Practices & Coaching Education

Practices & Coaching Education

Below is our list of recommendations for practices, please use this information to provide your players the best experience possible for training sessions.

We remind all of our coaches that we want you to help develop players in a way that they can enjoy soccer for many years to come, not just to win. Rec soccer is a place for kids to play soccer with friends and have fun.


Fall Practices *There are no practices on public grass fields (city or school) during the spring season.

  • Coaches will get to sign up for training times with the club registrar via email.
  • U7-U8: One practice a week on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
  • U9-U14: Two practices a week on either Monday/Wedneseday or Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Please print off your field permits, which will be emailed to you from the registrar, and put them in your coaching notebook.

Possible Fields:

  • Normandale: U7, U8 and Kick and Chase; M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5, 5 - 6, 6 -7. Two teams will practice at the same time.
  • DaVinci: U10 - U14; M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5, 5 - 6, 6 -7. Two teams will practice at the same time.
  • Buckman Elementary: U9 and U10; M,T,W,T; 5:30 - 6:30, 6:30 -7:30. Two Teams will practice at the same time.
  • Nathan Thomas (Laurelhurst): U9 -U11; M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5, 5 - 6, 6 -7. Two teams will practice at the same time.
  • Oregon Park: U9 - U12. M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5, 5 - 6, 6 -7. One team will practice at this location.
  • Sewallcrest Park: U9 - U14; M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5, 5 - 6, 6 -7. Two Teams will practice at the same time.
  • Montavilla: U13 - U14; M,T,W,Th; 4 - 5:30, 5:30 -7. Two Teams will practice at the same time.

Practice Plans/Tips

U6 to U8 - Practices should be based on fun games with every player having a ball at thier feet. You can also build in basic motor skills along with ball handling and control.

U9 to U12 - This is the age of learning and where technique should be the focus. Individual attacking skills as well as passing should be the focus. Use small sided games to teach basic attacking and defending principles. In games players should be rotated through positions. Add speed, coordination, balance, and agility to your training sessions to promote physical growth.

U13/14 - More game orientated practices with a variety of techniques being practiced.

Tips:

  • No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures
  • End each practice with 30 minutes of free play with no coaching
  • The kids are there to have fun, create that environment for them!
  • "Easy Practice" free app with games and tips for coaches

Book of Games

Coaching Education

LSC highly encourages all of its coaches to participate in the FREE coaching clinics that are put on by PYSA and OYSA. Courses, are free, but coaches must register in advance in order to attend.

Coaches have the ability to improve their players the most during training sessions. If the coach can provide age appropriate soccer instructions and structure for their teams then the kids will get the most out of the time spent with thier coach, making our kids the best they can be and they will enjoy playing soccer even more.

PYSA Sample Training Sessions
PYSA Coaching Resources