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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!

 

The World Cup

The World Cup Game is a great way to end a practice / training session. Set aside 10-15 minutes to reward your entire age group / division with a fun competition.

How to Play - 

  • Have each team pick a country to represent.
  • One player (or a coach) will be the goalkeeper not on a team.
  • Using half of the field and one ball, have all the teams on the field when the game begins.
  • The coach throws the ball into the middle of the playing area.
  • At this point, play. The object is for you or your teammate to score on the goalkeeper. But each team will be going up against multiple other teams with the same mission.
  • If the goalkeeper saves the ball, just punt it back into the middle of the playing area.
  • Once a team scores, they leave the game and get ready for the next round. Continue playing with all the other teams.
  • The team that doesn't score is eliminated.
  • The teams that did score head back onto the field for the another round.
  • Play as many rounds as it takes to eliminate all but two teams.
  • The two final teams face off in the "World Cup Final" - and the team that scores first is the champion.

Variations

  • If you have a lot of players, you can pick two goalkeepers and utilize the entire field.
  • This game can also be played with multiple balls. The maximum number of balls you can use is one less than the number of teams on the field.

The World Cup Game for End-of-Practice Fun


Head Coaches Fall 2019

U4 Coed
Criss Golden
Jennifer White

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
Chris Rose

 
U11-13 Coed
Nathan Bright
Jay Cline
Andre Flanary
Blake Good
Katie Huish
Nathan Musser
Joel Owen

 
U14+ Coed - SUPER 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. 

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Kingsport Rec Soccer

PO Box 3792 
Kingsport, Tennessee 37664

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