Coaches to the AYSO team!!! Coaches are one of the most important cornerstones of our foundation and we could not do it without YOU. This letter will provide you some basic questions and answers to assist you for the upcoming 2005-2006
soccer season. Remember that we are here to make your coaching experience a fun
and positive one. So be sure to let us know what we can do to help.
do I get started?
Your Division Coordinator will contact
you sometime in July to confirm that you will be coaching for the Fall season. At
that time, they will remind you to attend our mandatory Safehaven and Coaches meetings that will be given in August. Save time and complete your Safehaven certification online at http://www.aysotraining.org. Remember that all AYSO coaches MUST be Safehaven certified prior to the start of
the season. Your Safehaven certification is good throughout your AYSO career. You will be able to pick up your Coaches packet with all schedules and information,
plus your team uniforms at your individual coaches meetings. The Fall season
begins Aug 27th , so you will want to be sure to start calling the parents of your kids as soon as possible to introduce yourself
and let them know when your practices and games will start. Be sure to speak
with a parent and not the child because important information might not get to the parents.
Many coaches hold a pre-season team meeting with their kids and parents prior to the first practice to go over this
should I attend a Coaches clinic?
You will learn fun techniques to
teach the kids during your practices. It will increase your knowledge and appreciation
of the game. It allows the coaches an opportunity to share their experiences
with everyone. You will also be able to meet and talk with the coaches you will
be playing against during the upcoming season.
should I have a pre-season team meeting?
Most importantly it is a good time for
you to get to know the parents and your kids on your team. You will want to emphasis
your expectations of the parents as noted in the parent player handbook handed out at registration. You will also be able to discuss the upcoming season (i.e. practices, games, weather concerns, etc). Remember that it is up to the coaches to decide if a game should be canceled or rescheduled
due to inclement weather. Another important part of the team meeting is to get
both the kids and parents excited and involved. Most coaches make a weekly treat
list to hand out to the parents. Another thing you will want to consider is the
lack of referee’s we have each year. Persuade your parents to help be a
sideline assistant during your games. No formal training is required and they
will be able to experience how much fun it can be.
do we have practices?
Practices give the kids the opportunity
to develop lasting friendships and have fun. They can learn about good sportsmanship
and the fundamentals of the game. Kids really enjoy the practices because it
gives them time to build their individual and team skills.
should we hold practices?
You are normally allowed to start your
practices two weeks prior to the first game. Your Division Coordinator will give
you the specific dates when they call you. Below is a suggested guideline for
you to use in determining your practice schedule:
U6 – ½ hour prior to their game on
U8 – once a week (45 – 60 minutes)
U10 & U12 – once or twice a week
U14 and up – two or three times a
Remember it is really up to you and
your parents to set the practice schedule.
is the most important thing I need to know as a coach?
Remember that we are all here for one reason,
our children. We want it to be a fun learning experience for all. For most U6 kids this is their first time in any organized sport and the first role model they will have
is YOU!! Set the example for all to follow.
Your positive coaching will go a long ways in developing your kid’s enjoyment in athletics. Don’t be intimidated because you don’t know all the rules of the game. Most of us all started exactly as you, which is with little or no knowledge of the game. That is why your region spends the time and effort in setting up these coaches clinics.
do I contact if I have issues or questions?
Your initial point of contact will
be your division coordinator. Most normal season questions can be answered by
them. If you have issues or concerns during the season with Coaches or Referee’s,
be sure you contact the Coach/Referee Administrators.
Our region is required to brief our Coaches
annually on Goal Post Safety. Always anchor portable goals. An unsecure goal can fall over causing serious injury or death. Make
sure no one ever climbs on goals. This could also result in serious injury or
Again let me thank you personally for volunteering
your time to help make AYSO one of the best programs for kids around. Your commitment
can make a positive impact on a child’s life. If you have any questions
please do not hesitate to call us because we are here for you.
Yours in Soccer,