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Spring 2014 Pre-Season Coach Clinics

All head coaches are expected to attend a pre-season coaches clinic, which includes the following:

 

1. administrative overview

2. equipment distribution

3. coaches instructional session

 

For a full list of available clinics, click HERE.  Coaches should attend dressed to participate.  Assistant coaches are welcome to attend.

U7U8 Developmental Schedule

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE OF DATE, TIMES AND LOCATIONS updated 10.4.13
  • Each team is assigned to a block (Block 1 is the weeks of September 9, 16, and 23, with the week of September 30 as a make-up week; Block 2 is the weeks of October 7, 14, and 21, with the week of October 28 as a make-up week)
  •  Each team is assigned to a specific day, time and location, which substitutes for that day’s regularly scheduled practice.  All efforts are made to assign a team to a day, time and location that is comparable to their regularly scheduled practice, to best avoid conflicts.
  • Each team is assigned to a Professional Trainer, who leads the session for that week.  Two teams are often assigned together to work with the same Trainer.
  • The volunteer coach of each team (you) is expected to be in attendance and to assist the Trainer, as the Trainer has been encouraged to use the team coaches in the sessions.
  • Teams are expected to participate in these sessions.

 

This is a great program – as the players are exposed to new ideas and skills, and the coaches are able to learn new activities and exercises they can use in future practices.  Please make sure your team is aware of this program, and any changes to their practice day, time and location that may occur.


Volunteer Information

Are you interested in coaching a youth soccer team?
  • Parents of registered players. If you would like to coach your own child. It's a simple as clicking the volunteer link at the time you register your child.  You may also register using the link to the right (Register as a Volunteer).
  • Non-Parent Volunteers. If you are a High School Student, Uncle, or just an adult that would like to volunteer - click the link to the right (Register as a Volunteer).
  • All volunteers. Loudoun Soccer runs a KidSafe background check on every coach, assistant coach and volunteer in our organization. This background check is not run on anyone under the age of 18. The KidSafe form pops up during your online registration. Your background check is valid for 1 year.
  • Once registered. After you are registered and as the season gets close you will be contacted by a volunteer Age Group Coordinator. This is the person that will assign you to a team, work with you to get your practice schedule secured, and answer any questions you may have during the season.

Make sure to keep your eye on our web site for pre-season coaching clinics and meetings. These are currently posted in our Google calendar.

Game Cancellations

In case of inclement weather, check the Loudoun Soccer web site or Cancellation line at: 703-777-5897. Sign up at rainedout.com for the latest information via text messaging.

Information on cancellations of Loudoun Soccer Recreational games will be announced on the cancellation line. (Note that cancellations normally get posted on the cancellation line before the web site is updated.) Home team coaches are responsible for contacting the opposing coach to confirm the cancellation.

Coaches should not cancel games themselves on game day (even if both coaches agree.) Why? If the league has not cancelled games, the referees will not be aware of your cancellation and will show up for your game! In these cases teams should report as scheduled and a determination will be made at the field by the referee as to whether the game can be played.

If both coaches agree at least several days in advance to cancel/reschedule a game for reasons other than weather, it is very important that the home team’s area coordinator be notified so the referees can be canceled/rescheduled (for U7-U12 games). Game change requests for U13-U19 games should be coordinated through the Loudoun Soccer SFL Manager at sflmanager@loudounsoccer.com

Rules & Info to Remember

Coaches,
It has been brought to our attention that some coaches are unsure of a few important rules. Please read below so that you are following the rules marked for your age group.

1. Conduct of Players, Coaches and Spectators:
The two teams will be positioned on one side of the field and all spectators will be located on the opposite side of the field. All coaches and substitutes must stay within 10 yards of the midfield line. All spectators must stay between the 18 yard lines and 3 yards behind the touchline. No one will be permitted behind the goal line.

2. Spectators:
Spectators must remain behind designated lines at the playing fields during game play, and may not stand at the ends of the field. Team players and Coaches must be on one side of the playing field and the spectators must be located on the opposite side. A player’s parent, or anyone else, may only be on the team’s side of the playing field if they are assisting the Coach for that game.

3
. Coaches on the Field:
Only during Mini Soccer and U6 are coaches allowed on the field to help instruct the players. It is up to the referee to place the ball on the goal kick mark or in place for a corner kick.

M
ETHODS TO AVOID “BLOW-OUT” GAMES
Even though Age Group Coordinators make every attempt to balance the relative strength of teams in a particular age group, there are frequently cases where relatively weak teams play games against considerably stronger teams. Running up the score by a margin greater than five goals lessens the enjoyment of the game for the opposing team, and in an effort to promote good sportsmanship, Loudoun Soccer prohibits its coaches from “blowing-out” other teams in all age groups.

P
OLICY CLARIFICATIONS FOR LOUDOUN SOCCER COACHES
While Loudoun Soccer recognizes it is hard to keep the stronger team engaged in the
game, it is much more important that they learn good sportsmanship. Please note that only at theU7, U8 and U9 age groups are more players added on the field when a “blow-out” occurs (see Law 3 Paragraph F in the Loudoun Soccer Modifications to FIFA Laws of the Game).

Advice to Loudoun Soccer Coaches
There are several methods that coaches of stronger teams can employ when it appears that the game score is getting out of hand before the goal differential is 5.
 
  • Have all players exclusively use their “weaker foot” for passing, ball control, and shooting

  • Designate players who have not yet scored goals as the only ones who are allowed to shoot (other players have to feed them the ball).

  • Place stronger players in primarily defensive positions and encourage them to pass to the weaker players.

  • Set special conditions for their players before they are allowed to score (i.e., complete three to five passes before shooting).

  • Limit the number of players in your offensive half of the field.


Referee Actions
Referees have been instructed to remind coaches of the “blow out” rule so they can make every attempt to prevent the situation from worsening. If a coach refuses to correct the problem then the Referee will note that fact in the Referee Game Report. The Referee Game Report will be submitted within 48 hours so that the assignors can contact the appropriate league officials who will take the necessary corrective action against the offending coach. During a potential “Blowout” situation in U7 or U8 matches, Referees will use the procedures in Law 3, Paragraph F to attempt to mitigate the “Blow-out.” Actions taken by a coach to avoid the blow out will still be a matter of record in the Referee’s game report.

All U13-U19 teams are expected to abide by this rule. While enforcement is only possible on Loudoun fields, it is expected that all teams carry the spirit of good sportsmanship with them as they match with teams outside of Loudoun County.

Goals Must be Secured!
It has come to our attention that games are being played without secured goals. No games are to take place if a goal is not anchored or secured with sand bags.. Do not ever pressure a young referee into playing a game under these unsafe conditions.

If you show up to a field where goals need securing, send a parent for a few bags of sand and put them on the back of the goal. Under no circumstances should parents stand on the goal to hold it down. You could also keep a hammer in your coach’s bag. Sometimes the goals are jarred loose during mowing. There is usually a piece of rebar that can be hammered back down to secure the goal.

Please remember this rule is to keep all of our players safe. We never want to have a child hurt or killed by a falling goal.  If a game is cancelled due to the goals not being secured we will reschedule your game for a later date and time

Spring 2014 Age Group Reminders and Updates

Listed below are two-page documents, organized by age group and playing format, that each coach is STRONGLY encouraged to print and carry on them, as they contain several rule changes, clarifications and emphasis (reminders) for the Spring 2014 season.

U7-U8

U9 Rec and Challenge

U10 Rec and Challenge

U11-U12 Rec

U11-U12 Challenge

U13-U14 Classic

U16-U19 SFL

HOME Wears RED!

Just a reminder that the HOME team is listed first on the schedule and they wear RED. Away team wears white. Loudoun Soccer recommends that players bring both red and white jerseys to every game

Coaches Contacts

OFFICE:  703-777-9977

Technical Director:
Darryl Gee, ext 108

Director of Coaching, Travel:
Mark Ryan, ext 104

Director of Player Development:
Dan Raben, ext 109

Director of Coaching Education
Dave Scruggs  ext 116

Director of Mini Soccer Program & TOPSoccer
Sharon Wells ext 111

Referee Director:
refdirector@loudounsoccer.com