Hello Coaches and Volunteers,
Welcome to the Westfield Intercounty Soccer Season (We play in the Suburban Youth Soccer League) .
Thanks again for volunteering this season. The program could not be a success without your assistance.
Many of you are veterans of this league, but this memo serves as a guide for those who are new, or for those who need a refresher.
All the links referenced on this page can be found directly on the Intercounty Program Page, either on the page, or referenced in the Top Right Menus.
I. Important Dates
Important Dates for the Season can be found here: Important Dates
League Calendar: SYSL Calendar
II. Volunteer Responsibilities (Can be shared between Coach,Assistant Coach,Team Manager):
Coaching is highly rewarding and the only duties are as follows:
1. Coordinate game times with opposing Coach
2. Manage the Team: Communicate upcoming games with the Team, updating Rosters on Intercounty site.
3. Manage Substitutions during games.
4. Report scores to the League
REQUIRED TRAINING: NJ Youth Soccer requires that all youth soccer coaches complete an online "SafeSport" and concussion training. Once you register as a coach we will send you information on how to complete the "Safesport" portion. The concusssion training course from the CDC is available at this link. You only have to take this course once and, if you have already taken it, you may not need to complete it again,
Note: Intercounty Coaches are not required to obtain a Coaching License.
III. Suburban Youth Soccer League Web Site:
The league web site can be found at www.syslnj.com
If you are new, it is worth looking at the site. Click on the Handouts menu to review the Playing Rules, contact lists and other information. Please familiarize yourself with the rules as they are different from travel rules and In Town rules.
A Team representative will also need to update the Coaches Contact information, and also the Teams Roster.
See the SYSL Coach Resources page for more information.
IV. Uniforms and Equipment
Uniforms will be ordered directly by each Player. See Uniform Orders for more information.
V. Ref Fees
Coaches will be given a check at the beginning of the season for Ref Fees, for their full season of home games.
Coaches are responsible for providing Ref Fees for all Home games.
Information about Ref Fees can be found here: Ref Fees
VI. Team Training
1. Trainer Led Practices
Team Training sessions will be led by a professional Red Bulls Trainer, and will be held one day during the week. See Training Schedule for more information about your Trainer Led Team Practices. Note Coaches are not required to attend Trainer led practice sessions.
VII. Game Scheduling
A Team representative will be responsible for Coordinating Game day information with opposing coaches.
Look out for an availability spreadsheet at the beginning of the season where you can set season wide preferences and exclusions for home games. NOTE - preferences do not guarantee outcomes.
Each week, Game details should be confirmed between opposing teams as soon as possible.
1. Game Day
2. Game Time
3. Game Location
4. Uniform Color: You should tell your team to always bring both jerseys to every game. For away games you should ask what color the home team wears. For home games you should tell the opposing coach what color you will wear. In the event of a color conflict, the Home team should be prepared to change colors.
The teams Head Coach can visit the SYSL website to access the Coach Contact List for their division.
Eg. Schedules & Standings --> Coach Contacts --> U11 Boys Coach Contacts
Note games will be scheduled by the league on Saturdays and Sundays, and can be at any time of the day. An occasional Friday night game may also be scheduled.
Every attempt should be made to complete the game during the assigned weekend.
VIII. Scoring Games
Scores should be reported by the Coach of the Winning Team.
Details on Scoring can be found here: Reporting Scores
IX. Coach Meetings
There will be an online SYSL League Coaches Meeting, at the start of the season. Coach, or a Team Representative is required to attend each of these Coach's Meetings.