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Framingham United Soccer Club

Pre-K/K Volunteer Coach FAQ

Thank you for your interest in becoming a FUSC Pre-K/K Coach! Our program runs on volunteers and we couldn't do it without individuals like yourself giving their time and energy so our children can have a great soccer season!  

Please consider joining your player on the field, we are always looking for great coaches to become a part of the FUSC family! If you would like to sign-up to be a coach or are interested in learning more, please contact the Grade Director, Robin Padliya: [email protected]
  • Do I need to have any soccer experience?
    No! Prior soccer experience is NOT necessary. FUSC has a Director of Coaching, LeRoy Watkins from Viking Sports, who provides the curriculum for the season. Practice plans and activities are emailed out to coaches weekly (typically the night before), so coaches can preview the information before the session. Coaches from Viking Sports are present Saturday mornings to help support any coach that may need a little help.

    We need coaches to show up ready to “bring the fun”and keep the players engaged. For many of the players this is their first team sport experience, so the focus is on having fun. It’s essential that the coaches help to reinforce this and create a positive atmosphere that will foster their growth as players and build their confidence. The ultimate goal is to ensure all players enjoy their time on the field.

  • What time do I need to arrive on Saturday mornings?
    Coaches should arrive about 15-20 minutes before the session is set to begin. This will allow time for them to set-up as well as go over the plan for the week with the Viking Sports coaches.

  • Do I need to provide anything?
    No. FUSC provides all necessary equipment. You will receive a ball bag with pinnies, balls and cones at the start of the season and you should bring that with you each week. The equipment will be made available to you before the first game of the season.

  • How do I know who will be on my team?
    Players are assigned to a team by the Grade Director. Special requests are considered when making these assignments. Teams are made up of anywhere from 10 - 16 players. The Grade Director will email you your roster, including contact information, shortly before the season begins.

  • What if I cannot make it one week?
    That’s OK! We understand that everyone has things that come up that may prevent you from being there every week. For this reason, FUSC suggests that you reach out to your team the first week to find another parent to assist you with the practice/play sessions and can also cover for you in case you cannot make one. If for some reason there is no other parent willing to cover for you, you should alert the Director of Coaching and the Grade Director so that they can ensure that your team has a coach when you are out.

  • Do I need to do any advanced planning for the weekly sessions?
    No. The Director of Coaching provides the curriculum for each week and works with the coaches to support the implementation of the practice and game plans on Saturday mornings.

  • What types of communications will I be responsible for?
    You need to email your team one week before the season begins to introduce yourself and include any additional information you would like to share with your families. The Grade Director will provide you with an example template you can use for reference.

    You should also be in touch with your team throughout the season with any other important information that may arise. The Grade Director may ask for your help in communicating with families throughout the season as well. Some teams may elect a team manager to handle communication if the coach would prefer that.

  • I want to sign-up to be a coach, are there any advanced requirements that I need to complete prior to the season?
    Yes, there is a short list of requirements in order to be a FUSC coach, they are as follows:
    1) Volunteer to coach on the FUSC website
    2) Register as an adult and online CORI at MYSA (Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association) website.
      3) Complete the online Concussion and SafeSport training after registering at MYSA.

  • Do you want to be a better coach and have your kids play for free?
    Mass Youth Soccer has courses (online and in person) that coaches can take and FUSC will reimburse you for the cost of the courses.  For PreK/K, this would be the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching License and the 4v4 Grassroots License.  Moreover, grade-appropriate licensed head coaches that coach their kid(s) play for free. To be reimbursed for a US Soccer Course, email the receipt to the treasurer. Grade-appropriate licensed head coaches should contact the registrar on how to register their child(ren) without paying. 

PreK/K Jerseys

The Pre-K through 2nd grade players wear reversible jerseys with random numbers. The Natick Outdoor Store is the sole supplier of new FUSC jerseys. Gently used soccer gear (shin guards and cleats) and FUSC uniforms are sometimes available from our Pass-It-On Program.

Uniform Supplier:
Natick Outdoor Store
38 North Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-653-9400

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid requests should be made to the FUSC Registrar, not to your child's coach, by emailing: [email protected] 

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Framingham United Soccer Club

1257 Worcester Rd, #135
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

Email Us: [email protected]
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