Join our team!
Belle River Soccer is always on the look out for new coaches for our House League and our Travel program.
If you are interested, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, Belle River coaches and thank you for your time!
A new schedule will be posted when the scheduling is complete and the 2019 season is announced.
To view our House League Coaches manual click here
To view our Coaches Code of Conduct click here
To view our Coaching Philosophy click here
Each team can have a coaching staff of:
One Head Coach
One Assistant Coach
One Team Manager
The Head Coach is in charge of all practices, game decisions, substitutions and development of the players.
The Assistant Coach helps the head coach in the areas he/she is needed.
The Team Manager communicates with the parents, organizes freezies, half time snacks, reminds parents about schedule, picture day, etc..
All coaching staff are invited to a coaches appreciation banquet.
All head coaches receive a free complimentary coaches shirt.
1. You’ll get to spend more time with your child
Your child might only be 4-years-old now but there will come a time that she will naturally start to spend more time with friends and teammates and less time hanging out with mom and dad. Coaching her team is a wonderful way to keep a strong connection.
This has been a highlight for Rod Demars, 2016 Coach of the Year, who says that throughout his many years of coaching his twin daughters’ travel soccer team, he’s been able to be part of something that takes a lot of his daughters’ time and energy in a sport that they all love. Forging fun and happy memories together, as well as seeing his daughters grow up outside of their home and family environment, has been priceless, says Rod. He points out that coaching the same group of girls for the last seven years has also let him be a part of the growth of those kids, too, and that is an experience he would never trade.
2. You’ll expand your social network (and I don’t just mean your Facebook friends)
Let’s face it, it’s not always easy for busy adults to make new friends. But getting involved in our kids’ teams can be an introduction to like-minded families who value physical activity and sometimes life-long bonds are forged. As an assistant soccer coach, I made wonderful friends that have become mentors to me in my running and great go-tos for parenting and other advice. We have travelled as families together. We’ve celebrated holidays together. We’ve even been godparents for each other’s children. And who doesn’t need a new friend (or a potential carpool backup for other events)?
3. You’ll develop new skills
At the end of our most recent season, a head coach in the soccer league I convene told me that while he had only wanted to be an assistant coach, being a head coach had forced him to learn more about the sport. He gained a whole new appreciation for soccer and ended up loving the experience. Many leagues offer clinics to teach the coaches about their sport and about coaching techniques. It’s a fantastic and important thing to never stop learning. I believe it’s what keeps us young and helps us to relate to our children as they develop new skills. Plus it shows your kids that you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone, which is a really powerful thing for a parent to role model.
4. You’ll learn and re-learn life lessons
Many coaches have told me that while they know the importance of instilling positive values in their players, they themselves learn a lot of life lessons along the way. Jordan Elliott, a house league soccer coach of 8- to 10-year-olds, pointed out that while coaching can sometimes test your patience, it also develops it. Patience, along with fair play, responsibility, having fun, leadership, and problem solving are just some of the valuable lessons taught and learned in team sports. All the coaches that I have spoken with have reflected on having to adapt their teaching styles to fit the personalities of their players. Skills such as effective communication and developing self-confidence are tools that they have taken from the rinks and fields and used in their workplaces and in their homes.
5. You’ll get a work out, too (and be a good role model)
Nothing tests your athletic endurance like trying to keep up with a field — or rink — full of 7-year-old athletes! Coaches get the benefits of working out with their players at practices and find as the kids’ skills and fitness levels improve, theirs do too. I remember a few times when I’ve had to step to the side of the field pretending that I wanted to “get a look at how the players are moving the ball” when I actually needed to catch my own breath. There’s the added plus of being an active role model but it’s also really good for your own health and well-being to get out there and move.
6. You’ll come away with a sense of pride and accomplishment
Daryn Everett, who has coached his son from tiny tots u12, says that he is “exhilarated” by the joy on a player’s face when they reach a goal they didn’t necessarily believe was possible. Everett recalls a season game where his players were down two goals at then end of the first half. The coach called the boys together and seeing their deflated and tired faces, told them that they were proud of them and were happy to go home with the result they had. The boys felt the pressure lift and huddled themselves together with a loud cheer. Going on to score 3 goals, the boys eventually went on to win the game and later the day of champs.
Goals don’t always need to be that huge … making a good pass for the first time can be just as rewarding as scoring the winning goal and to a coach who has worked tirelessly on helping that player reach that milestone. It’s that “simple smile,” says Everett, that keeps him coming back year after year.
7. You’ll have fun
The number one reason kids play a sport is because it’s fun. And honestly, so is coaching. Getting to know the kids, helping them learn, seeing them gain confidence, and taking risks is part of what makes it so great. But you’ll also get to run around and play and that is, truly, fun at any age.
If after all this I still haven’t convinced you to try coaching but you have time to devote to a team, assistant coaches and team managers are always needed. Parents can also participate in a variety of roles that require less of a time commitment. I’m lucky enough to work with parents who help book field permits, order uniforms, source out trophies and medals, and bring snacks for kids after the games. The opportunities are endless.
Next time you have the chance to take on the role of coach or any other position in your child’s athletics, don’t shy away. You may find that the benefits for you are just as rewarding as they are for your children.
The score has nothing to do with the teams success:
There’s a reason sport films often feature the clichéd coach pep talk — you know the one, where the speech starts out quietly, full of motivational words, and invariably ends with all the players screaming as they run towards their victory. It’s because that’s the part of coaching that encompasses what it is to be a great coach: motivational, inspiring, passionate; the heart and soul of the team.
An article in the Huffington Post (see below) beautifully highlights the 35 things that make a brilliant coach. Each point is worthy, and while there are some listed that are specific to coaches, when you break it down, what emerges is that what makes a great coach is also what makes a great parent: listening, respect, compassion, engagement, empathy, humour, patience, communication, a positive nature, and flexibility.
Most importantly, what is not on the list is how many times their team is victorious, or the number of all-star athletes on their roster. Just as you wouldn’t call yourself a bad father because your child is having difficulty with math, a strong coach doesn’t consider herself a failure because Billy still can’t score a breakaway.That coach would just try, as a parent would, to keep Billy motivated, feeling good about himself, and thinking how to teach her player a new way to sharpen his game.
Great coaches aren’t just found in Disney films and they shouldn’t have to look like Matthew McConnaughey, Josh Lucas, or Denzel Washington to be valued. It’s time to recognize them for all they do to help our kids become better athletes and better people.
Our brilliant coaches at the 2018 Coaches Breakfast