Welcome and Thank You
We are very pleased to have each of you as a volunteer coach or assistant coach. Without such volunteers, and many others in other League jobs, LAYSL would not be able to function. Almost all of the board is a coach or has coached, and we understand the time commitment it takes. Thank you.
To the right, you will find many resources to make your job easier. First, you will find forms to get reimbursed for purchases and evaluate kids. There is also coaching resources broken down by age group. This includes practice plans, philosophies, and parent tips. We will also have a “Coaches Corner” were we will have articles about coaching from some of the leading coaches in the world. If there is something you wish would be located here, please do not hesitate to drop the league a note. We will be adding to this section on a regular basis.
LAYSL has paid for a club membership to iSoccer. It is a new approach to develop the basic skills of players on the ball. The league would like each coach to create team profiles on the iSoccer web site so that each player can start tracking their progress and success. This web site also offers video sessions to help coach kids, practice sessions on paper, and the ability to send homework to kids on your team.
The first step to get access to these resources is to read the Coaches guide for iSoccer and register on their website.
Everyone wants to have their field, when they want it. So this leads to many difficulties in scheduling. To compound the issue, our coaches are all asking for full fields to play on, often 3 times a week. The field coordinator does their best to accommodate all of our coaches requests, but let me state that our policy is for coaches to have half a field, with goals, or a full area without goals. Here are some of the contributing factors we as a league goes through when scheduling fields.
In fact, LAYSL has done such a great job of scheduling, we are now the field scheduler for all programs in Los Alamos that wish to use fields. This is a great honor and responsibility. Below are some of the other programs that have just as much right to fields as we do (in no particular order):
- Dog Training
- YMCA Kinderkick Program
- Los Alamos Rugby
- YAFL Football
- Special Programs, like the Kite Festival
To compound our field issues, the county is constantly doing work to maintain the quality of the pitches. I hear a lot of complaints, and to be honest, I might have been one of the complainers. But lets consider that we are the only town, probably in New Mexico, and definitely in Northern New Mexico that has great pitches to play on.
Please remember that we are working to do our best. If a field is not available ask the fields coordinator for alternatives and do your best to be flexible.