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AYSO REGION 459 SHELBY-UTICA-MACOMB

WELCOME, COACH VOLUNTEERS!

As an all-volunteer organization, AYSO depends entirely on parent volunteers to act as coaches and referees.  We are always looking for people who are interested in coaching their kids in soccer!

Many of our first-year coaches in the younger divisions (6U – 8U and even 10U) have never coached or necessarily even played soccer before but yet have a very successful year. For those of you who are considering coaching your child but do not feel comfortable with your knowledge of the game, we offer plenty of Training Clinics and support to make your experience a success!

The Coaches section of our website outlines the process you must follow to become a fully qualified AYSO coach and provides some background information specific to coaches about how we prepare for and run our soccer program.

You may want to consider taking advantage of the opportunity to team up with another parent. AYSO 459 has allowed the coach to select

- An assistant coach. The coach and assistant coach children will play on the same team. This will require both coaches to complete the required trainings and certifications.
- A team referee. The coach and team referee children could play on the same team. However, this requires the team referee to complete the basic referee training course (prior to the start of the season) and referee all home games. If possible, referee the away games that do not have a scheduled referee. NOTE: Team referee(s) are eligible for 8U, 10U, and 12U Divisions ONLY.

CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Checklist to become an AYSO Coach

1. Register as a volunteer. Go to http://www.ayso459.org > “Login” > Volunteer > Find Volunteer Roles
2. Complete the online AYSO Safe Haven Certification. Go to https://aysou.org
3. Complete the online CDC Concussion course. Go to https://aysou.org 
4. Age-Specific Coach Courses

AYSO Safe Haven Certification
All AYSO Coaches (all volunteers) must complete the AYSO Safe Haven certification. This ensures that the well-being of the child is placed first, the philosophies of AYSO are understood and teaches the coaches risk management to avoid putting themselves in positions hazardous to themselves and the children. It is also part of the requirements to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. If you have questions about the AYSO Safe Haven course, contact CVPA/Safety Directory

CDC Concussion Course
By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive - both on and off the playing field.  Upon completion of this training, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season. If you have questions about the CDC Concussion course, contact CVPA/Safety Directory. (State of Michigan requires CDC Concussion Course must be retaken every 3 years

Age-Specific Training - U6, U8, U10 and U12 Coach Certifications
These four coaching courses focus on working with the player in these age divisions to create a fun learning environment. Coaches in 6U, 8U, 10U, and 12U must have the age-specific coach certification for the age they are coaching. There are no substitutes nor will higher level courses satisfy the requirement. These courses have no pre-requisite and may be taken individually or in any order. Completing the age-specific Coach Course is required for head coach and assistant coach, and required if the team wishes to compete in a tournament. 

NOTE: The 6U, 8U, and 10U Coach Trainings can be completed online (https://www.aysou.org). The 10U Coach Training has an in-person field review. The 12U Coach Training has classroom and field portion.

Intermediate, Advanced and National Coach Certifications
These upper level courses build upon each other, thus a coach with the Advanced Coach certification may also coach teams needing only the Intermediate Coach certification. However, these do not confer the age-specific certification needed to coach 6U-12U. A coach who holds an Intermediate Coach or above certification and wishes to coach in U10, must also hold a U10 Coach certification. U14 coaches must have at least the Intermediate Coach certification. U16 and U19 coaches must have the Advanced Coach certification. The National Coach certification is for coaches who desire to further advance their skills and offer a greater level of support to their region.

Coach Meetings

Mandatory Coach Meeting
We hold a Mandatory Coach Meeting before the start of the Fall and Spring season. Your Coach Administrators will give you the date and time for your age division. The primary purpose of the meeting is to ensure all coaches understand the process leading up to the season kickoff, including coach training and certification requirements. You will also have the opportunity to meeting Coach Administrators, CVPA/Safety Director, Referee Administrators, Team Parent Coordinator, and Regional Commissioner.

Weekly Coach Meetings
Where: Google Hangouts!
When: See Coach Administrator emails

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AYSO REGION 459

P.O. Box 182038 
Shelby Twp., Michigan 48318

Email Us: [email protected]
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