Coach Guidelines

CoachCoaches need help too!  This section should help guide you through some areas that you may need assistance.  If you cannot find the information here, contact us.

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Getting Started as a Coach

Thanks for volunteering.  Our club cannot be successful without the over 200 parents who volunteer each season.  There are a few things you still need to do to start coaching.

1.      If you did not register to volunteer as a coach or assistant during your player's registration, you will need to do so now. To check your status, from the Registration section of this website, log into your family's AdminSports account as a returning user.  Once logged in at blue Family Information screen, click on the Volunteer button under your name to officially register or to check your coach record. Update the phone numbers and email address to be sure that we have the correct email for you.  This is where we send all important coach information.

2.      Register for a CORI background check on the [Mass Youth Soccer website]

3.      Double check that your Coach Registration has the proper email address and phone number.  This will ensure that all important club-related communication reaches you.  (see how to in step #1 above).

4.      Prepare for the season by:

  • Signing up for a coaching course: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or higher – more details below.
  • Reviewing rules of soccer: [link]
  • Attending the mandatory coaches meeting held prior to the beginning of each season

Coach Education

Milton Soccer is committed to the continuous training and education of our coaches.  Throughout the year coaches have several opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the game and learn how to run better practices, keep soccer fun while providing the best possible instruction.  These include: (1) periodic clinics held by Milton Soccer’s Player Development Officer, a professional soccer coach whose goal is to not only develop our players but elevate the level of coaching throughout the program; (2) mandatory coaches meeting at the beginning of each season which includes an hour-long coaching clinic; and (3) access to the NSCAA series of coaching courses, hosted locally in Milton, run by our parent organization, Mass Youth Soccer, and paid for by Milton Soccer.

Soccer Library

New to coaching?  Looking for some extra tips?  [Milton Public Library] Milton Soccer has purchased soccer materials for the Milton Public Library. Search on keywords: youth, soccer, coaching, training etc.

Coach Licensing

Along with many other towns, Milton Soccer has recently switched from the US Soccer G-> F -> E license system to the NSCAA Level 1 -> Level 2 -> Level 3…. series of coaching courses. Although all coaches are welcome at any level course (there are no pre-reqs and taking a refresher of a course you’ve already completed is welcome), Milton Soccer puts forth the following minimum licensing expectations, which vary according to the age of the team you are coaching:

  • NSCAA Level 1 (4 hours): For K-2nd grade coaches (and any other coaches who would like a refresher)
  • NSCAA Level 2 (6 hours):  For all 3rd and 4th grade coaches - Champions League and Travel (and any interested coaches who would like a refresher)
  • NSCAA Level 3 (9 hours): For all 5th-12th grade coaches

What if I already have a G or F License?

  • If you already have a G license, a good next course for you is the Level 2 or 3
  • If you already have an F license, a good next course for you is the Level 3
  • Milton Soccer will reimburse coaches for all NSCAA sanctioned courses.      


Local Coach Licensing and How to Register

Milton Soccer normally offers a local Level 1, Level 2 and/or Level 3 course each Fall and Spring. Look for email notifications early in the fall and spring seasons to see what courses are planned. Pre-registration and payment is required and can be done directly from the Mass Youth Soccer NSCAA Courses Schedule. This schedule lists not only Milton hosted courses but others in our area as well. Milton will reimburse you the course fee. Email your Certificate of Course Completion typically received about four weeks after the course is completed along with your address to our treasurer and we will send you a check.

If registering for the course very close to the date, you may be directed to contact the course host directly to register. You will have to pay for the course in person during course check in. Be sure you are a Milton affiliated coach before attending or you will be charged the non-member fee.  Check with your program's registrar to confirm your membership status with Milton Soccer.

Course Cost Reimbursement

Milton Soccer reimburses coaches for successfully completing coach licensing.  Forward your certificate of course completion typically received 4-8 weeks after completing the course to the registrar, along with the cost of the course and your address.  A check will be sent out to you within two weeks.    


Travel program coaches conduct practices once per week including player clinics.  Practice times are set by
coaches after teams are formed just before the season begins.  Times are usually set up after the coach talks with
team members and find a time convenient for members of his/her team.  Milton Soccer does not refund
registration fees for a player's inability to meet team practice times.  K-2 practices are held prior to game time.

Guidelines for good practices:

  • The coach smiles frequently and encourages with positive comments, catching players doing things right.
  • Every player has a ball at his or her feet. 
  • No players stand in line, ever. They're always doing something with the ball or moving to a ball.
  • The kids are having fun. The coach has organized games that teach skills. There are no "rote" drills.
  • The practice includes a "live game" scrimmage for at least 15 minutes (30 minutes for older kids).
  • The kids go home tired

Practice fields

Milton Soccer sends out a sign-up genius at the beginning of the season to sign up for a field location and
time. During practices, you need only half a field to practice on.  If there is another team practicing, invite them to
scrimmage with your team at the end of your practice. 

  • Note:  Make-up games take priority over practices.

Guidelines for good practices

  • The coach smiles frequently and encourages with positive comments, catching players doing things right.
  • Every player has a ball at his or her feet. 
  • No players stand in line. They're always doing something with the ball or moving to a ball. Or divide up
  • player and each coach runs a drill.
  • The kids are having fun. The coach has organized games that teach skills and challenges the players. There are no "rote" drills.
  • The kids go home tired

Start of Practice

  1. Warming up with passing to partners, shooting on goal
  2. Team is all there, review what will be worked on today
  3. Run a lap, stretch and begin

End of Practice

  1. End the last 15 minutes with a scrimmage, amongst the team or with another team at the practice fields
  2. Gather team
  3. Players get water and stretching
  4. Coach recaps practice, ask some questions about skills learned (especially for younger player), remind players of next practice/game, end with praise

Rules of the Game