Central Delaware Soccer Association: Coaches Corner

Wednesday, August 12
Coaches Corner


Q. Where can I practice? 

A. It is your choice where to practice. The club recommends you practice in a place centrally located to your players.  You generally can practice at any park or school with a quick call to the property administer of a given location (i.e. school secretary, Parks and REC coordinators, etc). The club rules prevent you from practicing at Schutte Park in an effort to preserve the grass. **Note: Proof of club insurance can be obtain by CDSA President Beth Johnson. 

Here are some suggestions:

Silver Lake Park Big Oak Park Smyrna (KK – U15)

Brecknock Park (KK – U10)

Bicentennial Village Park on Freedom Dr (KK – U8)

Dover Park on Dover Street (KK – U8)

Smyrna schools: http://www.smyrna.k12.de.us/

Dover schools: http://www.capital.k12.de.us/se3bin/clientschool.cgi?schoolname=school504     

Camden: www.cr.k12.de.us     

Felton: www.lf.k12.de.us  

Q. What are the best practices I can use to coordinate a practice?

A. Planned practices are the best, however sometime you also need to improvise!  Here are some websites to help you plan your practice: http://www.soccerpracticebooks.com



Q. What are my duties as a coach?

A. Coaches checklist:

·         Make contact with Assistant Coach & Team Manager

·         Immediately determine the schedule for the first several practices - Establish a location, appropriate start/finish time and days per week.

·         Develop a communication plan (email recommended).

·         Welcome players/parents to the team as soon as the roster received – communicate practice specifics.

·         On practice days, arrive 15mins before practice and always be the last to leave. Children, regardless of age, should never be left unsupervised.

·         On game days, a best practice for U8 and above is to ask players to arrive 20 – 30 mins before a game to do some basic warm ups (passing, shooting, etc).

·         During the game, set the example of sportsmanship. Always ensure respect of players, teams & referees. Coaches have a great deal of influence over the tone of the game and should always display leadership.

·         And finally – enjoy yourself! Coaching for the first time can be scary. Ask questions of your fellow coaches and look to network with others to hold joint practices and scrimmages.

Q. What guidance should I consider the best reference for Coaches Code of Conduct?

A. With regard to my players:  I believe that my role as a coach is to contribute to the overall success, physical, and athletic growth of the player through participation in soccer. I will endeavor to be a good instructor and a positive role model for my players.I believe that the score of a game comes second to the safety and welfare of all my players.  I will endeavor to put winning in its proper perspective.I am responsible for understanding and competing within the letter and the spirit of the Laws of the Game.  I will teach my players to understand and play within the letter and spirit of the Laws, as well.

A. With regard to opposing teams:  I believe that the way my team conducts itself can also have an influence, for better or worse, on those we compete against. I will endeavor to make my team a positive role model.  I will not coach, nor allow my players to play, with intent to cause injury to opposing players.  Neither I nor my players and spectators will display hostile behavior towards opposing players.  I will emphasize winning without boasting and losing without bitterness.

A. With regard to Referees:I believe that Referees, just as coaches and players, are attempting to do their best. I will instill in my players and spectators a respect for that fact.I understand that my attitude can influence my players and spectators. I will display a controlled and undemonstrative attitude toward Referees at all times.Neither I nor my players and spectators will address a Referee before, during or after the game in a demeaning fashion. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players and the spectators on their side of the field, specifically as it relates to the referee, coaches, players and spectators on the other team. Verbal and/or physical abuse will not be tolerated.  If players conduct is not in the spirit of recreational soccer the referee can have the player leave the game for a cooling off period. The same conduct rule applies to spectators.  If the cooling off period does not resolve the problem the spectator may be asked to leave the field.  If a coach approaches a referee or steps on to the field to challenge a call they will be asked to leave the game and the incident will be reviewed.

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