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Coaching Resources
 NSCAA Fundamental of Coaching This series of short lessons is designed to introduce volunteer and youth coaches to the basics of coaching soccer. Topics covered include Laws of the Game, Basic Skills, Tactics, etc.

NSCAA Interactive Session Plan enlightened

CYSL Zero Tolerance Policy
Coach Dave's Article (PDF | MS Word)
Redefining Winning for Young
When Smiles Leave the Game (PDF | MS Word)
Rules Review Handout (PDF | MS Word) - For the best explanation of offside, we recommend viewing

Offside Rule Animated" (Lo Res / Hi Res).


Coaching Education
Your Coaching Education Director (CED) is Dave Gleason( ). Coach Dave is happy to help you or point you in the right direction regarding coaching topics such as coaching education needs, practice ideas or issues, or general soccer questions. You should continue to see your Division Coordinator for other issues.

Pembroke's Coaching Development Plan

PYS plans to offer in-house coaching education clinics by qualified professional coaches throughout the year.

The Mass Youth Soccer G license course is an important orientation and primer for anyone coaching youth soccer. It is offered on line by clicking here massyouthsoccer.g

The course offers the most updated and contemporary methods to leading activities for young children and coaching the game of soccer.

The  MYSA F and E license courses build on the G course. These courses will instruct coaches on methods for older youth players.
PYS encourages all coaches to attend these courses.

PYS Course Reimbursement Policy

PYS will reimburse active coaches up to $160 per calendar year for approved coaching courses. Eligible courses include clinics and license programs offered through Mass Youth Soccer and USYSA. Other courses should to be brought before the PYS Board for approval prior to enrollment. For most courses including Mass Youth Soccer courses, you would typically register and pay online. After attending the course you must send proof of payment and completion to the PYS Treasurer and you will receive a reimbursement check in the mail shortly thereafter.
 Please mail documentation of the course taken (copy of certificate) and amount paid to:
PYS Treasurer
PO Box 323
Pembroke, MA  02359.


MYSA License Courses DescriptionsMYSA Course Schedule

Coach & Volunteer Registration CORI/KidSafe
Coach Registration - Any person over age 18 who is expected to coach, assist  or in any way be involved with a PYS players is required to be registered and CORI checked.

To register as a coach or team volunteer, you must attended one of the many CORI Registration events held prior to the start of the season. You must attend in person and bring your driver's license of other photo ID

Registration of coaches is CRITICAL because it ensures that the criminal background checks that are REQUIRED by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are performed confidentially through the Mass Youth Soccer CORI/KidSafe Program. It also provides medical and liability insurance coverage for the coach/volunteer and PYS.

This applies to all age groups for both fall and spring seasons.  

Coach and Team Volunteers must be registered with MYSA every year and CORI must be updated every two years.

CORI/KidSafe Link - State law requires that all coaches and volunteers complete the CORI/KidSafe process so a national background check can be performed.

More information on the Mass Youth Soccer CORI Program can be found by clicking this link.
Mass Youth Soccer CORI Policies and Procedures

Your CORI Coordinator is Mike
Tropeano ( ).


"Heads Up" Online Training Course 

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.
Resources / Links
Pembroke Center Library - Soccer Resources - PYS has provided the Pembroke Center Library with several videos and books to help our coaches and players. 
EA Sports Online Interactive Training - EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to create the second version of EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future.
US Soccer Coaches Resources - Coaching resources and links from U.S. Soccer website.
Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States - From U.S. Soccer, this 70-page “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” coaching book serves as the sport’s definitive new player development guidelines and is available now as a free download. The new “Best Practices” document represents a series of recommendations compiled and reviewed by U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education Bob Jenkins in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team coaching staffs.
Mass Youth Soccer Statewide Curriculum - This shows you what you should be teaching at each age group and gives you practice sessions to show you how..
Small Sided Game Practice Ideas - 1v1, 2v1, 3v3, 4v4 and more.  Playing to goals or to lines depending on what you want to emphasize.
FineSoccer.com - Information on how to become a better player or coach. Has newsletter feature which allows you to receive inforation via e-mail on different topics. Also checkout the FineSoccer.com Free Drills Database.
Soccer-Coach-L Coaching Manual - A nice coaches manual published in 1998.
NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) - Coaching tips, coaching courses, news, high school and college rankings, and more.
Soccer America - Soccer's newspaper.  Free issue offer.
Soccer Rules Summary (including PYS and Coastal League Rules) - Created specifically for PYS coaches.
Offside Rule Animated (Lo Res / Hi Res) from Dynamic-Thought.com - Great explanation of the entire offside rule.