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The SBSC loves its coaches!  You do not need to have played professional soccer or even know much about soccer in order to coach.  Some important skills include (1) having good communication and listening skills, (2) leading by example (respect for referees, other team, etc....), (3) empower players to do the best they can, (4) enthusiasm,  (5) understanding the basics of the game, and (6) having FUN!!!!!

For Micro (U7), a team can have a head coach and several assistant coaches.

For U8 and older divisions, our policy is teams may have one head coach and one assistant coach.

The SBSC supports coaches with articles, links to videos, and emailing lesson plans.  Please consider volunteering!

7v7 Formation Ideas

9v9 Formation Ideas

Build Out Line Ideas


How to Become a Coach

Thanks for diving in! There are some administrative (courses, etc...) you have to go through. Here is a link that summarizes the steps.

How to Become a Coach - 2020

Step 1:  Notify the age group Division Coordinator and Registrar that you are interested in coaching (See the Board Contacts page.

Click on any of the links below to find details about how to complete the course or live scan.

  1. Register online in Cal South
  2. Risk Management / Live Scan
  3. Safe Sport Course (annual certification)
  4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course (new in 2020)
  5. Concussion Course
  6. US Soccer / Cal South Coach License Course


Other Coaching Resources

The SBSC has a subscription to "Soccer 101" which is a service that send a weekly email to coaches with an age appropriate practice plan.  The plans include diagrams as well as videos.

Below are links to additional resources.

Register (online) to be a coach. You can find a link below. Note, coaches will register directly through Cal South (Affinity) and not through the registration system we use for players.


2021 Coach Registration Now Open!

Equipment, Uniforms & Schedules

Coach's Bag:  Each coach will be provided a "Coach's Bag" of goodies, which will include soccer balls, mini ball pump, pinnies, cones, goalie shirt and first aid kit.

Uniforms: Game uniforms (with shorts and socks) will be distributed by the end of August.

Game Schedules:  Links to schedules will be published by the end of August.


Practice Fields

Read the Field Information guide to find out how to reserve a practice field, what happens with Daylight Savings, how to prepare a field for play, restroom availability and so much more!
Instructions are included on the form.  Please contact our Practice Field Coordinator with any questions.

Setting Up Mobile Access

Install the Sport Engine mobile app (iOS and Android supported) and keep up with the latest schedules, results, news and statistics.  Share photos and videos right from the game and enjoy rosters and player profiles, complete with game-by-game statistics.

You can find more information about how to stay connected to your team(s) on the Coach /  Parent Resource page on our website (under the 'Coaches' tab).

Latest Coaching News

  • U.S. Center for Safe Sport: US Soccer formally adopted new Athlete and Participant safety policy on February 16, 2019. Subsequently, Cal South and Affiliate Members must ensure that all Coaches, Administrators and other Covered Individuals complete the required U.S. Center for Safe Sport training and education online course.
  • Soccer 101: The Club subscribes to a service during the season that each week provides coaches with division specific practice ideas.
  • Cal South Recreational Soccer Page:  Cal South has a new page designed to support coaches.  There are links to division specific practice drill ideas (videos).  Click here to go to page.
  • Team Pages: The new website platform provides each team with a team page.  In addition, the platform will provide mobile access to your team page.  Stay tuned for more information.


Getting Ready for the Season

Equipment and Materials
Practice Schedule & Other Information
Team Parent Responsibilities

A critical part of a successful season is communication. As a coach, you need to be certain that you, your players, and their parents are all aware of the objectives of the SBSC. Your season will be most successful if you maintain a consistent flow of information throughout the season by working with your Assistant Coach and team parent to provide key information as it becomes available.  Here is a link (Season Preparation) with some suggestions

Playing Time

The SBSC policy is play each player at least 50% of the game time.


Peter Schmid Sportsmanship Award

This is an award based on citizenship, helpfulness, attitude, loyalty and attendance. Please fill out the Nomination Form for the player that you think best meets these qualifications. If there are any questions, please contact our Award Coordinator.

Scott Billington Memorial Award

The Scott Billington Memorial Award honors Scott’s leadership and invaluable contributions made to the community, and in particular to the SBSC.  The recipient(s) are honored for their leadership and selfless enthusiasm and whose contributions to the SBSC honor Scott’s spirit.  The award will be presented at the SBSC Annual General Meeting, which is typically held in late February or early March.  (read more)