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Coaching Your First Team Tip #2: Get Trained

Cindy Williams Hammond remembers: “I learned [that] the coaching and ref classes were my best friend! My goal was to have fun and learn the game.”

Isn’t it everyone’s? You may be thinking: “I’m only coaching 6-year-olds, why would I need training?” Or the ever-popular, “I know the game inside and out, training isn’t necessary.” Well, think again.

To ensure that every child’s AYSO experience is as positive as it can be, AYSO coaches are required to be trained in the age group they’re coaching. Along with the groundbreaking coach training program, AYSO also has a comprehensive series of manuals for the parent-coach that are accessible, easy-to-use and handy for bringing along to practices and games.

If you’re coaching one of the younger age divisions, there’s truly so much to learn. The AYSO Coaching Program covers what kids can do physically at certain ages and what activities to do at your practices. For the older age groups, the Coaching Program will teach you important technical and tactical info, and how to run a thorough training session from start to finish (warm up and cool down included). 

Remember, it’s all about Player Development!


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