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Coaches Corner

RYSL Coaching Vision
F • I • E • R • C • E

Fun - loving the game

Integrity - doing the right thing

Educate - investing in yourself and others

Resilience - never give up

Confidence - believing in yourself & team

Empower - making it happen

Dear RYSL Coaches,

On behalf the Redding Youth Soccer League Board of Directors and all of the players we serve, thank you for donating your valuable time to coach our children so they are able to develop a continued love of our game. It is our sincere hope that your experience with the league will be a positive one and that the children you are working with will be benefited as well. The RYSL Board continues to strive to make our league the best it can be.

Perhaps our greatest responsibility to the children we serve is their safety. To that end the Board of Directors recently passed a motion that all coaches and assistant coaches would be required to submit to a LiveScan background check with the California Department of Justice. Please contact the registrar or an individual age group coordinator for more information.

We ask that you comply with this request at your earliest convenience and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Redding Youth Soccer League

Coach Registration Timeframe


Phase 1:

Each Coach must sign up for an account with GotSport and complete two specific background checks to fulfill Phase 1. 

The Sign-In and Background Checks will be 30-45 mins. 


Phase 2:

SafeSport provides a specific course to train a coach to lead their players in healthy and safe ways. 

The SafeSport Training will be 90-120 mins. (People may need a 15 min break)


Phase 3:

The Disqualification and Suspension review form certifies that a person is not suspended, disqualified or under review by: 1) US Club Soccer, 2) the U.S. Center for SafeSport, 3) the U.S. Soccer Federation or any of its Organization Members, or 4) any other organization or program involving minors. 

Disqualification – Suspension review will be 5 mins


Phase 4:

Phase 4: USYS (United States Youth Soccer) is the largest youth sports organization in the country and aims to provide a path for every soccer player by offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. Each coach must fulfil USYS’s requirements for training and a background check to move forward in the registration process. 

Potential USYS will take 45 mins

Phase 5:

Wait for responses from GotSport team in the coming days after registration is complete. 

Upcoming Dates
Practice Fields
Coachig Policies
Important Upcoming Dates


RYSL Spring Coach Training (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE - one night only)
Thursday, February 16th or Monday, February 20th

Can't find childcare? Don't sweat it, bring those kiddos!

Never been called "Coach" before and haven't touched a soccer ball since YOU were in 4th grade? Breathe easy, we got you! Coached before and feeling confident? There's always something new to learn and we need our entire team present. Your attendance is valuable to your fellow coach and your league.



Celebrate Soccer


Saturday, March 11th - CANCELED

Celebrate Soccer is our annual event to help make soccer happen in our community. Soccer Adventures will be here with fun games and an obstacle course. There will be food, raffle prizes, music, a silent auction, and more.

Coaches will have the opportunity to meet their teams, talk to parents, and hand out their team's jerseys. There will also be a smaller coach training session specialized for your age group. 

Practice Fields

Great news, this spring you will not pay for California Soccer Park field rentals as a rec coach. However, depending on the number of teams and in order to fit everyone, U6 and U8 will get one free practice per week. U10 and U12 will possibly get 2 free a week. U14 and up will get one free.

As usual, coaches can find their own space around town, but it HAS to be approved and insurance has to be completed. For your practice plans, email to get through the process. In January, you will receive a request for your field time and day(s) from us, at which time you can respond with your desired time and day.

Several practice fields are available for you to reserve. We will do our best to accommodate your requests but sometimes there are conflicts, so consider having more than one option in mind.

If you would like to reserve a private field at full price at California Soccer Park, please contact the California Soccer Park at There is a cost involved, but you may find it works better for your schedule.


There are also several school field locations for reservation requests.

Coaching Policies
Game Reschedules at California Soccer Park

RYSL strongly discourages rescheduling games. If coaches must reschedule a game, it is up to the coach to coordinate with the age group coordinator and the California Soccer Park. Coaches will have to pay the additional field fees and if canceled within 48 hours of the original game time, will also be responsible for referee fees.

Policy on Air Quality and Practices & Games

The Redding Youth Soccer League recommends that coaches cancel all soccer practices outdoors when the Redding Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 101 (AQI of "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups"). Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers. Ultimately, it will be up to each parent to decide whether to attend a practice that is not cancelled and that player should not be punished if they do not attend.

If the AQI reaches 150 or higher (Air Quality Index of "Unhealthy for All Groups") then all practices must be cancelled for the safety and welfare of RYSL players and coaches. No teams may practice outdoors or participate in games when this level is reached.

Go to and select the proper settings described below. 150 and up means no practices.

Go to and see their map. California Soccer Park has a smoke sensor on the building. Find the Map Data Layer menu in the bottom left and click on the right-hand dropdown where it says "none" and select LRAPA. That is the number to use.

Referee Interaction

All coaches are expected to be calm and collected towards their referees. They are humans.

As most are youth on their first jobs, we expect all coaches treat them with kindness and respect. If there are any issues, communicate with the referee after the game and to the referee coordinator.

This form is for coaches to give feedback on the referee assigned to their game.

PLEASE NOTE this form is praise for doing a good job as well as constructive feedback.

Referee Evaluation

This form is for coaches to give Feedback on the referee assigned to their game.

PLEASE NOTE this form is praise for doing a good job as well as constructive feedback.

Referee Feedback Form

RYSL By-Laws & Constitution

Visit our about page HERE for league By-Laws and the RYSL Constitution.

CULTURE - A Few Do's and Don'ts


  1. Positive encouragement and instruction of your players from the sidelines (the coach’s box) is allowed. Negative criticism, hostility, abuse or anger are things you should not do. You are a role model and must set the example of good sportsmanship and insist upon it from your team.

  2. Cheering when the other team makes a mistake is bad. Cheering when the other team makes a great play is good.

  3. Never criticize the referee. It is a tough job. If an appealable mistake is made, talk to the referee and then the Director of Referees after the game. Remember, you are the role model and must set the standard for behavior. It is good to thank the referee and linesmen after the game.

  4. Stay 2 steps back from the sideline during games, so you don’t block the Assistant Referee’s view of the line.

  5. Don’t run up the score. It’s not good for either team if the game is a mismatch, but sometimes it happens. If your team gets 5 goals ahead, you should be a good sport & do one of the following:

    • Put your weakest scorers up front (use this as an opportunity to let them be forwards).

    • Try someone new in goal & at fullback

    • Pull a player off the field & “play short”. If it is still a mismatch, pull off another player.

    • Tell your players they must complete 5 consecutive passes before shooting

    • Tell them they can only take shots from outside the Penalty Box (i.e., practice chip shots, lofted shots at the top of the goal or power shots).

  6. Referee Interaction
    All coaches are expected to be calm and collected toward their referees. They are humans. Most are youth with refereeing as their first job. We expect all coaches treat them with kindness and respect. If there are any issues, communicate with the referee after the game and to the referee coordinator.

Who can coach?

Positive people who love working with children and who know (or are willing to learn) soccer basic per each age division. This includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teenagers paired with a team adult, (my sons favorite first coach was a teen, whose family supported her coaching) and community members. All coaches must get fingerprint clearance, pass a background check, and complete mandatory on line and on field training. 


How many kids would I be coaching?

Approximately 6U=8 players, 8U=8 players, 10U=10 players, 12U=12 players, 14 and above =15+ players


How often is practice?

8U and below typically once per week, 10U and above typically twice a week BUT you're the coach, if the best you can do is once per week that'll work. You pick the practice time and location that best suits your schedule. Soccer Park, local approved schools (free) and local approved city parks (free)


Are there any Perks?

Free park admittance for your team's games, practice times/days/locations to your preference, and you get to request to coach your own child and a few of their friends. All gear and training provided. 


And of course RYSL families will think you're a rock star!


If you have ever considered coaching THIS IS THE TIME! We offer Coach Spring Training March 9-12th! Everything you'll need to coach a team from team management to on the field skills is being covered in RYSL Spring Coach Training! In addition, we have an experienced coaching coordinator and many qualified coaches willing to help you.

This email is going out to all members due to the need in nearly all age divisions. If you'll feel more comfortable coaching the "littles" (8U and below), we have the perfect team waiting for you! On the other hand if you perhaps have a "little" and can't wait to coach them in an older division, we've kids in those age groups needing coaches as well. 

Please resist the urge to think that others will step forward to volunteer, we really need all families to consider taking the coaching plunge!

FAQ - Coaches
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