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Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association

Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association

Coaching Opportunities & Requirements

Coaching Opportunities & Requirements

We encourage both adults and teenagers to become volunteer soccer coaches. You will learn to love the game at a much deeper level and find great satisfaction in the tangible improvement of the players you coach. Lawrence Hamnett will provide you with online resources, hands-on clinics, coaches meetings, licensing reimbursement, and the other tools you need to succeed. Each team is typically assigned at least two coaches.

Lawrence Hamnett provides two types of volunteer coaching opportunities:

A. Recreation Coaches
Assigned to a team that plays in Lawrence Hamnett's "in-house" recreational program. Players are 5 to 14 years old. The main requirement is a willingness to motivate and availability on Saturday mornings and early afternoons in September through early November in fall or early April through early June in the spring. Coaches can split their time if necessary.

B. Travel Coaches
Assigned to a team that plays in sanction NJ Youth Soccer/USYS league. Players are 7 to 19 years old. Requires certified coaching education (9 hours initially), and ideally a multi-year commitment to develop the potential of a select group of players. Practices are minimally twice per week and a game each weekend in the fall and spring. Additional training for the team is provided at least biweekly by a Red Bulls Trainer whose lesson plans you can adapt throughout the season.

STEPS to Become a Recreational Coach

THREE STEPS to Become a Recreational League Coach

Becoming a volunteer recreational coach requires each of the following steps to be completed.

1. REQUIRED: Concussion Training

All coaches are required to take a concussion training course and upload the certificate of completion in their profile in order to be able to coach a team. A free, 30-minute, online concussion training course can be found at the US CDC website: CDC Heads Up Online Training Course.  Recertification is required every two years. This is State Law for all youth sports.

2. REQUIRED: Risk Management

a) Background Check (Yearly)

All youth coaches are required to complete a background check in order to coach a team.  Background checks are done through our registration system.  Background checks are valid for one seasonal year and only cover LHSA programs and other USYS organizations.


All youth coaches are required to complete a SafeSport course.  To complete this course, use this link to see how to register:

3. OPTIONAL: Coaching Clinic

We STRONGLY encourage prospective coaches to complete a State Certificate (Formerly the NJYS F Course) with New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS). Courses are offered on a regular basis in many different locations across the state, usually a combination of a Friday night and one Saturday morning and early afternoon. LHSA will reimburse the full course fee upon successful completion. A license is good for life, so be sure to store your certificate in a safe place.


Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Assocciation
P.O. Box 6844 
Lawrence Township, New Jersey 08648

Email: [email protected]