As with any volunteer organization coaches are the backbone of the structure and your participation is welcome.
You do not need to be an expert in soccer as training is available for as much as you wish to pursue. St.Marys Minor Soccer will cover the cost of any coaching clinic you wish to attend (you must contact us prior to registration). Interested individuals can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional for St Marys Minor Soccer but of great value; Coaching Clinics are based on the Ontario Soccer Association structure (http://www.ontariosoccer.net/coach/coach-courses)
U4/U5 = Active Start (Myte) - 4 hour course
U6/U8= FUNdementals (Tyke) - 8 hour course (1 day)
U9 - U12 = Learn To Train - 16 hour (2 day)
U13+ = Soccer For Life - 16 hour (2 day)
We would also encourage you to complete a Respect in Soccer and Make Ethical Decision
All players need to come to practice with a ball, or a ball must be provided for the players. Players will not get the necessary touches on the ball to develop in a timely manner without the ball. The following will help you along as you start preparing your sessions:
Additional coaching assistance is available from the Men's and Women's Soccer Teams to guide you through various drills to improve individual skills and team play.
St. Marys Minor Soccer is asking for volunteers to help coach or play a role in supporting the organization by helping with the administration of soccer.
Coaching has various stages and the Mites are the youngest and the kids just want to have fun and learn to be part of a team. The Tykes and U9 is a critical age where the kids want to learn the game and are keen to develop their skills. “People think you have to know soccer to coach this group but it is more important to have children management skills. We have Coaches who will help new coaches with the tools to teach the game. We don’t just give you a book, drills or a website; we will come out and provide one on one tutoring. Ex-players may know the game but run drills as if the they are coaching young adults when in fact they are young children so that is why the people skills are more important. U9 is really the golden age group because if they have a positive team experience they will remain with soccer in the future which is key for ages beyond U9,” commented Director Vanni Azzano. “Beyond U9 there are coaching clinics available where the drills are taught with the tutoring process and we as an organization will pay for the course.”