MYSL: Coaches Corner

Are you interested in becoming a new competitive coach?

MYSC FC Milpitas Competitive Coaching

If you would like to become a new MYSC FC Milpitas competitive coach you can contact the MYSC Competitive Director to discuss this or do the following:

  1. Submit a Competitive Coaching Application fully completed - application form link
  2. Attach copy of current referee license, or state a commitment to take the course
  3. Attach copy of CYSA F or NSCAA coaching license, or state a commitment to take course
  4. If you have interested core players that have played in MYSC and you have coached, include the CYSA goldenrod (circle players and city of residence) or provide list of players. Include: Full Name, birthdate, phone #, city of residence

Submit applications via email to or mail to:

ATTN: BJ Navarro, Comp Director
88 S. Park Victoria #135
Milpitas, CA 95035

Your application will be reviewed and an interview scheduled.

If you have questions, please contact: BJ Navarro, MYSC Competitive Director  at 408 309-1281

MYSC Coaches Corner

Coaching Courses

All coaches and trainers are expected to continue their coaching education. For a list of local available course click above.



By partnering with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), MYSC has made a commitment to place positive coaching education at the top of its objectives and to create a Positive Coaching culture in which athletes can grow, be challenged and have fun.

Double-Goal Coach Workshop  

MYSC sponsored the 'Double-goal Coach' workshop, a live interactive meeting, where over 65 MYSC and NVYSL coaches were certified in coaching youth sports, by building their knowledge of what PCA calls "Honoring the Game" — a deeper, more focused evolution of sportsmanship.  With PCA's help, our coaches become 'culture keepers' of the game.

Leadership Workshop 

MYSC board members also attended an  interactive 'Leadership' workshop that introduces youth soccer organizations to PCA's  Roadmap to Excellence, the best way to bring an Honoring the Game culture to MYSC.

Second-Goal - Parents Raise Winners in Life through Sports

The 3rd workshop included an interactive session whereby parents were taught to worry less about winning by using Second-Goal techniques and teaching life lessons thru sports.

For a listing of parent tips, visit the PCA Parent-Coach Partnership Link:

About PCA

PCA believes there are three major elements to the "job description" of a Positive Coach. A Positive Coach:

     1. Redefines "Winner"

     2. Fills Players’ Emotional Tanks

     3. Honors the Game 

Redefines "Winner"

A Positive Coach helps players redefine what it means to be a winner through a mastery, rather than a scoreboard, orientation. He sees victory as a by-product of the pursuit of excellence. He focuses on effort rather than outcome and on learning rather than comparison to others. He recognizes that mistakes are an important and inevitable part of learning and fosters an environment in which players don't fear making mistakes. While not ignoring the teaching opportunities that mistakes present, he teaches players that a key to success is how one responds to mistakes. He sets standards of continuous improvement for himself and his players. He encourages his players, whatever their level of ability, to strive to become the best players, and people, they can be. He teaches players that a winner is someone who makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and doesn’t let mistakes (or fear of mistakes) stop them.

Fills Players’ Emotional Tanks

A Positive Coach is a positive motivator who refuses to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. She recognizes that every player has an "Emotional Tank" like the gas tank of a car. Just as a car with an empty gas tank can’t go very far, a player with an empty emotional tank doesn't have the energy to do her best.

A Positive Coach understands that compliments, praise, and positive recognition fill Emotional Tanks. She understands the importance of giving truthful and specific feedback and resists the temptation to give praise that is not warranted. When correction is necessary, a Positive Coach communicates criticism to players in ways that don't undermine their sense of self-worth. A Positive Coach strives to achieve a 5:1 "Plus/Minus Ratio" of praise to correction.

A Positive Coach establishes order and maintains discipline in a positive manner. He listens to players and involves them in decisions that affect the team. He works to remain positive even when things aren't going well. He recognizes that it is often when things go wrong that a coach can have the most lasting impact and can teach the most important lessons. Even when facing adversity, he refuses to demean herself, her players, or the environment. He always treats athletes with respect, regardless of how well they perform.

A Positive Coach teaches his/her players to Honor the Game.  The Coach loves its sport and upholds the spirit, as well as the letter, of its rules. A coach respects opponents, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push their athletes to do their best. A coach understands the important role that officials play and shows them respect, even when he/she disagrees with their calls. A coach encourages players to make a commitment to each other and to encourage one another on and off the field. He/she values the rich tradition of the sport and feels privileged to participate.

A Positive Coach realizes that one of the most difficult times to Honor the Game is when the opponent is not, and the coach reminds the players to live up to their own highest standard (respect for self). Ultimately, a Positive Coach demonstrates integrity and would rather lose than win by dishonoring the game.

Honors the Game

A Positive Coach feels an obligation to his sport. A coach understands that Honoring the Game means getting to the ROOTS of the matter, where ROOTS stands for respect for:

Rules -- Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory? PCA believes that honoring the letter AND the spirit of the rule is important.

Opponents -- Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory? PCA believes that honoring the letter AND the spirit of the rule is important.

Officials -- Respecting officials, even when we disagree with their calls, may be the toughest part of Honoring the Game. We must remember that officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!). Take time to think about how to best approach an official when you want to discuss a call. What strategies do you have to keep yourself in control when you start to get upset with officials" calls? We must remember that the loss of officials (and finding enough in the first place) is a major problem in most youth sports organizations, and we can confront this problem by consistently respecting officials.

Teammates -- It"s easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking about and respecting one"s teammates. This respect needs to carry beyond the field into the classroom and social settings. Athletes need to be reminded that their conduct away from practices and games will reflect back on their teammates and the league, club, or school.

Self -- It"s easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking about and respecting one"s teammates. This respect needs to carry beyond the field to the classroom and social settings. Athletes need to be reminded that their conduct away from practices and games will reflect back on their teammates and the league, club, or school.

For more on PCA, visit the PCA website:


Coach Commitment

MYSC Coaches are expected to be role models who project the spirit of the sport on and off the field.  They are responsible for fairly applying the Club’s policies.

No coach shall use profanity or make derogatory remarks or gestures to a referee, parent official, player, parent, or spectator.  A coach may never strike, shake, push, or otherwise physically assault a player. A coach has the responsibility to ensure that all REC players receive at least 50% playing time during games.

Follow the Coaches Code

  • Enthusiastically support and practice “everyone plays” and positive coaching philosophies.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy, enthusiasm and their performance on the soccer field.
  • Impress on your players that they must abide by the rules of the game at all times.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.
  • Ensure that your players’ soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it).  Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for any reason.
  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved.  Children need a coach they can respect.
  • Do not publicly question referees judgment and never their honesty.
  • Keep informed about “sound principles of coaching”; and “growth and development” principles relating to children.
  • Enlist the support of your team’s parents in your efforts to instill the proper attitudes and values in the players.  MYSC coaches are responsible for the conduct of their sideline.
  • Check equipment that you use.  It should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.  Bring all safety issues concerning facilities to the attention of Jim Marte at . 
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.
  • Abide by the rules of all leagues and tournaments in which your team participates.

Be a positive role-model whenever you are around any players.  If you feel a situation is getting out of control find a field marshal or other official to observe or assess the game/situation.  Do not “take it into your own hands”.  Defuse, rather than inflate problems.

“Positive” Behavior For Coaches

The stated goals for coaches are many, and NONE include arguing with the referees. Every one of these goals deals with the coach’ s responsibility to teach players about soccer using skill, reason, fitness, and logic. Some specific goals request coaches to:

  • Inspire a love for the game and the desire to compete fairly.
  • Realize that you are a teacher (and role model) and that the soccer field is a classroom.
  • Develop respect for the opponents, opposing coaches, and of the officials.

“Negative” Behavior For Coaches

As a role model and teacher, it is expected that all coaches, as well as the parents, will not exhibit any negative behavior by shouting and arguing with the officials on their games. The CYSA Rules of Play (3:08:03) specifically prohibit this behavior and a coach sent off can be penalized a minimum of a three game suspension and a three game probation by CYSA and MYSC. Since the coach is responsible for the behavior of the parents, it will be the coach who is sent off when it is a parent who has violated the rule.

It appears that many verbal confrontations revolve around coaches and the official’ s difference in opinions.  Referees are trained to make calls based on FIFA Instruction of the Application of the Laws of the Game.  FIFA and CYSA specifically recognize the decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.

It is vital that all coaches understand that they are the focal point for their team and their actions, positive and negative, greatly influence the enjoyment of the youth players and parents.


Training Material for REC Coaches

Inside soccer

A free website for soccer players, coaches and parents who want to experience the best soccer skills, drills and techniques for mastering the art of soccer. Whether you're just getting started or a seasoned vet, visit this site for visual lessons and demonstrations in dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, goalkeeping and attacking from the best trainers and players in the world.


a complete passing practice
passing and dribbling
passing and receiving
passing and receiving 2
passing and shooting a complete shooting practice first touch and receiving the ball passing, defending and communication
possession attacking with confidence
ball control and team work lesson plan
ball control lesson plan
basics of defending dribbling and stopping the ball shooting from square passes
shuttle shooting
small group defending shielding and aggressiveness
shooting - teaching the basics Hot potato
how to teach the laces kick and driven pass
improve fitness, passing skills and teamwork
Improving vision
improving vision and speed of play
inswinging corners soccer coaching lesson plans
soccer coaching lesson plans from US Youth Soccer
soccer practice plans staggered goals
teaching the basic push pass
team building
team shape and movement
team shape and movement practice plan
the importance of planning training sessions
the job of a defender
training the second defender
training thoughts


goalkeeper distribution (throwing) practice plan
goalkeeping practice plans

U6 - U9

Coaching U6 players
Coaching U8, U10 players
example soccer practice plan for children aged 3 to 8
an U7 practice plan
dribbling for U8s
dribbling for U9s
passing for U8s
passing for U9s
shooting for U8s
shooting for U9s
soccer coaching lesson plan for 8 year olds
soccer training session for U6s U6 balance and co-ordination
U6-U9 - moving with the ball
U8-U9 practice plans

U10 - U14

passing for U10s
shooting for U10s
U14 practice plans and coaching advice
vision and support
coaching U12 soccer players
defending for U10s
defending practice plan
dribbling for U10s
Coaching U12 players

Other Coaching Resources

US Youth Soccer Coaches Library
CYSA Team Manual
CYSA-N Coach website
Fundamental Soccer - Karl Dewazien
Soccer Fitness advisor
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
CYSA Forms and Manuals Page
USSF Technical Area Memo(pdf)