Coach Expectations

THJSL Coach Expectations (approved September 2023)

Milltown United is a member club of the Tualatin Hills Junior Soccer League. This document summarizes THJSL’s expectations and guidelines for coach conduct.

National Concussion Awareness Day ® should be every day!

This info is so important whether it is National Concussion Awareness Day or not.  Please read and please share. 

Providence Sports Medicine Concussion Facts and Tools

US Soccer Coaching Development

US Soccer Grassroots Courses

Email for information on courses.

The new Online Grassroots License Courses are designed to inspire and empower coaches through every step of the pathway. 

Brand new, reality-based grassroots courses are tailored to individual coaching needs, from parents to aspiring elite coaches. Get started!

The New Grassroots Pathway

In an effort to further improve the grassroots soccer environment for both players and coaches, U.S. Soccer has restructured the foundation of its coaching license pathway. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses, which replace the F and E License Courses, offer an a-la-carte approach meant to empower coaches with an education that is relevant to their specific coaching needs. The Grassroots Licenses will help coaches ensure fun, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate environments for their players. Prospective coaches will have the option to partake in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a cost-free, Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module provided by U.S. Soccer.

Milltown United Soccer will consider paying for coaching education.  Email for details on how to qualify. 

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Coaching Resources

Portand Timbers-Thorns Recreational Curriculum

  • A complete overview of player development, including what to expect at each age group
  • What you should and should not be doing as a coach
  • 10 age-appropriate practice sessions per age group for U6-12
  • These session plans can form the basis for an entire season of practices–just fill in as needed from similar age groups, or from the practice plans further down this page

CLICK HERE to go to the Timbers-Thorns Rec Curriculum

UK International Soccer Online Curriculum

username: MUSC; login: uksoccer

A database of activities arranged by skill area, as well as progressive practice plans. These are the same activities used by the UK coaches who run some of our summer camps, and they are a great place to start for those looking for time-tested, effective activities. Videos included!

General Guidelines for Coaching Youth Soccer

Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States –The US Soccer Coaching Education Department’s definitive overview of behaviors to expect at each age group, age-appropriate activities, and practice priorities. This is essential reading for every coach trying to understand how to shape a practice plan to the age group s/he is coaching.

Practice Plans and Activities

Oregon Youth Soccer Association’s Coaching Resources — a comprehensive set of practice plans and coaching resources arranged by age group and subject area.


Portland Youth Soccer Association Practice Plans — detailed session plans arranged by age group, each with a specific skill focus and an appropriate practice structure/progression.

Positive Coaching

Successful coaching requires the ability to create an environment in which players demonstrate good sportsmanship, are comfortable making mistakes, and develop positive character traits. The following resources outline simple concepts and strategies to help coaches create that environment.

Postive Coaching Alliance  outlines the role of the “double-goal coach” in creating “better athletes, better people.” Simple concepts like the ELM tree of mastery, the mistake ritual, and the magic ratio of praise to criticism that are easy to incorporate into day-to-day coaching.

Play Positive — A terrific resource for parents and coaches, with content created by the Positive Coaching Alliance. A concise explanation of the concepts that can help coaches (and parents) create a positive experience for players. See the Positive Coaching Guide explaining the ELM tree of mastery, ROOTS, filling emotional tanks, and honoring the game.

Questions about coaching....

Email our Director of Coaching, Sheridan Nichols at

Game Rules 2021


FIFA Laws of The Game defines the basic rules of the game of soccer -Updated 2021


Our teams play under these modified rules:

THJSL Rules of Play (U8-HS) Fall 2021


MICROS (U6-7): 4v4 with no offside and no goalkeeper. Kick-ins for out of bounds restarts. A coach from each team will serve as the on field referees. Visitors will wear pinnies for the games. Most important, HAVE FUN! Please click the Micros link and follow to age group schedule for more details (NOT UPDATED)

Our UK Soccer Coaches Fall TBA

These professional UK coaches will be at all Micros practices through the end of September.  They will be in blue polo shirts and if the weather turns bad possibly a gray sweatshirt.

Let them help you through the Fall TBA Season

– Check back shortly for updated bios

Coaching Clinics

Stay tuned for the potential of summer coaching clinics to be available based on OYSA allows, OHA guidelines, as well as the vaccine rollout. 

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