TOSA KICKERS COACHING GUIDELINES
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Season
- DO NOT start a soccer event if the fields and nets are unsafe, if the used or unused goals are not anchored properly and/or if the goals are not labeled with safety stickers.
- DO NOT allow any player to carry, move, transport goals, climb and/or hang on goals.
- DO document unsafe field and goal conditions to your club administrator.
- DO advise parents about goal safety and that they should never allow their children to climb and/or hang on goals and nets.
- DO NOT make or accept personal emails, texts, calls or other communication to and from players. All communication should include the parents.
- DO NOT give your personal phone number or email to players. Emails should be group/team emails and include the parents.
- DO NOT “friend” a player or allow a player to “friend” you.
- DO NOT use profanity, drink alcoholic beverages and/or smoke in the presence of players.
- DO NOT coach if you are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- DO NOT be alone with players.
- DO NOT touch a player.
- DO NOT demean, negatively label or ridicule a child.
- DO NOT show particular or intense interest in one or several children.
- DO NOT disclose intimate or personal feelings to a player.
- DO NOT make excessive physical contact with one player.
- DO NOT flirt, banter, tease, and/or date players.
- DO NOT post on public sites photographs of children with names listed, practice schedules, and anything that can identify individual players.
- DO submit a background check. Through MKSC
- DO communicate with parents.
- DO allow at least one parent to be involved in the team organization.
- DO allow parents to speak up when they have concerns regarding non- soccer issues.
- DO document unusual situations and report your concerns to your club administrator
Medical & Safety Concerns
- DO NOT allow a player who is complaining about or recovering from an injury/illness and/or who is injured/ill to return to play before you receive a written release from the player’s medical doctor. When in doubt, sit them out!
- DO take injuries to the head, neck and back seriously. DO NOT allow a player who has sustained a head, neck or back injury to return to play before the player has been evaluated and you receive a written release from a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy who specializes in concussion treatment and management.
- DO remove all players from fields to safety at the first warning/sign of approaching severe weather.
- DO learn the signs of bullying and take actions to prevent bullying.
Three very important points to remember.
- Never leave a player alone after training or games.
- Be certain that players depart with their parents or a designated individual.
- Avoid being left alone with players who are not your children
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
Practice and Games
- Coaches will not criticize the referee openly or directly, during or after gamesCoaches must be positive role models for players. They must show emotional maturity by controlling their anger and never using obscene language or gestures. Coaches will not criticize the referee openly or directly, during or after games3. Coaches must create a positive and fun environment for their players.
4. Coaches must provide open communication with parents and enlist their help and support with the team.
5. Coaches must be educators, placing the development of player skills and knowledge ahead of winning games. They must encourage team play over individual efforts.
6. Coaches must set goals and objectives for their team that foster mastery in their players.
7. Coaches must help players develop their own internal motivation and critical self-observation skills.
8. Coaches must treat everyone fairly and with respect. They should set the highest standard for others to follow.
9. Coaches must be organized and prepared so that limited practice time and game time are put to best use.
10. Coaches must always put player safety and health first by dealing aggressively with unsafe situations or player conduct. They should encourage their players with appropriate safety and health leadership in all areas of their lives.
11. Coaches must continue to work to develop their skills as a coach.
12. Coaches must honor the game and help players and parents to appreciate the sport and the life