Coaches Expectations

General

The TFA Way

➢ Project TFA's Mission Statement and Philosophy in a positive manner. Our Mission Statement represents and answers any question regarding the Club's philosophy. Be familiar with what TFA stands for.
➢ Read all Expectations (Players/Parents/Team Administrators/Captains) so you know what TFA expects of their families, players and yourself. This will be sent out via email and can also be found on our website.
➢ Please remember you are representing yourselves and TFA, be professional and accountable in all your actions.
➢ Every staff coach position will be evaluated after every season (fall, winter and spring). All placements are at the Managing Director's (MD) discretion.
➢ Any misdemeanors can result in a club suspension or termination; this is at the discretion of the MD.

MD's Non-Negotiables

• Player's soccer ball is pumped up at every event (training, games and tournaments). Show players what a pumped up soccer ball looks and feels like. This needs to be checked individually each practice until all soccer balls are pumped up on a consistent basis.
• Stand tall and make eye contact to greet and thank players/coaches/TFA Staff/parents with a firm handshake, including any TFA Staff member involved/on the sideline.
• Correct playing attire (coach and player). Notice if players are in the correct kit for every event (practice and game). No outside organizations (previous clubs/HS/etc.) should be worn to TFA events. Respectfully remind players and/or parents, if necessary.
• Show engagement with players by chatting with them (not just your own team) and getting to know them. Be personable by asking their interests, favorite team, their ranking in the Fantasy Leagues, etc.
• Introduce MD to new players/teams and explain his background/role within TFA.

Safety

• Report all injuries to the TFA Staff. Follow up with the parent after the event to make sure the player is doing OK. Copy TFA Staff on these emails. Any head injury, the player is removed immediately and not returned to that particular event. If they show any signs of a concussion, notify the parent/TA/TFA Staff that they will require a doctor's letter to return to TFA. Any notable injury, the player must first attend a practice before playing in a game/tournament.
• At no point transport any player in your car or be alone in any situation with a player (inside a car, hotel room, etc.). If necessary in a storm, have another adult/player in the car.
• Make sure all your players have been picked up before you leave the training area. You are responsible for your late parents. If it happens more than once, you need to inform them. Ask another coach if you need to leave immediately.
• Make sure all goals are secured to the ground before any event. TFA is responsible for sandbags/pegs.
• In the event of thunder/lightning, get your players to safety in a vehicle as quickly as possible. Have all players accounted for before releasing them to a parent/guardian. Do not leave the area until every player is picked up. TFA Staff will notify when it's safe (30 minutes after the last thunder/lightning), or to cancel. If at an event away from training, make a safe decision and do not be swayed.

Communication

• Make sure you have all the relevant cell phone numbers in your phone (both TFA Staff and your TA's).
• TFA Staff will communicate all cancellations to the club.
• Refer to the Decision Tree for relevant contact for all concerns/issues from families before returning any communication, no matter how small the situation is.
• Return all communication (phone calls/text/emails) within one business day to families, players and coaches. Or, send an acknowledgement that you will follow up ASAP.
• All team recaps must be completed and sent to Kevin for review by 2:00 pm on Friday for that proceeding week. The emails will then be sent to your team by the Club Registrar.
• Unless returning an individual email, blind copy all email recipients.
• Copy relevant staff (see Decision Tree) on all emails, including injured players.
• Have your cell phone on vibrate and in your pocket. Answer/use your cell phone for emergencies only.
• Absolutely no texting/calling after arriving at the training/game facility (departing your car). However, if you see another coach or TFA Staff member calling, pick up immediately! Inform parents if you plan to use your cell phone to keep time for games or training.
• When talking to your players, do it in an educational, professional manner. The coach is there to ask questions of players.
• Do not get into a heated discussion with a parent after any event. Politely inform them you will speak with them one business day after the game/event. Inform the Staff (see Decision Tree) of all confrontations (minor or major).
• At pre-season parent and player meeting, explain the Club's Expectations and your non-negotiables, including communication response time to your team(s), and ask them what they want from the upcoming season.

Coaching

General

• Make sure all trash/equipment is picked up after your training/games. This is a responsibility of your captains.
• You are responsible for coaching your individual team(s) at the following events: All mandatory training sessions, games (league and scrimmages), tournaments, indoor games and indoor training. Communicate immediately to the relevant person if you foresee any conflicts with the above.
• Coaches are to wear their Adidas TFA attire to all events. Do not wear other name brands other than Adidas.
• For indoor games at the Soccer Center (only), casual wear is OK with a TFA top/jacket. All shirts must be tucked in, tops must be zipped up, and shorts must be worn on the waistline. No hands in pockets while coaching.
• You are responsible for your game/practice bag at every event. Make sure you have a stocked first aid kit, cones, pinnies and a pump (TFA will supply these before every season).

Training

• Arrive early to training to set up your practice. Have your training session already planned and set-up prior to player warm-up and socializing with other coaches/parents. This encourages less breaks and more playing time. Contact the relevant people (JA-Justen / YA & HSA-Kevin) if you are arriving late.
• Record all training sessions and attendance by 2:00 pm on Friday in the shared Google Document.
• The Programs Director (PD) will designate an area for every coach at the start of a new season for training sessions. Do not over-stretch your training area; be aware of other coaches' needs and requirements.
• Read and follow TFA's Curriculum. TFA's Philosophy is coaching within the game. Include small-sided (themed) games and make sure you finish with a bigger picture with directional play and always to goals.
• Player movement is essential for development. Recognize, communicate and see through the player's development from either team to team, or up an age group.
• Communicate optional training to your players within the first two weeks of the season.

Games

• If you are socializing after an event, please be professional regarding your behavior. Generally, all coaches go out together at tournaments. If engaging in a conversation with a parent in a social environment, be professional and do not talk about any player other than their son.
• All JA/YA players receive a minimum of 50% playing time and HSA a minimum of 40% over the course of the seasonal year, unless they have not participated in two training sessions that week, arrive late, do not bring the correct game items or their attitude is not 100% towards playing. Communicate to the player of your decision and ensure he understands the consequences.
• Coaches are to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before kick-off; this allows you to oversee the players' warm-up. However, if you are coming from another game, notify your TA of your estimated time of arrival.
• Before every game (home, away and tournament) introduce yourself to the opposing coach. Be courteous and positive to all opposing coaches, players, parents and officials.
• Be aware and in control of what's happening around your bench area and make sure all substitutes wear a colored Adidas pinnie.
• Do not get into a confrontation with the officials in front of TFA players and parents. If you need to query a decision, do it during halftime or after the game. Do not engage in sideline arguments with opponent coaches or players. Focus on your team and the performance of your players.
• If you are up by many goals, use it as a training exercise and take off a player or two, or play two touch, etc.
• If a coach is filling in for you at a game, make sure they have a line up, formation, any positions the players play, and any other important information regarding the team/individual.
• All results and opposition of every game (league and tournament) are to be texted ASAP to the group text set up for each season by TFA Staff. Text is the easiest way of communicating between coaches.
• Provide a collapsible chair for all events. However, for league games, TFA Expectations are for you to be engaged and standing during the game.
• If you are in need of a guest player contact Player Development Director (PDD) for JA, or Programs Director (PD) for YA and HSA immediately.
• Have your Team Captain record scorers, assists, clean sheets, injuries, etc. (2002-1998 only). Coaches are to communicate this information in the group text after your last game of the weekend.

 
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