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Enthusiastic and committed leaders are needed to oversee our Recreational teams on a seasonal basis (Fall and/or Spring), either as a Head Coach or as an Assistant Coach. While most of our volunteer coaches are parents coaching their child’s team, anyone can also volunteer to give back to the game and to their community.

CLICK HERE to volunteer as a coach for the Fall 2019 season.

After logging in to your user account, click "volunteer" on the left side of the screen, and then click on the orange "find volunteer opportunities" button near the top of the screen.

Questions on becoming a coach:

This page serves a hub for current Rec coaches. Please visit it often for information relevant to the current and upcoming seasons.

 See below for information on the following:


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. 
  • Non-Parent Volunteers. If you are a High School Student, family member, or just an adult that would like to volunteer, click here.
  • 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 club representative – for many this will be a volunteer Age Group Coordinator. This is the person that will assign you to a team and answer any questions you may have during the season.

Make sure to keep your eye on our website for pre-season coaching clinics and meetings. Details are available below.


Pre-Season Coaches Meeting

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

Coaches attending should dress to participate in on-field sessions (athletic clothing). Assistant coaches are welcome to attend. Coach clinics are scheduled for August 17, 19, and 24 for the Fall 2019 season. Additional details available HERE.


Practice Schedules

Practice schedules are available within each team's Team Page. Log into your account to view your schedule. Your team's practice details for the opening week will be their schedule for the duration of the season. For example: teams assigned Tuesday and Thursday 5-6 PM at Field XYZ will have that assignment for the Fall season.

If you have issues with your assigned time, please contact Jamie Rawson at [email protected].

Practice Lengths:

Grades 1-6: 60 minutes

Grades 7-8 and 16U-19U SFL: 90 minutes


Dick's Team Manager - Download the App

Coaches can utilize the free Dick’s Team Manager app to manage schedules, player availability, and other detail through their mobile phone.

Those who wish to use the app should wait till at least till March 25 before importing their schedule and roster from their Blue Sombrero team page, in the event any changes occur. Schedules can be reimported, but roster adjustments will need to be made manually.

CLICK HERE for a full list of helpful articles on the app.

Here’s an article on importing your roster – wait till the 25th to do so. Coaches will need to manually add or remove players from the app if their roster changes after it’s imported.

Here’s an article on re-importing your schedule if needed.


Game Cancellations

Cancellations due to inclement weather and/or closed fields is typically done via RainedOut.com, which sends announcements by email and text message. Sign up for this service by visiting our rainedout.com page.

Games may be canceled due to unplayable field conditions and/or inclement weather. In the absence of communication from the club about these situations, the responsibility for determining whether a match is played is that of the referee.

For game reschedules, please review the documents and forms at the bottom of this page. Game change requests for U13-U19 games should be coordinated through the Loudoun Soccer SFL Manager at [email protected].


Conduct and Policy Reminders

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 across from their team. All coaches and substitutes must stay within their Technical Areas. All spectators must stay between the top of the penalty area, and at least three (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. Only registered and approved adults may be on the team sideline.

3. Coaches on the Field:
Only during Mini Soccer (Kindergarten and younger) 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.

There is ZERO TOLERANCE toward referee abuse. To read more about the state of officiating in youth sports, and to help improve it, read the following articles:

“Verbal abuse from parents, coaches is causing a referee shortage in youth sports” (from Washington Post)

Referees – Be Part of the Solution (article from Red Fanzine May 2017)

METHODS TO AVOID “BLOW-OUT” GAMES (“COMPETITIVE BALANCE” RULE)
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 the Grades 1-4 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 4:

  • 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 “competitive balance” 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 “competitive balance” situation in Grades 1-4 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 Grades 5-8 and U16-U19 teams are expected to manage competitive imbalances. 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.


Abridged Rules

Coaches are encouraged to print a copy of the abridged rules related to their age group to carry with them to all games, as a reminder of important policies but also to resolve any disputes or confusion between coaches and referees.

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Rec 1 Grades 1-2

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 3 (Rec 2 and Challenge 1)

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 4 (Rec 2 and Challenge 1)

Grade 3-4 Memo on Build Out Lines

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 5 Rec 2

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 5 Challenge 2

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 6 Rec 2

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 6 Challenge 2

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – Grade 7-8 Classic

Fall 2019 Abridged Rules and Key Reminders – 16U-19U SFL


End-of-Season Player Awards

Coaches of teams 3rd grade and older are encouraged to award each individual player an end-of-season certificate, recognizing them for a specific accomplishment or quality. These certificates replace the generic medal previously presented.

Coaches of 2nd grade and younger teams are encouraged to issue certificates in addition to their participatory medals.

Please visit our Rec Coaching Resources page for a certificate/award template.


SafeSport


On February 14, 2018 the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” (S.534) was passed by Congress, requiring youth sports organizations to implement the following steps toward preventing sexual abuse of minors:

  • Mandatory Reporting: any adult — board member, employee, coach (paid or volunteer, head or assistant), team administrator/manager, or other volunteers —  interacting with an amateur athlete in the program has a duty to report abuse and/or suspected abuse within a 24-hour period of awareness. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
  • Prevention Training: consistent training must be offered and provided to all adult members who are in regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors, and educational training for children to better understand appropriate vs. inappropriate behavior, both in terms of adult-to-child and child-to-child interaction;
  • Prevention Policies: all youth sport organizations must establish reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an amateur athlete who is a minor (under the age of 18) and an adult who is not their parent/guardian; anti-retaliation policies; and other relevant policies.

As a member of Virginia Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer, Loudoun Soccer will enforce these steps for all of its programs, which extend efforts and policies already in place prior to the passing of this legislation.

These policies are evolving, as the key entities (The Center for Safe Sports, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, Virginia Youth Soccer, etc.) are still developing the training, oversight practices, policies, and procedures for implementation. Consequently, information on this page may be revised to comply with federal law as well as what is established by these governing bodies.

Please see
this document for definitions, policies, and further resources on Abuse Prevention Awareness Training.


Concussion Information

Below you can find everything you need to know about the Club’s Concussion Management, Education and Reporting protocols, as mandated by the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, to achieve the following objectives:

1. Reduce concussion risks for participants;
2. Increase awareness among coaches and families of concussion risks and effects, and proper management of concussion; and
3. Comply with Virginia State Laws regarding policies and procedures for concussion management in youth athletes.

View this document for more information. Download concussion reporting forms at the documents and forms section at the bottom of this page.


HOME WEARS RED!

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

COACHES CONTACTS

OFFICE: 703-777-9977

Technical Director: Mark Ryan, ext 104

Assistant TD: Evans Malyi

Director of Coaching (Travel): John O'Hara

Director of Player Development (Rec): Dan Raben, ext 109

Technical Advisor: Dave Scruggs

Director of Mini Soccer Program & TOPSoccer: Daryn Patricio, ext 112

Referee Director: [email protected]

Contact Us

Loudoun Soccer
19798 Sycolin Rd 
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Fax: 703-777-1029
Phone: 703-777-9977
Email: [email protected]

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