While certification at the in-town level is not mandatory, completing some of the coaching licensing trainings will give you the confidence you might be looking for as a new coach, and will help you focus your practice sessions on age-appropriate activities.
You'll learn a lot and it doesn't take that much time to complete. Find out more here:
MA Youth Soccer has practice sessions with recommended activities for coaches of all youth age groups. Use this resource to map out each practice or to get some new ideas to freshen up sessions.
Every adult member of all organizations affiliated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer must complete the Adult Registration process and be CORI approved.