Welcome Coaches

As a volunteer coach, are a very important part of youth sports here in South Lyon and we thank you for your continued support! 

SLARA wants to help you be the best coach you can possibly be!  If you are seeking additional resources for your specific sport, please check the "Coach Corner" section of that sport's page.  There you will find resources to help you through the season.  Whether you are a first-time coach or a seasoned veteran, the Coach Corner has something for everyone!  Resources range from SLARA coaching curriculums to links from around the web.  Be sure to check it out!

SLARA League Philosophy

SLARA sponsored leagues and activities are formed and operated on the principles of good sportsmanship, fair play, courtesy to others, healthy activity, tolerance and inclusiveness, and all other policies pertaining to community understanding and development.  SLARA reserves the right to make decisions which it feels are in the best interest of the league and community.

What to Expect?

SLARA leagues aim to serve a variety of purposes for the youth in our community.  Some leagues may serve as introductions to the world of sport while others offer opportunities to continue organized play in a recreation-first setting.  For many of the players in these league, this will serve as their first experiences organized sports.  It will be a learning process for all of them.  Some will pick up the game and skills quicker than others.  Be patient and keep the focus on fun!  Players should play equal amounts of every game, receive equal instruction, and be provided with an environment suitable for skill development and recreation.

Role of the Youth Coach

SLARA thanks you for your decision to serve as a coach!  SLARA coaches are vital to the implementation of all youth leagues.  As a coach, your role is to serve as a communicator to parents and players alike, facilitate a learning environment, and provide supervision.  It is not uncommon for youth players to view a coach as a role model, use this opportunity to teach fair play, sportsmanship, and a love for the game.  Keep practices fun, yet instructional.  Use gameplay as teaching moments for young players.  Coaching youth sports can be a very rewarding experience, remember to have fun with this!

Coaching Resources

To assist you as a coach this season, SLARA has put together the following resources for you.  These resources will help you discover new drill ideas, put together practice plans, and develop your own personal coaching philosophy!  Please view the Document Library above to find a week-by-week coaching curriculum for your sport and grade level.


http://www.basketballforcoaches.com/ - Guides, articles, and drills all are available.  Basketball For Coaches is a valuable resource for coming up with effective practice drills, top-notch game plans, and anything in between!

https://www.usab.com/youth/development/youth-development-guidebook.aspx -USA Basketball Youth Development Guide - Great guide provided by USA Basketball to aid in coaching and developing young basketball players.

https://www.usab.com/youth/development/youth-development-curriculum-introductory-level.aspx - USA Basketball Introductory Level Curriculum - For those of you coaching our younger age groups, this curriculum from USA Basketball will provide you skills, drills, and points of emphasis for introducing young players to the game of basketball.


http://www.usyouthsoccer.org - A good resource for coaches, parents, and players.  US Youth Soccer provides blogs for parents and coaches, coach training and education, resources for parents, training and college prep for players, and much more!  Be sure to check them out!

http://www.coachingsoccer101.com/ - Having trouble thinking of drills?  Difficulty planning out your team's next practice?  Coaching Soccer 101 provides free, printable drills for coaches.  Check them out and create a great practice plan!


A great resource for sample drills and skill development tips.  Contains a video library of drill demonstrations to help perfect both new and old drills!

Provides articles, drill ideas, and video presentations for different skill categories.  Excellent for beginner coaches - provides numerous coaching guides and tips for improving practices.

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Volunteer Head Coach Discount

Thank you for volunteering to be a head coach!  Our volunteers are very important to the youth leagues offered by SLARA.  Without your help, we would not be able to offer these wonderful opportunities to the community.  To help show our thanks, SLARA offers all those who volunteer and are selected to be a head coach a $25 partial refund on your child’s registration fee.

Here’s how it works!

  • At the time of registration, you will be prompted to sign up as a volunteer coach. At this prompt, or when asked by the office staff if registering in person, select yes and get your name added to the list of volunteer head coachesPlease note that only head coaches are eligible for the discount.
  • The amount of head coaches selected is dependent on the number of registrations received. It is possible to sign up to head coach and not be chosen.  Coaches are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Once selected as a head coach, you must have your coaching paperwork completed and submitted to the office by the coach’s meeting. If you fail to submit completed paperwork, you will not be eligible for the discounted rate.
  • You must attend the scheduled pre-season coach’s meeting, or make other arrangements to receive the information from the Sport Manager.
  • During the season, you must not miss more than two scheduled events.
  • Return your signed-out coach’s bag at the end of the season.
  • If the above requirements have been met, you will receive a $25 partial refund for your child’s registration at the conclusion of the season.

Volunteer Coach/Assistant Coach Application

  • If Yes,

  • Do you have a coach or assistant that you would like to coach with?
  • As a volunteer, I agree to the following:
    • To follow SLARA Code of Conduct.
    • Treat each participant, opposing coach, official, parent & league administrator with respect and dignity.
    • Do my best to learn the fundamental skills, rules, teaching and evaluation techniques, and strategies of my sport.
    • Uphold the authority of officials who are assigned to the contests in which I coach and I will assist them in every way to conduct fair and impartial competitive contests.
    • Conduct my program so that all participants have an opportunity to greatly improve their skill level or active participation.
    • Communicate to my participants and their parents the rights and responsibilities of the individual.
    • Cooperate with the administrators of our organization in the enforcement of rules, regulations and program philosophy, and I will report any irregularities that violate sound competitive or ethical practices or situations which may be deemed questionable or not in the best interest of participants.
    • Protect the health and safety of my players by insisting that all of the activities under my control are conducted for their psychological and physiological welfare, rather than for the vicarious interests of adults. I will report all injuries to parents and administrators as required.
    • Have two adults present at all times whenever possible.
    • Return all equipment provided at the end of the season and report any defective equipment immediately.

  • Volunteer Agreement

    I hereby authorize and consent to a criminal history check by the state and/or local police, and I understand that criminal history record information will be provided to SLARA and its administrators for the purpose of evaluating my qualifications for any volunteer positions.

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