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Coaches Corner

Players are the most important part of soccer and we need coaches who will help each player to reach their full potential. We want to provide you with all the support and tools you need to be the best coach you can be. Explore the links below to learn about coaching requirements with HYSL and resources to help you.

“Coaching youth soccer allows me to contribute to my community in the most meaningful way possible because sports are a powerful way to shape young people into successful adults.”

Coach's Code of Conduct  In order to ensure that the principles of sportsmanship, fair play, and mutual respect among players, coaches, officials, and spectators characterize the competition promoted by HYSL, the following Code of Conduct has been established. Coaches are required to know and abide by our code of conduct in order to coach in our league

Coaching Requirements 

We value our coaches and we value the safety of our children.  In order to be a volunteer coach for HYSL, there are five prerequisites, which contribute to the safety of our players and help equip you, the coach, to be successful.  We strongly encourage you to complete Step 1 and 2 immediately. For each of the steps, use the buttons below for links. Your prompt attention to completing these steps by the end of June will help with team formation and approval.  

*Returning coaches must complete Step 1, are exempt from Step 2, and should confirm in their StackSports/US Soccer Connect account that they have completed Step 3 and Step 4.  Step 5 is optional, but highly recommended.


Your prompt attention and consideration to the deadlines to finish the requirements will help ensure successful player assignments, team formations, and a smooth start to the season!

  • REGISTRATION (with StackSports/US Soccer Connect) New coaches will need to create an account and register for the upcoming season; returning coaches will need to log-in and register for the upcoming season.  You will also need to upload a current photo (headshot, shoulders up) Please do not wear hats, or sunglasses. After you have completed step 1, then proceed with the following:

  • LIVESCAN*  After you have registered, you will be prompted with information for the Livescan fingerprint and background check.  New coaches to HYSL must complete this step in order for the Livescan results to be linked to your StackSports/US Soccer Connect account. Because it may take a few weeks for the results to be confirmed, we encourage you to complete this step by June 10.  *Returning coaches do not need to repeat the Livescan.

  • HEADS UP CONCUSSION TRAINING  This course takes about 30 minutes and is completely free.  It is a requirement by law in California. Save a copy of your completion certificate and upload it to your StackSports/US Soccer Connect account, or forward to HYSL for verification.

  • SAFESPORT TRAINING This course takes about 90 minutes and is also free.  It is required by federal law. Save a copy of your completion certificate and upload it to your StackSports/US Soccer Connect account, or forward to HYSL for verification.  In order for HYSL to be in compliance, any adult interacting with amateur athletes, in this case, a child or minor under the age of 18 participating in activities with Humboldt Youth Soccer League, has a duty to report a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual contact, sexual harassmet or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power withint a 24  hour period to local law enforcement: Child Welfare Services, 929 Koster St., Eureka, CA 707.445.6180. Every adult that staffs or volunteers to organize, assist with, or manage any element of a program or event is a mandatory reporter and subject to this policy.   For more information about SafeSport:  US Center for SafeSport  

  • GRASSROOTS COACHING COURSES* These courses are optional but encouraged and are a good tool for new and experienced coaches. Save a copy of your completion certificate and upload it to your StackSports/US Soccer Connect account, or forward to HYSL for verification.
    4v4 COURSE for U6 & U8 coaches
    7v7 COURSE for U10 coaches

  • 9v9 COURSE for U12 coaches
    11v11 COURSE for U14 and above coaches 

*These requirements are not free.  HYSL will reimburse you the costs after you have received clearance (Livescan) and/or your completion certificate (Grassroots).  Please send your receipts and documentation to: HYSL, PO Box 6784, Eureka, CA 95502 Allow 6-8 weeks processing time.


Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Eureka High School Cafeteria  -  3 FREE WORKSHOPS (registration CLOSED)

August 2018, Humboldt Youth Soccer League has established a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.

The partnership provides Humboldt Youth Soccer League access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders.

Humboldt Youth Soccer League is extending an invitation to the entire, local community to participate with us in these workshops to help create a positive environment for all youth athletes, not just HYSL members.

PCA has partnered with roughly 3,000 youth sports organizations, schools, districts, conferences, and park-and-rec departments to create a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People, Thompson said. “We look forward to working with Humboldt Youth Soccer League to create the best possible experience for the youth athletes. Our research-based materials combine the latest in sports psychology, education and practical advice from top pro and college coaches and athletes that help improve athletic performance while also ensuring kids take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.”

“We are so excited to bring these workshops and resources to our community. We look forward to helping Humboldt County become a place where all youth athletes can have a positive sports experience.” - HYSL Board of Directors

The FREE workshops are scheduled to begin on September 16, 2018 at Eureka High School Cafeteria.

Available Workshops:

Administrator Workshop: 10:00-12:00

Double-Goal Coach: 1:00-2:30   

Second-Goal Parent: 3:00-4:00

Registration is CLOSED.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to hundreds of free audio-video and printable tips and tools at, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

PCA workshops and courses, which have impacted more than 7.5 million youth through 2014, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports

  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing

  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.

Our speaker this year is Youth Sports Coach and Organization Leader Trainer, Tony Asaro.  

Tony Asaro played sports up to the college level and has coached at each level, including high school. Tony spent 14 seasons as the Community Relations Director for the AAA Sacramento River Cats Baseball Club.  He has been a board member for youth baseball and football /cheer organizations, and has experience as a High School Boosters Board Member.

Tony was a leading community member in bringing PCA to the Sacramento region and in creating a PCA partnership with Sierra Youth Football and Cheer. He was a founder with the Character Combine, where he remains a board member. Tony and his wife, Nanci, have four children and three grandchildren.

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Book of the Year Each year, HYSL plans to have a coaching book of the year. These books are carefully selected by our Director of Coaching and other board members as books that we think will be valuable on your journey as a coach.

Coach Training Events

2017 Coaching Clinic presented by Andy Salatnay, Eureka High School Varsity Soccer Coach and Nick Parker, Director of Coaching AC Samoa.  

  • Positive Coaching | Player Development

  • Warm Ups | Injury Prevention

  • Sample Dribbling & Passing

  • and more!

If you missed out on this wonderful opportunity, you can download the handout here: