FAQ – Coach
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How much time is required for me to commit?
For 6U, 7U, and 8U, practice is 1 hour on a weeknight. For 10U, 12U,and 14U, practice is 90 minutes one night per week. In addition, you’ll have a game on Saturday, once per week. The season runs from Labor Day to Thanksgiving, with some playoffs in December for 10U, 12U, and 14U.
You’ll spend some time planning your training, and then arrive early so you’re relaxed when the kids show up. For 6U-8U, games don’t require any advance prep for games, so all you have to do is show up early. For 10U, 12U, and 14U, you’ll have some prep time to create the lineup and game strategy.
Will there be coach training? If so, when and for how long?
AYSO provides the nation’s only accredited coach training program. Each year, there are age-appropriate Coach training classes, which get progressively longer and more detailed as your players age. These courses are usually in person, but for 2021 only, they are online. In addition, there are a few safety-related courses, one in-person and three online, that all volunteers must take once. Click here for details.
Do I need to have soccer practice equipment, or is that provided?
AYSO provides every coach with a basic Coach bag – balls, a pump, cones, pinnies, a first aid kit, the Laws Of The Game, and a nice duffel bag. Many people, coaches and non-coaches, also like to buy pop-up goals.
Will I have an Assistant Coach?
We try to make sure each tam has a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach. For 6U-8U in Region 13, the games are played on two fields. The coach divides the team into two squads, and each plays 5v5 with the other team’s two squads. One of the teams switches fields at halftime. The Head Coach supervises one of the squads, and the Assistant Coach the other.
Do I have to actually know the rules and techniques of soccer ahead of time?
For the most part, no. We teach you all you need to know. As long as you have a desire to help kids learn and have fun, you’re good to go. The referees know all the Laws of the Game, and how to apply them to little kids. That said, you’re welcome to learn as much as you can, and the more you learn, the more you bring to the kids.
When is practice? When are the games?
Coaches sign up for which practice times times they prefer, and we do our best to allocate the field space so every coach gets a time and place that is acceptable to them. Most games are on Saturdays, anywhere between 830am and 530pm. The schedule comes out around Sept. 1.
If my teenage kid helps out sometimes, can he/she get community service out of it?
Yes. While he/she can’t be an “official” coach until age 18, we welcome youth volunteers to watch the coach class, take the Safe Haven course, and help out as much as they want. We’ll sign off on volunteer hours, and, if they want to referee, they can ref for players 3 years younger then them. Click here for details.
Will I be required to wear certain outfits, or can I be myself?
You’ll get a stylish AYSO Coach polo shirt, which we encourage coaches to wear for games, but you can wear whatever you want.
What happens if I get a job that doesn’t let me continue coaching?
It happens often that the Head Coach or Assistant Coach will miss a few games during the season, which is why we have both, and why both coaches receive the same training. If you’re unable to continue to coach at all, we try to get the Ass’t Coach to step in full-time.
Please e-mail email@example.com if you’d like to hear more. Thousands of people have learned to coach soccer through Region 13, so you can, too!