Just as a reminder, here are a few responsibilities you will have as a volunteer coach:
Make sure to wear your volunteer 'coach' shirt at every practice and game (provided by the league)
Show up consistently for practices and games. (We understand that life happens. So, please let us know ahead of time if a work, family, or any other matter comes up.)
Be 10-15 minutes early to practices and games, to help get your space set up, and to wrangle your players!
Be able to communicate with the parents in person and by email or text (whichever you prefer). If any parent comes to you and are unsure what to say, please direct them to our Program Director, either at the field.
Please note, you will be asked to help officiate the games (referee) on Saturdays. In theory, that means you'll be coaching and helping call out of bounds and other fouls. (It may sound like a lot, but it's really just crowd-management, making sure the players stay focused, but are learning along the way.) ***Please feel free to ask a parent to be a sideline assistant to help you manage subs during games if you like.
Make sure your players are properly equipped with soccer cleats and shin guards, and have brought their water bottles (It's Florida, so we all have to stay hydrated!)
Encourage the players to get as many touches on the ball as possible, attempting to keep them engaged at all times.
When talking to your players, do you're best to keep the conversation quick and to the point, especially for the little ones :)
Create a fun environment for everybody, by being energetic and creative with your practices. You will receive weekly training programs to get the creative juices flowing, but please feel free to make them your own!
Lastly, it is mandatory that you have fun! We want to ensure that the focus is on learning and enjoying the game and time spent at the fields. We want the players and families to want to come to practice and games week after week (and they will, if it continues to be a fun, learning environment!)
Thank you again for your support!