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Coaches FAQ

Who needs to be certified?

Every coach and assistant coach. If there are multiple assistants then all must be certified in order to work with the players during practice. Certification means having passed the appropriate class for the age division (meaning, a U8 coach must be certified for U8; a U10 certification by itself is not valid for U8), Safe Haven, and Concussion Awareness training.

I coached U5 last year, do I need to re-certify for U6?

No. If you coached U5 last year then you should already be U6 certified. The certification levels are good for 2 age groups. Therefore, U8 certification covers the coach for the U7 and U8 seasons.

What happens if I'm out of town and cannot attend a clinic?

Apart from the July and August clinics hosted in Newbury Park, there are several offered by neighboring regions that you may attend. Clinics hosted by Areas E, V and W have an agreement where our Region is not charged. If you plan on attending a clinic outside of these Areas please let the coach administrator or your division director know, as there may be behind-the-scenes paperwork required.

I did my U10 course online last year, isn't that good enough?

Area E has informed us that the online courses are no longer acceptable. You might have coached in an Area where the online was OK, but not here.

Who is eligible to coach in the post-season?

Priority will go to coaches in good standing that have coached during the current season. If none of these coaches are available then a certified assistant coach will be considered. If we still need coaches then any other certified person may be considered.

How can assistant coaches get the "Coach Manual"?

Traditionally, only the head coach receives the a paper version of the coach manual. Everyone else can get the PDF version.

Where do we practice?

We have several permitted practice locations that you may request and receive a guaranteed spot to train your team. Many coaches choose to use various neighborhood parks. This is fine, but you need to understand that they are on a first come first served basis.

My USSF 'E' license should be good enough, right?

Yes and no. There is some reciprocity between AYSO and Club soccer. Exact information can be found HERE. However, this will not substitute for U6, U8 or U10 certification.

I’m a coach trying to find referees for tournaments in the post season, can you help?

Yes, please see the 2016-2017 Tournament Referees List. This lists Region 42 referees who are interested in refereeing in post season tournaments. You can e-mail them to see if they’re available for your tournaments.

Still have questions?

The AYSO web site has FAQ pages about coaching and the coaching policy. For anything not covered there, contact the coach administrator.

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