Welcome and Thank You!
Welcome to the Gilbert Youth Soccer Association volunteer coaches resource center.
If you are here, you have decided (or are deciding) to give your time and efforts to be a volunteer coach in Arizona's largest youth soccer recreational program. Thank You and we appreciate you! It is only through all of our amazing coaches, families and players that we are able to achieve our mission.
The mission of GYSA is and has always been to foster the social and emotional health and development of young players and families through the sport of soccer.
Please see below for all of the available resources to help you feel confident and learn how to be an effective soccer coach.
We must take our responsibility as adult role models seriously. We need to refrain from yelling at the referees and constantly questioning their calls. We cannot allow ourselves to get into confrontations with other coaches. And we need to encourage our parents to keep their composure. Remember, all of our actions ultimately reflect on our club and our town.
Let's all model the values that we want to instill in our young players.
1. PREPARATION: NEW COACHES - START HERE!
Season Planning Checklist for Coaches
- Find out who’s on your team: If you don’t already have the roster in hand, you are going to want a list about who’s on your squad.
- Get the parents’ contact information: Once you know who’s on your team, you are going to want to know who’s registering the kids and who’s responsible for them. Get the parents’ phone number and email and streamline communication.
- Send out the schedule to the entire team: To avoid confusion as to where practices are and when games are, send out the schedule as soon as it’s live to the entire team. This will not only help you prepare your practice and game plan, but will allow ample time for parents and families to mark their calenders.
- Make sure everyone has uniforms and proper gear – send out reminders: Looking like a team is a big part of fall sports. As the coach, you are going to want to communicate to your team and parents what they should be wearing and bringing to practice. Make a list and send it out to the all of the team contacts.
- Establish your communication style: As the coach, you are the decision maker and leader. Choose a communication style that works for you and make it clear to your team. If you set expectations early, everyone can better be on board.
- Hold a pre-season meeting: Pre-season meetings are a great way to set the season up for success. Organize a meeting and send out an invite in TeamSnap to all of the families and players. This is a good opportunity to lay out your expectations as a coach, any scheduling questions, and open up the floor to the group to ask away.
The basic philosophy of the Gilbert Youth Soccer Association is based on total player development. This is only possible if the entire organization agrees to serve this aim. These coaching manuals present an organized and logical progression of teaching the techniques and tactics of the game of soccer that will prepare total soccer players by the time they have gone through our organization.
First and foremost, it must be explained that winning is not the most important goal of our recreational teams. Remember, our organization is about total player development.
The things that allow recreational teams to win a lot of games (booting the ball long from the back to a big fast kid up front) do not best serve our young players’ development. For that reason, we need to encourage our players to work on the things that you address in practice (good control on the ball, creative dribbling).
That must become our measure of success, not simply winning. Also, in the interests of player development, it is crucial that all of our players get exposed to all positions on the field with some regularity. Soccer, unlike any other sport, is truly a game that belongs to the players.
2. COACHING RESOURCES
GYSA Volunteer Coaching Manuals
These coaching manuals have been designed as a model for our players to develop throughout the recreational and travel teams in our organization. The philosophies and activities in these manuals have been proven to work throughout the world. There are very few soccer leagues in the United States that are organizations in the true sense of the word. They are just a collection of teams that happen to use the same name. We believe this manual will help our organization continue to be a true soccer organization. We hope you enjoy the manual, and see its ultimate resourcefulness.