All of WYSC’s coaches are volunteers and will undergo a background check through VYSA upon registration as a coach.
You only need to dedicate about two hours a week. One hour for practice and one hour for games. If field space allows, coaches will be given the option to hold a second weekly practice. ***U6 Division teams will have a one hour Academy practice each week run by a professional trainer and assisted by each team's coach. U6 coaches may then hold a second weekly practice with just their own team - this is optional and not mandatory.
Specify your preferred field and practice day when registering as a coach. This request is not guaranteed (it will depend on field availability).
At least two weeks before practices start, contact your players. Introduce yourself and explain to your parents when and where practices will be held. Please include what children should bring to practices and games and any other expectations you may have.
Each season, there will be a mandatory meeting for all coaches. This meeting will cover a wide range of issues pertinent to coaching and managing your team. The meeting will take place the Sunday before practices are set to begin. New coaches will receive practice equipment at that time.
Ask for someone to volunteer as a “team parent” to organize snacks and keep communication lines open if you feel this is necessary.
Hold practice each week and attend weekend games during the 8 week season. Practices begin 3 weeks before the first games. The last weekend of the season will be our End-of-Season Tournament. This tournament is for teams in our U8 and older divisions. Teams will play 2 games on Saturday and 1 game on Sunday. Championship games in each division will be played on Sunday afternoon.
Coach your squad to the best of your ability, calling on your reserves of knowledge and patience. Make practices fun, make them productive. And don’t forget your sense of humor!
Be a good sport and help your players grow in their abilities, emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship.
At no time should a coach be alone with a player. If a player is waiting to be picked up, ask another parent to stay with you while you wait with that child.
Coaches are to have no private contact with players via social media, email or text messaging. Parents of players should always be included on ALL communication between coach and player(s).
After every game, winning coaches will enter their score on the website.
WYSC will hold All-Star Team tryouts for our U8 through U16 age divisions each fall and spring on the fourth week of the regular season.
Volunteer coaches are needed each season to coach these All-Star Teams. Those interested in coaching an All-Star Team should contact the Recreational Soccer Coordinator.
WYSC attends the Herndon All-Star Cup Tournament each fall (held in mid-November) and our own Shenandoah All-Star Tournament each spring.
WYSC will invite all players U8 and above to attend the All-Star Tryouts. However, to ensure that we have good attendance at these tryouts, All-Star coaches are also asked to help in the recruiting of players for their All-Star Team. Suggested ways to recruit players include:
- contact other regular season coaches in your age division and ask them to encourage their players to attend the tryouts.
- ask those same coaches to provide you with the names of players from their team that they feel would be an asset to the All-Star Team. WYSC's Recreational Soccer Coordinator will be glad to contact those players on your behalf.
- Watch other games in your age division to scout players. All-Star coaches can ask the Recreational Soccer Coordinator to contact those players on your behalf and invite them to the All-Star Tryouts.
All-Star Coaches run their own tryouts and choose their own players to create their Team Roster. All-Star Coaches must then turn in the names of the players chosen so WYSC can invite those players to participate on the All-Star Team.
All-Star Coaches will to hold at least a one hour practice each week prior to the All-Star Tournament. These practices will be held on either Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons.
All-Star Coaches will communicate all relevant tournament information to their All-Star Team - including location and times of games.
WYSC will create player cards and official team rosters for Tournament Registration. All-Star Coaches will collect medical release forms from all players to be used for the Tournament Registration.
WYSC will register all teams for the tournament and pay all registration fees. All-Star Coaches are responsible for checking in their All-Star Team at either early/online check-in or at the field prior to their first tournament game.
Coaches’ Training Requirements: [ Top ]
Coaching a recreational team does not require previous soccer experience. Warrenton Youth Sports Club is dedicated to providing volunteer coaches the soccer training required to coach a recreational team.
In an attempt to better prepare all volunteer coaches, WYSC requires all volunteer coaches to attend age-appropriate soccer certification clinics.
The entry level clinic F License course is a 2 hour online course. The cost is $25. To register for the course go to vysa.com.
Coaches who need to attend a clinic can find a list of all currently available clinics at the VYSA website or contact WYSC directly by
or by phone at (540) 905-1217.
WYSC will pay the full cost of all coaching clinics attended by WYSC’s coaches.
For description of the different clinics, please, click the following links:
Finding Team Roster [ Top ]
Here's How You Email Your Team[ Top ]
From team roster page select "Send Mail"