The West Point Parks and Recreation Department is in need of volunteers to coach soccer this Fall.
As the season cools down, football and soccer will heat up, and right now there is a shortage of soccer coaches in a league that is steadily growing.
“We definitely need some soccer coaches,” said recreation department assistant director Jarod McDaniel. “Anyone who has a kid playing is encouraged to come out and coach. Even if you don’t have a kid playing and you just want to come out and help the kids, join us.”
The Mississippi Youth Soccer Association allows anywhere from four to six players on a single team on the six and under league.
For this reason, many more coaches are needed. The good news for parents who have an interest in coaching their kids is that you don’t have to have a lot of working knowledge about the game to get into coaching.
All you have to do is show up next Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the coaches meeting at the Parks Department main office.
McDaniel said that he will be glad to help anyone who wants to coach learn the ins and outs of the game. McDaniel says that it is very simple and anyone can catch on fast.
“I’ll be happy to have a coach’s clinic,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel says that there is a lot of help online for potential coaches as well.
Google the Mississippi Youth Soccer Association, and the guidelines for the sport can be printed off.
Also, youtube.com has many tutorial videos explaining and demonstrating youth soccer drills.
Anyone interested in being a soccer coach can contact the Parks and Recreation Department or simply show up Tuesday night for the coaches meeting.