Training for Coaches

New and experienced coaches alike often ask, "Now that I have volunteered to be a coach, what courses are available to me and which courses are required to coach at my level?" The table below provides an overview of the available AYSO coaching courses. At the bottom of the page, you will find the current schedule of courses offered by Region 13. Additionally, courses are always announced on the Region 13 Home Page and detailed information can be found on the Region’s Calendar by selecting "Calendar" from the navigation menu. A summary of the mandatory coach training requirements follows.

Mandatory Coach Training Requirements Are as Follows:

    A. Safe Haven For Coaches: Mandatory for all coaches and assistant coaches in all age groups and divisions. No exceptions. Must be taken once (but only once).

    B. U6/U8 Coach Training Course: Mandatory for all coaches and assistant coaches in the U6 & U8 divisions, regardless of what, or how many, other AYSO or non-AYSO coaching courses a coach may have taken or licenses a coach may have obtained (i.e., it doesn’t matter if you are already have an AYSO “Advanced” Coaching Certificate and/or a club coaching license). Must be taken once, but only once.

    C. U10 Coach Training Course: Mandatory for all coaches and assistant coaches in U10, regardless of what, or how many, other AYSO or non-AYSO coaching courses a coach may have taken or licenses a coach may have obtained (i.e., it doesn’t matter if you are already have an AYSO “Advanced” Coaching Certificate and/or a club coaching license). Must be taken once, but only once.

These Courses are required both to protect the kids we serve and to protect the coaches and assistant coaches as volunteers. The Region 13 Executive Board has unanimously passed a resolution stating that any Coach or Assistant Coach who does not fulfill the appropriate requirements by mid-September 2014 will NOT be allowed to coach this fall season, and will not be allowed to coach at anytime thereafter until he/she has fulfilled the mandatory requirements.

In order to fulfill the mandatory requirements, ALL Coaches and Assistant Coaches must be listed as having taken the appropriate Courses in the database supplied to the Region by AYSO National. If a Coach is not listed, he or she is not eligible to coach or assist. ALL Coaches should make sure that both they and their Assistants are listed and eligible to Coach. If a Coach is not sure whether he/she and/or his/her Assistant(s) are listed and eligible, he/she should contact the Regional Coach Administrator.

Training Time Commitment Brief Description Designed For
Annual Coach Meeting 1-2 Hours Informative meeting to familiarize volunteers with coaching requirements All Head Coaches in the region
Safe Haven Coach Certification 3 Hours Course covers child protection issues and volunteer protection All coaches and assistant coaches in the region

(One time commitment)
U6 & U8 Coaching Course 2 Hours Course covers skills to be taught at the U6 & U8 level and the benefits of short-sided play All U6 & U8 Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches
U10 Coaching Course 4 Hours Course covers skills to be taught at the U10 level and the benefits of short-sided play All U10 Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches
Youth U12 Coaching Course 5 Hours Course focuses on techniques of soccer, rules of the game and beginning tactics. U12 Coaches
Intermediate Coaching Course
(Given by Area 1C)
15 Hours Course focuses on tactical situations and set pieces Youth (U12) Coaching Course graduates
Advanced Coaching Course
(Given by Area 1C)
18 Hours Course focuses on tactical situations and advanced tactics Intermediate Coaching Course graduates
National Coaching Course
(Given by National Coaching Staff)
56 Hours Coach training for the most advanced levels of play Advanced Coaching Course graduates with authorization

1. All first year coaches who are coaching U12 to U19 must start their training at the U10 Coaching Course level.

2. All coaches and assistant coaches must complete Safe Haven Coach Certification and job specific training to be protected by the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.

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