Philosophy
To help you gain the most information from the courses, staff coaches teach the essentials of soccer in an optimal way. All candidates actively participate in field sessions. Approximately two-thirds of each course is comprised of field sessions and the remaining one-third as lectures. The intensity of the field sessions is directly related to the level of the course. The higher the course, the more hours required on the field.

The Certification Process

State Youth License
As of 2002, HYSA will introduce a new State Youth license. This license will be offered as two modules: Under-6 / Under-8, and Under-10 / Under-12. Each course is three and a half (3.5) hours in length and is designed to be age-specific. All Youth Module 1 and Youth Module 2 courses will be held back to back on the same day and site making it ideal for the candidate wishing to complete both courses on the same day. A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for each course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.
Module 1- Under 6 and Under 8

This course is designed specifically for the Under-6 and Under-8 coach. During 3.5 hours of classroom (2hours) and field instruction (1.5 hours), coaches are taught the proper techniques for these age groups.


Topics:

  • Philosophy of coaching Under-6 and Under-8 players
  • Characteristics of Under-6 and Under-8 players
  • Team administration and risk management
  • Prevention and care of soccer injuries
  • Appropriate activities for Under-6 and Under-8 players
  • Organizing a youth training session
  • Laws of the Game: modified

Prerequisites:

  • AN OPEN MIND!
  • Mandatory for all coaches of player's age 6-8 years.

Testing: None
Cost: $25

Module 2-Under 10 and Under 12
This course is designed specifically for the Under-10/12 coach. The 3.5-hour course of classroom (2 hours and field instruction (1.5 hours) offers the proper coaching techniques for Under-10 / 12 players.

Topics:

  • Philosophy of coaching Under-10 players
  • Characteristics of Under-10 players
  • Team administration and risk management
  • Prevention and care of soccer injuries
  • Appropriate activities for Under-10 players
  • Organizing a youth training session
  • Laws of the Game: modified

Prerequisites:

  • AN OPEN MIND!
  • Mandatory for all coaches of players age 10-12 years

Testing: None
Cost: $25

‘F’ License
This 9-hour course (3 hours classroom, 6 hours field) combines field and classroom instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology.


Topics:

  • Methods of coaching
  • Team administration and risk management
  • Prevention and care of injuries
  • Coaching technique
  • Coaching tactics
  • Laws of the Game
  • Principles of attack and defense
  • Small-sided games

Prerequisites: Minimum age - 16 years old
Testing: None
Cost: $35

‘E’ License
The "E" Certificate is an entry level course for all competitive coaches for U13 & Above.
This 18-hour course (5 hours classroom, 13 hours field) combines field and classroom instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology.


Topics:

  • Methods of coaching
  • Team administration and risk management
  • Prevention and care of injuries
  • Coaching technique
  • Coaching tactics
  • Laws of the Game
  • Principles of attack and defense
  • Small-sided games

Prerequisites: Minimum age - 18 years old
Testing: Written
Cost: $65 per person all Candidates will receive the, HYSA "E" Course workbook

‘D’ License
The "D" License is strongly recommended for all competitive coaches of players 15 years and up by 2004.

This 36-hour course (12 hours classroom, 24 hours field) is the most comprehensive course offered and is preparatory for national licensing. Only a limited number of courses are offered each year and sign up for this course must be accomplished through the State Office. The participant must hold an "E" license and provide a copy of it when registering for the course. A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.

Topics

  • Methods of coaching
  • Team management
  • Prevention and care of injuries
  • Coaching technique
  • Coaching tactics
  • Systems of play
  • Match analysis
  • Principles of play

Prerequisites:

  • "E" License
  • Minimum age - 18 years old

Testing:

  • Methods of coaching - oral and video test
  • Tactics - oral video test
  • Laws of the Game - take home test
  • Prevention and Care - take home test
  • Practical field session - methods / coaching

Cost: $135

‘D’ License Upgrade
This course is offered to coaches who failed their State or National "D" license or who are requesting a waiver of the ‘D’ License. All candidates requesting a waiver must attend the "D" Upgrade course. This course will be scheduled 2 hours one evening and 8 hours on a Saturday or Sunday usually in conjunction with a regularly scheduled D License Course. HYSA allows a candidate to re-test once. If a candidate fails a second time they must to take the full ‘D’ License Course and pay all of the appropriate fees.

Prerequisites: Must have attended the "D" course or received a waiver from the State Director of Coaching based on equivalent AYSO, or NSCAA course work

Topics:

  • Methods of Coaching/ Tactics 2 hours classroom
  • Model training session 1 hours field
  • Practice coaching 2 hours field
  • Practical coaching tests 5 hours field

Testing: Oral testing on Methods of coaching and Tactics 1 hour classroom. Practical field session technical and Tactical
Cost: For re-testing- $50.00 per person. For waiver candidates- $115 per person.

Goalkeeper License:
The basic techniques of how to teach youth goalkeepers is the primary objective of this 6-hour.

  • Beginning goalkeeping session 2 hours field
  • Intermediate goalkeeping session 2 hours
  • Advanced goalkeeping session 2 hours.

Prerequisites: None
Testing: None
Cost: To Be Determined
A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for the course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be cancelled.


National Licenses
National (‘C’, ‘B’, and ‘A’) licenses are received by attending the USSF National School. All new candidates must have a National "D" license and must show proof of it when applying for the "C" national course. Coaches must hold the national D license 1 year before they can attend the national C course Brochures may be obtained my writing or calling:

US Soccer National Coaching Program
1811 S. Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1300

Equivalency Procedures
To apply for equivalency, a coach must submit to the State Director of Coaching:

  1. HYSA Course application form.
  2. Coaching resume.
  3. Proof of certificates, license's taken
  4. Cashiers check or money order for the amount below. HYSA does not issue licenses without a coach taking and passing the practical and written tests.

The State Director of Coaching will make final judgment on all waivers or equivalencies.

NSCAA Regional Diploma
A coach that holds a NSCAA Regional Diploma may obtain a HYSA ‘E’ License by following the above outlined procedure and submitting a check or money order for $50.

AYSO Advanced License
A coach that holds an AYSO Advanced License may obtain a HYSA State ‘D’ License by following the above outlined procedure and submitting a check or money order for $100. For ‘D’ License Courses (i.e. State or National) a candidate must attend and pass the ‘D’ Upgrade Course.

Waiver Procedures
To apply for a Waiver in to the National D Course, a candidate must have three (3) years youth coaching experience and either three (3) years playing experience with U.S. National teams or three (3) years professional playing experience. To apply for a waiver, a coach must submit, in advance a coaching application form, resume, proof of playing level. The Fee for a waiver has not been set yet, please contact DOC Kuntz for information. Candidates will be required to attend a USSF D Upgrade Course and pass the practical and written or oral tests.

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