BAYS Coaches - Game Day Thoughts

The following are some thoughts for you to consider as you prepare for your game:


Before your game think make sure you have the following items:

  • Coaches card for you and any assistant who will be on the sideline with you.  You can not be on the sideline without a card and the game can not occur without a registered coach with a card.  Contact you age group coordinator if you have lost or misplaced your card.
  • 2 copies of your roster.  One is for the referee and one for the opposing coach.
  • Player cards - For U12 and higher teams competing in division 1 or 2, all players must have a photo player card to play.  
Consider the following as you prepare for the game:

  • How many players you have?  What formation will you play?  Who will start the game in what positions?  How will you rotate the players?  The more you think about this ahead of time, the more time you can spend observing the play and coaching the team.
  • What warmup drills will you do?  
  • What 2-3 things do you want the kids to emphasize in that particular game.  Keep these small and manageable.

During the Game

While the game is being played, consider the following:

  • Limit the coaching of players on the field - we know this is hard, but more often than not the players can not hear nor process what you are saying.  If anything is said, make it positive reinforcement.
  • Coach with the kids not playing - Consider engaging the kids on the sideline by talking about what they see on the field and what you see.  Teaching them from this position, occupies them and allows them to see the game with a different perspective, and hopefully bring some of those thoughts with them when they play.  
  • Observe the zero tolerance policy  - There can be no yelling at the referees.  You can be sure they will make mistakes, prepare yourself and your team for it.  Be aware of parent behavior in this regard as well, work to control this as well.  If there are any questions, you can read the policy here
  •  If there is a medical emergency, call 911 - Serious Injuries or other medical emergencies are rare but can happen at any time.  If the player's parents are not present, try to notify them of the situation as soon as possible.
  • Have fun - It's a game.  Enjoy the kids.  Teach them to compete as hard and fair as they can.  When it's over, congratulate the other team.

After the Game

After the game, we suggest the following:

  • Ask the players what they saw during the game - See what they saw and learned from the game.  What did they do well?  What could they improve upon?  
  • Offer your insights on what you saw - keep this brief. 
  • Email your section leader with the scores - by the end of the weekend.
  • Adjust practice plans - Did you see something that you want to focus on in the upcoming practices?
  • Provide feedback about the refereeing - go to this link

Coaches Announcements

Feb 09, 2015

Spring Update


1.  NO IM Saturday sessions over Memorial Day Weekend.  1st Grade IM Skills will go on as usual Monday at usual time/place.

2.  Registration for Fall 2015 IM is now open.

3.  Registration for Fall 2015 / Spring 2016 Travel (BAYS) Soccer is now OPEN.  Please see below for more information.

Your son must tryout to be considered for a BAYS team (if you have an extenuating circumstance that keeps your child from trying out please contact the appropriate age group coordinator). Please note that the NYS expectation is that if your child is assigned to a BAYS team that he/she plays in both the Fall AND Spring seasons. The BAYS high school 9-12 league players do not tryout. Those teams are formed in the fall and play only in the fall.

Registration is required to be eligible to tryout. Once registered, your child will receive a tryout time (either 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 4:30PM). You will receive notice of this tryout time approximately 1 week prior to the tryout date from the appropriate Age Group Coordinator.

Each tryout time will last approximately one hour. Players should wear cleats, shinpads, and wear appropriate training gear. The tryouts will consist of a series of scrimmages that allow independent evaluators to assess their level of play. Our goal is to provide the appropriate team that matches the skill level of the child. This will give them the best experience learning and playing soccer.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tryout time so that you can sign your child in and we can organize the kids and start on time.

PLEASE NOTE: All U9 participants will need to attend both tryout dates at their assigned times.

Due to the large number of players involved, NYS does not offer make-up tryouts. If your child has an unavoidable conflict, please speak with your current coach and Age Group Coordinator.

Tryout Dates - Spring 2015 Tryouts for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Season

Travel team tryouts dates are:

Sunday May 31
U11 at Nahanton
U14 (Includes U13 as these age groups are combined into 1) at Weeks

Sunday June 7
U9 at Highlands
U10 at Lincoln Waban

Sunday June 14
U9 at Nahanton
U12 at Weeks

Players will be randomly assigned to a tryout session at 1:30, 3:00, or 4:30pm. Notice of the assigned session will go out a week to 5 days before the tryout. If you know your player has a conflict for a specific time slot please let his Age Group Coordinator know - he will try to assign to a different session. Requests to change to a different time after notices go out might not be accommodated.

Incoming U9 players must attend both tryouts on 6/7 and 6/14.

Tryouts are for the age group the player will be in next fall. If a player is currently playing on a travel team he will tryout for the next older age group (U14 includes U13 and U14).

For older players there is a High School 9-12 option. Link for details. There are also spring U16 and U18/19 options which open registration in the fall with tryouts in the fall.

AGC contact info here.



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