Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New Coaches

Thank you for your interesting in helping support our league and help the children in our area enjoy the game of soccer!  We field many questions from brand new coaches and people who are considering coaching. These are some of the most frequent questions we hear. Please read on, and if you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

General FAQs

How do I become a coach?

There are 2 things you can do to let us know you’d like to coach. First, when you register your child, there is a box you can check in the lower right-hand corner of your Cal North Membership Application to indicate your interest in coaching - check the “coach” box.  If you register online, please click on either the “Coach” or “Assistant Coach” box when prompted.

You will need to complete a 1650 Risk Management form by going to this site:

Please ensure you select the right club:   04 SID6075472.

(Full directions on coach main page).  


Second,  please stop by the Coach Registration table at any open registration date and fill out a coaching application.   If you are coaching Under 10 (age 8 and above), we will need a 1x1 color picture (not hats or sunglasses). Please send the picture with the age group and team name (if known) to:
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** Lifescan-- As part of the background check, you will need to get a lifescan which involves a fingerprint and background check.   You may have had this done with another organization but will need to do it with LYSC as the results are only accessible that organization.  Once you have done this for LYSC, you do not have to get it done.   The coach coordinators will let you know when we will have a vendor out to lifescan or where you can go get it done at no cost (billed to the club). 

Who do I contact with questions?
If you have questions about coaching for LYSC, contact the appropriate  coach coordinator for the age group.  Their contact information is available on the main coach page.

Do I need a license?
It is preferred but not required.   We following CYSA’s coach licensing program.  See the Coach Licensing FAQ at the bottom of this page.

What equipment do I need?
The Club provides each coach with an equipment package each year (usually 4-5 balls, cones & pennies). You might want to invest in more cones – you can never have too many cones.

What can I expect in my first year?
You will have to attend a mandatory coach meeting in July. The team rosters and equipment are distributed at this meeting. If you haven’t previously been fingerprinted by the Club, our fingerprinting vendor will be there to fingerprint you (all coaches must be fingerprinted so criminal background checks can be performed). Practice begins in August and games begin in September. The season ends in mid November.

What kind of help can I expect?
At the coaches meeting, you will receive a team binder that contains a great deal of soccer coaching material, our rules, policies and procedures. New coaches are strongly recommended to attend the various training session we offer during August and the simulated games set up.

Where can I read up on soccer coaching?
The big book stores carry a supply of soccer coaching books in the sports section or you can check the “Links” page from our main website.

All those rules can be confusing. How can I get a better handle on the rules?
Become a referee. Contact for information on becoming a referee.   The Laws of the Game are available upon request.

Licensing FAQs

Do I need a license to coach?
CYSA suggests that all recreational head coaches hold an “F License” (also known as an F Certificate). However, you don’t need the license until your second year of coaching. Notwithstanding this one-year waiver, it is highly recommended that all coaches obtain their F License before the start of their first year. Once you obtain your license, please supply a copy to the club’s registrar.

What classes are offered?
CYSA offers the following coaching courses for recreational coaches:
    F Clinic – Beginning
    E Clinic – Intermediate
    E/D Clinic – Advanced
    GK Clinic – Goalkeeper Coaching

Who are the instructors?
The instructors are nationally certified coaches who are rigorously trained in CYSA’s curriculum. The instructors are assigned shortly before the class by CYSA.  LYSC has no role in who is selected to be the instructor.

How are the classes structured?
The F Clinic lasts 9 hours over two sessions.  The first session is on a Friday evening in a classroom setting.  The classroom portion lasts 3 hours, usually from 6:00 to 9:00.  The exact times are established by the instructor.  The Saturday session is held outdoors at a park to be determined.  The Saturday session lasts 6 hours.  The attendees will serve as soccer players and the instructor will serve as the coach (be prepared for some physical activity).

The E Clinics are the same as the F Clinics, except that a second 6-hour field session is held on Sunday. The E Clinic lasts a total of 15 hours.

The GK Clinic is structured the same as an F Clinic, but the curriculum is focused on coaching goalkeepers.

The E/D Clinic is 32 hours over two consecutive weekends.

What materials will I receive?
Every attendee will receive a class workbook and a wallet-sized license upon completion of the course.

How many are enrolled in a class?
CYSA sets an initial limit of 15. At the instructor’s discretion, additional persons may be added.

Are there any prerequisites for these classes?
There are no preprequisites for the F and GK Certification courses.  Those registering for the E Certification course must successfully completed the F Certification course  Those registering for the E/D certification course must have successfully completed the E certification course.

Who gets into the class?
Coaches from all area clubs are welcome, but those outside of the Placer Youth Soccer League (<st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Eureka & Loomis clubs) must pay to attend.  Attendees are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.  After the first 15 slots are filled, a waiting list is generated.

What's the minimum age to attend a CYSA coaching clinic?
The minimum age for the F & GK Certification courses is 14; E Certification is 15; and D/E Certification is 16.

What is the cost for out of town coaches?
   F Clinic: $ 45.00
   E Clinic: $ 52.00
   E/D Clinic: $120.00
   GK Clinic: $ 30.00

These costs are waived for <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lincoln coaches.  If you take the course outside of the area, you may have to pay for the course and the club will reimburse you.  If you intend to seek reimbursement for a clinic, you should contact the coach coorindator before you write the check.

What should I bring to class?
Friday night: pen/pencil and paper. Saturday/Sunday: pen/pencil, paper, any materials your received at the Friday session, soccer attire, soccer ball, plenty of water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, and a folding chair.

Is there an exam?
No.  If you complete the course you will receive your license.

What about my kids?
We request that you make babysitting arrangements for your children.  The classes are long and classroom we frequently use is small. In consideration of the instructor and your fellow coaches, we request that you not bring your children to class.