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Coaching Job Description

The AYSO volunteer position of coach is intended to develop in players a positive image of themselves, their teammates, coaches, game officials, and opponents, and provide a good role model for players. Additionally, the coach will develop in his/her players the appropriate soccer skills as recommended in the AYSO coaching manuals.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The coach is expected to:

1.Attend team organization night with the assistant coach before the season begins;
2.Attend the age appropriate coaching course for training on how to coach or as a refresher on AYSO philosophy;
3.Attend uniform/equipment distribution night prior to a season to receive team uniforms, equipment, and a playing schedule;
4.Conduct appropriate practices;
5.Promote the AYSO philosophy;
6.Support the regional commissioner;
7.Cooperate with the regional coach administrator on all coaching matters;
8.Support the age group coordinator;
9.Distribute practice and game schedules to parents;
10.Conduct a parent meeting;
11.Teach age appropriate skills;
12.Refrain from the use of insulting, embarrassing, foul or abusive language;
13.Provide player evaluations to the age group coordinators at the end of the season;
14.Carry out other team tasks as necessary; and
15.Have FUN!


Qualifications and Desired Skills
To be considered for the position of coach, the applicant should:

1.Complete a volunteer application online;
2.Must be at a least 18 years old;
3.Complete any required training classes before the season begins; and
4.Pass all background checks.


Supervision Protocols
While performing as the coach, the volunteer is:

1.Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines of AYSO;
2.Under the overall authority of and directly supervised by the regional coach administrator, and supervised indirectly by the regional commissioner;
3To maintain the recommended adult to child supervision ratio of 1:8 or less; that is one adult for every eight or fewer children and two adults (one of whom may be the coach and one of whom should be of the same gender as the group) present at all times. For the protection of both the children and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or herself to be alone with any child or group of children (except his or her own) during AYSO-sponsored activities; and
4Once the head coach has assumed charge of the children on his or her team, he or she remains responsible until a duly designated adult has taken charge of each child after practice or a game or the child leaves the immediate vicinity of the practice or game as prearranged by the parent to walk home or to a friend’s or relative’s house. No child shall be left unsupervised after a game or practice. Parents who are unreasonably late or consistently tardy should be reported to the child protection advocate for action. Each coach may establish a standing policy of where children may be picked up by late parents.


Time Commitment
The anticipated time commitment for a coach is a full season.
To prepare a volunteer for the position of coach, AYSO will offer the following educational opportunities. It is the duty of the volunteer to attend these sessions.

1Orientation by the regional coach administrator;
2AYSO Safe Haven Coach Certification;
3Concussion Awareness Certification (CDC);
4Age-appropriate training classes;
5Coach clinics; and
6Referee clinics.


Activity Locations
While performing the duties of coach, the volunteer is limited to the following locations, unless expressly authorized in writing by the regional commissioner to hold activities in another location.

1Assigned field locations;
2Assigned classroom locations;
3Regional meetings;
4The annual Section Conferences;
5Regional sponsored events; and
6Independent work at home alone, in committees of adults, or in a properly supervised situation with children.

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