Regardless of the aims and goals of a coach, the primary goal is to facilitate a learning environment that is fun, challenging, educational and develops a love for the game which enables the sport to retain as many players as possible.
Coaches will be reasonable in their demands on the young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have additional interests and commitments.
Coaches will teach players to play fairly, to respect the rules, the officials and their opponents for without them, there would be no game of soccer.
Coaches will ensure that all players get equal instruction and will play half of each game.
Coaches will not ridicule, shout, use profane language or gestures at players, opponents or officials for making mistakes or for performing poorly. Coaches will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
Coaches will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the players’ age and abilities.
Coaches will need to communicate with parents in the management of player injuries and will need to consider the player’s well-being for the future when making decisions on a player’s ability to play or practice.
Coaches need to remember that players need a coach they can respect.
Coaches will be generous with praise when it is deserved, and set a good example; as players often learn more from what they observe rather than what they are told.
Coaches need to make a personal commitment to be informed on sound coaching principles along with the principles of growth and development of players.