AYSO Region 104

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Player Clinics

PowerSkills

PowerSkills is the player clinic program offered by Region 104. Offered on four weekends in the fall and four weekends in the spring. Every AYSO player has to opportunity to work on skills under the guidance of an advance certified coach.

  • Opportunity for players to perfect skills
  • Sessions provide necessary repetition of skills in fun format
  • Provides dedicated time for training Goal Keepers
  • Dribbling & Ball Control
  • Passing & Receiving
  • Shooting & Finishing
  • Goal Keeping

See the PowerSkills page for more information.

Volunteer Training

Safe Haven (CVP) Training

Safe Haven Training is mandatory every year for all volunteers in contact with children. Coaches, assistant coaches and referees must all complete Safe Haven training before interacting with children. Safe Haven refresher training is available at the annual meeting in early August for returning volunteers.

Throughout the month after the annual meeting and again in the spring, a series of Safe Haven classes is offered. These classes include both the full class for new volunteers and the refresher course for returning volunteers. See the training schedule page for date of the next scheduled classes.

When you attend Safe Haven Training, you will need your driver's license or other photo ID and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three people who can vouch for your character. (Preferably, these references will include one professional reference, one personal reference, and one reference from prior volunteer work.)

Coaching Clinics

General

In addition to annual Safe Haven training, coaches need to attend a coaching clinic every other year. The coaching clinics are available at all levels to help you develop and improve your coaching skills. If you are interested in a course and don't see it on the training schedule, please e-mail the Director of Coach Instruction with your request.

The basic ciriculum for coaches begining at U5 is as follows:

  • Take the U5/U6 class before coaching U5.
  • Take the U7/U8 class before coaching U7.
  • Take the U9/U10 class before coaching U9.
  • Take the Youth (U12) class before coaching U11.
  • Take the Intermediate Course during your first U14 season.
  • Take the Advanced Course before your U19 first season.

U5/U6 Coaching Course

The U5/U6 Coaching Course is for all coaches who will be coaching in the U5 and U6 divisions.

Format:

  • One hour classroom session.
  • One hour field session.

Topics:

  • AYSO Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.
  • Age-Appropriate Coaching.
  • Physical and emotional abilities of 4 to 6 year olds.
  • How to mange a soccer team.
  • Setting up and running training sessions and games.
  • Modified laws of the game for U5 and U6.
  • Basic skill set that all U5/U6 coaches should teach the players (and how to teach them).

All coaches, regardless of experience, must take this course before coaching U5 or U6 players.

U7/U8 Coaching Course

The U7/U8 Coaching Course is for new coaches at U7 and U8 as well as experienced coaches moving up from U6.

Format:

  • One hour classroom session.
  • One hour field session.

Topics:

  • AYSO Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.
  • Age-Appropriate Coaching.
  • Physical and emotional abilities of 6 to 8 year olds.
  • How to mange a soccer team.
  • Setting up and running training sessions and games.
  • Modified laws of the game for U7 and U8.
  • Basic skill set that all U7/U8 coaches should teach the players (and how to teach them).

This is an entry-level class. No prerequistes are needed.

U9/U10 Coaching Course

The U9/U10 Coaching Course is for new coaches at U9 and U10 as well as experienced coaches moving up from U8.

Format:

  • One hour classroom session.
  • Two hour field session.

Topics:

  • AYSO Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.
  • Age-Appropriate Coaching.
  • Physical and emotional abilities of 8 to 10 year olds.
  • How to mange a soccer team.
  • Setting up and running training sessions and games.
  • Modified laws of the game for U9 and U10.
  • Basic skill set that all U9/U10 coaches should teach the players (and how to teach them).

This is an entry-level class. No prerequistes are needed.

Youth (U12) Coaching Course

The Youth (U12) Coaching Course is for new coaches at U11 and U12 as well as experienced coaches moving up from U10.

Format:

  • Two hour classroom session.
  • Three hour field session.

Topics:

  • AYSO History, Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.
  • Team Management.
  • Objectives, Principles, and Systems of Play.
  • Coacing Cycle.
  • Teaching Methods.
  • Techniques.
  • Laws of the Game.

This is an entry-level class. No prerequistes are needed.

Intermediate Coaching Course

The Intermediate Coaching course is a fifteen hour course designed to link the technical aspects of the game with the ability of players to read the game. It is designed for experienced coaches who have completed the Youth (U12) Coaching Course and are moving up to U14. This is the basic credential for coaching 11-a-side soccer.

Format:

  • 4-1/2 hour classroom session.
  • 10-1/2 hour field session (over two days).

Topics:

  • AYSO History, Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.
  • Qualities of a Coach.
  • Objectives, Principles, and Systems of Play.
  • Coacing Cycle.
  • Technical Aspects of the Techniques.
  • Laws of the Game.

Advanced Coaching Course

The Advanced Coaching Course is for any coach who has completed the Intermediate Coaching Course. The Advanced Coaching Certificate is required to coach U19 teams and is recommended for ACT teams and Select teams. This is an eighteen-hour course that stresses coaching techniques of observation and evaluation, tactical decision making, and dealing with the more experienced player. The course utilizes small group play to create match pressure situations to work on advanced topics like combination passing, functional training, and set plays.

PowerSkills

In addition to being great player clinics, PowerSkills provides coaches the opportunity to improve their coaching skills by working with an Advanced Certified Coach who will be in charge of each age group. See the PowerSkills page for more information.

Coach Instructor Clinics

This clinic a 16 hour intensive clinic to train Advanced Coaches to become Coach Instructors. Please contact the Region 104 Coach Administrator for access to these clinics.

Referee Clinics

General

In addition to annual Safe Haven training, referees at the Regional level and above should consider attending an upgrade clinic to help them develop and improve their skills. Referees at the U5/U8 level that have children playing in U9 or above, should attend the Regional referee clinic to be properly training and certified for that level of play.  See the Referee Certification page for the specifics regarding what required for level upgrades. If you are interested in a course and don't see it on the training schedule, please e-mail the Chief Referee with your request.

Assistant Referee (Club Line) Clinic

This clinic is for people who would like to help with their child's game. It is a 2-hour clinic, which covers ball in and out of play, flag signals, and offside. This training is offered at PowerSkills which takes place from 2-4 PM on the last two Saturdays before the first game of the season and the first two Sundays after the first game of the season.  See the PowerSkills page for details.

U5/U8 Referee Clinic

This clinic is for people who would like to referee their child's game in the U5 through U8 age groups. No previous refereeing experience is required for the U5/U8 Referee Clinic. U5 through U8 players play small sided games for which the Laws of the Game are modified. This is a 4-hour clinic, which covers all of The Laws of the Game, except for offside, which is not used in these age groups including the modifications for small sided play. Emphasis is also placed on age-appropriate refereeing. At the successful completion of this clinic you will be given a tee shirt and the necessary equipment to referee these games.

Regional Referee Clinic

This clinic is for people who are interested in refereeing games starting in the U9 and U10 age groups. No previous refereeing experience is required for the Regional Referee Clinic. This is a 10 to 12 hour class, and it covers all of The Laws of the Game, plus some instruction on starting and stopping games, quarter breaks, and dealing with coaches and spectators. Uniforms will be provided to the Region 104 referees when they successfully complete the course.

Intermediate Referee Clinic

This clinic is for Regional Referees who would like additional training for games at the U11 and U12 levels. This is a 10 to 12 hour class, with emphasis on foul recognition, offside, and the diagonal system of control (DSC). To qualify for the Intermediate badge the Regional Referee must:

  • Take the Intermediate Clinic.
  • Pass the Intermediate test with at least a 90% passing grade.
  • Have done at least 25 games (5 in the U11/U12 age group)
  • Be mentored or assessed.
  • Perform 3 service units.

Advanced Referee Clinic

This clinic is for Intermediat Referees who would like additional training for games at the U14 levels. This is a 10 to 12 hour class, with emphasis on foul recognition, offside, the diagonal system of control(DSC), as well as elements of fitness, procedures, knowledge and management. To qualify for the Advanced badge the Intermediate Referee must:

  • Take the Advanced Clinic.
  • Pass the Advanced test with at least a 90% passing grade.
  • Have done at least 50 games (5 in the U14 age group).
  • Be assessed in the center and on the line.
  • Pass the physical test.
  • Perform 5 service units.

National Referee Clinic

Please contact the Region 104 Referee Administrator for access to the National Clinic.

Referee Instructor Clinics

This clinic a 16 hour intensive clinic to train Advanced Referees to become Referee Instructors. Please contact the Region 104 Referee Administrator for access to these clinics.