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Coaching Tools and Resources

Welcome Coaches,

This section is intended for Coaches to get ideas, drills and lesson plans for coaching youth soccer for the Tualatin Soccer Club. If you are with another club this information may not pertain to you. However, the information here is gained from years of input from our coaches as well as from large professional clubs and organizations like the Oregon Youth Soccer Association.

As an all volunteer organization we are committed to growing the soccer experience in our community so feel free to use the information here to help us create a positive and long lasting love of the beautiful game. If you have input or additions you would like to see listed on these pages please contact our Webmaster Trevor Owens or coaching coordinator Erik Van Kleek.

Thank you,

Tualatin Soccer Club Board Members

Coaching Guides

Whether you are a new coach or an experienced one you can always pick up tips from other coaches.
Below you will find a few Guides to coaching recreational soccer. This is a place where we link documents or resources compiled by
current and former TSC Coaches who want to share their learnings with other coaches.

If you have a document you would like to contribute please email the Coaching Coordinator or Website Coordinator found on our Contact US page.


Guide to Rec Soccer Coaching (an Amateur's guide for Amateurs)
By Contributing Coach Steven Hall PDF Document

US Soccer Grassroots Online Course (NOT REQUIRED)
For those interested in coaching, it may be helpful to take the Grassroots course for your age group.

Laws of the Game and Local Rules

Local Rules Documents

Tualatin Soccer Club (TSC) is a member of Tualatin Hills Junior Soccer League (THJSL). There are rule modifications beyond the standard Laws of the Game for all age levels in recreational soccer.

This summary includes highlights of rule modifications for all TSC levels: TSC and THJSL Rulebook summary

THJSL detailed recreational rules and can be found here: THJSL Rule Modifications for 3rd grade (U9) through High School Coed

Interplay (TSC vs different clubs) starts at 3rd grade and therefore we follow Tualatin Hills Junior Soccer League (THJSL) rules exclusively in those age groups.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade (Micro soccer) is all TSC vs. TSC, therefore those age groups should follow the TSC and THJSL Rulebook Summary rules and ignore references to 2nd grade/micro soccer in the THJSL (second link above) document.

Other Rules Reference

Laws of the Game (including 2019 changes)

THJSL and TSC will not have "sin bins" for 2019. The referee training videos are excellent resources for coaches trying to better understand a specific rule and its enforcement as taught to referees.



This question comes up a lot in youth sports whose season starts around the same time as school. Simply put no jewelry should be worn during a match or practice. The only exception is a medical alert bracelet which should be taped on and labeled so emergency personnel can see the alert.

Most Common Jewelry Questions:

Q: Can my child tape over their earrings? We just got them pierced.
A: No. You need to take them out for the duration of the match. Please consider timing when you decide to get your child's ears pierced.

Q: Can I keep my string friendship bracelet on? (IE: I can't untie it or slip it off)
A: No. You should cut it off. You can make another one.

Q: Can I keep my necklace on?
A: No. You must take off all necklaces unless a medical alert which must be taped down to the satisfaction of the referee and if it comes loose, the referee will stop the game and send the player out until it is again secured to their satisfaction.

Q: Can I keep my hair clips in?
A: No. use pre-wrap, sweatbands, headbands, or soft clips to keep the hair out of your face.

Q: Can I play with a cast?
A: No. You can play with a soft brace (without metal, fiberglass or hard plastic) or a soft ace wrap, but casts and splints are not allowed. The entire concept of "hard and soft casts" is from a bygone era. Unless you have a soft brace or soft wrap, you cannot play. No amount of bubble wrap or padding can make a cast or splint safe for recreational play. Knee stabilization braces designed for sports may be allowed if in the opinion of the referee it is safe.



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