Monroe Soccer Association: Coaches Corner

Monday, March 9
Field Practice Schedule -Spring 2015

Please return all equipment back to its intended playing field location at the conclusion of practice.
This includes goals.
Pick up trash also.

Field Map -

Field Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  
I-1a 5:30-6:30    Ripa C1   Ripa C1
I-1b 5:30-6:30            
I-1a 6:30-7:30  Kelly I2 Ripa I1 Kelly I2 Ripa I1    
I-1b 6:30-7:30            
I-2a 5:30-6:30   Miller C6   Miller C6    
I-2b 5:30-6:30            
I-2a 6:30-7:30  Yarnall C5 Webb I3 Yarnall C5 Webb I3    
I-2b 6:30-7:30            
I-3a 5:30-6:30            
I-3b 5:30-6:30            
I-3a 6:30-7:30  Roetting I4 Ryan C2 Roetting I4 Ryan C2    
I-3b 6:30-7:30            
I-4 a
I-4 b
I-4 a
   MCElhaney C4 Webber C3 MCElhaney C4
Webber C3   
I-4 b
 I-5 5:30-6:30
I-5 5:30-6:30
I-5 6:30-7:30            
I-5 6:30-7:30
 I-6  5:30-6:30            
I-6  5:30-6:30            
 I-6  6:30-7:30            
I-6  6:30-7:30            
 P-1a  5:30-6:30  Kelley P5 Tobias P6 Kelley P5 Tobias P6    
P-1b  5:30-6:30    Frederick P3   Frederick P3    
 6:30-7:30  Hamilton P4 Hall P7 Hamilton P4 Hall P7    
 P-1b  6:30-7:30            
 P-2a  5:30-6:30    Routson P8   Routson P8    
 P-2b  5:30-6:30   Bryant P2 Bryant P2      
 P-2a  6:30-7:30   Blunk P1   Blunk P1    
P-2b 6:30-7:30
 p-3  630-730            
 W-1a  5:30-6:30   Burggraf WB1   Burggraf WB1    
 W-1b  5:30-6:30   Probst WG2   Probst WG2    
 W-1a  6:30-7:30   Race WB2   Race WB2    
 W-1b  6:30-7:30  Watts SB2 Wolf WG1 Watts SB2 Wolf WG1    
 W/St Aux a  5:30-6:30            
 W/St Aux b  5:30-6:30            
 W/St Aux a  6;30-7:30            
 W/St Aux b  6:30-7:30            
 St/Kicker a  5;30-6:30   Watkins SG   Watkins SG    
 St/Kicker b  5:30-6:30  Ploeger MG    Ploeger MG      
 St/Kicker a  6:30-7:30  Blunk SB1 Watkins KB Blunk SB1 Watkins KB    
 St/Kicker b  6:30-7:30 Kelley MB   Kelley MB      

  • Net and Goal respect- please keep kids off the nets and goals (big kid parents included)! Nets are costly(approx $700-$1300 per set). Some of our goals are in need of repair and don't need help getting torn up.

  • Same Jersey Colors- Home team is responsible for pennies. Many divisions have duplicate colors, so be aware before gameday and be prepared. (not a problem for in-house play)

  • DO NOT run up the scores! SAY 5 goal Policy
    Remember SAY soccer is for fun. Also it is no fun on the other side. See Loopsided Games.

  • Trash - make sure you clean up your areas, whether at home or away. Especially at Monroe School games, we don't want our school trashed.

  • Scores - Score Reporter added to this page and are sent to MVS. Coaches are responsible for reporting scores. Scores will be maintained on MVS unless playing in house.

  • Game reschedule/cancel procedures added (see below)

  • Rain procedures are posted on the main page (at bottom above weather) or click here.


    Coaching Drills:

  • More Characteristics Ux (x=under that age)
  • Jeff Pill's site(Women's National Staff Coach for US Soccer Team) - Jeff Pills Tips and Drills
  • Animated drills -

  • Score Reporter Form



    This form is for Fall 2013.
  • Passer and UP, report scores below.
  • Just complete this form (All fields required except comments).
  • Please ensure your email address is correct!
  • Click on Submit when ready to send.

  • Coach Name
    (use name off master schedule)
    Email address
    (for send confirmation)
    Game Date
    ***use orginal scheduled date, not reschedule date
    Game Time
    Game Location
      Team Name
    (use name off master schedule)
    Comments (if rescheduled, put date played in)

    Thursday, January 13
    Let the Kids Play

    Back in the 1960s when I took my first tentative steps into the world of sport, particularly football and cricket, we never had any coaching or adult supervision. We were luckier than most living in Hackney in the East End of London as it was one of the few inner city areas I know with plenty of grass –Victoria Park, Hackney Marshes, Hackney Downs, Clissold Park and Well Street Common. This was where I played when we weren’t playing on the bomb sites or fishing in the canal.

    Games were interesting then. There were no team colours, nobody asked how old you were as long as you could play, you could play in as many matches as you liked and there might be any number of people in a team. The most important player was the one who owned the ball. You dropped into the game when you wanted, went home when you wanted and you played as often as you liked. It was a kids’ game run by the kids for the kids.

    So what was so good about these games – what was it that made them so special that kids went back again and again? Is the answer to this scientific? Were they good and productive learning environments? Could it be that players actually learn better from the confusion and chaos of playing and be best ‘taught’ through the active nature of a ‘game situation’? Is it because kids like to have fun, improve their skills by copying their friends, do something they are good at, be part of a team, group or gang and enjoy the challenge of playing with the bigger kids? Or is it just that there were no adults around to tell them what to do? The answer is probably a combination of all those things.

    Kids rarely ‘play out’ now. The streets and parks are regarded by parents as too dangerous.

    Should the loss of these ‘games’ matter to football development? After all they were a very crude affair – a ‘kick about’ played on concrete, in a yard or, if you were lucky, on grass. The ball was usually plastic, or a tennis ball in the playground at school, with four coats, trees or markings on a wall for goals. Its replacement – organised youth football – is far grander and you would think much better.

    Why then in May 2001 did Directors of Youth from top European Clubs including Manchester United, Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich issue a statement which said that ‘the loss of street soccer was hurting youth development’?

    Could this statement actually lead us to the heart of the matter? Is it possible that for our very youngest players [i.e. those in the under-11 age range] the increasingly organised adult dominated ‘coaching‘ structures are squeezing out all the fun, spontaneity and creativity that evolved in street, playground and park games.

    For me the key could be in the phrase ‘adult dominated’. In the games I played as a kid, adults were hardly significant at all. On Well Street Common adults weren’t involved at all until the park-keeper came to chuck us off. When I went to secondary school we did have a teacher to take us to matches. However, he did not know or pretend to know much about football – his job was to give out the shirts. When I played for our school 1st XI the teacher knew more about the game but never imposed himself on us. He created a great atmosphere for us to play, and I can remember few formal ‘coaching’ sessions led by him.


    So am I making out a case for total anarchy? Of course not. We need well trained youth coaches and places where young players go to play that are safe and secure as those old days are not coming back. However, I am trying to make the case for greater understanding of the needs of our very youngest players especially those in the 8 to 11 age range, and the importance of creating the right environment for them to learn about the game.

    I believe these are the questions we need to consider:·         How can we encourage those people who deal with our very youngest players to be more imaginative and inventive and less prescriptive, directive and intrusive?·         How do we create environments for our youngest players that are less predictable, where adult influence and involvement is kept to a minimum and the significance of mistakes in the learning process is understood?·         How do we create environments for our youngest players that are less judgemental and less threatening, free of adult expectation and authority, where children can be children and play with a high degree of emotional freedom while learning the game and how it works?If we can answer these questions I believe we can re-create what we have lost in ‘street, playground or park’ football. The art of ‘under-coaching’ is often under-valued. Kids LEARN to play the game by playing it – so lets ‘let the kids play’ more.John Allpress

    The Football Association - England

    Sunday, January 23
    FAQ Every Coach Should Know
    Idea’s on how to coach a lop sided game and how to keep the score down... 
    Be aware of the possibilities early on. Coaches need to be proactive and be ready to adjust when the game is at 3-0 or 4-0 not when the score is 7-0
    Start the so called stronger players at defender or goal keeper if you know that you are playing a weaker team. This may prevent scores becoming lopsided early.
    Check the scores from previous weeks to know who you are playing and be helpful to weaker teams.
    Before the season begins ensure that all coaches are educated at both coaches meeting and coaches clinic. All coaches should know about SAY philosophy and how running up scores will not be seen as positive coaching
    Stipulate rules. For example: the team must make five passes before scoring  
    Goals can only be scored by the weaker foot, from outside the penalty area or after the player has performed a move such as the Maradonna that has been worked on in training.
    Goals can only be scored once every player in the team has touched the ball.
    Coaches should work together.  After four goals are scored, consider allowing the opposition to add a player and be prepared to add another player if the score dictates.
    Teams can take a player out of the game if the score moves above 4-0. The option above will not penalize playing time of the kids just for scoring goals. It is also suggested that the referee should intervene when the score moves above a certain point. This way the coaches are not put in tense situations.
    Finally, it’s ok to tell the players not to score anymore and talk about good 
    sportsmanship so they understand why. 
    How do you handle a child that causes problems at practice?
    The coach needs to be patient, encourage and try to remain upbeat with the child and the rest of the group at all times. Do not allow one child to bring practice down for the whole team.
    Always highlight positive behavior of the child causing problems at both training and games.
    If the child will not join an activity, ask the child to sit out of the exercise. When you have finished the exercise play the child’s favorite game. The first time you play this game do not allow this child to play. Play the game a second time and allow the child to play although explain the consequences that if he/she disrupts the session again, he/she will not be allowed to play the game next time.
    Talk to the parents and explain to them the challenges you are facing with their child at practice. Ask the parents if they could talk to their child and stay for a couple of practices; one to see the problems they are causing and secondly to take care of their child if they disrupt the sessions.
    The final solution would be to ask a local board member to observe a practice. Resulting in that the child may be moved to another team or your last course of action may be to remove the child from the program for the season. 
    How do we keep kids motivated during a losing season?
    At the beginning of the season it is very important to get your parents together at the team bonding session. Here you explain the SAY philosophy how teams are put together and your expectations for the season.
    As a coach always be energetic, enthusiastic and positive in all training sessions and game environments.
    At the U-6 and U-8 age group, children do not care about the score. Often scores are not kept it is only the parents who make a big deal about the outcome of the scrimmage. At the end of the game the players are more concerned at running through the parent’s tunnel and seeing what the after game snack is.
     Try to socialize out of soccer and encourage team bonding exercises. The bonding exercises can take place in the form of a pizza party, going to the cinema, bowling or a picnic. Encourage team participation and bonding rather than just winning. Enjoying 
    each others company will help with morale in a losing season.
    Create themed training evenings and make them both fun and interesting. Bring snacks and small prizes and hand them out during practice. For example: you could call the evening a South American soccer evening. Each child has to come in the colors of the country they have been given (Brazil, Argentina, etc.) paint their face and bring three interesting facts about their country. This builds morale after a couple of big defeats and gets the kids thinking that soccer is FUN.      

    Coaches: Teacher, Role Model, Facilitator

    YOUTH SCENE: Teacher, Role Model, Facilitator

    By Manny Sanchez

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