How can I verify I’ve met all my coach eligibility requirements?

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|Tags: , |

To complete any of the items mentioned above, the instructions are all on this one page: You can verify each step is completed by: Volunteer Registration, Background Check, and Coach Training Log into your Sports Connect (formerly known as Blue Sombrero) account Click on the Volunteer option in the left menu Ensure you have an [...]

Signing Up to Coach in Sports Connect (FKA Blue Sombrero)

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|Tags: , |

In order to volunteer for any position in AYSO, the league (and our insurance) require an automated background check be completed. This process is managed through the same site used to sign your child up for soccer (Sports Connect, formerly known as Blue Sombrero). To volunteer as a coach complete these steps: Go to If [...]

Law Changes for 2019

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|Tags: |

Coaches - Be aware of new rules (Laws of the Game) starting in our Fall season: Goal kicks - Ball is in play as soon as it is kicked/passed. No longer do players have to be outside the penalty area. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area for 12u and up and behind the build out [...]

Accessing AYSO University (AYSOU) the First Time

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|Tags: , , , , , |

AYSOU is the online training curriculum manager for all of AYSO. It relies on the same login as Sports Connect (formerly known as Blue Sombrero), and indeed the first time you access AYSOU you need to do so through Sports Connect so that the online credentials are passed through and your account gets registered. Go to [...]

AYSO and US Soccer Federation Cross Coaching Certification

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|Tags: , , |

If you are already certified as a coach by USSF, you may have already completed the coaching certification required by AYSO. Here are how the coaching certification tiers align: For an explanation of the other governing bodies in soccer shown above, please see here. The official AYSO cross certification policy is here. Note that USSF had [...]

Should You Take the Referee Course?

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification, Team Management|Tags: |

The short answer is “absolutely”, but since it took a couple years to become convinced of that as a coach myself, let me tell you why I eventually came to that conclusion. The biggest barrier is the six-hour course on a weekend. For that kind of time investment I expect a big benefit. Now, I already [...]

AYSO Six Philosophies

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Education and Certification|

AYSO’s Six Philosophies are principles that separate AYSO from other sports organizations. These tenets were created to provide a positive, fair and fun soccer experience for all our players. Everyone Plays® AYSO’s goal is for kids and adults to play soccer, so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50 percent [...]