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CYSA-South Coaching Education Program

This page provides a comprehensive description of the Coaches Education programs offered by CYSA-South. Click on the item below to go directly to your area of interest.

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Overview
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The Certification Process
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Equivalevancy Procedures
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Waiver Procedures
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Eligibility
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Risk Management Requirements
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Cost and Duration of Education Courses
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Application to Host a Coaching Clinic
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Recreation Coaching Clinic
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Coaches Education Clinic Schedule
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District Head Coaches
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OVERVIEW

Designed to meet the needs of today's modern youth soccer coach, CYSA-South has established a comprehensive Coaching Education School that offers a USSF-approved curriculum of courses for the "Youth Module", "E", and "D" licenses. Through this effort, CYSA-South provides:

Bullet A program in which coaches can earn state and national coaching credentials
bullet A system which improves a coach's knowledge of the game, methodology, and teaching methods
bullet Valuable information and current coaching trends state-wide, nationally, and internationally

Over 20,000 coaches have attended CYSA-South licensing courses. All courses are taught by a CYSA-South State staff coach. Each of our staff coaches has coached at higher levels and possesses a United States Soccer Federation national license. The objective of the coaching licensing curriculum is to provide all soccer coaches, from the beginner to the advanced, with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so that coaches in southern California can help ensure that players develop their fullest potential.

The philosophy of the coaching program

To help you gain the most information from the courses, staff coaches teach the essentials of soccer in an optimal way. All candidates actively participate in field sessions. Approximately two-thirds of each course is comprised field sessions and the remaining one-third as lectures. The intensity of the field sessions is directly related to the level of the course. The higher the course, the more hours required on the field. A complete discussion of the Coaches Education program is provided below along with a complete listing of ongoing coaching licensing clinics across the Association. A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for any course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS

All courses are taught by CYSA-South State Staff Coaches who hold a National Coaching License. "D" Clinic instructors hold either an "A" or "B" National Coaching License. Youth Module instructors hold a National Youth License. All courses must be scheduled through the CYSA-South State Office. A list is maintained at the State Office and posted on CYSA-South website.

The "E" and "D" license courses are also offered in Spanish. Individuals wishing to attend a course or clubs, leagues wishing to host a course may do so by contacting Ramon Herrera, Latin Coaches Education coordinator for CYSA-South at 1-714-827-0470.

Course contents, durations, and costs are provided below. Note that Youth Modules Levels 1 and 2 can be completed on the same day for a total cost of $15 for both. Youth Module Level 3 has replaced the older "F" license.

The State Youth License

Under 6 and Under 8 - Level 1

This course is designed specifically for the Under-6 and Under-8 coach. During 3.5 hours of classroom and field instruction, coaches are taught the proper techniques for these age groups.

Topics:

o Philosophy of coaching Under-6 and Under-8 players
o Characteristics of Under-6 and Under-8 players
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of soccer injuries
o Appropriate activities for Under-6 and Under-8 players
o Organizing a youth training session
o Laws of the Game: modified

Prerequisites:

o AN OPEN MIND!
o Minimum age - 16 years old
o Mandatory for all Recreational coaches of player's age 6-8 years (not applicable to competitive coaches).

A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license.

Course Length: 3.5 hours (2 hours classroom, 1.5 hours field)

Testing: None

Cost: $15 per person each candidate will receive the CYSA-South Youth Module workbook, USYS coaching primer and U6-U8 Activities book at retail value of $20


Under 10 and Under 12 - Level 2

This course is designed specifically for the Under-10/12 coach. The 3.5-hour course of classroom and field instruction offers the proper coaching techniques for Under-10 / 12 players.

Topics:

o Philosophy of coaching Under-10 players
o Characteristics of Under-10 players
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of soccer injuries
o Appropriate activities for Under-10 players
o Organizing a youth training session
o Laws of the Game: modified

Prerequisites:

o Minimum age - 16 years old
o AN OPEN MIND!
o Mandatory for all Recreational coaches of players age 10-12 years (not applicable for competitive coaches)

A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license.

Course Length: 3.5 hours (2 hours classroom, 1.5 hours field)

Testing: None

Cost: $15 per person each candidate will receive the CYSA-South Youth Module workbook, USYS coaching primer and U10-12 Activities book at retail value of $20

13 Years and Older - Level 3 (replaces the "F")

This 9-hour course combines field and classroom instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology.

Topics:
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o Methods of coaching
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of injuries
o Coaching technique
o Coaching tactics
o Laws of the Game
o Principles of attack and defense
o Small-sided games

Course Length: 9 hours of instruction (3 hours classroom, 6 hours field)

This course is mandatory for all recreational coaches who are coaching U13 and older recreational teams. The Level 3 certification is applicable to recreational coaches and competitive coaches.

Prerequisites: Minimum age - 16 years old

A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 years and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license.

Testing: None

Cost: $15 per person all Candidates will receive a Nike T shirt and a CYSA-South workbook at retail value of $20

A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

The "E" License is an entry level course for all competitive coaches and will be mandatory for all competitive coaches by 8/31/03

This 18-hour course combines field and classroom instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology.

Topics:

o Methods of coaching
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of injuries
o Coaching technique
o Coaching tactics
o Laws of the Game
o Principles of attack and defense
o Small-sided games

Course Length: 18 hours of instruction (5 hours classroom, 13 hours field)

Prerequisites: Minimum age - 18 years old Mandatory for all competitive coaches

Testing: Written

Cost: $85 per person all Candidates will receive the US Soccer book, CYSA-South "E" Course workbook How to coach soccer and a Nike T shirt at retail value of $40

A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

The "D" course is mandatory for all competitive coaches of players 15 years and up by 8/31/04

This 36-hour course is the most comprehensive course offered and is preparatory for national licensing. Only a limited number of courses are offered each year and sign up for this course must be accomplished through the State Office. The participant must hold and "E" license and provide a copy of it when registering for the course. A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

Topics

o Methods of coaching
o Team management
o Prevention and care of injuries
o Coaching technique
o Coaching tactics
o Systems of play
o Match analysis
o Principles of play

Course Length: 36-hours (12 hours classroom, 24 hours field)

Prerequisites:

o "E" License
o Minimum age - 18 years old

Testing:

o Methods of coaching - oral and video test
o Tactics - oral video test
o Laws of the Game - take home test
o Prevention and Care - take home test
o Practical field session - methods / coaching

Cost: $ 150.00 per person all Candidates will receive CYSA-South "D" Course workbook and Success in Soccer Advanced training for players ages 14-18 book and a Nike T shirt at retail value of $40

"D" License Course Upgrade

This course is offered to coaches who failed their State or National "D" license. All candidates requesting a waiver must attend the "D" Upgrade course. A minimum of 12 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled. This course will be scheduled 2 hours one an evening and 8 hours on a Saturday or Sunday

Prerequisites: Minimum age - 18 years old. Must have attended the "D" course or receive a waiver form State Director of Coaches Education based on equivalency AAF/CIF, AYSO, or NSCAA course work

Topics.

o Methods of Coaching/ Tactics 2 hours classroom
o Model training session 1 hours field
o Practice coaching 2 hours field
o Practical coaching tests 5 hours field

Testing: Oral testing on Methods of coaching and Tactics 1 hour classroom. Practical field session technical and Tactical

Cost: $50.00 per person retesting for the "D" course CYSA-South allows a candidate to retests once if a candidate fails a second time they must to complete the course completely over again and pay the appropriate fees.

For coaches receiving a waiver from State Director of Coaches Education the Cost will be $150.
Each Candidate that receives a waiver in to this course will receive CYSA-South "D" Course workbook and Success in Soccer Advanced training for players age's 14-18 book and a Nike T shirt at retail value of $40

Goalkeeper License -

The basic techniques of how to teach youth goalkeepers is the primary objective of this 6-hour course coming in the spring 2002

o Beginning goalkeeping session 2 hours field
o Intermediate goalkeeping session 2 hours
o Advanced goalkeeping session 2 hours.

Prerequisites: None

Testing: None

Cost: $TBA per person
A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

All courses are taught by CYSA-South State Staff Coaches who hold a National Coaching License. "D" Clinic instructors hold either an "A" or "B" National Coaching License. Youth Module instructors hold a National Youth License. All courses must be scheduled through the CYSA-South State Office. A list is maintained at the State Office and posted on our website.

The "E" and "D" courses are also offered in Spanish. Individuals wishing to attend a course or clubs, leagues wishing to host a course may do so by contacting Ramon Herrera, Latin Coaches Education coordinator for CYSA-South at 1-714-827-0470.

National Licenses

National ("C", "B", and "A") licenses are received by attending the USSF National School. All new candidates must have a National "D" license and must show proof of it when applying for the "C" national course. Coaches must hold the national D license 1 year before they can attend the national C course Brochures may be obtained my writing or calling:

US Soccer National Coaching Program
1811 S. Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1300

EQUIVALENCY PROCEDURES

CYSA-South has developed a list of license equivalents for non-USSF certified coaching certifications. The license equivalencies are provided below.

NSCAA Regional Diploma = to a CYSA-South "E" License
AAF/CIF 36 hour course = to a CYSA-South "E" License
AYSO Advanced = to a CYSA-South "E" License.
Licenses from foreign countries will be evaluated by the State Director of Coaches Education

A coach who has completed the above course work can obtain a CYSA-South "E" License by submitting, in advance to the State Director of Coaching Education, the following:

o Completed CYSA-South coaching application along with the fee for the "E" License ($85)
o Complete coaching resume
o Proof of completion of the above course work or license
o Completed and returned "E" course written exam that must receive a passing grade

CYSA-South does not issue a coaching license without a coach talking and passing the appropriate practical and written course test.

In order for a candidate to receive a USSF National "D" or USSF State "D" license, they must have attended a USSF "D" upgrade course. Candidates must pass the practical and written tests to obtain a license. Cost: $150 fee is also required. If a candidate would like to obtain an "E" License, they must take the written test and pass Cost $85.

WAIVER PROCEDURES

Candidates holding the above NSCAA, AAF/CIF, AYSO, and foreign certifications can also request to waiver into a USSF/CYSA-South "D" License Upgrade course to obtain a National or State "D" coaching license. To do so, a candidate must follow the appropriate procedures provided above and indicate that they would like to register for a "D" Upgrade course. All candidates attending the "D" Upgrade course must pass the practical and written tests to obtain the "D" license. If a candidate fails the "D" Upgrade course, they will be awarded a CYSA-South "E" license based on their equivalency. The cost for attending the "D" Upgrade course is $150.

To apply for a waiver into the National D Course without attaining any of the above certifications, a candidate must have at least three (3) years youth coaching experience, three (3) years playing experience with U.S. National teams, and three (3) years professional playing experience. (If applying as a professional player, applicant must submit proof such as copies of contracts or verification by the owner of the professional team on team letterhead). If an applicant holds an NSCAA national of advanced national diploma, a copy of the diploma must be provided.

To apply for a waiver, a coach must submit in advance a coaching application form, resume, proof of playing level and cashiers check for $150. They will be required to attend a USSF Upgrade Course and pass the practical and written or oral tests.

If all documents do not accompany the waiver application, the application will be denied.

ELIGIBILITY

o "YM" Course: applicants ages 16-18 will receive a provisional coaching certificate.
o "E" Course: applicants must be 18 years or older.
o "D" Course: applicants must be 18 years or older and have the "E" certificate or have passed the
written tests for the E license.
o "D" Course upgrade or Audit Any Candidate who fails the National" D or State "D". Will be allowed one retest all AAF/CIF or NSCAA waivers will take this course.

RISK MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

It is important to note that the CYSA-South Coaches Education Program is directly linked to the CYSA-South Risk Management Program. For instance, in order for a coach of a competitive team to direct their team from the coach's box, that coach must possess a USSF coaching license as well as complete Level "A" risk management processing. In fact a coach subject to Level "A" risk management must attain their coaching license prior to completing risk management processing. Thus in this case, all competitive coaches must possess a coaching license - minimum E license by 8/31/03 and a D license by 8/31/04 for teams U15 and older) as well as clear Level "A" risk management.

As part of the CYSA-South Risk Management Program, program administrator subject to Level "A" are issued one of three color-coded risk management identification cards that must be worn and clearly visible at any CYSA-South-sanctioned event.

o A BLUE identification card is issued to all competitive program administrators holding an "E" license or higher and have cleared the CYSA-S Level "A" Risk Management Program. A competitive program administrator may complete in all classes of sanctioned CYSA-South tournaments, out-of-state-USYSA and USSF-sanctioned tournaments, and CYSA-South State Cup.

o An ORANGE identification card signifies a recreational program administrator currently holding a Youth License Module 1, 2, or 3 who has cleared the Level "A" Risk Management Program. A recreational program administrator holding an orange identification card may compete in only Class III, Class IV, and Class V CYSA-South sanctioned tournaments, Presidents' Cup, Commissioner's Cup, and the Tide Cal South American Cup. The orange card is not applicable to competitive team administrators.

o A WHITE identification card signifies CYSA-South Directors, committee members, district staff, ODP scouting staff and other program administrators subject to Level "A" but not possessing a coaching license. This card will not allow a program administrator to coach.

Coaches should also note that the minimum age to attain a coaching license is 16 years. A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 years and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license. All provisional coaches must also clear Level "B" of the CYSA-South Risk Management Program

Arrangements for risk management processing can me made through the District Risk Management Coordinators or by contacting the CYSA-South State Office.

Candidates must come prepared with the following items:

  • A Soccer Ball
  • Proper soccer clothing
  • Water
  • Pencil/pen and paper to take notes
  • Sun block is highly recommended for weekend sessions


COST AND DURATION OF EDUCATION COURSES

Level
Cost
Duration
Youth Module Level 1 Mandatory for all U6-U8 Recreational Coaches
$15
3 1/2 hr
Youth Module Level 2 Mandatory for all U10-U12 Recreational Coaches
$15
3 1/2 hr
Youth Module Level 3 Mandatory for all Recreational Coaches Coaching U13 and older
$15
9 hr
"E" Course Mandatory for all Competitive Coaches
$85
18 hr
"D" Course Mandatory for all Competitve Coaches Coaching U15 and older
$150
36 hr
"D" Course in Residence
$295
36 hr
"D" Course Upgrade
$50
10 hr

"D" Course Equivalency

$150
10 hr
National Youth License Course
$595
50 hr

 

A participant's league or club may agree to help defray the cost of the clinics.

Responsibilities of Hosting League of Club

A League, District Head Coach or District Commissioner can sponsor a Youth Module Coaching Course. A "How To" checklist has been prepsred to assist leagues in applying to host a Youth Module course. The Sponsor must fill out a hosting form and send it to the CYSA-South State office 30 days prior to the starting date of the clinic. You can download the hosting form by clicking here.


CYSA-South Recreation Coaches Clinic
(2 - 3 Hours)

A two - three hour coaches clinic available for Recreation Leagues Only. There is no state certification for this clinic, it is for the sole purpose of supplemental coaching education for recreational coaches. This clinic has been structured as an educational resource provided by CYSA-South to our recreational leagues and is intended to introduce youth soccer to the coaches of recreational programs who have little or no experience coaching youth soccer. The strength of the CYSA-South clinic is that it will be designed to focus on the specific soccer topic areas identified by you and your league. It can be set up to serve as an overview for all of your leagues first year coaches or can be designed to target the coaching of specific age groups. That's the beauty of it, your league can establish whatever will serve your recreational coaching needs best. The true value of this program is also derived from being a hands-on clinic with the action taking place in "The True Classroom", on the field. Active participation is strongly encouraged to add to the participants understanding and experience gained from the clinic, but is not required. Each league can host this clinic free of charge, once a year, at a time coordinated with the CYSA-South, Director of Recreation and Director of Coaching Education.

Cost: Free
Instructors: CYSA-South State Instructional Staff
Minimum: 20 participants
Clinic Time Frame: 6/1/2001 - 5/31/2002

There is no state certification for this clinic - educational purposes only. This clinic will be offered once per year and cannot be rolled over into subsequent years.

Potential Topics to be considered when designing your clinic:

Laws of the Game

Teaching Proper Techniques

Organizing & Running Effective Practice Sessions

Small-Sided Soccer

Fun Games Kids Love to Play

Team Management (Coaching Philosophy, Roles of the Coach, Methods of Coaching, Sideline Coaching)

Beginners Guide to Team Tactics (U12 and above)

Retrieval Games (U8 and below)

icon pdf Download the CYSA-South Recreation Coaches Clinic Application Form


DISTRICT HEAD COACHES

CYSA-S Director of Coaching Education Steve Hoffman

(805) 487-1719
(805) 654-6328

District 1 John Thomas (909) 227-8334
(858) 278-8281 fax
District 2 Platini Soaf (858) 279-8383 PH/Fax
District 3 Richard Boon (909) 335-8683
District 4 Chris Snyder (562) 598-6865
(562) 795-6653 fax

District 5 Darwin Dallas (909) 789-1448
(909) 789-2779 fax
District 6 Sean Roche (805) 378-1525 x1695
District 7 Sean Roche (805) 378-1525 x1695
Spanish Coaches Education Coordinator Ramon Herrera (714) 827-0470
CYSA-S Coaching Secretary Julie Tracy (714) 778-2972 (V)
(714) 441-0715 (F)

 

 
 
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