Coaching Tips from "Hey Coach!" Newsletter
Every week AYSO publishes the "Hey Coach!" newsletter, which includes AYSO news and tips for AYSO coaches.
Below is a complete index of the "Hey Coach!" tips.
Ask AYSO Your Coaching Questions
As the season is now underway for most of you, and you have a few practices under your belt, you probably have some coaching questions that need answers: "How long should players scrimmage at practice?" "What are fun drills for U-6 boys/girls?"
Activate Your AYSO Team Site in 6 Simple Steps
The AYSO-Shutterfly Team Sites are back this season! The video tutorial above will show you how to easily set up your Team Site in just minutes with six simple steps.
Training Game for Young Players: Sharks and Minnows
This week's featured training game for young players is "Sharks and Minnows." This exercise focuses on dribbling development, can be a great warm-up and is perfect for teams U-6 and above.
When Should Sick Players Return to Practice?
AYSO premier sponsor Liberty Mutual's Responsible Sports asked Scott Gimple, AYSO's Director of Player Development, to weigh in on the following question from a youth soccer coach:
Have You Taken Concussion Training?
AYSO's official concussion policy encourages all coaches to take the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) free online concussion training. This course will help coaches better understand concussions, become more familiar with the signs and symptoms and learn more ways to keep your players safe from season-to-season.
Mia Hamm Shares Advice for Youth Coaches
Soccer superstar Mia Hamm recently sat down with Soccer America Magazine to discuss youth soccer, effective coaching and her advice for parents of young soccer players.
How to Coach Your Team on Game Day
What is appropriate behavior for a soccer coach during game time? Soccer America Magazine recently came up with some tips for youth soccer coaches on how to coach effectively once the game is underway.
How to Handle a Blowout Game
3 Steps to Become a Responsible Coach
Coaches are among the greatest influencers of our youth athletes and have the ability to shape the memories and experiences of kids in soccer.
AYSO Alum Shares Off-Season Regimen
AYSO alum and U.S. Women's National team midfielder Carli Lloyd shares how she stays in shape in the off-season - including her shooting drill that helps refine her technique and an abdominal exercise that she does after training to keep her core strengthened.
11 Activities Perfect for the Off-Season
Teaching Your Team to Defend in Pairs
Fun Shooting Exercise
Effective Soccer Practice
How to Handle Parents That "Sideline Coach"
CATZCoach president and Chivas USA strength and conditioning coach Jim Liston answers the following question that was received from an AYSO coach:
Dribbling Drills Great for Player Development
Defensive Keep Away Drill
How to Coach Goal Kicks
George Kuntz' 8 Keys to a Great Practice
AYSO fall soccer is around the corner! To prepare for the upcoming season, start thinking about your plans for your team's practices. Prepare your practices and training sessions based on the age of your team, and consider integrating a new soccer term, technical skill and fun game each practice.
Passing Diamond Drill
Simple Dribbling Drill
How to Scrimmage with Neutral Players
Teach Your Players Transitional Play
Introducing Corner Kicks
1-2 Touch Passing
Heading the Ball
Learning How to Juggle
How to Handle On-Field Injuries
Condition Your Team Creatively
Ways to Keep U-10 Boys Focused During Practice
Tips to Create Team Unity
Tips to Stop Sideline Complainers
How to Encourage a Losing Team
How to Properly Head the Ball
Teach Your Team How to Juggle
Perfect Your Team's Passing
Introduce Goalkeeping to Your Team
How to Coach Proper Shooting Technique
Training Your Team – Offensive and Defensive
How to Warm Up Your Team
Build a Positive Relationship With Your Players' Parents
Building positive parent-coach relationships can help everyone have a more productive, beneficial season. When parents support their kids' teachers, students learn more. This concept is also true for soccer - kids will have a better experience if parents work in unison with you to create a positive youth sports experience.
A Tip For Positive Coaching From PCA
AYSO National Partner, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), regularly hosts group workshops and online courses for coaches involved in youth sports.
What is the best way to handle thunder and lightning?
A lightning safety plan should be an integral part of the planning process for any outdoor event. Do not wait for storm clouds to develop before considering what to do should lightning threaten! An effective plan begins LONG before any lightning threat is realized.
5 Tips to Stop Screaming on the Sidelines
Don Young of Redlands, Calif., Region 50 has been an AYSO coach for 15 years. In response to the April 27, 2010 Hey Coach! question, "Are You a Screamer?", Don submitted some techniques to help coaches modify their screaming behavior: