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Coaches

INFORMATION: recreation COACHES

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL COACHES:

  • Pass a background check.
  • Complete the Abuse Prevention Training (to be assigned by the club administrator)
  • Attend the mandatory coach meeting (virtual meeting before the start of the season)
  • Read and follow the Coaches Pledge
  • Read and follow the Coach's Code of Conduct (below)

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:
Head coaches can arrange to pick up their coach's bags (balls, scrimmage pinnies, cones, gloves, first-aid kit) by contacting the club administrator.

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 all numbers are always assigned by the club administrator.

Rec Coaches Meeting Presentation Sping 2024

View the Spring 2024 Rec Coaches Meeting Presentation

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:

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

Inform 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 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.

REGISTER NOW TO BE A COACH

Sign up now to be a Head Coach or Assistant Coach

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

Sterling Soccer Club has adopted the following Code of Conduct, expected of all spectators at Sterling Soccer events, to create the best possible environment for our children and to foster sportsmanship by positive example.

Sterling Soccer has a Zero Tolerance policy for verbal or physical abuse toward players, coaches, referees, or parents, be they part of Sterling Soccer or associated with an opposing team. Parents or coaches who verbally or physically abuse another player, coach, referee, or parent, will be banned from Sterling Soccer events.

CONDUCT TOWARD PLAYERS
 

I RECOGNIZE:

  • Children participate in soccer to have fun. The game is for the players, not the spectators.
  • Children learn best by a good example and have much more need for example than criticism.
  • Younger egos are fragile and are greatly and negatively influenced by criticism, ridicule, and pressure.
  • The attitudes, actions, and words of parents and spectators have a significant impact on the children and the playing atmosphere of the match.
  • The benefits of development, teamwork, and fun far outweigh the benefits of or emphasis on winning.


I PLEDGE:

  • I will be a positive role model, encouraging sportsmanship by my example at all times.
  • I will make soccer a positive experience for all players, including my child, encouraging and supportive whether the team wins or loses.
  • I pledge unconditional support for my child. I will not force my child to participate in soccer and I will never modulate my level of affection or attention based on my child’s performance.
  • In the excitement of the matches, I will control my emotions and my words. I will refrain from all criticism and negative comments, limiting my participation to cheering and applauding good play from both teams.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of the children above my personal desire to win.

CONDUCT TOWARD OTHER COACHES
 

I RECOGNIZE:

  • Coaches make a substantial commitment to the soccer players.
  • All coaches have earned the right to direct their players during practices and matches in a positive manner that helps in the development of the overall player.


I PLEDGE:

  • I will show respect for all coaches and support them in any way that I can.


CONDUCT TOWARD REFEREES

 

I RECOGNIZE:

  • Refereeing is a difficult job, requiring physical and mental endurance, constant attention, and split-second decisions.
  • Many referees are children or young adults. They are developing skills on the job.
  • Since they are human, they will make mistakes. If I yell at and discourage referees who are themselves still learning, I realize it is likely they will not continue to referee games and without referees, games cannot be played. Referees will only get better with real practice. I know this is recreational soccer, not the World Cup Final.
  • Our referees have undergone considerable training to earn the right to officiate the match. They are under constant evaluation by those knowledgeable of the Laws of the Game in order to improve their skills.
  • By the Laws of the Game - The Referee is given the full and sole authority to judge the match. Even if they make a mistake, their word is final.
  • Any issues with the referee may be conveyed to the Club Administrator, the Referee Assignor, or Referee Mentor, but NEVER THE REFEREE.
  • Each year the Sterling Soccer Club loses good young referees due to abuse by players, parents, spectators, and coaches.

I PLEDGE:

  • I will not address the referee during the match.
  • I will not openly show dissent, question the judgment, or otherwise undermine referee authority during or after a match.
  • I will not use sarcasm, verbal harassment, intimidation, or pose physical threats.
  • I will respect and support the referee, accepting their judgments in a sporting manner.
  • I understand that the unsporting conduct of coaches, parents, spectators, and players is not tolerated by Sterling Soccer, the VYSA, or US Youth Soccer and may result in my suspension and the suspension of my child. Physical assault or threats of any kind will result in banishment from Sterling Soccer Club events.

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SIGN UP TO COACH NOW

Sterling soccer parents!
Come join us and volunteer to coach your son or daughter's team this season! Help out our Sterling community, compete against other teams, and have some fun this season! Sign up now to be a head coach or assistant coach! We always have openings for new recreation coaches for the U4 to U19 age groups!


STERLING FIELDS

Field status


Fields Status
Algonkian Elementary School OPEN 5/27/2024
Hencken Fields #5, 6, 7,10 (Grass) OPEN 5/27/2024
Hencken Fields #8, 9 (Turf) OPEN 5/27/2024
River Bend Middle School OPEN 5/27/2024
NOVA Loudoun Fields OPEN 5/27/2024

GAME GUIDELINES

  • TEAM LOCATION ON THE FIELD
    • 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
       
  • SUBSTITUTION/GAMESMANSHIP
    • 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
       
  • REFEREES
    • 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.
       
  • RUNNING UP THE SCORE
    • 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 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.
  • COMPLAINTS/DISPUTES
    • Coaches and parents are to address any disputes or complaints against the SFL league, referees or other team with our own team administrator. Please do not contact any outside clubs or organizations.

QUESTIONS?

Please direct any questions to Tara, our club administrator.


GOTSPORTS Team Management App

Sterling Soccer Club is now using the GotSports sports team management system for all our team and players registration and management. 

Parents, players and coaches can download the use the Team app on their phones or desktop computers for the following:

  • View Team Practice Schedules
  • View Team Game Schedules
  • See Team Rosters
  • Chat & Message with coaches/other members
  • RSVP to games and practices attendance

DOWNLOAD GOTSPORTS

GotSports TEAM APP LINKS

Use the links below to download the app.
 

GotSport for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gotsport.mobile

GotSport for Apple iOS:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotsport/id1559685064

GotSport Desktop/web:
https://teamapp.gotsport.com/


GOTSPORTS HELP & TIPS

Helpful Support Links for all users:

Helpful link for parents to add additional parents so they have access to app: 

ADDING MORE USERS: 
Each player can have up to 4 users attached to their account, but they need to be added in GotSport and are brought into the app automatically every evening when the app synched with GotSport system (6-10pm EST nightly).

All users are added to Parent group.  Each user has to have own email address for security purposes.  Athletes are the only users that can be added to the app without an active email address, the system creates a unique one for them for security purposes & SafeSport compliance. 

QUESTIONS
Please contact our club administrator for any GotSports related questions.