Our Philosophy

The RYSA Coaching Philosphy is based on total player development. We believe total player development should consist of educated coaches, a player-centered approach, stages of development, playing environment, style of play and understanding winning and losing.

Coaches: General Information

Become an RYSA Coach

RYSA has a number of paid and volunteer opportunities available for you to become a coach! There are three major programs that need coaches – Kindergarten Kicks, REC (1-12 grade) and Competitive (U9 – U19). All coaching positions are subject to successful completion of a national background check.

Kindergarten Kicks

This program meets once a week, for a total of four weeks (generally in May) and is purely designed for the kindergarten player. This is a volunteer position, and we provide age-appropriate session plans for you. No formal coach education is needed, but is recommended. We encourage current RYSA players and parents to become involved in this program. The total time commitment would be approximately 2.5 hours per week for the given time period.

Recommended Education

  • US Youth Soccer Y module, which is provided free of charge yearly by RYSA.
Recreation

This program meets three times per week for a total of seven weeks. This includes two practice nights per week, and a game on Saturday in the months of April, May and June. The program generally starts the week after the Rochester School District’s spring break, and the last game is typically the weekend that the Rochester School District breaks for summer. Age-appropriate manuals and Community Education Nights are provided for coaches with grades 1-4; in addition, there is ongoing support for all grades from the RYSA Director of Coaching and RYSA Director of Player Development. No formal education is required, but it is recommended. We encourage current RYSA players, non-parents and parents of players to become involved in this program. This is a volunteer position. Total time commitment varies based on the grade you are coaching, plus there is the additional responsibility of the grading of your players at the end of the season.

Recommended Education

  • US Youth Soccer Y module, which is provided free of charge yearly by RYSA for grades 1-4.
  • Community Education Night. Community Education Night is not required, but is highly recommended as you will be put through an age-appropriate session for your team and then asked to deliver the same session to your team. The session and feedback will be provided by the RYSA Director of Coaching and the RYSA Director of Player Development.
  • USSF E Certificate is recommended for coaches who will be coaching grades 5-12. Registration reimbursement is offered after successful completion of the course.
Competitive

This program starts in March with one or two sessions a week in the RCTC indoor dome. Outdoor training will typically start the week after the Rochester School District’s spring break with a minimum of two training sessions per week. Games will start at the beginning of May and will be during the week (league portion). The league portion of the season will be finished around mid July, with the remainder of July reserved for the State Tournament. A maximum of three tournaments can be scheduled by the team that will account for a total of three weekends throughout the season.

Age-appropriate manuals are provided, as well as ongoing support from the RYSA Director of Coaching and the RYSA Director of Player Development. Formal education is required to become a head coach in the competitive program. A minimum of the USSF E Certificate (or equivalent) must be obtained prior to the start of the competitive league games. Exceptions can only be granted by the RYSA Director of Coaching. We encourage qualified parents and non-parents of players to apply for head coaching positions.

Teams will be assigned based on a number of factors, that include, but not limited to, license level, experience, age group requested, and gender requested. This position is a paid position. Payment varies depending upon license level and being a parent versus non-parent coach. Total time commitment varies based on the age group you are coaching, but would involve practices and games starting in March and ending In July.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Pre-season meeting with RYSA Director of Coaching and RYSA Director of Player Development.
  • Mid-season completion of player evaluations (currently zoom reports).
  • End of season formal evaluation of players that will be used in aiding the selection committee on appropriate placement of players.
  • An evaluation from the RYSA Director of Coaching or the RYSA Director of Player Development.

Required Education

  • A minimum of the USSF E Certificate or equivalent. Registration reimbursement is offered after successful completion of the course.

Recommended Education

  • U9 – U12 USSF E Certificate or equivalent. Registration reimbursement is offered after successful completion of the course.
  • U13 – U15 USSF D License or equivalent. Registration reimbursement is offered after successful completion of the course.
  • U16 – U19 USSF C License or equivalent. Registration reimbursement is offered after successful completion of the course.

If you have any questions, if you would like more information or if you would like to apply for any of the positions, please contact Neil Cassidy, RYSA Director of Coaching, at rysacoachingdirector@gmail.com or 507-280-7584.

Technical Matrix

Use the technical matrix as a recommended guide from RYSA for the technical emphasis on player development. Click here to download.

Tactical Matrix

Use the tactical matrix as a recommended guide from RYSA for the technical emphasis on player development. Click here to download.

Administrative Tasks

This information reminds coaches/team managers of the administrative tasks that each team must handle during the pre-season, regular season and post-season. Click here to view.

Risk Management Policies

This document covers all the various aspects of risk management that coaches and/or team managers should be aware of as they are performing their duties. Click here to download.

Soccer Links

This document provides a quick list of potentially important or informative websites and pages that may be of use to traveling coaches and/or team managers. Click here to download.