Coaching Resources

Help! I volunteered to Coach…what do I do?

Check out the Resources below! They are organized by age groups / programs. Be creative, have fun and make certain you discuss your Practice Plans with your fellow coaches before you start practice so you are all on the same page. Keep in mind (in particular with U6, U7, and U8)…that we want the game to be fun and fluid – the more stops and starts that occur on the field, the less playing time the players will have. Soccer is a game learned by playing and you can only get better by spending more time with the ball at your feet!

Education Resources:

*HWYSA coaches can be reimbursed for the cost of extending their certifications! Email for more information

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Coaching Education main page –

Upcoming Coaching Education courses –

Recommended Coaching Course Levels
USSF  US Youth Soccer
  • Levels 1, 2, 3 – Intramural Coaches
  • Levels 3, 4, 5 – Travel Coaches

HWYSA Program Resources:

Intramural (U6-U7)

U6-U7 Soccer focuses on small-sided games that encourage the development dribbling skills and the enjoyment of playing the game.

Download our Intramural Coaches Training Manual here. Download630.3 KB

Intramural Academy (U8)

HWYSA has partnered with Global Premier Soccer (GPS) for our Intramural Academy program. Professional coaches from GPS will run Academy practices each week, with a goal of teaching skills to prepare our players for travel, and also teaching our volunteers how to be better soccer coaches. GPS offers a practice manual that covers 8 weeks of curriculum to help create a clear and simple pathway for player development.

Download our GPS Academy Coaches Training Manual here. Download1.4 MB


Travel (U10 – U18)

ECYSA / HWYSA is working diligently to improve player development within all programs and age groups.  HWYSA and its coaches strive to achieve the objectives outlined in the Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s Coaching Curriculum.  The Practice Plans listed in the “Coaches Corner” on this site are an excellent way to plan out your practices over the season.

Download our Hamilton Wenham Youth Soccer Coaches Guidebook here. Download 1.0 MB

Download Practice Plans for U10 Download1.0 MB

Download Practice Plans for U12 Download1.0 MB

Download Practice Plans for U14 and U16 (coming soon)

Download the Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s Goal Keeper Curriculum U10 – U16 Download1.0 MB

Rules and Tournament Play

Essex County Youth Soccer Association Rules Post

MA Youth Soccer – Rules of the Game (by age group)

HWYSA encourages our players/teams to participate in the various tournaments sanction by MA Youth Soccer.