Coaches and assistant coaches need to submit a Littleton Park and Rec and MA Youth soccer CORI background check form. Littleton Park and Rec CORI can be found here Park and Rec CORI and must be submitted in person, with photo identification, at the Parks & Rec office or to their duly appointed representative, currently Bobby Chrenc (
). For MA Youth soccer just fill out On-Line CORI The MA Youth Socer form and hit enter. No need to print or hand in.
Travel Score Report
For the Spring 2015 season, all Travel scores must be reported on this spreadsheet:
Make-up games and Field Allocation
For the Spring 2015 season, the make-up game and practice field allocation spreadsheet may be found at:
Snack Shack Schedule
For the Spring 2015 season, the snack shack schedule spreadsheet may be found at:
Any questions about coaching education can be directed to Ted Doucette,
, 978-621-2138. All courses are administred by Massachusetts Youth Soccer, a schedule of upcoming courses can be found here: http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaches/upcoming_education_courses/
LYSA will reimburse the course fees for any course completed with a passing grade, please contact Ted Doucette, for reimbursement once you have successfully completed the course.
LYSA recommends that every coach take the two-hour on-line US Soccer National F Course: The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players. If you are a first-year coach, coaching a higher age group, this is still the place to start as it includes information that will be used at all age levels.
You must first create an account with the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and then the available courses are accessible to you.
For coaches who would like to continue coaching through travel and Grade 5/6, and beyond the US Soccer E Course would be the next step. The National E course is an 18-hour course, typically held over one weekend, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the National D course. The course consists of a series of lectures and field sessions, and attendance is mandatory for the full duration of all course meetings.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
Foundations of Coaching An online course as the perfect introduction to coaching youth soccer for the first time, and as a helpful refresher for those coaches coming back to the youth game. Focusing on improving coaching instruction in order to progressively improve player development, the Foundations of Coaching provides insight into targeted training activities and age-appropriate instruction for beginning to advanced players.
NSCAA 4v4 Diploma: This three hour in-person course is designed for coaches with players ages 8 and under. The curriculum is packed with age-appropriate training activities around a 4v4 game structure. Time Commitment: 3 hours
NSCAA 7v7/9v9 Diploma: This combined course for the next level of coaching is a nine hour in-person course focused on the 9-12 year old player. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.
Time Commitment: 9 hours
NSCAA 11v11 Diploma: Moving up the continuum of age levels to the 13 and above player, this Diploma is designed for an intermediate coach. It is a 12 hour in-person course focused on the 11v11 game with topics including the modern numbering system, formations and systems of play, player competencies and defensive and offensive tactics.
Time Commitment: 12 hours
Links to the courses: https://www.nscaa.com/web/Education/Coaching_Courses/web/Education/Coaching_Courses.aspx?hkey=f3e9b3ef-3b4d-418c-bd72-16fe772c9f6d
Practice Session Planning
Developing session plans can be the most daunting part of being a volunteer coach. Mass Youth Soccer provides session plans each season that can be used precisely or as guidelines for a practice. Session Plans are organized by Player Age Groups and by Training Themes. Each Practice Plan is designed specifically to be age appropriate. Age groups are designated in even years (i.e. U6, U8, U10, etc.) but the sessions are also appropriate for the odd year preceding the age group listed (e.g. U6 practice plans are appropriate for U5 players). If you believe that your players need more or less challenge, feel free to try Practice Plans in an older or younger age group. They are available at the following link along with an archive of session plans from previous years. You may want to search for a particular topic or you may want to download a season of plans and follow it through the season. Any questions regarding session plans or help with a coaching session you can contact Ted Doucette,
Mass Youth soccer Session Plans: http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaches/session_plans/
Pee Wee Reference Tips
The Pee Wee program is held on Saturday mornings. Note that these tips applied to the pre-Academy program, but they may be useful for general information or if we should return to that format.
The season lasts 8 weeks.
The first half hour is practice and drills.
Then, there is a 5-10 minute break often with oranges or fruit with some water.
Then, there is a 20-25 minute game with another team. Play is normally 3v3, but could be 4 v 4 if teams of 7-8 are involved.
There is no referee, the coaches act as the referees.
There is no official score.
When the ball leaves the field of play, one of the coaches announces to stop play.
The coach then conducts an informal restart. There are no corner kicks, goal kicks or throw ins.
Following a goal, there is another kickoff at mid field.
Substitutions can be made freely at any time.
Players should bring a #3 ball, a water bottle, cleats and shin pads each Saturday.
All players should get equal playing time.
Ball control is the key skill we want the kids to develop. Passing isnÊ¼t something to focus on at this age.