Coaches Guidelines

Each coach has their own unique coaching style that reflects their personality. However, all Waltham Youth Soccer coaches should be enthusiastic, encouraging, and POSITIVE during practice and games. Teach your team to use good sportsmanship at all times. It is NOT about winning or losing, it’s about player development and having fun. Be a positive example and a good role model.

Preseason:

There will be a brief coaches meeting before each season.

Practices:

It’s important that every practice starts well. If you can grab their attention at the beginning of practice, with a good lesson plan in mind, it will set the pace for the entire practice. Have a practice plan in mind before you get to practice. If you wing it, the players will pick up on this an won’t take practice serious.

As a coach you have two jobs, improve technique, and improve confidence. Setup activities in which each player can be successful.

Recommended Training Session to Match Ratio
Age Group Frequency Duration Ratio
U6 1 day per week 45-60 minutes 0:1
U8 1 day per week 45-60 minutes 1:1
U10 2 days per week 60-75 minutes 2:1
U12 2 days per week 75 minutes 2:1
U14+ 2-3 days per week 75 to 90 minutes 2:1 or 3:1

Each practice should have a structure. For example:

  • Stage 1 Technical warm up
  • Stage 2 Small-sided activity.(Skill work with no pressure)
  • Stage 3 Expanded small-sided activity. (Re enforce the skills they have just learned under pressure)
  • Stage 4 Free scrimmage.(The game is the best teacher, minimal coaching here, just let them play)
  • Cool down. (Juggling, light shooting, stretches)

What to bring:

  • Cones
  • Pinnies
  • Extra balls
  • Sneakers or cleats (Be ready to interact)

Games:

US Soccer Federation recommends these games sizes per age:

  • U6 – 3v3
  • U8 – 6v6
  • U10 – 6v6
  • U12 – 8v8
  • U14+ – 11v11

Pre-game:

The week of your game, email the opposing coach and confirm the field and game time.
After your last practice before the game, make sure your team knows when and where their weekend’s game is.
Email your team the details of the upcoming game. Time, opponent, town and field information.

Game day:

Arrive early.
Make sure your team shows up 15-30 minutes before the start of the game.
Give your 2 Approved Rosters and ID cards(if applicable) to the center ref.
Walk the field and check for any unsafe items on the field and check field condition. Bring to ref’s attention if you feel something is dangerous.

What to bring:

  • 2 Approved copies of your roster
  • ID cards (Spring only)
  • Game ball (home games only)
  • Coaches jersey or jacket with WYS logo
  • Pinnies (in case of uniform conflict)
  • First Aid Kit and Ice packs

Post game:

Both teams should line up and shake hands.
Win, Lose, or Draw, “Good game.”
Make sure to thank the ref’s as well.
You will receive an email to evaluate the refs of each game. Please fill these out.
Login to Sportsmanager to check/score your game.
If there is a mistake, please e-mail your Age Director and inform them. They are the only ones who can change a score.

Referees:

Treat the referees with respect. You should NEVER shout at or criticize a referee during a game. Teach your team that they should NEVER question a referee’s call. The referees are learning too. Lead by example. If you have any questions or complaints regarding the referees, or if you or your team are involved in any incident ( Red Card, asked to leave the game, fight, etc.) please fill out the Referee Evaluation form and send a note to Ray Halleran. He will take the appropriate action.

Fields:

Take care of the fields. Have your team pick up all trash after practice and games.

If you notice something on the field that needs fixing (nets, goal frames, ripped turf at Veterans Field, or any other general field conditions) please notify Mike Guzzi.

Canceled Games:

Games are NO LONGER canceled Middlesex League wide. It is up to the individual cities or towns to decide if their fields are playable.

If the weather is bad, and you have an away game, call the opposing coach FIRST before heading to their city or town.

If the weather is bad and you are playing at Veterans Field, your game will be ON unless there is lightning or torrential downpours. In that case, any Waltham Field cancellations will be posted on the WYS website.

Reschedule game process:

MYSL has implemented a new procedure for rescheduling cancelled games.Details of this procedure can be found here: Reschedule Procedure
If you have any questions about the process please email reschedule@middlesexsoccer.org

Zero Tolerance Policy

Waltham Youth Soccer will be adhering to the ZERO TOLERANCE policy. Any outbursts or incidents that lead to any action taken by the Middlesex League will be an automatic 2 GAME SUSPENSION by WYS. The second time you will be banned from coaching for 1 year.

Meetings:

All coaches are asked to attend at least one WYS General Board Meeting per season.

Check the WYS website for the time and date of the monthly meeting. The only way we can improve WYS is to get more people involved. We need and welcome feedback.