- Always set a good example for players and parents to follow, exemplifying high moral and ethical behavior.
- Instruct players in proper sportsmanship and practice responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship and teamwork their top priorities.
- Respect judgment of referees, abide by rules of the game and display no behavior that could incite players or parents (ex. questioning calls, gestures, etc).
- Treat opposing coach, players and fans and with respect. Shake hands with officials and opposing coach before and after each game.
- Develop and enforce penalties/ramifications for players who do not abide by sportsmanship and practice standards.
- Develop each player to his fullest potential, giving candid feedback on strengths as well as opportunities to improve.
- Develop creative, structured and FUN practice sessions.
- Keep parents informed on practices, games, directions, etc.
Communications Parents Should Expect from the Coach:
- Philosophy and goals of the program
- Coach expectations for individual players and the team
- Location and times of practices and games
- Team rules and guidelines
- Procedures to be followed if a player is injured during participation (Note: Any child exhibiting signs of a concussion- nausea, dizziness, etc- will not be put back into the game and will require a note from his doctor clearing him for participation in future practices and games. No exceptions!)
- An evaluation of your child's soccer development- both strengths and weaknesses
Communications Coaches Should Expect from Players and Parents:
- Concerns expressed directly to the Head Coach and Assistant Coach
- Notification of any schedule conflicts in advance
- Notification of illness or injury as soon as possible