Managers & Coaches

Managers & Coaches
Coaching in Ratoath Harps – Technical Requirements

Managers & Coaches:

Both must have Technical, Tactical and Physical knowledge to organise and implement quality- training sessions, pre & post match day practice and game related information.


Must be willing to work with any new development programs, structures and pathways set down by the club,
Attend Workshops and Coaching days which will be held during the year for their benefit.
Also be available to log up coaching hours with other teams within the club over the season to help in their own development as coaches.
From time to time, coach squads and age groups that you are qualified to coach, other than your own team; this will help in the coach and player development.
Respect to be shown to all coaches from all levels, at all times no matter what level they are coaching at.
Coaches of U5s to U10s must have kick start 1 to be involved before the start of pre-season.
Coaches of U11s to U18s must have at least introductory licence or kick start 1 & 2

Coaches from outside the club must not be invited to coach any team without consulting with the Coaching Team.



Guidelines for Managers and Coaches



Ensure there is equal opportunity given to develop and progress players at their own age group and level. Coaches must be of a standard to help in their development. A high level of discipline and respect is given to all coaches, players and club members at all levels on and off the pitch whether it’s on match day or at training and even outside the game. A high level of commitment will be expected form all players in the club. We want to see a positive progression in players and teams over the coming seasons. Players and coaches will be monitored throughout the season to ensure this is so.


Prepare Session planners, record quality information, maturation and age specific. Plan time allocation (warm up, session, warm down), facilities (indoor, grass, all weather pitch), equipment (balls, cones, bibs, water bottles, First Aid Kit). Ensure players wear proper gear (boots, shin- guards, gloves, shorts, tracksuits, hats). Monitor time keeping (on time and ready – both players and yours as well!).

Training sessions will be monitored during the season to ensure quality coaching and information is being relayed, that there’s a level of progression and a structure set in place. Time will be spent with teams and coaches if help is needed for them to develop at the same rate as other teams. Session block planners will be introduced if they’re needed to help this process. Also coaching days will be held for teams during the season with coaches from inside and outside the club.

Match day

Organisation and a professional approach is needed in relation to time keeping (players and coaches) meeting times (adequate), pre-match warm up, proper gear (boots, shin-guards, knicks, socks, gloves, GK gear, club tracksuits), water bottles, First Aid Kit, balls, bibs & cones.

Pre-match analysis, Half time analysis, Match analysis, after match warm down – these need to be done as a team by the team manager and not every Tom, Dick and Harry on the line who think they know. Get your team into a routine so these things become habit. Lets not forget what you’ve just spent the week coaching and encourage it in the games.

Every club needs them because they are important to the club set up, bringing players to and from matches, training and supporting teams on match day and getting involved within the club, perhaps even becoming coaches themselves. However, you are the team manager, not the parents of your players on the sideline. Coaches must ask parents not to coach from the sidelines, this is your job and instructions from other sources during a game only confuses the players. If this persists you will find yourself losing the confidence of the parents and of your players, so you need to be assertive while at all times treating people with respect. If you are confident in what you’re coaching you will earn their respect.




Your practice sessions

Your organisation of the practice session is one of the most important responsibilities of the coach. It covers many aspects, from securing a field, to preparing a written plan for the practice.

You should plan ahead of time and always prepare for the unexpected. Never arrive at a practice or a game without considering all the elements of organization. Players will recognise immediately when a coach is unprepared.

Good planning and thorough organisation translates into confidence.
If you have a well thought out plan and you are certain about how your objectives are to be achieved your players will respond appropriately.
Facilities – Where are you going to practice?
Equipment – What equipment do you need?
Number of Players – How many for practice?
Realistic Practices – Does it happen in the game?
Injured Players Policy – How to keep them involved.

Introduction – Coaching the practice.
Step One – What’s the topic?
Step Two – Stand back and observe.
Step Three – Correct the mistakes.
Step Four – Progress to the next level.
Step Five – Relating the topic to the game.
Introduction – Going from simple to complex.
Step One – Starting with the basics.
Step Two – Striking a moving ball.
Step Three – Passive resistance.
Step Four – Introduction of pressure.
Step Five – Relate to the game.
Step Six – The big picture.
Introduction – A coach can communicate in two ways, by showing or by speaking.
Do it by Showing – A picture tells a thousand words
Do it by Speaking – Keeping it simple and clear.
Introduction – How do young players learn?
Profile of an Under 6 player – Love to run, jump, roll and hop.
Profile of an Under 8 player – The puddle is still too tempting.
Profiles of an Under 10 player – Skills are emerging.
Profile of an Under 12 player – They are openly competitive.


Good coaches possess some fundamental qualities. It is not all about your win, loss record. Ironically, you can do a great job coaching and still not win. Conversely, you can have a successful record by just having the fortune of better players. Regardless of the level you are coaching, the game should be a fun and learning experience for your players.

This section illustrates the qualities of a good coach.



Team Management deals with factors other than coaching skills and principles of the game. It involves handling issues with players and parents such as playing time and behavioural expectations on the sidelines. It is the attention to detail in areas such as pre-game, half time and post game preparation. It encompasses a wide variety of topics, which are crucial to the harmony, and structure of the team.
Ideas on attendance policy, items you should have at every practice and a sample of a practice layout that you could print and take to the field with you.
Attendance Policy – Soccer is a team sport.
Practice Checklist – What you will need for your practice.
Practice Planner – Printable practice planner.

There are important considerations to make during game day. A thorough warm up must be implemented, considerations of team line-ups and who starts and does not and crucial team talks at keys moments. This section addresses all these areas and provides you with ideas to help.
Playing time – How much per player?
Substituting – When to make a substitution.
Coaching in a game – Do not yell negatives.
Pre-Game – Are you ready to play?
Half Time – Rest and reassurance.
Post Game – The wrap up.



Outlining players’ responsibilities during the season, how to handle disruptive players and suggestions for selecting your team captain.=
Responsibilities – What are your player’s responsibilities?

Disruptive Players – How to deal with them

Selecting a Team Captain – How do you choose?



The most important factor in winning games are not tactics or formations, it is the quality of individual “technique”. Team tactics are very dependent upon each player’s ability to execute the technical components of those tactics. For tactics to succeed you must have players who can pass the ball diagonally behind a defence, control the ball in tight areas, dribble past an opponent, or win head balls in set-plays.

Without players who possess good technique, your time invested in team organization and principles of play will be fruitless. With players of high technical ability, the foundation will be strong to apply those techniques in skilful and tactical situations.

It is of paramount importance that coaches understand how quality technique is developed and implement a coaching regimen to challenge players to a level of technical excellence. “Practice does not make perfect” rather” practice makes permanent.”

To teach technique, coaches must be able to break down each component and relay that information to their players. The technique must be isolated and performed until it becomes habit. Skills in Passing, Ball Control, Shooting, Heading, Dribbling, Defending and Goalkeeping.

The Push Pass
The Low Driven Pass
The Bent or Swerved Pass
The Chip Pass
The Lofted Pass
The Volley Pass.
The Side Volley Pass
The Toe Poke Pass
The Heel Pass
The Flick Pass
The Stab Pass
Ball Control
Cushion Control using the Feet.
Cushion Control using the Thigh.
Cushion Control using the Chest.
Cushion Control using the Head
Wedge Control using the Feet
Wedge Control using the Thigh
Wedge Control using the Chest
Wedge Control using the Head

Shooting with the inside of the foot
The Low Driven Shot
The Lofted Shot
The Chip Shot
The Bent (swerved) Shot
The Half Volley Shot
The Side Volley Shot
The Full Volley Shot


Attacking Heading
Defensive Heading
Diving Headers


The Half Turn
The Quarter Turn
The Stop and Go
The Fake Stop and Go>
The Beardsley
The Chop


You should have or be aware of a safety checklist when coaching your players and preparing your team. There are important information and procedures to ensure goals safety and how to correctly anchor your goals. Understanding the concerns regarding heading the ball at a young age and building confidence in players to head the ball correctly.


Beating the heat

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all serious (in some cases fatal) heat-induced conditions. It is imperative for the safety of your players and volunteers that you and your coaches know how to identify and treat them.

Heat Cramps
Heat Exhaustion
Heat Stroke
Symptoms of Dehydration
What you need to know about fluids

What Does Water Do For You?
What Happens Without Water?
How Can You Avoid Dehydration?
What Happens If Your Sweat Does not evaporate

Lightning Policies

Before the storm
What to do when you hear thunder
Soccer games and practices policy
What to do if you are caught outdoors and you cannot get to a building
When to resume outdoor play
Flash (Bang) Method

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