Positive Coaching is One of the Six Philosophies of AYSO
Coaches Code of Conduct
Enthusiastically support and practice the "Everyone Plays," "Good Sportsmanship", "Positive Coaching", and "Player Development" philosphies of AYSO.
Be reasonable in your demands on a young player's time, energy, enthusiasm and performance on the field.
Impress on your players that they must abide by the Laws of the Game at all times.
Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.
Ensure that your players' soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach they can respect.
Keep informed of sound principles of coaching, growth and child development.
Check your equipment and playing facilities. The should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.
Follow the advice of a physician when determining when and injured child is ready to play again.
Here's where you teach the game. Understand the level of your players. You can't teach the whole thing in one season. Focus on one or two skills that are age appropriate. Reinforce and praise good performance. Be patient when correcting a player.
We are a teaching league, but we have limited time. Only one practice a week!
We want to advance the skills of all players, not just the stars. This is the reward of being a coach: seeing all your players shine after a season of hard work.
Sure, everyone wants to win but not at the expense of excluding a player. We are here for the kids and to help them play the game. We want each kid to say they had fun at the end of a game and practice. It is the kid's game. They should work hard to win. The coach wins if the kid's learned something about soccer and sportsmanship, regardless of the score!
Limit your teaching during the game. That's what practices are for. Give encouragement and take notes so you can work on skills at the next practice. This is the kid's time.
Here are some rules to follow:
- Coaches must have a roster for each game and give it to referee.
- Players must play all positions. Rotations are made between quarters, never during the quarter (unless there is an injury). The clock does not stop at quarter breaks, so do this quickly.
- Players should be in the game at least three quarters. If you have too many players, you are required to balance it our. No player should play three or four quarters every week while others are playing two.
- Make sure your players have proper equipment.
Running Your Team
It is up to you to set a positive tone for your team. Always be respectful of your players, opposing players, other coaches and referees. Make sure your players and parents show the same respect at all times. Be enthusiastic. Work your team hard, but always have fun!
Get some help with your duties! Get a co-coach and as many assistants as possible. Let your team parent do the calls. Focus on positive coaching.
Resources for Coaches
- Player Evaluation Form (doc)
- Player Evaluation Form (pdf)
- Evaluation Form Instructions (pdf)
- Lineup Form (pdf)
- Print Version of a Soccer Field Diagram (pdf)
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- Teaching the Game to Kids
- U06 Training Games
- U08 Training Games
- U10 Training Games
- Illinois Youth Soccer's Coaches Corner offers a great library of training materials. Click on the logo for the jump.
AYSO Coach Manuals