, so be aware before gameday and be prepared. (not a problem for in-house play)

  • DO NOT run up the scores! SAY 5 goal Policy
    Remember SAY soccer is for fun. Also it is no fun on the other side. See lopsided games.pdf

  • Trash - make sure you clean up your areas, whether at home or away. Especially at Monroe School games, we don't want our school trashed.

  • Scores - Score Reporter added to this page and are sent to MVS. Coaches are responsible for reporting scores. Scores will be maintained on MVS unless playing in house.

  • Game reschedule/cancel procedures added (see below)

  • Rain procedures are posted on the main page (at bottom above weather) or rain procedures.pdf

    How do I coach a lop sided game and keep the score down

    • Be aware of the possibilities early on. Coaches need to be proactive and be ready to adjust when the game is at 3-0 or 4-0 not when the score is 7-0.
      Start the so called stronger players at defender or goal keeper if you know that you are playing a weaker team. This may prevent scores becoming lopsided early.
    • Check the scores from previous weeks to know who you are playing and be helpful to weaker teams.
    • Before the season begins ensure that all coaches are educated at both coaches meeting and coaches clinic. All coaches should know about SAY philosophy and how running up scores will not be seen as positive coaching.
    • Stipulate rules. For example: the team must make five passes before scoring.
    • Goals can only be scored by the weaker foot, from outside the penalty area or after the player has performed a move such as the Maradonna that has been worked on in training.
    • Goals can only be scored once every player in the team has touched the ball.
    • Coaches should work together.  After four goals are scored, consider allowing the opposition to add a player and be prepared to add another player if the score dictates.
    • Teams can take a player out of the game if the score moves above 4-0. The option above will not penalize playing time of the kids just for scoring goals. It is also suggested that the referee should intervene when the score moves above a certain point. This way the coaches are not put in tense situations.
    • Finally, it’s ok to tell the players not to score anymore and talk about good sportsmanship so they understand why.

    How do you handle a child that causes problems at practice?

    • The coach needs to be patient, encourage and try to remain upbeat with the child and the rest of the group at all times. Do not allow one child to bring practice down for the whole team.
    • Always highlight positive behavior of the child causing problems at both training and games.
    • If the child will not join an activity, ask the child to sit out of the exercise. When you have finished the exercise play the child’s favorite game. The first time you play this game do not allow this child to play. Play the game a second time and allow the child to play although explain the consequences that if he/she disrupts the session again, he/she will not be allowed to play the game next time.
    • Talk to the parents and explain to them the challenges you are facing with their child at practice. Ask the parents if they could talk to their child and stay for a couple of practices; one to see the problems they are causing and secondly to take care of their child if they disrupt the sessions.
    • The final solution would be to ask a local board member to observe a practice. Resulting in that the child may be moved to another team or your last course of action may be to remove the child from the program for the season.

    How do we keep kids motivated during a losing season?

    • At the beginning of the season it is very important to get your parents together at the team bonding session. Here you explain the SAY philosophy (see coaches meeting on the next page) how teams are put together and your expectations for the season.
    • As a coach always be energetic, enthusiastic and positive in all training sessions and game environments.
    • At the U-6 and U-8 age group, children do not care about the score. Often scores are not kept it is only the parents who make a big deal about the outcome of the scrimmage. At the end of the game the players are more concerned at running through the parent’s tunnel and seeing what the after game snack is.
    • Try to socialize out of soccer and encourage team bonding exercises. The bonding exercises can take place in the form of a pizza party, going to the cinema, bowling or a picnic. Encourage team participation and bonding rather than just winning. Enjoying each other’s company will help with morale in a losing season.
    • Create themed training evenings and make them both fun and interesting. Bring snacks and small prizes and hand them out during practice. For example: you could call the evening a South American soccer evening. Each child has to come in the colors of the country they have been given (Brazil, Argentina, etc.) paint their face and bring three interesting facts about their country. This builds morale after a couple of big defeats and gets the kids thinking that soccer is FUN.

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