DCG Soccer Club: Coaches' Corner

Coaching Clinic Materials

The following materials were covered at the Coaching Clinic.  The materials include general information you can use as a new or experienced coach.  There are plenty of ideas and activities for all levels of players and coaches.

Contact the Director of Coaches if you have questions.


Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League
The DCG Soccer Club is a member of the Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League (GDMJSL). The GDMJSL Website is a great source for schedules, results, rules, and more for our soccer league. This is a great coach resource.

Rules for U6 Games
Soccer has 17 Laws of the game.  These laws or rules are the domain of FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football). US Youth Soccer (United States Youth Soccer Assocation) is the parent league of our soccer club. They are responsible for the modifications to the 17 Laws for the U6 (Under 6) level.

The Rules for U6 are not too complicated but it is still a great idea to print off a copy for quick reference during games. There is also an Addendum that further clarifies these rules and some of the reasoning behind them.

Quick Start Guide for Coaches
  • You are allowed to be on the field and help direct traffic.
  • Players will be in a swarm and that is what happens at this age.  Passing is not a priority to them and they are all wanting to score lots of goals.  Let them!
  • If both teams have aggressive players – possibly see that they are in at the same time so they are challenged as well.  
  • Don't get caught up with throw-ins. They figure out how to do it properly in 1-2 years. If they get the ball back in keep playing as that's what they want to do.  
  • Our best advice would be to have healthy snacks for the players for half-time and at the end of the game! Get them going the correct direction and have FUN!


Rules for U10 Games

These are the Rules for U10 (2008).

Quick Start Guide for Coaches

  • You will play 6v6 with 5 field players.
  • Kids are starting to get the idea of spacing and working with teammates. You will see more passing at this age.
  • Formation is up to you – but commonly used formations are 3-2 or a 2-1-2.
  • You now have goalies at the U10 level. If you have a goal keeper jersey – great; if not they can wear different colored vest or penny.
  • With your goalkeepers – please encourage them to distribute the ball with their hands and not by punting. This allows for much more control in the game and the opportunity for your team to maintain possession.


How to Reschedule a Game
If you need to reschedule a game or your game is postponed due to weather, please follow this procedure:
  1. If you are the home team, contact the Assignor Craig Werner (assignor@dcgsoccer.com) or the Director of Referees Sasha Koshravi (refereeing@dcgsoccer.com) for additional dates. Please do this prior to the day of the canceled game if possible, so that a referee does not show up when a game will not take place.
  2. Check with the other coach about the best alternative date. Again, do this as soon as possible.
  3. Verify referees have been assigned and the other team can make the date. It is the coach's responsibilty to get the game rescheduled even if the club canceled the game due to weather.


Coaching Means Correcting
The Coaching Means Correcting article provides very good information on correcting players' mistakes - how to recognize and fix. Spend a few minutes reviewing it.

Coaches Hard Pass
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New for the Fall 2010 season, the Coach's Hard Pass will be enforced in all practices and matches in the state.  The hard pass is intended to provide another safety check for players.  All coaches including assistant coaches will be required to wear a hard pass that can clearly be seen.  This pass will indicate that the coach is registered and has passed the Iowa Soccer background check.  This is to be worn during all practices and matches.

The Iowa Soccer office is working on the processes and procedures for implementation and will be communicating with the registrars on printing and distribution of these passes.

Review the revised Risk Management Policy (2.6.1) and the Q&A for all the details. 


Field Use Policy
City of Grimes Field Use Policy
Handout: Field Use Policy

Closure Policy
Sports Complex Closure Policy
Handout: Sports Complex Closure Policy

Code of Conduct forms
Handout: Code of Conduct