• First responsibility is the health and safety of all participants.
• Be prepared to handle first aid situations as well as medical emergencies at all practices and games, both home and away.
• Have and know how to use a properly supplied first aid kit/ice
• Location of nearest emergency medical facilities
• Follow up all injuries with parents/guardians
• Know and understand the Laws of the Game
• Inspect players equipment and field conditions for safety reason
• Utilize proper teaching and instructing of players regarding safe techniques and methods of play
• Implement appropriate training programs to make sure players are fit for practice and competition.
• Supervise and control your players so as to avoid injury situations.
• Develop the child’s appreciation of the game.
• Keep winning and losing in proper perspective, strive for the players to be competitive.
• Be sensitive to each child’s development needs.
• Educate the players to the technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game in an age appropriate atmosphere.
• Allow players to experience all positions.
• Players need to have fun and receive positive feedback.
• Practice should be conducted in the spirit of enjoyment and learning.
• Players should be encouraged to try new things and not punished when they don’t succeed.
• Strive to help each player reach his or her full potential and be prepared to move to the next stage of development.
• Strive to maintain integrity within our sport.
• Know and follow all rules and policies set forth by clubs, leagues, state, and national associations.
• Work in the spirit of cooperation with officials, administrators, coaches and spectators to provide the participants with the maximum opportunity to develop.
• Be a positive role model.
• Set the standard for sportsmanship with opponents, refereed, administrators and spectators.
• Treat the officials with respect as they are the authority figure on the field.
• Keep sport in proper perspective with education and family.
• Grass roots 4v4
• Players will participate in a series of small sided games (4 vs 1 to 4 vs 4)
• Each game will be followed by technical training.
• These training sessions are focused totally on the player not the coach.
• DISCOVERY is the word. Through the players eyes - not the coaches.
4v4 Case Study
Findings from Manchester Metropolitan UNV
• Number of passes increases by 135%
• Increase in goals scored 500%
• 1v1 Encounters increased by 225%
• Dribbling skills improved by 280%
• Coach first, winning second, player last (No)
• Winning is not everything, but striving to win is (Yes)
Small Sided Playing Format
• Multiple fields are set up for small sided play. Four different games on one field.
• 8 minute games, followed by 8 minute technique training.
• Supervision for each field – little coaching – guided questions.
• Duration of training sessions should take no more than 90 minutes. Twice per week.
• Every third week is tournament style training in games from 4 vs 4 to 8 vs 8.
• Most Programs use the words "player development."
• The ASE Program allows for continued weekly development and evaluation.
• Progress reports given as the players are being evaluated in the correct environment.
• Continued Coaching Education for our coaches to benefit your players.