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Parent Assistant Coaches


Parent Assistant Coach Prerequisites

The Parent Assistant Coach holds a WYSL coach card which enables them to be on the player/coach side of the field during games. The parent assistant coach must complete WYSL mandatory training requirements below, along with a background check.

You must complete the following to receive your Assistant Coach WYSL Coach Card:

  • Background Check & Online Training - see information here
  • Attend WYSL Introductory 2-hour course new coach/manager orientation*
  • Attain a minimum of Level 2 NSCAA coach certificate (6 hours hands-on training; cost approx. $95). USSF coaching license of Level E or higher may be presented in lieu of the minimum Level 2 NSCAA.*
    • NOTE: You must complete the 6-hour Level 2 course before March 30th or you will have to relinquish your coaching pass. 

*If you previously took this course you do not need to repeat. The above training requirements are good for life within WYSL. The background check must be completed every two years ($23 fee). See below for more info on background check.

Further information on prerequisites can be found with the following buttons as well as on the WYSLsoccer.org website under COACH section in the top navigation. 

Parent Assistant Coach Roles & Responsibilities

There should be at least two Parent Assistant Coaches for each team. There is a maximum of 4 staff allowed on a team roster, in any combination of coaches/managers. But during games, there is a maximum of three coaches (no managers) allowed on the player/coach sidelines. Coach cards must be given to the referee along with the player cards and the game line up sheet prior to each game.

A WYSL coach card enables that named person to act as the carded coach at ANY game within their own club, even if it is not their own team, as long as they have their card to present to the referee

The Parent Assistant Coach can fulfill the responsibilities of the manager role, but not vice versa.

Note: * If a Parent Assistant Coach receives a red card during a game, it is the parent's responsibility to pay the $100 WYSL fine to get their card back.