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.