Balancing Out Blowouts

Greetings AYSO Coach!

Congratulations on accepting the privileges and responsibilities of coaching an AYSO team this season.  As the kids and parents all over the league anxiously await the start of practices and action packed Saturday game days, I hope your preparations in readiness for the season are going well.  In an attempt to fully equip you with some necessary resources, we here at the Area level would like to pass along some official Area recommendations and suggestions to you regarding lopsided/blowout games.

During your term as a coach within AYSO, it is inevitable that you will be on one (if not both) side(s) of a lopsided game.  What can you do to ensure AYSO philosophies are upheld and a learning atmosphere is maintained for both teams?  Glad you asked.  Foremost, there are CLINICS for beginning, intermediate, and advanced coaches in AYSO that you are strongly encouraged to go to.  These clinics will provide, in detail, specific examples of what can be done on either side of a lopsided game.  Please feel free to ask your regional coaching administrator for more information.

Below are some general concepts on how to handle blowouts.

Suggestions for the Losing Coach

  • Motivation begins with you, the coach.   Understand when the kids need a boost.  It goes without saying that if your head drops, so does the team’s…
  • Focus on what you are doing right and not what you are doing wrong.  Constant encouragement and reinforcement when something good happens needs to be verbally recognized during the flow of play and not just at halftime or fulltime.
  • Encourage parents and spectators to applaud good play when it happens despite the score
  • Emphasize skill development
  1. Concentrate on basic drill ideas during the game (e.g. 3 passes in a row 5 x’s until halftime)
  2. Create your own goal and forget about scoring them (e.g. hold them offside multiple times, disallow their best player to touch the ball, do not allow a shot within the 18 box)
  3. Allow players to try different positions

Suggestions for the Winning Coach

  • Emphasize division appropriate advanced tactics
  • Encourage the other team’s players when you see something done well
  • Incentives and creativity are two tools to use to incorporate new game challenges
  1. Challenge team to score using new methods (e.g. only score off of headers from corner crosses)
  2. Have players make runs from the fullback line towards the goal including your own keeper
  3. Use two touch with give and go combos as only means to bring ball up field
  4. Allow multiple touches towards the goal but only one player (usually weaker) can shoot
  5. Bring the goalkeeper forward
  6. When all else fails, tell the team they may only score using a bicycle kick or a diving header
  7. Pull a player
  8. Play keep away (tactfully) in your own end.

**Above everything else, remember at all times to keep good sportsmanship as the top priority for both you and your team.  No one likes to be blown out in any given game; however, it is within these types of situations when many things about soccer can be learned and accomplished.  It is up to YOU to recognize when these times occur and how best to utilize your coaching resources.  Balancing out a blowout in proper fashion makes for a much more enjoyable game.

-- Concussion Info & Training

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-- Friday Night Soccer Game

Just for Coaches & Referees! Friday Night Soccer Games: 7:30 - 9:00 pm @ LHCC
Strap on your boots, and come on out to play a little soccer!

This game is intended to be a FUN game and not a competitive game. Newer coaches or refs should feel welcome to come out and have a go. The benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • New perspective for the game
  • Comradery between refs and coaches
  • Exercise
  • Fun fun fun

So, if you are sick of sitting on the sidelines and want to use your "boots" for something other than standing on the touch line, please join us.

The game is limited to current volunteer referees and coaches.

Questions or to RSVP for the game, email Tina Frey

-- General Information for each Division

For general information for each Division, such as ball size, length of game time, etc.  Please see our Division Info page.

Your division manager is your main point of contact for any issues that may arise during the season.
Click here for a list of Division Managers.

-- AYSO Coach Training and Certification

Age appropriate Coach Training as well as Safe Haven Certification is required for all coaches.

Please note:  Online Coach and Safe Haven training is no longer acceptable.  Coach training and Safe Haven must be completed in person.

  • U6 Training
  • U8 Training
  • U10 Training
  • U12 Training
  • Intermediate: U14
  • Advanced: U16 and up
Please visit our Area website under calendar for an age appropriate class and a Safe Haven course near you that hopefully fits your schedule. Click Here for Area Coach Training

-- Referee Point Program

Referee Point Program
Teams are required to earn referee points in order to participate in post-season play. Remember that you can earn these points by officiating U10 - U19 games.

-- Can you help us by signing up to be a Coach?

Most definitely! Without coaches, we do not have teams.
Without teams, the players do not get a chance to play.
If you like teaching children to play soccer, enjoy the thrill of seeing your students perform and use what you taught them, then this is the job for you.
Are you worried that you will not be able to manage a team? No problem. -- Someone from your team will be a Team Manager. Utilize the team manager to manage the team while you teach and train the team.
Training is provided to teach you techniques on how to coach the various age groups. You will be provided the tools you need to successfully coach a team.

We look forward to seeing you at the coaches table at Registration.

-- Volunteer Application Form

Please remember! A volunteer application form must be submitted each year. It is easiest and most secure if you supply or update your information online through eAYSO . The online form can be printed out, signed and dated and submitted.  Alternatively, an you may submit a paper AYSO volunteer application form.  The form is extremely important because it authorizes AYSO to perform applicant screening. You should know that as a volunteer you are subject to screening. Criminal background checks are performed at the NSTC on a targeted basis focusing on certain higher-risk positions for immediate checking.

-- Coach Information

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Thanks so much for volunteering to be coaches this fall.  Without you there would not be an opportunity for our kids to enjoy this great game of soccer.

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