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Kingsport Rec Soccer Program

Volunteer Coach

All teams require a volunteer coach who will need to be present at training / practice and games. Ideally, each coach will have a volunteer to assist with coaching.

Each Division (age group) will have an Age Group Coordinator to help guide their coaches towards learning techniques needed to develop their coaching skills.

Coach - Parent Meeting

At the beginning of the season – preferably at the first training session / practice – coaches should meet with the players’ parents to help foster communication, support and enthusiasm. The following list includes key points to remember at this meeting:

  • Introduce yourself and your assistant coaches.
  • Provide copies of the team roster.
  • Discuss and / or distribute the training / game schedule.
  • Collect parent contact information and emergency contact information.
  • Remind parents to advise you of any ‘need-to-know’ medical conditions.
  • Discuss what is expected of parents and solicit their assistance.
  • Discuss parent / spectator conduct at games.
  • Leave plenty of time so parents can ask you any questions or voice any concerns.

Planning a Training Session

A successful training session, focuses on one theme – such as ball control, dribbling or passing. Coaches should plan training with the following outline in mind –

1.  Warm‐up – with the ball – to challenge balance, agility and coordination. Warm-up activities should be FUN physical challenges.  (5 minutes)

2.  Individual and / or small group skills activities. Individual activities include each player with their own ball – and may involve skills such as dribbling and ball control. Small groups of 2-3 players is a good opportunity to introduce team concepts – for example, passing and receiving. (10 - 15 minutes)

3.  Large group skills activities. Turn drills into games by modifying playground games. Think – Red Light, Green Light  or Sharks and Minnows. Try to avoid drills with players waiting in lines. Instead, plan activities that allow ALL players to keep moving / practicing with opportunity for frequent touches on the ball. If drill lines are unavoidable – create two or more lines and run a relay race or contest.  (15 - 20 minutes)

4.  PLAY SOCCER! Scrimmage – small-sided game.  (20 minutes)

5.  Cooldown / Announcements. Encourage players to practice at home by assigning ‘homework’.  (5 minutes)

Keep in mind, recreational soccer is primarily focused on fostering a lifelong love of the game! Have FUN!

 

Head Coaches Fall 2019

U4 Coed
LeAnne Strickland

U5-6 Boys

Matthew Donihe 
Baptiste Lebreton 
Marcus McClung
Breanna Roberts

U5-6 Girls
Stacey Andis
Jason Clark
Breanna Roberts
Will Thomas 

U7-8 Boys
Michael Ausborn
Chad Brown
Jay Cline
Blake Good

U7-8 Girls
Sarah Bagwell
Ashli Baker
Katie Huish
Mandy Krueger
Jay Minani
Cory Panter

U9-10 - Boys
Heather Newman
Dave Schubert
Ben Weakley

 U9-10 - Girls
Jay Cline
Blake Good
Chris Rose

 
U11-13 Coed
Nathan Bright
Jay Cline
Mike Elam
Blake Good
Katie Huish
Nathan Musser
Joel Owen

 
U14+ Coed - Rec +
Gary Phillips
Tri-Cities Soccer League

Equipment

Equipment each coach should consider obtaining for training / games –

  • Clipboard with Roster, Schedule, Practice Plan
  • Spare Soccer Balls
  • Ball Pump
  • Pinnies (two colors)
  • Disc Cones (different colors may be useful)
  • Stopwatch / Timer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Ice
  • Extra Water

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Ball Sizes -

Size 3 - U4-8
Size 4 - U9-13
Size 5 - U14+

GAME FORMAT / RULES

Division / Age Group Formats

U5-6         4v4
U7-8         4v4
U9-10       7v7
U11-13     9v9
U14-17     9v9


* Adjustments may be made as necessary, according to the number of players in the division.



Rules for ALL Divisions / Age Groups

  • Absolutely no slide-tackling - players should stay on their feet!
    • Treat as dangerous play
    • Award indirect free kick for U9+
    • Award direct free kick for U5-U8
  • Substitutions can be made by either team at any stoppage in play including free kicks
  • Teams should be on the same side of the field but maintain a clear space at midfield for substitutions

Rules for SPECIFIC Divisions / Age Groups

U5-6

  • Play four 8 minute quarters.
  • Teams alternate kickoffs each quarter
  • Teams swap ends at half-time
  • This age does use throw-ins, corner kicks, and goal kicks
  • Retake bad throws
  • Do NOT use goalkeepers
  • Do NOT use offside rule
  • All free-kicks are DIRECT
  • Do NOT award penalty kicks

U7-8

  • Play three 15 minute quarters
  • Teams alternate kickoffs each quarters
  • Teams swap ends at half-time
  • This age does use throw-ins, corner kicks, and goal kicks
  • Retake bad throws
  • Do NOT use goalkeepers
  • Do NOT use offside rule
  • All free-kicks are DIRECT
  • Do NOT award penalty kicks

U9-10

  • Play two 25 minute halves
  • Teams alternate kickoffs each half
  • Teams swap ends at half-time
  • This age does use throw-ins, corner kicks, and goal kicks
  • Limited retake of bad throws. (one or two per half)
  • Do NOT use offside rule
  • No Heading to align with concussion guidelines
  • No Punting to prevent heading and to align with US Soccer mandate on build out line
  • Utilize the build out line to encourage play out of the back

U11-13

  • Play two 30 minute halves (shorter if both teams agree or if start late)
  • Teams alternate kickoffs each half
  • Teams swap ends at half-time
  • Offside rule is used
    • Call as well as you can without linesmen
    • Club linesmen can be used to help ONLY with in/out of play

U14+

  • Play two 35 minute halves (shorter if both teams agree or if start late)
  • Teams alternate kickoffs each half
  • Teams swap ends at half-time
  • Offside rule is used


The above rules are established by Kingsport Rec Soccer - and may vary from other programs - to help foster a love for the game in a fun, caring environment. 

Contact Us

Kingsport Rec Soccer

PO Box 3792 
Kingsport, Tennessee 37664

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 423-408-8144
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