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Volunteer as a Recreational Team Coach


Youth Soccer Coaches Needed!

Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Club (SVU) seeks volunteer soccer coaches for each new soccer season. The SVU Recreation program provides the opportunity for over 1,000 boys and girls (ages 5-18) from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to develop basic soccer skills and teamwork in a fun environment.

Practices are once a week, Monday-Thursday, and times are either 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. We will place you with a team based on your availability. There is one practice and one game per week and each lasts for 1 hour, so it’s only a 2-hour commitment per week!

Need service hours?
This is a fun, easy way to earn service hours.

Want to develop leadership skills?
As the coach, you would be responsible for leading a team and teaching them the basics of the sport of soccer.

Want to have a positive impact on the lives of local youth?
Many of the players look up to their coach as a mentor. You can have a positive impact on the lives of children in the community.

Want to coach with a friend?
We are also looking for co-coaches, so grab a friend and sign up together!

Don’t have any soccer coaching experience?
No problem! We will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed. We will hold a coaching education session before the start of the season, provide you with weekly practice plans, and our full-time staff is always available to answer any questions you might have.

Interested in coaching? Have questions?
Please contact the SVU Support Team at [email protected]. If you are registering your child for soccer, you can add yourself as a volunteer coach right in your account.

 GO UNITED!

Coaches Information

Welcome!

Thank you for volunteering to coach in the SVU Recreation program this season! The Recreation program relies on the help of great volunteers, and we couldn't do it without YOU!

The Recreation program provides the opportunity for boys and girls to develop basic soccer skills and teamwork in a stress-free and FUN environment. Remember to be active and engaged during practices and matches, because the players will feed off your energy. Have fun and let's have a great season!


Coach Equipment

Each team's head coach is responsible for picking up an equipment bag with balls, cones, pinnies, and a first aid kit. Team equipment bags can be picked up at the conclusion of each Coaching Education Session. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, contact SVU Support Staff to make arrangements to get your bag.


Team Name

Please make sure you know your team name and that the players/parents know it as well. In the past, some players and/or parents have been unaware of the name of their team. This can make finding fields for practice and games challenging.

Understanding your team name:

Coed u08 United

Coed u08 - Gender/Age Group (note: the U stands for "under")
United - Name of Team

Communication

Contacting Your Team

Once you have been added to your team roster, one coach from each team should create a Discussion through the Team Page to introduce yourselves and provide information for the first practice.

To access the Team Page, login to your account and either (1) click on "Visit Team Page" under the participants or (2) if you do not see "Visit Team Page" click on VOLUNTEER on the left and then you can see "Visit Team Page".

Helpful links for the Team Page:

Some things to include in a Discussion for Week 1:

We also strongly recommend sending weekly reminders about practice/game schedules.

  • Introduction of the coaches
  • Practice location, day, and time*
  • What to bring to practice
    • Comfortable soccer attire (uniform is for games only)
    • Shin guards (required for all age groups)
    • Soccer cleats (required for U7 and above)
    • Soccer ball
      • U5-U8 - Size 3
      • U9-U12 - Size 4
      • U14-HS - Size 5
  • Match Information (can be found in Team Calendar)
    • Match time
    • Field number
    • Jersey color
      • The team listed first on the schedule is the "home" team and will wear the white jersey.
      • The second team listed is the "away" team and will wear blue.
      • Please remind families that it is always a good idea to bring both jerseys just in case!

*Please view the documents above to identify which field your team will be practicing on (e.g., Smithland Field 3A) and the layout of the complex. Many teams will be sharing a field, so don't be surprised if there is another team on your field. Please pick one half of the field until you know if there is another team on your field.


DICK’S "GameChanger Team Manager" App

Brought to you by DICK’S Sporting Goods, the DICK’S "GameChanger Team Manager" app (aka "GC" app) allows coaches and parents to stay connected during the season. Team rosters, schedules, and field information are updated automatically from the SVU website. We highly recommend downloading the app to have all the information about your team right on your mobile device. We also recommend sharing the information about the app with your families so that they can download it as well, so that they are notified of any Discussions through the app on their phone.

Here are some things you can do with the DICK’S GC Team Manager app:

  • Receive instant alerts and notifications directly to your phone
  • View match schedules
  • Participate in team discussions
  • Sign up for team tasks (e.g., snacks, refreshments, etc.)
  • View team rosters and player profiles
  • Group text or email parents, volunteers, and players
The app is available for iPhone and Android. You can search under "GameChanger Team Manager" in your app store.

You will need your account login information to access the app. Please let us know if you have any issues downloading the app, logging into your account, or if you have any other questions.
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