BYSC expects all coaches to get their appropriate license through the US Soccer coaches certification program Grassroots. Courses are offered online and in person.
It is Washington Youth Soccer’s aim to encourage all active coaches within WYS to be licensed. Clubs and Associations can help us achieve our goal by providing a license opportunity for their coaches and by requiring their coaches to attend license courses.
Below is WSYSA’s recommended licensing structure.
U-6 Certificate Course
All coaches of players under 6 years of age.
4v4 Grassroots Module
All coaches of players under 8-9 years of age.
7v7 Grassroots Module
All coaches of players under 9-10 years of age.
9v9 Grassroots Module
All coaches of players u11-12 years of age.
11v11 Grassroots Module
All coaches of teams that play 11-a-side soccer
D License Course
“C” License preparatory course. (SYSA requires coaches of select teams to obtain this prior to second season coaching select team)
C License Course
All coaches of Premier teams U-13 and older should have at least a “C” License.
B License Course
All State Instructional Staff, ODP State Assistant Coaches, Club age group head coaches, all
premier level coaching U-16 and above.
A License Course
Professional, college, National Teams/Staff, Regional coaches, State Directors of Coaching, ODP
State Head Coaches, Club Head coaches/Directors of Coaching.
The improvement of soccer performance depends upon
a) The balance of standards in competitive leagues.
b) The improvement in the standard of coaching.
While competitive balance can only be improved by decisions made by appointed committees or
boards, each individual coach can help to improve the level of coaching by attempting to improve
his/her knowledge of the game.
The club will reimburse BYSC Coaches for training sponsored or sanctioned by SYSA or WSYSA for D license level training and below.
A BYSC Coach is a person who is registered as a coach for a team whose players register with Ballard Youth Soccer Club.
Reimbursement will be paid upon receipt of the following three items by the Executive Director and Treasurer. This is required to have an account of club funds used for this purpose.
If there is a question about whether a particular training is covered, please ask the Director.
Ballard Youth Soccer Club will follow all guidance on coaching requirements set forth by SYSA and WSYSA.
We will offer a unique opportunity for Recreational coaches to be mentored by veteran Seattle United coaches throughout the course of the season. Recreational coaches will pair with a Seattle United coach in a similar age/gender group, or one with comparable experience in the case of U7-U9.
Coaches will have the opportunity to shadow Seattle United coaches at trainings and games throughout the fall, and in turn, the Mentors will attend participating Recreational coach’s trainings during the course of the program. Coaches should communicate on a consistent basis to ask questions and look for guidance on session plans. Contact SU West Region Director
Seattle Youth Soccer has a number of resources for coaches of all levels