Coach & Asst Coach
If you are new, first-time coaching with us, you may wish to preview the page,
First Time - New Coach, before proceeding on this page.
Be sure to click the RETURN link at the bottom of that page to get back here.
The First Time - New Coach page is on the menu above, under Coach.
Unattached Coach (not coaching your own child and youth coach)
If you are an adult but aren't coaching your own child, or a youth coach, send an email to the firstname.lastname@example.org to help assign you to a team. Include;
Send an email to your Division Commissioner confirming your intent to coach, plus any other instructions such as your desired coaching partner, refereeing partner (for U7-U10), if any. Your children will automatically be on your team.
Your Division Commissioner's email is of the pattern email@example.com for the girls under 8 division or firstname.lastname@example.org for the boys. Adjust the address to be appropriate for your division.
Confirm that your team assignments are correct by looking at http://rca.ayso26.org, and if not correct, email your expected Division Commissioner. A zero team designation means that you are not yet assigned a team. If your are incorrectly showing in a division for which you are not coaching, send an email to that Division Commissioner to inform them you are not in their division. They can then remove you from their division.
Don't worry if you are not yet certified to the necessary level. The many clinics will help you address this. Most of the clinics will be held during the summer and winter. The date and times of clinics will be posted in the clinics calendar on the Coach menu, above. The Intermediate and Advanced coaching clinic at Golden Gate Camp is offered on a weekend and is great fun. The Region will reimburse your fees to attend the camp. Watch for Golden Gate Camp announcements.
Are You Certified and Approved?
Check and monitor your status at http://rca.ayso26.org, and ensure you get approved. Until you meet the requirements and get approved, you will not be assigned a team.
As Soon As You Are Assigned a Team
You need to set your team's practice field slot preferences. Log in and go to menu item Coach/Preferences. Follow the instructions on that page.
Pre-Season Coach Orientation Meeting
This is a mandatory meeting for all coaches and assistant coaches. The meeting will cover last minute issues, talk about practice calendars, meet your Division Commissioner and your fellow coaches. Watch for scheduling in the Regional Calendar, or on the home page calendar widget.
Policies You Need to Obey and Enforce
Administering Your Team
This page will tell you the details of how to administer your team, everything from parent emails, roster, jersey number assignment, team messaging, and more. You can get to it on the web site at http://ayso26.org by using the top menu item Coach / Team Administration. Start using it as soon as you are assigned a team.
Contact your Team Manager as soon as you are assigned a team. The Team Manager is the focal point for many communications regarding team administration.
Uniforms and Equipment
Equipment may be picked up from the locker on Equipment Locker Days, announced and posted on the Regional Calendar, and can also be viewed in the calendar widget on the home page. The events in the calendar are titled, Equipment Event. There are only a few opportunities to pick equipment up, make sure you or a designated parent does this. Use the Coach menu above and select Equipment Pick-Up and Return for the correct procedure and location.
Uniforms are picked and managed by your Team Manager. Make sure your Team Manager has read their web page and knows how to get and distribute your team's uniforms.
Coach and Assistant Coach Certification
Each coach and assistant coach must be certified for the level of their division. Certification can be obtained by taking the online coach courses for U6, U8 or U10, coupled with a training clinic. Online courses are a great pre-cursor to the clinics, but do not replace the clinics. The clinics are required. Certification for U12, Intermediate, Advanced and National are offered in training clinic form only. Coaches in the Advanced Programs of Elite and Select are required to certify at one level higher than standard.
Coaches Certification for Two Divisions
Some coaches and assistant coaches are doing two teams, each in a different division. In this case, taking the online course for the lower division and the clinic for the higher division is acceptable, but it is recommended that you do clinics for both divisions. The clinic will inform you of Palo Alto AYSO procedures and expectations for each division.