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Many teams have had games where they were short players. Here are the guiding principles for when your team is short players and you see the need to change the game.
For some reason I have received reports of teams not truly realizing the purpose of AYSO. Saturday games are a recreational competition intended to be fun for families and players. There are certain points where it is obvious you should change the game to make it fun for everyone.
*Read the Coach FAQ for info on how to deal with lopsided games.
Forfeit = I use this term to help in the understanding that you are no longer playing a scheduled competition, but a scheduled scrimmage with a total number of players at both coaches' disposal.
Constructive Feedback - There are always issues, first remember we are all volunteers. From issues with parents to issues with referees, there are channels to get help. If you observe a problem or have one with a parent feel free to email me. If you observe a problem or have one with a referee feel free to email the Ref Admin. Please be sure to mention the game, field, and start time. Remember it is just a game, but if you believe it is a problem email someone so we can help. Keep it constructive so we know what we can do to help.
The intent is teach the areas in your division and solidify the areas in all prior divisions. More details are in the coach manuals at AYSO Training or a brief run down can be found here Player Ability.
*Training needs to be for the division/age level your coaching, you do not need to get all the training from the lower levels, just your division level. Training above your division level is okay, but I suggest you brush up your understanding of the requirements for the lower level. Classroom training can be done online for U6-U10 only.
Generally 3 hours per week per program. Progressive 3 hours per week. Primary Season 3 hours per week.
Many coaches schedule practices for 2 hours per day to include the time for breaks and late arrivals.
I am glad you asked... it is seemingly basic. You will receive a game lineup card with other equipment before the first game day. After you distribute the uniforms at a practice or game you then write the numbers and names of all players in numerical order. Make sure, if you have two players with the same name you distinguish them on the card. Fill out as much as you can on the top of the card, feel free to do a bunch of these at the same time leaving off the information for that day. At the game you give the card to the referee. (if you loose the cards you can get one at the info shed)
Game Day Checklist
First off, get it done now, or you will be stuck with what you get.
Most of the time you can enter the online district form and they will present you with the field in a few weeks. In other cases you will have luck of the draw in public spaces. AYSO has insurance for all parties involved in most locations, but we recommend that you work with school district to find a location.
Please look at the field map to see the spectator and team side assignments.
Balancing teams is difficult and some games will inevitably favor another team, if a game is in your favor due to the opposing teams poor attendance, or lack of player experience here are some possible remedies that can be agreed upon (with the other coach), or implemented to even out the game. These are in order from best to worst:
Here is a brief overview of the player requirements.
All of these rules must be followed in order to ensure a players coverage with Soccer Accident Insurance and your coverage with General Liability by AYSO. No AYSO player is allowed to play without meeting the above requirements.
NOTE: their are some forms that apply to this section, injury report and return form injury report. (linking will be done later)
We do not have makeup games and you most likely cannot have makeup practices since you are only allowed to practice 3 hours per week, when a game day is canceled it is canceled. The current policy for the primary AYSO program is that if a majority of the Corvallis 509j fields are closed all practices should be canceled. Majority is currently set at a number greater than 7 schools. You can find information on this websites home page.
If you are one of the unlucky few that have a field that is closed, you have a few options. Best option is to find another green space that you are allowed to play on, remember to be safe and scout the area. Another option is to remember that player development does not require grass, but remember to be safe if you are doing something on unfamiliar terrain (I do not recommend that you try a practice on wet concrete, but you can try some games that apply to soccer. Think team building or general physical fitness, ask them what they do for P.E.).
If AYSO has canceled practices or games for the week, you can always communicate with the parents to try a more social gathering. Some locations in town can provide physical activity, or just team building/familiarity. Remember that these are not AYSO authorized events, meaning you and everyone else should be notified of this fact. (Please do not bend the rules on this, if a bunch of coaches want to have a recreational game with their kids and friends that can be ok, but remember to be sure everyone is informed it is voluntary and not part of AYSO.)