Welcome to the Coach Resource Page
Thank you for volunteering as a coach for Hillwood Soccer Club!
HSC coaches are volunteers from the community and include parents who may be former soccer players or may have no former soccer background. Regardless of past experience, all of our coaches and volunteers take great price in working with youth to help develop their skills.
We hope this section will provide you with the resources you need to be successful. Please let us know if there is any additional information you would like to see.
HSC is a neighborhood club of Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA). SYSA is a member of District 1 of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYWA) and an affiliate of US Youth Soccer. When you coach a "Micro" team, HSC schedules and manages all details. When players get older, their games are scheduled by SYSA, while HSC continues to manage the rosters, coaches, practices, and uniforms, etc. The above organizations are an access point for coaching resources for you.
All coaches, assistant coaches, and managers are required to read and sign the Coaches Code of Ethics and to go through a Risk Management Assessment. These forms can also be found on the dropdown menus from the both the Coaches and Resources main tabs.
Parents and players need to fill out the following forms and you or a delegate must carry one copy of the release form as well as your team roster to all practices and games. This information is important to have on hand in case of an emergency.
Practice Field Requests
Please refer to the Registration Packet for the Practice Field Request Form. This year, once U10-U18 team practice assignments have been made, we will then offer assigned spaces to U9 and below teams on a space available basis. These assignments will not take place until after August 1st.
Hillwood will email your team roster and remind you to attend two meetings, one in early summer and one in the fall before the season starts.
Discplinary Issues Check List
Please read and understand the Hillwood/SYSA Disciplinary Issues Checklist
U6-U9 teams should plan to provide a referee for a half of each game. There is usually a brief "how to" referee before the season starts. U10 & up referees are provided by SSRA. First year referees, after receiving training through SSRA, are scheduled by an HSC volunteer for the U10 games to gain experience.
Please see the BECOME A REFEREE tab for more information.
Prepare for Coaching
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate: Enlist the assistance of Team Manager(s) to collaborate team responsibilities. Team responsibilities grow over the years so others could help with things that include: field set-up and take-down, refereeing, team reps for contacting other coaches, field reps to check on field locations, the all-important snack scheduler, first aid/crisis manager, party arranger, “thank the coach” coordinator, team photo day coordinator and press secretary to review emails and other information that goes out.
Sports Psychology: If you have fun, your players will probably have fun, or at least have fun laughing at you trying to have fun! Also, read "From Childhood to Champion", the classic on how to approach and communicate with young athletes. Coaches must understand that the psychological aspect of coaching players is at least equally important to the physical. HIT: The players want to have fun! Remember, you have chosen to help the team by coaching so delegate duties so you can stay focused on coaching. Find an assistant coach. You NEED an assistant coach at practices to help run the gauntlet of potty breaks and bumps, bruises and the possible child meltdown. You might have the best session planned but cannot be in two places at the same time! You will also need someone to referee for half a game; whether it is you or someone else.
Coaches are encouraged to attend coaches training sessions - infomation on training opportunities can be found on the Training Page.