Coaches

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COACHES FAQ'S

Q: I have a friend I would like to coach with. How do I arrange that?
A: Each coach can select ONE assistant coach. If we have enough coaches and assistant coaches that person's child will be assigned to your team so you can have that person as your assistant. To request a specific assistant coach click here. No other player requests are permitted. Make sure the person you are requesting has registered his child. We cannot give you your assistant coach if his child isn't registered to play.

Q: Do I need to be trained or have any special certification?
A: Yes. All coaches are required to attend an AYSO Safe Haven course and be coach certified for the age division they are coaching. Check the website for updates on specific dates and times. Annually each coach must renew his or her volunteer registration at www.eayso.org. Once you have updated your registration send signed form to cvpa@cdmayso.org

Q How much time is required?
A: That depends on the age level you're coaching. U5, U6, U7 and U8 players can practice about an hour per week and have one game per Saturday. U10 and older players can practice twice per week for about 90 minutes each session and one game on Saturday.

Q: How do I get a team?
A: During online registration there is a volunteer screen, check the box to Coach a team. If you have already registered your child, you can log back into your account and change your volunteer job.
The age group division coordinators will contact you based on the number of coaches needed versus number of coaches who have volunteered. Once the number of teams is known, the coordinators assemble the teams. Based on the AYSO philosophy of balanced teams, all teams in age group divisions U10 and older have the teams assembled according to the players rating from the previous season. 

Q: I've never coached before. How do I become a coach?
A: Becoming a coach is very easy. First, just volunteer- see below- how to get a team. AYSO provides the training you'll need and the age group division coordinators will provide you with the players.

Q: Will I have help?
A: Yes. You'll always have the resources of the region and parents are usually always ready to help out at practices and games.

Q: I know nothing about soccer, how can I coach?
A: A big part of coaching is having the right attitude and wanting to work with children. AYSO will provide the age specific training you need to coach. We even conduct a clinic for first time and beginning coaches, as well as more advanced sessions.

Q: Will my child be on my team?
A: Yes. We always make sure your child(ren) is(are) on your team. However, siblings in different age divisions are not automatically allowed to play up to be on parent's team. Children in U5 are not permitted to not permitted to play up to U6 in the fall. All other requests to play up will be evaluated on a player by player basis.

Q: I forgot to register and now registration is closed but I still want to coach. Can I register my child now and get a team?
A: We appreciate your wllingness to coach but after registration is closed all players must go through the waitlist process. Go to our homepage and complete the waitlist form. There is no waitlist in Spring. Once registration is closed in spring we do not register additional players.


Tips for Hot Days !!

Heat Cramps

    • When a body loses too much water and salt through sweat, muscles tend to cramp (particularly in the abdomen and legs). Players suffering from these painful "heat cramps" should:
      • Rest in a shady spot.
      • Sip one glass of cool water every 15 minutes until the pain relents.
      • If the player's parents are on hand, have them help by:
        • Massaging the affected muscles. 
        • Applying cool, wet cloths to help relax the muscles.

Heat Exhaustion

Players with cool, moist, or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, or muscle cramps may be experiencing heat exhaustion. This condition occurs when, because of high humidity or restrictive clothing, sweat is not properly evaporated and the body cannot cool down. To assist a player experiencing heat exhaustion

    • Have the player lie down in a shady spot and elevate his or her feet.
    • Remove the child's shoes, shin guards, and socks.
    • Apply cold packs to the armpit and scalp areas.
    • Have the player drink water or an electrolyte solution.
    • Dampen the player's skin with cool cloths.
    • Fan the player to help evaporate excess sweat.
    • If the player's parents are on hand, have them:
      • Remove the player's shirt.
      • Apply cold packs to the groin area.

Heat Stroke

When a body completely loses the ability to cool itself, the internal temperature continues to rise resulting in heat stroke. If a player's temperature rises too quickly, brain damage and/or death may result. Players suffering from heat stroke may have hot, dry skin -- those with fair complexions may appear red, while darker-skinned individuals may appear gray. Victims may also experience a very rapid pulse and extremely high body temperature. In some cases, victims of heat stroke may seem confused, unresponsive, or even suffer from seizures. Recovery from heatstroke depends on the amount of time it takes to return the body temperature to normal, so immediate medical attention is imperative.

If you suspect that a player is suffering from heat stroke

    • Call 911 immediately.
    • Follow the recommended treatment for heat exhaustion. 
    • DO NOT attempt to give any liquids.
    • Contact the player's parents.

Professional soccer players lose seven and a half pounds of sweat during a game. In order to avoid serious heat-induced conditions, players must drink enough fluids to replace that sweat. Every player should carry his or her own sports bottle to practice, and coaches need to stop for drink breaks every 15 minutes during the summer. Symptoms of dehydration may include

    • Dry lips and tongue.
    • Sunken eyes.
    • Dizziness or a loss of energy.



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