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MAYSA Kindergarten Program


MAYSA Resource Center: Coaches
Coaches: The Definition of Possession
Coach Curriculum: The Basics from U.S.Soccer
Coaches: Lesson Plans

Very useful set of lesson plans from a US Youth Soccer affiliate in Massachusetts.

Coaches: Good Blogs

Sam Snow

  • Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

John Ellinger

  • John Ellinger is the Technical Director for US Youth Soccer.

John Thomas

  • John Thomas is the Assnt Technical Director for US Youth Soccer.

Coaches: Player Development

How do we measure success?

  • US Youth Soccer's overview of player development, asks 'How do we measure the development of the player?' Guiding principles for your club.

MAYSA Player Development Curriculum

  • MAYSA's guide for the development of youth players, technically, tactically, physically & mentally across the age levels. An overview based on a variety of resources, this is useful information for administrators, coaches, and parents.

MAYSA Sample Player Evaluation Form

  • MAYSA's sample form for evaluating players. Combined with face to face conversations, this form provides coaches with a template for useful feedback to players about individual strengths as well as areas of their game they could focus some attention on.

Coaches: Videos

The Offside Rule

  • A very simple, very complete graphic explanation of the Offside rule!

US Youth Soccer Coaches Training Videos

  • US Youth Soccer Coaches Training Videos, for U6 to U19.

Coaches: Publications

U.S.Soccer Federation's *NEW* Coaching Curriculum for coaches of players ages 5 - 12

  • US Soccer's new coaching curriculum for our youngest players. Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna talks about the 'age appropriate roadmap'.

Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States

  • US Soccer's gold standard coaching techniques, MAYSA recommended.

US Youth Soccer Basic Playing Rules

  • US Youth Soccer From the Policy on Players and Playing Rules of the United States Youth Soccer Association

US Youth Soccer Coaches Training Activitiy Lesson Plans

  • US Youth Soccer Coaches Training Activity Lesson Plans, for U6 to U19.

US Soccer Coaches Net Articles

  • US Soccer Coaches Net, valuable articles on topics of interest to coaches, including preventable injuries.

WYSA's 'The Pitch'

  • Wisconsin Youth Soccer's bi-monthly newsletter for Coaches. Stay current on issues relating to coaching and player development, also course information and schedules. Contributors include Jim Launder and Craig Carlson!

Coaches: General

MAYSA's *NEW* Recommendations for Sideline Behavior

  • MAYSA's guide for sideline behaviors that benefit the players and the game. Useful for coaches and parents.

US Youth Soccer Workshop Presentations (downloadable)

  • US Youth Soccer's Adidas' workshop presentations include topics for Coaches.

US Youth Soccer Coaches page

  • US Youth Soccer Coaches page, gateway to many resources.

US Soccer Coaches Resources

  • US Soccer Coaches Resources page, including 'Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States', and 'The Bible of Coaching' "Soccer How to Play the Game".
    Special Page for New Volunteers!: Help! I volunteered to be a Coach!

New! Responsible Sports Podcast Series

  • US Youth Soccer's partner, Liberty Mutual, produced interviews with prominent athletes, coaches and general managers sharing their insights from their own sports careers.

Zonal Marking: Tactics, etc.

  • Zonal Marking Football tactics, formations, diagrams, chalkboards and graphs-- this is a website for fanatics of the game; read and learn!

Middleton Sports and Fitness, Team Price List

  • MAYSA sponsor Middleton Sports and Fitness offers great deals on team uniforms, balls, goals, and coaching accessories.

Managers: Helpful Stuff

Manager Cheat Sheet

  • Everything a Manager needs to know, on one page. Print one to have with you.

'Sign Up Genius'

  • FREE online tool for creating and managing group sign up lists. Recommended by 'professional' soccer team managers everywhere!

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