Becoming a Volunteer House League Coach - Summer 2021

Becoming a Volunteer House League Coach - Summer

Have You Considered Coaching Youth House League Soccer?

Did you know that all OSC House League coaches are volunteers and no formal soccer or coaching experience is necessary? All volunteer coaches require to get involved is a positive attitude, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn! 

As a volunteer at OSC you are provided with a coach’s tool kit that will ensure that you, along with your team, have a soccer season that is both fun and enjoyable! OSC is proud to provide free Coach Education Workshops as well as communication templates, warm-ups and many more valuable resources to ensure your coaching experience is as enjoyable as possible. 

How to Become a Coach

  • All coaches must complete the Volunteer Coach Application Form to begin the process to become a House League Coach. 
  • Coaches must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Any coach under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times (the guardian’s information must be listed on the application form).

    A current Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) is required for coaches who are 18 years of age or older. Once you have provided the original copy of your Vulnerable Sector Check to OSC, you will be reimbursed for the full cost. The Vunerable Sector Check is valid for two years. 

Coaches automatically have their child placed on their on their team and get one additional player request. If the coach assistant/co-coach has a child, that child will be the additional player request. 



Click here to fill out the Volunteer Coach Application Form

Benefits of Coaching Youth Soccer at OSC
1. Personal development & networking opportunities
2. Session plans & technical support
3. Giving back to the community
4. A positive soccer experience

2021 Summer Outdoor House League Soccer - Season Timeline

Before Season Begins

  1. Complete the Volunteer Coach Application.
  2. After confirmation of coaching from OSC, complete any additional requirements, including obtaining a Vulnerable Sector Check (if applicable).
  3. Pick up and distribute equipment to your team.
  4. Send a communication to your team introducing yourself and with additional information including your team number and sponsor, schedule a pre-season meeting time to distribute uniforms. OSC can provide a template for use for this communication.

Season Begins

  1. Communicate with your team regarding your schedule and any other events taking place throughout the season
  2. Attend all games scheduled by OSC for the season
    - Helpful tip: Ask all the parents on your team if anyone wants to be an assistant coach if you do not have one already. 
  3. Ensure your players are having FUN - have a positive and enthusiastic attitude, provide positive feedback, and ensure players are getting equal playing time
  4. Pass along information to your team that is sent to you by OSC throughout the season.

After Season

  1. Thank your team for a great season!
  2. Complete player evaluations for your players (U6+). Once completed, return/send these evaluations to OSC. 
  3. Sign up to coach again!

In each age group, a volunteer coach’s role may vary, however the most important aspect in all age groups is to have fun!

Please take a look at the charts below to see the specific coaching requirements in each division:

 

U4 - U6 House League Age Group (one game per week)
OSC Provides Volunteer Coach Expectations
1. Step by step instructions from start to finish and ongoing support from OSC    1. Commitment to attend games
2. OSC Facilitator on field providing/running activities 2. Communicate with parents throughout the season   
3. Coach Education Workshops 3. Be a positive role model
4. OSC Coach Certification Program 4. Complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening (18+)
5. Curriculum  5. U6 Coaches complete player evaluations
at the end of the season
6. Email teamplates for communicating with parents and ongoing 
support from OSC
 
 7. A positive soccer experience!  

  

U7 - U8 House League Age Group (one game per week)
OSC Provides Volunteer Coach Expectations
1. Step by step instructions from start to finish and ongoing support from OSC    1. Commitment to attend games
2. A Game Leader to facilitate to the game 2. Complete player evaulations at the end of the season 
3. Coach Mentors to provide guidance to coaches 3. Communicate with parents throughout the season
4. Free Coach Education Workshops 4. Be a positive role model
5. OSC Coach Certification Program  5. Complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening (18+)
5. Curriculum, email templates and support 6. Complete the Respect in Sport certification (reimbursed by (OSC)
7. A positive soccer experience!   

 

U9 - U12 House League Age Group (one game per week)
OSC Provides Volunteer Coach Expectations
1. Step by step instructions from start to finish and ongoing support from OSC    1. Commitment to attend games
2. Match Officials to facilitate the game 2. Complete player evaluations at the end of the season
3. Free Coach Education Workshops 3. Communicate with parents throughout the season
4. OSC Coach Certification Program  4. Be a positive role model
5. Curriculum 5. Complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening (18+)
6. Email templates for communicating with parents 6. Complete the Respect In Sport Certification
(Reimbursed by OSC)
7. A positive soccer experience!   

 

U13 - U19 House League Age Group (one game per week)
OSC Provides Volunteer Coach Expectations
1. Step by step instructions from start to finish and ongoing support from OSC    1. Commitment to attend games
2. Match Officials 2. Complete player evaluations at the end of the season 
3. Coach Education Workshops 3. Communication with parents throughout the season
4. OSC Coach Certification Program 4. Be a positive role model
5.  Curriculum
5. Complete a Vulnerable Sector Check 
(paid for by OSC)
6. Email templates for communicating with parents 6. Complete the Respect In Sport Certification
(Reimbursed by OSC)
7. Ongoing support from OSC  

 

Click here to fill out the Volunteer Coach Application Form

 

If you have any questions, please contact Leah Sherrett, Youth House Leauge Coordinator by email at lsherrett@oakvillesoccer.ca