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COACHES CORNER

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:

  • LBYSO coaching requirements
  • Practice and game plan resources
  • Team management tips
  • Game day FAQ

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LBYSO COACHING REQUIREMENTS

Cal South requires all coaches in affiliated leagues to be licensed by US Soccer.  LBYSO Recreational coaches are volunteers.  Anyone 18 or older (or 16-17 if supervised by an adult) is eligible to coach.

As an LBYSO Rec coach, you must complete these one time requirements.

Cal South Admin profile setup
US Soccer “Grassroots” online license (minimum 4v4)
• Concussion training video (included in Grassroots training)
• LiveScan background check (prior to receiving roster)
• SafeSport online training
• End of season player ratings (U8 & U10 coaches)

Full details are provided in our Program Admin document.  For additional info on certifications, contact RiskManagement@lbyso.org.

 

Benefits of coaching

  • Receive a 50% credit on your child's fee.
  • Build your team, play your style.
  • Set the day, time and location for practice(s)
  • Fees for certifications are reimbursed.
  • Certifications are one-time requirements.  SafeSport may require a periodic refresher course.
  • You are not required to have a child registered with LBYSO to coach.

 

COACHING RESOURCES

Have a practice and game plan.  Online material, books and other coaches are among the many available sources.  But it is up to you to decide what is most effective for your team to learn to work together and improve individual skills while keeping things fun.

Soccer Drive - Coaching lessons & videos
US Youth Soccer - USYS Coaching Resources
Fun Drills for Little Ones - Perfect for U6 and U8 
Dealing With Difficult Parents

For games refereed paid officials, always have a prepared lineup sheet.  U10 and up will have certified referees and they will ask for your lineup sheet.  

U12 Rec and up play Cal South Intercity League.  For U12 and up, coaches download rosters from Cal South through their profile.  For JUSA, game cards are available on the JUSA site.

 

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.  Tell players bring a ball to practice.
  • Get a team roster with parent phone numbers and emails and establish regular communication, especially for last minute 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 to handle side duties like uniform pickup, team banner, game day snacks, picture day, etc.  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, preferably someone who is also certified.

 

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
  • U12 and up players bring both jerseys in case of conflicts
  • Alternate jersey/pinny for goalkeeper in U10 and above

Two sideline coaches max.  No coaches behind goals.

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 (404).  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.

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STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

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.


ESSENTIAL COACH HOW-TO'S

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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