Coaches, so far we’ve had two great Saturdays of soccer. Hope you and the kids are enjoying the play and the weather. As always, a few items to note below.
- ASSISTANT COACHES: If you have an assistant coach, make sure that person has volunteer forms into the league and the appropriate training (Safe Haven AND age-specific for U6, U8, and U10). Remind the assistant coach when he/she is covering for you that the player forms should be at any practice or game with the kids.
- SELL THAT PASTA!!: Forms are due this Saturday. Please hand them in at the field. If you have a bye, then find a way to get the forms to the field. A great job for a team parent (not a coach!!).
- DONATE OLD SOCCER CLEATS: A representative from “Cleats for Bare Feet” will be here on Saturday, April 27th to collect used soccer equipment. Their non-profit connects those with an excess of sports equipment with those in need around the world.
- SHORT PLAYERS?: Remember two things 1) coaches don’t cancel games; and 2) tell your Division Director if you are going to be short so that the opposing coach can be informed ahead of time. Enlist the sympathy of parents on this one, as I know some don’t tell you until the last minute.
- KEEPER CLINIC: We just had over 20 players at the Keeper Clinic that was put on by Kevin Mahmot (Assistant Coach at Washington High School) on Sunday. If you see him, thank him for doing this. We are talking of making this a regular event each season. The kids were enthusiastic and picked up some fundamentals that we don’t address in depth in our regular coach trainings. We learned “hands to ball”, that the keepers have a 3rd hand (the ground), and many other useful pieces of keeper info. Many coaches attended as well, which makes us collectively “smarter”. Thank you for coming coaches as the kids will be better of for your extra effort.
- PICTURE SCHEDULE: Picture schedule will be up on the website this week. Look for it. If you don’t see your name (i.e., check it quickly), there will be a contact number for the photographer on the schedule. If you don’t have picture forms, contact your division director. They’ve been at the fields on Saturday. I think most have been handed out, but maybe there are some stragglers. Fill out those forms BEFORE your picture time (during = delays and a cranky picture taker who may just fuzz up your kids picture…you never know).
- GAME TIME ASSESSMENTS: Coming into week #3, we should be observing more and barking less on the sidelines. Identify areas of weakness during the game to give you ideas on what to work on during the week’s practices. Our league purposely asks coaches and spectators to be quieter (i.e., no instructions) so that the kids can make decisions on the field with a clear head. Ask yourself if you are telling them what to do or are you giving them the space to make decisions (good and bad) on their own?
Questions? Ask your Division Director. They are really, really smart people (“geniuses” really) when it comes to JCYSL!
David P. Simmons
JCYSL Coach Administrator