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Greater Burlington Girls Soccer

Volunteer Coaches

Signing Up To Coach:

If you are interested in coaching, please indicate the same when you register your daughter.  We will also need you to complete the Vermont Child Protection Registry Form (section II - we will complete Section I) and mail it GBGSL, PMB 127, 150 Dorset St., Ste 245, So Burlington VT  05403. Incomplete paperwork means you will not be assigned to coach.  This must be completed at the time you register your daughter. 

Coaching Eligibility Forms: We will be running a background check through the Vermont Criminal Information Center as well as a national database program. You will receive an email from GotSoccer.com; you will be required to sign in and set up an account to allow Vermont Soccer Association to obtain the record. If you coached for GBGSL in the past you will still need to update your profile information in the GotSoccer once you get an email requesting you to.  We will also need you to complete and send in the Vermont Child Protection Registry Form, please see link below. 

Due to scheduling challenges and fairness to all we prefer to have each parent only coach one team.  If you have more than one daughter and are flexible about which team you coach please make a note of same when you register; you will be assigned to coach where we need you most.  If we are short coaches we will assign you to more than one team if you are willing.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.  
   
Expectations Of Coaches:

General knowledge of soccer.
Work with co coach to organize practices and games.
Initiate contact with parents.
Help set up and take down goals.
Maintain equipment bags.
Willingness to play each player equally and promote our recreational level league.
2 coaches needed per team.

MANDATORY COACHES MEETING, Coaching Clinic and Equipment Distribution: 
There will be a mandatory Coaches meeting which one coach from each team must attend.  It will be held at Calahan Park at a Date/Time TBD.   Please meet near the shed.  Following the meeting, our board of directors, including our coach liaison available to discuss questions and concerns with coaches.  In the fall we usually offer a coaching clinic immediate following the meeting; please come prepared to practice some soccer drills.  We will distribute the team equipment and shirts at the END of the clinic.  If you or your co-coach cannot make it you will need to wait until opening day to pickup your bag and you will need to meet with a board member to go over the details missed at the coaches meeting. 

Practice Space Options: 

South Burlington Coaches / Teams:
  generally Farrell Park off Swift Street is available most evenings, watch your email for specific season updates. 

Burlington Coaches / Teams: Specific days and times at Calahan may be available, watch your email.  You will need to share space with other teams. Please watch your email for updates.  You can also use school fields in Burlington.  

New / Additional Players:
As a coach, you cannot add players to your team.  Players must be registered with the league and coaches will be notified via email.  If a player on your roster decides not to play please encourage them to email the league so we can add someone from the waiting list.  This does not often happen because we do not offer refunds.   We will do our best to keep teams full and place girls where they request; we do operate on a first come first serve basis.  At some point before the season starts we close registration and finalize our rosters with Vermont Soccer Association, after that no one can be added. Thank you for your cooperation. Allowing unregistered players play on your team jeopardizes the future of our soccer league.  It could end our relationship with Vermont Soccer Association which provides our insurance for players, coaches and the board, and could consequently be the end of GBGSL.