Recreational Program Coaches

First of all, thank you very much for deciding to devote your time and effort to coaching a team in our house league program! Without your efforts, our program would not be possible. We trust that you'll find your experience to be a positive one. This manual is intended to provide house league coaches with the information they need to make the season as enjoyable for themselves and their players as possible.

The objective the NTSC Recreational Program is to provide all players with a fun, rewarding soccer experience, regardless of their skill level, and to help develop their soccer skills, physical conditioning, teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline and self-confidence. Coaches are critical in ensuring that the spirit of recreation and love of the game are upheld, and that all players feel comfortable participating in the team's activities. While a competitive spirit is certainly to be expected, coaches should always set a good example when it comes to positive attitudes and sporting behaviour – before, during and after the game. Criticism or abuse of players, other coaches, referees or parents will not be tolerated.

Useful Information:

Recreational Program Outline

Player Development

Coaches Code of Conduct

NTSC Laws of the Game

Recreational League Coach Manuals:

Active Start (U4 and  U5 )

FUNdevelopment (U6 to U8)

Learn-to-Train (formerly called Recreational Development) U9 to U12

Youth Recreational (U13+)

Good sportsmanship: Coaches should always strive to set a good example for their players. This means treating all players, parents, other coaches, referees and officials with respect. Teams should line up at the middle of the field, immediately upon conclusion of the game, in order to shake hands with the opposing team. “Trash talk”, abuse, taunting or any other sort of unsporting behaviour on the part of any participant in NTSC programs is not acceptable. Coaches should do their best to prevent and deal with any such situations that may arise; however, if these situations persist, they should be reported to the division's convenor as soon as possible.