The short answer is “most likely”. It’s a chance to spend quality time with your child and it’s fun. It’s a great break from work. It makes you feel good. It’s a great way to give back to the community.
The rewards come in the form of helping kids have fun at a game or practice, and contributing to their individual skills and teamwork. There is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season, look back and see how far the team has come.
Speaking for me personally, coaching, in short, has been one of the best activities I’ve ever done with my 4 children. It has brought me closer to them and I have met some amazing families along the way.
For 7 year olds and below (where AYSO generally needs brand new coaches), here is all that is needed:
- Be able to attend 1 practice and 1 game per weekend. Expect to spend about an additional couple hours per week (if you’re doing it correctly) preparing for practices, communicating with the parents, etc. We’ll help you with those details
- Be willing to take a couple short online courses, or for older ages a 2 hour class in Ladera after work
- Have a genuine desire to learn and provide a positive experience for your child and teammates
Notice what’s NOT on that list:
- Being knowledgeable about soccer
- Needing to be competitive
- Prior experience coaching
AYSO will provide you all the training and mentorship you need and it’s probably much less than you think at this age level. If you’re still having doubts, sign up as Assistant Coach and we’ll be happy to pair you with a more experienced coach.
If you want to learn more about our onboarding process, go here and send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
it’s so great to see this type of support for our new coaches. Also to see how our region has evolved.
The best years I had were coaching my son’s teams for a decade. This will give so many new coaches confidence and tools to have a great experience for many years. Thank you!