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Central Michigan AYSO Region 862



All AYSO coach volunteers must complete the following:

• Current AYSO Volunteer Form (online)
• Safe Haven Training (online)
• CDC Concussion (online)
• Sudden Cardiac Arrest (online)
• AYSO Coach Training (Team's Age Division appropriate)
 U10 & above requires field training and online training
Online training and certification at AYSOU

To Volunteer as Head Coach. You will need to log in to your account, click the Volunteer Tab, then the Volunteer Button on the bottom which will direct you to navigate to (2023-2024 Soccer Season), Click (View Divisions) under here navigate to the age division and region you want to volunteer as Head Coach. Check the box and select, this will volunteer you in the appropriate team. 
Once you have volunteered, under your account and the volunteer tab you will see the courses that you need to take and if they have been completed.
We as a region will pay for your background check.

To access AYSOU training courses online. Go under your Account, Volunteer Tab, on the Right will be a button (AYSOU). This will take you to the online training courses, search under Training for the needed courses for your division. After you complete the Head Coach training, be sure to download and save your PDF manual for coaching as it has valuable information and sample drills for you to use.



Playing soccer is FUN. Children love free-play. It enhances the development of individual and cooperative DECISION MAKING, crucial to the flow of the game. Adults can help this development by not shouting negatively from the sideline. Shouting divides the player's attention away from the action on the field. Allow the children to make their own on-the-field decisions. 

Your objective as coach must be to facilitate the development of players to play attractive soccer. Attractive soccer is the skillful / cooperative actions of ALL players on a team to maintain possession of the ball with accurate passes to each other using ALL areas of the field in a concerted effort to maneuver the ball toward the opponents goal and SCORE. If we are ultimately working toward well-paced ball circulation, then 1st touch (reception) ball control is our highest priority. Formulate your coaching methods with that technical skill as the primary objective. A well executed reception, turn and pass has much more value than a ball kicked with reckless abandon and no target in mind.

Go out there and have fun!

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Coaching AYSO soccer is about the kids having fun and developing their skills. 

How Should You Coach a Game?
Your conduct, mandated by AYSO, is to be:

• positive
• instructional
• encouraging
• let them play

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St. Johns, Michigan 48879

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