Coaches are the backbone of our soccer program.
They are all volunteers and are in charge of their team.
Coaches will receive a picture coaches badge once all coach’s requirements are met.
Coaches Requirements are:
- PAL provides a free clinic at the beginning of the season.
- All coaches and assistant coaches must complete the Milpitas PAL Volunteer form (according to California Law that applies to anyone working with children. For more information please call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400 or send an e.mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Code of Ethics
- Complete concussion training- see below
- Background check/fingerprinting if new
All volunteers (coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, board members) must register with the Milpitas Police Department using the Volunteer registration forms (Form, Code Of Ethics). These forms need to be returned to Co-Commissioner Jackson. email@example.com.
New volunteers (or previous volunteers who have skipped one or more years, Covid 2020 is waived) also need to submit to a background check by scheduling a fingerprinting appointment with the Milpitas Police Department (call 408 586-2400). Bring this form, Live Scan form filled out.
A few weeks before the first game of the season, the age group coordinators contact the coaches from the previous year as well as other adults who have indicated their availability to coach a team. Once the coaches are selected, the teams are formed by assigning players to each coach based on the particular requests indicated in the signup forms provided that they do not conflict with the PAL regulations. In the absence of such requests, players are assigned to teams based on their past experience in an effort to make the teams as balanced as possible.
At a meeting with all the coaches, the age group coordinators distribute the players registrations together with other materials to each coach.
The coach must then contact each of the players and notify them that they have been assigned to his/her team. It is customary for the coach to call a kickoff meeting with all parents/guardians of the players to clarify what is expected of each individual (players, parents, coach, assistant coaches, referees, spectators …) throughout the season. It is very important to explain the PAL philosophy and objectives (see our Bylaws) as well as our Code of Ethics in order to minimize the occurrence of unpleasant disturbances during the games.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of items to be discussed at this kickoff meeting:
– Season calendar (number of games, breaks, end of season tournament …)
– Practice times and place
– Equipment (uniforms, shoes, shin-guards, jewelry …)
– Code of Ethics and sanctions
– Playing time rules (at least 50% per player per game)
– Fundraising options
– Helping options (snack shack, refereeing, field prep, board membership …)
Scores and MVPs
After every game the coach must report the score and the names of two outstanding players for that game (MVPs). To do this send an e.mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– your team number and name (e.g. 121 SuperStars)
– your opponent team number and name
– the score with your team’s number of goals first (e.g. 3-2)
– the MVPs names (e.g. Landon Donovan, David Beckham)
Can my players have their name on the uniform?
This is the text from our ByLaws (Rule 9, Part 6.B.2) regarding uniform modifications:
Player names may be imprinted on the back of jerseys but are restricted to the area above the number, must be black or white lettering and no more than 3 inches in height and in Arial or Calibri font. No single player imprinting is allowed. The entire team’s uniforms shall be marked in the same manner or it will not be allowed.