To coach a team playing in SJGSL, all head and assistant coaches must hold a coaching license or coaching certificate. SJGSL has developed a Level 1 certification course for new coaches and a Level 2 course for coaches seeking more coaching instruction. The two courses are described below. For the Fall 2021 season and beyond, SJGSL prefers coaching education courses which include sufficient material to satisfy the Rutgers Safety Course certificate. The Rutgers Safety Course requirement is to ensure that coaches receive the limited liability protection provided under the New Jersey Little League Law. However, as the decision whether to qualify for this limited liability protection is personal to each staff member and that member’s club, SJGSL will accept any of the following coaching licenses:
· NJYS F (only if obtained before 1/1/2020)
· NJYS E (only if obtained before 1/1/2020)
· USSF National E, D, C, B, A
· United Soccer Coaches (Formerly NSCAA)
o National Diploma, Advanced National Diploma or higher.
· South Jersey Coaching Certificate Level 1
· South Jersey Coaching Certificate Level 2
· U.S. Soccer Grassroots - Small-sided (7v7 or 9v9) and Full-sided (11v11) (Coach must complete at least one small-sided level and the full-sided level before being approved to coach in our league)
No purely ONLINE courses will be accepted.
ALL coaches must complete the Google form indicating that they hold a valid coaching license, and a copy of the license MUST be uploaded to coach in either league. The license must be uploaded only once and not each season.
The Level 1 course is intended for NEW coaches who do not currently hold a coaching certificate or license from another entity. It is also a good course for coaches who hold an F or higher license, and who are now looking to refresh and update their coaching knowledge. The league certification is designed to address league rules and procedures, inform coaches of the Laws of the Game, provide technical instruction and satisfy the NJ Little League Law. The schedule of courses is posted on our site and will be updated periodically. Applicants must sign up for both a classroom component AND a field component. You must attend the classroom component PRIOR to attending a field session.
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to attend the course. Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the field session, or submit the medical release and waiver form below. As a benefit to our member clubs, there is only a fee of $25, payable by check made payable to "SJGSL" (regardless if you are coaching in SJSL or SJGSL). Checks should be mailed to the address as directed on the registration form.
A copy of the classroom PowerPoint is posted below. For the field session, applicants are encouraged to wear comfortable playing attire, soccer cleats or appropriate footwear, shin guards, and bring a size 5 soccer ball, snacks and plenty to drink. Coaches are not required to participate, but are encouraged to do so to fully experience the training provided. All coaches must submit the waiver form below.
At the request of our membership, this course was designed to help coaches learn how to "coach" and to design and run a practice. It will discuss player development, practice design, basic attacking and defending principles, and coaching techniques. This course is intended as a follow-up to the Level 1 course, but it is open to any applicant that currently hold the SJ Soccer League Level 1 certificate or the NJ State certificate (formerly the F license), the State E license, or the USSF National F or higher license. Applicants holding the Grassroots licenses are encouraged to take the SJ Soccer Leagues Level 1 course prior to taking the Level 2 course.
All applicants must have already properly uploaded a copy of their coaching certificate/license through the appropriate league website. Note: This course does not satisfy the NJ Little League law for limited immunity. Applicants must have already taken a course that satisfies that requirement to coach in the SJSL and SJGSL travel leagues.
The cost to attend the Level 2 course is $30, payable by check made out to "SJGSL" (regardless if you are coaching in SJSL or SJGSL), and mailed to the address as indicated on the registration form. Cash cannot be accepted, and payment is nonrefundable. Because of the nature of the training, class sizes are capped at 20 coaches per field session. Additional classes may be scheduled depending on demand.
ALL applicants will be required to participate in the coach demo session where you will be afforded an opportunity to observe other coaches demonstrating drills/activities. ALL coaches will be assigned a topic for which you will design and run a 5-7 minute drill/activity with players and receive constructive feedback. All coaches must submit the waiver form below.
There is both a classroom AND a field session component to this course. You must complete BOTH components to receive your Level 2 Coaching Certificate. You must attend a classroom session PRIOR to attending a field session! There are no session waivers. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to attend the course. Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the field session or submit the medical release and waiver form below.