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Becoming a Coach

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Coaches are essential to the game. They teach children soccer skills and help develop a healthy, positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship.


Coaching children is a very rewarding experience and coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! Coaches are pivotal to having children get the AYSO experience. 

Do you have little or no experience with soccer? AYSO will teach you, based on the age level you are coaching. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties. If you plan to be at your child's soccer practices and games, you'll also have time to be your child's coach.

To become an AYSO coach, you must be certified in the age level you are coaching. Certification takes a few easy steps. First, contact your Santee 341's AYSO Regional Commissioner. You will be asked to fill out a volunteer form and complete online volunteer safety courses. Once you are registered as a volunteer, your Regional Commissioner will ask you to take a age-specific coaching course. We offer online support including e-learning courses and supplemental Coaching Manuals to help you with training plans and activities for all AYSO programs and age groups.

Coaching is a rewarding experience because you have the opportunity to build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills and just have a lot of fun.

Contact Zach Smith, Regional Coach Administrator at [email protected] for more information on becoming a coach.

The AYSO Coach Pledge

photo copyright Jonathan BurgardIn my words and action, I pledge to:

1. Enthusiastically support and practice the AYSO Philosophies of: Everyone Plays, Open Registration, Balanced Teams,
2. Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship.
3. Stay informed about sound principles of coaching and child development.
4. Respect the game and know the Laws.
5. Emphasize to my players that they must abide by the Laws of the Game at all times.
6. Develop a true respect for the judgment of all referees.
7. Develop a team respect for the ability of our opponents.
8. Ensure a safe environment for my players.
9. Never yell at or ridicule a player.
10. Always set a good example.
11. Remember that soccer is a game and all games should be fun.

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AYSO Coaches are parents just like yourselves.
Small Commitment:
  • U5   1 hour a week (Saturday morning)
  • U6   2 hours a week (1 practice day / 1 game on Saturday)
  • U8   2 hours a week (1 practice day / 1 game on Saturday)
  • U10-U19 3 hours a week (2 practice days / 1 game on Saturday)
Big Reward:
  • Make a difference in lives of children
  • Get scheduled exercise every week
  • Pick your practice schedule
  • Get to choose your team's Jersey color
  • Please consider volunteering to coach your child's team, we cant do it without you.
**No experience required, we are here to help!
If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out: [email protected]
Thank you to those parents who have and continue to volunteer their time, you are appreciated!

U10 Division Game Info

Coaches, players, parents and referees, please understand the following rules when competing in 10U games at Hill Creek Elementary School: 

  • When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line (orange line) until the ball is put into play
  • Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed)
  • After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
  • If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line
  • However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes
  • The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play, the ball is not in play on a goal kick until it clears the penalty area.
  • The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called
  • Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line
  • Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line
  • To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play
  • Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate
  • Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line
  • This Youtube link should help as well: Build-out Line (BOL) - AYSO

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