We will put resources on this page to help coaches both learn about the game, as well as put together drills to help with practices. There are many resources available on the internet, starting with the two governing bodies that are over EBYSA, those being Mass Youth Soccer and US Soccer, and even on YouTube.
The most important thing for coaches to do is to ensure the kids have fun, and they're learning a love for the game. If the kids are not having fun, they will not want to come back. At the same time, we do want to ensure are kids are developing as players, and learning the basic techniques and tactics of the game.
Here are some basics to get coaches going down the right path
Pillars of Development
Coaches should ensure that their players are developing their skills in each of the 4 pillars of development;
Phases of Play
Any game of soccer can be thought of as consisting of 4 phases, constantly happening in a cycle. A coach must have pland for their teams to both learn these phases, and how to execute in and transition between these phases in game.
Mass Youth Soccer has guides on their website to help coaches put together practices, however they are not organized in the most intuitve fashion, so we have organized them here for our coaches by grade level.
US Soccer provides formal education for coaches who would like to study the game and eary certificates, and they offer a coaching license pathway that starts with the knowledge necessary to coach kids just learning the game, all the way up to coaching professionals. Much like Mass Youth Soccer, it is not always the easiest to follow on their website, so we will try to break it down here.
The first step is to register for an account with US Soccer, and then take the Introduction to Grassroots Soccer course. This course is free, online,and takes about 20 minutes. After this course, you should then take one of the Grassrouts Soccer courses based on the age you're going to coach, but they organize the courses based on team size;
See here for more information.