Our plan is to have this page full of coaching information. With links of websites we have found and used over the years. To help make your coaching experience better for both you and your players. If you have any such pages, please send me an email at email@example.com
Look at bottom of page for mutliple links that will help with coaching!
Coach Hanley is currently the Goalkeeper Coach for the Houston Dynamo, formerly the San Jose Earthquakes. Here's a coaching tip that he shared with a Positive Coaching Alliance meeting recently:
"Practice is a great opportunity to work on Honoring the Game. With my youth teams we start out each practice the same, a little 5 vs. 2 keep-a-ways. As soon as I hear any noise -- a disagreement about who is in the middle etc.... they are off on a short little run. They are going to run anyway in our warm-up, but they learn that any discussion about a poor call or decision sends them on their way. In our possession games the rules are pretty loose. Was it out? Was that fair? Doesn't matter, I am in charge and if I didn't call it then we continue. Do referees miss calls? Sure. Keep playing no discussion. I can tell you that in our training at the Earthquakes, while we always protect the players, very few fouls are called. We don't expect to get perfect treatment by the officials in games."
Select Soccer Coaching Application
Select Soccer Coaches Applications are due by January 25th for that coaching year. All returning and new coaches must submit their applications to the Select Program Manager, Mark Mayes (firstname.lastname@example.org). New coaches should also expect to be interviewed and the selection committee will choose who will be selected to coach.
Select Coaches-Postmarked January 25th,
Recreation Coaches- DO NOT Fill out an application. Rec Coaches MUST fill out a different form at the Rec. walk-in Registration session.
Coaching Application for a printable application.
Coaches Manual & Information
Other Forms and Documents:
IMPORTANT COACHING NOTES:
Game Cancellations and Reschedules: As soon as you realize that you will not be playing a home game here in Fair Oaks, you are required to report that information to Paul Etemad immediately at his e-mail: email@example.com. Failure to report cancellations and reschedules 48 hours in advance of your home game may result in you being assessed the referee fees that will have to be paid by the club. (Metro League Rules Apply for Select Games).
In the event of Rain Cancellations, you are required to notify the opposing coach immediately. It is preferable that you have worked out a method of contact with the opposing coach during the week before your game in the event that a rain cancellation is a possibility. FOSC makes every effort to have rain cancellations posted on the front of it's website by 8:00am Saturday morning during regular league season.
For CPL and Metro games only, please immediately contact Corey Auernig our Club Field Manger for a make-up field time and date. Give him several options. You can call him at: 962-1932 during the evenings or send him an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referee Conduct: We expect our referees to show up dressed professionally and on a timely basis for each game. If you have a problem in this area, or you experience a no show of any referee for your game please report it immediately to Paul Etemad. He will need to know the field name and number, (I.E. Phoenix 4) and the assigned start time and date of your game, along with the names of the referees who did show up so he can address the problem for us. Please help him improve our assignments by identifying these problems to him when they happen.
NEED TO FIND A COACH LICENSE CLINIC?
You may consult our District 6 website for dates of other clinics in the surrounding areas. Just click on the district VI website link below and look for the F clinic or if you need an E license upgrade from your current F license look for E clinics. Coaching Clinics We are always encouraging our coaches to upgrade their license, but if upgrading is not an option, taking another class is a good idea to keep your mind fresh with new ideas.
Note: Fair Oaks Soccer Club will reimburse tuition for classes where the F, E, or E/D classes are successfully passed and your license is provided. FOSC only reimburses coaches who coach in the FOSC. For reimbursement, submit your request along with a copy of your new license and patch to our Club Registrar, Stephanie Cunningham at the club address: P.O. 2950, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. You must send a copy of your license and patch to the Registrar to become a properly registered coach for FOSC.
NOTE: REFEREES RUN THE GAME:
It is against the Laws of the Game for anyone to challenge the referee’s judgment. This is considered dissent and is subject to a warning, yellow card, red card, send off, and dismissal from the field. Please talk to your players, coaches and parents about this law and know your parent and coach’s bad behavior or dissent will get you, “The Head Coach” carded. If this happens to you please talk to our club referee assignor or referee coordinator to gain further understanding or to get help with your sideline spectators or coaches. No matter how wrong you may feel the referee is - do not dissent at or around the game field! Remember coach dissent toward our referees teaches our players and parents to do the same thing. Please follow our assessment procedures (listed below) in a calm and rational moment several hours after the game. It will save you a red card and a 4 game suspension from coaching!
Referee Praise and Critique Assessment: There is a referee assessment procedure to follow. The form to use has a link listed above for you to use as a parent or coach to help us improve our referee program. You can print it off and provide positive referee input as well as constructive specific complaints about referees. SUBMIT A Referee Evaluation Form NOW! click here
Keep in mind that unfortunately and fortunately as the case is, we have 4 youth referees to every one adult referee in our club referee pool. We love to hear about the good stuff so we can bolster our young referees’ confidence by passing on your kudos. We also need to know where they need to improve. We do not need to hear that you think So and So is a lousy referee; we do need to know specifically where you thought the referee under performed during the game and where the referee did well. We need specific details so we can work with the referee to improve. Make sure you know the laws of the game before commenting on these issues and remember most calls are judgment calls and always based on what the referee saw from his/her position on the field, not your position.
Finally, remember, like players and coaches, referees don’t always have a perfect game. My job as referee coordinator is to help improve referee performance, not fire referees, and until more adults will step forward to fill the void of adult referees on our soccer fields we all need to give our youth referees support and encouragement for having the guts to get out there and take the weekly sideline abuse from the mostly under informed (ignorant) sideline hecklers who will not put on the uniform to help improve the game.
Links to different websites we feel will help our coaches.
Team schedules from neighboring clubs.
The StrikeRite soccer balls that all teams got for training.
Techniques for touches on the ball
US Youth Soccer - has a very good selection of material, blogs, and videos.
National level coaches blog here to give out helpful tips
Fair Oaks Soccer Club