Westfield Soccer Association

Intercounty Coaches Memo

Intercounty Coaches Memo

Hello Coaches and Volunteers,

Welcome to the Westfield Intercounty Soccer Season (We play in the Suburban Youth Soccer League) .

Thanks again for volunteering this season.  The program could not be a success without your assistance.

Many of you are veterans of this league, but this memo serves as a guide for those who are new, or for those who need a refresher.

All the links referenced on this page can be found directly on the Intercounty Program Page, either on the page, or referenced in the Top Right Menus.

I. Important Dates

Important Dates for the Season can be found here: Important Dates


II. Volunteer Responsibilities (Can be shared between Coach,Assistant Coach,Team Manager):

Coaching is highly rewarding and the only duties are as follows:

1. Coordinate game times with opposing Coach
2. Manage the Team: Communicate upcoming games with the Team, updating Rosters on Intercounty site.
3. Manage Substitutions during games.
4. Report scores to the League

CONCUSSION TESTING: NJ Youth Soccer requires that all youth soccer coaches have concussion training.  Consequently, you must do this online training course from the CDC.  You only have to take this course once.
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/online_training.html

Note: Intercounty Coaches are not required to obtain a Coaching License.


III. Intercounty Web Site:

The league web site can be found at www.syslnj.com

If you are new, it is worth looking at the site.  Click on the Handouts menu to review the Playing Rules, contact lists and other information.  Please familiarize yourself with the rules as they are different from travel rules and In Town rules. 

A Team representative will also need to update the Coaches Contact information, and also the Teams Roster.

See the SYSL Coach Resources page for more information.


IV. Uniforms and Equipment

Uniforms will be ordered directly by each Player.  See Uniform Orders for more information.

Equipment will be distributed at one of the two WSA Coach Meetings (Review Important Dates for meeting info)

Equipment includes the following:

1. Game Ball
2. Firstaid Kit
3. Ice Packs
4. Ball Pump
5. Coaches Whistle


V. Ref Fees

Coaches will be given a check at the beginning of the season for Ref Fees, for their full season of home games.
Coaches are responsible for providing Ref Fees for all Home games.

Information about Ref Fees can be found here: Ref Fees


VI. Team Training

1. Trainer Led Practices
Team Training sessions will be led by a professional Red Bulls Trainer, and will be held one day during the week.  See Spring 2018 Training Schedule for more information about your Trainer Led Team Practices.  Note Coaches are not required to attend Trainer led practice sessions.

2. Coach Led Training
If you would like to run your own Coach led practice session, please let me know, as we may have some free field time available for coaches to run their own practices.

VII. Game Scheduling

A Team representative will be responsible for Coordinating Game day information with opposing coaches.

See Game Scheduling for more information.

Note games will be scheduled by the league on Saturdays and Sundays, and can be at any time of the day.  An occasional Friday night game may also be scheduled.


VIII. Scoring Games

Scores should be reported by the Coach of the Winning Team.

Details on Scoring can be found here: Reporting Scores


IX. Coach Meetings

There will be a WSA Coaches Meeting, and an SYSL League Coaches Meeting, at the start of the season.

1. Coach, or a Team Representative is required to attend each of these Coach's Meetings.

Team equipment will be distributed at the WSA Meeting.  An overview of Coaching Strategies, and Responsibilities will also be Provided.

 March 13 (Wed)  SYSL Coaches Meeting 
 Orange Avenue School from 7PM - 8:30PM
 March 20 (Wed)  WSA Coaches Meeting and equipment distribution 
 Gumpert Field House from 8PM - 9:30PM

SYSL Meeting Location:
Orange Avenue School, 901 Orange Avenue, Cranford NJ 07016

WSA Meeting Location:
Gumpert Field house on the corner of S Chestnut St, and 4th Ave, Westfield (Near Shopright in Garwood)