AVID Soccer Training

New Coaches Guide

(Recreational Leagues)

Coaches at the recreational level have several significant disadvantages. 

  1. They tend to have little background or training in the sport
  2. They are given a very limited time with the players to prepare a team and execute a game plan 
  3. They do not get to pick the players, so personality conflicts and varying skill levels make team management take up a significant portion of the time
  4. The coach often has limited resources and little to no training equipment
  5. Families may not take practice/games seriously, so attendance and punctuality suffer

To help new coaches, we have put together a list of the basic equipment and some suggested reading.

Equipment list:

  • Must haves:
    • Disc cones (At least 12 of one color) - NOTE: Dome cones can used as an alternative
    • Pylon cones (4 to use as goals)
    • Practice Vests (enough of one color for half the team)
    • Enough balls for the  drills (expect 50%-75% to have balls at any given practice with that number shrinking as the season progresses)
    • Game Ball (a higher quality ball for use only in the games)
  • Nice to haves:
    • Disc cones (at least 12 of a different color, the more the better)
    • Pylon cones (Bigger cones are better for goal, but can get in the way in other drills)
    • Practice shirts (having the whole team in the same color makes many things easier - I usually ask all of the players to wear white if the team does not want to buy matching shirts)
    • Practice Vests (enough for the whole team in one color and an alternative color for at least half the team)
    • A practice ball for every player plus three game balls (One to play and a spare for each net)
    • Agility trainer (either flags, a ladder or speed rings)

Suggested Reading:

  • Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer (Bobby Clark)
  • The Rules of Soccer: Simplified (Bill Mason and Larry Maisner)
  • www.avidsoccer.com


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