Capturing all the resources for LUSA coaches on one page!
Below are all the resources to aid and assist new and experienced coaches together with a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help provide you with all the information you may need; if you’re a new coach or interested in being a a coach the FAQs is the place to start.
In April 2021 Canada Soccer has launched an online learning management system to make it easier to access for grassroots volunteer, parent, and guardian coaches. This allows for online learning solution replaces Community Stream Coach Education in-person classroom component
The new coach education platform at canadasoccer.com/academy allows coaches anywhere to complete the theory component of the Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life courses online. In addition, a new core component of the Grassroots Coach Education Program – Coaching Soccer in Canada – has been added to the newly-dubbed Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program. For full information on this program click here.
In addition the rich resources below will help coaches both new and experienced to stay up to date with coaching requirements and recommendations as they do change over time.
- LUSA Coaches Code of Conduct
- What is Responsible Coaching?
- Criminal Records Check (CRC)
- Coach Pathway
- Rule of Two
- Codes of Conduct and Guides to protecting Minors
- Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) Code of Conduct and Ethics
- Emergency Action Plan
- CSA Player Safety Guide
- Goal Post Safety
- FIFA – 11+ Exercises
The club has tried to cover off all the core questions and carries all the key policies and procedures on this website; if you can’t find what you’re looking for try the search feature which is on every page of the website or contact our Technical Director on [email protected]
No, for each season the coach is given all that is needed for practices and game day activities; balls in a net bag, pinnies, cones and flats, pump as well as first-aid kit and pop-up nets for he younger age groups. A goalkeeper jersey is also part of the coaches kit. The entire kit is collected at the start of each season and returned at the end of each season.
Many coaches add to this themselves over time with their own additions but you can be a LUSA coach without spending a penny on equipment.
If you’re new to coaching or not the first step is to get free coaches training that is appropriate to the age group you are coaching and as you move up through the age groups those courses will be made available prior to each season starting.
In addition if you have any questions or concerns, want some ideas or exercises to do with your team you can reach out to [email protected]. Also the LUSA Technical team and the Assistant Technical Director for your age group is also a great resource for support, you will also very often see them at your practices and/or games and are there to not only observe but to help you too if needed.
For younger age groups there is a single 1 hour practice on a weekday evening and another hour game on the weekend.
For the older age groups there are 2 x 1 hour practices on weekday evenings and a 1 hour to 1 and a half hour game on a weekend day.
As a coach with setup and take down of equipment etc. allow 90 minutes in total per the hour practice, for games too, anticipate adding an extra 30 minutes or so for team warmups, briefings etc.
With the older age groups from Youth upwards it is very typical for a team’s head coach to recruit a parent as a Team Manager to help with communications and scheduling / match score reporting so the coach isn’t doing everything.
All Coaches certification up to the level of Soccer for Life (which covers you from U13 to U18) is provided free of charge to all LUSA Coaches and is a requirement to he a coach within British Columbia with BC Soccer.
For more information on the coaches development pathway if you want to know the levels from U4 and up or want to pursue further certification please see here; also fee free to ask any of our Technical Team who can provide additional information.
When you register your child for a Spring or Fall Season program there is an option to add yourself as a volunteer and that includes Head Coach or Assistant Coach.
If you’re already certified at the appropriate age group level we will just need confirmation of that and info about your certification and training.
If you’re new to coaching then our Registrar and/or technical team will reach out to you to get you information on the next courses available for your age group and support you fully as you start.
You will also need to do a free criminal record check (CRC) with all the details on how to do that here.
The other coach specific FAQs and the Coaches page also provide great resources as well as the LUSA staff.