I'm thinking about coaching, but...
I have no time to coach.
That's exactly WHY you should coach. As a coach, you set your own practice schedule. You can choose a time that fits your family's work and school schedule.
I have little-to-no experience with soccer.
No problem! We provide you with coaching clinics and classes prior to the start of the season based on the age level you are coaching. You will also be given an easy to follow manual with simple instructions and an explanation of AYSO philosophies and regulations. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties.
I don't have any coach equipment.
That's not an issue! We supply you with equipment you need like cones, balls, pinnies, and more!
I don't know what to teach or how to run my practices.
We've got your covered! In 2019 all Region 1505 Coaches receive FREE, PREMIUM ACCESS to The Coaching Manual website/mobile app, which includes tailored season plans for every week and every practice, developed by certified coaching experts.
I don't know how to register or get certified to be a coach.We can help you with that. You can become a coach in three simple steps:
1. sign-up / register with us to be a volunteer coach - fill out our interest form here: https://forms.gle/TqfJKp9wTCMttvLy6
2. Take a short Concussion Awareness and Safe Haven™ online course.
3. Attend a brief age-specific coaching course. It's only a few hours.For more information on how to sign-up visit our Volunteer Page.
Okay, you talked me into it. After I sign up to volunteer, what do I do next?
Don’t be mad at your significant other if they volunteered you without you knowing about it.
Attend the coaching clinics, read the manuals given to you, watch a few games on TV or better yet go to one of the local games. Talk to your friends or anyone you know who is or has been a coach before.
Always remember you can contact the Coach Administrator, Referee Administrator or your Division Coordinator for support and advice. We are all part of a team, we’re here to help one another for the benefit of the kids.
When do I receive my roster?
U12 and U14 divisions have drafts in July. Younger divisions have players assigned to teams, in an effort to keep teams balanced and the games fun for everyone. Sometime in July you will receive your Fall roster. You should contact families by August 1st.
When do I practice?
Whenever you want. It's your team. (If another parent wants to dictate the practice schedule, they should have signed up to be a coach!) Of course, if you set practices for 3pm, don't expect everyone to make it. Find a time that works best for you, but be cognizant of other families' work/school schedules.
Note: The Coach Administrator will let you know when you may begin practices (usually early August). All practices will be held at San Elijo fields.
How often do I practice?
Again, this is up to each coach. Typically the younger divisions (U8 and below) practice once per week for an hour. Older divisions often practice twice per week at the coach's discretion.
When are games?
Games in the Fall season occur once per week, September through November -- each team plays roughly 9 or 10 games (depending on Division). Most games are Saturdays, although some divisions have Friday evening games under the lights, which is a electric (pun!) atmosphere for the players.
What are the game formats?U5-U6: 4v4, no keepers, small pop-up goals. 10 minute halves (Note: Scores and Win-Loss records are not kept)U7-U8: 7v7. 20 minute halves (Note: Scores and Win-Loss records are not kept)U10: 7v7. 25 minute halvesU12: 9v9. 30 minute halvesU14: 11v11. 35 minute halvesU16: 11v11. 40 minute halvesU19: 11v11. 45 minute halves
What size ball do we use?U5-U8: Size 3U10-U12: Size 4U14+: Size 5
What size fields and goals do we use?U5/U6: 30yd x 20yd, Pugg goalsU7/U8: 50yd x 30yd, 6' x 18' goalsU10: 80yd x 40yd, 7' x 21' goalsU12:100yd x 50yd, 8' x 24' goalsU14-U19: 110yd x 60yd, 8' x 24' goals