What is the mission of the Warrenton Youth Soccer Club? The founders of WYSC created the league as a place where children of all ages and abilities could learn about sports while having fun. The emphasis is on learning, teamwork and sportsmanship.

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Great Coaching is Essential for Our Players

Warrenton Youth Sports Club understands that helping our players improve their skills and confidence on the field or court is our top priority. More than winning and losing, effective player development that is engaging and fun is critical to fostering a life-long passion for sports and the healthy lifestyle this passion promotes.

Coaches are the key to helping our players be the best athletes and people they can be. And to help you be the best coach you can be, we're compiling a list of of tools from some of the top resources in soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Please check back regularly as we continue to add items of interest to coaches of all levels and abilities. It doesn't matter if you're brand-new to coaching or a seasoned veteran, there will surely be interesting items for you to use and share with your players and their families.

Below is a list of coaching resources. Do you know of tools or resources available that other WYSC coaches might enjoy? Feel free to forward them to director .

 

 

Best Practices Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer from US Soccer

US Soccer has put together an easy-to-use guide that offers insights into coaching youth soccer for players from U6 through U18. With a specific focus on developing the player, the Best Practices Guide is broken down into each of the age groups so coaches can find what they need to help guide their sessions and seasons without a big commitment of time. However, the document is a quick read and understanding how each age group differs is certainly worth reading!

 

The ideas are useful for coaches of all levels, so check it out and start applying the ideas included for your age group at your next sesssion! 

Best Practices Guide for U6 through U18 from U.S. Soccer 

 
 

Key Technical Coaching Points from VYSA

Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) has compiled a listing of key technical coaching points for a wide range of topics including dribbling, receiving, shooting, defending, and heading. When you're putting together your session plans, these are the things you want your players concentrating on as much as possible during training!

Download VYSA Key Technical Coaching Points

 
 

Coaching Session Plans

Being organized and prepared for your next training session makes coaching easier and more enjoyable. At Warrenton Youth Sports Club, our goal is to help you deliver the best instruction to your players while having a great time.

To achieve that, we've compiled a selection of coaching plans developed by 
US Youth Soccer specifically for different age groups. The session plans listed below include fun activities that will help your players develop the skills needed to be a better soccer player next game and next season.

 

 

 

  U6 Session Plans    U8 Session Plans   U10 Session Plans   U12 Session Plans
  Dribbling
  Coordination and Movement
  Dribbling
  Passing
  Receiving 
  Pairs Activities
  Tackling
  Receiving Lofted Balls I
  Foot Coordination and Speed
  Heading
  Spatial Awareness
  Defending: Pressure, Cover
  Penetration
  Defending

 

 

 

 

US Soccer Curriculum (Focused on Ages 9-12)

In April 2011, US Soccer delivered a completely new and comprehensive coaching curriculum. Divided into four parts, the curriculum is intended to improve the development of players by helping youth coaches create more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, develop strong coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players. 


Part 1 - Style and Principles of Play (2.5 MB .pdf)
Part 2 - Concepts and Coaching Guidelines (30 MB .pdf)
Part 3 - Age Group Organization (2.5 MB .pdf)
Part 4 - Planning and Training (61 MB .pdf)
Full Document (98 MB .pdf)

 

Grade 8 Referee Course Materials Online

Here's a great online tool that will give you an overview of the Laws of Soccer - and you can do it entirely online! The program, which was created by US Soccer, features 18 educational modules that take you step-by-step through everything from the basics like field of play and players' equipment to complex issues like offsides, fouls and misconduct, and restarting play.


You can take the modules individually at your own pace. Please note that this is not a substitute for attending the Grade 8 certifcation or re-certification course, but it is a prerequisite in many parts of the country:
 

Grade 8 Referee Course Online
 

'Heads Up' Online Concussion Awareness Training by Center for Disease Control

Concussion awareness is at an all-time high. Coaches need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and act in the best interest of his or her players. This five-part online tutorial, presented by the Center for Disease Control, takes coaches and parents through the warning signs and presents potential scenarios that will help you to understand the risks to players and our responsibilities as coaches and parents.

The program takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete. At the end, you can print off a certificate of completion and other resources to keep with your coaching kit or on your clipboard.  It's interesting, informative, and worth a look!

Complete the Online Concussion Awareness Course Here

 

 

 

 

Coaches’ Training Requirements: 

Coaching a recreational team does not require previous soccer experience. Warrenton Youth Sports Club is dedicated to providing volunteer coaches the soccer training required to coach a recreational team.

In an attempt to better prepare all volunteer coaches, WYSC requires all volunteer coaches to attend age-appropriate soccer certification clinics.

The entry level clinic F License course is a 2 hour online course.  The cost is $25.  To register for the course go to vysa.com.

Coaches who need to attend a clinic can find a list of all currently available clinics at the VYSA website or contact WYSC directly by 

 or by phone at (540) 905-1217.

WYSC will pay the full cost of all coaching clinics attended by WYSC’s coaches.

For description of the different clinics, please, click the following links:

 



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Here's How You Email Your Team[ Top ]


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We've added a new video that will show managers how to use the different features that are available to them on the site. You can use this video to provide instruction to new managers and help existing managers utilize all of the features that you make available to them through the site. The video can be found on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/kokdA2RKu7Y

 

 

 

 

 

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WYSC requires that all new coaches take the F License course.  This two hour online course can be done at your convenience.  The cost of the course is $25 - WYSC will reimburse 100% of the cost upon course completion and after coaching one complete season with WYSC.

WYSC also strongly encourages all coaches to also complete a F.U.N Module to complement the material covered in the F License course.  For more information on these F.U.N. Modules.............{here}

WYSC is currently hosting a E License course on March 2nd-4th


Coaches before every practice, training activity and game please inspect to make sure all goal posts and nets for safety, that they are properly anchored and secured, and the field and areas around the field that is being used. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic Responsibilities:

All of WYSC’s coaches are volunteers and will undergo a background check through VYSA upon registration as a coach.

You only need to dedicate about two hours a week. One hour for practice and one hour for games.  If field space allows, coaches will be given the option to hold a second weekly practice. ***U6 Division teams will have a one hour Academy practice each week run by a professional trainer and assisted by each team's coach.  U6 coaches may then hold a second weekly practice with just their own team - this is optional and not mandatory.

Specify your preferred field and practice day when registering as a coach. This request is not guaranteed (it will depend on field availability). 

At least two weeks before practices start, contact your players. Introduce yourself and explain to your parents when and where practices will be held. Please include what children should bring to practices and games and any other expectations you may have.

Each season, there will be a mandatory meeting for all coaches. This meeting will cover a wide range of issues pertinent to coaching and managing your team.  The meeting will take place the Sunday before practices are set to begin.  New coaches will receive practice equipment at that time.

Ask for someone to volunteer as a “team parent” to organize snacks and keep communication lines open if you feel this is necessary.

Hold practice each week and attend weekend games during the 8 week season.  Practices begin 3 weeks before the first games.  The last weekend of the season will be our End-of-Season Tournament.  This tournament is for teams in our U8 and older divisions.  Teams will play 2 games on Saturday and 1 game on Sunday.  Championship games in each division will be played on Sunday afternoon.

Coach your squad to the best of your ability, calling on your reserves of knowledge and patience. Make practices fun, make them productive. And don’t forget your sense of humor!

Be a good sport and help your players grow in their abilities, emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship.

At no time should a coach be alone with a player.  If a player is waiting to be picked up, ask another parent to stay with you while you wait with that child.

Coaches are to have no private contact with players via social media, email or text messaging.  Parents of players should always be included on ALL communication between coach and player(s).

After every game, winning coaches will enter their score on the website.