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Evaluating Coaches

  • We believe for the parent and the child the difference between a good and bad Upward Soccer League experience is the coach.  Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the effectiveness of your coaches.  This evaluation process provides you the information to better train and equip your coaches.  Without proper evaluations, positive or negative qualities of a coach may never be realized.  Evaluations also hold coaches accountable for what they should or should not do as a coach.  They also serve as a vital indicator as you plan leagues year after year.  But how do you evaluate a coach?  What kind of standards need to be the focus during observations?  To answer these questions and to simplify the evaluation process, Upward Sports provides a coach evaluation form (practice and game day) and parent feedback form for you to assess the effectiveness of each of their coaches.  These easy-to-use forms detail the key components that can be observed and learned at both practices and games. 

    Coach Evaluators
    Many times, the people you use to evaluate coaches can be just as important as the evaluations themselves.  This is why it is so important to have quality evaluators assessing the coaches in their division.  As the coach commissioner, you should evaluate your coaches.  Since the coach commissioners are trained to know the key qualities that make a successful Upward Soccer Coach, they should be the ones giving their honest assessment at practices and games.
    After the first year, you should be able to identify previous season coaches who have been successful in exceeding the standards that make a great Upward Soccer Coach, ones that have scored very high on their evaluations.   These are the people that should be designated as evaluators in your second season and beyond.  Make sure each evaluator can devote the time and detail to making these evaluations accurate and successful.

    Evaluators should be prepared to observe each assigned coach at one practice and one game.  It is recommended that the practice evaluations should be conducted between practices three through six and the game evaluation during the second, third or fourth games. 

    Coach Evaluation Form
    The coach evaluation form features a breakdown of different aspects of practice and game day procedures.   A coach evaluator will need to view a practice and game to conduct this evaluation.  It is best to spend that time evaluating one coach per practice and game. Also, these forms should be filled out objectively, giving an honest assessment of the coaches’ performance.  After an evaluation is given, you should spend some time with the coach to review the results.    This should be scheduled within one week after the evaluation is complete and should be conducted in person.  Many times, this evaluation meeting can be done in about 10 minutes after a practice or game. The purpose of this time is not to chastise him/her on the negative aspects, but to encourage and continue to move the coach toward providing the best sports experience to every child.

    Parent Feedback Form
    Many times, what a coach commissioner may see in a coach evaluation and what a parent may see can be totally different things.  This is why the parent feedback form is so important.  This form allows the parent to have a voice in how they feel the coach is performing.  Send this form to the parents via email during the weeks of games three and four. Then, compile parental feedback and present to each coach in a timely manner for the benefit of the coach. Parents can simply complete this form electronically and send it back to you.  It details various qualities about their coach such as:  coaches’ attitude and character, interactions with players and parents, knowledge of soccer, and general organizational skills.  The parents’ opinions on these areas can provide valuable insight into the effectiveness of the coach.    Results of this feedback could determine whether a coach is asked to return next year.