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North Quabbin United Soccer Club

North Quabbin United Soccer Club


Thinking About Volunteering as a Soccer Coach?

Quick Steps

Already decided? Register yourself as a volunteer (you must login first) with NQUSC, then go to the MYSA Adult Registration Checklist and complete the steps to becoming a volunteer!

Here are 6 Steps for Success...

1. Be a Leader

A coach is a leader first. The position requires a role model and someone who sets positive examples for each player. The coach brings enthusiasm, energy and a love for the game of soccer to every practice and game. Two of the most important responsibilities of a youth soccer coach include the ability to:

1.       Provide a safe and healthy environment for the kids to practice and play soccer
2.       Provide mature and adult supervision for young athletes.

2. Be a Student of the Game

Coaches are expected to know the basics of the game of soccer. Don’t be intimidated by that statement if you have never played the game. There are plenty of resources available to help you get started including the following:


  • US Soccer Rules - The rules of the game can be found on the US Soccer web site.
  • Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) – MYSA offers coaches clinics at regular intervals throughout the state. The courses range from introductory to more advanced coaching classes. These classes combine discussion and experiential training. Learn more at
  • MYSA player development guidelines, and the MYSA coaches curriculum guide to plan a season from start to finish.

3. Fill out a CORI Background Check

Click here for information on CORI.

4. Complete Concussion Awareness Training

NQUSC and the Mass Youth Soccer Association have made Concussion Awareness Training mandatory for all youth sports coaches. Follow this link at HEADS UP Concussion Awareness to complete your training.

Once you successfully complete the training, you will receive an online certificate. Type in your name and save the pdf file or print it.  Then upload it to your US Soccer Connect profile. Please forward the certificate to a NQUSC board member as well.

5. Earn your US Soccer Federation Coaching License

  • ALL COACHES (Head and Assistants) ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE Grassroots COURSE. NQUSC will reimburse all related fees. Complete before first practice.
  • All other coaches are encouraged to continue their certification up to the “D” level.
  • Available courses can be found on USSF website.

6. Comply with NQUSC Code of Conduct

  •  Focus on constructive criticism and positive affirmation to build players’ confidence.
  • Minimize coaching from the sidelines during the game. Allow players to focus on the game and make mistakes.  Corrections/comments are best delivered on the sidelines. Develop ability and confidence with players by creating a fun atmosphere. Kids will develop their own desire to win and compete.
  • You are responsible for your players’ parents. Please monitor their behavior and remind them they are not to communicate with the refs or coach from the sidelines.
  • All coaches must complete, sign and send back the NVYSL Coaches Pledge to a NQUSC board member. This form is required every season in order to coach for NQUSC and in the NVYSL. During NQUSC's Pre-Season Coaches meeting you will receive a NVYSL Rules, By-laws and Coaches Manual and your team's pass cards (MTOC Levels).


North Quabbin United Soccer Club
545 Main St. 
Athol, Massachusetts 01331

Phone: 978-249-3305
Email: [email protected]

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