Cascade FC Coach Training Compensation
At its February 12th BOD meeting the SnVYSA Board authorized compensation for Cascade FC coaches. Coach compensation will go into effect April 1, 2007.
Why pay coaches?
1) To attract highly qualified coaches
- Each year it is a challenge to fill vacant coaching positions
- As the Valley grows so will the number of teams, thus producing more demand
- Often times, the positions are filled by coaches with minimal qualifications to coach at the competitive level
- Each year the club has had one or more coaches coaching two teams which contributes to coaching fatigue
2) To provide reasonable compensation for effort and expenses of year round coaching
- The rate will not attract “professional” coaches
- The rate will allow the club to attract knowledgeable, certified coaches
3) To improve the perception of Cascade FC
- Clubs with all volunteer coaching are perceived within the soccer community as less competitive/serious
- Lack of paid coaches is a disincentive when attracting and retaining talented players
4) To promote player accountability
- Playing soccer is about having fun, but playing on a high level team requires coach and player commitment
- Higher levels of commitment are exhibited when a fee is attached to services
What is the rate and why?
The rate of compensation is based on several components - age group of the team, level of competition and the coaching license held by the head coach. The rate begins at $350.00 per month for a coach holding a State E license and coaching U9 ($350.00 / 12 players equals $30.00 per player per month). The rate tops out at $800.00 per month for a coach holding a National C, B or A license and coaching a premier level U17/18/19 team ($800.00 / 16 players equals $50.00 per player per month).
Cascade FC is not looking to attract the full-time professional coach. Thus, our rate is lower than other clubs in the region that operate under a different philosophy. This will allow us to attract knowledgeable, certified coaches by offering them compensation. There are many individuals who still coach for the love of the game and desire to give back through working with youth, but reasonable compensation would help ensure our chances of attracting and retaining qualified coaches.
What if a family cannot afford this fee?
Team assessments are handled individually by each team. Team personnel - coach, manager and treasurer - handle monetary issues professionally and confidentially. It is the goal of the program that no player who has earned a position on a team via the tryout process have that opportunity taken away because of finances.