Coaching Policy FAQ
- When did this coach training requirement go into effect?
Beginning August 1, 2010, coaches and assistant coaches in the Under-6 (U-6) divisions in all AYSO Regions were required to have AYSO's age-appropriate training when they take the field. Each year thereafter, the training requirement has been extended to the coaches and assistant coaches in the next age division until, by the 2015 membership year, every AYSO coach and assistant coach at every level will be appropriately trained for the age division of the team they will coach.
- Are all coaches (head and assistant) required to be trained?
Yes. All head coaches and assistant coaches are required to have attended AYSO's age-appropriate training, beginning in the 2010 Membership Year with the U-6 division.
- How is AYSO helping my Region accomplish this?
To help coaches satisfy this new requirement, AYSO increased its efforts to deliver this important training in more locations and more frequently leading up to the start of the 2010 membership year, and each year thereafter. Regions can and should look to their Area and Section Coaching staffs to secure additional support in staging this training.
- Are coaching courses available online?
- Are AYSO coaches still required to be currently registered AYSO volunteers and have AYSO Safe Haven® certification?
Yes. All AYSO coaches are still be required to be currently registered AYSO volunteers and have completed AYSO Safe Haven™ certification.
- What about coaches who have been coaching in a Region for years and have not attended any training? Will they be granted a waiver?
No. Coaches with no training certifications are required to attend the appropriate level of training. Training is a benefit. It makes coaches - even long time coaches - better coaches. And better coaches make a more enjoyable experience for the players.
- If a coach is not trained will the Region have to cancel games?
Yes. Ample opportunities have been available to secure the needed training, including online courses, enabling even a last-minute volunteer to get the training that will make him/her more effective and will provide a better experience for the players and their families.
All our members must know the importance AYSO assigns to properly trained coaches.For that occasional situation where the regular coach is unable to attend the game, another age-appropriately trained coach can serve as a substitute.
- We do not have coach instructors in our Region, what is my next step?
Call your Section or Area Coaching Staff. They can help arrange for the instructors to provide the needed coach training courses at a place and time convenient for your Region's volunteers.
- Does the AYSO Coach Advisory Commission support this requirement that all AYSO coaches be age-appropriately trained?
Yes. Enthusiastically! Several years ago, former AYSO National Coach John Ouellette assembled an advisory group made up of some of the best minds in the game. They studied the way in which players in countries the world over are developed, technically and tactically. From those sessions emerged decisions about the number of players on the field, the specific skills to be taught at each age group and the proper point at which to introduce tactical decision making. Today, the AYSO National Coaching Program, the only soccer training program in the country to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education, is a bottom to top, incremental approach to teaching the game of soccer to kids. In 2005, the United States Soccer Federation published "Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States," a position paper on teaching the game that is essentially a mirror image of the principles and practices AYSO has advocated for years. The members of today's AYSO National Coach Advisory Commission are products of that AYSO Coaching Program, success stories drawn from Sections all across the country who know personally the benefits AYSO coach training provides. They are excited for this opportunity to further spread the good word and will lend their support to the rollout. Why? It is the right thing to do for our kids and our game.
Read the USSF Player Development Guidelines.
- How can my Region schedule age-appropriate coach training and AYSO Safe Haven certification?
To schedule age-appropriate coach training and AYSO Safe Haven™ certification contact one of the following: • Your local Region Coach Administrator (U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 Training) • Your Area Coach Administrator (Intermediate Coach Training) • Your Section Coach Administrator (Advanced Coach Training) Contact information for any of the these administrators can be accessed through your Regional Commissioner or by contacting the Coaching Department at the AYSO National Office (1-800-USA-AYSO) or via email to email@example.com
AYSO has once again taken a leadership role within the youth sports community by requiring that all AYSO coaches be trained at the appropriate level of the team they are coaching. With this requirement beginning August 2010, every coach will be age-appropriately trained so that every AYSO child will be ensured of the best possible soccer learning experience. Below are questions we anticipate and the answers to those questions. More will be added as they arise.