Coaches are the heart of the AYSO; the key to player development in character, sportsmanship, and skills. Coaches spend the most time with the players. Coaching 6 yr and older children requires that you commit to two practices per week and a game on Saturday. We appreciate the time that our coaches commit, and provide them with advice, assistance and support to make their coaching experience successful.
- An online course which covers
team management, safety, volunteer protection, and AYSO's principles.
This takes 40 minutes.
- Field training which covers soccer techniques, strategies, and teaching ideas appropriate to the age group. These clinics are typically provided on a weekend, and vary from a half day to two days, depending on the age group of the team you are coaching and the level of certification you are seeking.
- Ongoing periodic visits by "Coach Mentors" to your practices
You must attend coach training specific to the children's age group to coach in Palo Alto AYSO. Parents generally find the coach training to be fun. There is more about coach training in these coach pages.
AYSO has been teaching and enabling parents for 50 years to coach their kid's team. AYSO provides tremendous support and focused, fast-track training. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have aside from specific soccer knowledge.
Try, Before Making the Full Commitment! If you are really uncertain, then sign up for the training clinic, and afterward decide whether you want to be assigned to a team. Even if you decide not to coach, the training for a few hours will be fun and you will know more about the game your kids are playing.
As A Parent, I Can Really Make a Difference
It Sounds Like Hard Work!
It is. But, all of the coaches that I have spoken to have enjoyed the experience.
If you have any questions send e-mail to the Region Coach Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up, click here.