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Soccer Club of Newington

Soccer Club of Newington

Coaching for SCN

Are you considering Volunteering as a Coach for SCN? Please Contact George Kostelis our Director of Coaching at [email protected] 

Coaching is one of the most rewarding experiences available.  Seeing the development of children, both in soccer and in life, and knowing that you directly had an impact on those children,  is fulfilling and rewarding!

Read on to learn more about what Coaching for SCN is all about.



The Soccer Club of Newington provides an opportunity for children to play soccer in a community-based environment that strives to promote personal and athletic development while learning valuable life skills. Using soccer as a vehicle, the club strives to develop each child's self-image, respect, talent, and sportsmanship, while having fun playing the game of soccer.

SCN Responsibilities:

1. Goals

  • Provide the children of Newington the opportunity to play soccer while promoting the sport of soccer in a fun and educational way.
  • Help the children of Newington develop a positive self-image, respect for others, good sportsmanship, and developmentally appropriate soccer skills.
  • Provide opportunities for volunteer coaches to develop their knowledge base and coaching skills, aiding in the retention and development of quality coaches.
  • Every soccer player in our organization has the right to receive the best possible soccer training.

2. General Principles

  • Player development is first and foremost. Results are secondary to development.
  • From Pre-K to the U14 age group, training and development are more important than the game result.
  • Respect the individual player. Allow each player to develop his or her individual qualities.
  • If appropriate, allow players to ‘play up’.
  • Tactically play all players in different positions.
  • Skills training should be our main focus when working with youth players.
  • Coaches should always consider what is best for the individual player.
  • Allow the players to be creative.

3. Tips for the Youth Coach

  • Do not put too much emphasis on the game results. Patience is key.
  • When your team steps on the field they should do everything possible to win the game, however, your emphasis should be on the quality of play.
  • Set individual and team goals. Periodically sit down with players individually to discuss their progress.
  • As a youth coach, encourage your player to play at the highest level.
  • Allow players to play in different positions on your team.
  • Encourage your best players to play in demanding positions.
  • Encourage players to attend train on their own.
  • Have organized practices, which are fun, challenging, and competitive.
  • The key to your practices should be repetitions of the fundamentals, however, try to present these exercises in different variations.
  • Be excited about the game. If you are excited, the players will follow your lead.

Responsibilities of Team Head Coaches:

1. Safety

  • Your first responsibility is the health and safety of all participants.
  • It is recommended that you become certified in basic first aid and concussion training.
  • Be prepared to handle First Aid situations as well as medical emergencies at all practices and games.
  • Know and understand the Laws of the Game.
  • Inspect equipment and field conditions for safety reasons.
  • Utilize proper teaching and instruction of players regarding safe techniques and methods of play.
  • Implement appropriate training programs to make sure players are fit for practice and competition.
  • Supervise and control your players so to avoid injury situations.
  • Part of player safety also includes hydration and dealing with extreme heat.

2. Player Development

  • Attend all practices and games.
  • Focus is mainly on ‘player centered’ development.
  • Develop the players’ appreciation of the game.
  • Keep winning and losing in proper perspective.
  • Be sensitive to each player’s developmental needs.
  • Educate the players about the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological demands of the game.
  • Allow players to experience different roles on the field.
  • Players need to have fun and receive feedback.
  • Practice should be conducted in the spirit of enjoyment and learning.
  • Strive to help each player reach his or her full potential and be prepared to move to the next level.

3. Ethics

  • Strive to maintain integrity within our sport.
  • Know and follow all the rules and policies set forth by club, league, state, and national associations.
  • Work in the spirit of cooperation to provide the players with the maximum opportunity to develop.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Set the standard for sportsmanship.
  • Keep sport in proper perspective.
  • Encourage moral and social responsibility.
  • Continue your own soccer education!

4. Administration

  • Check your email at least once a day.
  • Ensuring that team parent volunteers have been appointed.
  • Work with team manager to provide game/training reminders, links to schedules.
  • Prepare and bring team rosters and player passes for games.
  • Reporting game scores to the league after each game.
  • Make arrangements for cover at practices and games if there is an absence or conflict.
  • Notify the club Director of any games that you will miss.
  • Coordinate with the club registrar when adding or removing players from your team mid-season.
  • Send team updates to parents that include game analysis, what the team has been working on at training and what topics you will cover next. This should not take more than ten minutes to write, be brief.
  • Provide an end of Fall and Spring Season review for the parents.

5. Additional

  • Follow guidelines established by the club.
  • Communicate SCN goals and policies to players and parents.
  • Coaches are encouraged to obtain the highest level of training possible.
  • Coaches should be familiar with the other teams and coaches in their age group.
  • Attend coaches’ meetings and events.
  • Plan and be organized.
  • Encourage player and parent participation in club-sponsored activities and events.
  • Controlling the behavior of parents at games and reporting any incidents of bad behavior to the club Director.

Responsibilities of Team Assistant Coaches:

  • Attend practices and games and assume head coaching responsibilities in the absence of the team’s Head Coach.
  • Assist the Head Coach. offer ideas and suggestions to improve team’s performance.
  • Assist in communicating SCN goals and policies to players and parents.
  • Attend coaches’ meetings and events.

CJSA and Club Requirements:

  • Background Check
  • SafeSport Certification.
  • Concussion Certification.