Team staff registration for SNSA's Fall 2021 season will open in early June. The Fall 2021 season will feature league play through our Henderson United (HUYS) and Southern Highlands United (SHU) programs for players born between 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2017; and our Mini Kickers program for players born 8/1/167- 7/31/18. League play is expected to start in September and conclude in November. Anyone who will be working as a team official, whether as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or Team Manager , is required to register with SNSA and complete certification training. Registered team officials are insured by our national affiliate, Soccer Association for Youth. Registration is easy, and best of all, it's free! Check back in June for Fall 2021 team staff registration information.
The SNSA Preferred Vendor Program connects HUYS and SHU teams with providers of team photography, awards and team parties. While these items are optional, many teams choose to have team photos taken, purchase awards for team members, or have a team party at the end of the season. A packet of SNSA preferred vendors and their product offerings for the current season is included in the team packet distributed to all teams prior to the start of the season. Teams are not required to use an SNSA preferred vendor, but these businesses sponsor and support SNSA, so we encourage you to use them for your team photo, awards and party needs! Click on the links below for a list of preferred vendors for the Fall 2019 season.
SNSA's youth recreational league relies on parent volunteers to serve in team staff positions. Each SNSA team is required to have a Head Coach; also, for the Spring 2021 season, all teams need to have a COVID Safety Coordinator (CSC). Assistant Coach and Team Manager are optional positions, though either may assume the duties of the team's CSC. The following is a brief summary of SNSA team staff positions:
HEAD COACH - The Head Coach is the controlling authority of the team, and is responsible for training and tactical game management. The Head Coach is required to have active SafeSport Abuse & Prevention Training and CDC Concussion Training certifications and to pass a background screening. SNSA issues a Staff ID Card to approved Head Coaches, which gives the holder authorized access to the team's technical area. All SNSA teams are required to have a Head Coach.
TEAM MANAGER - The Team Manager is responsible for team adminsitration and communications. The Team Manager is required to have active SafeSport Abuse & Prevention Training and CDC Concussion Training certifications and to pass a background screening. SNSA issues a Staff ID Card to approved Team Managers, which gives the holder authorized access to the team's technical area. The Team Manager may also assume COVID Safety Coordinator duties without additional registration. SNSA teams are not required to have a Team Manager.
ASSISTANT COACH - The Assistant Coach helps the Head Coach with training and game management as needed, and serves as acting Head Coach when the Head Coach is not available. The Assistant Coach is required to have active SafeSport Abuse & Prevention Training and CDC Concussion Training certifications and to pass a background screening. SNSA issues a Staff ID Card to approved Assistant Coaches, which gives the holder authorized access to the team's technical area. SNSA teams are not required to have an Assistant Coach.
COVID SAFETY COORDINATOR (CSC) - This position is required for the Spring 2021 season by State of Nevada Directive 034 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSC is responsible for working with league officials to communicate the SNSA COVID Safety Plan and related updates to team families, to monitor compliance, and to report non-compliance issues. No certifications or background checks are required, and no SNSA Staff ID Card is issued to the CSC.
Thank you for registering to coach with Southern Nevada Soccer Association! Our coaches are the life-blood of the organization, and we are committed to providing quality training to all of our registered coaches – no experience is necessary! We offer an SNSA Coach Clinic with a classroom component and a field training component to all SNSA coaches. We also offer a goalkeeper training for coaches clinic for our U9-HS coaches. All SNSA coach clinics are free of charge to registered SNSA coaches. Click on the following links for class information for Henderson United (HUYS), Southern Highlands® United (SHU), Mini Kickers and High School youth program coaches; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about SNSA coach training opportunities.
If you are planning to coach a team with Henderson United Youth Soccer or Southern Highlands® United Youth Soccer for the Spring 2021 season, you can include your Team Profile information on your Spring 2021 coach registration form. The registration form allows coaches to submit team profile information, including jersey color preferences, level of play, and returning player list. Returning players listed on your Team Profile must register on time to guarantee their spot on your team. The assignment of non-returning players to teams is governed by the SNSA Rostering Policy guidelines (see link below). Uniform color requests are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis based on the date the coach registration form is submitted.
It can be challenging being a coach. You are constantly being asked to make decisions which impact not only yourself but also your athletes and your team. You need to find a balance between player development and winning, and you need to meet the needs of your athletes. Doing these effectively, in a consistent manner requires that you are clear on your coaching philosophy. A coaching philosophy is a statement of what you value and how you will approach your coaching role. It covers your purpose as a coach and how you will approach player development and winning. Your coaching philosophy consists of your major objectives, beliefs and principles that you adhere to in order to achieve your objectives. By taking the time to clarify and communicate your philosophy, and then following through with it, you will be a more effective coach. Click on the following for help with creating your own personal coaching philosophy:
The SNSA Team Resource Kit provides useful information for team management and player safety.
USSF Best Practices provide age-appropriate guidelines for player development.
PEP (Prevent injury and Enhance Performance) provides warmup and stretching exercises to keep your players healthy.