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Welcome San Mateo Coach!

(Last updated 8/14/2016)

Please click the links below depending on what you are looking for:

What do I need to do to be ready for the season?

What's new for 2016?

When and where can I take pre-season training (and become Coach Certified)?

Do you take "special requests" from coaches?

How can I get in-person help with Coaching during the season?

I have an issue with a referee, a spectator, a player and/or a match-day incident to report.  Any guidance?

Do you offer Player-specific Clinics?

There was an injury at training (or in the game).  What do I do?

How should I structure my training session?

I am looking for training activity and session ideas.  Any suggestions?

 


 

 

FAQ1: What do I need to do to be ready for the season?

See below for a summary checklist.  If you need more detail, visit the Coach Training Page.

  1. Get (Online) Registered! Complete the volunteer registration section at www.eayso.org.  Even if you coached last year, this is needed annually to get you approved by the AYSO National Office for the entire season.
  2. Get (Online) Educated! Do this at www.aysotraining.org.  Here you can find Safe Haven training (needed every two years), and age-appropriate on-line Coach Training (for U6-U10, for U12 and higher training is in-person only).   Start today!
  3. Get (In-Person) Certified! Register for Field Sessions via www.eayso.org.  There will be multiple options throughout July & August.  For your efforts, you will get a Coaching Manual (with training activities) and a limited edition Coach Patch to wear with pride on game days!*
  4. Get Equipped!  When the rosters are released (early August), you will receive a bag, balls, uniforms, cones, and lots more goodies!  Everything you need to run a successful season.Except for enthusiasm:for that the kids of San Mateo will be looking to YOU for inspiration!

 

FAQ2:  What's new for 2016?

Here's a quick summary of new features for 2016.

 

FAQ3:  When and where can I take pre-season training (and become Coach Certified)?

See below for a summary of training dates.  Some important notes:

  1. Whether you are an Assistant or a Head Coach, you must complete age-appropriate training.
  2. Training comprises of "classrom" based training, and in-person field-work.  You must complete both pieces in order to gain your certification, and your age-appropriate Coaching Badge (which is a physical patch for you to wear on game days.   No badge, no coach. 
  3. For ages U6-thru-U10, the classroom can be taken either online at www.aysotraining.org, or in-person at one of the training dates below.  For U12 and higher, the classroom portion must be in-person.
  4. For all ages, the field portion is in-person.  
  5. For U14 coaches, you must complete Intermediate Certification.  This requires you to be U12 Certified also (as a pre-requisite).  Intermediate classes are run at an Area Level (in Foster City) and Section Level (at "Golden Gate Camp").  Note that Golden Gate Camp has a fee associated with it - you must get pre-approval from the Regional Commissioner in order to get this cost covered by the region.
  6. The field work (at Los Prados) will take place on the grass area near the restrooms / play structure.
  7. You can signup for training at www.eayso.org under Course Signup.  The Roster # for the class is shown in the table below:
Age Group Classroom (Evening) Fieldwork (Los Prados, Morning)
U6 Coach*

Online only.

Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

U8 Coach*

Online only.

Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

U10 Coach*

Online only.

Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

U12 Coach

Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

U14/U16/U19 Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options. Check eAYSO.org for out-of-region options.

If you have any questions or challenges with the above, contact your Division Coordinator.

 

FAQ4: Do you take "special requests" from coaches?

This depends on the request:

 

FAQ5: During the season, how can I get in-person help with Coaching?  

We have partnered with UK International Soccer, a nationwide AYSO-endorsed partner, to deliver the best in Player Development and Positive Coaching options. 

The process for assigning a UK Soccer coach-mentor for a session is super-simple and starts with requesting one via this link here: https://goo.gl/forms/28xIHr5PGwoeQBx83.

Once requested - please wait for confirmation from the Coach Assignor.  This will likely take a few days.  The coaches will be field-assigned based on demand, so early requests are appreciated.

Other important notes around this:

Any questions?  Contact karn.ayso@yahoo.com.

 

FAQ6: I have an issue with a referee, a spectator, a player and/or a match-day incident to report.  Any guidance?

We are continuously looking to develop & deliver a quality youth soccer program that promotes a fun, family environment based on our philosophies.  If you have an issue, or a problem, or simply a suggestion that supports this mission, feel free to raise it via our Kid Zone Feedback page.  This mechanism ensures the details are documented and appropriately escalated. 

 

FAQ7: Do you offer Player-specific Clinics?

Yes - in collaboration with UK Soccer we offer special clinics for skill development.  

At this time, we are focussing on goal-keeper training.  90-second sign-ups for this can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/oXYYPuublxgyWHPA2.

We anticipate this will be a popular session, and we wish to maximize the benefit across the program so please review the following ground-rules:

  1. The focus here is Player Development.  Participants are expect to be actively engaged, and willing to learn.
  2. First come, first served. We want as many distinct teams as possible to have at least one trained keeper. So if more than one player from the same team signs-up the second player may be wait-listed.
  3. Expect a confirmation email before the event. Players that show-up without pre-registering will likely be turned away.
  4. If you have any other questions, contact karn.ayso@yahoo.com.

 

FAQ8: There was an injury at training (or in the game).  What do I do?

This is explicitly addressed in the Safety Section of the website.  Make sure you direct adults responsible for the child's health there.  Other pointers:

 

FAQ9:  How should I structure my training session?

With a focus on the AYSO philosophy of Player Development, and in order to create greater consistency across the San Mateo coaches, we have developed a downloadable document that you should reference for every training session.  This is important - if all coaches use a similar approach, then when players join your team next season they will already be in a familar format. 

The San Mateo AYSO Coach Guidelines can be found by clicking here: goo.gl/wuZIDy

Notes:

 

FAQ10: I am looking for training activity and session ideas. Any suggestions?

Simply googling "Soccer Drills" might be a good way to find ideas on how to keep your sessions fresh, but if you prefer some suggested resources, you can try the following.  (Note: these are provided as-is i.e. not necessarily AYSO endorsed, and if you find dead-links or a better resource worth sharing, let karn.ayso@yahoo.com know).

 

Resource Access Notes
FIFA 11+  A complete warm-up programme to reduce injuries among male and female football players aged 14 years and older.  Also includes conditioning elements.
UK Soccer Training Plans

Username:AYSO36, Password: uksoccer
From our training and mentoring partners, some nice illustrated training activities categorized by age.

 



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