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EVERYTHING A COACH NEEDS TO KNOW

What a Coach Needs to Know 

The AYSO Coach

A coach is one of the most critical volunteer positions in the AYSO organization.

Per the AYSO position description of coach:

The purpose of the position of volunteer coach is  "to develop in players a positive image of themselves, their teammates, coaches, game officials, and opponents, and provide a good role model for players.  Additionally, the coach will develop in his/her players the appropriate soccer skills as recommended in the AYSO coaching manuals."  

Region 665 offers several coach courses every season in order to train all of its coaches. Please check the Courses page for information and the Calendar page for dates and times.

Classes concentrate on promoting the six AYSO philosophies, teaching appropriate age level skills and drills, rules of the game and Region 665 expectations.  View the region's Coach Handbook for written information that complements the AYSO coaching manuals.

What do I need to be a coach?

  • Completed and approved volunteer form. 

  • U10 and above, complete the required coaching class. 

  • A good attitude. 

    • "Kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care -Unknown

  • IMPROTANT INFORMATION: Coaching Requirements

Asking for help:

  • As a coach, one of the first actions you will want to take is to find assistance in the form of an assistant coach and a team parent.

    • Every person who volunteers to assist your team must complete a volunteer application and be screened. The volunteer applications are submitted to the Region's Child Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) for a screening process prior to being presented to the Board for appointment.

  • The Coach Administrator is available for help if you are unsure of something or have issues you cannot handle.

Initial contact with your team:

  • After getting your team list, make contact with your players and parents right away. 

  • When you make your initial telephone calls to the players on your team, be sure to give your telephone number to the families.

  • Remind each that shin guards are mandatory for all practices and games, as well as socks and shoes.

  • Notify them of your first practice and/or team meeting

Practices:

  • Be prepared.  Have warm ups and drills in mind already.

  • Bring your own training equipment including balls and cones.  The goals are not set up during the week.

Games:

  • Come to each game prepared.

  • Lineup or game cards should be completed prior to arrival at the field.

    • All players must be listed, regardless of whether or not they are in attendance. View a sample game card to ensure you are completing your correctly.  Referees will use the game card to check in your team, record substitutions and keep score. At the end of the game, the official retains the game card and submits it to the Region's referee station.

  • Remember that you, as coach, can set the tone for the sidelines. Adhere to the Kids Zone rules, and chances are that your team's parents will as well.

    • If you find yourself needing help of any kind, please contact your Division Coordinator, the Regional Coach Administrator or the Assistant Regional Commissioner. The Board of Directors of Region 665 is committed to supporting our volunteers.

  • Have fun.  There are no standings or records of wins/losses during the regular season.

Region 665 appreciates your dedication and commitment! 

Coaching Tip!

How to Coach a Lopsided Game

Every coach can learn from this. Here are some coaching tips, when your team is up 6-0. How do you coach your team without embarrassing the other team. 

Hope you watch it.

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