Coach Resources

How to Become A Referee

Information on how to become a referee is located on the Referees page under resources.

Parent Communications

Parents please check your email periodically through out the season.  BISA does communicate with our membership thru email and we don't want you to miss something if you don't check your email regularly.

Field Marshal Schedule

The field marshal schedule is now available.  Please remember that your team will be assigned a maximum of 2 time periods for this season.  This can be broken up by 2 people doing 1 hour each if needed or as little as 15 minute increments as long as the 2 hours is covered.  We do ask that an adult representing the team come check in with a board member at the team's appointed time.  The BISA Vice President will be contacting coaches during the early part of the week before they are assigned as a reminder that your team's time is coming up.

Download Fall 2017 Field Marshal Schedule

Practice Field Schedule

Coaches,

The schedule will be posted no later than August 14.  This will start the week of September 5, this is a Tuesday.  Please look at the top of each page to see which time and end of the field you are on.  The north side is toward the little house, south side is toward the parking lot, west side is toward the railroad tracks and east side is toward Dobson Street.  Please be considerate to the teams before or after your practice to start and end promptly.  Fields will not open before 5:00 and will close no later than 7:45 each night.  Open spaces will be available for rental starting September 9 for $10 per half field per hour slot each Saturday morning starting at 8:30.

Download Practice Field Schedule Sept 11-Sept 15

Playing Rules

Click below to see the Laws of the Game for the age groups. 

Download U4
Download U5-U8
Download U9 and Older

Coach / Manager Registration

Sign up to coach for the season. You have to do this every season you want to coach. We use GotSoccer to process the applications for coaches. You must have a GotSoccer account. If you don't have an account, sign up for one. If you do have one and can't remember your login credentials, contact us. If you are ready to apply to coach for the season, REGISTER HERE

If you are having problems with page 2 of the registration, it is most likely the red check box at the bottom right of the coach code of conduct.  That box has to be the last thing you check on that page agreeing to abide by the code of conduct before you move to the next page.  Please take the time to read the code of conduct and not just click the box to move forward.

The background check is the last page of the online registration.  If you did not submit that page, you can follow the directions below.  All background checks now expire on June 1 and a new background check will have to be done if yours was approved before June 1.

In order to do a background check, log into your GotSoccer account at https://www.gotsport.com/asp/coaches/:

- In the gray bar, click on the link called 'Background Checks'
- Click on the button called 'Submit New Report'
- Enter your information and click 'Submit'
- It will take a few hours for the report to come back with a result. If you are approved, we can then put you in the coaching pool for a team. If you are not approved, we cannot have you as a volunteer. We are not made aware of why you weren't approved, just that you are not approved by the North Texas State Soccer Association.

New Concussion Rules

Please take a few minutes and read the new concussion rules put out by North Texas Soccer attached below.

Download Concussion Protocol

Coach Season Information

The attached document covers all of the information at the coaches meeting from August 10 if you didn't stay or couldn't attend.

The Challenger Way password for this season is Chall 15

MPA Playing Rules

Please review the following Playing Rules and guidelines for our playing league.

Download MPA Playing Rules
Download Mansfield Technical Area

Team Game Plan Forms

These forms are intended to help coaches have a plan for the beginning of the game and substitutions.  The U4-U7 just lists U5-6 at the top, but can be used from U4 thru U7.  The U9-U10 can be used for U8 as well with the halve at 22 minutes and a size 3 ball.

Download U4-U7 Age Group
Download U8-U10 Age Group
Download U11-U12 Age Group
Download U13 and Up Age Groups

US Youth Soccer Practice Plans

The practice plans are put together by US Youth Soccer for differing age groups.  The information helps guide you thru several practices with sessions and advice.  Please feel free to use this to improve or change up your practices if you are an existing coach or to get things started if you are a new coach.  Please remember BISA does play with some modified rules for some of the age groups.  Those modified rules can be found under our Rules and Bylaws tab.

Download U5-U8 Age Group
Download U9-U10 Age Group
Download U11-U12 Age Groups

Expectations for a BISA Coach

The coach of a team sets the attitude of everyone around them. This includes the players, parents and spectators. As the coach "the leader of the team" your responsibility is to provide a positive environment in which the children can learn and develop. The lessons that they learn extend beyond the child's soccer skills.

They include how to deal with conflict and how to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after the game. BISA expects the coach to lead by example and do their very best to provide a positive soccer experience for their team. Please keep this in mind when interacting with players, parents, referees and the opposing team.

Addressing the Referees During the Game

Please do not address the refs during the game (see the September 20, 2005 Coach Memo regarding misconduct and dissent). If you have a problem, concern, or are upset with a call, discuss it with a board member or referee director, not with the referee. They are human and are going to flub a few just like each of our teams will flub a few during the course of a game. Talk to a board member about it and the ref can be educated in the proper manner (or the rules will be explained to us, which is quite often the case).

Coach Mantras

  1. Primary focus on "development", not "winning" - subtle difference but very important.  Winning is desirable of course, but making it your primary focus, especially your primary short-term focus, will most likely lead to bad decisions in your training program and game execution (see "don't teach anything you have to undo later" below).

  2. Maximum touches on the ball during training sessions - make sure your practice plan leads to as many touches on the ball as possible.  This can be accomplished by separating the players into smaller groups during drills or by designing your practice to include drills and games that force many touches on the ball.  This is the primary reason NTX has moved to the small-sided game format.

  3. Don't teach anything you have to undo later - for instance, many coaches of the younger players put their players in a defensive "wall" on the opponents kickoff - an alignment that will never be formed when they grow older (maybe in futsal).  Instead, teach them to spread out on the kickoff and cover the critical defensive areas.  Otherwise, at some point down the line you'll have to teach them to cover the space, hence undoing what you taught them earlier.  Another example would be a coach of the younger players putting a single player in front of the opponents goal with instructions to "wait for the ball" - and leaving the player in that position during the entire game.  On down the line you'll have to undo this practice and teach that player how to stay "onside" and how to "make runs to the goal", hence undoing what you previously instructed.

 

Online Coaching Support from Challenger-FREE!!!

The Challenger Way Website

Challenger Sports is the largest youth soccer coaching company in the US

We have teamed up with Challenger Sports to provide our coaches with long term coaching support to ensure 2014 will be the most successful coaching year you and your players have had to date. This means that you get full access to our brand new online coaching resource The Challenger Way for a 12 month period for FREE by using the following promotional code:

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www.thechallengerway.com

Challenger Sports coaching staff have spent the past 25 years developing players, coaches and soccer club systems throughout the USA, Canada, Britain and Australia. That knowledge and experience is now available to all coaches, administrators, parents and players through a state of the industry soccer web site called...The Challenger Way.

The Challenger Way is a complete soccer resource providing a comprehensive collection of video, pdf and on screen information for just about every part of the game. We have selected hundreds of practices for you to review, print out and use in your next coaching session with new content being added every month.

• Warm ups

• Cool downs

• Individual skills

• Fun games for younger players

• Team Practices

• Small sided games

• Tactics

• Formations

• Nutrition

• Fitness training

• Strength training

• Team Management

• Player information

• Club support

• Laws of the game

• Refereeing

Please contact Nick Rundell for more details - nrundell@challengersports.com /
469-713-2737.

Referee Feedback Form

Below is the link to print out a referee feedback form.  The referee director will use these forms that are turned in to help train referees on areas they may need to work on and also praise referees that are doing a great job.  Please remember our referees are just people and can make mistakes they can learn from, but also get a confidence boost when they hear coaches thought they did a good job.

Download

Skills/Practices

We want our coaches equipped with the knowledge and experience to teach our boys and girls good fundemental soccer. With that being said we will offer different coaches clinics before each season. With focus being on the younger age groups first and work our way to the older. Please if you are a new coach and would like someone to come out and train with you and your team and help you get organized for practices do not hesitate to email the Director Of Coaching.

Coach's Meeting Info

If you missed the coach's meeting on August 5, we have provided a brief description of what we covered as well as the coach code of conduct you agreed to when you registered to coach.  You can email you commissioner for questions or a more detailed account.

Download Coach's Meeting