Kittitas Valley Junior Soccer Association
KVJSA: PO Box 1450, Ellensburg, WA 98926
KVJSA Recreation Coach Expectations

KVJSA Expectations for Recreational Coaches

Conduct regular practices and communicate clearly with your parents about when and where those practices will be.

The duration and frequency of practices depends on the age of your players.

Our recommendations are:

U6/U7 - 1 practice per week, no more than 45 minutes

U8/U9 - 1-2 practices per week, no more than 1 hr. During the four weeks where there are weekday games, we suggest that you practice periodically in addition to the meetings 2 times per week for games.

U10/U11 - 2 practices or 1 practice plus a game per week,1 hr to1 hr 15 min.

U12/U13/U14 - 2 practices or 1-2 practice plus a game per week,1 hr 15 min to1 hr 30 min.

Begin and end practice on time. It is best to show up at least 10 minutes early so that you can set up.

Maintain a positive, helpful, and supportive attitude.

Treat players respectfully and as individuals. You will likely be confronted with a range of skill and emotional levels. Do your best to set up a practice environment that takes these levels into account.

Teach and model good sportsmanship.

Control your players and their parents. If a player is playing in a dangerous or unsportsman like way, address the problem by either talking to him/her or removing him/her from the field. Similarly, if a parent loses control, do what you can to bring him/her into line.

Treat the referee with respect. Most of our referees are young and are still learning the ropes. Bad calls will be made and calls will be missed. Please model good sportsmanship and do not yell at the referee. Talk to him/her at half time or after the game if needed.

Do not put winning above player development. Focus your coaching, both in practice and during games, on improving players' technique and tactical understanding and on fostering an enjoyment of soccer.

Give players roughly equal playing time. This is a recreational league and that is our policy. Some coaches choose to reduce playing time when kids do not attend practices. This is your choice, but all players should get substantial playing time each game.

KVJSA Parent Expectations

KVJSA Parent Expectations

1. Get your child to practice and games on time and with water and the proper equipment. Let the coach know when your child will not be at a practice or game.

2. Be supportive of your child and his/her teammates and model good sportsmanship. Cheer for all players as if they were your own child. Cheer for players on the other team if they make a nice play.

3. Leave the coaching to the coach. Refrain from giving instructions to players. It is too confusing for players to be receiving directions from multiple adults.

4. Let the game and the soccer experience belong to your child. Don't project your expectations, experiences, and dreams onto them.

5. Let the referees do their jobs. Do not yell at the referees or antagonize them in any way. Remember that some of these referees are young and are still learning.

6. Make an effort to learn the rules of soccer along with your child. Realize that contact is allowed in soccer and referees are looking for contact that is illegal or unsafe.

7. If you have concerns about practices or games, please discuss them with your coach first, being kind with your words. However, do not approach the coach with your concerns after a game as emotions may be running high. Make an appointment to talk to your coach when both you and the coach can have a conversation without distraction.

8. Do not undermine the authority of your child's coach.

9. For the older age groups (U11 and U14), stand on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players. Remember that you are fans, not coaches or players or referees.

10. If you feel you have something to offer to our soccer program, volunteer your time. We have plenty of opportunities for coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, referees, on our board, and in other capacities.

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