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Coaches Training Courses

For details on dates, locations and contacts for any of these courses below, visit the MA. Youth Soccer Association Web Site, then click Instructional Programs, then click License Course Schedule.  There you will find the most up to date schedule on all courses offered.


Coaching Courses are run by instructors from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). The MYSA instructional staff is a group of men and women who are dedicated to the development of excellent coaches.


Most are teachers, many are college coaches; all have wide experience in soccer. Most of the staff coaches have US Soccer A or B licenses.  Resourceful, confident coaches are vital to the development of our children as soccer players. These courses stress: enjoyment, positive spirit, enthusiasm and creativity.  The G and F courses are introductions, designed for first time coaches or those with little experience. The intention is to help you to become a more resourceful and confident "activity leader".


G Course

Duration:  4 hours. No prerequisite.
Materials:  MYSA G Manual and soccer coach training package
Who:  Novice coaches or coaches of U8 - U10 players with little experience. Required for all In-town coaches. Required for all BAYS Travel coaches and assistants coaches.
Course Content: Ideas about how to organize practices and game days, lots of practical activities and games for practices, brief demonstrations of basic techniques.


Duration:  8 hours. G course is a prerequisite
Materials:  MYSA F Manual and Coaching the Goalkeeper by Tony Waiters.
Who:  Novice coaches or coaches of U8 – U10 players with some experience. Required for all U9 AND U10 BAYS Travel coaches and assistant coaches. 
Course Content: Ideas about how to organize practices and game days, many games and exercises for practices, a more thorough demonstration of basic technique, elementary goalkeeping technique and some basic tactical ideas.


Overview The E course is for those who want to learn more about the techniques and tactics of the game and more about leading experienced youth teams.
Duration:  16 hours. F course is a prerequisite.
Materials:  MYSA E Manual, Coaching the Team by Tony Waiters, Youth Sports Injuries by John F. Duff M.D.
Who:  Coaches with some experience with U10, U12 and U14 teams. REQUIRED FOR ALL  U11 AND ABOVE BAYS TRAVEL COACHES STARTING IN SPRING 2013
Course Content: Systems of play, laws and restarts, game and exercises for practices, tactical ideas, including 2v1 situations, more on goalkeeping.


Overview The D course is for coaches who want to refine their understanding of technique and tactics and their effectiveness as trainers or youth and adolescent players.
Duration:  40 hours. E course is prerequisite.
Materials:  MYSA D Manual, So Now You Are a Goalkeeper by Joe Machnik and Frans Hoek and five video tapes from Jape Shatuck's International Tactics
Who:  Experienced coaches of U12, U14 and U16 teams.
Course Content: Coaching methodology, fitness, goalkeeping, technical sessions on dribbling, receiving and shooting, coaching demonstrations, economical coaching methods for technical and tactical topics and for making corrections.


*The next upcoming AYS Boardl Meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 10th @ 8:00 pm in the Bartek Center Classroom.




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