Welcome to HYSA and thank you for volunteering to be a head coach or assistant coach. We hope that coaching youth soccer for HYSA will be a fun and rewarding experience! This page is a starting point for all new coaches and contains important information that will get you started and ready to coach. After you read through this page please feel free to contact any of the Age Group Coordinators at any time if you have any questions. If you haven’t already volunteered to coach the best way to do this is to check off the volunteer to coach box when you register your child for soccer. You can also email the appropriate age group coordinator.
At HYSA, we offer programs for kids aged 4-18. Although there are many different age groups and levels for coaching purposes and for these procedures we will break it down into the following 3 groups:
- Small Fry/Advanced Small Fry
- Grade 1/2 (U8)
- Grade 3/4, Grade 5/6, Grade 7/8, High School
The Small Fry and Advanced Small Fry Programs are for girls and boys ages 4-6 (turned 4 by July 31st).
The sessions are 8 weeks long on Saturdays from 9:00am-10:30am. The first 60 minutes will be a practice session with many Fun games and drills. The last 30 minutes will be an informal scrimmage. (small fry 3v3 Advanced small fry 6v6).
The Grade 1/2 program is for girls and boys in 1st and 2nd grade who are under 8 years of age on July 31st of the fall season. This program is 8 weeks long. Practices are twice a week and all games are one Sundays. This program is a Co-Ed program that plays it’s games in an informal league with Maynard.
The Grade 3/4 program and above are for girls and boys that are over age 8 and under age 19 by July 31st of the fall season. This group of programs plays in the Nashoba league. Practices are twice week. For more specific program information, please see our HYSA Programs Page.
Pre-Season Small Fry/Advanced Small Fry and Grade 1/2 Coaches
Prior to each season an HYSA Age Group Coordinator will contact you to confirm that you will be a head or assistant coach for that season. You will be asked for contact information including current phone number and email address. If your phone number or email address ever changes during the season please contact your age group coordinator to update your information.
At some point prior to the season starting the Small Fry and Grade 1/2 coordinators will form the teams. At this point all coaches will need to fill out a CORI form online. Once you fill out the online form, you must forward the email receipt you will receive from MYSA to the HYSA age group coordinator for the age group you are coaching.
Pre-Season Grade 3/4 and Above Nashoba Coaches
Prior to each season, an HYSA Age Group Coordinator will contact you to confirm that you will be a head or assistant coach for that season. You will be asked for contact information including current phone number and email address. If your phone number or email address ever changes during the season please contact your age group coordinator to update your information.
For Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6, HYSA will hold tryouts in June. After the tryouts, the HYSA Board of Directors will form the teams based on the tryout results. These teams will be the same for both Fall and Spring. Before each season a team formation meeting will be held to go over the teams with the coaches. At this point the players and coaches will be assigned to teams.
For new coaches you must fill out a CORI form online. Once you fill out the online form you must forward the email receipt you will receive from MYSA to the HYSA age group coordinator for the age group you are coaching. Also if you are not assigned an assistant coach and you recruit a parent to be your assistant coach you must let the age coordinator know about it and have them follow the same procedure.
You will be given a coaches equipment bag.
As soon as coaches are assigned to teams each coach must put in their practice request. This is where you can request the days and times for your practices. Fill out the Coaches Practice Request Form as soon as you can.
A couple of weeks before the season starts, Nashoba (NVYSL) will have a coaches meeting. This is mandatory for first year coaches and highly recommended for all coaches. Shortly after that HYSA will have a pre-season coaches meeting. At this meeting you will receive your Nashoba packet which will consist of your official roster stamped by Nashoba and your referee cards. You will only receive one copy of your official roster. It is up to each coach to make copies of this roster. You will need to give the ref 2 copies of the roster for each game so you will need at least 16 copies, but it is better to make more. We do not have any other copies of this roster and it is not easy to get another copy from Nashoba. If you do not have a official stamped roster your team will not be able to play.