Orange & District Soccer Inc.
1. Be reasonable in your demands on the young players' time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
2. Teach your players that the rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
3. Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity wherever possible.
4. Avoid overplaying the talented players. The "just average" players need and deserve equal time.
5. Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a game.
6. Ensure that equipment and facilities are appropriate to the age and abilities of the players.
7. The scheduling and length of practice times and games should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.
8. Develop team respect for the ability of the opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.
9. Follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
10. Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.