Soccer coaches play a major role in the shaping the lives of young people in Saskatoon. Coaches are in a position of responsibility and authority. Besides training soccer players to become better players, athletically, technically and mentally, soccer coaches have a responsibility to be leaders and role models in our association and community.
Players and parents will look to our soccer coaches in SUSC for guidance and leadership. Therefore coaches need to constantly stretch themselves to be as good as they possibly can be. To be better in soccer training sessions requires a coach to fully understand what the roles, qualities and skills of a good coach are, along with that are the areas I would like to focus on, these can be accomplished by utilizing the following:
1) C.S.A. coaching certification. SUSC strives to have all our coaches trained in the age appropriate certification course they are coaching (Learn to Train or Soccer for Life). My hope would be to have in two years all our present coaches to a certified level of the Community Sports Stream with a possibility of having the technical staff working toward or have already obtained a B Part 1 level.
2) Our U6, U8 and U10 development camps will look after our community level entrants with the skill type rotational format that has been embraced by our Technical Staff, (age appropriate coaching). I will run some of the sessions with the coaches and a hand out will be given following the practice, then the session will be repeated at the teams next session for familiarity by that teams coach, this process should continue throughout the season.
The same principles will then apply for our SUSC coaches but they will be focusing more now on small game coaching with still an area of Technical work applying the topic of the session.
For Clarification purposes the following will apply to our sessions:
Because we do not have a full size field indoor for the phase of play we need full width but reduced length and we should be able to work on some areas of group or unit team work, also in the summer months the outdoor field will work nicely and obviously for the 11 v 11 game that will have to be left for the outdoor then we can tie it all together with player role and responsibility within a group setting looking at the thirds of the field.
Along with the above I have been doing as some observed "Game Analysis Game" coaching which I feel helps greatly in the fault correction process.
Most coaches will have opinions, beliefs and principles about the effect soccer training has on players and how it can benefit and improve them, not only as individuals but also within the framework of a team.
As a follow up to the C.S.A. Coach Certification Clinics that have been conducted we will continue to do the following in a mentorship type environment:
SUSC is entering a new era one that has a very proud part of DEVELOPING players for our Club/Province/University and even yes NATIONAL TEAM players, along with keeping them in the game, making it a game for life for all levels both male and female. My intention will be with the help of all parties to bring those great days back by developing coaches and players alike. I need us all to be united. We do not need negativity. There has to be communication but let's make it positive. Yes there will be opinions to make events better I want to hear that, but to me not held as a grand show to maybe showboat one's self. I cannot and will not have those individuals part of the team we have no time for such trivialities. The people we need are those who truly want to be part of a group to "DEVELOP" our youth as best as possible. The wins will come but not at the expense of development. We need to make this our focus at all levels and along with our Saskatoon Youth Soccer Board of Directors who along with their President has to display strong leadership in building a plan for the development of our game. At present I have some grave concerns with the reduction of players playing in our city. With a plan and a budget presented then our much respected Technical staff at SUSC and the other 4 zones can develop the TECHNICAL program with consistency and continuity across the city, until this happens I will continue to drive ahead in our zone developing the coaches and players alike.
We should be able to achieve great things in Saskatoon United Soccer Club, and as old saying goes, ”Build it and they will come”.
Saskatoon United Soccer Club