West Valley Soccer League: Coaching Education
The coaches email addresses that are provided to you are for West Valley Soccer issues only. Any coach using these email addresses for non WVSL activities will no longer be allowed to coach in our program.
Q - Can I have less players on my team then the official number listed on the website (11 players in Div 12) Not 12
A - If you register a team with less than the minimum number required (11 players in Div 11) Not 12
You would receive the additional player unless there are not enough players in the player draft to fill all teams to the required 12 players
WVSL will still offer an on field training session to help new coaches (click here)
ALL COACHES NEED TO
1 - Complete the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports, online course. As long as you have uploaded your certificate after completing this course you only have to do this once.
2 - Online Registration Go To Online Registration this is for players and coaches (Coaches you will need to complete the registration process as well. Please upload the HEADS UP certifcate (pdf) and a passport size photo to your Cal South account)
3 - Risk Management Program, Live Scan Fingerprinting. If you have completed your fingerprinting with West Valley Soccer you do not have to do it again.
4 - US Youth soccer is changing the coaching credential program. As soon as we are given access to the new coaching levels we will let everybody know
You can see all your Players info on your coaches Cal South page (click here for info)
Coach / Admin Registration
All coaches need to have a Cal South Registration ONLINE
· Click Registration tab at top of this page ((Click here))
· Choose - Coach / Admin Registration
You will need to upload a passport style photo into your profile. The photo will be on your coach ID badge.
Don't forget you can look at your roster, find phone numbers & email addresses when logged in to your Cal South account
Concussion & Safety Information (click here)
Risk Management Program (click Here)
US youth Soccer New Coaches F License is mandatory for all coaches (click here)
Cal South U6 Recreational Practice Activities Available on YouTube
The Cal South Coaching Education department is proud to announce the release of 32 practice activity videos designed for use by coaches of recreational soccer players.
The instructional videos were created expressly to aid coaches in teaching simple field activities to novice players that will strengthen their skills in dribbling, ball control and running with the ball.
The 32 recreational practice activity videos can be viewed on Cal South's YouTube channel page at:
Coaching in Uneven Matches (by Robert Parr)
Because soccer is a very inclusive game, youth soccer teams differ greatly in terms of ability and experience. ...
Soccer Drive ((Click Here))
The new Youtube Channel SOCCERCOACHES provides information and drills for soccer coaches and players.
Eteamz Soccer Tips & Drills
The eteamz tips & drills section is full of usefull drills, tips, games and more for coaches, players, and parents
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Backyard Games ((Learn More...))
Backyard Games - Indiana Youth Soccer provides a wide variety of games and drills that can be done in a family's backyard. The games help players work on a variety of soccer skills and are an easy way for a child to practice while at home.
11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
By Mike Woitalla
“I got recruited to coach my kid’s soccer team. Any advice?” The most recent time I heard this question, it came from a parent of a 6-year-old. It prompted me to put an answer in writing, based on some of the best insight I’ve gotten from coaches and players I’ve interviewed and observed over the years.
11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
1. If all you do is set up goals and have them play as much soccer as possible during that hour of practice -- you’re doing a good job.
2. Familiarize yourself with the various age-appropriate games/exercises to facilitate individual skills -- but don’t use ones that bore the kids. And if it takes more than a minute for 6-year-olds to comprehend the activity -- it’s the wrong one. (In other words, plan your practice but be ready to improvise.)
3. No lines, no laps, no lectures.
4. Enjoy yourself! If for some reason you’re grumpy, act like you’re enjoying yourself. Kids pick up on body language and you’ll get the best out of them if they sense you like being their coach.
5. Greet each player when they arrive in a way that lets them know you’re happy to see them.
6. Always end practice on an upbeat, happy note. (Even if they drove you absolutely crazy).
7. See the game through the children's eyes. This will remind you that your main objective is helping them discover the joys of soccer. And not to expect a 6-year-old to play like a 16-year-old!
8. Do not yell instructions at them! Do not coach from the sidelines during games! This interferes severely in their learning process. It also makes you look rather silly -- an adult screaming at 6-year-olds while they’re playing.
9. Sit down during games, instead of prowling the sidelines, which only creates tension that unnerves your players.
10. Always have a first-aid kit (including ice-packs) with you.
11. Keep plastic bags in your coaching bag in case you need to pick up dog poo.
YOUTH COACHING RESOURCES:
U.S. Soccer's "Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” download HERE.
"US Youth Soccer Player Development Model"
“U.S. Soccer Curriculum” download HERE.
View the Game as an Art, not a War (Book Review: Stan Baker’s “Our Competition is the World”)