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What to do now that you have drafted your team?

  • You and your assistant coach will need to attend a Coaches Clinic if you don't have your licenses. Contact the Director of Coaches for the next available clinic.
  • Be sure you have your Risk Managemen/Live Scan evaluation. Your Assistant Coach and Team Parent will also need this. A session is usually scheduled the beginning of August. Be sure to get there early to avoid the lines. If you had it done in a previous year you will not need to do it again.
  • Decide on a date and time for your team meeting. They are usually held at the park near the snack bar within a week of the end of the Draft and before July 4th. Call your players' parents and let them know when and where the team meeting will be.
  • If you don't have an Assistant Coach or Team Parent, ask for volunteers. First ask for anyone who would like to "help with the team" AND THEN ask if they would like to be the Assistant Coach or Team Parent. ;-)
  • Be sure your Team Parent attends your team meeting.
  • Practices should start ASAP, after July 4th. You should have signed up during the Draft for a practice field location, days (M/W or T/TH) and time. If not, send an email to the address at the bottom of this page. The first regular League game is usually scheduled for the middle of August.
  • Let the parents know that the players need plastic cleats (no metal and without toe cleats), shin guards and the proper size soccer ball.
  • U-6,8 = size 3
  • U-10,12 = size 4
  • U-14,18 = size 5
  • Big 5, Sport Chalet and Sports Authority usually have package deals.
  • Choose a team name! Help the team decide by making some suggestions. Don't let anyone leave without choosing a name.
  • If you haven't had all of your players show up to practice yet, be sure to call them again.
  • Coaches, to be a good coach is to know the rules of the game. One of the best ways to learn the rules is to participate in the Referee Clinic.

Being a coach is truly a thankless job. The parents don't really appreciate the many hours you donate to the their kids team but we here at RYSL, as well as your players, really do thank you.

What does it take to be a good coach?

  • A good coach is someone who knows winning is great, but not the true triumph of youth sports.
  • A good coach is someone who goes to work extra early on practice days, misses dinner with his / her family, gives up their weekends during the playing season and has no personal / family life so they can help out a group of youngsters that want to play soccer.
  • A good coach is someone who arrives to games / practices early so he / she can prepare for the kids. A good coach is some who stays late after practice / games as he / she MUST wait for the kids to be picked up.
  • A good coach is someone who RARELY hears "Thank You" from the parents, but receives plenty of "ADVICE?" from them on game days.
  • A good coach is someone who makes sure all of the kids gets to play at least 50% of the time.
  • A good coach is someone who teaches the kids that winning isn't everything, but gets little sleep at night wondering what they could have done differently to change that loss into a win.
  • A good coach is someone who teaches kids how to take mistakes in stride with constructive criticism instead of belittling them, blaming them or yelling at them.
  • A good coach is someone who develops a child's ability and instills confidence in themselves.
  • A good coach is someone that our children will remember after the the last game has ended and the season is long over.
  • A good coach is someone who will have a positive impact on a child's life and future.


Would you like to be a good coach?

If you would like to volunteer as a coach, please contact the league by clicking HERE. The kids need you!