Coach Training

Thank you for volunteering to coach or lead a team this fall.  AYSO provides online and in-person training for new coaches  that can be access and/or registered through SportsConnect to the eTrainU. Learning Management System.  Follow the instructions and guide in the box to the left to get started. 

For Fall 2023,  we encourage newer coaches - particularly at the U8 and U10 level to  take both online an in-person field session training.  Please. explore options through eTrainU to get started.  

Palo Alto is currently leveraging training from other nearby regions for in-person work so we encourage you to search for Mt. View, Sunnyvale, RedwoodCity or further for courses that fit your schedule and please enroll in advance so the instructor expects you.  Here are some that we are aware of:

AYSO Coach Certification: 

For 6U and 8U coaches,  AYSO certification can be obtained by either the self-paced online training provided by eTrainU or by a scheduled in person classroom session (preregistraiton required via eTrainU). 

For 10U coaches, there are 2 components to  coach certification

For 12U coaches, there are 3 components to certification:  

14U coach certification is the Intermediate Coach course:

Scheduled Trainings - Fall 2023

8U Coach Trainings.:(See eTrainU for further details and to register):

10U Coach Trainings

This is the 10u Coach Classroom session required to earn your 10u Coaching Credential. Additionally, you will need to arrange a certified coach instructor to observe a practice of yours.

Please be prompt and come prepared with a pen, paper, and a willingness to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

12U Coach Trainings

This is the Classroom portion of the 12u Coach Training Curriculum. In addition to this classroom session, coaches must also complete the online 12U Coach Training Pre-Course as well as arrange for a coach trainer to observe a practice session

Please come to this session prepared with pen and paper, any questions you might have, and a willingness to participate in the discussion.

Training Resources 

Thank you for Volunteering to participate and enrich the lives of children through sport.  

AYSO's training LMS is eTrainU and can be accessed through your  SportsConnect account.   To  get started, please review our Volunteer Training Guide  to learn how to use the resource.  

Please note, in order to access eTrainU, you must first complete the Volunteer registration process by selecting "find Volunteer roles"  selecting a role (referee, coach)  and completing the disclosure forms and background check.