Vancouver Island Soccer for Youth and Kids
The Mid-Isle Soccer Club simply could not function without the support, dedication, and enthusiasm of our volunteer coaches. They play an incredibly valuable role in the growth and development of our community's children, teaching teamwork and cooperation, fair play and sportsmanship - and also a few soccer skills along the way.
In addition to coaching development and training sessions held throughout the season, the Club provides a variety of resources (such as those listed below) in order to assist these awesome volunteers in growing and developing their coaching skills at the same time they're developing the skills of the players on their respective teams.
BC Soccer Coaches Pathway
Coaches across BC play an extremely important role in the support and development of players - therefore, coach education and certification continues to be a major priority for BC Soccer. The Coach Pathway image below provides a visual overview of the minimum certification requirements for the various levels of play (click to enlarge):
BC Soccer would also like to make all coaches aware of the Playing Environment which is shown below (click to enlarge):
Resources for Mid-Isle Coaches
Stage 1: Active Start
Boys and Girls aged 4-6
ACTIVE START gives the youngest players the opportunity to develop basic skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, throwing, and catching in a fun setting built around informal play and positive reinforcement. Whether they dream of playing for Canada's National Teams or simply want to have fun with their friends, taking the right approach to the game when children are young sets the stage for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Being a good coach is demanding, but it's also incredibly rewarding. There's nothing quite like witnessing the thrill a young player gets when they score their first goal, or make a fantastic pass. And the lessons a child learns from a good coach can last a lifetime.
Read the ACTIVE START Coaches' Toolkit for coaching tips, techniques, and drill & activities that are designed to GET KIDS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME.
Stage 2: Fundamentals
Girls aged 6-8; Boys aged 6-9
FUNDAMENTALS allows children to develop their movement ABC's - agility, balance, and coordination - as well as speed - and learn the basics of the game while emphasizing fun, cooperation, and maximum time on the ball.
Soccer coaches wear many different hats, particularly when they're training young players - many of whom are lacing up their cleats for the first time. You might find yourself leading a fun activity one minute and reining in a distracted player the next. But shaping the lives of young people is a tremendous responsibility. As a coach, you must do everything you can to foster a player's love for the game, and to help them achieve their potential.
Read the FUNDAMENTALS Coaches' Toolkit for coaching tips, techniques, and drill & activities that are designed to GET KIDS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME.
Stage 3: Learn to Train
Girls aged 8-11; Boys aged 9-12
This "golden age of learning", when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes, provides an optimal window for further development of skills. The focus is on learning by doing, building a larger soccer repertoire of soccer movements and teaching the basic principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.
The objective isn't just to develop better soccer players - it's to develop well-rounded people who are disciplined, persistent, and able to work well with others.
Read the LEARNING TO TRAIN Coaches' Toolkit for coaching tips, techniques, and drill & activities that are designed to GET KIDS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME.