Coaching soccer is a fun and rewarding experience! If you are reading this page and thinking about volunteering we hope you will let us know that you would like to coach by indicating your interest on our online Registration form or by contacting Nathan Reichardt, the MRA Director of Coaching at
No experience required - we have lots of resources available to help you get started...
If you have already signed up to coach thanks for volunteering! Below is some basic information that we usually cover at our pre-season Coaches meeting. Please contact Joe Mehl or Steve Barker if you have questions.
Pre-Season Coaches Meeting
Prior to each season a Coaches Meeting is held to review and discuss information about the upcoming season and to hand out uniforms and equipment to each coach. Please check the website calendar for the date, time, and location of this meeting.
All Coaches are strongly encouraged to attend at a minimum a Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer Coaching Certification clinic for the age group they are coaching. These clinics are typically held sometime in early August prior to the Fall season. Please visit the Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer website at http://www.cincinnatihillssaysoccer.org/ for more information.
The Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA) also offers USSF Coaching courses that are highly recommended. The list of Coaching Courses currently available can be viewed athttp://www.osysa.com/coach.html. MRA will reimburse the registration fee for any coach who attends an "F","E", or "D" clinic.
Every coach, assistant coach, or team trainer is required to complete a SAY Volunteer Application Form prior to each season. Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer offers an online form that can be accessed by clicking HERE.
If you are in the Wings division or above you will report scores using the League Athletic system.
Standing for Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer can be found at http://www.cincinnatihillssaysoccer.org/
If Mariemont home fields are closed you will receive a phone call or email from someone on the MRA Board of Directors letting you know that your game will need to be rescheduled. As soon as you receive this information please contact the visiting coach to let them know, then contact your team. MRA will contact the referees scheduled to be at your game to let them know.
As the visiting team you should receive a phone call or email from the Home Coach letting you know your game has been canceled. You might also want to check the Cincinnati Hills website to check the status of the fields you are scheduled to play on.
Please play your game schedule as published if at ALL possible. Any game reschedules must be done through the MRA District Coordinator for Soccer. Please do not reschedule games on your own as this can cause issue with practice times for other coaches as well as with assigning referees to your game.
Code of Conduct
This code of conduct was developed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer.
We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the children and adults involved. A soccer game should be friendly and unifying - a spirited social and athletic occasion for players, coaches, referees and spectators.
To clarify expectations of coach conduct, we jointly expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct.
• Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.
• Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.
• During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players.
If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him/her to calm down.
• During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting.
• Encourage them to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Discourage them and you may need to be forceful and direct from yelling at players and the referee.
• During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of spectators rooting for yourteam.
• During the game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game.
• If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, report your opinion to your League. Your reactions will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally.
• After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the same.
We stress two points:
Referees - especially young and inexperienced ones - are like your players and yourself, in that they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game. You can help by encouraging them, by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes and by offering constructive post-game comments. On the other hand, you could discourage and demoralize the referees by criticizing their decisions, by verbally abusing them and inciting - or even accepting - your own players' overly aggressive behavior.
Your example is powerful, for better or worse. If you insist on fair play, if you concentrate on your players' enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and if you support the referee, your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play
outside the rules, if you're overly concerned about results, and if you criticize the referee harshly, your players and their parents will also notice.
Think about what you're doing during a game! Uphold the Spirit of the Game! If you follow the expectations described above, the spirit of the game will be alive and well in Massachusetts [Mariemont] and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.
Coaches who don't follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed