Parent volunteers are the backbone of our youth soccer teams in the West Des Moines Soccer Club. WDMSC is a non-profit organization that is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by numerous dedicated volunteers from across the community. Volunteering is a terrific way to get involved in soccer, while at the same time supporting your soccer club and ingraining you in the West Des Moines community. WDMSC Club Administration, Board of Directors, and Professional Coaching Staff would like to take this opportunity to kindly please consider volunteering and an absolute necessity to our youth soccer programs.
Become A Volunteer
At the start of every soccer season, we need to fill the team volunteer roles for our West Des Moines Soccer Club teams. WDMSC values our volunteer coaches and the time that they commit to helping our young players learn and love the game of soccer. We could not have such a fantastic program without our volunteers and we want to make the coaching experience as beneficial as possible. Team roles that are needed include head coach, assistant coach, and team coordinator. Review the volunteer responsibilities and coaching responsibilities that are an integral part of becoming a successful team volunteer.
US Club Soccer Adult background check must be completed each year by every volunteer working directly with youth players. Coaching ResponsibilitiesIf 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 development and recreational teams but encourage our parents to take classes to earn higher coaching certificates and licenses. We've listed a few:
Signup to receive valuable information from Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Development Zone Resource Center
Attend Members/Volunteers Preseason Meeting
Attend Coaches Educational Training Clinic
Signup for USSA Coaching Certification
The United States Soccer Association has created new introductory courses that 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 you with more knowledge and a better understanding of how to effectively develop your players. Volunteer Responsibilities
Teach your players respect for teammates, opposition, coaches, officials, and parents
Adhere to Iowa Soccer Association policies, rules, and objectives
Responsible for maintaining care of all WDMSC facilities and equipment
Finalize practice schedules and locations for training sessions
Discuss parent and player responsibilities at practices and games
Parent responsibilities and behavior at training sessions and games
Plan practices drills and ensuring your players improve
Develop strategies and plays to serve your player's in-game situations
Incorporate drills that allow your players to hone their skills to become more proficient on the field
Instruct your player's various small-sided games that you'll employ in the game-like situations
Monitor players during conditioning and practice drills
Ensure that your players understand the rules based on their age group and are adhering to those rules
Responsible for ensuring that your team is present for each game and tournament
Ensure equal playing time for all players, regardless of the score
Discuss the procedure with Team Coordinator for canceling training sessions and games
Discuss your philosophy of coaching…it's about player development, not winning and losing!
Ensure that the players have an enjoyable and safe sporting experience
Delegate responsibilities as needed to Assistant Coach and Team Coordinator
Provide feedback to Board Members and Club Administration on how to better improve supporting team volunteer roles
Help plan weekly soccer practice schedules and location
Aid the head coach with developing strategies and drills
Monitor players during practice sessions to identify strengths and weaknesses
Assist the head coach during practice sessions to give proper instructions
Help the head coach to set up equipment and organize small-sided games
Coordinate and manage all communication with Team Coordinator as directed
Participate in special events in additions for usual games and practices as required
Other duties, as needed
Coordination of snacks & refreshments for games
Communicate any negative parent behavior during games to the coaching staff
Communication of team schedule (practices, games & other special events) as requested by the coach
Ensure player cards are present for games
Coordination of end-of-season celebration
Other duties, as necessary.
WDMSC Board and Committee Volunteers WDMSC is a registered non-profit youth sports organization, largely managed and run by volunteers like you. Our Board of Directors and Committee members are all parents in the Club, with children playing in our Recreational, Developmental, and/or Competitive soccer programs. WDMSC is always interested in talking to parents willing to commit to the spirit of improvement that our club strives for. Regardless of which program your child participates in, we are interested in parents who will consider the needs of each individual, but also dedicate themselves to the management and improvement of our club as a whole. Whether on a committee or on the Board, we generally ask for a 2-3 year commitment, with the knowledge that time requirements vary for each role within the club.
Age Group Coordinator The age group coordinator is responsible for addressing any questions or issues with the assigned Age Group. In most cases, the coordinator can address or answer them, but when needed they will involve the appropriate board member(s) to answer or resolve the issue. When properly executed, this keeps the coordinator informed of what is happening in their age group and helps keep the registrar and president from being overwhelmed with emails. Age group coordinators are expected to attend and help with our in-person registration events. We generally hold two in the fall and one in the spring. Each event lasts two hours and we need each board member present to help answer questions and assist those who are registering.
We develop the PERSON, and then the PLAYER. We act with RESPECT, HUMILITY, and INTEGRITY at all times. We are a TEAM that requires the BEST FOR, and BEST FROM one another. We demonstrate a RELENTLESS DRIVE TO MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIAL. We are UNCOMPROMISING in our pursuit of EXCELLENT. We are more than a soccer club; WE ARE A FAMILY.
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