Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New Coaches

Thank you for your interesting in helping support our league and help the children in our area enjoy the game of soccer!  We field many questions from brand new coaches and people who are considering coaching. These are some of the most frequent questions we hear. Please read on, and if you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

General FAQs

How do I become a coach?

There are 2 things you can do to let us know you’d like to coach. 


1) To get on our communication list and sign up, please complete the following link:  2017 Rec Coach Sign UP

2) Ensure you sign up online in the Bonzi system after verifying what age group your child will be playing this season.
(Full directions on coach main page). Coach - HOME  


** Lifescan-- As part of the background check, you will need to get a lifescan which involves a fingerprint and background check.   You may have had this done with another organization but will need to do it with LYSC as the results are only accessible that organization.  Once you have done this for LYSC, you do not have to get it done.   The coach coordinators will let you know when we will have a vendor out to lifescan or where you can go get it done at no cost (billed to the club). 

Who do I contact with questions?
If you have questions about coaching for LYSC, contact the appropriate  coach coordinator for the age group.  Their contact information is available on the main coach page.

Do I need a license?
It is preferred but not required.   We will offer at least one coach licensing program this summer.  See the Coach Licensing FAQ at the bottom of this page.

What equipment do I need?
The Club provides each coach with an equipment package each year (usually 4-5 balls, cones & pennies or pug goals). You might want to invest in more cones – you can never have too many cones.

What can I expect in my first year?
You will have to attend a mandatory coach meeting in July. The team rosters and equipment are distributed at this meeting along with going over safety protocols. Practice begins in August and games begin in September. The season ends in mid November.

What kind of help can I expect?
At the coaches meeting, you will receive a team binder that contains a great deal of soccer coaching material, our rules, policies and procedures. New coaches are strongly recommended to attend the various training session we offer during the summer and the simulated games set up.

Where can I read up on soccer coaching?
The big book stores carry a supply of soccer coaching books in the sports section or you can check the “Links” page from our main website.   There are also a ton of videos online on how to conduct practices and we will be having several vendors you may access (Vision Soccer, FC Republic, Cal North)

All those rules can be confusing. How can I get a better handle on the rules?
Become a referee. Contact for information on becoming a referee.   The Laws of the Game are available upon request.

Licensing FAQs

Do I need a license to coach?
CAL NORTH suggests that all recreational head coaches hold an “F License” (also known as an F Certificate). However, you don’t need the license until your second year of coaching. Notwithstanding this one-year waiver, it is highly recommended that all coaches obtain their F License before the start of their first year. Once you obtain your license, please supply a copy to the club’s registrar.

What classes are offered?
CAL NORTH  offers the following coaching courses for recreational coaches:
    F Clinic – Beginning
    E Clinic – Intermediate
    E/D Clinic – Advanced
    GK Clinic – Goalkeeper Coaching


Information on the various licenses may be found here:

Who are the instructors?
The instructors are nationally certified coaches who are rigorously trained in CAL NORTH's curriculum. The instructors are assigned shortly before the class by CAL NORTH.  LYSC has no role in who is selected to be the instructor.

How are the classes structured?
The F Clinic lasts 9 hours over two sessions.  The first part is done online at your pace but must be completed before the field session.  The Saturday field session is held outdoors at a park to be determined and lasts about 4 hours. The attendees will serve as soccer players and the instructor will serve as the coach (be prepared for some physical activity).   F License Info

The E Clinics are the same as the F Clinics, except that a second 6-hour field session is held on Sunday. The E Clinic lasts a total of 15 hours.

The GK Clinic is structured the same as an F Clinic, but the curriculum is focused on coaching goalkeepers.

The E/D Clinic is 32 hours over two consecutive weekends.


Additional information about the above classes may be found here:


E Course

D Course



Calendar for scheduled classes in N. CA:


What materials will I receive?
Every attendee will receive a class workbook and a wallet-sized license upon completion of the course.

How many are enrolled in a class?
CYSA sets an initial limit of 15. At the instructor’s discretion, additional persons may be added.

Are there any prerequisites for these classes?
There are no preprequisites for the F and GK Certification courses.  Those registering for the E Certification course must successfully completed the F Certification course  Those registering for the E/D certification course must have successfully completed the E certification course.

Who gets into the class?
Coaches from all area clubs are welcome, but those outside of the Placer Youth Soccer League (<st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Eureka & Loomis clubs) must pay to attend.  Attendees are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.  After the first 15 slots are filled, a waiting list is generated.

What's the minimum age to attend a CAL NORTH coaching clinic?
The minimum age for the F & GK Certification courses is 14; E Certification is 15; and D/E Certification is 16. 

These costs are waived for Lincoln coaches if the class is taken within PYSL.  If you take the course outside of the area, you may have to pay for the course and the club will reimburse you upon approval by the board.  If you intend to seek reimbursement for a clinic, you should contact the coach coorindator before you write the check.

What should I bring to class?
Saturday: pen/pencil, paper, any materials sent via e-mail session, soccer attire, soccer ball, plenty of water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, and a folding chair.

Is there an exam?
No.  If you complete the course you will receive your license.

What about my kids?
We request that you make babysitting arrangements for your children.  The classes are long and classroom we frequently use is small. In consideration of the instructor and your fellow coaches, we request that you not bring your children to class.