By now you may have made new friends and are working along with other adults who share the same goal. Together you have shared ideas and have outlined the program format.
If the league will only service a few children you won’t need to have very many people to administer the league. In fact, your entire league may only consist of one team-Yours! However, if your program guidelines involve large numbers of special needs children, you will need administrative help.
Either way, the administrator(s) should get together and make decisions on the issues your program may face. If you are a part of an established youth soccer organization, a committee may be formed to make decisions relating to the special needs program. If not, you may decide to incorporate as a non-profit, form a Board of Directors, and establish by laws & policies with your program guidelines. Please consult with an attorney on how to from a non-profit corporation.
The administrative process will involve many important decisions. You may need to accomplish the following:
Obtain Insurance – Remember that many facilities will require proof of liability insurance to obtain a permit. Additionally, take steps to ensure that staff and players are covered in the case of an injury or accident.
Obtain Permits – Most public and private fields require a permit for usage.
Write Policies and Procedures – To avoid disputes; it is a good idea to convert your program guidelines into a written format. Your finished written document will put in writing the soccer laws, team sizes, and playing format that has been selected. Additionally, you’re written documents should spell out who is responsible for each direct apect of the special needs program.
Develop a Budget – Costs of equipment, facilities, and other expenditures to the program must be considered when establishing a budget. Calculate the expenditures first then proceed to identify sources of revenue. Revenue will come from registration fees, sponsorships, grants, etc. it is wise to calculate a budget which allow for a 10% carryover of revenue for the following year.
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Article Source: “Miles & Miles of Soccer Smiles” Handbook
Co-Authors: Peggy Neason, Former US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
Karl Dewazien D-7 Recreation Administrator
Blue’s Clues Will Make You a Better Youth Coach
(Themes 1; 2 & 3 & 4) By Brendan Donahue
Blue’s Clues Will Make You a Better Youth Coach
(Final Four Themes)By Brendan Donahue
Children learn in stages. With this reality serving as our starting point, it is our duty as coaches to recognize this fact and cater our coaching style to suit their needs. Although it can be tempting to try to speed up the development process to make the game look like “real soccer” quicker, if we attempt to force the issue we run the risk of overwhelming the child and stifling the development we were all so eager to see in the first place. Let’s coach like Steve! Have a plan and a methodical approach that guides the children, through exercises that offer repetition and skill appropriate challenges, where we place the children in an environment where they find the solutions to the game.
Theme 1. Construct your practice in the same manner day to day, week to week.
Consistent structure will help the players establish a comfort level on what is expected of them and how the session will flow. Being consistent is a very important dynamic for a coach at any level, but even more so with the younger age groups. Once the players gain a familiarity with the practice format, it should also put an end to the question, “when are we going to scrimmage”. If you always finish each practice with a game, they’ll know that the scrimmage is coming and can remain focused on the exercise at hand. On a personal note, I would recommend beginning each practice with a street soccer game as an arrival activity. This helps address the same question listed above as well as giving the players an opportunity to express themselves.
Theme 2. Progress Simple to Complex. Allow for early success to establish a baseline and confidence in all the players. Increase the complexity and difficulty in a manner that is challenging, but not overwhelming. It’s okay to make mistakes as the practice progresses, this enhances the learning process, but you don’t want to begin the session with an activity that is too difficult and plants the seed of doubt in the players mind from the outset. Remember, the proper ordering of the clues is vital to the show’s success.
Theme 3. Provide Repetition. An adult considers constant repetition boring, because it requires reliving the same experience over and over again. But to preschoolers repetition isn’t boring, because each time they watch something they are experiencing it in a completely different way. This is not to say that you need to run the same session with your team for 5 straight practices, but often by repeating an exercise or two from one practice to the next brings out a higher performance level since the players now comprehend the rules or objectives of an activity and can now focus on developing within the activity itself. I caution coaches against changing the activities for their own enjoyment, when by doing so you may be hindering the enjoyment-and development- of your players.
Theme 4. Be a Guide- Steve has many characteristics of an ideal coach. He poses questions, pauses long enough for the children to respond (a good listener) and methodically rehashes what they’ve learned along the journey. As coaches, we should look to incorporate Steve’s skillfulness in asking questions with our players. Asking questions engages the player and makes them active participants in the learning process. Steve doesn’t provide the answers; instead he leads the children to discover the answers themselves. This concept of Guided Discovery is one all coaches should embrace and seek to improve upon.
Editor’s Note: Coaches who have studied, understand and are using the ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ know how necessary these themes are in their practices & how well they work.. !