Make a difference in the life of a child and volunteer to coach. These programs could not operate without volunteer coaches. Our goal is to develop a foundation based on support, encouragement, and skill development. The coaching program is designed to develop player’s skills, who have a positive image of themselves, their teammates, coaches, games officials, and opponents. Coaches will receive training and materials so that even the first-time coach will be equipped to get out on the field. The skills and techniques that you will learn are age appropriate for the level of the players. Applying those techniques will ensure proper skill development and a satisfying experience for the coach and players. All volunteers are required to pass a background check. It is recommended that first year coaches obtain their F license; however, its not mandatory until the beginning of a coaches second year of coaching.

In an effort to help our parent volunteers, we will continue to provide links, PDF training documents and other training documentation both for coaches and parents.

Positive Parenting for Youth Soccer DVD: Order Your Copies Today!

Nation’s Largest Youth Sport Organization Releases Instructional DVD for Parents

With the release of “Positive Parenting,” US Youth Soccer furthers its commitment to creating a supportive environment for young athletes. The US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Department, in cooperation with the Coaching and Recreational Committees, has created this ‘view from the sidelines’ in an effort to create a positive learning environment for those involved in the lives of young soccer players. The Department is proud to provide a teaching tool designed for administrators, coaches, parents and anyone who cares about children to assist them in providing positive learning atmosphere for our children. The DVD will assist adults in helping young players play and keeping the fun in youth sports.

“The Positive Parenting for Youth Soccer DVD is yet another resource from US Youth Soccer to support the game for all kids,” said Sam Snow, director of coaching education for US Youth Soccer. “The DVD will contribute to a healthy and developmentally appropriate environment for youth soccer players.”

Positive Parenting discusses the practice and game environment as well as the ride home, each from the perspective of the players, referees and coaches.

This presentation provides a unique blend of psychology/philosophy and interviews with children of various ages. This video provides insight on:

  • Why children play
  • Teaching sportsmanship by example
  • How to be supportive soccer parents
  • Developing vs. winning
  • Red cards for parents
  • Emotional needs of players
  • Keeping it all in prespective

 ADVANTAGE  — A decision by the referee to disregard a foul by the defensive team if a stoppage in play would benefit the team that committed the violation. This allows the team on offense to maintain its playing advantage.

 BEAT  — To get the ball through or around an opponent by dribbling or shooting.

 BREAKAWAY  — Occurs when an attacker with the ball makes it past the defense and is on his way toward the goal for a one-on-one showdown with the goalkeeper.

 CLEARING  — Happens when a team kicks the ball out of its defensive zone, ending an offensive threat by the opposing team.

 CENTER  — A kick made near the sideline toward the middle of the field. On a corner kick, the ball must be kicked from inside this arch.

 CHIP  — A passing or shooting technique which enables a player to kick the ball with the feet while controlling it.

 DRIBBLE  — The basic skill of advancing the ball with the feet while controlling it.

 DROP BALL  — A method used by the referee to restart the game after a temporary suspension of play not specifically covered in the rules. The ball is dropped between two players and may only be played once it has touched the ground.

 HAT TRICK  — Three or more goals scored in a game by a single player.

 HALF-VOLLEY  — A kick of the ball just as it is rebounding off the ground.

 HEADER  — The striking of a ball in the air by a player’s head.

 JUGGLING  — Keeping the ball in the air with any part of the body besides the hands and arms. Used for practice and developing coordination.

 MARKING  — Closely defending a player to prevent him from receiving the ball or advancing the ball by dribbling or passing.

 PENALTY AREA  — A rectangular area, 44 yards wide by 18 yards deep, with its long edge on the goal line. The goalkeeper may use his hands to block or control the ball only within this area.

 RECEIVING (formerly referred to as “TRAPPING”)  — When a player uses his body to slow down and control a moving ball. Most often this is done using the chest, thighs or feet.

 SLIDE TACKLE  — An attempt by a defender to take the ball away from a ball carrier by sliding on the ground feet first into the ball.

 TACKLE  — A move to take the ball away from an opponent when both players are playing the ball with their feet.

 THROW IN  — When a player throws the ball from behind his head with two hands while standing with both feet on the ground behind a sideline. This takes place when the ball is sent out of bounds and the opposing team throws it back into play.

 VOLLEY  — A kick that is made without the ball touching the ground.

 WALL  — A tactical maneuver in which players stand as a line or wall to protect the goal against a free kick.