Website Manager

Niceville PAL Soccer League

COACHING INFORMATION

Coaching Requirements, Education and Application
1. Volunteer on this website.
     a.  Login into your account, click on the VOLUNTEER tab on the left, then click the blue FIND VOLUNTEER ROLES button
     b.  Follow the process for the division and position you're volunteering for.
2. Complete concussion training.  Detailed information about this can be found below. 
    Submit your training certificate to the PAL secretary at [email protected].
3. Complete SafeSport training.  Detailed information about this can be found below. 
    Submit your training certificate to the PAL secretary at [email protected].
4. Complete your Coaching Education
     a. If you have a US Soccer E License (or equivalent) or higher, you are not required to take the below courses,
         but you will need to upload your coaching license when you register or send it to [email protected].
     b. U6 and U8 coaches:
            If you earned your 4v4 License in 2019, you do not have to take it again, but you will have to upload the certificate when you register
              to coach or send it to [email protected].

         -- Create an account with US Soccer's Digital Coaching Center (DCC)
         -- Complete Introduction to Grassroots module (free): https://dcc.ussoccer.com/courses/available/16/details/1546
         -- Complete 4v4 Online Module ($25, reimbursable by PAL): https://dcc.ussoccer.com/courses/available/26/details/1547
         -- Once complete, save your 4v4 Certificate to be uploaded when you apply. The certificate can be found by clicking on
             the dropdown arrow next to your name and selecting 'Profile'. Your certificates will be downloadable .pdfs on the
             right side of the screen.
     c. U10, U12, U14, U16, U19 coaches:
              If you earned your FOC certificate in 2018, you do not have to take it again, but you will have to upload the certificate when you
              register to coach or send it to [email protected].

         -- Create an account with United Soccer Coaches (USC)
         -- Complete Foundations of Coaching ($25, reimbursable by PAL): https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/education/elearning/
         -- Once complete, save your FOC Certificate to be uploaded when you apply
     d. If you are coaching both U6/U8 and an older age group, you only have to do the Foundations of Coaching, not both.
5. PAL will contact you regarding the required background check process.

PAL 2021 Season Information
The following is important information for coaches regarding the 2021 season, including rules and the information handout.  Coaches will need to go over this information with their players and parents.
» Click here for the 2021 PAL rules    *** important
» Click here for the 2021 PAL Registration Handout.
» Click here for the 2021 PAL Soccer League Coaches Guide and General Information
» Click here for the 2021 PAL sponsor list and uniform color chart
» Click here for the 2021 PAL field layouts and locations (no change from 2020)

Coaching Philosophy

» PAL Code of Ethics
    PAL asks you to read and abide by this Code of Ethics while you coach for us.
» Philosophy and the Spirit of the Game
    An excerpt from the Introduction to the Laws of the Game, 2018 version (but still relevant)


Coaching Resources
» The Challenger Way 2020 (PDF)
    PAL, through our relationship with Challenger Sports, has access to The Challenger Way.  
    The Challenger Way provides many resources to coaches and parents of soccer players.

» Progressive Soccer Coaching - from Challenger Sports (PDF)
    A guide to progressive coaching in youth soccer.  Over 70 unopposed, opposed and game-related soccer practices.
» SafeSport Training
    All PAL coaches must have current (within two-years) SafeSport training on-file in order to be a coach for the 2021 season.
    SAY Soccer requires all administrative board members and coaches to complete the online Safesport training, which includes
    sexual misconduct awareness, emotional and physical misconduct, and mandatory reporting.  Click here to read SAY Soccer's
    communications on this topic.  NOTE: this link contains the access code needed for the SafeSport website.
   
» The SafeSport initial training is good for two years; anyone who completed it last year can supply a copy of their SafeSport training
       completion certificate. 
    » Anyone who took the course in 2019 can do the online refresher and supply the completion certificate.
    » For those needing SafeSport training, use the following link and access code YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M (there is no cost when using this code).
       https://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=ee57337f-31f9-421d-b095-82fc8c8c4c41 

» Concussion Training
    All PAL coaches must complete annual concussion training.  The SAY National Concussion policy iequires a FREE online training course.
    ALL coaches and referees MUST complete this training course prior to participating in the any SAY activity whether it be a practice or a
    game situation. There are two approved options for the FREE online training program consists of two approved options:
   
» The FIRST APPROVED OPTION is provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports –
       What You Need to Know, which can be found at
http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
       This online course will require you to click on the "order here” button to begin the training.
   
» The SECOND APPROVED OPTION is through the Center for Disease Control and their Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports
       Online training program, which is at
http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html.
       Click on the online training course button to begin your training.
    Be sure to print off your concussion certificate and submit it to the PAL Director of Coaching.
» Pairing Request Form
    Used to pair players of coaches and/or sponsors on the same team for all divisions except U6.
» U6 Pairing Request Form
    Used to pair players on the same team for the U6 division.