Coaches

Role of The Coach

coachesA coach should help to improve the performance of the players (and the team) both physically and psychologically. The position of coach is demanding and multi-faceted. Parent, teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, organizer...these are some of the duties demanded of the coach.

When players sign-up with a club, they expect to receive something for their registration fee. They want to play and learn and they also want to do so in an enjoyable environment. Shaping the lives of young people is a large responsibility, effected not only through what we teach, but also the way we teach. The process of learning is at least as important as the product. In addition to what they learn about soccer, children may learn to be better people. You may be overwhelmed by your influence, but you accept that influence when you assume the position of coach.

To develop players, you must have a sound knowledge of the game. This knowledge relates to skill, technique, tactics, fitness, and Laws of the Game. Coaches are, generally, knowledgeable about some of these aspects, but weak in others. Good coaches are always seeking new ideas to develop their knowledge of the game and players.

As coaches, we must try to find out what potential a player has so that we can develop that potential and make the player the best player he or she can be.

To register to be a coach, read these instructions.


The Community Sport Stream

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BC Soccer recommends all coaches to obtain soccer training for players at the right stage of their development. As players grow and develop their skills it is important for coaches to be equipped with the right tools at the right time to provide the right environment for players, parents and coaching staff alike.  Becoming trained at the right stage and by obtaining the resource material that is available by attending the courses, coaches will be able to impact soccer education in an organized and enjoyable fashion.  Every course is progressive and more advanced as the players' ability increases.

This chart provides the guidelines for coaches to select the best course for themselves and the players, respective to the stage of development the coach is working with.  Coaches need to know that in the early stages, some players may benefit from curriculum that overlaps between various years due to a difference in ability, interest, and growth factors.

Reference: http://www.bcsoccer.net/coach

Courses and Workshops

ACTIVE START (Stage 1 ‘First Kicks’ U4-U6)

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 3.5 hours

FUNDAMENTALS (Stage 2 Fun with the Ball U7-U9)

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Mini game formats are used, ranging from 3v3 to 5v5 and a basic league schedule can be created but no standings should be kept. All players should play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 7.5 hours

LEARNING TO TRAIN (Stage 3 ‘The Golden Age of Learning’ U9-U12)

This stage introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping, and the training to competition ratio should be 2 to 3 training sessions for every game.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 14 hours

SOCCER FOR LIFE (Stage 7 ‘Soccer for Health & Grassroots Growth’ U13 - U18+)

At this stage, skill training demands and training loads are increased to develop and refine skills and tactics. Tactical awareness becomes an increasingly important facet of training, alongside mental toughness, concentration, and diligence. Elite soccer groups may express interest in recruiting talented young players, but coaches and parents should be careful to recognize and protect the long-term interests of each athlete. Game formats develop from 8v8 to 11v11 (although no 11v11 prior to 13 years of age) as players grow through this stage, and the season moves toward year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 14 hours

Reference: http://www.bcsoccer.net/courses_workshops

Current Coaching Courses

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Fundamentals: Sunday September 13 scheduled at Shirley Macey Park and Eric Cardinal Hall. This is a one-day course, beginning at 9:00 am. Use this access code for payment1 (case-sensitive):

                 SCFUN1309

To participate, you will need to register with Coach Centre.

COMMUNITY SPORT STREAM COURSES REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Registration for all Community Sport Stream Courses is done through Coach Centre, the BC Soccer Coach Centre management system. To view the schedule of upcoming courses and register for a course, you must login. 

If you are a first time visitor, you will need to create a login and password. Please follow the directions below to register for a new account.

  1. Go to http://www.coachcentre.ca/
  2. Click the grey Register button
  3. Choose BCSoccer from the drop-down box, and click Next
  4. You will now enter the registration form.  Complete the fields
  5. Once you have completed the registration form, you will have created a Coach Centre account and you should be looking at the Coach Centre home page.
  6. You will now be able to search the available courses and register!

Once you have a Coach Centre account, log in to view a schedule of upcoming courses and register for a course.  To do so:

  1. Go to http://www.coachcentre.ca/
  2. Enter your login information (email address and password) in the login box in the top right hand corner. If you have forgotten your password, use the ‘forgot password’ link to have it emailed to you
  3. Once you are logged in, select "Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer" under "Host" in the form. Click on "Search". A list of courses available will appear on the page.
  4. Click on "View" next to the course you wish to take.
  5. Enter the access code provided above in the "Private Code" box and click on "Next". Follow further instructions to register for the course.
  6. Come back to this page for course schedule and location changes. Or, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for last minute notifications.


1If you register for a course provided through the SCYSA you will be given an access code for payment.  If you register for a course provided with another association, you will be required to pay for it.  When you present both proof of payment and evidence that you have completed the course, you will be reimbursed.