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THOMAS JOHNSON AREA YOUTH ("TJAY") SOCCER CLUB

VOLUNTEER COACHING INFORMATION

TJAY Soccer is a community based, all-volunteer program.  In order to keep TJAY soccer thriving, it is important that we have parents and community members volunteer their time to help provide children an affordable place to develop soccer skills within their own community.

Often times we are faced with the problem of having more children register than we have teams with coaches.  If we wish to continue and grow this organization, we MUST have volunteers.  PLEASE consider volunteering your time to be a coach, assistant coach or co-coach (with another parent or two)

We would  be honored to have you join the TJAY Soccer Club family.  Our mission is to provide an environment where young soccer players from diverse backgrounds are guided and inspired to reach their full potential both on and off the field.  We are completely committed to providing our community with a model of quality youth development, education, and inspiration through the sport of soccer.

As a parent, you already know it takes all of us working together to help our children reach their full potential.  We encourage all of our parents to get involved and volunteer to help out the TJAY Soccer Club and their teams.

Parent Volunteer Coaches lead two 60  - 90 minute practice per week and coach games on Saturdays.  No prior soccer experience is necessary in order to serve as your team’s coach; we will share our best practices drills with you and offer free trainings and clinics.  We offer support to our coaches and respond will quickly whenever you need support, guidance, or coaching tips.

As a volunteer coach, you will receive:

  • Free coaches gear and equipment to use during the season;

  • Ongoing support from our other coaches;

Questions relating to volunteering

1.  Do I need to be an experienced coach to volunteer?

  • While many of our coaches are licensed and have played soccer themselves for many years, we also have parent volunteers who are not necessarily soccer players, but are good at teaching the skills necessary for players to develop.

 

2.  Is training provided?

  • Yes, we offer training and will provide you with drills and games to help you develop your players.  We will also reimburse you for part or all of your expenses relating to licensure or coaching education.
  • See the Coaching Resources page on  our website

 

3.  What is required of me?

  • You will need to complete a background check and complete an on-line concussion awareness training class.  FCYSL coaches will also need to take a sportsmanship class.  In addition, MSYSA (Maryland State Youth Soccer Association), requires that we have coaches complete an on-line registration form.
  • You will need to commit to being available to run practices and games for the season.  Being punctual to practices and games is a must!
  • Communicating with your team & parents is one of the most important roles of the coach.  If you are not a good communicator, it is fine to ask a parent to take on this role.

 

4.  What are the benefits of coaching?

  • For teams other than in-house, you will get to pick your team's practice days and times. 
  • If you are a parent, you will get to spend quality time with your child, on the soccer field.  This can be a great time to bond with your child. 

 

5.  What do I need to do to volunteer?

  • Simply click here to register yourself to volunteer or send an e-mail to [email protected] stating that you would like to coach.  We cannot guarantee that there will be an openning in the age group that you desire to coach, but that is usually not a problem.

 

Please contact Patrick Helmstetter at [email protected] or 240.344.3998 with questions about the season or the roles of a Volunteer Coach – remember, no prior soccer experience is required. 

We hope you will join us in making the TJAY Soccer Club a successful and fun soccer league for our youth.