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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall 2016 Update #1

Game Cards
As a coach, you are required to give a lineup game card at the start of the game to the center referee.    As a suggestion, please keep your own tracking of players with regards to substitutions at quarter breaks.    You are to ensure that Everyone Plays (3/4 of a game before a full game is played).

You will need to download the PDF copy of the lineup card to use.   

Game Management Hint
As mentioned at the Coach Admin Meeting with regards to in-game management of potential high scoring games by one team.     The coaches (both sides) should work together to ensure that the game has goals that is achievable.      Teams that are ahead can work on more tactical play such as more defending, each player to touch ball 3 times dribble. before passing to next player, etc.   Score outside of the penalty area such as a very long shot on goal.    Defenders can try to play zonal defending or play a wider formation (not compact defending formation).

Practice Field / Training Session Times Update
We have updated practice times for Hollywood Park and Peterson Park North this Fall 2016.     Please review dates and times for use of the fields for training your players.

Player Equipment and Safety

Referees will be enforcing that players are NOT to be wearing Jewelry as per AYSO National Guidelines.   The text of the guidelines are listed word for word form the AYSO Reference Manual - Guidance for Referees, Coaches, Other Volunteers and Parents. (Yellow Book)

I ask that all coaches review this page so that there is an understand.

We have Regional Guidelines and National Policies as well.

Team Parents
Let's be sure that each team has a team parent that has volunteered as e-signed with AYSO.     If a parent has stepped up, please email

Online Referee Training
We ask that all coaches take the Online Referee Training to fully understand the Laws of the Game.  In addition, you are one-step closer on becoming an AYSO referee which includes a Referee Shirt !  Online training can be found at

AYSO Concussion Training Online
As a reminder, please go to to complete your AYSO / Center for Disease Control - Online Concussion Training.   Once completed the web application online will update your certification records in EAYSO.     REMINDER:  Please print your certificate such that if there a problem with your certification, we can fax / email your certificate to AYSO.

Coach Side / Parent Side at the Field (Signs)We have posted signs at the fields.

At U08, U10, U12 and U14 Fields, we have a coach / player side and also the fan side of the field.    Parents are to observe the game watching from the touchline which is the opposite side of the coach - player side.  Also, no parent or fan is to be directly on the goal line or sitting / standing next to goal.    

Coach Side / Technical Area
The Technical Area is the coach / player side at the center of the field.  Coaches and Players are to sit at least 1-2 yards away from the field and be sitting / standing in the center area.   Coaches are not to run up and down the field.    Coaches are required to be in the "Technical Area".   

Hint: Bring a chair !
As part our AYSO National Program and the "Coaching Cycle".   (Refer to your Coaching Manual)  The "Coaching Cycle" is your chance to build up your observation skills of the game.    For example, take down number of successful touches and poor touches by your team or successful # of passes.   

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