Coaches are an essential part of our AYSO program, for without coaches our kids can't play soccer. Being an AYSO coach is hard work, but it is also very rewarding and fun.
Most coaches start out because we don't have enough volunteer coaches during registration to take on every team available, so after lots of pleading from the Division Coordinator they have agreed to take a team.
Many of our current coaches started out this way and now most of them can't wait to register their kids because it also means that they can request to coach a soccer team as well! If you don't have any experience as a coach, don't worry, we have training classes,many friendly faces, and resources to help you succeed as an AYSO coach. All you need is time, dedication to a fun, safe, and fair environment, and adherence to our AYSO philosophy.
AYSO provides free training to all coaches. New classes will be posted as the information is received.
1.Remember that everyone plays - In our region, every child must play three quarters of each game. Change your starting rotation so no child plays or stays out during the same periods.
2.Hold well planned practices - Never arrive to your practice unprepared. Have a well thought out plan that emphasized the needs of your team and encourages your team to have fun at the same time.
3.Cooperate with the referees - Our referees are volunteers and human: they can occasionally make an error. Respect for the referee begins with the coach, and that respect should never be breached. Each referee has their unique style of officiating, and we must always keep that in mind. Address any questions with the referee AFTER the match, in private, and with a positive attitude.
4.Be positive and a good role model - You have a tremendous influence on your team. Always set a good example for the kids and encourage them to succeed by using positive reinforcement.
5.Know The Laws Of The Game - It is difficult to teach kids the sport of soccer if you do not know and understand the Laws. Keep a copy of The Laws Of The Game handy so that you can refer to it if you don't understand a particular situation. Again, address questions, NOT arguements, with the referee AFTER the match and in private. Check with the Referee Administrator if ou have a Law or application question.
6.Develop your own coaching style - We all become successful by building upon what works for us and our team. Talk to other coaches, parents, and referees if you need suggestions and help. It is by trying new things and seeing what works for us that make us all unique. Decide what is important to you as a coach, and build your practice plans around your philosophies.