Who Can Coach

COACHES NEEDED

Coaches for the Olympia United Soccer Club are volunteer adults and youth age 15 and older. Parents often step forward and volunteer to coach the team their child plays on. There are a few coaches within the club who do not have children playing in the club but coach because they enjoy the experience.

The Olympia United Soccer Club always has opportunities for volunteer coaches. A lack of coaches can result in interested children not having the opportunity to play. OUSC can field only as many teams as we have volunteers to coach them.

For more information on becoming a coach contact the Club Manager, Kay Lee Evans at olyunited@hotmail.com

How much experience is needed to coach?

Some coaches in OUSC are current or former soccer players with many years of playing and coaching experience. However, no prior soccer experience is necessary. The Club provides program specific coach training for it's Super Mod coaches (K thru 2nd grade players). OUSC's umbrella association, DYSA, will be working to provide coach training opportunities for coaches at older age groups.

All coaches must receive Risk Management Clearance through WSYSA. If you are going to coach a team for OUSC you need to register online through this website. When registration is open for a particular season, simply click on 'Registration' at left of this page. Click on the 'Coach Registration' option, answer the questions, and you're done!

Coach Training Modules and Licensing

OUSC encourages all its coaches to receive coaches training and will reimburse for some of the courses.

U6 Coaching Module: The U6 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the first-time parent/coach of five year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate.

U8 Coaching Module: The U8 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of seven year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate.

U10 Coaching Module:
The U10 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of nine year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate.

“E” Coaching License: The emphasis of the "E" course is on coaching players 10-14 years of age. It is a general certificate of 11-a-side play and is intended for those coaches who are in the transitional stage from coaching Modified Soccer to coaching 11 vs 11 soccer. The course is best suited for those coaches with several years' experience or who have attended one or more of the youth module courses.

The "E" course focuses on coaching points and the teaching of technique, with an introduction to the Principles of Play (attack and defense). The "E" course also provides elementary information on the management and preparation of a team. 18 hour course - No written test.

“D” Coaching License:
The attendees of a "D" course fall into two distinct categories: coaches who are using the course to prepare for the National "C" License and those who are using the course to qualify for a particular level of coaching within their state. Many of the latter are not required to further upgrade their license. In addressing coaches in these two categories, the "D" course can be seen as either preparatory or terminal. The "D" course is for coaching players 14-18 years of age and emphasizes observing mistakes and providing information to correct the mistakes.

A majority of the course schedule is devoted to practice coaching and practical examinations. Candidates will be examined by the analysis of videotape footage for their knowledge and understanding of tactics and methodology. There are also take-home examinations on soccer injury prevention and the FIFA Laws of the Game.

Based on how well they do in the "D" License course, candidates are awarded either a National "D" License, which allows them to attend a National "C" License course after a year, or a State "D" License. If a State "D" License is earned, the "D" course can be retaken by coaches interested in obtaining a National "C". 36 hour course - Written & Practical Test.


 

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