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Upcoming 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 www.eayso.org
  • Complete the Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness Courses at www.aysou.org
  • Complete the necessary courses to be certified for your role

SPECIAL NOTE: USE YOUR EAYSO.ORG ID AND PASSWORD TO ACCESS AYSOU.ORG

 

6U and 8U Coach Courses

10U  Coach Courses

Both the Classroom and Field Portions of the course must be completed for 10U Coach Certification

  • Classroom Session is available online at wwww.aysou.org (Sent an email to the Coach Admin team for a voucher at coachadmin@mdsoccer.org)
  • Classroom and Field Session is available from Concord Region 305 on Saturday, August 12th from 9am - 1:30pm at the Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord Blvd, Concord
  • Classroom Session is available from MDSA Region 223 on Friday, August 18th from 6:30pm - 8pm at the Crossings Business Office, 4498 Lawson Ct., Concord
  • Field Session is available from MDSA Region 223 on Saturday, August 19th from 9am to 11am at Boatwright Field 3

Sign up for the courses at wwww.aysou.org

 

12U  Coach Courses

Both the Classroom and Field Portions of the course must be completed for 10U Coach Certification

  • There are no online 12U Coaching courses
  • Classroom and Field Session is available from Concord Region 305 on Saturday, August 19th from 9am - 2pm at the Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord Blvd, Concord
  • Classroom Session is available from MDSA Region 223 on Thursday, August 10th from 6pm - 9pm at the Crossings Business Office, 4498 Lawson Ct., Concord
  • Field Session is available from MDSA Region 223 on Saturday, August 12th from 9am to 12pm at Boatwright Field 5

Sign up for the courses at wwww.aysou.org

 

Regional Referee Courses:

You must attend classroom session 1 and 2 for a specific class and a field session to be certified

  • Class 1, Session 1 on Tuesday, August 15th from 6pm - 9pm at the Contra Costa Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord
  • Class 1, Session 2 on Wednesday, August 16th from 6pm - 9pm at the Contra Costa Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord
  • Class 1, Field Session on Sunday, August 20th from 1pm - 5pm at Boatwright Field 3
  • Class 2, Session 1 on Wednesday, August 23rd from 6pm - 9pm at the Contra Costa Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord
  • Class 2, Session 2 on Thursday, August 24th from 6pm - 9pm at the Contra Costa Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord
  • Class 2, Field Session on Saturday, August 26th from 1pm - 5pm at Boatwright Field 3
  • Class 3, Session 1 from Concord AYSO on Monday, August 14th from 5:30 - 9:15pm at the Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord Blvd, Concord
  • Class 3, Session 2 from Concord AYSO on Thursday, August 17th from 5:30 - 9:15pm at the Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord Blvd, Concord
  • Class 3, Field Session from Concord AYSO on Saturday, August 19th from 8am - 12pm at the Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord Blvd, Concord
  • Class 4, one day course from PHMSA on Saturday, August 26th from 8am - 5pm at Contra Costa Christian School, 2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek (includes session 1, session 2, and field training)
  • Class 5, two day course Session 1 and 2 from PHMSA on Wednesday, August 16th from 6-10pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
  • Class 5, two day course Field Session option 1 from PHMSA on Saturday, August 19th from 8am to 12pm at Contra Costa Christian School, 2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek (choose one field session to complete)
  • Class 5, two day course Field Session option 2 from PHMSA on Saturday, August 26th from 1pm to 5pm at Contra Costa Christian School, 2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek (choose one field session to complete)
  • Class 6, complete the online Regional Referee course at www.aysou.org
  • Class 6, Field Session option 1 from PHMSA on Saturday, August 19th from 8am to 12pm at Contra Costa Christian School, 2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek (choose one field session to complete)
  • Class 6, Field Session option 2 from PHMSA on Saturday, August 26th from 1pm to 5pm at Contra Costa Christian School, 2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek (choose one field session to complete)

Sign up for the courses at wwww.aysou.org

Referees

General Referee Information

Referees, like the coaches, administrators and everyone else who makes our league “go” are volunteers. Most are the parents of players who begin when their children are playing in the youngest age groups and move “up” with them.  Some (especially those with significant playing or prior referee experience) start directly with the older kids.  All are welcome.
 
Why
The best reason for being a referee is for the kids. Referees play a vital role in keeping the games safe, fair and fun - which is what Mt Diablo Soccer is all about; and is why the kids enjoy our region so much.
 
But why should you do it? While everyone is welcome, refereeing is especially likely to appeal to you if you like being involved (you tend to get fidgety on the sidelines) enjoy sports, even strange ones (you wish you were playing, instead of just your kids) enjoy (or need!) physical activity (reff'ing is a great, light, regular workout) don't have quite enough time, patience or soccer skills to be a coach. If any of these describe you, you should give refereeing a try.
 
When you do, you'll find out that it’s fun! Especially at the younger age levels, refereeing is not particularly stressful.  Your role is to help the kids structure their game as soccer and, occasionally, to intervene to keep it fair.  Best of all, you get to be out on the field with the kids enjoying the game “up-close”, while everyone else has to watch from the touch-lines.
 
What
Mt. Diablo Soccer has a very clear philosophy - its games are to be played so that they are a safe, positive, enjoyable, growth experience for the children. However, this is not achieved by adopting idiosyncratic or peculiar rules. Our games follow standard international soccer (FIFA) Law very closely, with only a very few changes to adapt to AYSO philosophy (e.g. controlled substitution to ensure that “everyone plays”) and, at the youngest age levels, to adapt the game to the physical and mental maturity of the players.
 
How
If you are interested in becoming a referee for Mt. Diablo Soccer, take the following steps:
  • Register as a volunteer for the current year. Visit http://eayso.org and complete the registration. All volunteers MUST register every yearNew adult volunteers: we do require in-person verification of identification with a photo id (driver's license, passport, or state ID) - we have several in-person verification events scheduled, or the lead instructor can verify your ID in the classroom. You will not be able to complete the next step(s) until your ID is verified. 
  • Complete the Safe Haven Training for Volunteers online at http://aysou.org. You must have completed the volunteer application and had your ID verified before you will be able to log in to AYSOU. You only need to take this course once in your volunteer career, so if you have already taken the course, you do not need to repeat it.   Additionally, it is strongly encouraged that ALL referees also complete the CDC Concussion Awareness training course online at AYSOU. 
  • Register for the desired course on http://aysou.org - pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Once logged in to http://aysou.org click on Live Courses, then click on the Sessions button next to Regional Referee Course. Locate the course you'd like to register for, and click the Register button.
    Please note: AYSOU is a new system for AYSO national, and the course registration process does not have a search filter currently, the easiest way to find the course is to use your browser's Find feature (typically Ctl-F (Windows) or Cmd-F (Mac) and search on MDSA. 
When
The fall season is our main season. It starts around Labor Day and continues until the first week of November. Mt Diablo Soccer and the neighboring AYSO regions offer clinics and training courses that prepare (or refresh) referees for the season and are usually held during the late summer or the first couple of weeks of the Fall.
 

 

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.