UPDATED April 19 10:30pm: The polls are still open but voting has slowed and the numbers have coalesced around some of the choices. The pro coach profile that has emerged as most popular is as follows:
You’d like to see someone who is a strong teacher of technique (19%) and tactics (16%) who can also communicate their ideas strongly (18%) and is committed to continuing their professional development (15%) while having some experience coaching at this level (12%). You expect a minimum certification of B Provincial (52%) and feel that their coaching background should include experience at Metro/Selects (33%) or Y League (19%). While 26% of you feel that playing experience is not important, more felt that having some university or college playing experience was valuable (27%) with competitive adult level soccer like Metro Premier (18%) also being acceptable. If you were able to get someone who met all these criteria, you’d be willing to pay $1000-$1500 (32%) or maybe even $1500-$2000 (27%).
I’m not sure how interesting people find this but as someone who works as a professional youth soccer coach I feel it’s valuable and I’d guess a lot of organizations who hire pro coaches to run high end youth teams would also find it worth knowing.
Thanks for participating.
I’ve put together a series of polls to get at the question of what, from a parent (ie. consumer’s) point of view makes for a good professional coach. They’re very simple (not much choice on WordPress for polling. Could use third party but they limit responses to 100 generally) and only give rudimentary options for collecting answers and breaking down responses but should suffice for this.
There’s five questions. They cover minimum certification you expect (choose one from the list), playing experience you expect (choose one), previous coaching experience you think is relevant at this level (choose all that apply), coaching criteria you think is important (choose up to five from the ten listed) and the amount you’d be willing to pay if you got all the things you indicated were important to you in the first four questions.
Here we go. The polling software should limit you to one entry per computer. Don’t think we need to worry about ballot box stuffing anymore but please keep to just the one submission: