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"Pay more attention to their good deeds than their misdeeds. If you're paying too much attention to the kids who are misbehaving, the other kids are thinking, 'Well if I misbehave, he'll pay attention to me,' and you're losing the whole team."

- Sigi Schmid, former AYSO player and coach, now coach of MLS's Seattle Sounders. Schmid won NCAA titles

as coach of UCLA and MLS titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Columbus Crew.

 

Volunteer Training & Certification

All volunteers are required to complete specific training in order to participate in our programs. If you are unsure which you need please contact either your Regional Coach Administrator (RCA) for Coaching requirements or our Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) for Refereeing requirements.

(Descriptions of courses are below)

 

ALWAYS re-check this schedule on the day of the course to make sure there have been no changes/cancellations.

Items in RED are changes from original posting

You MUST be PROMPT for all courses - Once a course begins, late arrivals and/or early departures will NOT get credit for attending.

For complete course details (times, locations, requirements, etc.):

        Contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in.

To register and reserve a space:

    1)  log on to www.eAYSO.org, choose "LookUp"  then  "Course" you want and follow on screen instructions.

                           AND

    2)   contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in.

 

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF COURSES ARE MOSTLY LIMITED

TO THOSE BEING OFFERED IN OUR AREA - 6D

For a complete list of courses throughout Illinois, please go to: www.eAYSO.org, log in and click on  "LookUp" then "Courses", then "IL" then section "6"

 

"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are."

 

 - Ara Parseghian, College Football Hall of Famer
 

 

2013 Volunteer Training

 

Coach Courses

Course Date Location - Region Contact
U6 3/16 Skokie - Road Show tad.chicago@yahoo.com
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
U8 3/16 Skokie - Road Show tad.chicago@yahoo.com
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
U10 3/15 CANCELED Skokie - Road Show  
  3/16 Skokie - Road Show tad.chicago@yahoo.com

FIELD PORTION ONLY

4//5 362 - Glenview zieskep@juno.com
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
U12 3/15 Skokie - Road Show tad.chicago@yahoo.com
  3/16 Skokie - Road Show tad.chicago@yahoo.com
  4/5 362 - Glenview zieskep@juno.com
       
       
       
       
       
Intermediate (2 day course) TBA -Summer 2014 Skokie - 568  
       
Advanced TBA -Summer 2014    
       
Safe Haven      
       
Introduction to Instruction        
       
Coach Instructor Course      
       
National Coach      

 

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To register and reserve a space:

    1)  log on to www.eAYSO.org, choose "LookUp"  then  "Course" you want and follow on screen instructions.

                           AND

    2)   contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in

 

Referee Courses

Course Date Location - Region Contact
U8 Official 3/30 Chicago - 418 dschlensker@yahoo.com
  4/13 Chicago - 418 jkb100@att.net
U-8-to-Basic Referee Upgrade Course      
       
       
Basic Referee 3/15 Skokie - Road Show mhodes@hkp-customs.com
  3/29 Chicago - 418 jkb100@att.net
       
       
       
Basic Referee Online Companion Course 4/27 Chicago - 418 dschlensker@yahoo.com
       
       
Intermediate 3/15 Skokie - Road Show tomandcody@gmail.com
       
       
       
Advanced 3/15 Skokie - Road Show mhodes@hkp-customs.com
Adv. Ref Physical Test (subject to weather)      
       
       
OTHER:      
National Referee      
 

 

To register and reserve a space:

    1)  log on to www.eAYSO.org, choose "LookUp"  then  "Course" you want and follow on screen instructions.

                           AND

    2)   contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in

 

Management & Other Courses

         

Course Date Location - Region Contact
Auditor 3/16 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
CVPA 3/15 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Dispute Resolution      
Regional Management

(fka Into to Management)

3/15 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Regional Board 3/16 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Registrar I 3/16 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Safe Haven      
Safety Director 3/16 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Treasurer I 3/16 Skokie - Road Show nivesbernardi@cs.com
Tournament      
VIP      
Introduction to Instruction        
Safe Haven      
       
       
       

To register and reserve a space:

    1)  log on to www.eAYSO.org, choose "LookUp"  then  "Course" you want and follow on screen instructions.

                           AND

    2)   contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in

 

Instructor Courses

Course Date Location - Region Contact
Introduction to Instruction      
       
       
Coach Instructor Course      
Referee Instructor      
       
       
Management Instructor Course      

To register and reserve a space:

    1)  log on to www.eAYSO.org, choose "LookUp"  then  "Course" you want and follow on screen instructions.

                           AND

    2)   contact the person/email listed next to the course you are interested in

 

**Area 6-D Spring Clinics are held yearly and encompasses many levels of training locally. At the minimum, Safe Haven and  introductory courses for both Coaches & Referees will be presented as well as more advanced ones. As soon as the exact offerings are available it will be posted here.

***Section Conference - Annual meeting for our Section AYSO regions offering over 2 days worth of seminars, clinics training and MORE.  Board, Managerial and Administrational certifications. Contact RC1007@DeerfieldAYSO.org for further info and reservations.

To further it's goal of positive child-development, AYSO offers extensive training and certification programs for it's volunteers. The courses are designed to take volunteers through a cycle from a level of little or no experience to a high experience level.

bulletCoach Training involves job-specific instruction for volunteers. In the cases of coaches and referees this training is soccer-specific and age-appropriate. For other administrators, the training is specific to their jobs.

 

bulletSafe Haven Certification is non soccer-specific.

Safe Haven is a child and volunteer protection program that was the first of its kind in youth sports.

The child protection aspect is intended to stop child abuse, educate or remove its perpetrators, and screen out predators before they get into the program. It includes proactive steps which provide a medium for positive, healthy child development, precluding the outbreak of child abuse in a weak, unfocused, nonempowering environment.

Volunteer protection comes in to play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified, and act in accordance with a written job description. Safe Haven has these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law.

 

Coach Training & Certification

bulletThe U6, U8, and U10 Courses  prepare new and inexperienced coaches for those age groups playing short-sided games. These courses last approximately 2-3 hours each.
bulletThe U12  is a 4-5 hour course for coaches who wish to coach at the U12 level or whose regions do not play short-sided games at the younger levels.
bulletThe Intermediate Coach Course (ICC) is 15 hours over 2 days. It helps coaches learn how to teach the game, rather than just skills. Requires prior completion of the U12 Course.
bulletThe Advanced Coach Course (ACC) involves 18 hours of instruction over 2.5 days for Intermediate Coaches. It teaches the coaching skills of observation and analysis, as well as how to deal with older players. Requires prior completion of the ICC Course.
bulletThe Coach Safe Haven Certification Course (CSH) completes the instructional requirements for all coaches. This courses last approximately 2.5-3 hours

Referee Training & Certification

AYSO offers training at 6 levels for referees (plus an assistant referee course) and 2 levels for referee assessors:

bulletThe U-8 Official Course is a 3-4 hour course designed for new refs who will be doing short-sided games at the U6 or U8 levels.
bulletThe Regional (BASIC) Referee is a 7 hour course for new and less experienced referees at the U10 level.
bulletThe INTERMEDIATE Referee Course is a 2 day course for Regional Refs and teaches techniques needed to referee at the U12 level.
bulletThe Advanced Referee Course is also a 2 day course for Area Refs and is designed for those referring at the U14 level.
bulletThe National Referee Course, also a 3 day course for National 2 refs, deals with issues appropriate to the U19 level.

 

Referees achieve certain levels by taking the appropriate course, passing the test and fulfilling the other requirements as follows:

  Number of Games & Time in Grade Assessment Service Requirement Physical Test
U-8 Official Course none none none none
Regional (BASIC) Referee none none none none
INTERMEDIATE Referee Course 25 (5 at U12); 1 year as Regional Ref none, but observation in U12 game is required 3 service units* none
ADVANCED Referee Course 50 (10 at U14), 5 as assistant ref at U14;
1 year as Area Ref
one each as ref and assistant ref in U14 game 5 additional service units pass
National Referee 100 (25 at U19), 25 as assistant ref (10 at U19); 2 years as National 2 Ref 2 as ref and 1 as assistant ref in U19 game 5 additional service units pass

*Service Units include observation and mentoring of other refs, assessing refs for upgrade, instructing, and serving on a ref staff at any level. This requirement is waived for referees under 18.

 

Assessor Training

The Assessor Courses teach volunteers how to observe referees during games and grade them on whether or not they handle games well enough to advance to a higher level of referee certification. There are 2 assessor levels, each with it's own course:

bulletGrade 2 Assessors learn the basic skills of conducting upgrade assessments. They are qualified to conduct assessments for upgrade to Section referee.
bulletGrade 1 Assessors learn advanced skills and are qualified to do assessments for upgrade to National 2 or National 1 referee.

There is an additional level of Grade 3 Mentor. Referees attain this grade by taking the Mentoring class from the Area Referee Course. Grade 3 Mentors can mentor newer referees and, if authorized, conduct Area upgrade observations.

Instructor Training

The new AYSO Instructor Program makes it simpler for a region to deliver entry level training courses to it's coaches and referees. There are 5 levels of Instructor:

bulletGrade 5 Instructors are qualified to teach the U6, U8, and U10 Coaching Courses, the U12 Youth Coaching Course, the Assistant Referee, Referee, and Regional Referee Courses, as well as BASIC (Regional Board training) and the Annual Regional Update. Grade 5 Instructors qualify by taking a 5 hour course.
Safe Haven Coach Certification may also be taught by Grade 5 Instructors who have previously taken that course and Safe Haven Referee Certification may be taught if that course was already taken.
bulletGrade 4, 3, 2, and 1 Instructors are specialists. They choose one of four areas (coach, ref, management, master instructor) and teach the higher level courses in their chosen field. There are corresponding training courses for each grades 4 and 3. Grades 1 & 2 are granted by AYSO National after the instructors are mentored in upper level courses.
Instructors can have more than one specialty by taking the appropriate discipline-specific modules.

Management Training & Certification

AYSO provides training and certification for all Regional Board and Area Staff members.