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Helpful Tips for Coaches ►►


Once Your Team Has Been Established...

Contact your players as soon as possible to make them aware of your first practice (location, date, time)

Schedule a team meeting (during the 1st practice) with parents and players


What to Discuss at the Team Meeting:


Your goals for the season

Assistant coaches (get help!)

Team Mom/Dad  - to help coordinate things such as distributing uniforms, planning post season banquets


Other Tips:

Match uniform sizes to players before having name printed

Have a practice plan

Get a whistle

End practices promptly

Have players help clean up after practices and games

Never leave until you have personally seen each of your players with their parent or guardian

Always introduce yourself to referees and opposing coaches before games.  Once the game begins, however, any communication between coaches should be done through the referee.

Stay Grounded (Never too high or too low)



"There is no such thing as a "5 year old athlete".  Young players are children who are beginning to form a framework in their mind of what it means to be an athlete and to be part of a team in athletics.  The best thing you can do for them is to help them develop the foundaations of that framework based in sportsmanship, teamwork, and positive attitude"  Charles Akin

Other Useful links:

Tommy`s Basketball Playbook for Coaches,Parents and Players


The Challenger Way - Welcome to! - Soccer Instruction


Coach John Wooden's Website


Coach David Akin's "Skills by age group" guideline

Team Concepts
Ages 5-6
Ages 7-8
Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12