Coaching (FAQ)

QUESTIONS ABOUT MY CHILD’S COACH

How come the coach made my child sit out when we were a goal behind? My child is the best player on the team!
In the recreational leagues, the goal is to develop each player and to give equal playing time (and not for the coach to take all measures to win each game). Consequently, the most experienced players will be rested various quarters throughout the season in an equitable manner along with the less experienced players.

I do not agree with the way the coach runs the team and conducts the practices.
The coaches are unpaid and have volunteered considerable time to coach the children. Occasionally, a parent has agreed to coach due to a lack of volunteers and in order to allow the children to keep a team. It is not reasonable to believe that all parents will have the same coaching style. If you can provide the coach with constructive suggestions, this should be done away from the practice field and the kids. If you feel that the coach’s behavior is inappropriate towards the children, contact the Club Administrator.

The coach sometimes tells my child to stop scoring.
In the recreational leagues, it is considered improper to run up the score if one team is proving to be considerably dominant. In order to keep the score within four to six goals, the coaches will often: require the players to achieve a certain number of passes prior to scoring, pull additional players back on defense, and/or have additional players rest.

My child is a natural striker. Why does the coach insist on rotating him to every position?
The recreational league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. Children are best developed if they learn (and have practice at) each position. There will be time to focus on particular positions in older age groups and higher level leagues.

How come my child always plays the same position?
The league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. You should notify the Club Administrator.

How come my child sits out more than the other children?
The recreational league policy is to let each child play approximately the same number of quarters over the course of the season. Although it is not possible to give each child exactly equal playing time each game, the result should be worked out over the course of the season. If this is not the case with your team, contact the Club Administrator.

My coach seems upset when I pick up my child 10 or 20 minutes late each practice. He doesn’t understand my busy schedule. I have suggested that he could drop off my child at my house so he doesn’t have to wait for me. Am I being unreasonable?
Yes. :)

QUESTIONS FROM COACHES

Can I request more than one assistant?
No, SYSA believes that in general, two coaches should be sufficient to coach a team. If more than two coaches were able to request each other, there would be more potential to ‚Äústack” certain teams and more difficult to keep league parity. However, when there is an excess of coaching applicants, SYSA will often assign a third coach to a team so that all parents who want to participate can. For two coaches to coach together, they must both register as volunteer coaches online AND must request to work with each other. One teams are formed, the league cannot switch players around to accommodate coaches who make late requests.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Send an email to your Tammy Ryan, Club Administrator.

One of my players dropped the team, what should I do?
Notify the Club Administrator regarding who dropped and when. That way, if additional players become available, they may be assigned to your team.

Can I still hold a practice if the fields have been closed?
No. Fields are closed from time to time by SYSA to protect the fields from damage and to protect the children from injury. On these days practices must not be held.

Due to new conflicts, I can no longer hold practice at the times that I signed up for at the coaches’ meeting.
Send an email to the Club Administrator. They can help you reserve a new practice slot.

A lot of my practices have been rained out lately. Who do I contact to schedule some additional make-up practices?
In the recreational league, practices are not to be re-scheduled. There are not enough open fields to accommodate this, it is often difficult for the players families, but mostly it would become a scheduling nightmare for the field coordinator.

Many of my players will not be able to make it to the scheduled match next week. How do I go about rescheduling the match?
Individual matches are not to be rescheduled. Notify the opposing coach prior to the game so that they can prepare to rest additional players or loan players to your team.

I think that I have too many players on my team. At some matches, two or three players have to sit out each quarter.
Based on the number of players who have registered, how many teams are formed, etc. teams will generally have a roster size one to three players more than can be fielded at one time. This is normal and children will have to typically rest one quarter a game (and sometimes two). With absences, it is expected that children sitting out two quarters will only happen rarely.

I think that I don’t have enough players on my team. Due to absences, I often have less than required.
Based on the number of players who have registered, how many teams are formed, etc. teams will generally have a roster size one to three players more than can be fielded at one time. Having a smaller roster may sometime result in having too few players. Notify the opposing coach as soon as you know so that they can prepare to rest additional players or loan players to your team.

I (several of my players) cannot make time scheduled on Picture Day.
If the coach cannot attend Picture Day, they should contact the Club Administrator and it may be possible that the time may be adjusted. The time will not be adjusted based on one or a few players not able to attend.

What do I do if there is no referee for my team’s match?
The two opposing coaches should find a parent or spectator that is mutually agreeable. Alternately, each coach may referee ¬Ω of the match. The coaches should also send a email to the Referee Assignor to make them aware of the lack of referee.

What should I do if the referee keeps missing calls?
All of the referees are human and they will make mistakes. Many of the referees are our own children and are getting on-the-job training. The referees have completed considerable training to become a certified referee and deserve your respect.

If you believe that the referee missed a few judgment calls or missed a few calls due to not being in position to see the play, accept the result in a sporting manner.

If you believe that the referee may not be sharp enough on knowledge of the rules of the game, or consistently fails to make calls, please do not address the referee, but instead send an email to the referee assignor. The email should include the game date, time and field along with your issues. The referee assignor will work to reassess the referee and take measures for additional training or improvement.

The quality of referees improves in the league as the parents provide input to the referee assignor. The quality decreases as spectators address the referees directly and the referees begin to quit.

What can I do to improve my coaching skills?
Attend the free coaches’ training sessions held at the beginning of each season. Take a VYSA sponsored course to achieve various coaching certificates or licenses. Talk to other coaches in your age group. There are also many good books, videos and websites addressing coaching.

My team is very strong and some players can sometimes seems to be able to score at will. What is the League Philosophy on lob-sided matches.
In the recreation league, SYSA believes that it is improper to allow the scores to be run-up. This can be unnecessarily discouraging to the less experienced team. Coaches are directed to take measures to keep the matches within a four to six goal differential. Coaches may even the playing field (and further develop their players) by: requiring a certain number of consecutive passes before shooting on goal; encouraging stronger players use their weak foot; pulling higher scoring players (or additional players) onto defense; and/or resting additional players.

Whenever my team wins a match, the children pour a large bucket of iced Gatorade on my head. While I do not have a problem with this happening occasionally on hotter days, it is very uncomfortable in the late fall. PS, I don’t even like Gatorade.
Gatorade Dousing is a very important part of American sports – and unfortunately it is a skill that has not been taught and practiced at the younger age groups. SYSA recommends that you do not complain, though you could subtly hint that you would prefer hot chocolate. :)