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Parent Assistant Coaches


Parent Assistant Coach Prerequisites

The Parent Assistant Coach holds a WYSL coach “ virtual 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 and a background check. The registrar will contact you with further instructions to apply or to renew.

Part 1: Background Check and Online Training - will take approx. 2 hours and combined cost of $23.

Part 2: Coaching certificate - In person training courses - A) 2-hour coaching orientation (free) and B) 6-hour hands on coaching course ($95) - USSF or USC permitted. See WYSL Site / Coach section for course options.

*If you previously took this course you do not need to repeat. The above in person training requirements are good for life within WYSL. However, the background check and online training must be completed every two years ($23 fee).

Parent Assistant Coach Roles & Responsibilities

  1. Assist with pre-game warm-ups, IF requested by the SIT trainer. Bring a couple of balls each week just in case.

  2. Remain on the sideline during the games, and take direction from the SIT trainer with regard to coaching and warming up substitutes. YOU ARE NOT THE COACH OF THE TEAM.

  3. Be available to coach a game in the unlikely event that the SIT trainer is unavailable but be in communication with the SIT coach in advance to ensure one of you is available at all times. Failure for a carded coach will result in a FORFEIT for the team.

  4. Bring goalie jersey and gloves to game.

  5. Report game scores using the GotSoccer Mobile Site

  6. Read full WYSL rules.

  7. Read Min. Playing Time Policy.

There should be at least two Parent Assistant Coaches for each team, one is required. 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. Game Lineup Sheet must be given to ref prior to game start.

A WYSL coach virtual 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. Failure for any carded coach, SIT or parent coach to be at the game upon start of the game will result in a FORFEIT for the team.

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

Note: * If a parent coach receives a red card, this will result in a $500 fine and minimum 1 week suspension; it is the parent's responsibility to pay the WYSL fine to reinstate their coaching status.