Reschedule a Game
- Play the Schedule!!! – If there is inclement weather, only NYSA will authorize the fields to be closed. Coaches will need to play any home matches if the fields are open.
- Prepone is always preferred, play the match earlier whenever possible.
- “Uncontested” reschedules are for the following reasons
- Columbus Day
- Memorial Day
- Religious Holidays
- Unplayable Field
- Reschedules for other reasons are possible but not encouraged, often lead to discord for travelling team who did not wish to reschedule and should be avoided.
- ALWAYS provide at least one week notice to the NYSA team (below) to the reschedule date
- Remember in the Fall season, it will be dark by 4:30 when the season concludes, reschedules are near impossible during the week.
Steps to Reschedule a Home Match
- Contact the opposing coach ASAP (whether this is home or away)
- Agree on date and time w/ opposing coach
- Forward email confirmation of agreement to
- Referee Assignor (Adi Pandit / email@example.com)
- Field Coordinator (Ryan Luciano / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NYSA VP (Rich Swallow / email@example.com)
- Inform your BAYS Division Director
- Referee Assignor and Field Coordinator will reschedule the match
- You will get an email confirmation from BAYS with your new scheduled match
Preparing for The Season
GETTING READY TO COACH IN THE NYSA
Player safety and development are paramount so the NYSA has implemented a number of requirements for our coach volunteers. Please complete the following tasks before the beginning of the season. To print a handy checklist, click here.
Register as a volunteer coach
So we can assign teams and create rosters, we need all coaches to register as such in our AdminSports registration system. Click this link and login using your family email and password. Next to your child’s name you should be able to click a link to volunteer.
Complete MYSA registration
Coaches must annually renew their MYSA registration. If you are a new to coach, you must create a new account and register. Please access the MYSA registration page:
If you run into any issues during this process, please contact the Affinity Sports helpline at 855.703.2558 or contact Mary Relic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete CORI check
Before engaging with our youth players, all coaches must have an active CORI on file for Northboro Youth Soccer. Once you complete the MYSA registration process, you can expect to receive an email from email@example.com that includes a link for the CORI request. The CORI process will require that you have your MYSA username and password (created during the registration process), complete an online CORI form, and print a CORI Submission Form.
You will need to bring your printed CORI Submission Form and a form of identification (Driver’s License) to the preseason Coaches’ Meeting for verification.
Complete concussion training
All coaches are required to complete concussion training before coaching in the program. If you have completed the training within the last three years, please send your certificate to our Coach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you must complete the training, you can submit certificates from either of the following sources:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – “Heads Up: Online Concussion Training for Coaches”
- National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS – requires registration) – Concussion in Sports – What You Need To Know
At the end of the training session there will be a list of questions you need to answer and when you are done a certificate will pop up. Type in your name, save the .pdf file on your computer, and print the certificate. Note: once you log out your information will NOT be saved.
Please send your completed certificate .pdf file to our Coach Coordinator at email@example.com.
Take a coach training course
As a program, NYSA aims to provide for our players the highest quality coaching possible. To that end, we require all coaches (head and assistant) complete at least the USSF Online F course before coaching in the league. If you have not completed any coach license courses, please register for the online F course at http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaches/ussf_courses/. Once you complete the course, submit to our Coach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of the certificate and receipt of payment for reimbursement.
You may choose to take a higher level course in lieu of the Online F. Available courses can be found here and NYSA will reimburse you for the cost of the course.
GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON
Now that you have completed the requirements to coach in our program, it’s time to get ready for the season.
Confirm your assistant coaches
You will need at least one assistant to help manage games on Sundays so please reach-out to parents you know who would be willing to volunteer. If you confirm an assistant, please have them register as a volunteer using the instructions noted above. If you do not confirm an assistant, no worries – we will work with you to identify volunteers.
Select your practice/clinic time
Your team will train once per week for the duration of the season. Look out for an email from our Field Coordinator with a survey for selection of your training day/time.
Welcome your team!
Once you receive a copy of your roster, reach-out to your team as soon as possible. Parents and players are always anxious to know the coach they will play for and the other players on their team. Click here [link] for a sample letter you can use to welcome your team.
Attend the Coaches’ Meeting
As a final preparation for the season, we host a preseason Coaches’ Meeting. This meeting is MANDATORY for all coaches as we finalize many details for the season – you can pick-up equipment (balls, cones) and uniforms for your players, finish any coach requirements (CORI verification), and learn some new training exercises. Keep an eye out for details and look forward to seeing you there!
During the Season
Now let’s get to the fun stuff – playing soccer! Here are some guidelines to help you have a successful season with your team.
Communicating with your team
It is important that you maintain open lines of communication with your parents. In addition to setting expectations with parents before the season, it is important to keep the team updated as the season progresses. I quick weekly note can do the trick to remind folks of game times, locations, half-time snack duty, etc.
Regular weekly emails work, but you might consider creating a simple team website using Shutterfly or some other online platform. A team website is a great way to centralize all information about the team and the season.
In addition to developing soccer skills, building camaraderie and teamwork is a key focus at the Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 levels. This can happen on and off the field. Consider scheduling a fun team event – pizza party, ice cream, etc. – to celebrate the end of the season. Ask the parents to help you organize it!
Training your team
In general, the most effective coaching happens at practices. This is the time to build fundamental skills, work on simple tactics and game concepts, and to have some fun. Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 teams practice 1x per week for between 60-75 minutes.
While you are responsible for designing and running your practices during the season, the Board has engaged BEST Soccer to lead training for 4 weeks at the beginning of the season. These sessions are aimed to provide you with more training exercises that you can include during your own practices.
You can find ideas for training sessions/games on our Coach Resources page.
Managing “Game Day”
“Game Day” starts early for you, as coaches must set-up the fields before players arrive. Plan to get to the fields at least 30 minutes before game time to ensure you have ample time to (1) set-up and walk the fields and (2) warm-up your team. It is important that you establish with your team a consistent pre-game routine (dynamic warm-up, etc.) so we recommend asking parents to arrive at least 20 minutes early. Click here [link] for a sample warm-up session.
Be sure to bring to the field cones and extra balls, and make sure you have a few ice packs in your bag.
Kindergarten Game Day details:
See: NYSA Kindergarten Player Guidelines
Grade 1/2 Game Day details:
See: NYSA G1/2 Player Guidelines
When games are over, make sure all of your players have their ball/water bottle and are with a parent before you leave the field.
Coaching during the game
You may have heard the expression “the game is the best coach”. For the most part, this is true and you will hear this often as you move up age groups. Of course, we do not expect you to sit in absolute silence on the sidelines. At the youngest age groups, coaches must provide guidance during games to help players apply the concepts they learn during training.
Some guidelines for you to consider during the game:
- Balance your teams. When you split into two teams, try to balance the skill level so we avoid lopsided games. If the game gets lopsided, coaches should discuss ways to make the game more competitive.
- Ensure as best possible equal playing time for all players. Keep an eye on your watch and make substitutions every 2 minutes or so.
- Rotate players through different positions. At Kindergarten, form a triangle (1 forward and 2 backs) and rotate players. At Grade 1/2, form a diamond (1 forward, 2 mids, 1 back) and rotate players.
- Provide simple guidance while the game is going (i.e., Boys, are you in your triangle?) rather than directing their actions (i.e., kick the ball!!!) Provide coaching when the players are on the sideline (i.e., Lily, I loved how close you kept the ball to your feet! Next time, can you try to do it while looking up at the goal?)
- Stay positive and celebrate having fun!
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many goals are scored or which team scored the most. Some kids will count goals or ask so do your best to focus on other aspects of the game (i.e., what a great pull-back!)
NYSA COACHING RESOURCES
Please use the following links to access resources that will help you manage your team, design effective training exercises, and continue to develop your coaching skills. Check back often as we continue to add more resources!
Massachusetts Youth Soccer – www.mayouthsoccer.org
National Soccer Coaches Association of America – www.nscaa.com
U.S. Youth Soccer — coach resources
U.S. Soccer — coaching education
There are many resources online that can be leveraged to create training plans – feel free to search and find the content that works for your age group and team. As a starting point, MYSA has full 10 week session plans for all age groups that can be accessed here.
More information on coach training opportunities and available local courses can be found here on the MYSA website.