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Coaches Corner is your resource to assist you to help 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

This is a 2-hour online course.  LBYSO reimburses the fee.

Register here for the online 4v4 course through Cal South.  At the bottom of the page, search for Coaching Classes and look look for the Online Grassroots 4v4 course.

• LiveScan background check

Click here for info.  The fee is reimbursed.

LiveScan Service forms can be submitted at these locations:

City of Lakewood
15 Lakewood Center Mall
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 623-3583

IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA dbw Mail Box Plus
2201 East Willow Street Suite D
Long Beach, CA 90810
Mobile services are available

CSU Long Beach State Police
1331 Palo Verde Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-5055

Email if you have questions.


• Concussion certification

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


All 3 must be completed prior to receiving a roster and uploaded to your Cal South profile.

NOTE: These are one time requirements and does 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 rec will have referees.  Download by clicking the link:

U12 Rec and up play Can South Intercity League and download rosters from Cal South.


Team Management Tips

LBYSO Recreational coaches are encouraged to seek out help to avoid 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, and anything else not directly related to the practices and games.  Team Managers also require Live Scan background check.  The fee is 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.

Game day uniforms:

  • Players in soccer cleats and shinguards
  • All players in matching jerseys, socks and black shorts
  • Alternate jersey/pinny for goalkeeper in U10 and above

Two sideline coaches max.  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.

Coaches Resources


Keep connected to your team. Quickly check schedules and team updates, plus message other members on your team and receive heads-up from athletes about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Accessing TeamCenter

Easily add and edit athlete info, manage schedules, and message team members

Messaging Your Team in TeamCenter

Send a message to an individual member, selected members, or the entire team directly from TeamCenter or from the SportsEngine mobile app

Basic Team Management

Perform basic tasks using the Team Page Team Management functionality

Add Contacts to Receive Team Messages

Add additional email addresses to a non-member's profile in order to be able to include all athletes in team communications

Managing RSVPs

Manage RSVPs for each athlete within your team’s TeamCenter or within the SportsEngine mobile app

Sending RSVPs for Existing Games or Events

Do you import your game schedules from a third party scheduler or create them manually on your team page? This article explains how to add RSVPs to those games and events after they are imported.

More Helpful Coach Links

Review help articles about how coaches interact with TeamCenter and the SportsEngine mobile app

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