In general SYSA uses the practice plans provided
by MYSA at http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coach's_corner.aspx
You should consider the MYSA material as your
primary source for practice plans and skill activities.
However, over the years we have acquired
additional resources below that in addition to the MYSA material may be
U5 through U14
from Mass. Premier Soccer (MPS) - click below!
U-5 Coaching/Training / U-6 Coaching/Training
U-8 Coaching/Training / U-10 Coaching/Training
U-12 Coaching/Training / U-14 Coaching/Training
In addition, the internet is
full of excellent resources. An
example is the comprehensive training manual provided to the public by the Boulder County (CO) Force Club Coaching Resources
Coaches you are not in this alone! Please send ANY questions or concerns you
may have to either the IM Director
or the Travel Director
or your Age Group Director (AGD).
We’re here to help!
One area of coaching that is occasionally overlooked is how we
present ourselves to our players at training. I do believe in the old adage
that you "never get a second chance to make a first impression."
By present ourselves, I am referring to how we look, the words we use when
speaking, and the overall preparation that went into our session. The
coaching schools in the United States and across the world stress to their
candidates the importance of being prepared for every session and never
Here is Don
Norton Jr.’s 10 Tips for
the Well Organized Coach Rules
for every training session!
NEW UPDATE, Please Read and view
Travel and IM Coaches, US-SYSA Coach Guide.docx is a
summary of some coaching guidance from US Soccer and US Youth Soccer.
The (2012) US Youth Soccer annual workshop is a great way to
learn more about coaching soccer from some highly qualified and
entertaining soccer clinicians. One noticeable takeaway from the
workshop is how universally these high-level clinicians have adopted the
methodology and terminology noted in the Coach Guide about
"play-centered training", where the coach "manipulates the environment
to create match-like problems for the players to solve" (guided
Another thing to observe at the workshop was how these master
coaches operate: engaged demeanor, positive attitude, tone of voice
which reinforces that demeanor and attitude, they have a plan of what they
want to do, the plan has a progression from simple to complex (with
relevant elements- space, # of players, # of balls, etc.- adjusted to make
the activity work, and trying not to stop the activity too often to make
suggestions/corrections, but instead "coach within the game" (ie, a hierarchy of: providing guidance while the game
continues, pulling one player aside while the game continues, providing
guidance when the players are having a drink/rest or the ball goes out
of bounds, and stopping in the middle of the activity).
Now that I'm basically done with coaching, I also view this as
"important stuff about coaching which I wish someone had told me when
I was starting out." I really
wish someone had told me this stuff 12 years ago!
SYSA SAFETY GUIDELINES
As the coach of an SYSA team you are invested with the primary
responsibility for our players (children) safety. The following is
the SYSA policy on what SYSA expects you to do to protect the safety all
involved. Any questions regarding
this can be answered by firstname.lastname@example.org
- All coaches must fill out a CORI form
at the MA Youth Soccer website
as well as read, sign and return the SYSA Coaches
Code of Conduct
to your Age Group Director (AGD).
- All coaches must be aware of and adhere to
Safety Page for Guidelines .
- All coaches must have your Player Emergency Contact List
and Cell Phone at every game and practice. Please have a SYSA INCIDENT REPORT with you at every practice and game. Also, please ask parents at beginning
of season if there are any special conditions you should be aware of
such as allergies to bee stings, etc.
the FIRST sound of thunder
or sign of lightning, you
are to pull your players off the field be it a game or practice.
Do not wait to be told to take this action. Make sure all
parents know that if thunder is heard or lighting is seen, they are to
return to the field immediately to pick up their child.
every effort to have 2 adults on the field at every practice.
sure you know when and where your players will be picked up so that
you can make sure all children have safety connected with an adult
prior to leaving the field. No child is to be left alone.
If you need to take child with you due to a parent not arriving, make
every effort to send the player to a teammates
home as opposed to bringing them to your home.
the coach you will be the first responder to an injury. Call for
help if you are unsure. Do not risk moving a player if it is at
all questionable. If a child is hurt, complete an Incident
Report and submit to your AGD immediately and make sure the parent is
aware of the injury immediately.
follows the official MYSA and ECYSA Concussion Policy which is:
A player removed from
participation as a result of a head injury or symptoms similar to those of
a concussion shall not be permitted to return to play to any extent until
they have provided their team coach with a written unconditional “Medical
Clearance to Return to Play” from a licensed Medical Doctor.
any unsafe condition or concern to your AGD immediately. Do not
assume someone knows about it.
In short we cannot be too prepared or too careful. As
the coach you are the one all eyes will turn to. Please make sure you
have prepared, communicated and then documented.
All SYSA coaches are to be
licensed. Travel Coaches must earn an "F
Intramural (IM) Coaches a "G"
license. SYSA will reimburse
any SYSA coach for the cost of the licensing course. Please visit www.mayouthsoccer.org to find a current schedule of licensing courses. Once
you have obtained your license please send the SYSA Treasurer the receipt and you will be
reimbursed. Please email if you have any questions!
GAME DAY REFRESHER
When you are the Home
Team Travel Coach, make sure you bring:
- The game ball.
Game Form filled out for the referee.
- Pinnies in case you need to switch colors.
- Flags if you're first to the field (and return them if
- Report scores online to ECYSA within 24 hours.
Player & Coaches Cards and Official Laminated
Submit positive game summary to newspaper.
When You are the Visiting
Team Travel Coach make sure you:
- Call opposing coach a few days ahead to confirm game
- Have your Team Manager send out driving directions to
- Have your ECYSA Player & Coaches Cards and Official
- (Optional) Submit positive game summary to newspaper
No team is to outscore an opponent by more than 5 goals.
This is not a suggestion; it's a ECYSA required
TRAVEL COACHES: When
directed by your coordinator; please download the Swampscott Youth Soccer Player
Evaluation Form fill it out and
return it to the Travel Director
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Swampscott Youth Soccer Association