Do's and Don'ts

Coaching Do's and Don'ts


  • Communicate often with your players and parents. Tell them what is going on.
  • Get help from other parents (assistants, first aid, refreshments, etc).
  • Get coach training for yourself and parent volunteers (free from the Dragons) and always strive to improve yourself as a coach.
  • Be prepared for practice; make it well-structured, active and fun.
  • Be punctual for games and practices.
  • If feasible, all players should get equal playing time.
  • Be positive, enthusiastic and have fun.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • At games, ask parents to sit on the opposite side of the field from the players.
  • Introduce yourself to the other team’s coach before the game.
  • Encourage your team…and the opponent.
  • Teach fair play, respect and sportsmanship; set an example.
  • Praise good play, creativity, and improvement, not just goals.
  • Insist that at least one parent be present for games and practices at the U5 to U11 levels.
  • Inform the parent if their child is injured.
  • Know the Laws of the Game.
  • Review the code of conduct (in the Handbook) with your players and parents.
  • Intervene immediately if you detect inappropriate behaviour (bullying, racism, foul language, rough play, etc.) on the part of your players or their parents.
  • Focus on individual player development, not on winning.
  • Have a proper warm-up and cool-down before and after every activity.
  • If you would like to approach the referee to request an explanation of a call (not to argue for a change in the call), please do so in a calm and respectful manner and only at half-time or after the game.


  • Criticize or argue with the referee or the other team’s coach, players or parents.
  • Scold a player for making a mistake.
  • Run up the score (max. 8-goal spread).
  • Make a habit of directing the game from the sidelines.
  • Leave a child unattended at the end of a game or practice.
  • Try to win at all costs.
  • Take yourself too seriously.