Coaches Information

Volunteer coaches

The Leisure Services would like to thank you for volunteering your time to help coach! Coaches are our most valued volunteers. It is time spent with your own child they will never forget while sharing your knowledge with others. We appreciate all levels of coaching.  Volunteer Coaches are vital to the success of our programs.  With out our parent volunteers we would not be able to run successful programs.  Many people are apprehensive about coaching because they think they must be “experts”.  The truth is all you need is a desire to give back to your community and the ability to positively motivate children and teach them team work and sportsmanship.  Our staff will assist you with any technical questions you may have about the game.  Below you can find helpful information that will make your coaching experience as stress free and fun as possible.

Program information including schedules and updates can be found at: www.teamsideline.com/waterloo 

Inclement Weather

Weather decisions are made by 4pm on weekdays and by 8am on weekends. If play continues as planned and inclement weather strikes, the complex supervisor will maintain contact with full time staff to make the decision to delay or cancel.

Weather cancellations and updates as well as make up dates and schedule adjustments can be found at teamsideline.com/waterloo. Sign up for text alerts here too!

Coaching Tips

  1. Consistency: treat all players the same to the best of your ability, especially when coaching your own child
  2. Model Behavior: the children all look to you so be enthusiastic and model the behavior you want the kids to display
  3. Clearly State and Teach the Rules: this can be the sport’s rules or your individual team rules
  4. Come with a Plan: come to practices and games with drills and lineups, it is difficult to teach kids when you keep changing your mind on how you want to run a drill
  5. Encourage and Accept Help: if another parent wants to help, take it, the more adults that assist the smoother practices and games will go
  6. Support the Officials: these are not certified referees and umpires so keep that in mind; no one is perfect
  7. Remember the League is Recreational: as a Leisure Services program we want the kids to have fun while they learn, winning is not everything
  8. Teach Good Sportsmanship: whether your team wins or loses remind players to be humble and kind
  9. Positive Reinforcement and Encouragement: avoid constantly telling a child they are doing something wrong, instead let the child know when they do something correct and continuously encourage them
  10. Have Fun!

Coaching your Own Child

Coaching your own child can be a challenge. Be aware of your coaching style and try to avoid favoring your child while also straying from neglecting them to prove they are not getting special treatment. Do the best you can to treat all your players equally.

Handling Parents

Your players’ parents are all going to be different, some may want to take an active role in their child’s participation where others may use the time to let the coach watch and teach their child. If a parent wants to help coach, let them. It is one more body to help keep practices and games under control. Keep all parents clued in to what is happening. Let them know when the next practice or game is and where. The greater the communication, the less confusion and the more fun the team can have. If you have any difficulties with a parent that you cannot handle on your own or do not feel comfortable handling contact Alex Hildman, Recreation Specialist at (319)-291-0165 or at Alex.Hildman@waterloo-ia.org

Practice Drills & Techniques

Below are a few websites with helpful tips and drills for each sport. Take some time to look at these websites as well as explore the wealth of information available on the web.

Baseball/Softball Drills

https://bsbproduction.s3.amazonaws.com/portals/936/docs/practice%20plans/league%20g%20practice%20plan.pdf

Football Drills

Soccer Drills

Risk Management

  1. Provide adequate supervision to all players, NEVER leave players unattended
  2. Never leave after a game or practice until parents and guardians have arrived
  3. Keep good records of any event especially in the case of an injury
  4. We encourage having a 2nd adult in attendance at practices to reduce the risk of being unjustly accused of inappropriate behavior
  5. Never give a player a ride home without communicating it with a parent/guardian beforehand

Accidents/Incidents

The well-being of your players must be your number one concern, but accidents and incidents do happen no matter how well prepared. Do your best to minimize risks and chances for injury. Remember to allow for water breaks especially during hot weather conditions. Here are some helpful first aid tips and reminders:

For minor injuries and strains/sprains think RICE:

R: Rest the injured area to avoid further injury

I: Ice the injured body part to cool the area to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling, ice for 20 minutes then remove it for 20 minutes

C: Compress the injured area to reduce swelling

E: Elevate the injured limb above the heart when possible to prevent swelling

Strains/Sprains – localized pain, limited range of motion, swelling and skin discoloration possible.

Dislocation/Fracture – pain, deformity, and loss of function. Call for medical attention and do

NOT move the player.

Heat Related Issues

Heat Cramps – sudden, painful muscle contractions

Heat Exhaustion – weakness, dizziness, profuse sweating and/or rapid pulse

Heat Stroke – high body temperature, red hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, difficulty in breathing, convulsions, and collapsing

For heat related issues, move the player to shade and cool the body as quick as possible. If heat stroke is suspected, call for help immediately.