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Required actions for all coaches

  • Identify yourself as wanting to coach by either marking your intent on your player's registration, or by contacting the SASC Recreational Director
  • You must clear your background checks as well as State and Federally mandated online training before you can begin coaching
  • Attend a pre-season coaches meeting (online) where important information is provided
  • Attend an on-field pre-season coach training session. You will receive age-appropriate instructions for running practices, and will be issued all required equipment from the club (balls, cones, etc…)
  • Pick up the uniforms for your players and distribute them before the season starts
  • Hold a pre-season parents meeting - recruit volunteers for various tasks (assistant coach, setting up goals, snacks, end-of-season party etc…)
Coaches get a refund of half their child's registration fee after completion of all required tasks.

Practices

The day, time and location for team practices is entirely your choice. SASC will have permits for a number of City of Sunnyvale fields during the season (but you may be able to share with others on non-permitted fields). For certain age groups (U6 & U8), SASC provides a group practice session for all teams at a specific location and time(s) each week.

Practices can start 2 weeks before the first game day. SASC suggests teams practice as follows:
  • U6-U8 : once per week for 45-60 mins
  • U10 : once (or twice) a week for 60 mins
  • U12+ : twice a week for 60-75 mins
There must always be a minimum of two registered/cleared adults present at each practice. The coach should not leave practice until all players have been picked up. Again, make sure there are two adults present until the last player is picked up.

Volunteering

Each coach is expected to hold a pre-season meeting where you can discuss with the parents your expectations and potential ways they can be involved. Some of the opportunities include:
  • Become an assistant coach
  • Setting up/taking down goals (U7+)
  • Unlocking/locking port-a-pottie on game-day as needed (if you are the first/last game of the day)
  • Being the "team referee" (for U6/U7 only)
  • Organizing snacks, end-of-season party, etc...

Expectations

Coaches should always set a good example for behavior.
Please respect the decisions of the referees regardless of whether you agree with their judgment. The club has many youth referees who are learning, just like the players. Beginning referees are typically in control of games at the youngest age groups and progress to older age groups with experience.

Game Days

Please make sure to meet your opposing coach each game day to see how their season is going. Remember your mutual job is to create the best game possible for both teams! If there is a imbalance between the teams, coaches are expected to make adjustments to try and make the game more enjoyable for all. Coach Andrew can provide techniques for achieving this.

Only a maximum of 2 adults may be on the players side of the field during games. These adults must be registered/cleared. No adult is permitted on the field of play without the permission of the referee. No spectator or coach is permitted behind the end-line or near the goals.

Please make sure games start and finish on time so the rest of the games that day can stay on schedule (take your players away from the sideline to a safe area for post-game snacks/discussion).

Online Coaching Resources

Please feel free to contact our SASC Director of Coaching (Andrew Ransome) if you have questions on any of these activities.

These are the practice plans for the U6 training sessions for the Spring 2022 season:

Rec. Coach Training meeting material Ideas and concepts for coaching all rec age groups
U6 Practice Plan #1 Complete practice plans for the U6/7 age group
U6 Practice Plan #2
U8 Practice Plan #1 Complete practice plans for the U8 age group
U8 Practice Plan #2
U10 Practice Plan #1 Complete practice plans for the U10 age group
U10 Practice Plan #2
U12 Practice Plan #1 Complete practice plans for the U12 age group
U12 Practice Plan #2
Playing Onside Explanation of FIFA Law 11 - Offside
2v2 Using the 2v2 format to introduce the game to new players
Introducing Challenges Using small-sided games to practice introducing challenges
U6 Safari Soccer Take your ball on a soccer safari
U8 Inside Using the inside of the foot
U10 Juggle Introduction to juggling a ball

For more information, please contact us at: recreation@sunnyvalesoccer.org