- To dress appropriately and smartly
- To talk slowly and clearly
- To be on time for practices and games
- To plan practice sessions, and to plan for the game (pre-game instructions, substitute system)
- To give players equal opportunity and equal time
- To encourage and be positive in correcting faults
- To have an adequate supply of balls and equipment
- To know emergency procedures – ambulance telephone numbers, first aid
- To welcome other coaches and parents
- To be prepared to restrain, politely but firmly, overly enthusiastic parents
- To be courteous to referees
- To listen to the players
- To organize the appointment of a team manager and help structure those responsibilities:
- Team list with addresses and phone numbers
- Cancellation procedure
- Practice and game schedule
- Club reporting systems
- To know the rules of the game and to pass that knowledge on to young players
- To discuss player progress with parents
- To be capable of working miracles on a regular basis!
- To make sure the player arrives at practices and games on time
- To ensure the player is properly equipped with shoes, stockings, shin guards, shorts and jersey, and, if required, sweats. Note, socks/stockings are required to completely cover shin guards.
- To stay at practice and games whenever possible – and to support your player and the team
- To help the coach wherever possible – perhaps assisting in practice, or participating – with the
- coach's agreement
- To inform coach and/or manager if player cannot attend practice or a game
- To encourage your child and team, but not to insult or discourage the opposition
- To be enthusiastic, yet not critical
- To acknowledge the opposition’s good plays
- To bring a ball to practice, if required
- To keep soccer shoes clean
- To perform up to potential – but by the player’s own standards, not those of the adults
- To get to practice on time (explain to Mom and Dad)
- To dress appropriately - always wear shin guards, covered by socks, and remove all jewelry
Note: all other rules and guidelines not specifically addressed herein shall be governed by rules of the game.
RIGHTS OF THE PLAYER: To have equal playing opportunity – and the chance to score a goal (preferably in the opposing end)!
To enjoy, without undue pressure from the coach or parents, the world’s most popular game.