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Fall 2014 Resources and Events

Fall 2014

Updated August 29, 2014

Coaches --
We at the WSSC want to thank all of you for your countless hours of service helping to create a great soccer experience for all our kids here in West Seattle-we would be nothing without you folks!

  • Mandatory Coaches meetings
  • Download Practice Fields -
    Note: some fields are reserved for club training and camps. Generally, fields are reserved 5-8pm, M-Fr.
    • August 2014 (revised 8/3)
    • September 2014 (Note - Delridge SOUTH is reserved on Mondays for HSA Player Academy and HPFC teams)
    • As reference, here are the field reservations from 2013, which should be similar to 2014.
  • Summer coaches' game will be scheduled in August 23, 11am-1pm, Walt Hundley Field.
  • Schedules -- visit the schedules page.
  • Entering a tournament? Please plan ahead! View guidelines here.
  • Rules -- please review the rules page.
  • U.K. Soccer International Online Coaching Curriculum (all ages) -- Access 1000+ age appropriate activities that will assist in making you a better coach.
  • Sports Participation Policy - Seattle Parks, 2002 (PDF). This document lists guidance for use of athletic fields in Seattle. Please note: NO AIR HORNS at fields
  • Fall Kickoff Jamboree (U-08 to U-11) -- view Jamboree page for more information.
  • Master coaching -- player and coach development (U-6 & U-7). WSSC is partnering with Master Coach Online (MCO) to provide an age and competence appropriate program for our entry-level (U-6 & U-7) players and coaches. Learn more

Fall 2014 Practice Field Reservations Guidelines (updated July 29, 2014)

Hello WSSC Coaches -
Most of the information on this page is also listed in the Coaches Handbook, which is distributed at the coaches meetings prior to the fall and spring seasons. (See link above.)

Please direct questions to wsscboard@gmail.com

The August practice field schedule has been posted on the Coaches Corner. We know many of you are not practicing yet, but some of our field reservations start on Friday, August 1. The rest start on Monday, August 13. The September, October, November and December practice field schedules should be posted a week prior to each month.

Points to remember:

  • Plan to practice where you play games (refer to the field list above and page 15 of the coaches' packet) -- it will help spread out our teams around all of our West Seattle fields
  • Some venue reservations are not a consistent night every week, so please check the schedule before you practice
  • SHARE THE FIELDS!!! A team can not occupy an entire field for their practice--if no other team shows up, then it is fine to use the entire field, but be prepared to run your practice on a half, or a third of a field space. 3 teams can effectively use 1 field to run each of their practices--plan ahead! We all need to work together to share all of our fields.
  • If you are a U11 or younger team and end up practicing at a venue with full-sized goals, please practice to the side so the full-sided teams can use the goal. NOTE: Walt Hundley is considered a full-sided field; U-10 teams will be playing games at Riverview South this fall season.
  • Please do not schedule scrimmages during WSSC practice field reservation times. If you are the only 2 teams on a particular field, then please have an impromptu scrimmage! Be aware that if other WSSC teams show up to use the field, you must share the field! As stated earlier, 3 teams may have to use one full sized field for their practices--keep that in mind when planning a scrimmage. If you can find field time outside of scheduled WSSC practice times, please set up your pre-planned scrimmages at those times.
  • Are you in need of help to plan training sessions? Visit the UKISC Online Coaching Curriculum page to download training activities and sessions. These are helpful if you need to train in small areas when several teams are practicing at the same time
  • Contact your roster if it is finalized and let them know what your plans are for practices
  • Make sure you have SIGNED Medical Release forms with you at practices.
  • No air horns or dogs at practice fields or games.
  • Walk the pitch before each practice and game to note drains, irregular surfaces, garbage, dog "treats"--things that could inhibit your team during training/games.

Thank you all for stepping up and coaching with WSSC this fall--we could not do it without all of you! You are making a huge impression on all our young players that they will remember for the rest of their lives--be a good influence and example!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

WSSC Board

 
Coach registration (Fall 2014)

Coaches/Volunteer Risk Management Assessment (RMA)

All team volunteers (Coach, Assistant, Team Manager, Trainer) that work directly with the players are required to submit to a Risk Management Assessment (RMA) which helps ensure our children are kept safe. When you enter the Coaches Registration module, you will be directed to follow a link to the RMA on the Washington Youth Soccer site (Affinity System).

IMPORTANT: You must use your LEGAL FIRST and LAST name and BIRTH DATE for both the RMA application and the WSSC registration (THEY MUST MATCH!) in order for you to be cleared and assigned to a team.

 
Coaching Education Opportunities and Resources


Coaching Education Opportunities

Interested in becoming a better soccer coach? Here is a list of upcoming coaching clinics and education resources.

Upcoming WSSC Coaches Clinics

  • Coed Coaches Clinic - Saturday, August 16th, 9:00am-Noon at Walt Hundley
  • Highline Soccer Coaches Clinic - Saturday, August 23rd, 9:00-11:00am at Walt Hundley

Planning training sessions with a good mix of techniques, exercises, and small-sided games (to practice techniques) may seem straight forward on paper, but implementing the session plan can often times go sideways very quickly. To get the most out of your players and practice sessions we are offering training to all our Association Coaches.

Topics: Creating and Implementing a Practice Session and Goalkeeping
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Location: Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Avenue SW, West Seattle

TR Stoneback, Technical Director of our premier club (Highline Premier FC) and Director of Coerver Coaching NW, along with several Highline Premier Coaches, will provide our Association Coaches with tools to help make their team practice sessions Dynamic, Creative, Safe and Fun.

Training curriculum to include:

  • Planning your session
  • Field set up
  • Proper equipment
  • Rules for a safe and productive practice
  • Tools you can use to demonstrate
  • Purpose of the practice
  • How to get everyone involved
  • Safety tips for Goalkeepers
  • Warming up your Goalkeeper
  • We look forward to seeing you on the pitch!

WYS Online Coaches Modules

Online coaching modules make coaching education easy by using visual demonstrations via video or animation, combined with printable exercises and one page practices sessions. WYS offers a comprehensive learning process that makes it simpler for a coach to see, read and implement the individual exercises and age appropriate development for U6, U8, U10 & U12 coaches in your own time and in the comfort of your home.

WYS Age Appropriate Training sessions

We also want you to be aware of our Age Appropriate training sessions which are 8 weeks' worth of pre-planned training sessions for age groups U6, U8, U10 and U12. Each week includes four different activities and is specifically designed to provide training based on the needs of that age-group. Additionally, each activity is in print and video format - coaches can see the training exercises in action with the videos and then print the diagrams out to bring to the field.

Upcoming Clinics in our Area

 
Coaches Corner (Spring 2014)

Hello WSSC Coaches -
Most of the information on this page is also listed in the Coaches Handbook, which is distributed at the coaches meetings prior to the fall and spring seasons.

Mandatory Coaches Meeting

  • Thursday, March 27, 7pm at Grace Church - 10323 28th Ave SW, Seattle
  • It is our expectation that ALL West Seattle Soccer Club Coaches will attend this important meeting. Team equipment and uniforms will be distributed at the meeting.
  • Agenda
  • Coaches Handbook

Resources and reminders

  • Schedules
  • Please familiarize yourself with the League Rules and expectations for the age group you will be serving.
  • Spring coaches' game is Saturday, March 29, 1pm at Chief Sealth HS field.
  • No air horns or dogs at games.
  • Walk the pitch before each practice and game to note drains, irregular surfaces, garbage, dog "treats"--things that could inhibit your team during training/games.

Thank you all for stepping up and coaching with WSSC this spring--we could not do it without all of you! You are making a huge impression on all our young players that they will remember for the rest of their lives--be a good influence and example!

Scott Jones
VP of Coaches WSSC

 
2014 Fall Registration
  • Serve with us this Fall!

    Register as a Volunteer Coach or Team Assistant

    Register Now
 
Fields by Age Group

Game Fields by Age Group

Fall 2014 (tentative) 
U-06 - Madison MS
U-07 - Madison MS and Roxhill South
U-08 - Riverview North
U-09 - Highland Park and Fairmont Park (new)
U-10 - Riverview South
U-11 - E.C. Hughes, Walt Hundley
U-12 and older - Walt Hundley, Hiawatha, Delridge North and South, Sealth

Fall Practice Fields. WSSC teams are encouraged to practice at the fields where their games are held. See list of Fall Practice Fields reserved on left of page. BE SURE TO CHECK RESERVED TIMES -- this can change from week to week.

Note: WSSC does not reserve practice fields for spring season.

Other Fields and Practice Venues:
- Alki Playfield
- Roxhill North


 
No lights at field?

What to do if the field lights don't come on?

1. FIRST, confirm that WSSC has the field reserved. View the Practice field reservations posted on this page.

2. CALL the Seattle Parks Field Lights hotline at 1-855-330-8400. This number is staffed by a vendor, Skylogix. (If no response, call Parks Duty Officer, 206-992-4583)

  • Identify yourself by full name and role in the organization.
  • Share the field location, time, and our field reservation schedule.
  • Please communicate with other field users present at the site to reduce the calls to the hotline.
  • Please notify wsscboard@gmail.com of the outage and result after practice.