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Coach & Referee Courses

If you are volunteering as a Coach or Referee with MDSA, you must complete the following steps:

  • Register as a 2017 Volunteer at
  • Complete the Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness Courses at
  • Complete the necessary courses to be certified for your role



6U and 8U Coach Courses

10U  Coach Courses

MDSA 10U Courses are now complete for Fall 2017. Check for other local certification courses.


12U  Coach Courses

MDSA 12U Courses are now complete for Fall 2017. Check for other local certification courses.


Regional Referee Courses:

MDSA Regional Referee Courses are now complete for Fall 2017. Check for other local certification courses.


Sign up for the courses at > My Courses > Instructor Led Courses


U7-U19 Coach Update for Fall 2017

Thank you again for coaching!  We are so excited that we will be starting the season soon.  Here are a few very important administrative tasks that need to be done before you start practicing with your team:

Requirements for all Coaches:

·  Step 1 - Sign up as Volunteer in eAYSO.  (This is required to be completed every year for all volunteers (even board members must renew their eAYSO forms annually).  This process will also renew/create your eAYSO ID which you will need to take your training classes.  Go to to register as a volunteer.

·  Step 2 - Mandatory online Training  - log into AYSOU: (you will need your eAYSO ID from step 1 to log into all AYSO online courses)

  • AYSO Safe Haven online course – please take this course again if you last completed it during 2013 or prior.   It is a short course that outlines the important elements around protecting our children as well as yourselves.
  • Concussion Online Course – at AYSOU.
  • 7U-14U coaches - AYSO requires you obtain your official AYSO coach certification for the 2017 fall season. 

§  7U and 8U coaches: You can certify by taking the online U8 course in the same AYSO training site you take your safe have course.

§  10U coaches: you must take the U10 online course AND you must also sign up for a field training session as well.  You can see the field training courses available in the Area by logging into AYSOU  and clicking on "enroll in a course"

§  12U-19U Coaches - no-charge classroom training sessions are also offered locally which you can sign up for using AYSOU and clicking on "enroll in a course" and searching for your age groups (U12).  There are no more Intermediate or Advance Coaching Courses again until November/December.

§  Not sure if you have taken the courses previously?  You can view all your certifications in

·  Step 3- Download the Medical Release Forms (MRFs):  You should be able to view your team roster, MRFs, etc. online in In-league.  You will need MRFs  for signed by the responsible parent for each player on your team.  The parents can print out the forms, sign them and give them to you or you can print them out have them signed in blue ink at your team meeting.  You need to have your MRFs with you at every practice and game (we will be doing spot checks of these forms at practices and games). 

  • How do I print the MRFs?
    1. Login to Inleague
    2. Click on “Players” at the top (just below the Logo).
    3. Click on “Medical Releases”.
    4. Once you are here you can “Select All” or Individual Players
    5. If you want to print the, Click on the Green Bar that says: Generate Medical Releases

·  Step 4 – Download the Zero Tolerance Form from the Coaches Tab at  This form needs to be signed by each coach and parent on your team in blue ink and is your agreement to respect the referees and not dissent or question their calls regardless if you agree with them or not.  Referees are volunteers too and without them we cannot play the game safely. Please keep these signed forms with you at all times.

·  Step 5  Team Volunteer Form:  This can be found on the Coaches Tab at for your age group.   It is a google doc so all you need to do is enter your Volunteers in the spreadsheet.

·  Step 6 – How to get Uniforms?  Once you have obtained your Volunteer Points (32 for 7U/8U) and (40 for 10U – 19U) and filled out the Team Volunteer Form, send and e-mail to your DC (Division Coordinator).  You will then be put in a queue for your uniforms.

Thank You for coaching!  It is a very rewarding experience.


Becoming a Coach
Coaches are the heart of Mt. Diablo Soccer because as a coach you have the most contact with the kids during the season. Coaching requires a significant commitment of your time for coach training, practice sessions and preparing for scheduled matches, but it can be a very rewarding experience. Mt. Diablo Soccer appreciates your time, and will provide you with the training, advice, and whatever assistance you need to make your coaching experience a positive one.
Reasons to coach
  • It's FUN.
  • It's a great break from work.
  • It makes you feel good.
  • It's a great way to put something back into the community.
The rewards come in the form of watching the kids have fun at a game or practice, watching each player improve their soccer skills.  There is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season and look back and see how far each player has developed.
Coaches have to put in a lot of work during the course of the season: in most divisions 2 practices per week, a game on Saturday and preparation time for each practice.  Over the course of an 12 week season this is well over 50 hours of volunteer work.  While there are other volunteer positions that require more time, coaching provides the greatest opportunity for you to have fun!
And for those who have "serious" jobs, there is no better way to regain your perspective than to watch a bunch of 5 year olds at practice.
Types of Coaches
There are generally three types of coaches:
  • Social Oriented
  • Task Oriented
  • Goal Oriented
The social coach wants to go out and have a good time.  If the kids want to have fun at practice (and not work on dribbling for 40 minutes), that's no problem.  The social coach enjoys meeting the parents on Saturday morning.  This may be the case for some parent coaches who did not grow up playing soccer.
The task oriented coach is looking to see players develop their soccer skills over the course of a season.  Many coaches who played soccer as kids and/or adults, tend to be somewhat task oriented, since they have the skills that they want to share.
The goal oriented coach wants to see results.  Sometimes this means winning on the score board, but it can often mean that the coach wants to see the team show some level of improvement as a team.
Of course, most coaches have some degree of the three characteristics listed above, but if you have no soccer skills and just want to be a social coach, attending a coaching clinic will help you gain enough knowledge to get by.  If you already have the soccer skills, but are scared of working with a group of kids, we will give you some ideas about running a practice and having fun.
For those who are interested, a high school or college-aged assistant coach can be terrific role model for young players, since (s)he has typically grown up playing the game.  We do require that an adult (or at least someone over 18) be at every game and practice, but Mt. Diablo Soccer strongly encourages youth coaches.
The coach side of the organization is managed by the regional coach administrator, with help from the coach coordinators, whose primary responsibility is the recruiting and training of coaches in the region.  The coaches in each age group will have direct contact with their Division Coordinator, who serve as the primary point of contact between the teams and the region.
Coaching Duties
  • Attend pre-season and mid-season coach meetings.
  • Attend pre-season coach training offered at no cost by the region.
  • Complete Safe Haven Training prior to working with players at AYSOU.  (This is a one-time, mandatory obligation.)
  • Complete Concussion Training prior to working with players at AYSOU.  (This is a one-time, mandatory obligation required by California state law.)
  • Hold pre-season meeting with families. (Introductions, roster and schedule distribution. Discuss expectations.)
  • Solicit volunteers, especially assistant coach, team referee, and team representative.
  • Conduct pre-season and mid-season practices.
  • Complete player evaluations.  (U8-U14 divisions only.)
  • Ensure the kids all have fun!

Safety Resources

The AYSO Incident Report Form is used whenever there is a personal injury, damaged property, or threats of or actual physical violence surrounding an AYSO game, practice, event or property. The form should be prepared by the Coach, AYSO Official, or other AYSO Volunteer. The form may also be prepared by a member of the regional staff such as the regional safety director, or by tournament or event staff members.