How to become a Division 3 Coach and other FAQs



Coach Selection

Potential coaches may apply to coach a Division 3 team beginning in February with player registration.  

All applicants will need to register online as a coach by their player’s age group/gender: 

  • Go to
  • Click on "Registration" at the top of the page
  • Click on our player’s age group/gender on your left (i.e. Register for 2011 U9-10 Girls)
  • Click on  "Register Now" at top of page
  • Select  "Register a Head Coach"
  • Click on "Continue" at bottom of page
  • Complete the application and save

In addition, applicants will need to fill out a supplemental application and return it via email to the Division 3 Director, Richard Northing, at Applications must be received by March 1, 2014.  


The Division 3 Coach Selection Committee meets in late March /April to review applications and make coach recommendations to the Mustang Board. The Mustang Board will then vote on the slate of candidates. Coach selections will be announced after the meeting via email and posting on this website. 


Criteria for coach selection includes: 

  • Previous Coaching Experience
  • Licensing Level (see Coach Licensing Clinics for more info)
  • Playing Experience
  • Active Referee License
  • Mustang Volunteer Hours
  • Parent Evaluations
  • Assistant Coach’s Experience
  • Previous Coaching Results  


Licensing Level 


Coaches in Division 3 are expected to obtain licenses appropriate to the age level they are coaching. CYSA "F" or NSCAA Youth are expected for coaches of U9 and U10 teams. By U11, coaches should have their CYSA E or NSCAA Regional licenses. By U13, the CYSA E/D or NSCAA Advanced Regional should be obtained. Coaches wishing to extend their education should pursue the CYSA D or the NSCAA National licenses.  


Coaches Meeting

All Division 3 Coaches will be expected to attend the Division 3 Coaches Meeting. Information about the season, procedure for tryouts and draft, as well as other important information will be presented. In addition, tryout lists and numbered pinnies will be given to each age group. Coaches that can not attend are asked to send an assistant in their place. Coaches meeting for new coaches is TBD.  Coaches meeting for returning coaches is TBD.



Tryouts are scheduled to start in April, after Spring Break. Players that can not attend this opening weekend of tryouts will be allowed to come directly to callbacks.

As you finish the first round of tryouts your task is to prepare a Call Back list which is 50% larger than the number of players that will eventually be selected.  Example:  If there are 3 teams of 15 (45), you should call back approximately 67 players.  Each age group has several 90 minute blocks reserved for their call back.  They may use that time as they choose.


Calling Players after Tryouts 


In terms of contacting players, you may email the players invited to callbacks, but you must call the parents of the players you are not calling back.  Be sensitive and supportive - these calls can be very emotional for parents and players. 


Regular Season FAQ: 


Who will we play against besides the other Mustang teams?  There is a CYSA playing league for U14+ and NorCal playing league for U9-U13, where you will play teams from Newark, Fremont, Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. Occasionally, other clubs from outside our district may participate in an age group. 

When do practices start? Formal practice space is assigned starting August 1st. Teams may hold non-mandatory practice prior to that by requesting field space on an as-available basis from the office. Practice is limited to 3 hours per week, although a week of team camp (10 hours) is allowed prior to the start of the season.

How do I secure a trainer? Division 3 teams typically use a paid Division 1 trainer for one of their two practices a week. U9 and U10 teams are assigned a trainer that is paid for out of their club fees. Older teams need to contact any of the trainers on the approved list and make arrangements for their season training and team camp. 


When does the season start?  The first weekend after Labor Day. Pre-season tournaments are usually attended in August. 


How many games will we play during the season? Typically, you will be scheduled for a minimum of 10 league games, with the season ending in mid November.  With 10 games, most weekends may have one league game each day.  In addition, a time for tournament play is typically set aside during the last weekends in September and October.  Including formal scrimmages, tournaments and Cup play, most teams play roughly 30 games during the season. 


When is State Cup (season tournament for U9-U15)?  Norcal State Cup begins in Sept and finishes some time in mid December.

When is Association Cup (season tournament for U16+)?  CYSA Association Cup begins in March for the U16+ teams.

Have More Questions?  Please ask them…  


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