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Travel Coach's Game Day Crib Sheet

The following will help travel coaches get ready for their games

Arrive at the field early to get oriented and find a warm-up area. If you are the Home team:

  • Make sure the nets are secured and corner flags are out (enlist parent help if there is work to be done.) Have referee’s pay card (filled out and handy)
  • Have a game ball properly inflated and set aside, ready to give the ref.

All games (home or away)

  • Have 2 rosters copied and handy for the ref.
  • Have your player identification cards (only applicable for Grade 5/6 and Grade 7/8 Spring games) ready and handy for the ref.
  • Make note of the opposing coach’s name before the game.
  • Do your starting line-up and position assignment ahead of time (you should make sure all players have equal opportunity to start)
  • Note who your captains will be and instruct them as to what goal to take, etc. when the coin is tossed.

Pre-game routine

  • Teach your team their warm-up routine (suggestions: stretch before you can get on the field – don’t use you limited field time before the game to jog or stretch; have two or three basic pre-game keep away, shooting and dribbling drills that the players know and recognize – don’t use pre-game time to introduce new material; pay special attention to your keepers – assign a parent or assistant to be in charge of warming up the keeper)
  • Prepare the players for check-in by the ref. They should know to: line up on the touch line or 18; have all jewelry, watches, etc. off; equipment & uniform complete with shirts tucked in; be quiet and respectful of the referee.
  • Call your team in at least 5 minutes before game time to allow time to give out the line up, give them encouragement and instruction: and, be organized and ready to take the field when summonsed by the ref.
  • Greet the opposing coach and introduce yourself

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Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]

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Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]
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