This form is for coaches and assistant coaches who wish to coach for the upcoming season. This form must be filled out every season by both the coach and assistant coach. New coaches and assistants must submit their information for a Background Check and complete the initial Safe Sport Training, before they can be assigned to a team. If you are a returning coach or assistant, you must resubmit your background check information prior to the start of the Fall season. Returning coaches and assistants must also renew the Safe Sport Training prior to the start of the Fall season.
The Age Division Commissioner positions are volunteer positions that act as the point of contact between the coaches and the members of the Executive Board. They will ensure that the needs of the coaches and teams, for their assigned age division, are met.
Please review the current practice schedule. There is a chance of a weeknight game played on your practice field, please review the schedule and find an empty field to hold practice on. Thank you for understanding and your cooperation.
If you are a Head Coach and suspect that you may have a conflict during the upcoming season, you may fill out a Coaches Conflict Form.
All teams U9 and Up Coaches Conflict forms are due to Debbi at MPA by August 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm.
They MUST be filled out COMPLETELY and emailed to MPA: email@example.com
MSA coaches: Forms are to be completed and submitted by clicking on the blue button below.
Deadline is August 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm
Incomplete or Late forms will NOT be honored
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 Gotsport account and follow these steps:
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.
All coaches, assistants and managers must complete the SafeSport Training before they can be place on a team. The SafeSport Training Certification expires on May 31, each year. Once you have taken the full class you are able to renew your certification with a 15-minute refresher course. This training is available at NO cost to MSA Coaches, Managers and Team Contacts through the U.S. Center for SafeSport The training modules will help to increase your awareness regarding:
Beginning in Spring 2021, the Midlothian Soccer Association will be requiring ALL coaches to take part in the U.S. Soccer Grassroots Training.
The initial FREE, 20 minute course,
Introduction to Grassroots Courses, will enable them to begin their journey as a licensed youth soccer coach.
Additional courses, Grassroots In-Person Licenses, specific to their age division, may be taken in-person or on-line, at their leisure.
A coach's profile must first be created in U.S. Soccer’s Learning Center (USSLC) .
Click on SIGN UP to create a profile
Coaches pick practice dates and times at the coaches meeting before the season begins. Practices are scheduled for 50 minute increments beginning at 5:30, 6:40, 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.
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.
We encourage all teams to have at least one assistant coach in case of schedule conflicts. Assistant Coaches are determined by the head coach who will need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the assistant coach to be added to a team. Note: This request MUST come from the head coach.
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:
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 email@example.com with the name of your team and a request for your coaches ID if it hasn't been issued.
To print the card:
*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. *
*Information is subject to change to match inter-league play
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.
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.
Teams U9 and above will play in the Mansfield Playing Alliance Interplay Leauge (MPA). U8 teams may remain in the MSA home league or in the Cleburne league depending on registration number each season.
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 must follow the Reschedule Policy as outlined by Midlothian Soccer Association for U4 - U8 or The Mansfield Playing Alliance for U9 and above.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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