Friday, August 23
Fall 2013 Coaches List Excel


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Ball Dances
Coaches Are You Ready?
Here are some tips to make sure. On the Web site is all the information you need. The Coaches Button has a checklist and some great sources of information to help you plan your practices this year. The Rules Button will take you to this years rules. Please read them there are some changes. Some rules are driven by the age group and some rules by the method of play. The Forms Button on the Left will let you get the Game Sheet needed for your age group or method of play. It is a tool to make sure all your players play the required time and allows you to keep record of player time. LAW 7 is the offical time for the Matches. Your field and Method of Play is listed at the begining of the rules. Any questions /problems you are having should be directed to your Commissioner. If you don't know who or how to contact your Commissioner click on the League Officials button on the Left to find that information. The Commissioners have a list of all the coaches. Report any unsafe conditions at the fields or the use of first aid equipment so we can get it replaced or fixed. Good Luck and remember have fun!

Go over the checklist. If you don't know the answers to any of the questions call your commissioner and find out. Commissioners are listed in the League Officials section of this web site. The below checklist was done in Microsoft WORD. You will need WORD or a WORD viewer to see this document. You can go to Microsoft office home page and down load free ware which will allow you to view word documents.
06 Updated Coaches Season Checklist

Coach Education Requirements
Coaching Education Brochure

Dealing with Parents
Coaching is exciting and rewarding, but occasionally you may experience difficulty with parents. Some parents may want their child to play more, others may question your judgment as a coach. Whatever the concern, a parent is generally just looking out for their child, often at your expense. Don’t be discouraged. There are some things you can do to open up communication and make dealing with parents a positive aspect of your coaching duties.

1. Have a parent meeting before the first practice to discuss your plans and expectations for the season. See the article: “Parent Orientation Meeting” for tips on how to do this well. Encourage questions from the parents and let them know that you have given a lot of thought to the upcoming season.

2. Express appreciation for their interest and concern. This will make them more open and at ease with you.

3. Always listen to their ideas and feelings. Remember, they are interested and concerned because it is their children that are involved. Encourage parental involvement. (If you have a preference for a certain time to voice these concerns, such as after practice, make this clear at the Parent Orientation Meeting.)

4. Know what your objectives are and do what you believe to be of value to the team, not to the parents. No coach can please everyone!

5. Know the club and game rules. Be prepared to abide by them and to explain them to parents.

6. Handle any confrontation one-on-one and not in a crowd situation. Try not to be defensive. Let the parent talk while you listen. Often a parent will vent their frustrations just by talking. Listen to their viewpoint, then thank them for it.

7. Resist unfair pressure. It is your responsibility as coach to make the final decision. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still listen to parents.

8. Don’t discuss individual players with other parents. The grapevine will hang you every time. Show the same respect for each player on the team that you want the parents to show toward you.

9. Ask the parents not to criticize their children during practice or a game. Don’t let your players be humiliated, even by their own parents.

10. Don’t blame the players for their parents’ actions.

11. Be consistent! If you change a rule or philosophy during the season, you may be in for trouble. At the very least, inform players and parents of any change as soon as possible.

12. Most importantly, be fair! If you treat all players equally and with respect, you will gain their respect, and that of their parents as well.

Remember that you will be dealing with all types of children, and with parents having different backgrounds and ideals. The challenge for you as a coach is to address these differences in a positive manner so the season will be enjoyable for everyone involved.

Parent Orientation Meeting
All coaches are encouraged to establish effective lines of communication with team parents early in the season by holding a parent orientation meeting. This may take the form of a casual discussion in your living room, could be combined with a team picnic, or the first practice. Whatever the format, the time you invest will pay benefits for all concerned throughout the season. If a meeting is impossible, the following information could be put into a letter to parents/players, but a face to face meeting is preferable.

Purposes of a parent orientation meeting include the following:

Enables parents to understand the objectives and goals of the program.

Enables parents to become acquainted with you, the coach.

Informs parents about the nature (and inherent risks) of the sport.

Informs parents of your expectations of them and of their child.

Enables you to address any concerns of the parents.

Establishes clear lines of communication between you, parents, and players.

Allows you to obtain parental support (assistant coaches, team parents, etc.).

Things to consider when organizing a parent orientation meeting:

Hold it early in the season; preferably before the first team practice.

Having the players present is optional.

Prepare any handouts you would like to distribute, for example:

* Team roster (with names of parents and players, telephone numbers)

* Schedule of practices and games

* League rules

* Team goals/rules

* Summary or outline of the meeting

Be prepared and be organized to conduct the meeting efficiently.

Important points to cover in your meeting:

Coach Introduction
Introduce yourself and assistant coaches (or ask for volunteers at this time).

Give some background information about yourself (why you are coaching,experience).

Coaching philosophy:

Discuss what you consider to be the value of this sport.

Discuss your methods for teaching skills (describe a typical practice).

State the importance you assign to having fun and developing skills.

State the importance you assign to winning and losing.

Discuss any team rules and guidelines, disciplinary procedures.

Discuss your philosophy regarding player rotation, substitution, playing time.

Specifics of the program:

Practice schedule (how many per week? how long?)

Game schedule (how many? when do they begin?).

Minimum playing time (what is the rule in your local club?).

Equipment required (e.g. shirts, socks, shorts, shin guards, ball, soccer shoes, water bottle).

Inherent risks (soccer is a contact sport, although a relatively safe one).

Medical insurance.

Team management.

Ask for volunteers as assistant coaches.

Ask for volunteers as team parents (snack schedule, help with nets/flags).

Set up telephone tree and/or car pooling system.

Discuss COACH'S responsibilities for example:

Demonstrate leadership and good sportsmanship.

Treat each player fairly.

Have organized practices and teach soccer fundamentals appropriate to the age group.

Provide a safe environment (e.g. arrive at practice on time and remain after practice until every child is picked up by an authorized adult, ensure that the players equipment conforms to the club guidelines).

Contribute positively to the development of each player's self-esteem.

Help each player set individual and team goals that are realistic.

Give parents a schedule of practices and games in a timely fashion.

Allow each player to play half of every game at a minimum.

Coaches’ Responsibilities:
1. To deal with the children in a positive manner.

2. To lead by example, and to conduct themselves in a controlled manner on the field.

3. To limit sideline coaching - the players need the opportunity to play their own game.

4. To develop high self-esteem and help each player feel a part of the team.

5. To teach soccer fundamentals appropriate to the age group.

6. To attend a coaching clinic, coaching course or self study (read up on soccer coaching) to improve understanding and method of instruction while coaching.

7. To provide a safe environment:

a) To arrive at practice on time and to not leave the field until each child has been picked up by the authorized adult;

b) To check the field and goals to detect and correct unsafe condition. Make sure Goals are anchored.

c) To ensure that the players’ equipment conforms to the safety standards established by Greater Hazleton Youth Soccer Association.

Disc Cones Make Practice More Productive
disc cones
Disc Type Cones are located at each field site in the equipment boxes. If you need a key contact Tracy. Coaches should be using cones to create grid spaces during practice games, drills. Cones help players to visualize boundaries and challenge them to improve skills. If you need help with coaching concept feel free to contact our director of coaching.

Director of Coaching
Gerard Machalick
PHONE: 570-868-0348

U6 Coaches Goal Directions
The U 6 coaches are the only coaches that need to set up thier goals. The first game teams on the schedule will set up the goals and the last game teams will take them down at the the end of play. Plan to be alittle early to have the goals set in time for play. The goals are located at each U6 field in the equipment box. Both fields at each location need to be set up since we are using the dual field method of play. (That is to say two games at the same time at the same location) At this level, coaches will use cones to mark the corners of the fields. It is helpful to bring a hammer for set up. If you need help call your Commissioner. Click on the link to download directions. Be patient it takes a while especially if your on a modem or have a older computer. The directions are in "Word" format you can download a free viewer from microsoft office web page. For directions see the bottom of the League News Page. U6 Goals Set Up Directions

U6 goal


Coaches we need you help to ensure the safety of the children. We need coaches to make sure the goals are properly anchored before allowing play on all field locations. See the below document to better understand the issue.
The below document was done in word. You will need word or a word viewer to view this document. You can go to Microsoft office home page and down load free ware which will allow you to view word documents. See the botttom of the home page for more help.
Goal Safety Guidance

Cornor Flags
Coach Reminder:

Cornor Flags: We have a supply of flags at the Community Park Complex. Please ask the referee if none are set up at your field. Flags need to be set up the first game at each field. You can leave them set up for the next game. Teams with the last game of the day should take down the cornor flags place them on the table by the field shed as you exit.

Corner Cones: U6 and U8 coaches are remindes to the place taller safety cones at each cornor of their fields. Again you may leave them set up for the next game. Coaches with the last game should re-secure them in the equipment box at the end of the day.

Goalkeeper Dress Code

Coach Reminder:

The "Goalkeeper" is to wear a different color that distinguish them from the other players, the referee and the assistant referees. Use a practice vest (pinneys) or odd color T-shirts.

If your playing dual field method you have two goal keepers during the game so make sure you bring a vest or shirt for each goalkeeper.

Practive Vest

Need everyones help to make sure field areas remain clean and safe.
It has been noted that players have been leaving used plastic water bottles and caps as well as food and candy wrapers on the ground at various field locations. Everyone is reminded that trash on the fields can cause injuries to players. Parents, coaches we need to clean up our problem. Also please bring trash bags to remove orange skins. Finally rocks and sticks that our less intrested fans throw on field surfaces have also become a problem that risk injury to players. We are asking all spectators to pick up all debris and trash and remove it from our field locations to keep the kids safe. If you see something that does not belong please pick it up. Thanks in advance.


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Please Keep you Equipment Boxes Locked (Pass It On)

U6 and U8 Coaches were issued keys for their equipment boxes. The field box at Complex Field 6 , Whispering Willows and Valley Elementary need to be locked. Remember to pass off the key and game ball to your co coaches when you are unable to be at games or practices.

Check out these great sites for training, drills, and coaching information:


Planning an Effective Training Session
1. Select a topic that the team needs work on

2. Identify specific coaching points

3. Develop a pertinent warm-up

4. Choose some small group activities (1 v 1, 2 v 2)

5. Develop team activities

The Coaching Formula
1) Organize specific activity

2) Observe
a. That the organization is correct
b. That the players understand
c. Players’ success and failure

3) Correct
a. Freeze the picture
b. Reconstruct, demonstrate and rehearse
c. Return to live action

4) Observe again

It is important for the players to learn and practice the proper techniques

Practice all foot skills with both right and left feet.

Inside of the foot pass
1.        Ankle locked
2.        Foot slightly up at the toe
3.        Thigh turned outward
4.        Look up to establish eye contact
5.        Connect with the middle of the ball just before the instep
6.        Follow through (contributes to direction and pace of the pass)

Outside of the foot pass
1.        Ankle locked
2.        Foot pointing slightly downward at the toe
3.        Leg swings across the ball
4.        Ball should spin when kicked

Receiving a pass
1.        Move toward the ball (don’t wait for it to come to you)
2.        Inside or outside of the foot used most often
3.        Foot surface first touching the ball should be withdrawn slightly on contact to take the momentum out of the ball (“cushioning”)
4.        Ball should not be stopped completely, but under close control
5.        Redirect ball in front or to the side in anticipation of moving in that direction to pass or dribble

1.        Small controlled steps ... ball should be kept approximately 2-3 feet in front of you
2.        Strike the ball with either the inside or outside of the foot (softly and not with the toe)
3.        Look up frequently to establish eye contact
4.        Change speed and direction

Ball juggling
Continuous bouncing of ball off head, shoulders, thigh, foot, etc. without the ball touching the ground ... This will develop ball control.

1.        Legs bent
2.        Shoulders down
3.        Arms out at the sides. Used as a means of keeping an opponent away from the ball, or to stall for time waiting for a teammate to get open for a pass.

1.        Lean back at the waist
2.        Lunge into the ball
3.        Strike the ball with the middle of the forehead

1.        Head down
2.        Let the ball come under the body (allows shot to stay low)
3.        Ankle locked with foot pointing downward at the toe
4.        Strike the ball with the laces of the shoe
5.        Accuracy before power (avoid shooting directly at the goalkeeper)

1.        Ball MUST go directly over the head
2.        Both hands must remain on the ball (R and L thumbs meet behind the ball; thumbs and fingers of both hands form a W)
3.        Both feet must be on the ground (not necessarily flat; it is permissible to drag the toe of the trailing foot)
4.        As soon as ball is released, player should get back onto the field (often to receive a return pass)

“Trapping” (Settling or Controlling)
1.        Controlling the ball using any legal part of the body (NO HANDS unless you are the goalie)
2.        The controlling surface must “give” on contact to cushion the ball
3.        Ball should stay close to the player (not bounce away)
4.        If using a chest trap, bend the body backward slightly so the ball rolls down onto the ground at the feet
5.        Important when controlling the ball from the air to the ground, that it settle at your feet.

Remember, tactics are not important for the U6-U8 player and should not be stressed. As the players mature, and the concept of team play begins to develop, the tactical elements can be introduced. Listed below are some basic guidelines for the coach, which fall into the realm of tactics.

•Play positions (the various roles can be understood even as players rotate positions).
•        Get open and call for the ball.
•        Look and listen for passing opportunities.
•        Pass and move to space and/or to support.
•        Work to build and maintain triangles - the basic structure for passing and support.
•        Always support the player with the ball (forward and rear support within passing distance).

Team Offense
•        Maintain possession of the ball.
•        Keep the offense wide in order to spread (and weaken) the opponents’ defense and to create space for scoring opportunities.
•        Penetrate as deeply as possible with every pass, without unduly risking loss of possession.
•        Finish attacks with shots on goal.

Team Defense
•        Support and communication are critical.
•        Pressure opponents to decrease their “comfort zone”.
•        Delay opponents’ attack when your team first loses possession of the ball to permit defense to regroup.
•        Mark “goal-side” to defend against shots on goal.
•        Mark “ball-side” to defend against easy passes.
•        Maintain defensive balance on the field; guard against reversing the ball (crossing passes).
•        Mark tighter as you get closer to your goal.
•        Concentrate defense in front of the goal as the ball approaches your goal (limiting space available for goal shots) and direct ball away from goal.

Kick off
•        Short pass and dribble.
•        Short pass and pass back (triangle).
•        (Note that the “long boot” is not encouraged!)

•        Throw to an open teammate if possible (first look for the farthest unmarked player).
•        Throw toward the other team’s goal.
•        Throw down the touchline.
•        Throw to your goalkeeper (this is not considered an illegal pass back).
•        Take throw-ins quickly (before the defense can set up) but always under control.
•        Throw the ball so that it can be controlled in the air.
•        Thrower should re-enter the field quickly to be open for a return pass.

Goal kick
•        Big kick up the side of the field.
•        Avoid kicking the ball across the front of your goal.
•        Consider having a defender take goal kicks while the goalkeeper maintains position to guard goal.

Free kick
•        Close to goal, direct - shoot!
•        Close to goal, indirect - short pass and shoot.
•        Far from goal - big kick toward the front of the opponents’ goal.

Corner kick
•        Big kick into the opponents’ goal area.
•        Short pass and dribble or cross.

Drills (Skill Games) - General Guidelines
There are countless drills and many books and videos are available. You can obtain books and videos from links on this web site; also check your local bookstores and library.

You don’t need 100 drills. Pick a few and work at them.

Step 1 - Explain the drill (why it is done, how it is done).

Step 2 - Demonstrate the drill (slowly, step-by-step).

Step 3 - Execute the drill.

Step 4 - Figure out what went wrong (it’s often the instructions); fix it, and start over!

Step 5 - Use assistance from pictures, videos, CDs or experienced coaches to demonstrate.

Remember: showing is better than talking.

Some drills will not work well at first. Maybe they need a small adjustment (e.g. too many players, or players standing too close or too far apart).

Repetition of drills builds skills. It can also be boring. So use variations of drills, and don’t repeat the same drill too often. If your players are not enjoying and not learning from a particular drill, find another that focuses on the same skills.

Start a drill simply and progress to the harder stuff. For example, begin with a simple passing triangle; then introduce a chaser.

Play with the kids! Sometimes you should join in the drill as a participant rather than as a coach. Not only will the kids enjoy it, but you will gain a better appreciation of the skills you are asking them to master. You can also control the intensity by your play.

IDEA: Call a parent from the sidelines to be goalkeeper for a shooting drill!

Experiment! Don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

Split the team into small groups for you and your assistants to teach a drill; then rotate.

This keeps more players busy and allows more individual attention.

When organizing the kids into small groups, consider their abilities. For example, in some dribbling or passing drills it might be best to have pairs with similar abilities.

Conversely, in competition (e.g. 2v2) you might pair stronger and weaker players for balance.

Start a drill slowly. WALK through it first, then do it at half speed, and finally at full speed.

Scrimmages - General Guidelines
• Not the best for improving skills (many players, only one ball). But the kids love scrimmage and its great fun for them. So allow plenty of time for scrimmage during every practice, but don’t make it the only activity.
• Excellent for learning positions and game simulation.
• Good way to teach the rules (you are the referee!), but try not to stop play too often.

Small-sided scrimmage:
• Fewer players, thus each player gets more touches on the ball.
• Small field and small goal requires more control and passing.
• Small goal encourages accuracy.
• If you have a large team and sufficient space, run two games simultaneously.

Scrimmage with conditions:
• Maximum 5 touches: to encourage passing.
• Minimum 2 touches: to encourage control (no one-touch “passes”).
• Minimum 5 touches: to encourage dribbling.
• Must pass 3 times before allowed to shoot: rewards passing and good spacing.

Uneven scrimmage:
• 5 v 2 or 4 v 2 with no goals: forces passing. (The larger team counts passes.)
Offense vs. Defense:
• Good to practice action at the mouth of the goal.
• Good to work on set plays (goal kicks, corner kicks, free kicks).
• Have 2 or 3 extra players on offense to keep the action around the goal.
• Give defenders two small goals near the touchline at midfield.

• Blow the whistle and call “freeze”.
• All players must stop where they are.
• Coach makes observation, e.g. players open on right flank.
• Excellent teaching tool (if not used too often).

Open scrimmage:
• Full game simulation.
• All players, one game.
• Enforce rules more strictly to encourage fair play; it also gives players free kick practices.
• Play another team occasionally, if possible; practice subs and positions.

Injury Etiquette
Unfortunately injuries do happen. In the event that a serious injury occurs the proper etiquette for the unaffected players is at a minimum to take a knee where they are on the field and allow coaches, parents to respond to the situation. The referee will signal the coaches if a stop in play is required to handle the injury. Please instruct your players so we can do the right thing if the unfortunate injury does happen. And always be ready to get help for your players. Do you know what emergency care provider to contact and do you know the phone numbers to get help? Do you have parents or have you taken a basic first aid course?

Planning before anything happens is key.

Do you have a cell phone, phone card and change to call for help? Do you know who to call for help and do you have the phone number for your local area.

Coaches should ask parents if any of them have first aid training. Some may be doctors, nurses or other medical professionals and following the advise of those better trained is always a good idea.

It is a good idea to take a basic first aid course, or better yet, advanced first aid course. Many courses are offered by the Red Cross.

Click Here for more information

We have been working with the local Hazleton Red Cross (455-9517)to offer this course to all coaches for next year.

Coaches should bring a few zip lock bags of ice in a cooler to every game / practice.

We have provided a basic first aid kit at all our field locations. Let us know if anything is used so we can restock the kit. It may be a good idea to bring any other ideas you deem necessary in your own kit. Ask your physician, ambulance squad, or emergency medical facility to suggest a list of supplies for your medical kit. Check frequently that the kits are restocked.

Prevent many injuries and sprains by teaching, and allowing time for, warm - ups and cool - downs.

A general guide for minor injury remember: R I C E

REST : Stop all activity that would further aggravate the inujry. Continued motion forces blood into the damaged area.

ICE : Use ice continuously for the first 15 minutes, then 10 minutes on and 10 minute off for the first 24 hours.

COMPRESSION: To prevent swelling, wrap the injury with an elastic bandage.

ELEVATION: If possible, raise the injured body part above heart level. ( If they are laying down you don't have to raise it very high to do this.)

RICE should be employed for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the severity of the injury.

• Real ice works well, and is easier on skin than chemical cold packs. However, instant cold packs are easier to keep handy. Use a towel to keep cold packs or ice off the skin.(Aviod tissue freezing)

Don’t take chances; kids who are injured should be removed from the field. Injuries shouldn’t be “worked out” or “run off.” Strongly recommend parents have players checked by professional health care providers. Do not allow children to continue play.

Discourage parents from seeking a player's early return from an injury, as returning too soon will often lead to reinjury.


West Hazleton Ambulance Association 455-5221.

Valley Emergency Ambulance Association 788-5449.

Hazleton Paramedic, Medic 23, 454-8567.

McAdoo Community Ambulance 929-2042.


Hazle Township Fire Rescue Company 454-3411.

Sugarloaf Fire Company 788-1115.

Conyngham Volunteer Fire Department 788-2354.

West Hazleton Fire Department 455-3696.

Please let us know when you use items from the first aid kits so we can re-stock them. Remember you need to protect yourself and others from blood and other body fluids. Players can not continue playing when bleeding. Dress the wound before allowing them to continue. Refer to the US Youth Soccer handout Handling Bloodborne Pathogens. Click on the link Handling Bloodborne Pathogens

U.S. Soccer Federation Issues Guidelines to Prevent Dangerous Heat Illness in Young Players

CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 8, 2002) – Children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults. With this in mind and summer heat approaching, the U.S. Soccer Federation – the governing body of all soccer in the United States – has taken a leadership role to develop and distribute Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines for youth coaches and parents.

The goal is to help prevent the potentially deadly effects of heat illness among the 14 million U.S. children who play soccer.

The guidelines provide coaches with an overview of the latest research and information regarding: 1) the physiological factors and soccer-specific factors that place young athletes at risk for heat illness, 2) heat illness prevention techniques and 3) the signs and symptoms of dehydration and heat illness.

"As a U.S. Soccer coach for more than 20 years, I think it’s critical to educate coaches, parents and young players about heat illness, which is the most preventable sports injury, " said John Ellinger, head coach, U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Soccer Team.

To ensure the key points from the guidelines are memorable for coaches, parents and kids, the U.S. Soccer Federation has developed the acronym – G.O.A.L. – which stands for:

* Get acclimated – active kids' (and adults') bodies need time to gradually adapt to increased exposure to high temperatures and humidity. During this eight to 10-day acclimation process, it’s especially important for kids to drink enough fluids.

* On a schedule, drink up – thirst isn't an accurate indicator of fluid needs. Young athletes should be encouraged to drink on a schedule or at regular intervals before they become thirsty.

* Always bring a Gatorade – especially during games and practices in the heat, replacing electrolytes and providing energy is crucial to keeping kids safe and going strong to enjoy their games.

* Learn the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness – if someone becomes fatigued, dizzy, nauseous or has a headache during exercise in the heat, have them stop, rest and drink fluids. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

Fluid Guidelines

As one of the best means to preventing heat illness, the U.S. Soccer Federation recommends parents and coaches ensure children are well hydrated before practice and games. During activity, young athletes should drink on a schedule – before they feel thirsty – and consume five to nine ounces of fluid every 20 minutes (a child who weighs less than 90 lbs. needs five ounces of fluid and a child weighing more than 90 lbs. needs nine ounces of fluid).

"It’s crucial that kids drink enough fluids before, during and after activity," said Oded Bar-Or, MD, a contributor to the development of the guidelines and professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. "Research we conducted shows that when drinking plain water, children don’t drink enough to avoid dehydration. Compared to water, kids will drink 90 percent more of a flavored sports drink with electrolytes like Gatorade to fully rehydate. It’s important parents and coaches have these types of fluids available for children during activity."

The U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Heat Stress Guidelines were developed under the consultation of Oded Bar-Or, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University and Bill Prentice, PhD, PT, ATC, professor of exercise and sports science and trainer for women’s soccer at the University of North Carolina.

The U.S. Soccer Federation plans to incorporate the Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines into its coaches’ curriculum that will reach thousands of youth soccer coaches across the country.

Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer is one of the world's first organizations to be affiliated with FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body. As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the USA for 88 years. In that time, the Federation's mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.

For additional information about the U.S. Soccer Federation, please visit its Web site at

Additional Resources:
U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines US Soccer Guidelines
Quick Tips for Parents, Coaches and Young Athletes US Soccer Quick Tips
Sweat Fact Sheet Sweat Fact Sheet

We All Have Our Part in Providing a Good Role Model
US Youth Soccer Role Models for Life

Thursday, August 4
This Years Rules are Posted
Check out this years rules by selecting the rules button on the left hand side. These are the official rules. Don't be confused by any contridictions in your coach manual. These are current as of the above date. Remember if you have questions ask!

Select the rules button to the left to view our new rules. If you note any rule differences between GHYSA rules, USYSA rules and FIFA rules. GHYSA rules will take precedence.

Game Sheet, Practice Logs, and Parent Letters are Posted
You can get a copy of any of the above listed by clicking on the Forms Button on the left side. Note: These forms were created in Excel 97 and Word 97. You can get a free ware version of the reader for each of these programs on the Microsft Office Home Page under downloads.

Monday, July 24
GHYSA Practice Games
All game instructions are Word Document.

Warm Up

I Can Try Can You

Crabb Soccer

Boss of the Balls

Get Outta Here

Kick the Can

Pirate or Monster

Red Light Green Light

Sharks and Minnows

Pirate Ship

Hospital Tag

Freeze Tag

During the Coaches meeting we talked about the year end activities to celebrate the end of the season. Team moms can work with parents to put together a year end party at one of the many local business. If some handy parent wants to bake a cake that usually goes over well. Trophies can be obtained from several sources for around $6.00 give or take a few dollars (pays to shop for the best deal). Coupled with some money for the eating establishment a collection around $15 to $ 20 for each child can provides a memorable event for the players.

GHYSA want to remind all that our program is based on age appropriate play. You may of heard of a Parent Child Game as a way to end the season. GHYSA DOES NOT ALLOW this practice. Parents, coaches will not encourage or host this type of game. Children safety must always be our first priority.

Have a great season!

Trophy Suppliers
GHYSA POLICY AWARDS: Participation awards for ALL are allowed. No trophies or awards just for best team. The League does not provide awards. Coaches and the teams Parents may decide to provide participation awards. Typically a collection from the parents funds this award and year-end party. Several local suppliers can provide trophies. We will list some suppliers that coaches can contact to shop for the best deal. The below listing is not an endorsment of any supplier and coaches are welcome to e-mail other suppliers to be added to this list.

Vic's Trophies
1112 Birkbeck St
Freeland, PA 18224
(570) 636-1547

Valley Trophy Co.
732 State Route 93
Sugarloaf, PA 18249
(570) 788-5889

The list is done in excel. You can get a free excel viewer from Microsoft office web page under the downloads section. Click the link to down load this years list. Remember to keep your Commissioner and the League Scheduler informed of all make up games for field time and referee issues. If you notice a mistake or there are additions or changes during the season please e-mail so I can update our listing e-mail changes to 2006 Coaches List 19 Aug 06 Rev

Coaching and Playing Yotuh Soccer
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Youth League Soccer: Coaching and Playing (Spalding Sports Library)

Coaching Youth Soccer
Click here to purchase a great book for the beginning coach
Coaching Youth Soccer
by American Sport Education Program


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Coaches Resources on US Soccer Web Site
Click on the above title to view coaching resources on US Youth Soccer Web Site.

US Youth Soccer Principles of Conduct
A "Must Read" for all coaches. Principles of Conduct

The Novice Coach DVD
Tuesday, April 18
US Youth Soccer Coaching Video: The Novice Coach
US Youth Soccer proudly offers our coaches another tool to continue coach development with younger soccer players.

The Novice Coach: An Introduction to Coaching Youth Soccer is available on DVD to assist adults in providing a strong foundation in the sport to U6's, U8's, and U10's, and has been useful to coaches of all levels.

“The Novice Coach” DVD is another way that US Youth Soccer is furthers\ing its commitment to fostering the mental and physical growth of its players and coaches. The Coaching Education Department, in conjunction with USYS's Recreation and Coaching committees, are proud to provide a teaching tool to adults to assist them in providing positive learning environment for our children. “The Novice Coach” DVD will show all coaches, with varying levels of experience, how to appropriately facilitate a child's soccer learning experience.

The DVD features over 45 minutes of training sessions and activities geared towards your youngest players. The cost of the DVD is $3.

“Developing these young athletes' abilities is fundamental in how the game will continue to progress and more importantly instilling the passion and character building blocks for our future generations,” said David Messersmith, president of US Youth Soccer. “Our Coaching Education department as well as those on our recreation and coaching committees seek to promote the growth of the game in the United States and we must properly prepare coaches to encourage children to find the game within.”

Click on the title of this article to link to US Youth Soccer store to get your copy.

Some Tips on using this great resource. Once you drop this disk into your DVD drive it will auto run to the openning screen. You can select the Pamphlet to view and print the Acrobat file booklet but you will be unable to see the video. To view the video you can go to the start button then select programs then accessories then windows explorer. When windows explore opens select My Computer and then the drive you put the DVD into. You will now see two folders select the Video folder then select the file VIDEO_TS.IFO, when the window opens move the mouse to Intro video and select it. If you want to view the U6 information continue watching the video. If you want to skip to another age group then when that video is complete you can just select the X in the upper corner to close the window. Repeat the process of selecting the VIDEO_TS.IFO file and when it opens this time you can select the desired age group you want to view.

Positive Coaching
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