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Friday, September 28, 2018

Laps, Lines, Language and Lecture....If that is how you coach then you are DAMN perfect (sarcasm!)

1. Laps
No Laps are allowed in Soccer Practices.   Period!    You are wasting time.     Coach.

2. Lines
No Lines are allowed in Soccer Practices.  Period!    You are wasting time.  Coach.

3. Lecture
No Lecture are allowed.   Period!  You are wasting time.  Coach.

4. Language
No " BAD " Language,  No Negative Coaching, No Modeling Bad Sporting Behavior.   You are wasting energy.  Coach.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall 2017 Week 3 Coach Note Sep-20 #1


Here are some AYSO Region 183 Coach Policies

If your team has a new assistant coach or team parent, please be sure that they register at and volunteer for the specific division.   Once completed, please have them email your division coordinator and the coach admin staff at      Also remind the volunteer that AYSO Safe Haven training is to be completed and if a coach, then coach certification is also required for assignment.

All coaches are to be registered for this season.  Every season, all returning coaches register (again) thru our registration system.   If you haven't registered, please do so!

#1 - Coach Side / Player Side
Both teams are to be on one side of the field.   We'll call it the coach side.   Players are to be on the coach side of the field.    Therefore when the game is in session, your players who are not playing must be at the coach side.

This area is really called the "Technical Area".

Also, coaches are NOT to use the whole length of the touchline directing traffic.   Coaches are to stay anchored at the center area or within the "technical area" that is painted.

Fans such as parents, family, friends, etc.  are to be on the opposite side of the field which is called the "fan side".   Remind families that they are not to be on the coach side of the field.     We do have signs posted at times that state parent side and coach side.

Also, no one is to be hanging around the goals or be near the corner areas, or goal lines.      Let's be very clear that this is the standard format going forward.    If anyone is on the goal side, please ask them kindly to move to the fan side of the field.  

#2 - Referees
Our Referees are volunteers too.   They are here to provide a fun, safe environment for our players and everyone here at AYSO.   At the start of every game, please introduce yourself to the referee, and have a pre-game meeting to go over important items such as game play, review of the Offside Law, or the Build Out Line (10U), etc. Please have your game lineup card ready.

Coaches are encouraged to complete AYSO Laws of the Game Online Training at AYSOU.ORG

Honor the Game!  (ROOTS)

#3 - Overcoaching / Joystick Coaching and Bring a Chair
Be very wary of your actions as a coach.   You'll find yourself that bringing a joystick may actually help you coach the team's game  (NOT!)     Remember, your training session (practices) and the many types of training games that you learned from Coach Certification courses gives you the ability to train players with many games.   Technical skill such as dribbling, passing, ball control are all focused development for technical training and team practice games.

At the actual game, provide guidance, direction and team support.   Ask your player questions at breaks, help them understand what did or did not work.   Let' them play.  

Constant conversation with them on the field during the game does not help them grow as players. 

#3 - Bring a chair, relax....
Let the Kids Play the game.
Take notes.
Train your players at training / practice sessions
Do not have a constant conversation on the field with your players while the players are playing the game. 
Directing traffic is for the streets.

#4 - Positive Charting Methods (Positive Coaching Alliance)
Taking notes during the game is a fine art.  We all can take notes, but writing down something that you see as a positive event for players is a key observation technique that is part of the AYSO Quality Coaching Cycle.

Did a player make a nice move?
Did a player touch the ball 3 times before a pass?
Did a player send (pass) the ball with accuracy and placed into space for a teammate ?

Players are unique and are learning the game at different rates. Charting and taking a notes for each player is the goal for Positive Charting during the game.

Your role as a coach is to find ways for improving each individual is to provide positive feedback so that the player can learn and become a better player and individual.

#5 - Setting Positions and Defending Third of Team Formation
(Fullback, Centerback, Leftback, Rightback)

When working your positions on the field, be wary as to stating "your are a defender" or a player states "I'm a defender,  I like defense".   

Typically when players hear the word "defender", they become instant statues on the field or stay glued to the penalty areas or even at the center line.

Yes, the paint has magical powers for players to stay on the paint line (sarcasm).    You as the coach should encourage full use of the field.

When players are playing on the defending side, they are known as " backs ",  such as a fullback, right back, or left back.   If players are in the attack, you can call them forwards, (left, right, center).   Please do not call them defenders.   Yes, these players are in the back of the formation but if the entire team is in the middle 1/3 and attacking 1/3 of the fields, these players are playing the back of the formation.    
You will want to be sure that players understand that every player on the team has field / area responsibility and not positional responsibility. 

For example, US Soccer Women's National Player and former AYSO Player Julie Ertz plays center back and midfielder has been recently scoring from those positions in the penalty area.  How can that be ? By watching video replays you see that she is taking on field / area responsibility as oppose to positional responsibility. 

Here are some videos

Highlights of Scoring

AYSO Commericial

#6 - Game out of hand !
You may find the game to be 3-0 in the 1st quarter of play (ie. within 3 minutes of play).    As coaches, you are to encourage good sportsmanship.    We've made a point by being ahead of 3-0, you made a greater point of making 6-0, then 9-0, then 12-0.    Understandably 3-0 is enough. 

As coaches, you are challenged with bring good player development and at the same time have good sportsmanship with positive coaching.   Yes that's a challenge.   

At a break, encourage your players to increasing passing, or dribble or touch the ball with only one foot.     Another challenge is to "touch the ball 3 times" before passing or kicking to another team mate.    Playing keep away is another method of increasing possession.

At other breaks, you may also want to give field responsibilities for players.  (not player positions).   So rotation of players is encouraged to play in the attacking side, or middle field or defending side of play.

#7 - AYSO Safe Haven Training
All Coaches are to be Safe Haven Trained.   Please be sure that you have completed the new AYSO Safe Haven Training at       Login into us with your AYSO BlueSombrero Account which is the login at

#8 - AYSO Incident Form
As part of your AYSO Safe Haven Training, you should know when to use the AYSO Incident Form.  For example, if a player is injured at an official AYSO game or practice,  please use this form to fill out. AYSO Incident Form (link) and follow the instructions.   You'll need to have a signature from our Regional Commissioner Lawrence Ramos if you are sending the form to AYSO National.   

Please print out a some copies and place in your coach bag / roster folder.  The form can be typed out in PDF format.   The form is to be filled out by an AYSO Volunteer that is registered as a volunteer and is AYSO Safe Haven Trained.

#9 - Lineup Cards! are REQUIRED
Remember to bring 2 lineup cards.  One for the ref and the other for you.    Here is a link to a PDF file of a lineup card.$!26+Documents/lineupcard_combined.pdf

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Let them play!


Ever wonder why your player do not listen to you?  or... not doing an a soccer movement in the manner that you expect them to do?    It's not you...although you may want to use the joystick to control them when they are playing the game.     RELAX.   R-E-L-A-X.  

Kind in mind, you are the coach.  Yes.   An important aspect is to recognize that players must player the game.  You are the guide and working with your players to build up the experience when playing the game.     Using "control" limits the playing experience between success and failure.   For example, understanding that soccer movement comes thru experience no matter the outcome (positive or negative).

The following video is from Positive Coaching.   If you recognize the coach - its Steve Kerr - head coach for the Golden State Warriors and also former World Champion Chicago Bulls player.   He provides his ideas about coaching and not controlling his players.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall Season Coaching Moments

We have had our coaching moments thru the start of the AYSO 183 Fall 2016 Season.    

Let's be sure that when we have our "coaching moments" that we follow the AYSO Vision and Mission along with the "AYSO Principles of Sport" (AYSO Safe Haven Manual 2015 Edition).

Everyone Plays!
We need to have more volunteers (as coaches) to help expand the number of teams with players who are on a wait list.   However at the time of team formation and to keep pace with the pre-season preparations (500 or more hours of volunteer time), a decision is made with the number of coaches available to coach in a division.

There are times that some divisions are +1 on the roster size (recommended max size).    The max size of a roster is to ensure that we get every player to play 3/4 of every game before any player gets to play a full game.     If we are +1 or more on a roster, then a coach must be sure that every player plays at least half of every game.    We in AYSO Region 183 want to do more for the player by having them play 3/4 of game which is more than a 1/2 game!         However, since some divisions have less people who volunteered to be a coach, then players don't get to play as often.

Open Registration and Balanced Teams
We have some divisions where the number of players are +1 max over the roster size.   However not all teams are over the max size, and AYSO 183 has a vested interest to 1) allow new players to join AYSO via wait list and 2) ensure that players are assigned appropriately with equal number of players per team within a division.

If all teams have an equal number of players assigned, and we start moving thru the wait list to assign players, all teams will now eventually have that higher number of players.    This is a part of our "balanced teams approach".  

Positive Coaching and AYSO Safe Haven "Positive Role Model and Good Sportsmanship"
As players are added to your team, as a positive role model - acceptance of a player as to who they are is one of the most important aspects for enriching a "child's life".    Non-acceptance is not enriching to a player and discouragement has ensued which is hard on a new player.    

We have a wait list of players.    We have a wait list of of players who come from diverse backgrounds.   We have a wait list of players who come from diverse backgrounds which is most definitely not the same as yours.

As an AYSO Safe Haven Certified Volunteer, we have an expectation that you as a volunteer understand that as a "positive role model" your interaction on and off the field is an important aspect that enriches children's lives.    You are there to provide positive feelings of self-worth, treat children as individuals, and to build confidence and self-esteem.