Ellensburg Football Club Competitive Coaching Staff
Ellensburg Football Club Competitive Coach selection
Coaches must submit an application to KVJSA prior to try-outs (typically in May for the following season). Coaches are chosen by the Competitive Director. Factors that are considered in the decision include: coaching experience, experience working with players and parents in a particular age group, parent input, interpersonal/communication skills, coaching credentials, evidence of coach development (certifications, courses, etc.), ability to work with other EFC coaches.
KVJSA Expectations for Recreational Coaches
Conduct regular practices and communicate clearly with your parents about when and where those practices will be.
The duration and frequency of practices depends on the age of your players. Our recommendations are:
U6/7: 1 practice per week; no more than 45 minutes
U8/9: 1-2 practices per week, no more than 60 minutes. During weeks where there are weekday games, we suggest you practice periodically in addition to the two games.
U10/11: 2 practices or 1 practice plus a game per week, 60-75 minutes.
U12 and above: 2 practices, or 1-2 practices plus a game per week, 75-90 minutes.
Begin and end practice on time. It is best to show up 10 minutes early so you can set-up.
Maintain a positive, helpful, and supportive attitude.
Treat players respectfully and as individuals. You will likely be confronted with a range of skill and emotional levels. Do your best to set up a practice environment that takes these levels into account.
Teach and model good sportsmanship.
Control your players and their parents. If a player is being dangerous or unsportsmanlike, address the problem by either talking to the player or removing the player from the field. Similarly, if a parent loses control, do what you can to bring the parent into line.
Treat the referee with respect. Most of our referees are young and are still learning the ropes. Bad calls will be made and calls will be missed. Please model good sportsmanship and do not yell at the referee. Talk to him/her at half time or after the game if needed.
Do not put winning above player development. Focus your coaching, both in practice and during games, on improving player’s technique and tactical understanding while fostering the player’s enjoyment of soccer.
Give players roughly equal playing time. This is a recreation league and that is our policy. Some coaches choose to reduce playing time when players do not attend practices. This is your choice, but all players should get substantial playing time each game.