If you use fields that are not permitted to us, you can be asked to move off.
Taylor Park is reserved for U14 and U19 teams only.
U8 does not have any officially sanctioned fields and, if you choose to practice, you can be asked to move off.
Info on who is practicing at what time and where is on this spreadsheet. It is NOT a reservation, but rather for your information.
There is official AYSO coaches training provided. In order to be properly accounted for, you need to sign up for the course on eAYSO.org. You will first need to be a registered AYSO Volunteer. In order to register for the coach courses on eAYSO.org, go to "MyeAYSO" in the top left of the opening screen after you sign in and click on "Course Signup" (or click on "Enroll to take a class" on the bottom right). You will then need to do a "Search", with IL as the State and Section=6. You will then see all courses being offered in the Chicago area.
Note, we are working to get courses scheduled in Oak Park but as of today, 8/13/2013, nothing is on the calendar.
These courses are part classroom and part active soccer drills so, in addition to pen and paper, please bring a water bottle and a soccer ball (extra soccer balls too if you have them) and be prepared to participate in soccer drills.
There will be two referee training classes offered. The training is for all registered referees but is open to all coaches as well. I encourage you to attend one of the sessions. It will be a nice refresher for the laws of the game and give you insight to the training the refs are receiving. We have been working to expand the number of referees so most games have a center ref and two asst refs running the lines.
To many observers, coaching young children seems a lot like trying to herd cats. For those lucky enough to get to actually do it, the satisfaction in seeing a child grow in confidence, coordination and discipline is incomparable. If you are considering being a coach we will train you, mentor you and provide you all the equipment. Your kids will be impressed and your players (and their parents) will all really appreciate what you do.
- Go to eAYSO.org and create a volunteer record (print out the completed forms)
- Email the Division Coordinator with ANY questions
- Check out the AYSO National Coach FAQ or the Oak Park Coach FAQ for a lot of general info
- Go to the Training Page for info on Training and Certification
In addition to learning training techniques and footwork drills, you also want to know all the soccer rules and regulations (the Laws of the Game) so you can teach them to your players.
The best way to get this info:
- Take the Regional Referee class
Three great reasons to get certified as a Regional Referee: