Becoming a Coach

Job description of the Coach for Region 56
                 Volunteering is what makes AYSO run

A coach can be the most influential person in a child’s life. In AYSO, Positive Coaching is a fundamental philosophy because of the crucial role that a coach has. Coaching in AYSO is a chance to spend quality time with your own child but you’ll also provide an important role model for all the children on your team. In fact, the joy of coaching is so meaningful, that many AYSO coaches continue coaching long after their own children have moved on from AYSO. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but AYSO provides training and materials so that even a soccer novice can coach effectively by starting in the younger age divisions. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Your Region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.

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The AYSO volunteer position of coach is intended to develop in players a positive image of themselves, their teammates, coaches, game officials, and opponents, and provide a good role model for players. Additionally, the coach will develop in his/her players the appropriate soccer skills as recommended in the AYSO coaching manuals.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The coach is expected to:

  • Attend team organization night with the assistant coach before the season begins;

  • Attend the age appropriate coaching course for training on how to coach or as a refresher on AYSO philosophy;

  • Attend uniform/equipment distribution night prior to a season to receive team uniforms, equipment, and a playing schedule;

  • Conduct appropriate training sessions;

  • Promote the AYSO philosophy;

  • Support the regional commissioner;

  • Cooperate with the regional coach administrator on all coaching matters;

  • Support the division (age group) coordinator;

  • Distribute practice and game schedules to parents;

  • Conduct a parent meeting;

  • Teach age appropriate skills;

  • Refrain from the use of insulting, embarrassing, foul or abusive language;

  • Provide player evaluations to the division coordinators at the end of the season;

  • Carry out other team tasks as necessary; and

  • Have FUN!

Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of coach, the applicant must:

  • Have reliable qualities;

  • The coach must be 18 years of age or older;

  • Attend training classes before the season begins; and

  • Successfully pass a screening, including a background check.

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