AYSO Region 677 is an all volunteer organization, as such we need volunteers to coach in all divisions.
The number of volunteers coaching directly impacts the number of children we are able to place on teams.
If you would like to coach please contact Dave Chambers firstname.lastname@example.org who is our Coach Administrator
IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR ALL COACHES:
New Concussion Awareness Training Online - it is recommended that all
coaches take this online Training at the CDC, and then print out the certificate.
Best Coaching Letter...ever
Letter from a Volunteer Coach:
Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don't know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received angry emails, full of "suggestions," about who should be playing where and how I... lost that day's game for the kids. I thought I'd write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I'll start it this way: "I am a volunteer."
I'm the one who answered the call when the league said they didn't have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I'm not retired. I'm busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I've already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I've never seen you at a practice. I'm sure you're plugging away at the office. But I'm out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.
I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I'm not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there'd be no team for them to play on. I'm part of this community too and it's no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It's a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.
And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I'm harder on my own son than on the others? I'm sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I'm making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we'd do that, I'd give them the chance.
After this game is over, I'll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I'm sure you've already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn't been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?
If I sound angry, I'm not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you're at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don't choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.
2016 Field Layout ..See here ..
Why should I coach?
Read this article, The Delight of Coaching Your Own Child.
But I don't know how to coach-
AYSO offers age-specific training for coaches of all levels.Whether you're brand new or an old shoe, we have a course for you.
Yeah, but I really don't have the time.
We understand that many people have busy schedules, which is why you choose your practice schedule. Coaching doesn't take much time, a few hours a week, but that few hours can make a BIG difference in a child's life.
How do I sign up?!!?!
For more information on becoming an AYSO soccer coach, email Ralph Wagner, Coach Administrator OR Chris Stockwell, Regional Commissioner
Coach's Code of Conduct
Enthusiastically support and practice the "Everyone Plays," "Good Sportsmanship" and "Positive Coaching" philosophies of AYSO.
Be reasonable in your demands on a young player's time, energy, enthusiasm and performance on the soccer 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 judgment 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. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.
Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.