There is no Coaching clinic at this time.

The youth coaching course is REQUIREMENT for all LOSA coaches by the state of Missouri and to stay compliant with our insurance carrier. This course is  fast pace and fun. You will be so happy to have taken this course. It will be taught by Dennis “Denny” Vaninger.  He is a former U.S. soccer forward who spent seven seasons in the North American Soccer League and at least two seasons in Major Indoor Soccer League. He earned three caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national team. He also won the 1971 U.S. Amateur Cup with St. Louis Kutis. He continues to coach youth soccer in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

You will receive a soccer coaching book written by Denny Vaninger that will give you great ideas on how to have a fun soccer season.

Location coming soon.


General Guidelines for Coaches

  1. Arrive early for your session
  2. Prepare for your sessions- “have the end in mind”
  3. Do not wear sunglasses- face to face contact is best for kids
  4. Try to wear soccer training shoes or cleats
  5. Be fully dressed and wear the right clothes for the activities
  6. Learn the names of your players- this will make them feel more connected and enjoy soccer better
  7. No Smoking or Drinking alcohol is allowed
  8. Keep a good line of communication with the parents/ kids
  9. Spend time talking to parents and answering any questions they may have. If you do know the answers, please guide them to our website- www.LOSA.org
  10. MOST IMPORTANT- HAVE FUN and remember you are molding these kids lives!!!
  11. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your league commissioner.


Tips for a Successful Practice

  1. Keep all explanations and instructions brief and to the point
  2. Get down to their eye level
  3. Keep control of the practice by not giving instruction until all eyes on you- “Foot on ball and Eyes on me”
  4. Start simple and then progress harder- practice should have a greeting, warm-up (unopposed), main part (opposed), and game( real opposed)
  5. Introduce coaching points one at a time
  6. Provide demonstration by you or a player
  7. Keep maximum amount of ball contact with each player- avoid lines and drill that require players to wait along time
  8.  Help the players that are not quite getting what you are teaching and keep the advanced players challenged- you may have to get an assistant to help
  9. CONSTANTLY USE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT! It is a good rule to give positive reinforcement every 10 to 15 seconds
  10. Depending on the weather- try to give frequent water breaks
  11. Encourage eating heathy snacks and meals.

Sample of how a practice should go:

Arrive early and set the practice field up- making sure the field is safe and trash free

Greet each player by their name

Then greet as a group and have the players greet each other- establishes a connection of being a team

Explain a warm-up drill (non-opposed)

Demonstrate the drill by you or with a player

Allow the players to do the drill adding POSITIVE FEEDBACK !

*If the players are not getting the drill, stop get all eyes on you and demonstrate differently or ask questions of what they should be doing… example- what part of the shoe should the ball hit? where should my eyes be? etc

Have the players stop and get a drink

Explain a main part (opposed)

Demonstrate the drill by you or with a player

Allow the players to do the drill adding POSITIVE FEEDBACK !

*If the players are not getting the drill, stop get all eyes on you and demonstrate differently or ask questions of what they should be doing… example- what part of the shoe should the ball hit? where should my eyes be? etc

Have the players stop and get a drink

Explain a game (real game opposed)

Demonstrate the drill by you or with a player

Allow the players to do the drill adding POSITIVE FEEDBACK !

Have the players stop and get a drink

Talk with the parents and communicate all important information- next practice/game, picture day, award night, etc..

That’s it, GREAT JOB DONE!

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your league commissioner.