Coaching Incentive Program
The Dragons have committed to the Canadian Soccer Association’s Long-Term Player Development philosophy. One of the Dragons’ objectives in this regard is to have as many coaches as possible certified under the LTPD model. Ultimately, we would like all coaches to be certified, since this would increase the level of instruction that we are able to provide our players.
We have therefore introduced a coaching incentive program to encourage coaches to take the new LTPD courses.
What is the coaching incentive program?
Team HEAD coaches who are OSA certified for the age group they are coaching AND who complete the on-line Respect in Sport course by July 15 will receive a refund at the end of the season equal to the early-bird registration cost for their child.
Courses by age group:
U5 - you will need the Active Start Program - Click here for OSA on-line registration system for Active Start
U6 to U8 - you will need the Fundamentals Program - Click here for OSA on-line registration system for Fundamentals
U9 to U12 - you will need the Learn to Train Program - Click here for OSA on-line registration system for Learn to Train
U13 and up - you will need the Soccer For Life Program - Click here for OSA on-line registration system for Soccer For Life
If you are the head coach for more than one team, you will be refunded the early-bird registration costs for each of your children playing on those teams as long as you are OSA certified for all the levels you are coaching and have completed the Respect in Sport course.
Note: The CSA/OSA/EODSA and Dragons are now following the new LTPD coaching philosophy and, as such, past courses (non-LTPD) cannot be accepted or grandfathered for this incentive. You are encouraged to take the new, greatly improved courses.
Team HEAD coaches who are NOT OSA certified for the age group they are coaching BUT who do complete the on-line Respect in Sport course by July 15 will receive a $50 refund at the end of the season.
If you are the head coach for more than one team and are NOT OSA certified, you will receive a $50 refund for each of your children playing on those teams as long you have completed the Respect in Sport course.
How much does it cost?
Here’s the beauty of the program: it’s free for coaches. The only commitment is your time.
For the LTPD courses, you must provide a deposit for the cost of the course. After completion of the course, send a copy of your certificate to the Dragons office (scan to email is fine) and your deposit will be refunded to you. For the Respect in Soccer course, you pay the OSA fee on-line when you sign up. Upon completion of the course, print off your receipt AND your certificate, either drop these off or mail them (scan to email is fine) to the Dragons office and your fee will be refunded to you.
Is it for you?
Let's dispel the myth that you need to be a Mr. or Ms. Soccer to coach your children. This is far from the truth. If you can organize your child's birthday party, you have the organizational skills to organize a soccer team.
The LTPD courses are age-specific. We all know that there are no professional soccer players at the 5 to 8 year-old level: they're all trying to figure out how to run and have fun. You, the parent/coach, already have the required skills to teach them at such a young age.
Remember, everybody starts somewhere, and this is your chance to step up, start the Dragons’ soccer journey with your children and with an incentive thrown in - Sounds Great!
For more information
Courses will be posted here as soon as they become available. Keep an eye on the Web site.
For more information on the LTPD philosophy, see the Long-Term Player Development link on our Web site under the For Coaches tab.
For more information on the Respect in Sport course, visit http://www.ontariosoccer.net/coach/coach-news/1316-what-respect-in-sport-means-for-coaches-and-match-officials