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Becoming a Coach


Coaching children is a very rewarding experience. And coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! Coaches are pivotal to having children get the AYSO experience. If Regions don't have enough coaches, registration is scaled back, and kids who want to play in AYSO are turned away.

Do you have little or no experience with soccer? No problem! AYSO will teach you based on the age level you are coaching. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties. If you plan to be at your child's soccer practices and games, you'll also have time to be your child's coach.

To become an AYSO coach, you must be certified in the age level you are coaching. Certification takes three easy steps. First, fill out a volunteer form. Then either attend a short Safe Haven™ course in person or online. Lastly, you must attend a brief age-specific coaching course. It's only a few hours.

Coaches are essential to the game. They teach children soccer skills and help develop a healthy, positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coaching is a rewarding experience because you have the opportunity to build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills and just have a lot of fun.

If you are ready to become a coach or would like more information, contact our coach administrator at [email protected]   In the meantime, register on as a volunteer – all volunteers must be registered as the first step.  

To learn more about being an AYSO coach   

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·         Enthusiastically support and practice the "Everyone Plays," "Good Sportsmanship," "Positive Coaching" and "Player Development" philosophies of AYSO.

·         Be reasonable in your demands on a young player's time, energy, enthusiasm and performance on the soccer field.

·         Impress on your players that they must abide by the Laws of the Game at all times.

·         Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.

·         Ensure that your players' soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.

·         Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach they can respect. 

·         Keep informed of sound principles of coaching, growth and child development.

·         Check your equipment and playing facilities. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players. 

·         Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.

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