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I. Introduction

Welcome to the world of youth soccer, in particular to the Newton Girls Soccer (NGS) program. The purpose of this manual is to give you a more in-depth understanding of the responsibilities, administrative requirements, and personal rewards of coaching in NGS. The information contained in this manual is based on many years of coaching expertise in both the Newton Girls Soccer and BAYS (Boston Area Youth Soccer) programs. This manual would not have been possible without the valuable observations and input of our veteran coaches. As a youth soccer coach your responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Be a positive role model for all participants. Remember that soccer is just a game; the opposing team is made up of other children like our own.
  2. Provide a positive learning experience for all players. Give all players the opportunity to practice and play as "valuable contributors". In general, especially for U11 and under, coaches should strive to give each player equal playing time, or if not, play each player at least half each game. (Note however, that coaches do have discretion to adjust players playing time based on factors such as practice attendance and participation, willingness to play assigned positions, and other such factors.)
  3. Maintain and enhance your coaching skills by taking the next level MYSA (Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association) coach licensing courses, which are subsidized by the league, and attending coaches clinics and workshops.
  4. Treat Referees with the respect that they deserve. Some referees may even be our daughters. Do not question their calls; their judgment is final.
  5. Coaching is for practice sessions-Don't coach from the sidelines. The game is the best teacher. Let the girls play and they will learn. Encourage and positively reinforce when necessary and guide them when they are on the sidelines.
  6. Be well organized and fully versed in all of the necessary administrative requirements; stated or implied.
  7. Do not get caught up in the "agenda setting or player promotion activities" of some parents or coaches. Any questions regarding player placement on teams, conflicts between coaches are to be directed to and resolved by your age group coordinator. Players and parents should not be involved in any way.
  8. Participation or any involvement in any pre-season player recruiting activities is strictly prohibited.
  9. Keep in touch with your league/age group coordinator.
  10. Our efforts are for the "Players" and that is all that matters; their interests and well being are paramount.
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