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How To Become A Coach

We Need Volunteer Coaches!


Coaches are at the heart of the AYSO organization, because as a coach you have the most contact with the kids. Coaching requires that you commit to one evening per week for practice sessions, plus the two games a week. With the time that you should be spending preparing for practices and games, this is a significant commitment of time. We appreciate the time that you have committed and hope to provide you with advice and assistance to make your coaching experience a positive one.

Why Should I Coach?

  • It’s FUN.

  • It’s a great break from work.

  • It makes you feel good.

  • It’s a great way to give something back to the community.

 

The rewards come in the form of watching the kids have fun at a game or practice, watching their individual skills and teamwork improve, and there is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season and look back and see how far the team has come.

And for those who have “serious” jobs, there is no better way to regain your perspective than to watch a bunch of 7 year olds at practice.

We provide training, equipment, and all the camaraderie you can stand. We have both men and women all taking part in the fun.  We’d love to have you join us!

Click here to learn How to Become an AYSO Region 158 Coach.

How To Become A St. Clair Shores
AYSO Region 158 Coach

AYSO National rules say that each coach must be certified AT THE LEVEL HE OR SHE INTENDS TO COACH IN.  This makes sense, right?  We want to make sure our kids are being coached by people who have taken the time to learn how to teach soccer!

For that reason, all assistant coaches must also take the coaching clinics, in case they need to cover for the team coach.  And these clinics are open to team managers as well.  It’s fun and educational!

Getting certified is easy; it will only take a few hours of your time. It will give you a chance to connect with your fellow AYSO coaches and administrators. And it may even help make you a better coach!

The clinics are designed to be quick, easy, and fun to take – even for those with no prior soccer experience at all.  And for those former Premier League players who have turned to AYSO coaching in their retirement, come learn what is age-appropriate for your team.  

Training does make a difference, and everyone can learn something, right?

If you have NEVER signed up to become a coach, follow these instructions:

  1. Register with AYSO Region 158 as a Coach. If you are a parent of an active player, select Coach during your volunteer selection.  If you are a Community Volunteer and do not have a child playing AYSO, create your Profile here. This allows us to assign you to a team & schedule practices & games.  You will be asked to provide information that will assist us in this effort, including practice night & division preferences, shirt sizes, contact info & more.  You may update your preferences at any time by returning to your profile using this link. This is separate from registering on eAYSO, the national site above..

  2. Complete Safe Haven online training.

  3. Complete Concussion Awareness online training.

  4. Complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest online training

  5. Complete SafeSport online training

  6. Sign up for a Coach Certification class. 
    For any eAYSO training class (coach, ref, etc…), you can search and sign up for these clinics on the eAYSO National website. Additionally, you will receive information electronically as well (so long as you indicate your desire to coach as described above).

If you have PREVIOUSLY signed up to become a coach, follow these instructions:

  1. All adult volunteers are required to register annually with AYSO via the website. You will be registering as a RETURNING volunteer.

  2. Register AYSO Region 158 as a Coach.
    If you are a parent of an active player, select Coach during your volunteer selection.  If you are a Community Volunteer and do not have a child playing AYSO, create your Profile here.  This allows us to assign you to a team & schedule practices & games.  You will be asked to provide information that will assist us in this effort, including practice night & division preferences, shirt sizes, training clinic dates, contact info & more.  You may update your preferences at any time by returning to your profile using this link.   This is separate from registering on eAYSO, the national site above.

 

Again, you do not have to be a soccer expert to come and learn how to teach kids to play the game. We will teach you.

We’re always interested in making our program better.  Please contact us with any suggestions you have.

Thank you for volunteering. The kids appreciate it.

 


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AYSO Region 158

P.O. Box 806095 
St Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

Email Us: [email protected]

Phone: 586-335-2229