Approved Coach's Training + Coach a Team = FREE Registration
In the Fall 2010 GCAA Rec Soccer implemented a new policy that is intended to help further improve the soccer experience for our young players.
We believe that all coaches can benefit from organized training. Trained coaches have a better chance of understanding the goals of youth soccer and how to teach soccer skills in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment. We don't believe that training alone is all that it takes; we know that it takes passion, patience, and desire to work with these young kids on a regular basis and we see these traits in many of our coaches. But we also know that having good training also helps with a coach's confidence and knowledge and will improve the chances of a child having a more enjoyable time in a season.
To that end, we will begin offering free registration for the child of a coach who has successfully completed any age-appropriate approved formal coaches training (NCYSA, USYSA, NSCAA, etc.). A coach is limited to one free registration per season for each team they coach. Basically U04, U06, and U08 needs NCYSA Youth Module I (or equivalent), U10 or U12 needs NCYSA Youth Module II (or equivalent) NCYSA F or E preferably, U13 and higher needs NCYSA E (or equivalent). The coach must be the head coach of the team for their child to play free. If they coach multiple teams at different levels, as long as they have acquired the proper certifications then each of their own children will play for free. We know that several of our coaches have already completed some of these courses and will already qualify. The coach will continue to qualify for free registration in subsequent seasons as long as they have received proper training for that age level.
Please know that many of these courses are offered for about $35 and can be taken at several area locations. Many of these courses (especially the beginning courses) DO NOT assume any prior knowledge of soccer. In fact, they are often designed with a first time soccer coach in mind. Several of the courses are only 4 or 5 hours in length and provide some very useful coaching skills, even for those that have coached before. Most courses will split the time to have a couple of hours of classroom time and then a few hours on the soccer field teaching you skills and drills you can use with your teams. So a $35 class and a few hours of your time on a Saturday morning can not only end up helping you to become a better coach and provide a better soccer experience for your players, it can end up saving you hundreds of dollars by simply coaching several seasons of soccer at GCAA. For example, if you assume a $70 registration fee, and that your child is in the same league for up to 4 seasons, then 4 seasons of soccer will cost $280. If you have the proper coaches training (for example the NCYSA Youth Module I or II class is $35) and coach your child's team, then you can save $245.
Example of how this will work... Assume a coach has taken and passed NCYSA Youth Module I and II. If this coach has a child who plays U10 and one who plays U08... as long as this coach is the head coach for both teams, then both of that coach’s kids would play for free. However, if this coach is head coach for one and assistant coach for the other, then only the team that the coach is head coach for will the child play for free. This offer will be only for registration fees only. This does not include the jersey surcharge for U10 and up players. So right now the max value is $75 per registration. We are offering this instead of offering to pay for someone's classes. We want to not only encourage coaches to take these classes, but to then put them to good use by coaching.
With this is mind, please take a few moments to investigate upcoming coaches classes that will be offered in this area. The summer and winter months (non-playing season) are the best times to get your coaches training taken care of. For a list of classes being offered in our area please check out theNCYSA and the NSCAA websites. Or if you need help finding some appropriate classes, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But remember, even if you don't take advantage of this offer, we still always need coaches. Our kids can't play soccer without coaches. We always provide some basic coaches training before the beginning of each season to help the new and returning coaches out. So plan to coach next season... and if you manage to get some training before then... well, you'll save a bit of money doing it!!!
1. Find and attend a qualifying coaches training course. You must receive a certification of successful completion for the course.2. Register to coach in our online database. When requested, provide the details of the course(s) you have completed.3. Register your child in our online registration system. When prompted to pay, you MUST select “Pay Later”. This will hold your child’s registration. If you pay by credit card we will NOT issue a refund if you later attend a course or tell us that you attended a course. After you checkout and select "Pay Later" you will get the screen stating that you need to bring cash to our walk-in registration or to log back in and pay by credit card. If you see this screen, then you have done it right!!! Once you complete the next step, we will go in and credit your account so that your child's registration will be marked as paid.4. Email email@example.com and indicate that you have registered to coach and have completed a coaches training class.5. If we determine that you have not successfully completed a qualifying course before the close of registrations or if you are not selected to coach a team, you will be asked to complete payment via credit card. Even if you do not complete a qualifying course we may still invite your participation as a coach, however you will be expected to pay for your child's registration. You still qualify for the other coaches benefits listed below.
***Legal Notice: This offer is not to be interpreted as payment for services and does not create any implied contract. All Rec Soccer coaches at GCAA are strictly volunteers. This offer serves as a simple reward for coaches who take advantage of the many soccer classes that are offered to help improve their coaching ability and therefore may improve the soccer experience of the children of our community. Also, if you are not selected as a head coach for a team, you will be asked to log back in and pay for your child's registration. Signing up to coach does not guarantee that you will be selected to be a coach. Having previous coaching experience or having completed any coaches courses does not guarantee selection as a coach. All coach registrations are reviewed by members of the soccer committee and final coach selections are made before registrations close. All coaching decisions made by the soccer committee members
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