Friday, August 28, 2015

Practice

Practice is an integral part of the game. It allows players fellowship, time to fine tune and learn new skills, as well as help prevent injuries during games. Practices should be scheduled for a weekday, but may be held on weekends at the discretion of the coach. Practice fields will be assigned by lottery at the Coaches Meeting. If two practice times are available, the second time is awarded in reverse order. Coaches are responsible for informing the team, parents and players of practice time(s) and location.

Review the fields at Andy Brown West and Wagon Wheel for assigned practice fields designated in red. Wagon Wheel is also available for practice to U9 and above. Practice is not allowed on game fields at any time as provided by a City of Coppell Ordinance.

Equipment
Soccer is easy to teach to children. After all it is a simple game. But to teach it well requires some preparation. Here is a list of recommended coaching aids:

» Cones-available in all sizes. It is good to also have the flat discs as well or plastic lids to mark off lines.
» Portable goals. 4 larger traffic cones serve well for goals. Corner flags can be placed through the middle of the cones for height.
» Pinnies or training bibs will help to distinguish teams.
» Soccer balls. Make sure everyone of your players brings a ball to every practice. Count on bringing a few extras yourself.

Skills Coaches/ Sessions
To provide continuing education to volunteer coaches the CYSA contracts professional coaches each year to conduct free skills practices for all players. Coaches are encouraged to attend skills sessions to observe and learn. Skills sessions are Wednesday nights and are run by Challenger Sports. Please contact the CYSA office for more information. Registration link is located on the home page of the website.

Make sure your kids bring water to all practices and remember to always wear your shin guards.

Practice Field Allocation Policy

Coaches select their first practice field/time slot by lottery at the current season's Coaches Meeting. After all coaches have made their first selection at the meeting, then all coaches will have an opportunity to select a second practice field/time slot per team in which they are head coach. U9 and older teams may pick from allotted fields at Wagon Wheel and U8 and younger may pick from allotted fields at Andy Brown West, then any allotted fields that remain at ABW for all age divisions. Practice fields selection is then temporarily frozen for 3 business days following the coaches meeting for coaches to make changes to their original selections. On the 4th business day following the Coaches Meeting, all CYSA coaches may select additional practice fields/time slots up to maximum 3 fields/slots per team they coach. Coaches must go to the CYSA office in person to request fields after the 4th business day following the coaches meeting.