Thank you for volunteering to coach! We offer various resources to help you coach:
Upcoming Coach Clinics
Learn more about coaching!
Thursday, August 31st, 2023
Tuesday, September 12th, 2023
Wednesday, September 13th, 2023
West Windsor Community Park
(Field Maps here: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Directions.asp?n=78205&org=wwpsa.org)
These are optional. The same things will be taught at each session so pick what is convenient for you!
- Kindergarten through 2nd grade teams practice on Saturday morning as part of a combined practice / game session.
- 3rd through 12th grade teams practice (1-2 times) at night during the week. As the coach, you get to request the weeknight, time and location for your practices! A signup genius will be sent via email to all coaches 2 weeks prior to the season to schedule practice.
Did you know that you can take a grassroots coaching clinic online that will provide you with a certificate of completion? And it's FREE! Coaches can sign up for an account on the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center which is free and they can go through the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching (just 20 minutes!). Coaches who complete the module will also be provided with four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions.
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Did you know that you can get weekly age appropriate practice plans for the entire season?! And it's FREE!
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Did you know that the resources from professional Surf coaches are found on this website?! And it's FREE!
Volunteer to Coach
To volunteer to coach please fill out the Rec Coach Registration.
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Required Steps to Coach
For instructions to the required steps to coach check out the Required Training and BG Check page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up to coach?
Register on the main registration page for the Year Season Rec Coach (for example 2023 Spring Rec Coach)
Does coaching count for my volunteer bond?
Yes! Your volunteer bond will be refunded if you coach.
What do I need to do to be a coach?
Requirements are outlines here: Required Training and BG Check page. It is all done virtually on your own time. You must complete it before the season begins or within 2 weeks of being given the instructions.
When do I coach?
For K-2nd grade, Saturday mornings. Your team will practice first and then play a game right after the practice.
For 3rd-12th grade, you will sign up for weeknight practice once a week for a 1.5 hour session. After all teams have one practice slot, you will be able to sign up for another one if you choose. Games will be played on Saturdays (some weeknight or Sunday games for makeups).
Do I need to show up besides practices and games?
Your team will have Photo Day. Your team will have a time slot and take a team picture. You will have to pick up your coach bag and shirt and return your coach bag. The coach requirements are all virtual.
What if I cannot show up to a practice, game, or photo day?
It is fine if you can not be at every event. If you know you will miss it, please let the team know and ask another parent to step up and help out. If you can not get a parent to coach for a game, please email email@example.com DO NOT TELL THE TEAM PHOTO DAY OR GAMES ARE CANCELED. The league will make the call on those. They will happen even if the coach can not be there.
Do I need to purchase any equipment?
You will pick up a coach bag (one coach bag per team) which contains balls, a pump, cones, pinnies, a clipboard, a whistle, a first aid kit, and ice packs. You will return the coach bag at the end of the season. You will also get a coach shirt to keep. It is not mandatory to wear it but helpful to the players, refs and parents.
What are the rules and are there referees?
The rules are posted on the website by age group here: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=119083&org=wwpsa.org
Only 3rd-12th grade divisions have referees. The coaches run the K-2nd grade division games.
Do my players get trophies?
For K-2nd grade, all the players will receive a trophy. The trophies will be distributed to the teams in time for them to be handed out at the last game.
For 3rd-12th grade, the 1st and 2nd place teams in the playoffs will receive medals.
Are there resources if I need help?
There are practice ideas on this website. You can sign up for additional practice ideas here and here. You may be given a 7th-12th grade helper from the Big Brother/Big Sister program. There will be coach clinics at the beginning of each season run by professional Surf coaches.
*** New this year! A Coach Whatsapp Group! Join now and ask fellow coaches any other questions you may have! ***
WWPSA Rec Coaches Only Whatsapp Group