You are the lifeblood of this organization. By your presence, and the way you relate to your players, you teach much more then just soccer. So, as you instruct try to remember that your players will often forget the coaching point, but they hardly ever forget how it was delivered.
Training and Support
Coaches Clinic - Around the beginning of each season, GBSL offers a Clinic / Orientation for all coaches. They're always well attended and we encourage everyone to attend. If you're new to coaching or soccer, the clinic will teach you how to organize your practice sessions and give you some great ideas for drills/games the children just love. If you've played in college or maybe even done some coaching at higher levels, you can learn how to translate your knowledge into a language younger children can understand.
The clinic also provides a forum for veteran youth coaches to share their experiences and for a frank and open discussion on coaching philosophies. It's an opportunity to meet your fellow coaches in a relaxed, friendly and fun filled environment. Please plan to attend. Check the League Calendar for the Scheduled date.
Coaching Aids - the league has a limited number of books and manuals it distributes each year. Unfortunately there's simply not enough for each coach. However, there are zillions of well written, affordable youth soccer "how to" books available at local book and athletic supply stores. There are also some very good video tapes on the market. Check them out - there's got to be one that's just perfect for you.
Support During the Season - Your Division Commissioner will be available to answer questions, provide additional equipment and deal with any other issues that crop up during the session.
Note from Coaching Coordinator to new Division 1 coaches - However, it's worth a read by all coaches.
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