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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What should I do if I one of my players is not behaving appropriately?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your age group coordinator and CYS to help address players' behavior issues.

It is strongly recommended that coaches hold a pre-season Parents Meeting and communicate your expectations of appropriate player behavior with parents.

It is strongly recommended that coaches hold a pre-season Players Meeting and communicate your expectations of appropriate player behavior with your players.

If there is a need to address a player behavior issue, the recommended process for addressing player behavior issues is outlined below:

(i) Coaches should try to work out the behavior issue with the player.

(ii) If not successful, the coach should ask for help from the player's parents.

(iii) If still not successful, coaches should contact their age group coordinator for assistance. He or she may get involved, or ask another member of CYS to help address the issue.

(A sample meeting agenda for the Parents Meeting developed by Mass Youth Soccer is contained in the CYS coaching binder.)

2. What should I do if I feel that a referee is making bad calls in a game?

As coaches, please DO NOT, under any circumstances, allow your competitive spirit to overcome your good judgment when dealing with a referee. There is absolutely NO disputing a referee's calls during a game.

If you have a problem with a referee, keep it to yourself until the game is over. After the game, you can contact Larry Ward (BAYS) or Adam Freierman (In-Town), the referee coordinators, and voice your complaint to him.

Both the Cambridge Youth Soccer and BAYS have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy regarding treatment of referees.

Referees are trying their best. However, they will sometimes make bad calls inadvertently – even professional referees make bad calls.

So please treat our referees as you would want your child, or your niece or nephew, to treated by another adult.

3. What should I do if I feel that a referee is not calling fouls and that my players' safety is in jeopardy?

If you ever feel that your players' safety is being jeopardized, you can always take your team off the field and forfeit the game. Your players' safety should always be your number one concern.

4. How can I deal with parents who are "overenthusiastic" and coaching from the sidelines?

It is strongly recommended that coaches hold a pre-season Parents Meeting and communicate your expectations of appropriate sideline behavior with parents.

Coaches should send reminders to parents throughout the season about appropriate sideline behavior.

If there is a need to address a parent behavior issue, the recommended process for addressing parent behavior issues is outlined below:

(i) Do not confront the parent during the game or after the game as emotions may be high in the heat of the moment.

(ii) Arrange a time to talk to the parent later (at least 24 hours after the incident).

(iii) If you need help addressing a particular issue, please do not hesitate to contact your age group coordinator.

(A sample meeting agenda for the Parents Meeting developed by Mass Youth Soccer is contained in the CYS coaching binder.)

5. Where can I find information about the rules of youth soccer?

In youth soccer, some of the standard rules of soccer are modified. The following BAYS website link contains information on the standard rules and modifications for 6v6 (U10) and 8v8 (U11 and U12) games (www.bays.org/HTML/BaysRulebook.htm).

6. What are some local sports stores in the area where players can buy soccer cleats and shin guards?

(i) City Sports (Harvard Square, Porter Square)

(ii) Olympia Sports (Fresh Pond)

(iii) Champions Sporting Goods (Belmont Center)

(iv) Cleat Exchange (on Upton Street)

7. Do I need to bring a Coaches Card to my team's games?

Only BAYS coaches need to bring a Coaches Card to their team's games.

In-town coaches are not required to have a Coaches Card.

For BAYS coaches who need a Coaches Card, please contact Cari Hoffman, our BAYS representative at 617-868-2219.

8. Where can I get my team's roster and medical waiver forms?

Coaches should contact their respective Age Group Coordinators.

 

If you have any additional questions you think would be relevant to add to this section, please contact Roni Mansur (ronman_11@hotmail.com), CYS Director of Coaching.

 

CYS Coaching Philosophy
CYS Mission and Coaching Philosophy
CYS Coaching Guidelines
Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Guidelines
Zero Tolerance Policy
Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaching Resources / Education
CYS Coaches Manual
Lesson Plans for Soccer Practices
Useful Youth Soccer Coaching Websites
Coaching License Courses

Administration
Coach Administration Checklist
Scheduling Practice Fields
BAYS Make-up Game Procedure
BAYS Placement Field Evaluations

Other
Safety, Injuries and Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CYS Coaches Survey Results
Referee's Pointers for BAYS Coaches
Coach Application Form (Acrobat PDF)

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