Denton Soccer Association: Coaches Corner

Thursday, August 25
DSA Board Policies

Commissioners and Coaches, please fill out the two attached forms and return to the DSA Office.


DSA Executive Board

Handout: Commissioners and Coaches

Fall 2011 Coaches Registration

All Coaches, Assistants, Team Volunteers, League Volunteers, Staff, and Referees must complete a Risk Management check before being placed on a roster, or other postion




Coaches or Assistant Coaches Fall 2011 Coach Registration

Monday, November 23
All parents and players must sit or stand even with or behind the bleachers. NO ONE should be behind the goal.

NTSSA Forms You Might Need
You can download the Guest Player Release Form, Medical Release Form, and the Player Release Form, from this link DSA/NTSSA Forms and Handouts

Monday, November 23

Modified Playing Rules for Under 6

   1.  Opposing parent/coaches and players should shake hands after each game.

   2.  Do not record league standings.

   3.  Do not record final score.

   4.  Participation awards for ALL--no trophies or awards just for the best team.

   5.  Parent/coaches, non-playing players, parents and spectators should be located not less than three (3) yard from outside the touchline, nor should they be closer than ten (10) yards to the goal line and NEVER behind a goal.

   6.  NO individual should be allowed to run the length of the field except participants of the games.

   7.  Parent/coaches should not coach or instruct players during the game.

   8.  Per the City of Denton Department of Parks and Recreation no tobacco or alcoholic beverages will be consumed or allowed on the North Lakes Soccer Complex.

Law 1 - The Field

   1.  Markings:
       a.  Distinctive line not more that five (5) inches wide.
       b.  A halfway line shall be marked out across the field.
       c.  A center circle with a five (5) yard radius.
       d.  Four corner arcs each with a two (2) foot radius.
       e.  Goal area.

Law II - The Ball

   1.  Size three (3).

Law III - Number of Players

   1.  Maximum number of players on the field at any one time -
Four (4) per team. There shall be no goalkeeper.

   2.  Maximum number of plays on the roster should not exceed. -
Eight (8).

   3.  Substitutions:
       a.  Injuries.
       b.  See Law VII.

   4.  Playing time:  Each player shall play a minimum of 50 percent of the total playing time.

   5.  Teams and games may be coed.  Coed team will play in the boys division.

Law IV - Player Equipment (Conforms to USYSA)

   1.  Players must have matching uniform (jersey, shorts and socks)

   2.  Shin guards are mandatory

   3.  Footwear:  Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes.

Law V - Referee

   1.  Registered Referee or (Parent/Coach in emergency)

   2.  Referee's decisions on points of fact connected with the game shall be final.

   3.  Rule infractions may be briefly explained to the offending player.

   4.  Only registered referees have the power to caution or send off players, coaches, or parents.

Law VI - Assistant Referee

   1.  None.

Law VII - Duration of Game

   1.  The game shall be divided in to four (4) equal ten (10) minute quarters.

   2.  There shall be a two (2) minute break between quarter one (1) and quarter two (2), and another two (2) minute break between quarts three (3) and four (4).

   3.  There shall be a half-time break of five (5) minutes between quarts two (2) and three (3).

Law VIII - The Start of the Play

   1.  Opponents must be outside of the center circle while the kick off is in progress.

Law IX - Ball In and Out of Play

   1.  The ball is in play until 
       a.  The referee whistle stops play.
       b.  The whole ball crosses the goal line or touchline.
       c.  There is a goal scored.

Law X - Method of Scoring

   1.  A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the goal line into the goal.

   2.  No goal can be scored from a free kick, kick-off, throw-in, or corner kick.

Law XI - Off-Side

   1.  There shall be no off-side.

Law XII - Fouls and Misconduct

   1.  All fouls will result in an indirect free kick with the opponents three (3) yards away.

   2.  The Referee may explain infractions to the offending player.

   3.  No caution or ejections shall be issued to players except by an independent neutral referee.

Law XIII - Free Kick

   1.  A free kick shall be classified under one heading -

   2.  A goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team.

   3.  Opponents must be three (3) yards away.

Law XIV - Penalty Kick

   1.  No penalty kicks are to be taken during these games.

Law XV - Throw-in

   1.  The ball must go all the way over and behind the head and both feet must be on the ground.

   2.  No goal can be made from a throw in.

   3.  Opponents must be three (3) yards away.

Law XVI - Goal Kick

   1.  A goal kick may be taken from any point inside or on the line of the goal area.

   2.  Opponents  must be three (3) yards away from the ball.

Law XVII - Corner Kick

   1.  Opponent must be three (3) yards away from the ball.

Tips for Getting Organized from Joe Soccer
Youth Coach Handbook ...

#1 ... HAVE FUN!!

If you are having fun, the players are surely going to have smiles on their faces!


Write down your practice plan before practice starts! (Eliminates down time & practice chaos).

Organize practice as follows: Warm up, Individual Skill Work, Mini Games and end with a scrimmage!

Setup for the next drill/mini game during the water breaks!

Organize team parents and assistant coach(es) to help with administrative tasks, practices & discipline problems!


For youth players "ages 6 - 12", keep the practices and tactics simple and in easy to understand terms!

When playing mini games and scrimmages at practice, establish names for the teams (ex. Sharks, USA, England, Dinosaurs, etc.) The team name creates unity, competition and brings out the best in your players!

Use a handful of drills that you & your players enjoy ... no need to spend 15 -20 minutes explaining new drills at each practice!

Tell the players how long the drill will last or how many goals will win the game. This gives them an objective and keeps them focused on the task at hand!


Once you decide on the team to-do list, jot them down and reinforce them throughout the season ... during practice, before games & at half time! Some examples ...

When the ball comes to a player, his/her options are passing, dribbling or shooting ... no kicking!

Quick throw-ins.

Going to and winning loose balls.

When the player has the ball in the offensive corner, cross the ball in front of the goal.

When the player sees his/her teammate has the ball in the offensive corner, position him or herself in front of the goal and wait for the cross.

Communicate (talk to each other)


Before the season begins, communicate to the players & parents ...

Acceptable and unacceptable behavior!

What to expect from you! (the coach)

Your expectations of the players!

Your expectations of the parents!

Consequences of actions!
This way everyone follows the commandments or face the consequences!!


Always start with a positive comment and finish up with the constructive critique!

Use specific examples ... Johnny, remember when you kicked the ball 30 yards up the field, that was a powerful kick but were you passing the ball to anyone or was that a shot? Remember, our to-do list says "we don't kick to kick ... we kick to pass or kick to shoot"!

#7 ... GAMES!!!

Do ... Display good sportsmanship! (You're the role model for your players).

Do ... Reinforce the team to-do list before the game and during half time!

Do ... As the game is played, point out situations (to the subs) where players are (and are not) working on the team to-do list! (The game provides great visual pictures and the subs are a captive audience).

Do ... Use specific game scenarios (and names) when coaching and making changes at half time! (Be positive).

Don't ... Yell and scream from the sidelines (at players or the Ref).

Don't ... Try to coach every decision the players are making on the field!

Do ... Let the kids play and have fun!

How Can Parents Help?
Sam Snow, Director of Coaching for Louisiana

Parents of U6 and U8 players play an active part in the enjoyment their children have in youth soccer. Encouragement to try new things is step one. Now that they are out there kicking, running, laughing, falling down and all chasing the ball simultaneously they need positive reinforcement. Many parents during games and sometimes-even practices yell out to the kids what to do and when to do it. They cheer when things go right and sometimes cry out in anguish when they don't. In all they are trying to be positive and help the kids. What many adults have forgotten from when they were 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 years old is that children of those ages can focus on a limited number of tasks at one time. That may continue to be true to a lesser degree for older players too. Indeed it takes all of the attention of an U6 player to control the ball. This is because they are still developing basic balance, coordination and agility. Also in a 4 versus 4 game the odds for the player with the ball are generally 1 versus 7. So during a game the player needs to focus on the task at hand---trying to control the ball. Unfortunately they are distracted by all of the adults yelling from the touchline. Now they have to make a choice, either play the ball or listen to the parents. So the lesson is clear. If parents want to help their team play their best they need to be quiet while watching the game. Just sit back and let the children play!

Job Description for Parents

Thought those of you considering the new job of parent might want to take a look at the requirements first.


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ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: There is no possibility of either. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, but on-the-job training is offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES: None. In fact, you must pay those in your charge, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 and attend college. When you die, you give them whatever income you have left.

BENEFITS: There is no health nor dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays, and no stock options. However, the job offers limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life.