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Thank you for volunteering, Coach! 

“The Coach is first of all a teacher.”- John Wooden 

Your dedication as a mentor to our future leaders is to be commended!  Cypress AYSO 154 welcomes you to the American Youth Soccer Association Program.  A goal of Cypress AYSO 154 is for all youth sports participants, both parents and children, to have an enjoyable soccer experience while following AYSO's Philosophies: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.

AYSO programs are possible by the dedication of volunteers.  Many volunteers put in several hours of work to make Cypress AYSO 154 program a success.  Thank you to all of YOU who invest time and energy into the lives of young people today.  Families are very important to the AYSO program! 

Thank you for your participation.  We look forward to serving you and your athletes in our Youth Sports Program.  If you have any comments or questions please contact your Division Director, which can be located under Contact Us. 

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” –John Wooden. 

Best of luck to you and your team this season. 

Parent Orientation Meeting - MANDATORY

The beginning of your team’s season is the perfect time to get everyone together and set expectations. Whether it's discussing sideline behavior, recruiting your team volunteers, developing a snack schedule, or scheduling those pool parties your pre-season team meeting is an important time to kick start a great season.

In addition, your Division Director (see Contact Us page) will be meeting with you briefly for a few minutes  to answer questions, drop off your Team folder, and collect your Team Volunteer forms (see below).

Due to the amount of changes this season, there's a lot to cover so feel free to use our sample agenda as a guide to keep your meeting as efficient and effective as possible:

Before the meeting 

  • Send email to your team's parents, introducing yourself and calling for a Parent Meeting.
  • Remind parents that team roster, team information, games etc., are available online and can be accessed from our web site login page,  
  • Remind the parents that the web site has extensive information under the menu item, Parent Guide, and it helps us if they scan through it.

During the meeting

  • Introduce yourself and your assistant coach (if you already have one)
  • Explain the AYSO philosophies.
  • Explain your expectations of players and parents (send by email to team, for absentees).
  • Introduce your Team Parent - mention they will organize the uniforms, snack schedule, team website, etc.  (see Team Parent page).
  • Team Volunteer form:
    • There are three methods for filling out our Team Volunteer form.  Please use only one option, but this must be filled out by the end of your meeting.  If you have this filled out prior to your meeting that’ll save everyone time.
  • Rules of the Game – Changes from previous season
  • Build-out line rule (8U-10U only)
  • New Referee Rule
  • Rained out games and field blackout dates
  • Practice Schedule
  • Website Calendar
  • Field setup and field cleanup (quick litter check after games)

Remind parents to always check the game schedule online before game day.  Last minute changes may occur due to factors such as field conditions, city maintenance, school functions, etc.  Don't fall into the trap of sending a game schedule.  Do not send a game schedule and getting parents used to expecting you to keep them up to date.  The only sure way is for parents to check the online schedule themselves.  Last minute schedule updates often occur without notice, and you will not have time to update your team.  

For an even more comprehensive list, check out our Parent Orientation Checklist.


1st Practice Contingency

All Head and Assistant Coaches must complete the following items prior to the first practice: 

  • Complete Volunteer Registration
  • Coach Certification for the division you are coaching in or above
  • Safe Haven (online training)  
  • CDC Concussion Training (online training)  

Team Volunteer Form

As mentioned in the Parent Orientation section above, you will need to fill out a Team Volunteer Form prior to your team's first practice. Traditionally, this is done during your Parent Orientation meeting, however, if this is done prior to your meeting this will save you time.  For your convenience, we've provided multiple methods for accomplishing this task.  

Option # 1 - Print out the hard copy Word Doc.
Option #2 - Bring a laptop and fill out the Google Spreadsheet.
Option #3 - Fill out the Google Form on your phone or other device.

Note: please only use one of the three options above.

Signing Up For A Volunteer Role

Revolving Fundraiser - Out Of The Park Pizza

This year we're excited to announce our "revolving fundraiser" at Out Of The Park Pizza (Valley View/Ball).

Step 1.  Save this Digital Flyer (jpg) to your phone.

Step 2.  Everytime you, your family members, friends, or anyone orders any food or drinks from Out of The Park Pizza, and presents the digital flyer on their cell phones when ordering, Cypress AYSO 154 will recieve 20% of all revenue generated*.  

This is great for team meetings, team parties, or when you just go out for pizza.  Remember that this isn't just for our members.  Anyone can use this flyer at anytime from now until July 31, 2018.

*applies to regular priced food and soft drinks

Lineup Cards

Lineup cards are to be completed by the coach or the team parent.  Please discuss this with the coach.

All teams are required to complete a Lineup Card for their team for every game.  Lineup cards should be printed on cardstock.  Make sure to include the following information on the lineup card: all players list by numerical order, the region, age group, team number and game date, your team name and opponent name, your entire roster (ordered by jersey number).

The Lineup card are to be given to the center referee prior to the start of each game.

Build-out Line Rule (8U through 10U ONLY), Goal Keeper Punt/Drop Kick Rule

The purpose of the build out line is to teach players how to advance the ball out of the back by keeping the ball in possession now becoming the attacking team.  This will facilitate player development by allowing the attacking team the opportunity to receive and play the ball in a controlled method rather than the chaotic more common method of punting the ball up the field and the ensuing scramble for possession (which is usually lost to the opposing team 80% of the time).  In addition, players learn to control the ball, have less opportunity to head the ball, and reduces the dangerous play of high kicking because the ball remains on the ground.

8U/10U/12U Build Out Line Rules and Goal Keeper Punting/Drop Kicking Rules/Information (PDF)

Field Duty

First Game of the day 
Home Team – (if only team from Cypress, then your team is responsible for all of it) Friday Night (5:30-7 pm) = Paints the field, Saturday Morning = Places corner flags, put out trash can near field
Away Team – Friday Night (5:30-7 pm) = Moves goal posts into position and puts on nets

Last Game of the day (Clean up trash from on or around your field)
Home Team – (if only team from Cypress, then your team is responsible for all of it) - After game – Move one goal post back near lock up box and returns all nets and corner flags
Away Team – After game – Move one goal post back near lock up box, return trash can to lock up area

Sideline Management

Parents need to stay on their team’s side line between the top of each penalty box.

Home team sits on the west or north side of the field. Visitors will sit on the opposite side. 

Parents 'coaching' all the way down the lines, behind the goals and/or on the player's side of the field is not allowed.

Coaches need to stay within the perimeters of the center circle on their half of the field.  Approximately 8 yards on either side of the halfway line. 

ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards the youth referees.  Be nice to them, they are children.

No yelling at the referees!


Division Specific - 6U

6U is a non-competitive division.  This is a chance for 6U children to learn about soccer in a positive environment.

6U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to three hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

Teams consist of 6‐8 players per team and play 5 on the field. Minimum number of players is 3 for an official game. You will pay 2 full 20 minute halves (10 min quarters). Each player should play at least 3 quarters of the game.

There are NO GOALKEEPERS in 6U, players must keep at least 5 feet from the goal.

The Coach is the “Referee” and will be the only adult on the field (1 from each team). The Coaches will ref half of the game. The Coach will not interfere with play but will act as an instructor for his/her players.

Indirect Kicks
Indirect kicks are not awarded during 6U games, but reminders are encouraged.

All players will receive an award at the end of the season.

Division Specific - 8U

8U is a non-competitive division.  This is a chance for 8U children to improve their soccer development in a positive environment.

8U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to five hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak and complete an AR duty for their game.  If the center referee position is open for their game within Matchtrak, it is up to the home team to provide the center referee, too.

No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5).   Each player must play a minimum of three (3) quarters before any player can play four (4) quarters.  Goalkeepers are used and must be four different goalkeepers per game.  One (1) quarter each.  Games are full 20-minute halves.  Coaches are not allowed on the field and must remain in the coaches’ box/area.

All players will receive an award at the end of the season.

Division Specific - 10U and Older

10U & older are competitive divisions.

10U and older cannot practice after 9:00 pm.  Players are restricted to six hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

10U/12U Divisions only - Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak and complete an AR duty for their game if the position is open within Matchtrak.

Required Number of Players for a game
10U - Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5). 
12U – Nine (9) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).
14U and older – Eleven (11) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).

It is highly encouraged that all players play a minimum of three (3) quarters per game.

Where to sit during a game
Playing within the Region, both teams will be on one sideline. Home team shall sit on the north or west side of the field. Away team shall sit on the east or south side of the field.

Game score reporting 
Shall be reported by the winning coach or the home team in the case of a tie, using the Regional website ( within 24 hours of the completion of the game. Follow the online instructions.

Point System
Win 3 points, Tie 1 point, Loss 0 points.

Awards will be given to the first, second, and third place teams.

Tie Breakers: head to head play, least goals allowed, team with the most goals (maximum 3 per game), goal differential of all games with 3 goals being counted as the maximum goal differential per game, team with the fewest losses, coin flip.

Player Suspensions 
Cautionable Offenses - If a player receives three (3) cautions over a three (3) game period, the player will receive an automatic one (1) game suspension.

Sending Off Offenses - The following four offenses are considered to be unacceptable behavior:  guilty of serious foul play, guilty of violent conduct (strikes or attempts to strike), spits or attempts to spit at an opponent or any other person, or uses offensive, insulting, abusive or degrading and/or gestures.

If a player is sent off for any of the above offenses, the player will receive a minimum of a two (2) game suspension. The Review Board, consisting of Board members, after reviewing all of the facts, shall have the right to increase or decrease the suspension – including the suspension of the player for the balance of the season.

A suspended player may be present for the suspended games, but is not required to be present. They will not be allowed to be present in the technical area. They will be required to sit on the parent side of the field.

The coach shall note this on the game card and notify the referee team of the suspension.

I don't know anything about soccer. Can I still coach?

Coaches Job Desciption

Definitely, depending on the age group you want to coach. It is possible to get on board as a novice up through 10U. You can be paired with an experienced assistant coach to help make the experience more fun.  If you are uncertain, be an assistant coach to start. 

AYSO has been teaching and enabling parents for 50 years to coach their kid's team. AYSO provides tremendous support and focused, fast-track training. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have aside from specific soccer knowledge. 

Try, Before Making the Full Commitment!  If you are really uncertain, then sign up for  the training clinic, and afterward decide whether you want to be assigned to a team.  Even if you decide not to coach, the training for a few hours will be fun and you will know more about the game your kids are playing.

As A Parent, I Can Really Make a Difference
    1. I am needed 
    2. It's FUN 
    3. I will be with MY kids, great quality time 
    4. It's a great break from work 
    5. It feels good 
    6. It's for the kids 
    7. It's a great way to add to our community 
        Coaches run two weekday practices and a game on Saturday. Teach and encourage kids, and have a lot of fun. Parents help with team organization tasks. There is some administration, but not much. When you add preparation time for practices, plus general administrative work over the course of an 11 week season, this is about 40 hours for the season. 
      It Sounds Like Hard Work!
      It is.  But, all of the coaches that I have spoken to have enjoyed the experience.

      Injury and Incident Reporting

      Coaches are the primary point of contact with players and parents when it comes to working with AYSO Region 154.When a player is injured to the point where he/she can not continue to participate and the injury is deemed severe enough to see a doctor then the coach needs to complete an AYSO Incident Report Form and send it to our Safety Director, Alena Moreno  and the Regional Commissioner, Dan Webb, within 24 hours of the incident. The form must be submitted within one week of the incident.
      If a player misses practices and/or games due to major injury he/she will need to provide a doctor's note showing that the player is fit to play. For concussion injuries, a signed participation release form  is required. This is for the player's overall safety as well as to protect the coach's and AYSO's liability.
      Soccer Insurance
      AYSO offers Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) that can be used in addition to a player's existing insurance coverage. The claim must be submitted within 90 days of the injury. More information on this program can be obtained at the website -AYSO Insurance Information.

      Incidents includes those events that are outside of normal behavior. Although very rare in Cypress, an incident might include threatening or violent behavior, fighting, damage to property, calls to the police, and similar situations. Such events must be reported using an incident report form.

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