Expectations of Coaches

  1. Always set a good example for players and parents to follow, exemplifying high moral and ethical behavior. 
  2. Instruct players in proper sportsmanship and practice responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship and teamwork their top priorities. 
  3. 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).
  4. Treat opposing coach, players and fans and with respect. Shake hands with officials and opposing coach before and after each game. 
  5. Develop and enforce penalties/ramifications for players who do not abide by sportsmanship and practice standards.
  6. Develop each player to his fullest potential, giving candid feedback on strengths as well as opportunities to improve.  
  7. Develop creative, structured and FUN practice sessions.
  8. Keep parents informed on practices, games, directions, etc.
  9. Do not run up the score.  If your team is winning by no more 5 points, do not continue to score goals on the opposing team.  Instead, consider: 1) changing your formation and rotating players around the field; 2) instruct your players to pass the ball a predetermined number of times before attempting to shoot; and/or 3) create other rules to prevent players from shooting on net.
  10. Ensure that each player on every team receives equal playing time throughout the course of the season, regardless of the age group.    
  11. Ensure that each player has the ability to learn how to play and has the opportunity to play different positions (including goalie).  We understand and expect that players may eventually specialize in certain positions (particularly by grades 7/8); they will become comfortable playing specific positions; and they may verbalize a preference to play certain positions.  However, coaches should make an effort to allow players to gain experience in all positions, as appropriate, to the extent possible. 

Communications Parents may receive...

  • 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!)

Communications Coaches may receive 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