Lake Hills Soccer Club teams are coached primarily by dedicated volunteers, with a few carefully chosen paid coaches at the Club Select level. Our soccer coaches are parents, grandparents, older siblings, and community members all coming together to support children as they learn and enjoy The Beautiful Game. Lake Hills programs allow for and encourage coaches to grow along with their players. Not every coach comes to us with soccer or coaching experience. Volunteers with an enthusiastic desire to learn will find training and guidance from both Lake Hills Soccer Club and Eastside Youth Soccer Association.
All Lake Hills coaches and team managers must pass a national background check and complete training in the following areas:
- Concussion Awareness
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness
- Abuse Prevention
Email Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org for more information about coaching opportunities.
Lake Hills Soccer Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Tax ID # 23-7408465
For additional tools and guidance with coaching curriculum and techniques, please visit : EYSA Curriculum
Clinics and Events
Rec U13-U19 District II Meeting July 12 OR July 17 (attend one) Redmond High School Theater from 7 to 8:30 pm. First time coaches please arrive by 7pm, those who have previously coached in D2 can arrive at 7:45pm.
LHSC Annual Meeting--mid-November
LHSC Volunteer Requirements
All LHSC coaches, team managers, and board members must complete the following steps in order to volunteer.
- Register with the club each year, updating contact information as needed. Click the appropriate yellow button below to access the registration form.
- Clear a nationwide background check each year through the Washington Youth Soccer Risk Management Application (RMA) system.
- Complete online training in Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness and submit certificate to LHSC Registrar every three years.
- Complete SafeSport online training and submit all three certificates to LHSC Registrar every year.
RMA Risk Management Application
A Risk Management Application (RMA) needs to be completed for every LHSC volunteer. This includes coaches, trainers, team managers, team photographers, etc. It is a simple online application. Volunteers under the age of eighteen (18) must have a parent/guardian's electronic signature on the legal agreement to run a national background check.
Please use your legal first and last name when completing the form.
Visit the RMA link for WA Youth Soccer Volunteers:
Open the REGISTRATION tab, and choose "Coach/Admin" registration. You will either log in with your existing Affinity user name and password or create a new account (if you're a new employee or volunteer)
This registration initiates the national background check as required by Washington Youth Soccer.
Background checks are valid for one year from the application date, and must be renewed for each coach and volunteer before being assigned to the team's roster.
Coaches will not be given access to player rosters or issued practice fields without a cleared, valid RMA.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness
On July 24, 2015, Senate Bill 5083 – also known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act – became effective. The law mandates that ALL coaches (paid or volunteer) at organizations using public school district facilities in the State of Washington are educated in the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the first practice/competition.
The training takes approximately 15 minutes and is available for free at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032.
Certification is valid for three years.
- Go to: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Training
- Select "Order Course"
- First time users, click on "Register Here"
- Set up your account, verify your email; then
- Select "Courses" at the top;
- Use the search bar to find "Sudden Cardiac Arrest"; then
- Float the pointer over course and select "View Course"; then
- Select "Order Course" and follow the prompts through checkout;
- Access and complete the course.
- DOWNLOAD and save your certificate of completion
- Compose a new email with subject line “Certification” to: email@example.com with a copy of your certificate attached. Registrar will reply to confirm receipt.
SafeSport Abuse Prevention
On February 14th, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was enacted by Congress and became federal law.
The Act creates a new ‘standard of care’ for all organizations providing youth sport programming. In short, the new Act requires Prevention Training and Prevention Policies.
As a member of US Youth Soccer, and Washington Youth Soccer, Lake Hills Soccer Club now requires all coaches, managers, and board members to complete the training linked below and submit certificates to the Club Registrar.
Training is offered in English, Spanish, and French.
Allow up to 2.5 hours for completion. Certificates are valid for 1 year.
- Go to: http://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=ee57337f-31f9-421d-b095-82fc8c8c4c41
- Use Access Code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
- Confirm that ‘U.S. Soccer’ membership is on your profile as you set up your account; Add US Soccer if not shown.
- Check your email, confirm SafeSport account, and log in.
- Start training with "Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education" activity.
- Complete all three activities and download the following THREE CERTIFICATES upon completion:
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
Emotional and Physical Misconduct
- Compose an email with subject line: SafeSport
- Include the name of your team/s in the body of the email
- Attach all three certificates to the email
- Send to Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org
Coaches will not be given access to player rosters or issued practice fields without proof of current certification.
Volunteers. LHSC has a proud tradition of community-based coaching, primarily by volunteers and a few carefully chosen paid coaches. Our soccer coaches are parents, grandparents, older siblings, and community members. Coaches with an enthusiastic desire to learn will find training and guidance from both Lake Hills Soccer Club and Eastside Youth Soccer Association.
The U8-U19 season runs September through early November. During that time, teams practice for 90 minutes twice a week and play one game a weekend, usually on Saturdays. A head coach should be available to attend and run most practices and games, but assistant coaches can and should fill in and help as needed. Coaches can handle team communications and admin themselves, or “hire” a team manager from the team’s pool of parents. Delegation is a great way to foster team community and share the work.
All U8-U19 head coaches are required to attend a club coaches meeting in late July. U13-U19 coaches must also attend their league meeting in July.
The U6 & U7 Micro Program is a lesser commitment and a great way to try coaching. Just 9 Saturday mornings 9-10:30 and a few emails to the team.
In the interest of the safety and well being of our young athletes, the following are required of all head and assistant coaches:
1. Register on TeamSnap as a coach with full legal name, address, and date of birth. (annually)
2. Apply for and pass a nationwide background check. (annually)
3. Complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness training and submit certificate to registrar (every 3 years)
4. Complete Abuse Prevention training (SafeSport) and submit three certificates to registrar (annually)
Coaching clinics and licensing are strongly encouraged. Coaches can be reimbursed for completed training.
The LHSC Equipment Chair distributes equipment from the club storage facility on several different nights in late July and early August. Specific dates and times are communicated at the summer coaches meeting and emailed to coaches.
Email Equipment@lakehillssoccer.org with questions.
Links to local resources: http://www.lakehillssoccer.org/coaches/licenses-and-education/
Once the team roster is released, head coaches seek parent volunteers from the team. If parents know in advance that they want to work together as coaches, the registrar or program chair should be contacted before June 1 so player/team assignments are made accordingly. After rosters are released, players will not be moved to accommodate co-coaching requests.
The Mod Clinic is one of each U8-U10 team’s two weekly practices. All LHSC teams in an age group (U8-U10) gather at one location each week in September and October. Club Clinicians work on skills and drills with coaches and players; Clinicians are also available to answer questions and offer support to coaches.
After rosters are released to coaches in June, the LHSC Competition Chair requests the coach’s input on a survey. Coaches are asked to gauge how well the team did in the past season and to guesstimate whether they believe the team should be moved into a more or less challenging division for the next season. The competition chair, in conjunction with the league use that information along with past season standings and other league data to place all teams in a division to provide them with a FUN and competitive season.
Placing dozens of teams in divisions is a complicated process, as is writing the actual schedules for all of the teams’ games. Moving a team to a different division after the season starts is not possible. The coach should consult with LHSC Competition Chair and/or Rec Program Chair to find ways to maximize player development while still exercising good sportsmanship.
Our team was not in the right division this year, we won/lost all of our games. How do we ensure that we can change divisions next year?
In order to ensure that ALL teams land in a division where they can be as challenged and competitive as possible, coaches need to provide input. In late June/early July coaches are asked to fill out a survey regarding their teams’ relative strength. Coach feedback is important in all cases. Along with feedback, the league takes the past season record into account when placing teams. In general, the top 1-2 teams in a division are moved up and the bottom 1-2 teams are moved down a division WHEN POSSIBLE. The number of teams in an age group changes from year to year, so the number of divisions sometimes does as well. For example: If an age group changes from having three divisions to two, it’s not possible for the team at the bottom of Division 2 to move down, however their division will likely have teams from the previous year’s Division 3, so the placement is likely to be more appropriate. Team-specific questions should be directed to the LHSC Competition Chair so they can be answered in the context of that that team’s age group and divisions.