BAYS Coaches - Game Day Thoughts

The following are some thoughts for you to consider as you prepare for your game:

Pre-Game


Before your game think make sure you have the following items:

  • Coaches card for you and any assistant who will be on the sideline with you.  You can not be on the sideline without a card and the game can not occur without a registered coach with a card.  Contact you age group coordinator if you have lost or misplaced your card.
  • 2 copies of your roster.  One is for the referee and one for the opposing coach.
  • Player cards - For U12 and higher teams competing in division 1 or 2, all players must have a photo player card to play.  
Consider the following as you prepare for the game:

  • How many players you have?  What formation will you play?  Who will start the game in what positions?  How will you rotate the players?  The more you think about this ahead of time, the more time you can spend observing the play and coaching the team.
  • What warmup drills will you do?  
  • What 2-3 things do you want the kids to emphasize in that particular game.  Keep these small and manageable.

During the Game


While the game is being played, consider the following:

  • Limit the coaching of players on the field - we know this is hard, but more often than not the players can not hear nor process what you are saying.  If anything is said, make it positive reinforcement.
  • Coach with the kids not playing - Consider engaging the kids on the sideline by talking about what they see on the field and what you see.  Teaching them from this position, occupies them and allows them to see the game with a different perspective, and hopefully bring some of those thoughts with them when they play.  
  • Observe the zero tolerance policy  - There can be no yelling at the referees.  You can be sure they will make mistakes, prepare yourself and your team for it.  Be aware of parent behavior in this regard as well, work to control this as well.  If there are any questions, you can read the policy here
  •  If there is a medical emergency, call 911 - Serious Injuries or other medical emergencies are rare but can happen at any time.  If the player's parents are not present, try to notify them of the situation as soon as possible.
  • Have fun - It's a game.  Enjoy the kids.  Teach them to compete as hard and fair as they can.  When it's over, congratulate the other team.

After the Game


After the game, we suggest the following:

  • Ask the players what they saw during the game - See what they saw and learned from the game.  What did they do well?  What could they improve upon?  
  • Offer your insights on what you saw - keep this brief. 
  • Email your section leader with the scores - by the end of the weekend.
  • Adjust practice plans - Did you see something that you want to focus on in the upcoming practices?
  • Provide feedback about the refereeing - go to this link

Coaches Announcements

Feb 09, 2015

Intramural (In-Town) Update!

*** UPDATE -- REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING 2015 IM SEASON IS FILLING UP FAST AND THE 1st LATE FEE IS SOON TO TAKE EFFECT ***

Key Dates for the Spring, 2015 IM Season:

Season: April 11th, 2015 through June 13th, 2015 with no game Memorial Day Weekend
No Late Fee if PRIOR to February 15th, 2015
$25 Late Fee between February 16th , 2015 and March 15th, 2015
$100 Late Fee if after March 15, 2015

To register, simply click on the Registration Tab and select the In Town Intramural Registration link or log into your account and go to your “My Account” area (accessible once you log in through the top right “My Account” button).  The programs your soccer star qualifies for should automatically be available.

If you are new to Newton Youth Soccer, then simply create an account, add a player and under your account area, available programs should auto-populate.


As background, the intramural program is an in-town program (no travel to other towns) for boys and girls who want to play soccer with with Newtonites from grades one through six.  Teams are organized by grade and if enough parents volunteer, around elementary schools. Children who are Newton residents or who attend Newton schools are eligible to play.  We have two seasons.  The Fall season runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of November while the Spring runs from the beginning of April to Mid June. Registration typically opens in June for the Fall Season and November for the Spring Season.
UPDATE *** The Spring 2015 season will run from April 11th through June 13th with NO GAMES OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.
The goal of the intramural program is to develop player skills in a fun and engaging environment. To this goal we approach age group development in the following manner:
1st grade: We run an "Academy" style program in first grade which plays every Saturday. Players are assigned a time slot which will remain unchanged each week (they will not be assigned to a team). Each session will be run by a professional coach and will be a split between skill training and small sided games. The focus of our first grade program is to establish a solid foundation of ball skills for all players which will serve as their building blocks for years to come.
2nd grade: As with 1st grade, 2nd grade teams play every Saturday. The first half of every Saturday session is focussed on skill development led by professional coaches who follow a US Soccer developed skill curriculum. The second half of each session is devoted to games coached by their NYS parent volunteer where the children can apply the skills they have just learned in a game situation which will encourage many touches on the ball.
3rd grade: Teams play a game every Saturday and have 1 practice during the week. Games are 6 v 6 and are 60 minutes long (2 x 30 min halves). Practices will be run by your team's volunteer coach on a day/time/location decided by said coach. An age appropriate curriculum will be provided to each coach to ensure key skills are being taught across each age group.
4th / 5th / 6th grade: Teams play a game every Saturday and have 1 practice during the week. Games are 6 v 6and are 60 minutes long (2 x 30 min halves). Practices will be run by your team's volunteer coach on a day/time/location decided by said coach. An age appropriate curriculum will be provided to each coach to ensure key skills are being taught across each age group.

Volunteers Needed -- No Experience Necessary! 
As with all volunteer organizations we rely on the time many of you commit to help coach. If you are interested in coaching (as a head coach, an assistant or in some other role) please indicate this when you register your child. No experience coaching or playing soccer is required and we will help train you to help the kids. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program and we speak from personal experience when we say that both you and the children will benefit enormously from your involvement. At all levels we will provide you with a curriculum and coaching tips to help you through your season and to provide a positive experience for your team and for you! 

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