Coaches Corner

IMPORTANT NEWS

Coaching Course

Midlothian Soccer Association is excited to announce that we will be hosting U.S. Soccer Federation Grassroots Coaching Courses this Fall season, in conjunction with the North Texas Soccer Association.


These courses are open to anyone that is 16yrs or older and has completed the U.S. Soccer's Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, that is available free through the Digital Coaching Center (DCC). https://dcc.ussoccer.com

We will be offering the Small Sided games, 4v4 and 7v7 courses on the second weekend of October 2018.
These in-person courses normally cost $45 each, however North Texas will be absorbing $20 of the fee.


In order to register for and participate in a Grassroots course, a candidate must first create a free profile in U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC).


The candidate must then complete the free, 20-minute video that is an introduction to the Grassroots courses prior to registering for either course.
Once the introductory course is complete, the candidate may register for one or both courses

Whether you are a new youth coach, returning youth coach, or a coach seeking the Class D license, these courses will provide up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge to ensure that players develop to their full potential.


DATES & TIMES:
4V4 Coaching Course
Saturday, October 13, 2:00pm-6:00pm
The Shepard’s House – classroom portion
Hawkins Springs Park – field portion


7V7 Coaching Course
Sunday, October 14, 2:00pm-6:00pm
The Shepard’s House – classroom portion
Hawkins Springs Park – field portion

https://dcc.ussoccer.com

Before the Season Starts

GotSocccer Coaches Account

All coaches must have a coaches account in GotSoccer with a completed background check approved by North Texaas Soccer for the current year.  If you have coached before please log into your account at the beginning of each season to make any changes to the contact information.  It's important we have current contact information at all times!


If you have never coached with MSA before, you can create an account here.


Don't forget to upload a current picture for your Coaches ID!

Background Checks

All teams contacts (Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, etc) must pass a background check each year.  Current background checks expire in June of each year. 


To request a background check, log into your coaches account and follow these steps:

 

  • In the gray bar, click on the link called 'Background Checks'
  • Click on the button called 'Submit New Report'
  • Enter your information and click 'Submit'

It can take a few days for the report to come back with a result.  If you are approved, you will be attached to your team account. 

Practice Schedules

Coaches pick practice dates and times at the coaches meeting before the season begins.  Practices are scheduled for 1 hour increments beginning at 5:30, 6:30, or 7:30 Monday - Friday.  Teams can choose 2 practice days, based on field availability. 


It is necessary to schedule some games for week night evenings and those games take precedent over practices scheduled on the field.  Coaches should actively check their practice field schedule to note conflicts. 


Field lights are controlled by the city based on our practice schedule.  If your practice changes and you need lights at a different time, you must communicate with a board member at least 24 hours in advance.

Contact your Players

Once you have been tied to a team and the team rosters have been released (usually right after the coaches meeting), please contact your player's parents.  Even a note giving them your contact information and telling them you will be getting back with them about practice schedules will go a long way in helping answer many of the pre-season questions we get!


You can find a helpful step by step guide to emailing through GotSoccer here.

Assistant Coaches

We encourage all teams to have at least one assistant coach in case of schedule conflicts.  Assistant Coches are determined by the head coach. 


Once an assistant coach has been identified, they will need to create a GotSoccer coaches account here and request a background check.  Once that has been done, the head coach will need to email midlosoccer@att.net and ask for the assistant coach to be added to a team.  Note:  This request MUST come from the head coach.

Uniforms

 

Each team is responsible for ordering their own uniforms.  Your team must have matching shirts with unique numbers on the back.  Uniforms may not advertise any adult subjects, such as alcohol, cigarettes, or weapons. 


Some uniform vendors include:

Rally Sportswear

Challenger Teamwear

ScoreSports

Epic Sports

Season Procedures

Coach ID Cards

 We can not stress enough the importance of having your Coach ID card with you at all games and practices.  This card MUST be worn around your neck at any time you are coaching.  You will NOT be able to coach a game without the card being around your neck.  Referees WILL check - both home and at other cities.


Once cards have been issued you access them in your team account.  Email midlosoccer@att.net with the name of your team and a request for your coaches ID if it hasn't been issued.


To print the card:

  1. Login your team account.
  2. Click on the link for the current season.   
  3. Click on the documents tab, the last tab on the tab line, and find the Player ID cards document.  Your coach card is included in that document.
  4. Cut out the coach and assistant coach, when applicable, card and place it in the lanyard holder.  Lanyard holders are available at the soccer  fields.

Player ID Cards

Player ID Cards are required for all players within the U9 - U14 age groups. There are NO exceptions to this - home games or away games -the first game or the last game - if you do not have player cards, you DO NOT play. The game will be recorded as a forfeit for your team and will not be rescheduled.


Parents will need to upload their pictures to their player account no later than a week before the first game of the season.  They do this by log into the players account and selecting the button to upload picture. The registrar will issue all player IDs before the first games.


You have several options for bringing player IDs to games.


A printed version is available in your team account. Click on the link for the current season.   Click on the documents tab, the last tab on the tab line, and find the Player ID cards document.  Print this document and bring it with you to all games


You can use the electronic version by logging into your team account through a mobile device.  Hand the referee your phone and they will be able to flip through the "Virtual Cards".  Please note that you should try this BEFORE showing up for the first game to find out something went wrong!  Also, be prepared with a backup plan in case there are internet issues.  We strongly recommend you screen shot the cards so they are saved on your phone. 


If you have questions about this, please visit with a board member or other experienced coach prior to your first game of the season.


 If a player arrives after the game has begun, they will not be allowed on the field until the referee has checked their Player card.  Referees will NOT take their attention away from activities on the field to check cards for late players so that player will not be able to play until an extended pause in play, such as for an injury or half time. 

Game Sheets

Printed game sheets must be brought to every game, whether home or away.


Game sheets are available in your team account.  When you view your schedule, clicking on the game number will open a new screen with your game sheet in pdf form.  This game sheet MUST be printed and brought to each game.  Further help with finding and printing game sheets can be found here.


Please do not print all season game sheets at one time.  Any roster changes (for your team OR the opposing team) must be reflected on the game sheet.  In addition, if any players from either team are ineligible to play in a game, their name will be crossed out on the game sheet when it is printed.  To capture those changes, game sheets should be printed no more than 48 hours prior to game time.


At the end of the game, the referee will ask both coaches to sign the game sheets.  The away team's game sheet will be returned to them.  The home team's game sheet will be taken by the referee and turned in to the association.  Home team coaches are encouraged to take a picture of the game sheet to aid them in reporting the score.

Reporting Scores

Home team coaches must enter the game score into GotSoccer at the end of each game.  The easiest method is to scan the QRcode in the upper right hand corner of the game sheet.

You can also enter the score through the Gotsoccer phone app or through the Gotsoccer webpage under the event scoring section. 


Step by step instructions for using this method can be found here.

Traveling Teams

Teams U9 and above will play in the Best Southwest Interplay Leauge (BSW).  U8 teams may play in this league depending on registration number each season.

Game Changes

While we do our best to avoid it, changes to game schedules will happen.  Coaches are responsible for monitoring their teams scheule often to identify any game changes.


Coaches are asked at the beginning of the season to identify up to 2 dates they are unable to play games.  We make every effort to schedule around those exceptions.  Once the schedule has been issued, coaches may only ask for schedule changes in the event of a verifiable school function that effects a majority of your players, a conflict with another MSA soccer team you coach, or your team being registered in a tournament.  Requests for schedule changes outside those reasons will be denied.

Training / Tips / Resources

Laws of the Game

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) establishes and publishes the official "Laws of the Game".  These laws cover the game from youth all the way to adults.  You can find the most current Laws of the Game here.


While this Association establishes the overall rules of the game, it is important to remember that they structure them so local associations are able to modify the Laws as necessary for their needs.  Most of our modifications can be viewed in our Quick Game Summary.

Small Sided Rules

We implementied the final set of changes to move to the US Youth Soccer small-sided games rules in the Fall of 2017.  Because these rules are still fairly new, they might not be reflected in all coaching education/training documents. 

Concussion Awareness

 

We strongly recommend all coaches complete the CDC Heads Up/Concussion Course available through your coaches account. This short course covers identifying concussions and how you should handle concussions as a coach. 


You can find step by step instructions to find the course here.


We ask all coaches to follow the rule of "When in doubt, sit them out" for the safety of players.  Please report any suspected concussions to the MSA board so we can follow up with parents.  Remember - our ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe!

Efffective Practices

There are lot of places to go on the web for game and coaching tips.  Here are some of our favorites!


North Texas Soccer Coaches Education Center


US Youth Soccer Coaches Education YouTube Channel


Coaching Soccer 101 Drills


US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual

NTSSA Code of Ethics for Coaches

The code of ethics has been developed to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted professional, ethical, and moral behavior from that which is detrimental to the development of the sport of soccer.  Midlothian Soccer Association holds all coaches, assistant coaches, and team officials to the standards of this code.

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