The biggest challenge for coordinators is trying to find new coaches when there are more players for teams than people who volunteered as coaches or assistant coaches. To find additional coaches, the following tactics can be used:
1) Send a broadcast e-mail message
to all player parents to let them know how many more coaches you need (the AGC software allows you to extract e-mail addresses for your player parents). When people receive these messages they often think about their own ability to take on the role and decline the request based on their limited abilities or schedule constraints. When you send out the message, give them other options to consider such as the following:
- Is there an older sibling or other relative who could coach a team in a parent’s place?
- Do parents know of any friends or neighbors who do not have children playing soccer but might want to coach a team?
- Would parents be willing to coach a team with help from another parent (co-coaches)?
- Let parents know that if they have the time but not the knowledge, Loudoun Soccer provides free coaching clinics at the beginning of each season.
2) Contact a nearby high school
to see if any older students are looking for opportunities to get community service credits by coaching a team.
3) Check the list of non-parent coach volunteers
to see if any live in your area and want to coach a team in your age group.