Piqua Youth Soccer Association: Coaching Resources

Tuesday, April 24
Coaches Hand out
Welcome to the Piqua Youth Soccer Association’s 2012 season!

Thank you for your interest and willingness to participate in PYSA. The community depends on people like you to provide the kind of atmosphere required for children to learn the sport of soccer and have fun while doing so. Volunteering to coach is a big responsibility, but if you get organized, work hard, and educate yourself, it is a very rewarding experience.

 Code of Ethics for Coaches

The position of coach or director of any youth group is an important role. All the children look up to a leader and respect his/her position. The coaches’ behavior is always under observation by them, and they will strive to imitate those actions. The actions of the coach will have more effect on the players than anyone else, even the parents.

A good youth soccer coach should:

1.       Know the “laws of the game”, S.A.Y. rules, and PYSA policies. Abide by them and teach them to your players. All can be found at  www.piquayouthsoccer.com

 

2.       Treat the referees with respect no matter what the call.

 

3.       Exhibit exemplary conduct at both practices and games. Team discipline reflects the coach’s attitude 100%.

 

4.       Coach a clean, skillful, honest, and sportsmanlike game by stressing playing hard to win over winning itself.

5.       Help maintain a climate of enjoyment among spectators by discouraging negative remarks and or harassment of players, referees and spectators.

 

6.       Work at team morale as hard as soccer skills and tactics. Be a “fun leader”. You are not there to be their “friend” but you are responsible for making it interesting for them.

 

7.       While interacting with team members maximize praise and minimize criticisms. Make corrections slowly and calmly in a manner tailored to the individual.

 

8.       Refrain from profanity or vulgar language (this includes “hell” & “damn”). Remember you are helping to mold the character of your players.

 

9.       Coach talented and non-talented players with equal vigor. Allow players more than their required minimum playing time.

 

10.   Minimize coaching from the sidelines during games. Screaming during games accomplishes nothing.

11.   Pre-plan all practice sessions in detail to be interesting fast paced and involve all team members as much as possible (no standing around in a line, and no excessive laps around the field).

 

12.   Welcome feedback from players and parents’ concerning ways to improve. 

  

 

 PYSA Useful Information and Timeline of Events.Now that you have the coach’s handout this means team draw has been completed. It is now time to start preparing for the upcoming season.

One of the first things you want to do is get your paperwork organized into a three ring binder. This should include; Player registration forms, Team roster (complete with uniform number for S.A.Y. teams that travel), Contact letter, PYSA calendar, Board Member list, and coaches hand out. And as they are provided to you; Practice schedules, Concession stand worker schedule, and Game schedule. You must have the player registration papers with you at all team functions. The forms contain the medical consent and release, in case of illness or injury.

Challenger Coaches’ Clinic

PYSA will hold one day a coach’s clinic the  July 24th at Pitsenbarger Park (soccer fields). Challenger British soccer camps will provide the instruction for the clinic. Experienced and new coaches both are sure to gain some useful information from this session. Whether you are looking for ideas, or just want to get geared up for the upcoming season, every PYSA Coach is urged to attend. The clinic is offered at no cost to all PYSA coaches and their assistants. 

First Practice

You should find some parent volunteer s from your team to help you out. Make sure you have an assistant coach to be in accordance with the S.A.Y times two policy. Also three volunteers from each team are required to help in the concession stand one time, during the season; you can also choose to have a team parent. Failure to provide concession volunteers will result in one win taken from your team’s record. A schedule will be provided.

What is a Team Parent?

 This can be the coach’s spouse or parent of one of your players who volunteers to be responsible for their team’s support of the candy sale fund raiser. This person may also be responsible for the snack schedule, contacting concession stand volunteers, and making sure which parents will attend practice. S.A.Y national has strongly advised that at least one parent /guardian be present during all team functions for the safety of the children as well as the coach. These are jobs that need done and we ask that the coach finds a volunteer, you have enough to do.

Make sure everyone knows what to bring to practice and games. Shin Guards (covered by socks), a ball and water to drink/or to pour on themselves.

Half a field minimum will be assigned along with a time slot of 5-7pm or 7-9pm for practice in pre-season. The days are Mon-Wed or Tues -Thurs. You can practice during the season but field availability becomes a factor. If you are focusing on fundamentals, any field will work.

Note: Please remember that you should take personal responsibility to ensure that no players are left on the field after a practice or game. Stay with the player, and after a reasonable period of time have the player call his/her parents. 

EquipmentPrior to any game the referee shall inspect the players’ equipment. A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to another player or to himself or herself. 

Uniform & ShirtsAll players on a team must wear shirts of the same color. The goalkeeper must wear a color different than that of either team or the referee. It is the responsibility of the home team to change to a different color if the two teams normally wear the same color. (Get with your team to select a shirt color to bring to games so you can easily deal with the problem should it arise). Numbers on shirts are required, and must be different for each player. However, when a team must wear alternate shirts, because of a color conflict, such shirts need not be numbered. For an unresolved color conflict, the referees may permit the game to proceed. Shin-guards, which must be covered entirely by socks, shall be made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, polyurethane or similar substance) and shall afford a reasonable degree of protection.

 Footwear Shoes that meet the following criteria are considered to be legal: shoes that are made by well-known manufacturers and designated as soccer footwear; gym shoes, any type of shoe having any number of cleats (rubber, plastic or metal) that have no sharp edges. Shoes shall be properly tied (or otherwise appropriately fastened). 

 Legal Equipment The following shall be considered examples of legal equipment, and as such may (except as noted) be worn by any player: soft headwear such as knit caps, goalkeepers may wear gloves, a soft-billed cap or a properly fitted and fastened safety helmet, made of foam or other soft material,  hearing aids, eyeglasses, with or without strap, contact lenses, soft gloves. Warm-up suits, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants and similar soft apparel – but only if worn under the player’s uniform.   

Illegal/unsafe equipment The following shall be considered examples of illegal or unsafe equipment, and shall not be worn by any player. Shin-guards with exposed sharp edges, jewelry (including ear rings)or watches, face or spectacle guards, helmets of hard material, any type of cast or splint (other than so-called inflated “air” casts or splints), even though covered with soft padding, knee brace(s) – unless wrapped and covered with soft padding and approved by the referee, cleats (rubber, plastic or metal) with sharp or jagged edges, foreign objects in the mouth (such as gum or ice), other than internal orthodontic devices.   

Other game requirements

The first game of the day requires the home team to get the proper size game ball, and to set the corner flags in place. The last game of the day requires the visitor to return the game ball and corner flags to the concession stand. If the visiting team is not from Piqua then it is the Piqua teams responsibility.

   

 Spectators

Spectators will be on one side of the field and the team and coach will be on the other. No one can sit or stand directly behind the goal. No one can sit or stand directly beside the goal, not even a coach.

Each player will play at least the equivalent of one half of every game unless the player is injured or being disciplined. If a player is to be disciplined the director for that league should be notified along with the coach of the opposing team.

 

A maximum of three coaches are permitted in the coach’s box during the game (between the halfway line and the 18 yard line). An unlimited number of coaches are permitted during practice.

 The only leagues permitted to have a coach on the field are; Passers (6-7) Boys and Girls, and Wings (8-9) girls only.

·         One coach on the field. Permitted only between the 18 yard lines.

·         Not permitted in the penalty area

·         Cannot interfere with play, must stay 7 yards away from play

·         If judged by the referee to have intentionally interfered, coach could be “sent off” or the opponent will receive an indirect kick. *Note: We do keep score but do not keep standings in the 6-7 year age group. 

Legal teams 

Minimum number of players allowed for a game(see below). 

All teams are allowed a 10 minute grace period to reach minimum team size. Teams from out-of-town are allowed a 20-minute grace period, and must by then field at least the legally required minimum number of players as stated in the Playing Rules. If the requirements are not met by one team, the game is to be recorded as a forfeit to the other team.If neither team meets the requirements, it is “no contest” and the game should be rescheduled.

Players on the field

League 6-7/ Maximum  7/ Minimum 6/ opposing team can still play 7

League 8-9/ Maximum  9/ Minimum 7/ opposing team can play one up

League 10-17/ Maximum 11/ Minimum 7/ opposing team can play one up 

 

Winning teams report scores. In the event of a tie the home team reports the scores.  

Duration of the game

A. Passers  (6-7)      10-minute quarters

B. Wings     (8-9)      12-minute quarters

C. Strikers  (10-11)  15-minute quarters

D. Kickers  (12-13)   15-minute quarters

E. Co-Eds    (14-17)   20-minute quarters

For all rules and policies Please visit; www.piquayouthsocer.com , AND  www.saysoccer.org,

All SAY Areas to Implement "Times Two" Program. Implementation Date: Immediately                 All SAY Areas will require no less than two adults (suggested as unrelated), per team, to be present at all team functions such as games, practices, picnics, etc. No Exceptions!  

LIGHTNING POLICY In PYSA the safety of players and participants is of utmost importance. Soccer fields can be a dangerous place during severe weather. PYSA will determine if games are to be canceled or suspended, if a Board Member is not present the Referee will make the decision, but remember;         

You are in danger if you can see  lightning.  You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder.Lightning often travels sideways as far as 10 miles and can strike away from any rainfall even when skies are blue. In event of a storm, games and/or practices must be stopped and suspended until the danger has passed using the following minimum criteria: (1)    The sighting of a lightning flash or the hearing of the sound of thunder shall be reason enough to stop and suspend a game and/or a practice session;Do not wait until it rainsDo not try to reach the end of a quarter or the end of a game. (2) Coaches shall take their players to a safe location upon suspension of a game/practice session;(3) Following suspension of a game, the referees shall promptly leave the field to a safe location;(4) Play and/or practice shall not be resumed prior to 30-minutes after the last sighting of lightning or the last sound of thunder heard. 

Opening dayEveryone should play on opening day, Saturday, August 25, 2012. Photograph sessions are only on opening day one hour before your game begins. If you do not have a game your pictures will be scheduled. Please tell every child to be present, even if they are not buying pictures so they can be in the team picture. 

 End of Year Tournament (S.A.Y. traveling teams)8-9 Boys, 10-11 boys and girls, & 12-13 boys and girls, all participate in a post season  tournament starting mid- October. It is single elimination; the winner participates in a state tournament in early November.

Cards

Yellow card offence is considered a warning.  Red card offence is a “send off” and lasts the duration of the game.  A red card comes accompany with a one game suspension enforced the next game after the offence. This applies to the coach, player, or spectator, whom ever received the red card. The offence is reviewable by the applicable committee of board members and could result in additional penalties. 

Candy Sale Fund Raiser The sale will Begin September 7th and end on September 21st 2012. Anyone who did not pre-pay is required to sell one box. All payments to PYSA regarding fundraising must be paid by check or money order. 

 

 

This document is the “Parent Code of Conduct” for PYSA. Signing the bottom of this document confirms to us that, I therefore agree:1. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
2. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
3. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the PYSA. Avl. at  www.piquayouthsoccer.com
4. I (and my guests) will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
5. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and wellbeing of the athletes.
6. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
7. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
8. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
9. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
10. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
11. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. 
12. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
13. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak at an agreed upon time and place.
14. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
15. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the rules and guidelines of PYSA, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:  

  • Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/ or any board member.
  • Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by PYSA
  • Game forfeit through the official or coach
  • Parental season suspension
Reference Copy Only! Please keep on hand at all team functions.   

Below is a contact letter you can send your team through the mail or e-mail.

 

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Dear____________________________________

 

Welcome to the 2011 Piqua Youth Soccer Season!

 

My name is (                                                          ), and I will be your coach this year. While it will be a couple of months before we officially meet and begin our practices I wanted to introduce myself to you. Should you need to get in contact with me I can be reached at ________________________St. phone # ___________________,

E-mail: __________________________________________________

 

Communication is very important, that is why I am requesting that if you move, your telephone number, or e-mail changes from that listed on your registration form, that you please let me know. The information on your registration form is the only way I have of reaching you. If for some reason you change your mind and decide you do not want to play soccer this fall it is also important to communicate this to me.

 

Practice officially begins around July 25, 2011. If you have not heard from me by mid July please contact me so that I can provide you with the dates and times of our scheduled practices.

 

Please bring shin guards (covered by socks), and something to drink to first practice. 

 

I look forward to meeting you and a great season of PYSA Soccer!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, April 28
Here are some links to check out.

This link is for the Callenger wat Coaching resource. Use the code found in your Coaches Handout.

http://www.thechallengerway.com/

Here is a link to SAY Coaching help.

http://www.saysoccer.org/pages/default2.asp?active_page_id=78

 This one is some of the most usefull informatin I have found. Nothing fancy in this one, just good easy to read basics.

http://soccerpositions.net/

http://www.kidssoccerworld.com/formations.htm

 



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