West Des Moines Soccer Club

Coaching Content

Welcome Coaches!

At West Des Moines Soccer Club, we take our responsibility to provide the participants (coaches, players, parents, referees, etc.) of our programs with a high caliber, high quality program, very seriously! We are always striving to improve our programs so that our community can continue to benefit from such a tremendous array of soccer program opportunities. One of the reasons that we can maintain successful programs is by continuing to have the support of the individuals in our great community. Coaches, we cannot thank you enough for the time, energy and effort that you invest in our program and in your team! We only hope that you gain as much from your experience as a coach, as your players will gain by having you as a role model and mentor for the season! The Coaches Center provides helpful materials and resources for coaches within the WDMSC programs.

 
Coaching Registration
  • 2019-2020 Recreational Coaches

    You will need to be prepared to enter your driver’s license number, social security number, and a photo. All coaches, board members and club personnel will be required to complete the same three steps; online registration, concussion education training and SafeSport training. Concussion and SafeSport training links will be included in your confirmation email.

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  • 2019 - 2020 Academy Coaches

    You will need to be prepared to enter your driver’s license number, social security number, and a photo. All coaches, board members and club personnel will be required to complete the same three steps; online registration, concussion education training and SafeSport training. Concussion and SafeSport training links will be included in your confirmation email.

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If you have questions or problems, please read our Troubleshooting Guide.
 
Coaching Certifications

Coaching Certifications

If you want to get a start in coaching, the best place to start would be a youth team for a number of reasons. We rely on volunteers to coach youth recreational teams, but encourage our parents to take classes to earn higher coaching certificates and licenses.

The United States Soccer Association has created new introductory courses will provide a supportive approach to teaching and coaching players at 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11. Whether you are the unfamiliar parent volunteer, the transitioning player or a veteran coach, these courses will provide your with more knowledge and a better understanding of how to effectively develop your players.


Become a Licensed Coach

Iowa Soccer's coaching courses are open to members and non-members. Members are entitled to a discounted course fee. A member is any parent, coach, player or club volunteer/board member/administrator who in the current seasonal year (September through August) has participated within an Iowa Soccer member organization (namely, your club). Non-members are those who participate in a soccer club or league that is not a member of Iowa Soccer (YMCA or church league, for example). If you are unsure about your member status, visit our Member Directory page to see if your organization or club is listed. If so, then you're a member!

Iowa Soccer's coaching courses are open to members and non-members. Members are entitled to a discounted course fee. A member is any parent, coach, player or club volunteer/board member/administrator who in the current seasonal year (September through August) has participated within an Iowa Soccer member organization (namely, your club). Non-members are those who participate in a soccer club or league that is not a member of Iowa Soccer (YMCA or church league, for example). If you are unsure about your member status, visit our Member Directory page to see if your organization or club is listed. If so (in the current seasonal year) then you're a member!

For more information on getting a coaching certification, visit Iowa Soccer Association Coaching Courses

 
Coaching Curriculum
 
Practice Locations

Soccer Fields & Parks

West Des Moines Soccer Club proudly serves over 600 soccer players thus 75+ coaches are biding for soccer fields to schedule practices for their teams.


Raccoon River Soccer Park

Per our use agreement with City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines Soccer Club has contracted the use of Raccoon River Soccer fields for practice, scrimmages and game use. We only have a certain amount of fields for use and we want to allow equal opportunity for each team to practice on our fields therefore WDMSC Board of Directors have implemented the following rules to provide each team has fair use of the fields.

  • Field reservations start after season's parent's meeting and end the final week of games
  • Field use should only be reserved for soccer practice if coach needs the field lines (i.e. corner kicks) or goal for shooting
  • Field reservations can be made for 1 (one) hour to 1 (one) hour and 30 minutes per week per team
  • Field reservations can only be reserved 2 (two) weeks out from the current date
  • Standing field reservations are not permitted (i.e. every Thursday at 5pm)
  • Online reservations will be monitored and any abuse of this policy may result in loss of all on-line reservation/registration privileges
  • Coaches are responsible for the cleanliness of the fields
  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring that the parents of their players abide by all No Parking signs
  • Official Games scheduled take priority over practice permits

Make Field Reservations


West Des Moines Parks & Schools with Soccer Fields

If Raccoon River soccer field reservations are not available, we've compiled a list of parks and schools that have available space that are available for community use and could therefore provide opportunities for soccer training and practices.

Parks

  • American Legion Park - 301 Vine St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Ashawa Park - 4431 Waterford Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Brookview Park - 400 81st St, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Crossroads Park - 5205 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Fairmeadows Park - 543 22nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Holiday Park - 1701 Railroad Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Huston Ridge Park - 8455 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Jaycee Park - 5608 Center Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Jordan Creek Park, 310 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Kiwanis Park - 3101 Maple Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Maple Grove Park - 9350 Chalk Street, Waukee, IA 50263
  • Meadowview Park - 638 Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Peony Park - 1100 63rd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Quail Cove Park - 1515 S. 52nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Scenic Valley Park - 1223 S. 24th Court, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Valley View Park - 255 S 81st St, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Western Hills Park - 4115 Walnut Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Wild Rose Park - 6801 Cody Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Willow Springs Park - 5685 Wistful Vista Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Wilson Park - 298 9th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Woodland Hills Park - 1230 S 95th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Schools

  • Clive Learning Academy - 1600 73rd St., Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Crestview School of Inquiry - 8355 Franklin Ave, Clive, IA 50325
  • Crossroads Park Elementary - 1050 50th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Fairmeadows Elementary - 807 23rd St., West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
  • Hillside Elementary - 713 Eighth St., West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
  • Jordan Creek Elementary - 4105 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
  • Western Hills Elementary - 600 39th St., West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
  • Westridge Elementary - 5500 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
  • Indian Hills Junior High School - 9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, Iowa 50325
  • Stilwell Junior High School - 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
  • Valley Southwoods Freshman H.S. - 625 South 35th St. West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Valley High School - 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Walnut Creek Campus - 1020 Eighth St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
 
TEAM PICTURES

WDMSC Team Pictures

West Des Moines Soccer Club has partnered with Chad Bassman Photography for all our programs team pictures. The picture location will be at Raccoon River Soccer Fields for the Development and Recreational programs. Competitive (Academy and Select) programs picture location will be at Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.

Download the picture order form here.

Chad Bassman will contact each team to schedule a time for pictures before a home game. Please expect a call from him to set this up. If you wish to setup an early time, his phone number is 515-240-0800.