Hi Coach, how was the first game? Did you report scores to your Division Coordinator? Still have questions about coaching? Many of the answers can be found on this page:
- If you missed the Coach Kick-Off meeting, have reviewed the meeting presentation?
- Have you printed your medical release forms?
- If you’re a U7 or older Head Coach, have you scheduled your weekly practice?
- Have you reviewed what’s new in the Game Guidelines for your division?
- Have you completed the necessary in-person or online training?
- The best coaches are thieves, steal some of these Practice Sessions and activities for your team’s next practice.
Thank YOU for coaching!
- Game Schedules are now posted.
- It’s never too early to review the Game Day Checklist
- Time to PLAYSOCCER!
- U7+ Coaches
- Hold your first practice the week of 8/28 if you’re in town, able to do so.
- All U7+ teams must be hold at least their first practice the following week leading into Week 1 games on 9/9.
- Teams do not schedule practice during the week.
- Each Saturday begins with a FULL 30-minute practice session followed by a 24-minute small-sided game.
- U5/U6 Coaches should be hold at least one team meeting or informal practice prior to Opening Day so that you can introduce yourself and other coaches to the players and the parents.
- U7+ Coaches
- 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. Online training is also an option though never as effective since there is no field work.
- 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.
- 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
- Summary of Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI)
- Incident Report Form
- Participation and Concussion Release Forms
- Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet
- AYSO/CDC Concussion Action Plan
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.
News and Notes
- Starting at the U9 Division, the Offside penalty is called- do you know the rule? Watch this demonstration
- How to manage to avoid a potential blowout game.
- Having trouble finding your game field?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: