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2011-2012 Coaching Guidelines



Division I Coaching Guidelines  2011-2012

(updated: March 1, 2011)


Philosophy.  The Alameda Contra Costa Mavericks Division I Soccer Program (the ACC Mavericks) provides the opportunity for motivated kids to develop their soccer abilities and to play at the highest level of youth soccer.  The Mavericks approach is two-fold: (1) to emphasize soccer skill development and (2) to help players develop their passion for the “Beautiful Game.”


To that end, all Mavericks coaches (especially at the younger age groups of U-10 thru U-14) are encouraged to stress the fundamentals of soccer: dribbling, ball control, passing, and shooting.  In particular, coaches will emphasize juggling, individual ball work, and small-sided activities.  The aim is to develop players that are extremely comfortable with the ball at their feet, that have the confidence and creativity to “take defenders on,” and that have the ability to get out of pressure situations anywhere on the field.


Equally as important, Mavericks coaches will create a positive and fun environment in order to foster a love of soccer and to enable kids to reach their full potential.  However, there will be no specific soccer curriculum that coaches must follow as the Mavericks strongly believe that each coach should be allowed to develop his/her own teaching approach while adhering to the Mavericks’ Philosophy.


By stressing skill development and the joy of the game, the goal of the Mavericks is to prepare its players to compete at the highest levels.  The ultimate objective is for these young athletes to develop the skill, creativity, confidence, and desire to succeed at the club level, at the high school level, at the collegiate level and beyond!


Coach Commitment.  A Mavericks Coach is responsible for the players at all times.  The Coach should implement a training program that is consistent with the Mavericks’ Philosophy of skill development and enjoyment of the game.  A successful coach will develop players that have sound soccer abilities, that have a passion for the game, that understand good sportsmanship, that have respect for referees and opponents, that are willing to work hard and that comprehend the value of teamwork.  Other specific responsibilities of the Coach include:


            Tryouts.  Tryouts will be held on an annual basis for all Mavericks teams.  No player is assured of a spot on the team and each player must attend at least one tryout session.  Before tryouts, each Coach is required to produce an Expectations Letter to be handed out to each tryout participant.  These letters should be submitted to the Tryout Coordinator at least one week prior to the first tryout date.


All coaches must attend the pre-tryout meeting held the week before tryouts.  At that meeting, the Technical Director (TD), Tryout Coordinator and Director of Coaching (DOC) will detail all tryout procedures.  For those teams with Professional Coaches, the Coaches will run the tryouts with the help of neutral evaluators.  For those teams with Volunteer Coaches, the Tryout Coordinator will appoint a neutral evaluator to run the tryout so that the Coach can focus on selecting his/her team.  After tryouts and as soon as possible, the Coach should invite his/her players to join the team.  The Coach must also inform all players that do not make the team so that they can explore other options.


            Meetings with Mavericks Technical Director and Director of Coaching.  Before tryouts, a Mavericks Coach must attend an individual pre-season meeting with the TD and DOC.  The Coach should be prepared to discuss his/her plan for the team for the soccer year ahead including tournament and league participation, and practice schedules.  In addition, the Coach will have the opportunity to discuss how the Mavericks can better support his/her efforts.  During the soccer year, the TD will attend at least one league game and practice session for each team.  In addition, in-season meetings may be required at the discretion of the TD or DOC or can be requested by any coach.


Communication with Team.  After the tryout process is complete, the Coach should hold a players’ meeting and a parents’ meeting to clearly outline the expectations and commitment requirements for the team.


Reporting of Results.  Every Mavericks coach is required to report his/her team results to the DOC.  Results should be reported for league play (upon completion of each season), for each tournament (during the week following play), and for State Cup play.  Send results by e-mail to


            League Play.  The Coach should attend all of his/her team’s league games both in the fall and spring seasons.  In some cases, a Professional Coach may agree to attend a portion of the games (e.g. 70%).  These arrangements must be agreed upon before the start of each season and must be approved by the TD.


Playing Time.  The Coach has the responsibility to ensure that players receive at least their minimum earned playing time during games.  It is the policy of the Mavericks that each player should play at least an average of 50 percent of the time during competitive games, provided that the player is showing up regularly for practice, is healthy, is putting forth appropriate effort, and is complying with the rules prescribed for the team.  Playing time rules do not apply for State Cup games or tournament elimination games.


            Tournaments.  Tournaments are an important part of the development process as they provide an opportunity to experiment with different formations, to try players in new positions, to increase game fitness, and to build team chemistry.  The Mavericks recommend that U11-U19 teams attend 3-5 tournaments during the summer/fall, 1-2 tournaments in preparation for the State Cup, and 1-2 tournaments during the spring.  U10 teams should participate in 2-4 Tournaments, Jamborees, and/or Play Dates over the course of the playing year.


            State Cup.  The Coach must enter his/her team in the annual State Cup competition, either CYSA or NorCal.  If a Coach feels his team would not benefit from the experience, he/she must consult with the TD before deciding to skip the competition.


            Practices.  The Coach is expected to have at least two practices per week.  As the players get older, it is recommended that the team practice three times per week.  The Coach must attend all practice sessions.  Coaches are encouraged to schedule scrimmages between Mavericks teams as player abilities permit.


            Team Camps.  Many Mavericks teams begin the fall season with a mandatory team camp.  The TD and DOC must approve any team camps.  Specifically, the cost, the use of outside coaches, and the hours must be approved.


A Coach or Assistant Coach is an invaluable Role Model.  As such, no Coach shall use profanity or make derogatory remarks or gestures to a referee, player, parent or spectator.  A Coach may never strike, shake, push, or otherwise physically assault a player.  Any such action will lead to a hearing before the Mavericks Board of Directors and/or its Disciplinary Committee.  Please see the Mavericks Zero Tolerance Policy for more details.


Professional Coaches.  Most Mavericks teams will have professional coaches in so far as they receive compensation for their services.  The DOC will work with each coach to determine appropriate compensation levels.  Such arrangement must be approved by the Mavericks Board.


Player Commitment.  Upon accepting an invitation to join a Mavericks team, a player is expected to make a serious commitment to that team.  Except for “excused absences” – school commitments, illnesses, and family emergencies – each player is expected to attend 100% of his/her team events including all practices, games and tournaments.  At his or her discretion, the Coach may agree to excuse a player for other special circumstances.


Parent Commitment.  Participating in the Mavericks is a family affair.  Parents are expected to make their kids available for all Mavericks’ activities (except as noted above).  In addition, parents are expected to volunteer for numerous activities including fund raising, bookkeeping, tournament coordinator, etc.  Finally, all parents must adhere to and sign the Mavericks Parents Code of Conduct.


Assistant Coach.  Every Mavericks team should have a qualified Assistant Coach.  The Assistant Coach should help the Coach carry out all of his responsibilities, should help ensure that parents act responsibly, should fully support the Coach’s approach, and should deputize for the Coach, as needed.


Team Manager.  The Coach must enlist a parent to be the Team Manager.  The Team Manager is responsible for the administrative functions of the team (all non-field activities).  The duties include registering players for league play, coordinating uniform and equipment purchases, communicating with parents, applying to tournaments, ensuring that the team has the required number of referees, and reporting game results.  The Team Manager should ask other parents to help with other responsibilities such as fund-raising, bookkeeping, phone trees, travel arrangements, and so on.  Please review the ACC Mavericks Manager’s Guide for complete details.


Injuries.  Coaches must use extreme caution when assessing an injury.  Any player bleeding during a practice or game shall not be allowed to participate further until the bleeding has been stopped and cleaned from the person and clothing.  A Coach should call for medical assistance wherever necessary.  All injuries should be reported to the player’s parent(s) as soon as possible.  Coaches should follow the recommendation of a medical professional when determining if an injured child is ready to play again.  Please review the ACC Mavericks Injury Policy for complete details.


Coaching Support.  Over the course of the year, the Mavericks will hold various coaching clinics, chalk talks and/or round tables.  The events will be geared towards specific aspects of the game such as technical development, positioning, game tactics, and so on.  The gatherings will be led by the TD, DOC, or a qualified Guest Coach.  All Mavericks coaches will be encouraged to attend.  In addition, the Mavericks will send Technical Trainers to teams on a periodic basis.  Please note that any coach or trainer working with a team must be approved by the TD.  In addition, the Mavericks will run a number of clinics or training programs for its players including the Mavericks Youth Academy, Striker Clinics, Goalkeeper Training, Skills Trainings, Summer Camps, and more.  Please consult the Annual Training Plan for details.


Coaching Licenses.  At a minimum, a Division I coach must have earned an E-level coaching license, while a Division I assistant coach must have an F-level license.  The Mavericks strongly encourage every coach and assistant coach to further their coaching education.  Upon approval of the Board of Directors, the Mavericks will reimburse a Mavericks coach for 50% of the cost of his/her licensing program fee.  For more details, please contact TD Robert Sackey.


For Questions or More Details, Please Contact:


Robert Sackey

Mavericks Technical Director



George Pastor

Mavericks President & Director of Coaching