This area is designed to provide information and resources to assist in the development of all involved in junior soccer games (players, coaches, and parents), and to create a positive environment in which kids are encouraged. Information posted to this area is grouped under the following headings:

Codes of Conduct
Regional Development & Centres of Excellence Programs


Non scheduled at this time


Codes of Conduct

In addition to our codes of conduct below for playersparents, and coaches, for more information about behaviour in junior sports, visit the Play by the Rules website.

Players' code of conduct:

  1. Play by the rules.
  2. Never argue with an official.
  3. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, and deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent, are not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and/or team. Your team’s performance will benefit; so will you.
  5. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team or the opposition.
  6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully, or take unfair advantage of another player.
  7. Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  8. Play for the fun of it, and not just to please parents and coaches.

Parents' code of conduct:

  1. Remember that children play sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  2. Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  3. Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than on winning or losing.
  4. Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  6. Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  7. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  8. Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  9. Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.

Coaches' code of conduct:

  1. Remember that children participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.
  2. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing.
  3. Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  4. Teach your players to follow the rules.
  5. Whenever possible group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success.
  6. Avoid overplaying the more talented players. Every player needs and deserves equal time.
  7. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  8. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
  9. Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  10. Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of children.




Coaching Tips

In addition to our tips below, see US soccer official Bobby Howe's two-page article on appropriate levels of coaching and structure in kids' soccer (PDF 61Kb), and don't forget the coaches' code of conduct on this page.

Coaching Courses

Football Federation Tasmania Grass Roots and Junior Licence Courses are scheduled and all NSJSA coaches are encouraged to register  - Grass Roots is available at no cost and for your Junior Licence NSJSA will refund you half of the registration fee.  For further details got to the FFT website or ring FFT on 62733299.  

Create a positive coaching environment:

  • Learn names quickly
  • Smile
  • Praise and encourage
  • Answer questions
  • Be patient

Set achievable goals:

  • Keep the stage of skill development in mind
  • Make goals challenging
  • Make goals progressive

Vary the session with:

  • Equal opportunities for players
  • Individual, pairs, and group work
  • Non-competitive, self-paced work
  • Co-operative team work
  • Supervised play with guided instruction
  • Free play


  • A picture paints a thousand words
  • If you can't demonstrate, choose someone who can
  • Demonstrate what to do, rather than what not to do

Use your voice well:

  • Do not shout
  • Encourage
  • Try to have as much one-to-one as possible
  • Do not talk too much

General (but important!) tips:

  • Teach one skill at a time (or even one section of a skill)
  • Involve all children in activity
  • Provide instant feedback
  • Plan your session


Regional Development & Centres of Excellence

The Regional Development Program assists in the identification, selection and management of players who wish to pursue a higher level of development to that of club soccer.  Program participants are selected from their participation in try outs, which are held at the start of each season for U11 and U12 squads. All NSJSA players are encouraged to attend these try outs.

The prime aim of the program is to develop players' enjoyment, skills, techniques and knowledge of the game, in an environment which is fun and supportive.  There are Rooball development squads for U10 players and junior development squads for U11 and U12 players. These squads are open to all players.

Generally, sufficient players are selected to form two teams.  Regional development squad teams play representative games against other junior regional development squads from around Hobart and Tasmania.  These “Regional” games are generally held on Sundays during the second half of the season and on two weekends in September, after the end of the club season.

The Under 9 and Under 10 Programs in 2011 will be based on Small Sided Game concept and run as a centre of excellence - which means all Under 9 and Under 10 players who wish to be involved will remain involved and in July and AUgust we will put them into teams to play in a two weekend round robin competition with other southern regions.

GIRLS: In addition, to encourage more girls to stay in the competitive sport there are combined U9/10 Girls centre of excellence and a combined U11/12 development squads for girls. This program is one of the prime reasons for the strong growth of girls joining junior soccer over the last five years.

Regional Tryouts will begin Sunday the 29th of April at Weily Park from 2.00pm - 4.00pm and run weekly

Regional Tryout Flyer

The Regional Program will be coordinated by Vice President - Chris Chalker Mb 0407579039

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