resources for coaches
PAYSL, in accordance with STYSA and CAYSA, requires attending a youth coaching module within the first year coaching in our league. Click the link to learn more about the Coaching Education Program on the STYSA website.
PAYSL recommends taking the 4v4 online course for any individuals coaching 4U to 6U teams. This two-hour course is very beneficial and can assist you with age-appropriate practices and game management.
PAYSL recommends taking the 7v7 online course for any individuals coaching 7U to 10U teams. This course is very beneficial and can assist you with age-appropriate practices and game management.
PAYSL recommends taking the 9v9 online course for any individuals coaching 11U to 12U teams. This course is very beneficial and can assist you with age-appropriate practices and game management.
PAYSL recommends taking the 11v11 online course for any individuals coaching 12U and up teams. This two-hour course is very beneficial and can assist you with age-appropriate practices and game management.
Please note that a unique combination of three of eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. This is the license that is required of Select level coaches. Two of the courses must be in-person (one of which must be 11v11) and one online course (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).
Click here to sign up for a log-in on the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center and view a list of upcoming in-person courses.
NSCAA Course Scheule (Alternative to USSF courses)
For more information visit the STYSA coaching education web page
WHERE TO PRACTICE
Coaches can decide the day, time and location for their team’s practices to make it as convenient as possible. Here’s some ideas for where you could practice.
Many Neighborhood HOAs have a small park or field space where and often times you can request to use it for free. Also, Pflugerville city parks are a great option for practice space. Often times other coaches are also trying to find practice space and the city does not take reservations. It’s usually a first come, first served arrangement.
Many local PfISD elementary and middle schools have fields that are open for the public to use after school hours (and assuming the school isn’t planning to use it). Middle schools may have after school practices and other extracurricular uses for the fields so it’s recommended you contact the school to confirm its availability. They also don’t take reservations, so coaches often just show up and hope to secure some space. If another coach is already there, you may need to work out which days and times you’re using it to make it work.
RESERVE PRACTICE SPACE WITH PAYSL
We also allow teams to reserve dedicated practice space at PAYSL fields. Age groups 6U and below are able to reserve fields space for free on a first come, first served basis. You can contact your VP or submit your request online here. Coaches may split a field in half with another coach if two are interested in the same time slot, but it will be your space every week.
For age groups 7U and above, there is a $10/player field reservation fee charged to each team who wants to practice at Wells Point Park. A team may pay this fee online and then reserve a specific time slot to use for the full season. Depending on availability, you may share one field with another team, each taking half. Some coaches even combine their teams to practice together or scrimmage against each other. If you have not reserved a day and time you are not allowed to practice at Wells Point Park.
Aids for Recreational Training
Some links to coaching websites that have drills and such.
Register to coach
All of our coaches are required to complete a background check before they can be a head coach, assistant coach, or a team manager. Once you’ve completed the background check, your age group VP will be in contact and after registration ends they will begin forming your roster. If you have any questions, reach out to your VP.