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Requirements for all coaches:

  • Pass a background check
  • Complete the Abuse Prevention Training (to be assigned by club administrator)
  • Attend the mandatory coach meeting (virtual meeting before the start of the season)
  • Know the Coaches Pledge

Start of Season: Recreation coaches are required to attend the coach's meeting prior to the start of the season. (this meeting is virtual)

Coaches Bag:
After the meeting, head coaches can arrange to pick up their coach's bags (balls, scrimmage pinnies, cones, gloves, first-aid kit) by contacting the club administrator. Please always check our events calendar page for the meeting dates.

Players Uniforms (Rec):
Please advise the parents that they are responsible for purchasing uniforms at the Sterling soccer retail store (see uniform page) for new players. Uniforms numbers are required for the U11 and over age groups, and numbers are always assigned by the club administrator.

Communication with Parents:
After you have been contacted by the club administrator and have received your team roster, be sure to contact the team parents as soon as possible before the first week of practice.

You will need to inform the parents about:

  • Team's practice schedules & location
  • Game schedules
  • Required equipment (balls, water bottles, etc..)
  • Safety practice measures (COVID)
  • Your expectations, philosophy,  and discipline procedures

Reinforce to the parents that Sterling Soccer's focus on the recreation side is on skills development, sportsmanship, making new friends, having fun, and learning the game. Not winning games.

Parent Volunteers:
The club administrator will email you the names of the parents who volunteered as team parents or game day assistants.  Please make sure to assign them to team tasks such as game-day support, snack scheduler, and other logistical help that you may need.

Field closures:
Ensure that team parents opted-in to text messages in our league's system. If they aren’t certain, have them log back in and check their Sports Engine user's profiles to receive texts and emails from the club administrator. This way they get league-wide text and email notifications when fields close. As the coach, you can also communicate with the team parents by using text and email on the Team app.

Team Portal: Please familiarize yourself with the SportEngine team portal app (read below), as this is a valuable tool for communicating with parents and players for games & practices, alerts for weather cancellations, and other important team events.


    • During games, coaches and their teams need to be on the opposite side of the field from parents and spectators.
    • For younger age groups, this policy may not apply
    • Games are much more fun when evenly matched and competitive. Use the time to have fun, help players learn new skills, and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
    • Substitute fairly, and try to give each player at least 50% of playing time, regardless of experience and skill
    • Respect the referees! Show them respect during the game and expect the same from your team. Do not challenge a call during the game.
    • If you do have any issues with game officiating, please address them with the club administrator and the referee coordinator via email after the game.
    • Mercy rule - please try to not run up the score. For example, if a team is winning the game 4 – 1 and scores another goal, they must reduce the number of players on the field down by at least one player, if it scores another goal, then another player must be removed, etc. 
    • Note that in the SFL League for ages 11-19, running up the score may lead to disqualification, and the game being awarded to the losing team.

Sports Engine Team Portal

The Sports Engine Team portal for coaches is available as a mobile app, and can also be accessed by using our website. This app allows our Sterling Soccer Club coaches and assistants to communicate with their team's players and parents.

The team portal site and app includes:

  • Team messaging & email
  • Practice & Game scheduling
  • Posting of events
  • Team chat

ACCESS: There are two options to access the Sports Engine team portal – as a mobile app on your cellphone or tablet, or online through our Sterling Soccer Club website.

NOTE: Sports Engine account: If you have registered as a coach, or were assigned a team by our administrator, you will be using the same email account that you use to register as a coach or register your children with.


On an iOS Device

  1. On your device, open the App Store
  2. Search for SportsEngine. 
  3. Tap the Get button to begin installing the app.
  4. Open the app on your device.
  5. On the Settings tab, tap Account and tap the Sign In button to sign in to your SportsEngine account.

On an Android Device

  1. On your device, open Google Play. 
  2. Search for SportsEngine. 
  3. Tap the Install button to begin installing the app.
  4. Open the app on your device.
  5. On the Settings tab, tap Account and tap the Sign In button to sign in to your SportsEngine account.

BROWSER USERS: For web users, go to the Sterling soccer website and click the Sign In link on the top right corner.

Team App Assistance:

The Coaching Manual


Field status

Fields Status
Algonkian ES (AE) CLOSED until mid March
Hencken Fields #5,6,8,9,10 CLOSED until mid March
Hencken Field #7 CLOSED until mid March
River Bend Middle School CLOSED until mid March
NOVA Fields CLOSED until mid March


Please direct any questions to Tara, our club administrator.