The purpose of the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association is to develop, promote, govern, and perpetuate the game of soccer for the youth of Lawrence Township, NJ. It is our goal to provide a soccer environment that stresses a relaxed, fun-oriented approach

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Resources for Coaches

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 2 coaches.

Lawrence Hamnett provides two types of volunteer coaching opportunities:

A. Recreational League Coaches
Assigned to a team that plays in Lawrence Hamnett's "in-house" recreational league. Players are 5 to 14 years old. Main requirement is a willingness to motivate and availability on either Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons (ideally both) in September and October for at least one fall season. Coaches can split their time if necessary. We also have a spring rec league on just Saturday mornings early April through early June.

B. Travel League Coaches
Assigned to a team that plays in a regional US Youth Soccer 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.

Lawrence Hamnett also offers some transitional and specialized coaching opportunities through our Player Development Program, Goalkeeper Training, and Referee Program.


THREE STEPS to Become a Recreational League Coach

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

1. Phone Interview

Anyone interested in coaching a Lawrence Hamnett recreation team must for a discussion of soccer/coaching experience and the Lawrence Hamnett training philosophy.

2. Coaching Clinic

We STRONGLY encourage prospective coaches to complete an "F" License 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 a significant portion of the course fee upon successful completion. A license is good for life, so be sure to store your certificate in a safe place.

Minimally, a prospective coach must attend a 90-minute LHSA Coaching Clinic, typically offered in late August or early September, before the fall recreational season begins.

3. Background Check & Fingerprinting (every 3 years)

Youth coaches are required to complete a background check in order to mentor children. Background checks include fingerprinting and should be initiated with the help of the Lawrence Township Recreation Office. Background checks are valid for three years and cover all youth sports sponsored by Lawrence Township. You will need to fill-out a form with an assigned code, reserve an appointment online, and pay a nominal fee. The nearest facility is located in Ewing. After your visit, be sure to keep the receipt with the PCN number on it.


FIVE STEPS to Become a Travel League Coach

Becoming a volunteer travel coach requires each of the following steps to be completed. Please note there are additional steps for paid coaches.

1. Personal Interview

Anyone interested in coaching a Lawrence Hamnett competitive team must for a discussion of soccer/coaching experience and the Lawrence Hamnett training philosophy.

2. Coaching License

New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) requires each coach and assistant coach to pass a USSF coaching course, and have a valid Class "F" or higher license. "F" licenses must be issued in New Jersey. Advanced levels are strongly encouraged for tenured coaches on staff. Courses are offered on a regular basis in many different locations across the state. LHSA will reimburse each coach a significant portion of the course fee upon successful completion. A license is good for life, so be sure to store your certificate in a safe place.

3. Background Check & Fingerprinting (every 3 years)

All competitive youth coaches are required to complete a background check in order to be carded to a team. Background checks include fingerprinting and should be initiated with the help of the Lawrence Township Recreation Office. Background checks are valid for three years and cover all youth sports sponsored by Lawrence Township. You will need to fill-out a form with an assigned code, reserve an appointment online, and pay a nominal fee. The nearest facility is located in Ewing. After your visit, be sure to keep the receipt with the PCN number on it.

4. Concussion Training (every 2 years)

All competitive coaches are required to take a concussion training course and submit a certificate of completion in order to be carded to 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.

5. NJYS Forms (every year)

New Jersey Youth Soccer requires the following forms to be signed and submitted every year for volunteer coaches:

An additional form will be required every year for US Club coaches.