(The following excerpted from MAYSA's Consolidated Policies & Procedures:)
MAYSA Coach Guidelines
WYSA Coach Pass - Required
Coaches for all MAYSA league teams are required to have in their possession a WYSA issued Coach Pass card at all games to be on the
team’s side of the field. To obtain a WYSA Coach Pass card, a coach must complete the coach registration/risk management form and submit it online
to WYSA along with a headshot photo and the appropriate registration fee. This element is a part of WYSA’s RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
and is a requirement of membership with the US Youth Soccer Association.
Coaching Education - Certification and Licensure
MAYSA adheres to the WYSA’s Coaching Education Guidelines which state that the following requirements apply to both head and assistant coaches:
Coaches working with U15 and older STATE LEAGUE teams are required to have, at minimum, a ‘D’ level coaching license.
Coaches working with U11 and older CLASSIC teams are required to have, at minimum, an ‘E’ level coaching certificate.
Coaches working with U10 and younger teams are required to have, at minimum, a ‘Y1’ level coaching certificate.
MAYSA will work with WYSA to set up a sufficient number of Coach Clinics in the MAYSA district to provide opportunities for coaches to attain the proper levels of licensure to coach their teams.
Coaches Responsibilities and Behavior Guidelines
The coach, the primary influence on the players, determines if the objectives of WYSA and MAYSA for youth soccer players are met. For coach behavior guidelines, see ‘MAYSA Code of Ethics and Conduct’ for coaches:
Must have a full understanding of the FIFA Laws of the Game and any adaptations.
Shall be familiar with MAYSA policies, including: Club Passing, use of Guest Players and MAYSA’s No- Recruitment Policy.
Shall emphasize the importance of participation, value of competition and player development over winning and losing.
Shall participate in the post-game handshake.
Shall refrain from negative coaching from the sidelines and refrain from yelling at players, opponents and game officials from the sidelines.
Shall be responsible for the actions of their players and spectators before, during and after a match. Coaches are expected to consistently ensure a safe and supportive environment for players on both teams and referees.
Shall be aware that only the team’s coach is permitted to provide feedback regarding the referee. Further, referee comments, questions or concerns may be directed to the Madison Area Soccer Referee Unit (MASRU) per the form available on the MASRU website, www.masru.org.