Hey Coach!

Coach, thank you for volunteering!

Please remember, our league is guided by AYSO’s 6 Philosophies in everything we do.  We strive to deliver a safe, fair, fun and positive soccer experience for all of our players.  This is who we are.  And we can’t do it without you.

Coach volunteers will be contacted soon with instructions and coach training opportunities to get ready for the upcoming Fall season.  The very first thing all returning and new coaches and referees must do is to complete 2017-18 Volunteer Registration.  Please see below for further instruction.

Thanks again for coaching!

coach@ayso300.org


eAYSO Volunteer Registration

Each year both new and returning coaches must complete Volunteer Registration with AYSO’s National Database, eAYSO, for the upcoming season.  If you haven’t already done so this year,  please follow these instructions depending on if you’re a new or returning coach volunteer:

    • New Coaches must create an eAYSO account by going to eAYSO.org
      • Click on “Create an Account”
      • Click on the 3rd soccer ball next to “I am new to AYSO and want to volunteer”
      • You will then be prompted to create a login and profile which includes completing required information.
      • You will have to submit an electronic signature to complete your volunteer registration- be sure to check the boxes where indicated.
    • Returning Coaches must renew their eAYSO volunteer registration from last season by going to eAYSO.org
      • Log-in with your email address or use the request password reminder to login.
      • Click “Apply as a returning adult volunteer”
      • You will be asked to review, complete and possibly update certain fields
      • You will have to submit an electronic signature to complete your volunteer registration- be sure to check the boxes where indicated.
    • Please note, eAYSO is a national website and different from our regional AYSO 300 Team Website (ayso300team.org) and so the login/passwords are not necessarily the same.

Safety

  • Know the league’s policy for thunder, lightning, and severe weather.  Practices and games will most often continue play in the rain, but never when lightning or thunder is seen or heard.
  • In such cases where fields are Closed during the week due to non-severe weather conditions, the league will update the HOME page of its website by 3 PM for that afternoon.

Safety and Injury Reporting


Concussion Policy

All coaches must follow this policy if during either practice or a game a player concussion is suspected:

i) the player is done for the day;

ii) the player must have a signed release form in order to return to game or practice;

iii) an injury report shall be filled out and sent to the Safety Director and to AYSO National; In short: “if in doubt, sit them out.”

No parent, coach, or referee can overrule the sitting out policy if a concussion is suspected.  For any questions about either the heading rule or the concussion policy above, please contact me.


U12 & Younger Heading Banned, Concussion Awareness

Please review this information on concussion awareness and use it so that you can be informed in case a player concussion is suspected. As a result of raised concussion awareness and certain litigation, there is a major change taking place in U.S. Youth Soccer- no heading of the ball is permitted for ages 10 and below in games or practices.

This is not exclusively an AYSO rule, but one that all recreational and club youth soccer organizations in the U.S. are implementing effective immediately.  For this reason, in Core AYSO 300 games in the U12 division and every division below U12, any intentional header should be called by the referee as a penalty resulting in an indirect kick for the opposing team.

Read the complete description of the AYSO rule for “Heading the Ball” in games and practices.


Coach Training

  • In-Person Coach Training – AYSO Coach Certification is required of all coaches in divisions U5/U6, U7/U8, and U10.  In-Person Coach Certification courses are 2-hour courses offered this summer through early Fall.  The Coach Training schedule will be released soon.
  • Player Clinics – All coaches and players within AYSO are encouraged to attend the league’s EXTRA Mini-Clinics during the season.  They are excellent player development opportunities for your kids and- as a coach- you can observe these player clinics and steal from some of the best youth soccer instructors this area has to offer.
  • Coaching Manuals – AYSO National has updated their Coaching Manuals, but they are unfortunately not available electronically.  The updated manuals are only available by attending an in-person training session. As an online resource, I have posted previous versions of the Coach Manuals below:

 News and Notes

  • Questions about Saturday games and Game Day Guidelines?  Review this Game Day Checklist
  • In addition to what’s below, there are also answers to some other common coaching questions at our “Did You Know?” page.
  • Brush-up on Offside Position and when an Offside Penalty should be called?  Read the rule, watch this demonstration
  • How to manage to avoid a potential blowout game.
  • Having trouble finding your game field?
  • Online Practice Scheduling – change your scheduled practice field/slot here.
  • Have you ever wanted to spend 3 hours reading the Laws of the Game?

Q & A

All coaches are encouraged to send their questions to coach@ayso300.org

Q: What does it mean- “Everyone Plays”?

A: Everyone Plays means that every single player should play at least half of every single game they attend. In U5-U8 where substitutions are only made during quarters, some players will play 2 quarters in a game while others may play 3 quarters in that same game.

The line-up card roster view available by logging into the Team Website can help you organize and be aware of your substitutions throughout the season.

But coaches should do their best to make sure that over the course of the season it’s not the same players getting 3 vs 2 quarters per game and that different combinations of players start each game.

For U9+ Divisions, coaches are substituting at certain designated dead-ball plays at their discretion.  Coaches still need to ensure as best as possible that all players play at least half of every game and strive for each player to play an approximately equal amount of time on the field.


Extra, Extra

These are some extra resources, extra things to look about and to think about to help you be the best coach that you want to be:


Becoming an AYSO 300 Coach

All Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must take the Safe Haven online course at www.aysotraining.org . Coaches will need to use their eAYSO # to access this course. Go to www.eAYSO.org to find your eAYSO # or to register as a volunteer. All coaches for the U5-U10 Divisions must take either the available in-person or online age-appropriate coach certification courses for the kids in which they have volunteered to coach.  In-person coach certification courses will be offered in the summer.  Online courses are again accessed with your eAYSO # at www.aysotraining.org