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Starting 2014 SYSA has reached an agreement with a new professional skills training organization Massachusetts Premier Soccer (aka GPS) to upgrade the training offered to our players.  A new focus will be placed on our IM players to ensure a solid foundation of soccer skills.  Lesser professional services will be made available to U12 and U14 players.  The weekly clinics for Prep players will continue.

GPS/MPS U5 - U14 Curriculums for SYSA

Password is: swampscott2014





In general SYSA uses the practice plans provided by MYSA at's_corner.aspx

You should consider the MYSA material as your next primary source for practice plans and skill activities.



However, over the years we have acquired additional resources below that in addition to the MYSA material may be helpful.


In addition, the internet is full of excellent resources.  An example is the comprehensive training manual provided to the public by the Boulder County (CO) Force Club Coaching Resources


Coaches you are not in this alone!  Please send ANY questions or concerns you may have to either the IM Director or the Travel Director or your Age Group Director (AGD).  We’re here to help!


One area of coaching that is occasionally overlooked is how we present ourselves to our players at training. I do believe in the old adage that you "never get a second chance to make a first impression." By present ourselves, I am referring to how we look, the words we use when speaking, and the overall preparation that went into our session. The coaching schools in the United States and across the world stress to their candidates the importance of being prepared for every session and never “winging it.”
Here is Don Norton Jr.’s 10 Tips for the Well Organized Coach  Rules for every training session!



Please Read and view the US-SYSA Guide!

Travel and IM Coaches, US-SYSA Coach Guide.docx is a summary of some coaching guidance from US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. 


The (2012) US Youth Soccer annual workshop is a great way to learn more about coaching soccer from some highly qualified and entertaining soccer clinicians.  One noticeable takeaway from the workshop is how universally these high-level clinicians have adopted the methodology and terminology noted in the Coach Guide about "play-centered training", where the coach "manipulates the environment to create match-like problems for the players to solve" (guided discovery).


Another thing to observe at the workshop was how these master coaches operate:  engaged demeanor, positive attitude, tone of voice which reinforces that demeanor and attitude, they have a plan of what they want to do, the plan has a progression from simple to complex (with relevant elements- space, # of players, # of balls, etc.- adjusted to make the activity work, and trying not to stop the activity too often to make suggestions/corrections, but instead "coach within the game" (ie, a hierarchy of: providing guidance while the game continues, pulling one player aside while the game continues, providing guidance when the players are having a drink/rest or the ball goes out of bounds, and stopping in the middle of the activity).


Now that I'm basically done with coaching, I also view this as "important stuff about coaching which I wish someone had told me when I was starting out."  I really wish someone had told me this stuff 12 years ago!


-Jack Steele, past President of SYSA



As the coach of an SYSA team you are invested with the primary responsibility for our players (children) safety.  The following is the SYSA policy on what SYSA expects you to do to protect the safety all involved.  Any questions regarding this can be answered by


  1. All coaches must fill out a CORI form at the MA Youth Soccer website as well as read, sign and return the SYSA Coaches Code of Conduct to your Age Group Director (AGD).
  2. All coaches must be aware of and adhere to  Safety Page for Guidelines .
  3. All coaches must have your Player Emergency Contact List and Cell Phone at every game and practice. Please have a SYSA INCIDENT REPORT with you at every practice and game.  Also, please ask parents at beginning of season if there are any special conditions you should be aware of such as allergies to bee stings, etc.
  4. At the FIRST sound of thunder or sign of lightning, you are to pull your players off the field be it a game or practice.  Do not wait to be told to take this action.  Make sure all parents know that if thunder is heard or lighting is seen, they are to return to the field immediately to pick up their child.
  5. Make every effort to have 2 adults on the field at every practice.
  6. Make sure you know when and where your players will be picked up so that you can make sure all children have safety connected with an adult prior to leaving the field.  No child is to be left alone.  If you need to take child with you due to a parent not arriving, make every effort to send the player to a teammates home as opposed to bringing them to your home. 
  7. As the coach you will be the first responder to an injury.  Call for help if you are unsure.  Do not risk moving a player if it is at all questionable.  If a child is hurt, complete an Incident Report and submit to your AGD immediately and make sure the parent is aware of the injury immediately.
  8. SYSA follows the official MYSA and ECYSA Concussion Policy which is:

A player removed from participation as a result of a head injury or symptoms similar to those of a concussion shall not be permitted to return to play to any extent until they have provided their team coach with a written unconditional “Medical Clearance to Return to Play” from a licensed Medical Doctor.

  1. Report any unsafe condition or concern to your AGD immediately.  Do not assume someone knows about it.


In short we cannot be too prepared or too careful.  As the coach you are the one all eyes will turn to.  Please make sure you have prepared, communicated and then documented.





All SYSA coaches are to be licensed.  Travel Coaches must earn an "F License" and Intramural (IM) Coaches a "G" license.  SYSA will reimburse any SYSA coach for the cost of the licensing course.  Please visit to find a current schedule of licensing courses.  Once you have obtained your license please send the SYSA Treasurer the receipt and you will be reimbursed.  Please email if you have any questions!





When you are the Home Team Travel Coach, make sure you bring: 

  • The game ball.
  • ECYSA Game Form filled out for the referee.
  • Pinnies in case you need to switch colors.
  • Flags if you're first to the field (and return them if you're last).
  • Report scores online to ECYSA within 24 hours.
  • ECYSA Player & Coaches Cards and Official Laminated Roster.
  • (Optional) Submit positive game summary to newspaper.


When You are the Visiting Team Travel Coach make sure you:

  • Call opposing coach a few days ahead to confirm game location.
  • Have your Team Manager send out driving directions to parents.
  • Have your ECYSA Player & Coaches Cards and Official Laminated Roster.
  • (Optional) Submit positive game summary to newspaper

No team is to outscore an opponent by more than 5 goals.  This is not a suggestion; it's an ECYSA required stopping point!


TRAVEL COACHES:  When directed by your coordinator; please download the Swampscott Youth Soccer Player Evaluation Form fill it out and return it to the Travel Director

©® 2011-2017
Swampscott Youth Soccer Association

Board of Directors

Mellisa Caplan

Nahant Rep

Mellisa Caplan

Michelle Wilkins

Sarah Hashikawa

Gargi Cooper
Safety & Risk Management

Dana Swanstrom
Fields and

Chris Hersey

John Callahan

J.R. Young



Dan Ryan


Michael Johnson
Past President

Doug Sutherland
Past President

Kevin Rogers
Director at Large

Jack Steele
Past President

Interested in volunteer opportunities with SYSA?  Contact SYSA Nominating Committee.





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