Coaches

Welcome:  Thank you for coaching or considering coaching with Littlestown Youth Soccer Club. This page provides information about the need for coaches, what the general requirements are for coaches, what training is available, and what Littlestown Soccer will provide to help you before and during the season. It also outlines what we believe is the best overall approach for coaches.

Who to contact: Returning and prospective new coaches should contact us by email at admin@littlestownsoccer.org

Who Littlestown Coaches are: Littlestown Soccer is a volunteer driven organization in a community soccer environment. Some coaches start because of their own kids, while others continue on for a lifetime journey – and all circumstances in between. It is the kids who benefit directly, but coaching has rewards for the adults who volunteer their time and energy.

When to Sign Up: Coaches should be registered online through the Littlestown Soccer registration system and volunteer each season. Coaches should sign up EARLY in June/July or December/January so that we can establish the team structures well in advance. Returning coaches should also indicate their interests for the following season at the end of the current season.

What Littlestown Coaches Receive:

  • Discount on registration for their kids
  • Head coaches will have full fees rebated at the end of the successfully completed season
  • Access to The Coaching Manual app
  • Annually offered 4v4 or 7v7 Grassroots coach licensing by US Soccer or United Soccer Coaches (costs rebated by Littlestown Soccer)
  • Long term coaches at Littlestown will have coaching licenses paid for up to “D” level if desired

What Littlestown Soccer requires of coaches:

  • Register and volunteer online in their family account
  • Submit PA background checks up front as needed (100% of new coaches)
  • Complete SafeSport online training (required nationwide)
  • Complete US Soccer Coaching Center free online module
  • Complete Littlestown Soccer short coaching intro in Google Classroom online (based on “I Coach Kids” resources)

What is Littlestown Soccer is looking for:  We are looking for our kids to have fun playing the game and learn as much as they can in both skills and teamwork. We are also looking for our coaches to get as much benefit and enjoyment from their teams as possible. To do both, Littlestown is promoting a “Community Club Coach” model where we work to have all our coaches be proficient at teaching and coaching the game, and where coaching is consistent from season to season. This way children learn fundamentals by reinforcing methods as they get older. Some children play one or two seasons, or in Fall but not Spring, while others start at 3 years old and play straight on through high school and college. Consistent coaching, while still leaving plenty of room for creativity and fun, is the key for all kids in any circumstances. It is our constant objective. To do this, Littlestown establishes the framework and elements that emphasize basic techniques that are age appropriate. Littlestown sets training requirements, and also provides free materials to coaches that emphasize basic age appropriate techniques, and gives sample practice plans that give both general “themes” for your age group, and specific exercises that have proven effective.

We also believe that coaches of any experience are enhanced by coaching education. Our long term goal is for all coaches to have an initial level of coaching education and those coaches wanting to go farther be fully supported by eliminating cost as a barrier.