Grand Valley Soccer Association
Coaches are an important part of GVSA. All teams in GVSA are required to have an adult (18 or older) Head Coach and may have up to two Assistant Coaches.
Coaches are appointed by the member clubs and serve at their pleasure. All GVSA coaches must have an USSF 'E' License (or higher) or an NSCAA Regional Diploma (or higher). New coaches have a period of one year to achieve this credential. Coaches in the U15 and older age groups should obtain a USSF 'D' License.
All GVSA Coaches and Assistant Coaches over the age of 18 must also have an MSYSA Risk Management card. This certifies that a Background Check has been done and is for the overall safety of the players.
GVSA is a youth league and coaches should always remember that their words and actions, whether positive or negative, will make a lasting impression on the players they coach. Your primary job as a Coach is to instill a love of the game into the players. This means helping them improve as players and making sure the games and practices are always something the player look forward to. Winning games is irrelevant in younger age groups and assumes importance only as the players enter adolescence (around High School age) and begin to care about it themselves.
As a coach it is imperative you maintain proper decorum and demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times. There is no place in the game for abuse of the officials and players - the game belongs to the players, not the coaches and spectators.
All coaches are urged to continue their education at all times. If there are more good coaches, there will be more good players.
The following State Licensing Courses are planned.
Information about any of these courses, as well as other around the state and online registration is available on the MSYSA state website
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