The most important responsibilities of a youth soccer coach are:
» to provide a safe, healthy environment for the practice and play of soccer, and
» to provide mature, adult supervision for young athletes.
You must conduct yourself at all times with these two important facts in mind. During games, you share these responsibilities with the referees and opposing coaches. They must, at all times, supersede any other concern.
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Role of a Coach
Coaches have a leadership role. They are a role model and should set an example for each player. For coaches to succeed, and for the kids to realize the best the sport has to offer, coaches must adhere to the code of fair play. Fair play can be described in three words: Behavior, Good Manners and Respect. Please review the Coaches Code of Ethics–the guidelines set by the NTSSA.
Coaches should perform their duties so they reflect their knowledge of the game in a manner that emphasizes good intentions and shows a proper respect for the efforts of the players,coachesand referees. Remember, the kids are watching!
Our Priorities as Coaches and as an Organization
All coaches are expected to base their decisions on these priorities in the order shown below:
Knowledge of the Game
Coaches are responsible for learning and understanding the Laws of Soccer for their age group. Those laws that are not modified by NTSSA, ROSA or USYSA can be found in FIFA's Laws of the Game.
Training and Licensing
ROSA provides reimbursement for any coach who wishes to receive his or her Introduction to Grassroots coaching license through North Texas. This is an online course and is HIGHLY recommended for all youth coaches, and North Texas also offers additional more advanced courses that can be found here.
To assist coaches as well, ROSA will hold at least one Coaches Clinic at the start of every season where new and experienced coaches alike can attend for free to go over coaching requirements, skills, drills, practices, how to order uniforms and many other important items. It is HIGHLY recommended all coaches attend our Coaches Clinics at least once if not every season.
Fun Through Sportsmanship
Great games and good sports can be found together. Coaches’ behavior should always be exemplary. When the game is very uneven, with a score differential of 6, coaches should instruct their players to pass the ball and to stop scoring. Respect the feelings of your opponents. Good sportsmanship needs to be taught. Some players may react abruptly, out of frustration or lack of personal control, and coaches must be held jointly responsible for the actions of their players. Teaching, modeling, and "expecting the best" are keys. Coaches are held responsible for the actions of the parents during a game and must advise the parents of this prior to the first game. Since children learn by parent's actions, good sportsmanship must be taught at home first. Good sportsmanship means a commitment from the players as well as the parents to the spirit of the game and to the team. Being part of a team means coming to practice and games and participating under the coaches’ instructions.
Each recreational player, when present at a game, shall be required to play the minimum of 50% of the time, unless the player’s time has been reduced for medical or disciplinary reasons, in which case the coach must notify the player, and the opposing coach prior to the beginning of the game that the minimum time has been reduced (non-attendance at practice and non-payment of fees may be cause for disciplinary action). NOTE: The spirit of this rule is to provide the coach with options for rare situations where a player consistently misses practices and never communicates it to their coach, then expects to play on game day. It is not meant as a disciplinary measure for players that miss practice for various conflicts when they have communicated those conflicts to their coach.
Coaches must ensure that players have adequate opportunities to practice. Practice is necessary to learn proper techniques and to get in condition. Deliberate breaking of the rules or dangerous play should never be encouraged and will not be tolerated.
Red Oak Soccer Association
"Sports do not build character, they reveal it" ~ John WOODEN