Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner is your resource to assist recreational coaches in helping your players get the most from their LBYSO experience.

We aim to provide you with information on:

  • US Soccer coach licensing
  • LBYSO coaching requirements
  • Practice and game plan resources
  • Team management tips
  • Game day FAQ


LBYSO Coaching Requirements

Effective Fall 2018, Cal South requires all coaches in affiliated leagues to be licensed by US Soccer.

LBYSO Recreational coaches are volunteers.  Anyone 18 or older can coach or under 18 if supervised by an adult.  You are not required to have a child registered with LBYSO to coach.  You will need:

US Soccer 4v4 “Grassroots” license.  2-hour online course.  LBYSO reimburses the fee.

Register here for the online 4v4 course through Cal South.

Instructions for 4v4 course registration.

• LiveScan background check.  The fee is reimbursed.  Email for info.

Concussion certification.  This is a free online course offered by the CDC here.

All 3 must be completed by opening day and uploaded to your Cal South profile.

NOTE: These are one time requirements and do not need to be repeated every season.


Coaching Credit Applied To Player Fee

Also new for 2018-19, coaches will receive a 50% credit for their child’s fee.  The credit will be given at the end of the season and the coach must complete the season.  If you not a parent but were recruited by a parent to coach, the credit can be given to the parent who recruited you.  If they’re nice, they will give you a kickback.


Practice and Game Plan Resources

New coaches should seek out practice and game plan information.  Online material, books and other coaches are among the many sources you can use.  Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is most effective for you and your players to learn to work as a team and improve individual skills while keeping things fun.

For games that are refereed by Cal South officials, always have a prepared lineup sheet.  For 2018-19, divisions U10 and up will have referees.  Download by clicking the link:

LBYSO Rec Lineup Sheet


Team Management Tips

LBYSO Recreational coaches are encouraged to seek out help to get through the season without carrying the entire load themselves.

  • LBYSO typically issues a limited amount of equipment, usually balls and cones.  Consider what other equipment you might need – goal(s), extra balls, practice jerseys/pinnies, first aid kit, etc.  Don’t be shy about asking parents to pitch in for the basics.  Ask parents to have players bring a ball to practice.
  • Get a team roster with parent phone numbers and emails and establish a normal line of communication, especially for last minute practice and game updates.
  • Pick a practice day/time/location convenient for yourself but also convenient for the greatest number of team parents.
  • Recruit another parent to act as Team Manager who would handle side duties like uniform pickup, team banner, game day snacks, picture day, end of season party/picnic and anything else not directly related to the practices and games.  Team Managers also require Live Scan background check.  The fee will be reimbursed.
  • Recruit another parent to act as assistant/emergency coach when you are not available.



Tips for Coaches on Dealing With Difficult Parents


Game Day Basics

Field Locations – Heartwell map

Set up/Tear down – Check schedules to see if you have setup or tear down duties.  Setup includes fields lining and goal/flag setup.  Tear down is the return of both goals, flags and field lining equipment to the storage shed.


  • All players have soccer cleats, shinguards, socks, no dangling jewelry or earrings
  • Matching jerseys for all players
  • Alternate jersey/pinny for goalkeeper in U10 and above

Two sideline coaches.  No coaches behind goals in U10 and above

Play guidelines – Each age group will adhere to current US Soccer Player Development Initiatives effective Fall 2018. Or you can see the LBYSO summary here.  There are slight variations allowed that are subject to change.

Weather – Games will be played in light rain or drizzle as field conditions allow.  LB Parks and/or LBYSO Board members will have final say in determining when to close fields.  Appropriate efforts will be made to communicate conditions via the website and social media platforms.